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Town council approves program for investigation into Hamden police shootingHAMDEN, CT (WFSB) – At a town meeting Monday night, leader announced plans to create additional levels of oversight after a Hamden police officer fired his gun at a black couple in New Haven last month. A marathon meeting continued, but town council members have all supported a new program that will put any alleged police misconduct under a microscope. Town Council members also approved an independent investigation of the recent <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/protesters-to-demand-third-party-investigation-into-officer-involved-shooting/article_f1ad7bea-7ae9-11e9-bd8a-0ff70081bc13.html" target="_blank">shooting of an unarmed black couple in New Haven.</a> Last month, a Hamden police officer and a Yale police officer fired their weapons at Stephanie Washington and Paul Witherspoon following a traffic stop. The officers claimed Witherspoon’s car fit the description of a vehicle used in an armed robbery but after the shooting investigators did not find a gun. After the shooting, Washington, who was struck by gunfire, and Witherspoon who was not both recovered but the incident prompted outrage in Hamden, New Haven, and really all over Connecticut. Now, as state police investigate possible criminal charges against the officers the Hamden town council is taking steps to create more police oversight. On Monday night, they approved a program that would appoint an independent investigator to look into any alleged officer misconduct. The measure also creates a civilian review board, expands the police commission, and even sets guidelines for a new committee to delve into the cities collective bargaining agreement with the police union. Town council members believe it’s an important step towards transparency, but some protestors believe it does not go far enough. “This is step to of a thousand-mile journey there’s a lot to unravel here there’s a lot of changes that need to be made and they need to be made slowly deliberately with time,” said Mick McGarry, Hamden Town Council President. “It doesn’t in its current form call for immediate accountability and call for an independent investigation into officer Devin Eaton’s legal force,” said Kerry Ellington, a protestor. Devin Eaton is the Hamden police officer involved in last month’s shooting who remains on leave during the investigation. Town council members voted to approve the new program at the end of the meeting.
Man shot in arm in New HavenNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – Police are investigating a shooting that injured a man on Monday night. The shooting took place around 7:14 p.m. in the area of Congress Avenue and Redfield Street in the Hill neighborhood. Police said a 21-year-old male victim walked into the emergency room at Yale-New Haven Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm. Detectives are on the scene investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Haven police.
Dog killed by bear in Burlington, bear killedBURLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -- A dog and a bear are dead after an attack in Burlington Monday afternoon. According to the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, the bear attacked a dog at a home on Bradley Road at 2 p.m. on Monday. Officials said it was a mother bear who was with three 4-month-old cubs. After several hours of searching for the cubs, DEEP wildlife biologists were able to humanely capture the three bear cubs and bring them to a safe location. DEEP said they have had success in relocating younger cubs. According to state police, the homeowner told officers that when she let her two dogs out, one was immediately attacked and killed by the bear. Police said the back bear was found near the dog and it became aggressive towards one of the officers. The bear was euthanized by officers on scene. "I heard a guy yelling and then I heard like four gunshots," said Monica Jaskot, a neighbor. Neighbors said the mother bear has been terrorizing their homes for weeks. "I yelled at him and he stoop up, scratched the tree and was growling," said Craig Macdonald. While neighbors say it's sad two animals died, they were worried about their children being outside. "Our son comes out here and to him, they're a big teddy bear, so he wants to run over and play with it. God forbid I turn my back for a second," Jaskot said. DEEP officials want to remind residents to take precautions with the growing population of bears in Connecticut. The latest statistics show Connecticut is home to 700 bears and the population is growing at a rate of 10 percent each year. Stay with Ch. 3 as more information becomes available.
