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Judge Sentences Man for Murdering Wife


NEW BRITAIN —  A judge sentenced a New Britain man on Thursday for murder and home invasion resulting in the death of his wife last July.

New Britain Superior Court by Judge Arthur Hadden gave 40-year-old Humberto Diaz-Guzman 10 years for the murder.

In June of this year,  Diaz-Guzman pled guilty to criminal attempt to commit murder and home invasion resulting from an incident in New Britain on July 3, 2013.

Diaz-Guzman entered into a residence armed with a kitchen knife to confront his wife, officials said. When others in the house attempted to get him to leave one of them was stabbed in the abdomen causing serious internal injuries.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Brett J. Salafia.

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Spanish-Speaking Center Puts Out Alert


Updated Sept. 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

NEW BRITAIN — The Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain on Tuesday said Greater Hartford residents should be beware of deceptive business practices from the multi-level marketing company, Herbalife. 

Representatives from the small faith-based community organization that has been serving low and moderate income families since 1964, said the organization’s campaign is “to raise awareness and provide information about the resources available to assist those who have lost money to the nutritional products and weight loss supplement maker.”

They said consumer fraud is pervasive in the Latino community that those who are being deceived are afraid to come forward.

“I am deeply troubled by the stories I am hearing from members of this community who have invested their hard-earned time and money into Herbalife,” said SSCNB Executive Director Mary L. Sanders. “The Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain wants those who have lost money to Herbalife, which is often framed as a get-rich-quick business opportunity, to know that they are not alone—and that resources are available to assist them.”

“I lost over $2,000 of my savings in Herbalife,” said Nereida Duran, a former Herbalife distributor.  “I experienced tremendous pressure to recruit more and more individuals in order to move up the ladder.  The promises I was given included cruises, vacations and a great income.  In the end, I never once received a check from Herbalife.  I encourage others who had experiences like mine to come forward today.”

Herbalife has refuted claims of fraud. According to a press release to The Hartford Guardian.

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“The allegations being made today are misguided and entirely incorrect, and we would welcome an opportunity to educate everyone involved in order to correct the misinformation and misperceptions they have been given about Herbalife.

 

As has been documented in the press repeatedly, Herbalife has been the target of a manufactured and misleading campaign by a Wall Street hedge fund manager with the hope of putting the company out of business to enrich himself and to the detriment of thousands of members, customers, employees and investors.  Unfortunately, this campaign continues today.

 

There is nothing new here.  The data offered is inaccurate and the allegations are ill founded.  Herbalife stands behind the quality of our products and our commitment to member satisfaction and consumer protection. Herbalife’s ‘Gold Standard’ consumer-protection rules provide all members with industry-leading protections including low startup costs, a 100% money-back guarantee for unsold products within 12 months of purchase, clear and accurate product information with business opportunity guidelines and a written acknowledgement of these protections. The company’s ‘Gold Standard’ rules not only meet, but exceed the standards prescribed by the Direct Selling Association (DSA), of which the Company is a long-time member in good standing.

 Herbalife is very proud of its presence in Connecticut, supporting nearly 4,000 independent members throughout the state. Their success is a tribute to the hard work of our members and a clear demand to live a healthy lifestyle.”

 

 

 

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State Offers Aid to Companies for Employment


WETHERSFIELD – Southwest Connecticut employers are invited to learn more about the Subsidized Training and Employment and Training Program (Step Up) as well as a variety of other hiring and tax incentives designed to benefit their businesses by attending a May 29 conference being held in the Westport Inn Ballroom.

Officials said that the conference aims to target companies of any size that can learn about the opportunities and benefits available to their business, including the wage reimbursement program through Step Up, low interest financing under the Small Business Express Program, assistance on recruitment and business plan development, and tax incentives for equipment upgrades and job creation initiatives.”

Taking place from 8 to 10:30 a.m., the event, begins with networking and light refreshments at 7 a.m. Employers can pre-register online for the conference by visitingwww.StepCT.com or more information can be obtained from Dolores Ryan, BridgeportAmerican Job Center by contacting her at dolores.ryan@ct.gov or (203) 455-2602.

