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3 Hospitalized in Brawl at Watertown Bar


Three people were hospitalized in a series of brutal attacks in and outside The Red Door bar in Watertown early Sunday morning and the assailants remain at large.

Police released security camera photos of three men and three women suspected of being involved in the incident. Watertown police are asking for the public's help in identifying them in what they are calling a "serious assault investigation."

A brawl started in the bar between nine people at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, but the most serious attacks happened outside the 675 Main St. bar after security guards kicked the group out. One man was stabbed in the torso with a knife and another man was hit over the head with a beer bottle, police said. A group of people assaulted a woman, bruising her face and body after throwing her to the ground and repeatedly hitting and kicking her.

The attackers took off in two SUVs, including a light-colored Nissan and possibly a dark Acura, police said.

Ambulances transported all three victims to an area hospital and they were listed in stable condition Sunday morning.

John Anchini, a long-time neighboring business owner, said that the was surprised to hear the news.

"It's been calm here for a long time," Anchini said, who is now worries news of the incident could affect his own business down the block.

Police described three men and three women caught on surveillance footage and they believe they are involved in the attacks. Two of the men had heavy builds with close-cut beards and the other was thin with a goatee and short, dark hair, police said. One of the heavier men was wearing a sweater with a cheetah pattern on the shoulder and sleeves and the other, about 380 pounds, had short, dark hair and wore black pants, a collared shirt and a sweater that had a geometric pattern on it, according to police. The smallest of the men was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Of the female suspects, one was about 30 years old with dark pigtail braided hair and a medium build, the second had hair down to her shoulders and wore jeans, a light-colored coat and white sneakers, and the third had long, dark hair and was wearing jeans, boots and a dark-colored jacket.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the six people in the photos and ask anyone with information to call Watertown police at 860-945-5200 or the Crimestoppers line at 860-945-9940. Tips can be made confidentially. Police ask anyone who knows the parties to give police information and not to contact the suspects.

The assaults remain under investigation.

Photo Credit: Watertown Police Department

Harvard Tops Yale in Final Seconds of Ivy League Playoff


When Yale stepped onto the court in the Ivy League playoff against Harvard, it was about more than the intense rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Crimson.

Yale was fighting for a chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1962 and go to "The Big Dance." And they came close, but fell short by a couple points in the final seconds.

Harvard's Steve Moundou-Missi hit a 15-foot jumper with 7.2 seconds left and his teammate, Wesley Saunders scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and Harvard beat Yale 53-51 on Saturday in a one-game Ivy League playoff for its fourth straight NCAA berth.

Moundou-Missi and Saunders had been to the NCAA Tournament in each of their first three seasons at Harvard. They weren't about to miss out as seniors.

"As a senior class, we talked about what we want our legacy to be," Saunders said. "We wanted to cement our legacy and come out with a victory."

With the game tied in the final minute, Saunders kept possession for Harvard (22-7) on Moundou-Missi's miss by hustling for an offensive rebound. Saunders then set up the go-ahead basket by driving to the lane, drawing multiple defenders and kicking it out to Moundou-Missi on the perimeter.

"He made the entire play," Moundou-Missi said. "I was wide open. All I had to do was make the shot."

Added Saunders: "I trust Steve to knock down that shot more than I trust myself maybe."

Justin Sears scored 13 points and Javier Duren had 12 for Yale (22-10), including two free throws that tied it at 51 with 54.6 seconds left. The Bulldogs missed out on their first NCAA appearance since 1962.

Duren missed a running layup at the buzzer as Harvard fans rushed the floor at the Palestra.

"I thought it was in," Duren said. "The ball took a crazy bounce. In a situation like that, it's hard to get a better look."

Yale and Harvard shared the Ivy League title with 11-3 records to set up the playoff to determine the conference's automatic NCAA bid. The Ivy is the only Division I league without a conference tournament.

After Yale took a five-point lead — matching its largest of the day — with 14:50 left, Saunders scored nine straight points on a three-point play and consecutive 3-pointers to give the Crimson a 36-32 lead.

Saunders, the 2013-14 Ivy League Player of the Year, helped the Crimson extend their lead to 40-32 and then 46-37 with 6:10 left after two more quick jumpers.