Local girl creates toy for police dogs around the stateBERLIN, CT (WFSB) - A little girl from New Britain is making a difference for some special officers. They’re not just any officers, they're K9 officers getting some love and attention one new toy at a time. K9 officer Casner is a little exhausted after playing with his new toy! Casner is a police dog and spends his days and nights by the side of Berlin Police Officer Aimee Krzykowski. When Casner met 8-year-old Mia Phinney a few months ago in Hartford, and for Mia, it was love at first sight! “I don't know, I’m just really an animal person and dogs. I grew up with dogs my whole entire life,” Mia said. “Mia fell in love with him and just wanted to play with him, and she just wanted to drop off a toy so a couple days later she came to the station and brought treats for our guys and brought a toy for Casner,” Krzykowski said. After meeting Casner, mica decided that he needed a new toy, but not just Casner, she wanted to meet and give a toy to every K9 officer in the world! For now, they're settling on the dogs in Connecticut and they've come up with a pretty cool creation. “It’s made out of lacrosse balls and boat rope and we put electrical tape on it and we use the heat gun,” Mia said. “She’s done a really great job with these, this is her project that she makes, and she meets up with police dogs all over the state and gives them toys,” Kryzkowski said. Mia’s mission is extra special for Krzykowski who beat breast cancer for the second time and met Mia at a fundraiser. It makes everyone proud, especially Mia's dad. “Mia is a character to say the least, she loves animals, she has grown up around animals from when she was a little kid, she used to volunteer at Meriden Humane Society,” said Denny Phinney, Mia’s dad. “Well, we always joke that the K9 officers are the most loved officers in our department and it's a joke but it's actually true. When our dogs get love like this, when they get toys dropped off, it means a lot to us, you know,” Krzykowski said. Mia is also becoming a big star on Instagram where she posts pictures and videos with dogs. To see her page, click <a href="http://%20https//www.instagram.com/miasmission19/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Police make arrest in Milford homicideMILFORD, CT (WFSB) - Police are investigating a man's death in Milford. The man was found on property near Woodmont Road and Anderson Avenue around 10 p.m. on Sunday. Police have identified the man as 49-year-old Christopher Peckham of Milford. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Police said the man suffered some kind of recent trauma and they're trying to determine if that was a factor in his death. According to police, 57-year-old Ricky Garcia of Anderson Avenue was arrested for first-degree manslaughter. Police said 12 people live on the property and are potential witnesses. They said some live in the home while others live in vehicles and tents. "As we speak we are interviewing people that were present," said Officer Michael DeVito, Milford Police Department. "Some saw some stuff, some didn't." DeVito added that there was some kind of confrontation, however the details are limited. "Exactly what it was, some people are having difficulty with the memory, some are contradicting each other, so we’re trying to work through all that," DeVito said. There is no word on what caused Peckham's death at this time. Refresh this page and watch Channel 3 for updates.
Ammunition found in North Haven movie theaterNORTH HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – Ammunition was found at a movie theater in North Haven on Sunday. According to police, around 10:30 p.m., a patron of the Cinemark Theater found a loaded Glock 10-round magazine in a theatre. Police do not know who the owner of the magazine is. According to police, the 10-round magazine is legal. No additional information was released.
Woman arrested after stabbing another woman 13 times in HartfordHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A woman was arrested after allegedly stabbing another woman 13 times in Hartford earlier this month. On May 9, police responded to the report of a serious stabbing on Harvard Street. According to police, around 20 people had gathered in the area and a woman was attacked. The victim had sustained stab wounds to the back, arm, chest and face. According to police, the assault resulted in a critical injuries to include stab wounds to the mouth, the puncture of two arteries and injury to the spine. A warrant was drafted for 18-year-old Ednnys Vicente. On Monday, Vicente was charged with first-degree assault and is being held on a $657,000 bond.
Women's clothing chain Dressbarn to close all its 650 storesNEW YORK (AP) — Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores. The company's chief financial officer, Steven Taylor, said Dressbarn has not been operating at an "acceptable level of profitability in today's retail environment." Its owner, Ascena Retail Group Inc., says it wants to focus on its more profitable brands. Ascena also owns Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant and other clothing stores. The company did not say when Dressbarn will shut all its stores. Dressbarn employs about 6,800 people. After the news was announced Monday, shares of Ascena Retail Group Inc. rose 2.6% to $1.17 in extended trading. Shares of the Mahwah, New Jersey-based company are down more than 50% so far this year.
Bushnell holding audition for young girls for upcoming showHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Calling all actresses! The Bushnell is searching for an actress to play the part of “Lulu” in the Tony nominated musical, Waitress. The musical will be premiering at The Bushnell on June 18 and is looking for two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu.” The character “Lulu” is a sweet and carefree 4 to 5-year-old who appears in the production’s finale scene. Actresses auditioning should be shorter than 4’2” and no older than 5 years and 3 months. Space is limited to the first 60 applicants who sign up. The search for “Lulu” will take place in Hartford on Wednesday, May 22 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at The Bushnell. To audition, the child will have to read two lines from the show. For more information, click <a href="http://www.bushnell.org" target="_blank">here.</a>
Torrington police searching for suspect involved in attempted armed robberyTORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) – Torrington police are searching for a suspect who was involved in an attempted armed robbery on Monday morning. The attempted robbery took place just after 1 a.m. at the Cumberland Farms on South Main Street. Police said a white male entered the store with his face covered, brandished a knife, and demanded money from the registers. The cashier could not open the drawer, which made the suspect angered. The suspect threw items at the wall and then fled on foot on East Albert Street to Park Avenue. The victim is described as a white male, approximately 5’09” tall, 140 to 160 pounds, wearing a black short sleeve shirt, black shorts, gray sneakers with a gray shirt wrapped around his head. Anyone who may have information about the robbery is asked to contact Torrington Police Department.