NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating racist slurs spray painted on two buildings at a Connecticut university.
The New Britain Herald reports that a racist epithet directed...
Festival celebrates women in the arts
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Empowering. Awesome. Wonderful. Off-beat.
Those were just some of the words to describe the 11th Annual SWAN Day Festival at Trinity-on-Main on Saturday.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Central Connecticut State University has renamed a building after its first African-American graduate.
More than 200 people were in attendance Wednesday as the...
Police: Romantic encounter leads to fatal stabbing
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Police say what started as a romantic encounter ended in a fight and a Connecticut community's first homicide in nearly two decades.
Missing homicide suspect found hiding in refrigerator
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend has been captured in South Carolina after more than a month on the run.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has been charged with animal cruelty after police said she "overbred" her 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Titi.
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Kaleb Bishop scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Fairleigh Dickinson closed out the regular season with five straight wins, topping Central Connecticut 70-58...
FDU looks to extend streak vs CCSU
Fairleigh Dickinson (16-13, 11-6) vs. Central Connecticut (11-19, 5-12)
William H. Detrick Gymnasium, New Britain, Connecticut; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
Cause of elderly woman’s death undetermined after autopsy
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut medical examiners say the cause of death of an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who went missing this week remains undetermined and more testing is...
2 brothers killed in New Britain house fire
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say two brothers were killed in a house fire in New Britain.
Fire officials say three firefighters were also injured in Sunday's blaze.
Special elections planned to fill 5 open legislative seats
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut voters will be heading back to the polls to fill five open legislative seats.
The three state Senate seats and two House of Representatives seats...
Hoehn leads Sacred Heart past Central Connecticut 80-66
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Sean Hoehn had 18 points to lead five Sacred Heart players in double figures as the Pioneers defeated Central Connecticut 80-66 on Saturday. E.J. Anosike and Kinnon...
Sacred Heart looks to extend streak vs CCSU
Sacred Heart (12-16, 8-7) vs. Central Connecticut (11-17, 5-10)
William H. Detrick Gymnasium, New Britain, Connecticut; Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST
Mount St. Mary’s defeats Central Connecticut 79-66
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Jalen Gibbs had 20 points as Mount St. Mary's defeated Central Connecticut 79-66 on Thursday night.
Vado Morse had 14 points and eight assists for Mount St. Mary's...
CCSU to celebrate opening of new academic complex on campus
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Central Connecticut State University is celebrating the opening of a $63 million complex designed to improve academic and support services for its students.
The public university in New Britain says two halls at the campus were gutted and renovated and a new atrium was built to connect them. A ceremony is planned for Wednesday.
Man plans to sue after being mistaken for murder suspect
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man plans to sue two towns after he was mistaken for a murder suspect with the same name and arrested.
Attorney Robert Berke says he has filed his intent to sue Southington and New Britain police after his client Benjamin Morales' arrest.
Berke says Morales was arrested at a Southington hotel at 4 a.m. on Feb. 5 and handcuffed for several hours during a police search for the suspect in the killing of Alice Marie Figueroa.
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Connecticut man sentenced for role in cocaine ring
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a cocaine distribution ring that was run out of prison by another man.
Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Orlando Quiros, of New Britain and Suffield, was also sentenced Thursday to five years of probation.
Authorities say he received multi-kilogram parcels of cocaine from Puerto Rico through the mail and distributed the drug to others dealers.
Murphy to honor winners of MLK Day essay contest
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is throwing a party to honor 15 students from across Connecticut who submitted winning entries in his annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest.
The Connecticut Democrat has scheduled a pizza party at the New Britain police department on Sunday.
More than 1,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools statewide submitted essays sharing their thoughts on King's dream and their own aspirations.
Chamber of Commerce president resigns after Facebook post
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut mayor has resigned as president of a local Chamber of Commerce after his Facebook post about a group of congresswomen at the State of the Union speech was condemned as misogynistic.
Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce Chairman Gennaro Bizzarro announced Saturday that he had accepted the resignation of the group's president, Timothy Stewart.
Former town councilor to avoid prison in teen sex case
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut town councilor facing charges connected to his sexual relationship with a teenager has avoided prison time.
Jon Landry pleaded no contest to a charge of harassment Thursday in exchange for a 30-day suspended sentence as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
A judge also ordered Landry to have no contact with the now 22-year-old woman as part of his plea. Violating the protective order could result in up to 10 years in prison.
