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.
Police began their investigation last year after a South Windsor resident related to the suspect reported that jewelry had been stolen, according to the department. Police recovered the jewelry at an East Hartford shop and found paperwork there confirming that the suspect had allegedly sold it to the business.
He has been charged with fourth-degree larceny and is scheduled to appear in court on March 31.
The Hartford Police Department has suspended a probationary police officer without pay and has begun an internal affairs investigation following a March 15 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a 17-year-old student at an alternative school in Hartford.
The officer, who joined the department in 2009, has been charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree unlawful restraint and third-degree assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 24.
A Channel 30 Exclusive
A driver from Channel 30 witnessed an argument between a couple after a night of drinking just as it was taking place on March 17, according to a report from the West Hartford Police Department. The man, who was charged with second-degree breach of peace, allegedly got into a physical altercation with his girlfriend as they pulled over, the police stated.
The woman left the scene and stranded the suspect, who is a 26-year-old East Haven resident, following the argument.
A Bristol woman in her 30s was arrested last Thursday after she was pulled over for running a red light.
According to Lt. Donn Watson of the Bristol Police Department, the woman gave a fake name to the officer who pulled her over.
She had been driving on a suspended license, and to make matters worse her muffler was noisy, so along with being arrested for criminal impersonation, driving with a suspended license and failure to obey control signal, she was also fined for “unnecessary noise.”