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Drug Raid Results in 26 Arrests

HARTFORD — The Hartford Police Department teamed up with the federal government and arrested 26 people in a drug raid early this morning, according to a press release today.

This morning’s arrest was the latest in a string of “street level, hand-to-hand narcotic purchases and investigations” which resulted in the issuance of 40 arrest warrants, police said.

Chief Daryl Roberts said this was another “successful outcome” in the on-going effort to punish “individuals who cause havoc in the community by promoting narcotics activity.”

Today’s warrant sweep resulted in the following charges with various narcotics related offenses, including the seizure of one ounce of cocaine and 100 bags of heroin,  according to the release.

Rolon Abraham (11/28/88) of 48 Elliot Street, Hartford

Tyrone Alexander (07/18/60) of 121 Washington St, Hartford

Antuane Allen (12/16/73) of 123 Martin St, Hartford

Kenneth Bonilla (05/30/85) of 44 Hungerford St, Hartford

Mayra Castro (03/02/71) of 75 Main St, Hartford

Preston Coleman (07/17/82) of 22 Jefferson St, East Hartford

Alfredo Crespo (07/27/75) with no certain address

Connie Foote (11/03/62) of 254 Branford St, Hartford

Michael Gaston (07/22/88) of 92 Blue Hills Ave, Hartford

Anthony Gurley (02/12/66) of 1440 Albany Ave, Hartford

Nathaniel Hilton (10/20/68) of 361 Zion St, Hartford

Ashley Howard (02/14/86) of 160 Nelson St, Hartford

Joseph Jiles (01/02/76) of 654 Garden St, Hartford

Michael Jones (04/21/90) of 35 York St, 2nd Floor, Hartford

Roberto Leandry (09/29/70) of 107 Hamilton St, Hartford

Kenya Lewis (11/20/71) 56C South Prospect St, Hartford

Roger Morris (01/20/76) of 154 Hillcrest Ave, West Hartford

Roberto Ramos (02/24/79) of 157 Seymour St, Hartford

Orlando Reyes (05/02/73) of 266 Maple Ave, Hartford

Raheem Richardson (09/16/92) of 123 Magnolia St, Hartford

Benjamin Rivera (02/05/75) of 17 Capen St, Hartford

Jose Rivera (04/07/83) of 101 Benton St, Hartford

Martez Robertson (06/29/89) of 69 Martin St, Hartford

Carlos Rodriguez (06/01/84) of 324 Park Terrace, Apt E24, Hartford

Pedro Santiago (09/20/67) of 157 Seymour St, Hartford

David Spencer (11/24/84) of 69 Gillette St, Hartford

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’50 Cent’ Makes His Case in Court

Curtis Jackson, the rapper known as 50 Cent, will continue his testimony in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday morning in his lawsuit against an engineering firm he hired in 2003 for his Poplar Hill Drive  mansion.

A dapper Jackson took the stand and explain his reasons for hiring BVH Integrated Services . Jackson said he hired the company to survey the house in Farmington and to give an estimate on how much money it would cost to “bring it up to speed.”

He said the company gave his an estimate of $500,000 worth of repairs, but grossly underestimated the eventual cost. 

The property he said underwent about $1 million worth of repairs.

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Caribbean-American Heritage Month Begins

AREAWIDE — Across the U.S., Caribbean Americans kicked off  a month of celebration with much fanfare and with star-studded activities.

While many opened up the month with lectures and receptions, other plan more festive events in late June. Among the highlights to come, actress Nia Long is slated to receive an award at the star-studded gala honoring Caribbean-Americans in the Arts. The event is scheduled for June 21 at the University of California Los Angeles’ Kerchoff Plaza.

Other events include:


What: Cultural Spectacular

featuring the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies

When: June 21, 2009, @ 7 p.m.

