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Juvenile beaten with baseball bat in New LondonNEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – A juvenile male was assaulted in New London Wednesday night. According to police, a report was received around 8:30 p.m. that a gold colored sedan with multiple occupants was chasing a male in the area of Wall and Summer Streets. An occupant of the car was reported to have a machete. The initial report was followed by an additional report of a male beaten with a baseball bat. A male juvenile was found in the area of Summer Street and was brought to L&M Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
Man arrested for hitting woman in the head with a brickHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A Hartford man is accused of seriously injuring a woman after hitting her in the head with a brick. Police said the incident took place on Oct. 26 on Sergeant Street. The victim was brought to St. Francis Hospital and was placed in the Intensive Care Unit. It was soon discovered the victim was hit with a brick. Over the course of the next several weeks, the victim’s condition improved and she identified the suspect as 23-year-old Dashawan Dwyer. Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assault. He also had three additional active unrelated warrants.
Hartford police meet with families of homicide victimsHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Families affected by gun violence met with Hartford Police with the goal of working together to solve open cases. They sang together and they prayed together. Members of the Hartford Police department joined hands with families who lost loved ones to murder. The meeting took place at the Northend Church of Christ. Heartbreaking stories of loss were shared by many, including Henrietta Beckman whose son was killed in 2002. “We have lost but we’re still here smiling, carrying on and that’s what our loved ones would want us to do,” said Beckman. Janice Hill’s son was murdered in 2015. “His murder was solved and I thank the Hartford police for that but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my son,” said Hill. While many of these murders have been solved there are still some open cases and that was what the meeting was all about. Police wanted the community to know that their loved one is not a number and they will continue to work tirelessly to bring their murderer to justice. “I can tell you this there is nothing more a detective wants is to call you and say they handcuffed and arrested the person responsible for the murder of your loved ones,” said Lt. Paul Cicero, Hartford Police Department. Members of the major crimes division of Hartford police received a round of applause. While Reverend Henry Brown hit home the point that the community needs to come together and tell police what they know. “The police department is out there fighting for you and I get tired of people saying, ‘what are the police doing?’ They’re working hard but they need our help to solve these crimes,” said Brown. After the service, family members of murder victims had the opportunity to talk to detectives individually and get an update on their case. Their loved ones may be gone, but they’re certainly not forgotten, not by their families and not by Hartford police. “Before I leave this world, I want closure for my son,” said Delores Mitchell to Hartford police. “We don’t throw in the towel. We don’t give up. You shouldn’t give up. You shouldn’t throw in the towel,” Cicero said to Mitchell. Hartford police said there are actually some new developments in one of the cold cases in the city. They’re hoping to make an arrest by the end of the week.
Hundreds displaced after apartment complex fire in New BritainNEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) – More than 200 people in New Britain are scrambling to find a warm place to sleep after an apartment fire has left them temporarily homeless. The fire started at a complex at 950 Farmington Avenue. The fire was contained to one apartment on the second floor, but there is smoke and water damage. A woman jumped out of her window, but she is expected to be OK. There are 107 units overall. Some of the evacuees will be let in eventually, but it's unclear how many and how soon. The Red Cross is helping all of the victims find a warm place to stay. "Police officers came to each of the doors and started knocking and telling us, 'you need to get out' so we got our pets and grabbed our keys and basically ran out of the building. It was terrifying and my cat was scared too, but it was a really scary event, but I'm glad they actually came to our apartment to make sure they were actually all out," said Gabrielle Valles, a victim. No injuries were reported. There is no word on exactly how many people were displaced. Stay tuned to Channel 3 for updates on this story.
Increased crime leads to community meeting in MeridenMERIDEN, CT (WFSB) - Homeowners in Meriden are frustrated by a major spike in crime. City leaders are discussing the problem at a public safety meeting on Wednesday night. City and police leaders say they are on the same page, desperately trying to curb this rash of violent crimes. But a budget issue means resources are limited which many people find frustrating. Just within the last two weeks, Meriden police have responded to a stabbing on Saint Casmir Street as well as two shootings and two reports of shots being fired. Police believe some of the crimes are gang related. The council neighborhoods a group that tracks violent crime believes the most recent wave of violence is tied to the elimination of an 11-officer community policing division known as the Neighborhood Initiatives Unit or the NIU. Police Chief Jeffry Cosette disbanded the NIU recently after city leaders slashed his budget by $400,000. Cosette and Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpatti both acknowledge the NIU was effective and want to bring it back but no one knows where to find the money. Holly Wills who serves as the president of the Council of Neighborhoods says she just hopes Meriden leaders find a way to work together to make the streets safer. “It is very frustrating and we are hoping that working with our city councilors and the mayor and with the police chief we can come up with a plan to address all this because we want safety in our neighborhoods and that’s what our main concern is,” said Wills. Cosette suggested a compromise, creating a scaled down five person community policing unit, but he says even that would cost about $200,000 and the city would need to find the money.
