From the sensationalist headlines throwing out theories that neither Hartford residents nor our police are buying, to the ever-present discussion in campaign season, the homicide rate this year is getting attention. That number does not include deaths that have not been classified yet, like the incident from early Saturday morning on Bond Street that involved a person dying after being struck by a vehicle driven by someone who did not care to stick around. (That vehicle is described as a gray or silver, two-door Infiniti sedan with dark tints. No description of the motorist has been provided).
The homicide rate for 2015 is high, but taking the longer view, one can see that these rates fluctuate. The following data, provided by the Hartford Police Department, shows how the rate ebbs and flows.
Part 1 Crime Historical Analysis Spread Sheet
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45 minutes. That’s all the time George Takei had on stage at ConnectiCon on Sunday. The long line of fans waiting to ask questions was disassembled after only a few had the opportunity to take the mic.
That’s what happens when the special guest isn’t giving flat, boilerplate responses. Continue reading 'George Takei Talks in Hartford'»
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Officer Robert Iovanna recovered one of the missing Bantam Bikes last week at a pawn shop near Park and Washington. Continue reading 'Stolen Bike Recovered'»
left-to-right: Luke Bronin, Joel Cruz, Jr., John Gale, Giselle Jacobs, Robert Killian, Mayor Segarra, Lew Brown
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Councilperson Alexander Aponte has announced that he will be announcing his candidacy for Hartford Probate Judge, a position filled until recently by Robert Killian. In April, Killian resigned and announced his candidacy for mayor.
He has previously served as Corporation Counsel under Mayor Mike Peters. In 2013, Aponte was to face an ethics review.
Earlier this week, we presented mapped data for violent crimes. Now, using data provided by data.hartford.gov, we can look at other types of crimes. The biggest surprise in this, perhaps, is how few arrests were made both years for public drinking during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Information provided by data.hartford.gov shows where homicides have been reported.
January 1 – May 15, 2014 and same period, 2014
In the wake of recent violence, Mayor Segarra remarked: “we know that when the weather gets hot, there’s always that increase that we have to deal with.” Continue reading 'Open Data: Homicides 2014 and 2015'»
Using information from data.hartford.gov, one can see — without the dramatic music or insensitive teasers on social media — what has been happening in Hartford from April 15-May 15, 2015. This time period is just before the local mainstream media’s non-stop coverage of recent violence began.
Both maps use the same datasets. The first simply shows reported incidents; assaults are marked in purple, while confirmed gun shots are marked in red.
The map below uses the same data, but shows the incidents appearing in chronological order. Continue reading 'Open Data: Reported Assaults and Confirmed Gunshots'»
A motorist, who, according to police appeared to be intoxicated, struck a pedestrian with the SUV, killing him, on Sunday evening.
The victim has been identified as Frank Morales, 38, of Hartford. He was pronounced at St. Francis.
The investigation is ongoing, but in addition to the deceased, the yet-to-be-named motorist operating a 2001 Chevy Blazer appears to have struck a parked vehicle and run a red light at the intersection of Albany and Edwards where Morales was hit as he exited a convenience store.
Witnesses and those with information are asked to contact the Hartford Police Department: (860) 757-4000.