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German-American Comedy Comes to New Britain


NEW BRITAIN — Elizabeth Matthis will bring her German-American comedy show to the Austrian-Hungarian “Donau” Club this August.

Matthis said she will entertain her audience with German-American differences using body language and funny anecdotes that made her Intercultural training for Laughs” popular in Germany.

The event is scheduled for Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Donau Club, 545 Arch St. in New Britain.

Born in the United States, Matthis has lived in several states including Connecticut. She was a high school exhange student in Austrailia and has lives and worked as a translator, teacher and personal tutr in and around Hamburg, Germany for more than 20 years.

This is her only US tour this summer. Tickets are $10 at the door and $7 for Donau members. CAll 860-229-2379 for more information.

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HPD: New Britain Man Shot in Hartford


Rose Mendes, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The city had its 11th homicide of the year after a New Britain man was found Saturday with gunshots wounds.

According to Hartford Police, officers heard several gunshots in the vicinity of 1994 Main St. across the a church parking lot. and found Steven Keaton, 42, of New Britain.

Keaton, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds, was taken to St. Francis Hospital and was  pronounced dead.

“We had some officers in the area that heard shots fired, said Deputy Chief Foley. “In fact they right across the street in that church parking lot heard some shots fired came over here and found a male victim shot multiple times.”

Police say they are searching for two suspects, one wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and another wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division has yet to identify a suspect.

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Foodshare Summer Meals Begin This June


HARTFORD —  This summer Foodshare is partnering with several organizations to present Summer Meals Madness, a series of basketball events that will inform, engage and excite kids—and everyone 18 and under will receive a free meal.

Summer Meals Madness will run June through August at locations across the region, including Hartford, New Britain and Windsor. The program will offer
  • Free meals for all kids 18 & under, with information on free meals locations near you this summer. Mini skills clinics, with support from local athletes
  • A basketball competition for kids of all ages—winners will be invited to compete in our championship event in early August!
  • Special guest appearances by Fox 61 or iHeart Media
  • Prizes & Giveaways
For a complete list of participating sites, visit us online or call (860) 286-9999.

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State Police Arrest New Britain Man for Fraud


NEW BRITAIN — A New Britain landscaper was arrested on Friday and charged with using an invalid social security number to fraudulently collect more than $10,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits, police said.

Julian Salazar, 62, of 200 Smith St., Apt. 1, in New Britain, was arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the unit following a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Salazar, who is employed by a Simsbury landscaping business, fraudulently collected approximately $10,446 in unemployment benefits from December 2010 through February 2013 by using an invalid Social Security number.

He was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, where bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety and the case was continued until April 14, 2016.

 

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Stanley Park to Host Outdoor Fun Event


NEW BRITAIN — It’s that time again to experience Tarzan swings, obstacle courses and other outdoor activities.

Go Ape, a highly interactive treetop adventure course, will hold a grand opening celebration on May 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the A.W.Stanley Park.

As part of the festivities, the Holmes School there will be will be doing their Wounded Warrior walk through the Park.

Then, the Holmes school Choir will sing the National Anthem with the Pulaski School Band, followed by a ribbon cutting and remarks from New Britain Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Go Ape USA Managing Director Dan D’Agostino, and New Britain Parks & Recreation Director Bill Demaio.

Participants at the Grand Opening will get to swing from the trees, participate in a raffle for prizes and enjoy a light lunch.

Go Ape offers Connecticut residents and visitors a unique outdoor experience that encourages them to swing from the trees and live life adventurously.

 

 

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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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