Where: Belding Theater @ The Bushnell

166 Capitol St.


What: Art Exhibition & Spoken Word Performance: “Che Chango: Rendezvous en La Habana 2013”
When: Sunday, June 21st, 2009
Time : 5:00 pm Performance & Discussion | 5 pm – 8 pm Art Exhibition
Admission: Free
Where: 935 Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 90012
About: Through a medley of her paintings and poems, accompanied by her children on drums and her friends in dance and drama; Lili Bernard theatrically shares stories of her Cuban ancestors and of life in Cuba. This piece, which explores Che Guevara the icon and Che Guevara his words and deeds, is part of a greater work-in-progress by the artist, entitled, “Ceiba de Cuba.” Featuring Maria Elena Gil, Sara Whittaker and the Ferguson Five.
Contact: Lili Bernard at
Website: .


What: Rex Nettleford & Derek Walcott to be honored at Caribbean-American Heritage Commemorative Gala
When: June 18, 2009
Where:  Miramar Arts Center Ballroom, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Florida 33025
About:  Derek Walcott, Nobel Laureate of St. Lucia and Rex Nettleford, Professor Emeritus of Jamaica, are two of the outstanding Caribbean Nationals who will be honored at the annual Caribbean-American Heritage Commemorative Gala. The event is under the patronage of the Caricom Consular Corp.

What: Caribbean-American Book & Art Fair (CABA) Launch – Featuring Derek Walcott, Nobel Laureate.
When: June 19, 2009
Where: Miramar City Hall Plaza, 3600 Civic Center Place,Miramar, FL 33025
About: Derek Walcott, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, will be the featured speaker on Friday, June 19 at the “Laureate Conversation” the opening reception and launch of the Caribbean-American Book & Art Fair.

What: Kick-Off Reception for Caribbean Film and Literary Festival – Opening Night Feature “Hit for Six” (filmed in Barbados)
When: June 3 – 24, 2009 (every Wednesday in June)
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Admission: Free
Where:  – Film Festival: Central Library Auditorium,  One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, Georgia 30303


What : The Second Annual Chicago Caribbean JerkFest
When  : Saturday, June 6th, 2009
Admission:  $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the gate.  Children 10 and under are free with an adult over 21 *Seniors 65 and over also free.
Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL
Time: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m
Why: To Promote, To Educate and To Raise Awareness of the HIV/AIDs epidemic among people of Color in the Midwest and the Caribbean
Information: or 
About: A culturally rich celebration of 34 Caribbean islands will treat you to a day of wholesome family fun in a beautiful atmosphere with a line up of authentic island sounds of reggae, roots, reggaeton, punta, and gospel, poetry, island skits and creative dances on stage, the pulsating sound of the steel band; all that’s complimented by a marketplace of Caribbean fashions, souvenirs, arts and craft, a “tings” Caribbean village, a children’s corner, and domino tournament. Join us as we celebrate the wonderful culture of the Caribbean during Caribbean-American Heritage Month – JUNE 2009. It’s all about the culture: arts, music, food and fashion!!! A potpourri of people and a wonderful Caribbean time! The theme this year is “divided by water…connected by culture!!!”


What: Masquerade Fete
When: Friday, June 12th, 2009 
Time: TBA
Where:Downtown Charleston, South Carolina
About: Celebrate Charleston Carifest at the Masquerade Fete, Mardi Gras Style Gala downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Masqueraders from St. Kitts and Nevis, Music by Slice International– Reggae, Soca,Calypso. Latin Caribbean Dance Troupe, Caribbean Food, Drinks and Craft.
Contact: or  843-557-6258     


What: A Lecture, Caribbean Americans and the Media by Ann-Marie Adams, President of the National Association of Caribbean-Aemrican Heritage Month

Time: noon to 1 p.m.

When June 1, 2009

Where: University of Maryland College Inn and Conference Center, Rm 1123

Admission: FREE

What: Caribbean American Heritage Meet & Greet Reception
Time: 5:00pm
When: June 1st, 2009
Where: Montogmery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor Rockville, MD 20850
Admission: FREE

What: “Happy Sad” Film Screening – DC Caribbean Filmfest Opening
Time: 7:00pm
When: June 4th, 2009
Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Admission: $10 General Admission / $9 Seniors, Students (with valid ID), and Military Personnel/ $8.50 AFI Members/ $6.00 Children (12 and Under). The DC Caribbean Filmfest sponsored by Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF Staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), TransAfrica Forum, and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.
About: The DC Caribbean Filmfest sponsored by Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF Staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), TransAfrica Forum, and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

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