But the Bulldogs fought all the way back to take a 49-48 lead with 1:40 remaining when Makai Mason collected a loose ball on the scramble for an offensive rebound and hit a jumper in the lane.

With Harvard trailing by one, Saunders hit a driving layup and was fouled, completing a three-point play to give the Crimson a 51-49 lead with 1:27 left.

Saunders passed former Harvard star Jeremy Lin to become the school's fourth all-time leading scorer - and then drew comparisons to the Los Angeles Lakers guard after the game.

"I've always said about Wesley as I said about Jeremy Lin — it's not about the points he scores but it's always about the points he's responsible for," Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. "I thought the way Wesley played this afternoon was he put us on his back and he carried us in stretches."

Yale beat Harvard last Friday to clinch at least a share of its first league crown since 2002. But with a chance to secure the outright championship and the automatic NCAA berth, the Bulldogs were upset by Dartmouth in the regular-season finale the following night.

Before the game, both teams were presented with Ivy League championship trophies to hearty cheers from their own fans and lusty boos from the other side.

Harvard played the part of the more postseason-savvy team early on, jumping out to an 8-0 led before Yale made its first bucket five minutes into the contest. But the Bulldogs fought back and took a 14-11 lead on a Mason floater midway through the first half.

Sears, this season's Ivy League Player of the Year, scored eight points in the final eight minutes of the first half to help the Bulldogs take a 27-23 lead into halftime. Yale shot 52.4 percent from the floor before the break.

"As much as I want to be upset, it was really awesome to be a part of this experience," Duren said. "How many people get to play Yale-Harvard for an NCAA bid?"


Yale: The Bulldogs were involved in another Ivy playoff at the Palestra after sharing the 2002 title with Penn and Princeton. But after beating Princeton in the first game of a three-game playoff, Yale was denied a trip to the NCAA tourney with a loss to Penn in Easton. ... Sears was just the second Yale player ever selected Ivy League Player of the Year and the first Paul Maley in 1987-88.

Harvard: Harvard is the first Ivy League team to reach four straight NCAA Tournaments since Princeton from 1989 to 1992. ... Moundou-Missi scored his 1,000th career point on an inside basket in the final minute of the first half. . Harvard shot just 8 for 16 from the foul line.


After seeing 5,256 fans pack inside the Palestra for such an exciting end to the conference season, Yale coach James Jones thinks that it's about time the Ivy League has a conference tournament.

"Anybody who came to this game tonight will walk away wanting more," Jones said. "I'm certainly a proponent of it. I think it's great for the league."


Yale: Possible NIT, CBI or CIT bid.

Harvard: NCAA Tournament.

Photo Credit: AP

Man Took Money for House Work He Never Did: Police


A Manchester man is facing charges after charging a South Windsor resident for home improvement work he never did when he didn't have a license for contracting work to begin with, police said.

A Woodland Drive resident in South Windsor paid Russell Burnett, 45, a $350 deposit to do work on the house in 2014 and complained to police when he never did the work he was hired to do.

Burnett didn't have a valid home improvement license and the contract he and the homeowner signed didn't meet state standards, police said.

Police arrested him on Thursday on charges of making home improvements without certification and failure to furnish the buyer with a contract and cancellation statement, police said.

South Windsor police released him on a $5,000 surety bond. Burnett is due in Manchester Superior Court on March 26.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police Department

Gas Emergency on New Haven Parade Route


Just an hour before the New Haven St. Patrick's Day parade gets set to step off, fire crews are on scene at a gas emergency on the parade route.

Fire trucks are dealing with the problem on Chapel Street, which is where the half-mile parade starts.

The area was already blocked off for the parade and made inaccessible for car, but hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the parace.

The parade was set to start at 1:30 p.m., but it's unclear if this incident will delay the start time or what caused the issue.

Photo Credit: New Haven Fire Department

Intoxicated Driver Crashes Into Signs: Police


An intoxicated driver crashed into several signs in South Windsor after speeding and spinning out, police said.

Allen Chinn, 35, of Manchester, is facing drunken driving charges after a patrol officer saw his car whip by at a high rate of speed on Oakland Road and spin out as he pursued him, police said. Then, Chinn struck "a set of signs" on the road, police said.