Commerce chamber leader on leave after misogynistic posting
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — The president of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce has been put on leave for a misogynistic posting on Facebook made during the State of the Union address.
Republican Timothy Stewart is the father of current New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, who has also asked for her father's resignation from two city committee appointments Wednesday.
Police: 28-year-old woman slain, suspect remains at large
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut are looking for an "armed and dangerous" man suspected of fatally shooting a woman.
New Britain police responding to reports of gunfire just before 6 p.m. Monday found the 28-year-old victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to the hospital where she died. Her name was not released.
Police identified 43-year-old Benjamin Morales as a suspect in the case.
Little ones join on Take Your Child to the Library Day
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — There was no shushing in the New Britain Library Saturday.
There were laughs, giggles and cries of excitement as children played with toys, made crafts and listened to story time as part of the eighth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day.
Children of all ages bobbed from station to station, making rocket ships, doing science activities and playing with other kids.
Kohl leads CCSU’s late run in 64-59 win over Bryant
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Kohl had 23 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, and Central Connecticut closed on a 21-3 run to beat Bryant 64-59 on Saturday.
Byron Hawkins' 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 56-43 lead with 8:19 remaining. Kohl's layup pulled the Blue Devils to 57-56 with 1:36 remaining, and he then shot 6 of 8 from the line to help seal it. Ian Krishnan and Mike Underwood each hit a 3 down the stretch.
Man accused of killing daughter rejects plea deal
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man serving a life sentence in Massachusetts for the murder of his wife has rejected a plea deal in connection with the death of his daughter.
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1 dead, 2 taken to hospital after Connecticut fire
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — An early-morning blaze has claimed the life of a man in New Britain.
Fire Chief Raul Ortiz says crews responding to the fire in an apartment building on Horrace Street shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday saw smoke pouring from one unit and later discovered the victim in his bedroom.
Kohl scores 29 with 12 boards; CCSU beats St. Francis (BKN)
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Kohl had 29 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals to help Central Connecticut State beat St. Francis (Brooklyn) 78-72 on Thursday night to snap a four-game skid.
Ian Krishnan hit 4 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points, Jamir Coleman had 15 points and nine rebounds and Deion Bute scored 12 with eight boards for CCSU (9-13, 3-6 Northeast Conference).
LUI Brooklyn cruises past Central Connecticut 84-71
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Raiquan Clark finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three steals and reserve Raul Frias contributed 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals to propel LIU Brooklyn to an 84-71 victory over Central Connecticut on Saturday.
Stanley Black & Decker: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (SWK) on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $66.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
On a per-share basis, the New Britain, Connecticut-based company said it had a loss of 45 cents. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, were $2.11 per share.
Robert Morris beats CCSU to stay atop Northeast Conference
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Josh Williams scored 15 points to lead four Colonials in double figures and Robert Morris defeated Central Connecticut 70-59 on Monday to stay atop the Northeast Conference.
The Colonials (10-9, 5-1) have won six of their last seven and concluded a four-game road trip against NEC foes, winning three.
Williams and Matty McConnell, who finished with 12 points, both made three 3-pointers. Charles Bain added 13 points and Malik Petteway 11 with nine rebounds.
Braxton scores 16 as St. Francis surges past CCSU 80-69
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Keith Braxton led the way with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as St. Francis (Pa.) raced past Central Connecticut State 80-69 on Saturday.
Jamaal King and Andre Wolford each scored 16 for the Red Flash (7-9, 3-2 Northeast Conference) — Wolford shooting a season-high 5 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Police: Suspect in shooting seen in video talking to victim
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — The 18-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting in New Britain has been held on $2 million bond.
Justin Hapgood is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the shooting Tuesday night of 34-year-old Erik Rivera.
A 17-year-old youth, whose name has been released because of his age, has been charged as an accessory. He told police Rivera had been harassing them for marijuana.
2 teens arrested in fatal shooting of New Britain man
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man in New Britain.
Police say 18-year-old Justin Hapgood is charged with murder in the death Tuesday night of 34-year-old Erik Rivera. A 17-year-old youth, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged with accessory to murder. He was also held on $2 million bond.
Rivera was shot at about 7:40 p.m. and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police: Man smashed 3-year-old child’s head on floor
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a man smashed a 3-year-old girl's head on a concrete floor, fracturing her skull, because she said something rude to him.