Additional conferences, also to be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m., will be offered on the following dates:

  • June 3, Progress Square Industrial Park, 32 Valley Street, Bristol
  • June 5, Western Connecticut State University, Westside Ballroom, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury
  • June 11, Goodwin College, Main Campus – Auditorium, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford
  • June 12, University of Connecticut’s Torrington campus, 855 University Drive, Torrington
  • June 19, Simsbury High School Auditorium, 34 Farms Village Road, Simsbury
  • June 24, Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich
  • A future conference is also being planned for the town of Meriden.

 

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New Britain Man Arrested for Fraud


NEW BRITAIN — A New Britain man was arrested on Friday and charged with illegally collecting more than $20,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits, state officials said.

XHEVDET RRAHIMI (also spelled Rrahami), 37, of 30 Seymour Rd in New Britain, was charged with one count  first-degree larceny because he alleged defrauding a public community and for unemployment compensation fraud, according to the office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

First degree larceny by defrauding the community is a class B felony punishable by not less than one year nor more than 20 years in prison and/or up to a $15,000 fine.

The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Rrahimi fraudulently collected approximately  $20,816 in unemployment benefits between June 2011 and October 2012, when, in fact, he was employed.

Unemployment benefits have been designated as economic support for individuals who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. The benefits are funded by employers doing business in Connecticut.

Rrahimi was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 8, 2014, in Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, New Britain.

 

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CCSU Releases Evidence Photos of Monday’s Lockdown, President’s Statement


NEW BRITAIN — For Central Connecticut State University President Jack Miller, one can never be “too vigilant” in the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School and other nationwide campus shootings.

In a statement to the press on Tuesday, Miller explained the reason for the college’s lockdown.

“As further information unfolds from yesterday’s campus emergency incident, two observations have become clear to me about the world in which we now live. First, you can never be too vigilant nor react too strongly to the threat of violence. All potential threats must be taken very seriously, and the response must be a reaction to worst-case scenarios.”

Miller’s statement came on Tuesday after CCSU released evidence photos that caused a college-wide lockdown for almost five hours until state and local police apprehended David Kyem, 21, a CCSU student who after leaving a Halloween Party at the University of Connecticut over the weekend entered campus with his G.I. Joe outfit, which was a camouflage pants, a tactical vest, and a mask as he made his way to this dorm at James Hall.

But his costume was a bit too real for some, who panicked and called the police at about 12:30 p.m.

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Police releases the picture of the jacket the CCSU senior wore (see featured photo). The pictures were striking. See below:

 

On sight, Kyem caused alarm among some students. A senior from Newington, he later apologized for causing a commotion, fear and confusion.  New Britain Police charged him with breach of peace, and he posted at $1,000 bond.

Miller added that “As an educational institution we must continue to educate our students and ourselves about the perception of threat. Behavior that causes widespread fear among our students and staff cannot and will not be tolerated.”

Yesterday, Gov. Dan Malloy also released this statement:

“I want to commend state and local law enforcement for their quick response.  While there was no act of violence today, the actions taken once these reports came in are exactly why it is so important to say something if you see something.  Unfortunately, incidents like these will occur, but today showed us the ideal way for them to conclude – with no one seriously harmed.”

 

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Should Seek Answers from DECD, Others


U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’ meeting today with elected officials, political candidates, community activists and residents in the Greater Hartford region should tackle this burning question: Why is there $12 million for minority businesses sitting at the Department of Economic and Community Development in a time when these businesses are bruising from a deep economic recession and a long recovery?

In a region where Latino and black jobless rates dwarf the state’s recently reported jobless rate of 9 percent, DECD has yet to distribute the allocated money to small and minority business owners, who are likely job creators for many Hartford residents.  We hope that besides her roundtable discussion, press conference and other meetings around the state today, she makes a beeline to DECD.

Hartford has the highest jobless rate in the state. The overall unemployment rate for the city is reportedly 17 percent. The Latino jobless rate is 25 percent. The black jobless rate is 27 percent. These figures do not factor in the number of people who have stopped looking for work after one or two years of unemployment or underemployment.

Moreover, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra added 14 people to the unemployment line this week, in an effort to balance the city budget.

Besides pontification from pundits and politicians, we need to see leaders taking actions to create conditions that promote economic growth, so that businesses can hire more city residents. Distributing the money to Hartford’s small businesses would allow at least two hires by each company and at the same time help build capacity to provide better services to city residents. It all seems elementary. Yet there is so much malaise in all sections of the city. And the biggest obstacle seems to be the very people who are purportedly community leaders.