Chinn failed a sobriety test and police charged him with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and traveling too fast for conditions, police said.

Police released him on a $500 non-surety bond and he is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 23.

Photo Credit: South Windsor Police Department

Crews Put Out Manchester Apartment Fire


Crews put out a fire at the Pavilion Apartments in Manchester overnight, police said on Sunday.

No one was injured in the fire at 465 Buckland Hills.

The fire was out as of 3:32 a.m.

All Regular Metro-North Trains Running on St. Patrick's Day


If you can't follow a rainbow to find a pot of gold at the end, you can at the very least take a Metro-North train on the New Haven line to get to the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade on Tuesday.

The regularly scheduled New Haven, Hudson and Harlem trains will run as usual on St. Patrick's Day on March 17 and some extra trains have been added, according to a news release.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority is also banning alcohol on trains and platforms and at all train stations for the duration of St. Patrick's Day through March 18 at 5 a.m. as a safety precaution, MTA officials said. MTA police will confiscate any alcohol travelers have with them. The bar carts will be closed too.

The Hudson line is also operating an additional train from Poughkeepsie at 8:23 a.m. that will stop at New Hamburg, Beacon and Grand Central Terminal, MTA officials said. Conductors will collect tickets as people board in Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg and Beacon.

There will also by five other standby trains depending on demand on the Harlem and Hudson lines, according to the MTA. If there is a flood of people, there are two extra trains ready to leave from Grand Central on the Hudson line if needed, the MTA said.

The MTA advises people to leave extra time when traveling on St. Patrick's Day and to buy tickets early because the trains will likely be crowded. You can buy round-trip tickets in advance at the station you're departing from at the counter or from a ticket machine.

For more information on ticket schedules, you can visit www.mta.info/mnr or call Metro-North customer service at 877-690-5114.

New Haven Police Investigate Shooting


New Haven police are investigating a shooting at the Uptown Upscale Lounge on Sunday.

Police say they responded to the business at 216 Crown Street around 5:40 p.m. There they found the victim, 24-year-old Norman Walters, suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh/leg.

Walters was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was treated. His injuries are not considered life threatening, according to police.

Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the incident. No suspect description was immediately available.

 Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 203 946 6304.

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Route 69 Closed Due to Multi-Vehicle Crash in Prospect


Multiple vehicles crashed on Route 69 in Prospect Sunday evening, closing the road, according to state police.

No injuries are reported, but the road was closed so a tow truck could clear the vehicles. The road is expected to reopen shortly.

HPS Central Office Closed Monday


The Hartford Public Schools central office building will be closed Monday due to a water main break, according to an email from HPS spokesman David Medina.

Only essential employees will be allowed to enter the building, located at 960 Main Street. All other school buildings and offices are open. Any meetings outside the central office will take place as scheduled.

Medina says they hope the repairs will only take a day so that normal operations can resume Tuesday.

Missing LAPD Officer's Car Found


Police recovered a car that belongs to a rookie Los Angeles Police Department officer who was named as a "person of interest" in a deadly shooting that occurred Friday night, officials said.

Henry Solis's Volkswagen Jetta was found at 12:55 p.m. in a Pomona alley near the intersection of Main Street and Monterey Avenue, according to the Pomona Police Department, several blocks from where Salome Rodriguez Jr. was gunned down following a Friday night fistfight. 

Pomona police did not have other updates on the case Sunday.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

Photo Credit: Pomona Police Department

Former New Haven Mayor Passes Away


Government officials and loved ones are mourning the death of former New Haven Mayor John Daniels.

Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto said in a statement that Daniels "loved New Haven, and New Haven loved him back."

"As the first black mayor, he was a trailblazer who helped a struggling city turn around, and he always put New Haven first, helping to restore faith in government's ability to solve problems," Balletto said. 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D) touted Daniels' career and his dedication to people living in the city of New Haven, calling him a "trailblazer."

“During a career spanning decades, John Daniels had an unrivaled dedication to and passion for the people of his city," Malloy and Wyman said in a joint statement. "From the Board of Alderman, to the State Senate, to the Mayor's office, he was a trailblazer. He broke barriers, and truly personified progress. Respected by leaders across Connecticut, he encapsulated what it means to serve the public. Whether in Hartford or New Haven, John Daniels devoted himself to improving the lives of those around him. He will be deeply missed, and our thoughts go out to his family.”

