This weekend’s Gun Buy Back Program at the Johnson Stewart Community Center on Martin Street resulted in getting 21 pistols, 26 revolvers, three rifles, five shotguns, two derringer pistols, and one flintlock pistol out of the community. Two of those firearms had been listed as stolen in the National Crime Information Center.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley says that this was the first of many local gun buy back events in the area. Continue reading '58 Firearms Collected on Saturday'»
Participants in Saturday’s Quality of Life Community Conversation were told by moderator Alice Leibowitz to “listen to understand” and that “no one needs to promote or defend their opinions,” but old habits die hard. Some people left early, others kvetched about the meeting model, and others ignored the process entirely. Even with resistance, there were residents who moved out of Debbie Downerville and into action. Continue reading 'Residents Guided Toward Solving Problems Through Community Conversations'»
A building which Trinity College employees say had been slated for academic use has been turned into a police substation.
For almost twenty years, there has been a police sub-station on the corner of Ward and Affleck Streets, just blocks away from Trinity College.
A glance at the campus safety log over the last several weeks shows that crimes which would land non-students in court are typically handled only by the college administration. Continue reading 'Trinity Gets Its Own Police Substation'»
There will be a DUI enforcement checkpoint on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 6p.m. until 2a.m. near 211 Wethersfield Avenue, which is between Annawan Street and Wawarme Avenue.
This morning Mayor Segarra gave a dizzying account of changes and projects that are underway, from “nodal development” along Albany Ave to the $500,000 that he said has been secured for environmental remediation of the former Swift Factory. The new public safety complex on High Street, which has its opening ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, was called a “catalyst” for the development of North Downtown. By all accounts, Segarra views Hartford as moving in the right direction. Continue reading 'Optimism Reigns in Update on City'»
The Hartford Police Department will be conducting a DUI enforcement checkpoint near Barbour and Judson Street starting on Friday, January 4, 2013.
The HPD’s Traffic Division will be stopping vehicles from 6p.m. until 2a.m.
After being told that Walmart wanted protestors moved because they were allegedly impeding pedestrian and vehicle traffic, the singing and chanting group moved down to a space on the sidewalk where they were told by the police they needed to remain. Shoppers never lost access to the store, nor did motorists find themselves barricaded in the parking lot where many spaces remained empty.
Despite cooperation, the prisoner transport van appeared and police began to assemble a so-called free speech zone with sawhorses, an effort that seemed confusing and laughable to most, as the activists had long been sticking to walking between two cones placed on the sidewalk for the better part of an hour. Continue reading 'Police Ignore Ordinance as Activists Show Solidarity with Walmart Employees'»
The City of Hartford and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting a community discussion on domestic violence last Thursday at the Hartford Public Library. The program brought together community leaders and veterans of the Hartford Police Department to educate those in attendance about the city’s laws and available resources for victims.
The program made apparent that advocates’ definition of what constitutes abuse is broader than what legal statutes recognize as punishable by law. According to Dr. Sweets S. Wilson, LADC, CCDVD, domestic violence “encompasses a pattern of control and behavior exercised by one person over another. The abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional or cyberspace … and can come in the form of the continuous use of demeaning words.” Sergeant Mathew Eisele of the HPD, however, made clear in his keynote discussion that domestic violence requires clear evidence of physical abuse. Continue reading 'A Fight worth Fighting: Speaking Out against Domestic Violence'»
Citing the desire to keep roadways open for residents when traffic increases during West Indian Week celebrations and the parade, the Hartford Police Department will be instituting parking bans on certain streets in the North East neighborhood: Continue reading 'Road Closures and Parking Bans in the North East Neighborhood this Week'»