Solis must question these community leaders and local officials about their seemingly inability to coordinate efforts to create conditions that help businesses grow so that they can provide jobs.

The $12 million can provide many jobs. News that that much money allocated specifically for minority businesses was just sitting at DECD met puzzled participants at a small business summit for urban business sponsored by the state National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other entities. The irony was that the summit provided possible answers to this predicament. It was clear that summit organizers failed to inform local business owners of the summit within a one-mile radius of the Artist Collective on Albany Avenue, where the event was held. The  auditorium was packed with mostly business owners, who traveled from New Haven and Bridgeport. And the few Hartford business owners present heard the news from friends in other parts of the state—not in Hartford.

The one-day summit had so many key people present to help these businesses. It was also unbelievable that more effort was clearly not made to inform business owners about this economic-boosting opportunity right in thier backyard.

How unfortunate.

 

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Election Day For New Britain State Rep Set


HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday announced that a special election to fill a vacancy for State Representative in the 24th General Assembly District, covering parts of New Britain and Newington, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The seat became vacant on Nov. 15 following the resignation of Tim O’Brien, who was elected mayor of New Britain in the November 8 municipal elections.

Under state law, the Governor is required to issue a Writ of Special Election, and a special election must be held within 46 days of its issuance.

The writs, one for each of the town clerks of New Britain and Newington, were filed today and are attached.

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West Nile Virus Found in New Britain


NEW BRITAIN – The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in New Britain on July 20 tested positive for West Nile virus.

The result represents the first positive mosquito identified in New Britain by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year. The WNV was also found in Westport.

“As expected, we continue to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in more locations in lower Fairfield County and are now seeing an expansion into central Connecticut,” said Dr. Theodore G. Andreadis, Chief Medical Entomologist, CAES. “Over the next few weeks and into early fall, we expect to see further build-up of West Nile virus with increased risk for human infection throughout the state, especially in densely populated communities.”

In 2011, WNV-positive mosquitoes have been trapped in six municipalities: Bridgeport, Greenwich, New Britain, Orange, Stamford, and Westport. No Connecticut residents have been identified with illnesses related to WNV infections this year.

For information on West Nile virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito.

 

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Murphy for Senate Campaign Releases Poll Results


NEW BRITAIN — In case you missed it, two Democratic contenders have officially entered the race to replace Sen. Joe Liberman, who announced last week he won’t seek reelection.

Former state Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz was the first. Then Rep. Chris Murphy released an announcement video last week, in which he pledges to respond to every single constituent phone call, e-mail, and note.

Today, the Murphy for Senate campaign released results from its first poll, which surveyed 500 people statewide Jan.3-5, 2011.

According to his own poll, he wins the race if election were held today.

Link to the polling memo (.pdf)

Murphy’s release states that in a two-way race with either Linda McMahon or Rob Simmons as the Republican candidate, Murphy is the frontrunner. Murphy currently has a 19 point lead over McMahon (54 percent to 35 percent) and a 12 point advantage over Simmons (46 percent to 34 percent).

Murphy is also well-positioned in a Democratic primary race against Susan Bysiewicz. In a head-to-head race among likely Democratic primary voters, Murphy has a solid 9 point lead over Bysiewicz, 40 percent to 31 percent, according to Murphy’s campaign manager, Kenny Curran.

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City Partners With Bike Walk Summit


HARTFORD — In an effort to realize a bike and walk friendly city, the city has joined with the Connecticut Bike Walk organization to hold a summiton Saturday at Central Connecticut State Univeristy in New Britain.

The Nov. 13  Bike Walk Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will create a  forum for city and community leaders to continue the work toward a Healthy Hartford by planning the changes needed to improve resident’s ability to bike and walk across the city, Hartford officials said.

“With the goal of changing the culture of transportation to make bicycling and walking safe, feasible and attractive for a healthier, cleaner Connecticut, the organization Bike Walk Connecticut will bring us together to have these important conversations,” said Carlos Rivera, Director of the Hartford Department of Health and Human Services.

To register for this event,  visit www.bikewalkct.org.

For additional information, call Bike Walk Connecticut at 860-904-2420

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