Daniels did "so much to help people," especially the less fortunate, Balletto said of his "storied career."

"He will be remembered for his commitment to public service in both New Haven and Hartford," Balletto said.

State Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) remarked on the passing of "an incredible legislator, leader and friend who I looked up to greatly," noting that "everyone could see the powerful love he had for his community" and calling him a "humble man, who took great pride in our community."

“He was the first state senator I ever met, and I distinctly remember when my father introduced me to him many years ago," Fasano said. "He left a lasting impression on me and his profound devotion to New Haven has always inspired me."

Public service aside, Fasano said he "also got to see first hand another love in his life" -- football.

"Throughout my high school years playing football at Hamden Hall Country Day School, Daniels often refereed my games," Fasano said. "He had the same measure and sense of fairness on the field as he did in the legislature."

Daniels affected many people's lives and leaves behind a legacy valuing "the importance of hope, opportunity and hard work," Fasano said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Draws Thousands


Thousands of people are expected to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in New Haven and New London Sunday.

The Greater New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade stepped off at 1:30 p.m. on Chapel Street in downtown New Haven and ends at Grove Street, and will follow a half-mile, green-painted parade route complete with shamrocks and an Irish flag lining the streets.

The event marks the sixth oldest St. Patrick's Day parade in the country. In 2012, 325,000 people gathered for the parade, making it the largest single day spectator event in the state.

"We have over 40 different bands of 127 units," Timothy Gallogly, grand marshal of the parade, said. "So, over 3,000 marches. We have the lazy train. It zig zags all around. It plays like Thomas the Train. The little kids are gonna love it."

In tune with the holiday, Irish step dancers and fife and drum corps just one of the many elements giving the parade festive flavor typical of this time of year. Many Irish organizations in the area also participate along with your typical parade floats, a caravan of fire trucks and numerous marching bands.

It's one of the biggest business days, according to Christy's Irish Pub.

“It’s wall to wall, but it’s what you expect when you come out on parade day," Heather Barbarotta, a pub employee, said. “If you look around, it’s a traditional Irish pub. This is where you want to be on parade day and you know, it’s a good experience.”

Many establishments will be serving up Irish favorites like Guinness and corned beef after the parade. The Knights of St. Patrick also got their stove fired up early Sunday morning and plan to serve hundreds breakfast and lunch.

"In the morning we do bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches," Chris Honnen, of the Knights of St. Patrick, said. "In the afternoon, we'll start to turn over to corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs, all sorts of drink specials. So, it's a nice family atmosphere. We'll have an Irish band here later on playing.

The New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club, West Haven Irish American Club and Dunn's Irish Pub have planned entertainment, shuttles to the parade and family activities.

Archbishop Leonard Blair presided over a special Mass held at St. Mary's Church in New Haven at 10 a.m.

Organizers say Chapel and Church streets will be closed for most of the day making downtown New Haven mostly inaccessible to vehicles. Downtown New Haven bars are also expected to closed at 6 p.m.

Park New Haven is offering a special $10 rate from 7am-6pm on Parade Day in the Crown, Temple, George and Temple Medical garages and a map of portable toilets available downtown during the parade can be found here.

The New London St. Patrick's Day parade began at 1 p.m. beginning at Bank and Tilley and ending at the Elks on Washington Street.

Car Fire at Waverly Park in Hartford


A car caught fire at the parking lot at Waverly Park in Hartford on Monday morning.

Waverly Street has since reopened near the Tower Avenue intersection.

No further information was immediately available.

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10 Arrested in Stolen Goods Trafficking Operation


At least 10 people suspected of involvement in a theft and stolen goods trafficking operation, including owners, managers and employees at three pawn shops in Bristol, Torrington and Wolcott, have been arrested in a year-long multi-town police investigation. 

The New Hartford resident state trooper's office launched an investigation a year ago " into an organized ring of thieves and fencing operations" in the Torrington, Bristol and Wolcott areas, state police said. Fencing is when a person buys stolen items from thieves to resell, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

The case was transferred to the Western District Major Crime Squad, who identified the Coliseum Trading Post in Torrington, Coliseum Pawn in Bristol and Gold N Pawn in Wolcott as places where some of the theft and fencing suspects work.

