TORRINGTON POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN EARLY MORNING ASSAULT AT A FUNSTON AVENUE RESIDENCE WEDNESDAY AND ARE SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECT. POLICE LT. BART BAROWN TELLS WZBG A MAN ENTERED THE HOME SHORTLY BEFORE 5AM, ASSAULTED THE VICTIM AND THEN FLED ON FOOT. THE STATE POLICE K-9 TEAM WAS IN THE AREA AND ASSISTED IN TRYING TO LOCATE THE SUSPECT, WHO WAS NOT FOUND. HE’S DESCRIBED AS A BLACK MALE IN HIS 20’S, THIN BUILD, ABOUT 6 FEET TALL WEARING DARK COLORED PANTS AND A BLACK HOODED SWEATSHIRT. THE VICTIM WAS TREATRED FOR A MINOR INJURY. POLICE DID NOT SAY HOW THE SUSPECT ENTERED THE HOME. POLICE REMIND RESIDENTS TO LOCK THEIR DOORS AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY.

 

 
A TORRINGTON POLICE STORY WITH A HAPPIER ENDING: IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT TUESDAY THAT POLICE GOT A CALL FROM A PASSING MOTORIST WHO FOUND A 2-YEAR OLD CHILD STANDING NEAR THE CORNER OF GOSHEN ROAD AND LOVER’S LANE. THE CHILD, BESIDES BEING WET FROM THE RAIN, WAS IN GOOD HEALTH. POLICE SPOKESMAN DETECTIVE KEVIN TIEMAN SAYS THE AREA WAS CHECKED, HOUSE DOORS WERE KNOCKED ON, AND A REVERSE 9-1-1 CALL WAS SENT TO HOMES IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA. TIEMAN SAYS AT ABOUT 5AM, A RESIDENT AT THE APARTMENT COMPLEX AT 187 LOVERS LANE REPORTED HER CHILD MISSING AND THE FRONT DOOR WIDE OPEN. POLICE WERE ABLE TO CONNECT THE CHILD AND THE FAMILY, AND LEARNED THAT THE CHILD CRAWLED OUT OF BED AND WANDERED OUT OF THE APARTMENT COMPLEX ON HIS OWN. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE FILED. DETECTIVE TIEMAN SAYS POLICE AND THE CHILD’S FAMILY THANK THE MOTORIST, WILLIAM HAYGOOD OF TORRINGTON, AND BROOKDALE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY, FOR LOCATING THE CHILD AND TAKING STEPS TO REUNITE CHILD AND FAMILY.

 

 
HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — THE HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS FIVE OFFICERS FACE DISCIPLINE IN CONNECTION WITH A VIOLENT ARREST FOLLOWING A CAR CHASE LAST JUNE. THE DEPARTMENT’S INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION IN A 68-PAGE REPORT FOUND FAULT WITH SEVEN OFFICERS IN ALL, AFTER A SUSPECT WAS KICKED WHILE ON THE GROUND AND HANDCUFFED. THE MOST SERIOUS PUNISHMENT WAS A 90-DAY SUSPENSION FOR AN OFFICER CAUGHT ON CAMERA KICKING THE PRONE SUSPECT THREE TIMES.

 

 
HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — GOV. DANNEL P. MALLOY IS INVITING LEGISLATIVE LEADERS TO MEET NEXT WEEK AND “CHART A COURSE” FOR A NEW BUDGET. THE INVITATION COMES A DAY AFTER THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ABRUPTLY ADJOURNED WITHOUT TAKING A VOTE ON A SPENDING PLAN, PROMPTING DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO BLAME ONE ANOTHER FOR THE BREAKDOWN. THE FINANCE REVENUE AND BONDING COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO MEET THURSDAY TO VOTE ON A TAX PLAN.

 

 
THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR THE STATE D-E-E-P URGES ALL RESIDENTS TO BE ‘BEAR AWARE.’ STATE WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST PAUL REGO SAYS CONNECTICUT’S BEAR POPULATION HAS GROWN TO BETWEEN 600 AND 700, AND BEAR ACTIVITY INCREASES IN SPRING. REGO SAYS NEVER FEED BEARS OR LEAVE FOOD OR GARBAGE AROUND, AS BEARS TEND TO LOSE THEIR FEAR OF HUMANS WHEN ATTRACTED TO HOMES BY EASILY-ACCESSIBLE FOOD. ALSO, TAKE DOWN BIRD FEEDERS BY LATE MARCH, STORE GARBAGE IN SECURE CONTAINERS, AND PROTECT BEEHIVES, LIVESTOCK AND CHICKEN COOPS WITH ELECTRIC FENCING.

 

 
HARWINTON REPUBLICAN FIRST SELECTMAN MICHAEL CRISS WILL SEEK A 4TH TERM. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS CRISS ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY THAT HE AND HIS SELECTMAN RUNING-MATE EVAN BRUNETTI, NOW IN HIS 2ND TERM, WILL BOTH SEEK RE-ELECTION IN NOVEMBER. CRISS SAYS HE AND BRUNETTI, BOTH HARWINTON NATIVES, HOPE TO CONTINUE PURSUING A LIST OF GOALS INCLUDING TAX BREAKS FOR SENIORS AND VETERANS, IMPROVED SERVICES, A HARWINTON WAR MEMORIAL AND PRESERVING THE TOWN’S RURAL CHARACTER.

 

 
NEW HARTFORD VOTERS – YOU HAVE A BUDGET REFERENDUM TO ATTEND TUESDAY. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE USUAL VOTING PROCESS, AS THE TOWN BUDGET ISN’T READY DUE TO STATE BUDGET DELAYS. TYPICALLY, THE REGION-7 AND TOWN BUDGETS ARE CONDUCTED ON THE SAME DAY AT TWO POLLING PLACES, BUT POLLS WILL BE OPEN NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 2ND AT NEW HARTFORD TOWN HALL, FROM NOON TO 8PM, JUST TO DECIDE THE FATE OF THE REGION-7 SCHOOL BUDGET, OF WHICH THE TOWN’S ASSESMENT IS JUST OVER $10.1-MILLION DOLLARS, AN INCREASE OF 3-PERCENT. AGAIN, NEXT TUESDAY’S REFERENDUM IS NOON TO 8PM AT NEW HARTFORD TOWN HALL ONLY.