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Yale New Haven Health signs agreement to acquire three Connecticut hospitals

Yale New Haven Health has signed an agreement to acquire three Connecticut hospitals and other related healthcare businesses from Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings, officials with both organizations said Thursday. The $400 million deal calls for Yale New Haven Health to assume certain liabilities of Prospect Medical that are not...
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Officials warn after thousands of fentanyl pills found in candy boxes in southern New England

Officials are issuing a warning with the discovery of rainbow fentanyl and pills being found in candy boxes. Last month, according to the Department of Justice, several men arrived in an SUV at a meeting location in Wethersfield, CT to sell approximately 15,000 fentanyl pills to an undercover DEA agent. After one of the men showed the undercover agent a sample on the fentanyl pills, the agent indicated that he needed to travel to another location to pick up the money. The men followed the undercover agent’s vehicle as they traveled south into Rocky Hill. When a Rocky Hill police officer attempted to stop the SUV for a traffic violation, the SUV sped and ran over a roadside curb onto a grass area along the side of the road where law enforcement vehicles boxed it in. Investigators searched the SUV and found numerous Nerds candy boxes and Skittles candy bags containing thousands of fentanyl pills.

Hartford man paralyzed in work accident awarded $100M in what is believed to be largest personal injury verdict in CT history

On Sept. 19, 2017, in the same room at Hartford Hospital where his mother died less than two years prior, Juan “Mikey” Cruz was told there was a 95% chance he’d never walk again. Cruz, who grew up in Hartford and graduated from Hartford High School, became a paraplegic after a 1,300-pound cube of lighting equipment fell on him in the Locust Street warehouse where he worked for 15 years. “He ...

Mayor Adams’ flashy bishop friend is slum landlord dogged by legal issues: sources

A Gucci-loving Brooklyn bishop, who was robbed of $1 million worth of jewelry in a caught-on-video heist, is a slum landlord evicting several low-income tenants from properties he owns in Connecticut, according to tenants and public records. Lamor Whitehead, 44, a convicted felon who has described Mayor Eric Adams as a close friend and supporter, is trying to kick out 11 tenants for their failure to pay rent at the four buildings owned by his company Whitehead Estates LLC in Hartford, court records show. Whitehead bought the buildings, which he described in a social media post as one of the biggest housing...

CT’s summertime drought is easing. Here’s what the state recommends on warnings.

The summertime drought is easing, prompting Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday to downgrade warnings for eastern Connecticut. Hours earlier, the Interagency Drought Working Group representing several state agencies recommended all counties move to Stage 2 drought conditions, lowering the threat in Windham and New London counties from Stage 3. The other six counties were kept at Stage 2. Connecticut ...

Aer Lingus Is Back At Bradley

The Irish airline, Aer Lingus, is coming back to Bradley International Airport in March to bring transatlantic service back to Connecticut. Aer Lingus will operate daily through October and acts as a gateway to 28 UK and European airports, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Pargue. The service is expected to...

Officials: Man dies after being thrown from raft in The Forks

(WABI) THE FORKS, Maine — A Connecticut man has died after being thrown from his raft when it entered rapids along the Dead River near The Forks Wednesday. The Department of Inland Fisheries says the raft had seven people on board when it came upon Big Poplar Rapid, part of Poplar Hill Falls in Somerset County.

Second Somers student charged in racist video

SOMERS — A second Somers High School student has been charged in the distribution of a racist video that circulated on social media. State police charged the student with second-degree breach of peace. Last week, another Somers High student was charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening...
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Watch as Bear Wins Battle for Birdfeeder in Somers

A birdfeeder hanging from a shepherd hook outside a Somers residence is now the property of a determined bear after a bit of a battle. Robert Vargo shared a video that shows a bear using one of its paws to pull the hook down, then using its mouth to get a better hold.

The Russell Jamaican restaurant opens grab-and-go location in East Hartford

Jamaican restaurateur Hugh Russell, a downtown Hartford fixture for 17 years, has been expanding his footprint in the Hartford area. He opened a takeout-only grab-and-go satellite in Hartford’s South West neighborhood in April 2021. He opened a West Hartford Center location in January 2022. Now Russell is opening his second grab-and-go location, at 1084 Main St. in East Hartford. Russell’s ...

2 dogs in Springfield found with duct tape on paws, mouths

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Earlier this week, two dogs were found by Springfield College police officers running around campus with duct tape on them and now, authorities are searching for whoever’s responsible. “I just don’t want to see that dog go through what it went through ever again,” said...

Anthony’s was years in the making

ENFIELD — After 12 years of running a restaurant in Marlborough, Dmitri Patetsos returned to his home in Enfield with Anthony’s Restaurant Pizzeria & Full Bar at 74 Palomba Drive, which opened last year. For 12 years, Patetsos said, he owned Village Green Pizza and Restaurant. Anthony’s Restaurant...
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The Windham Frog Fight of 1754

Drive through the small town of Windham in Eastern Connecticut, United States, and you’ll wonder why the people here have a strange obsession with frogs. Many local businesses are named after frogs. You will see frogs in their logos, frogs graffiti painted on the walls and frog statues everywhere, including four large bronze pieces at the four corners of a bridge across the Willimantic River. Even the town’s official seal has a frog in it.