The following 10 people were arrested on multiple charges.

As a result of the investigation, the following individuals have been arrested throughout the day Sunday March 15, 2015 by warrant:

  • Alfredo Viscariello, 42,  of Torrington, the co-owner of the Coliseum Trading Post in Torrington and Coliseum Pawn, formerly Ez Money, in Bristol was charged with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. He was released after posting his $75,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on March 23.
  • Nicholas Daddona, 38, of Watertown, co-owner of Coliseum Trading Post and Coliseum Pawn, was charged with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. He was released after posting a $75,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court.
  • Kristopher Kelsey, 30, of Torrington, manager of Coliseum Pawn, was charged with second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny. He was released after posting a $75,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on March 23.
  • David Brignolo, 43, of Goshen, an employee of Coliseum Trading Post, was charged with third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny, criminal attempt at fifth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and criminal attempt at fifth-degree larceny. He was held on a $75,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on March 16.
  • Justin Root, 25, of Winsted, merchandise "booster" for Coliseum Trading Post, was charged with third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. He was released after posting a $25,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on March 23.
  • Melissa Bogert, 21, of Winsted, merchandise "booster" for Coliseum Trading Post, was charged with third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. Bogert was held on a $25,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on March 16.
  • Adam Dellabianca, 29, of Bristol, co-owner of Gold N Pawn in Wolcott, was charged with illegal sale of narcotics, possession of narcotics, conspiracy to commit illegal sale of narcotics, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, illegal sale or transfer of assault weapon, conspiracy illegal sale or transfer of assault weapon, possession of an assault weapon, false statement in connection with the sale or transfer of firearm other than pistol 29-37e, Conspiracy false Statement in connection w/ sale or transfer of firearm other than pistol, intimidating a witness, breach of peace, criminal attempt at fifth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and criminal attempt at sixth-degree larceny. He was held on a $100,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on March 16
  • Jesse Hovanesian, 27, of Bristol, co-owner of Gold N Pawn in Wolcott, was charged with illegal sale or transfer of an assault weapon, conspiracy to commit illegal sale or transfer of an assault weapon, possession of an assault weapon, false statement in connection with the sale or transfer of a  firearm other than a pistol, two counts of second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit illegal sale of a narcotic substance, criminal attempt to commit the sale of narcotics, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny. He was held in custody on a $100,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior court on March 16.
  • James Myers, 34, of Bristol,  was charged with two counts of conspiracy to make a false statement in connection with the sale or transfer of a firearm other than a pistol, two counts of making a false statement in connection with the sale or transfer of a firearm other than a pistol, two counts of possession of a prohibited assault rifle and conspiracy to possess a prohibited assault rifle. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on March 23.
  • Christal Myers, 31, of Bristol,  was charged with two counts of conspiracy to make a false statement in connection with the sale or transfer of a firearm other than a pistol, two counts of conspiracy to purchase a firearm with the intent to transfer to a prohibited person, two counts of making a false statement in connection with the sale or transfer of a firearm other than a pistol, two counts of purchasing a firearm with the intent of transferring to a prohibited person, two counts of conspiracy to sell or transfer a prohibited assault weapon, two counts of selling or transferring a prohibited assault weapon, two counts of conspiracy of possession of an assault weapon prohibited and two counts of possession of assault prohibited. She was released after posting a $100,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on March 23.

Torrington, Winsted and Wolcott police, FBI based in New Haven, the Lowes Corporation Loss Prevention Unit, the Home Depot Corporate Investigation Division, the Chief State's Attorney's Office Statewide Prosecution Unit, the Litchfield State's Attorney's Office, the Connecticut State Police the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, the Computer Crimes Unit, the Central Criminal Intelligence Unit, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Statewide Narcotics Task Force and state police from Troop B and Troop L barracks assisted with the investigation.

61-Year-Old Suffield Man Dead After Crash


A 61-year-old Suffield man is dead after an 18-year-old crashed into his car on Sunday night, according to police.

