Brothers in Bond ($125,000)
A Bloomfield resident and an East Hartford resident share a last name but aren't related, according to Bloomfield police. But apart from their last names and the fact that they are both 47 years old, they do have one thing in common; both were arrested on March 16 by local and federal authorities on drug-related charges.
The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bloomfield Police Department have charged both men with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to sell. Both were held on $125,000, although the Bloomfield man was released after being able to post it.
Investigators stopped the suspects' vehicle, a 1997 Mercedes Benz, and later seized it along with $1,400 in cash and 22 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $25,000.
Captain Jeff Blatter, a spokesman for the Bloomfield Police, declined to comment on further details regarding the case.
Fraudulent Fuzz Follies
The state is firing a lieutenant on the Connecticut Valley Hospital's police force after he allegedly submitted falsified time sheets and was paid for hours during which he did not work, according to a March 15 article in the Hartford Courant.
Effective March 24, the suspect will be put on paid administrative leave until he is fired. He was placed on administrative leave about six weeks ago while an internal investigation was conducted by the department.
Investigators referred the case to the state police for possible criminal charges.
Two police officers in Newtown were arrested after stealing police union funds, according to a March 16 article in the Hartford Courant. The officers, who allegedly took more than $90,000 over three years, turned themselves in to the Danbury Police Department that morning.
An investigation began on Oct. 15 after union members discovered cash and checks missing from their treasury, which officials stated came from fundraising and investments conducted for over 40 years. Both officers resigned in January.
Charges include first-degree larceny, second-degree larceny, third-degree larceny and accessory to larceny.
Hartford Police Get Hawkish
Members of the Hartford Police Department helped release a young red-tailed hawk in Pope Park on March 17 that had been healed after an injury. The police were joined by representatives of the Sharon Audubon Center, Trinity College and the Department of Environmental Protection. Trinity College Professor Joan Morrison banded the bird, according to Dwayne Gardner of the DEP.
A resident found the bird on Jan. 3 and brought it to the police, who cared for the bird until they were able to bring it to a local DEP office. The bird had sustained an impact injury that broke its wing near the wrist joint.
The band will enable college representatives to study the bird's activities as part of a habitat use and reproductive ecology study as long as it stays in the state.
A Jewel of a Guy
A 38-year-old Manchester man was arrested on March 17 by the South Windsor Police Department after allegedly selling jewels he had stolen from his relatives to a pawn shop.