Beloved West Hartford Jewish store set to close as owner retiresWEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A beloved store in West Hartford is getting ready to say goodbye. The Judaica Store at Bishops Corner has served the Jewish community for three decades. After 30 years, the owner knows it’s time to hang up her hat, but she would love more than anything if the store’s legacy lived on. A walk into the Judaica store at Bishops Corner and you’ll find, Judaic cards for all occasions, dreidels small and large, and menorahs for every personality The owner, Rivka Dvorin says the store has been her life. “I have three boys and I don’t have a girl and this was my little girl from the beginning so I can dress her up I can decorate it. I’ve loved every minute I’ve been here,” said Dvorin. Those minutes added up quickly and Dvorin filled a hole in the community, The Judaic Store is the only one of its kind between Boston and New York. Marla Cohen has worked with Dvorin every step of the way. “I used to go to her house for coffee and rugula cookies she used to make. She asked me, ‘can you help me a few hours and it turned into 30 years,’” said Cohen. A labor of love that grew from a hole in the wall on Whitney Street to a destination store in the state. “I saw people with their children then their children grew up and they got married then they had children it’s like 30 years is a long time so that I will miss the most,” said Dvorin. Dvorin is retiring next year, but she doesn’t want the store at Bishops Corner to retire with her. She’s on the search for a young candidate to take over. “A person that is good with people but also very good with social media because the store needs a solid website,” Dvorin said. Two people have already expressed interest. Dvorin says this is all bittersweet. If it doesn’t work out with a future buyer, she says the Judaica Store will close for good in April after Passover.
Immigrants become US citizens during naturalization ceremonySeveral immigrants took the oath at Goodwin College and are now American citizens.
Police arrest man accused of making threats to Plainville businessNEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -- Police have taken a man into custody following a standoff in New Britain on Wednesday evening. It happened around 5 p.m. on the 400 block of Allen Street. Neighbors were asked to stay inside their homes. Police were trying to serve a man an arrest warrant out of Plainville after he made threatening statements to a business in that town on Tuesday. According to police, the man initially was refusing to cooperate with officers. He has since been taken into custody. Stay with Channel 3 as more information becomes available.
Several people became U.S. citizens on WednesdayEAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Wednesday was a big day for several people in Connecticut who are now U.S. citizens. At Goodwin College on Wednesday, several immigrants took the oath and are now Americans. The ceremony of citizenship and naturalization didn’t take very long, but the journey to get there was years in the making. “It’s been a long journey here since I was 9, and I wanted to have a say and be able to vote,” said Esther Theodore, who is originally from Haiti. Voting is a big part of the reason she wanted to become a citizen. “Voting, it’s really exciting, I get to be a part of it especially after being here so long and not being a part of it,” she said. Ruramaia Mbabali came here when she was 19, but only started the immigration process somewhat recently. “I started early last year, I filed my paperwork in February and was glad to get it done by end of the year,” she said.
East Lyme murder suspect held on $2 million bondNEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) - A man accused of killing a woman he was in a relationship with faced a judge on Wednesday morning. Avery Hallbrooks, 28, was arrested on Tuesday. After his court appearance, he's now being held on a $2 million bond. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/man-accused-of-stabbing-woman-to-death-at-east-lyme/article_deff35ca-fd89-11e8-af6e-13458c0e553c.html" target="_blank">The crime scene unfolded at the Starlight Inn</a> on Monday night. A woman identified as 25-year-old Corina Zukowski was stabbed multiple times. Medical personnel took her to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital where she later died. The medical examiner's office released the autopsy results for Zukowski on Wednesday. The results showed she died from sharp force injuries of head, neck, torso, and extremities. Hallbrooks was charged with her murder. A source close to the investigation said Hallbrooks actually reported the incident to police. At first he told police an ex-boyfriend hurt her and fled but he later recanted. He then told police he threw the knife and his blood-stained clothing in the woods nearby. Zukowski's sister spoke to Channel 3 outside of court on Wednesday, saying "She loved him with everything she had. He claimed he loved her with everything he had but this is not what you do to someone you love.” Hallbrooks and Zukowski have a 1-year-old child together. Zukowski has two other children as well. Family members said the couple has been together for eight years. All three children are with a family member at this time. A friend of both Hallbrooks and Zukowski told Channel 3 that she knew the couple was facing tough times, but the murder was a shock. “I know that they had been arguing. About what, I don’t know," said Krysta Morant of East Lyme. "I can’t really imagine Avery doing anything to hurt his girlfriend." On social media, friends remembered Zukowski as a faithful friend and mother. “She loved her kids so much, she would have done anything," said Alexus Gauthier, a friend of Zukowski. The arrest warrant says Hallbrooks called 911 at 10:30 p.m. on Monday saying a young woman was stabbed at the hotel by a former boyfriend. The warrant shows, "After throwing a knife and clothing away, the accused stated that he called 911 and wanted to save the victim. He also stated that he fabricated the story about a former boyfriend because he was afraid and did not know what to do." Hallbrooks has had run-ins with police before. Records show that he served jail time for criminal trespassing in 2016. Last year, he was at the center of a missing persons investigation in Watertown. Recently, he was arrested in East Lyme on drug offenses. Hallbrooks is expected to appear back in court on Jan. 8.