New Britain police charged 24-year-old Frank Alezander Santiago with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. The child is the daughter of Santiago's girlfriend.
He was ordered held on $750,000 bond at his arraignment Monday in New Britain.
Connecticut soda maker pays tribute to government shutdown
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut soft drink maker known for its whimsical soda names is trying to make the bitter federal government shutdown a little sweeter.
New Britain-based Avery's Beverages on Monday introduced its newest concoction, Shutdown Swill, and offered a free bottle to federal employees who stop by the plant.
Woman pleads guilty to stealing from youth sports group
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $500,000 combined from her employer and the youth lacrosse organization where she served as treasurer.
Wagner beats Central Connecticut 80-58
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Romone Saunders had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists and Wagner beat Central Connecticut 80-58 in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Elijah Davis had 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range. The Seahawks (6-6) kept a double-digit lead shortly after the 10-minute mark of the second half when Jonathan Norfleet's layup made it 60-49.
5 Connecticut police officers cleared in fatal shooting
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Investigators have determined that five Connecticut police officers who shot at and killed a rapper during an investigation into a series of carjackings and robberies were justified in their use of deadly force.
The investigation by Fairfield State's Attorney John Smriga was released Thursday.
Police said 20-year-old Zoe Dowdell, a rapper known as "Gangstalicious," was in a car with two teens on Dec. 14, 2017, when New Britain police tried to pull him over.
Police: 6 people hurt when driver of a stolen SUV crashes
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say six people were hurt when the driver of a stolen SUV lost control and crashed into two other vehicles.
Police say a passenger in the SUV was severely hurt in the early Tuesday morning crash in Hamden, Connecticut.
Police say 19-year-old Jonathan Garcia, of New Haven, was driving an SUV that was reported stolen in New Britain on Saturday.
Police justified in fatal shooting after high-speed chase
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Officials say police officers were justified in fatally shooting a man during a high-speed chase in Connecticut.
The Hartford Courant reports New Britain State's Attorney Brian Preleski says in his ruling released Wednesday 31-year-old Juan McCray posed a "grave risk" to the officers and the public at large.
State gives $3.6M to municipalities to redevelop brownfields
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state is awarding a combined $3.6 million to eight cities and towns to assess, remediate and revitalize blighted properties.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday the redevelopment of brownfields presents a huge economic potential, with once contaminated former industrial land and buildings being repurposed to meet the needs of today's businesses and communities. These new projects encompass 59 acres of redevelopment.
Police: Connecticut man with dementia causes wrong-way crash
WANTAGH, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say an 82-year-old Connecticut man with dementia caused a three-vehicle crash by driving the wrong way on a Long Island parkway.
Troopers say Burgess Moore, of New Britain, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the Wantagh (WAHN'-tah) State Parkway around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday when he collided with a southbound vehicle. A third vehicle then slammed into the second vehicle.
University names building after first black graduate
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut university has taken the final step in its plan to name a building after its first black graduate.
The New Britain Herald reports that Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education voted to name the academic building at Central Connecticut State University after Ebenezer D.C. Bassett.
Kohl scores 21 points in Central Connecticut win
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Kohl scored 21 points with five rebounds and five assists to lead four teammates in double-figure scoring and Central Connecticut beat Division II Penn State Wilkes-Barre 79-58 on Saturday.
Ian Krishnan hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 points, Joe Hugley added 14 off the bench and Deion Bute had 12 for the Blue Devils (5-5), who shot 38 percent but made 22 of 29 free throws, led by Hugley's 9 of 10.
Connecticut mayor fined for campaign law violation
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mayor has been fined $500 for violating campaign law during her re-election bid.
The state Elections Enforcement Commission ruled Tuesday that a brochure from New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart included with motor vehicle tax bills last year violated state election law because it was too similar to a campaign mailing.
Judge refuses to throw out charges against suspected shooter
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has ruled that the case against a man charged in a non-fatal shooting last weekend in New Britain will continue.
Student at Connecticut university diagnosed with meningitis
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut university is taking precautions after a student came down with a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis.
Central Connecticut State University President Zulma Toro in a message to the campus community said the state Department of Public Health on Monday confirmed meningitis and is now working to determine the subtype.
The Health Department said it was an isolated case and not an outbreak.