A police officer with a radar detector on Bridge Street noticed two cars that appeared to be drag racing around 11 p.m. on Friday, going 60 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone, so the office made a u-turn to try and stop them, police said.

The officer lost sight of the front car until getting to the top of the hill, when he saw the car had gone through a stop sign at the East Street intersection and hit a vehicle heading north on East Street, police said.

A car driven by an 18-year-old Suffield man hit the car driven by William Caruthers, 61, of Suffield, according to police.

Caruthers was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the 18-year-old remained at the scene and has been cooperative. It's not clear whether charges have been filed. 

Police have not yet found the other vehicle that was speeding or identified the other driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffield police at 860-668-3870.

Pedestrian Hospitalized After New Milford Crash


A pedestrian was hit by a car in New Milford on Sunday night and has serious injuries, according to police.

The person was hit on Candlewood Lake Road North around 7:13 p.m. and was transported by ambulance to Danbury Hospital.

The road was closed temporarily and police are investigating.

New Milford police ask anyone with information to call Officer Raymond A. White at 860-355-313.

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Group Beats, Stabs Man to Death in Stamford


A 52-year-old Stamford man is dead after a group beat him and stabbed him in front of a McDonald’s on Wednesday night and police will be holding a news conference about the case on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said a group of three to five males and females beat Antonio Muralles, 52, of Stamford, with a stick in front of the fast-food restaurant at 25 Bedford Street, on Wednesday evening. During the attack, one of the males pulled a knife and stabbed Muralles several times in the arms and torso. After the attack, the group ran off.

Emergency medical service crews who were responding to another unrelated matter found Muralles at the corner of Broad and Bedford streets at 8:17 p.m. and noticed a stab wound to the chest while treating him.

Muralles was then transported to Stamford Hospital, where he went through emergency surgery for several hours, but died at 1:07 a.m.

Police have notified Muralles’ family, including family members in his native country of Guatemala and an autopsy will be performed today.

Police will be recovering video and believe there are witnesses because the area was heavily travelled and well lit at the time of the attack.

A news conference will be held at Stamford police headquarters at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Stamford Police Detective Bureau at 203-944-4417. All calls will be kept confidential.

This is the first homicide in Stamford of 2015.

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Toto Bassist Mike Porcaro Dies at 59


Mike Porcaro, the bass player of famed rock band Toto, died Sunday after a battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 59.

Toto’s keyboardist Steve Porcaro confirmed his brother’s death on Facebook.

"Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother," Steve Porcaro wrote. 

The band’s guitarist Steve Lukather said on Twitter, "My brother Mike Porcaro is now at peace. "I will miss him more than I could ever put into words. My deepest love to the family. God Bless."

Porcaro and his two brothers and Toto bandmates, Steve and Jeff, were born in South Windsor, Connecticut, according to reports.

Porcaro officially joined the band in 1982, playing on hits like “Africa” and “Rosanna.” He stopped touring in 2007 due to the illness. Porcaro and his bandmates were inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

On hiatus since 2008, the group came together again in 2010 to raise money for Porcaro and bring more awareness to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which attacks the nervous system.

Formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, the band won a Grammy in 1982 for Album of the Year for Toto IV. Their new record, Toto XIV, is set to come out on March 24.

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Police Arrest 3 in Gunfire Investigation


Police arrested three people during an investigation into recent gunfire incidents in the Mather and Bedford streets area in Hartford.

Andre Rodriguez, 27, of Hartford, also known as Flip, Brandon Dakers 22, of Hartford, who also goes by Doe-Boy, and a 17-year-old man from Hartford were arrested after Hartford shooting task force detectives saw one of them discard a weapon while they were investigating the group standing in front of Super Deli market while on patrol.

The firearm, a .40 caliber Brigadier semi-automatic handgun with 11 live .40 caliber rounds of ammunition, was traced to multiple shootings in that area, police said.

Dakers and the teenager, who was already on juvenile probation for prior firearms charges, had marijuana on them packaged to sell on the street, police said, so they were charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to sell.

Police seized the gun, ammunition, 19 bags of marijuana, $175 in cash and two cell phones.

Police charged Rodriguez with criminal possession of a pistol and carrying a pistol without a permit.

All three men were charged with criminal trespass.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department
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