WNPR ongoing coverage of the investigation and manhunt for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev. As the search takes over the greater Boston area, it also has implications for Connecticut residents.
Middletown Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault at a fraternity on the Wesleyan University campus. A lawsuit is pending over a 2010 rape at the same fraternity.
About a week ago, Middletown Police responded to a call at the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wesleyan. Police say an individual was allegedly assaulted, but was able to fend off the attacker and flee during an attempted sexual assault. The name and sex of the victim have not been released and its not clear if it was a Wesleyan student.
Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent.
But if you’re at the point where there’s a question about consent, then you already have a communication problem, says Yale student Matt Breuer. He’s a Communication and Consent educator at the university. He says Yale’s workshops begin with conversation about sexual pressure.
TV cameras persist in Torrington nearly a week after vicious online comments about an alleged statutory rape victim went viral. Now the town is wrestling with some difficult questions. School district officials say they’re doing their best to protect student confidentiality and to move forward.
What is this story we're unpacking today? In a nutshell, two Torrington high school football players -- both 18 -- and a third boy -- 17 and therefore unidentified -- were arrested and charged with statutory rape arising from sex with two 13 year old girls. When the news came out, a group Torrington students jumped on social media and publicly blamed the victims. They called the girls whores and snitches, and demanded to know why they were not being punished.
Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a repeal of the state’s death penalty into law. The signing ceremony took place Wednesday - just hours after a new poll showed state voters split over an appropriate punishment for murder.
Governor Malloy signed the bill abolishing capital punishment in a private ceremony with lawmakers, clergy and family members of victims.
The European Court of Human Rights has cleared the way for a British terror suspect, wanted in Connecticut, to be extradited.
37-year old Babar Ahmad is accused of raising funds for terrorists through an internet service provider based in Trumbull, Connecticut.
He was arrested as part of a larger investigation that led to the 2008 conviction of former Navy sailor Hassan Abu-Jihaad. Abu-Jihaad leaked classified information through a website that Ahmad allegedly operated.
We tend to see familiar patterns in the life around us. When a Trinity student was badly beaten on a street bordering the college, we saw violence coming from the neighborhood. When the Hartford police released a description of the suspects as white women and men in their twenties, many of us didn't let that alter our understanding of what had happened.
But in the four weeks since the assault, other versions of the story have trickled out across the campus and through the city.
Homicides in New Haven reached a near-record high in 2011. The city’s new police chief spoke to WNPR about what it will take to stop the violence.
There were 34 homicides in New Haven last year. Police Chief Dean Esserman says the face of violence in the city reflects other cities across the nation.
"This country of ours is not at war on the streets of America. Providence kills Providence. Hartford, Hartford. New Haven, New Haven. These are our own children killing each other. And it needs to stop."
The city of Hartford is building a new, $77 million public safety complex to help protect its residents. But, the complex could use some protection itself. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, thieves have stripped it copper at least five times since May. When it opens in 2012, the public safety complex will be the new home of Hartford's police, fire, and emergency communications divisions. But so far, it's been an open invitation for thieves. David Panagore is the city's chief operating officer.
Young people in New Haven are tackling the crime problem with microphones and video cameras. This is just part of a growing number of youth media projects that are opening up ears and minds about young people growing up around the world.
Today, we’ll talk to the head of Youth Rights Media in New Haven - and a Yale World Fellow and Ted Fellow Gavin Sheppard. He started his own organization in Toronto, empowering youth through creative industries like music and writing.
State prosecutors and Hartford Police say there was no basis for the motor vehicle charges filed against state State Treasurer Denise Nappier last week that resulted in her car being towed after a traffic stop. Hartford Police Union officials say its officers did nothing wrong.
Nappier told the Hartford Courant that she had dropped off a friend when police stopped her. And she questioned whether being black, in a black car, in a black neighborhood may have made police suspicious. But, according to the police union, there's more to the story.
In the wake of the failed labor concessions agreement between Governor Dannel Malloy and state labor unions, state agencies are feeling the crunch. The Office of the Chief public defender has to cut about 7.5 percent of their overall budget, which some believe will hinder the states poorest from getting proper legal counsel, and will make it difficult for public defenders to honor their constitutional obligations.
We are joined by Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice planning.
The capture of Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger puts an end to a long manhunt - but it brings up questions about his dealings with the FBI.
Despite his disdain for “rats” - Bulger, now charged with 19 murders and implicated in countless other crimes, was an informant with the FBI for years. He developed a special relationship with agent John Connolly that allowed him to keep committing crime - and gave him a chance to flee in 1995.
U.S.federal statistics show that 16 to 20-year-olds are more likely to be arrested than involved in car accidents. A Connecticut-based company has created a new smartphone application that provides fast legal advice to people who find themselves in legal emergencies.
The moment when someone has been or is just about to be arrested, is critical, says Chris Miles, a former AIG employee who used to work in insurance and risk management. "Not only is it time-sensitive, its also a interaction where mistakes matter. You really can’t make an error."
A New Britain man has been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for forcing two teenagers into prostitution. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, 31-year-old Jarell Sanderson was prosecuted under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
U.S District Judge Mark Kravitz sentenced Sanderson to 310 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for the sex trafficking of two 14-year-old girls.
A former lab technician was sentenced to 44 years in prison today in the 2009 murder of a Yale University graduate student.
Raymond Clark the Third told the courtroom that he, alone, was responsible for the death of 24-year old Yale pharmacology student Annie Le. Clark pleaded guilty in March to murder and attempted sexual assault.
Le disappeared in September 2009. Her body was discovered five days later behind the wall of a high security, university research building. DNA evidence linked Clark to the crime.