U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello upheld the state’s tough gun control law, while acknowledging that it affects Second Amendment Rights. He said the measure is constitutional. In response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, State lawmakers added more than 100 firearms to the state’s assault weapons ban and restricted the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines. A lawyer for the plaintiffs said they’ll appeal.
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families held a full-day forum on Wednesday about domestic minor sex trafficking. The aim was to raise awareness of the issue and to strengthen partnerships across the state to combat the victimization of children. Keynote speaker Audrey Morrissey shared her experience as a survivor of the commercial sex industry, and discussed her work teaching young girls how to avoid her fate.
Former East Haven police Officer Dennis Spaulding was sentenced on Thursday to five years in federal prison for federal civil rights violations. Spaulding was convicted October 21 of every charge brought by government prosecutors. That includes conspiracy to violate civil rights, deprivation of rights for making arrests without probable cause, obstruction of justice and use of unreasonable force. He faced a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Governor Dannel Malloy was joined by school officials and lawmakers at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven on Thursday to announce a plan to expand the school security grant program as part of his legislative agenda for 2014.The governor’s budget proposal will include a $10 million plan to expand the program.
As the snow from the most recent winter storm ends, cold temperatures are moving in. Total snowfall accumulations ranged from one to four inches in northwestern Connecticut to six to 12 inches to the south and east of Hartford. Highs were into the teens across most of the state today. The deep freeze is expected to remain through the end of the week with high temperatures in the teens going up to 20.
Monday marks the official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. To honor the occasion, "Connecticut First" is airing a special edition of the weekday news segment with Eric Clemmons. Watch the segment below or catch it on CPTV on Monday at 6:56 pm. It tells the story of the two summers King spent in Simsbury picking tobacco while on college break.
Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Commission has been told there is no data connecting people with autism to increased violent criminal behavior. A Stony Brook University psychology professor addressed the panel on Friday saying there is nothing that links autism to the type of planned massacre that occurred in in Newtown in 2012. Recently released documents show gunman Adam Lanza had been diagnosed in 2006 with a profound autism disorder.
A former Central Connecticut State University student who triggered a campus lockdown and massive response by the SWAT team was set to be arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court on breach of peace and trespassing charges.
David Kyem, 21, wore a costume with a mask and BB handgun on campus November 4. Officials locked down the school for three hours. His case was continued to February 27.
Eighty-six current and former members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Yale University are being sued over an accident at a Yale-Harvard football game in 2011. Nancy Berry, 30, of Salem, Massachusetts, was killed after being struck by a rental truck that was heading to the fraternity’s tailgating party outside the Yale Bowl. Lawyers for Barry’s family and another woman who was injured in the accident sued the fraternity members late last month.
The proposal to address the behavioral, mental, and emotional needs of children is a requirement passed under legislation that was passed by the General Assembly last year. The plan is in response to the shooting in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. DCF is looking to create the plan with help from families along with experts and other advocates. It should be completed by October.
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Charles Schumer said over the weekend they had been informed by the Federal Railroad Administration that it would begin procedures this year to establish a rule regarding installation of video cameras on trains.
The devices could be installed in train cars to record unsafe behavior by drivers. Outward-facing cameras would scan the tracks. The National Transportation Safety Board has been urging the railroad administration to increase the use of safety cameras for several years.
Governor Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met for the first time today since the state police released thousands of pages of documents stemming from the investigation into the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting in Newtown. One issued raised was how to keep people safe inside a building without hindering the progress of rescuers.
The State Bond Commission, along with Governor Dannel Malloy, held a meeting on Thursday. One of the items was a request from the Department of Social Services for just under $6 million to provide grants-in-aid to eight social service providers. An additional request was made for $3 million toward grants-in-aid to non-profits in Stamford, Pomfret, and Branford.
Governor Dannel Malloy announced an appointment Wednesday to a newly-created cabinet level position within his administration advocating on behalf of the state’s disability community.
Jonathan Slifka will be responsible for increasing outreach on behalf of the governor and executive branch agencies to people with disabilities, in order to provide policy and practical recommendations for advocacy and employment programs.
Governor Dannel Malloy is urging communities to open warming centers for those needing assistance. Officials with the Department of Transportation say they have crews out on the state's roads, but they're reminding motorists to drive with caution. By Wednesday afternoon, temperatures will rise into the 20s, and highs will be above 30 across most of the state by Thursday afternoon.
A wind chill advisory is in effect from midnight on Monday until 6:00 pm on Tuesday. Strong winds will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia are a concern as temperatures drop. Precautions should be taken if you are heading outdoors. Wearing gloves and a hat and covering all exposed skin is recommended. Shelters are reaching out to the homeless in advance of dangerously cold temperatures expected overnight and Tuesday.
Connecticut endured the first major winter storm of 2014, leaving much of the state with between five to nine inches of snowfall,which finally ended Friday morning. The major concern now is a blast of arctic cold temperatures that are expected to reach -15°F in some areas by Friday night.
The deadline is January 1 for Connecticut residents to register high-capacity magazines and guns that qualify as assault weapons. Under Connecticut’s new gun law, anyone who owned a now-banned assault weapon before April 3, 2013 must submit paperwork to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection by January 1, or risk possible felony charges.
Sewage spilled into the Naugatuck River from a siphon in Seymour on Christmas morning. Officials with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as well as local crews from Seymour were able to clear debris from inside the pipe.
Governor Dannel Malloy has announced Commissioner of Public Safety Reuben Bradford will step down on February 1 after three years leading the agency that oversees state police, emergency management and homeland security. No reason was given for Bradford's departure, but Malloy praised Bradford for improving what was formerly known as the Department of Public Safety.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling for an investigation into Target Corporation’s data security practices. Blumenthal sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission following a massive security breach earlier this week. Personal credit and debit card information of up to 40 million Target customers may have been exposed.