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Hartford Police Investigate Bomb Threat

By Rose Mendes, Staff Writer

HARTFORD  — Hartford police is still investigating a bomb threat to several public buildings on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley said that detectives are still working at the scenes and, there was no evidence of any bombs.

According to reports, threat was consistent with other bomb threats in the past toward the Hartford Police Department and the Hartford Fire Department headquarters.

There was no need to interrupt or evacuate the buildings, police said.

Police said that the threats are connected to another investigation of a bank robbery in Bristol.

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Former Bulkeley High Student Dies of Stab Wounds

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  A Hartford man, who was a student at Bulkeley High School, died on Bedford Street after receiving multiple stab wounds  Sunday, police said.

The victim, Brian Salaman, 17, of 36 Bedford St., was found lying on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his torso and neck after  Emergency Medical Services responded to a 911 call at 8: 10 p.m., police said. Salaman was immediately transported to St. Francis Hospital and was pronounced dead at 10:11 p.m.

Hartford Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez said the passing of a student is “always painful regardless of circumstances” and it’s upsetting when the subject of grief is a young man like Salaman.

Salaman was active in school sports and  well-loved by his teachers, she said.

Officers arrested a suspect, Edwin Ruiz, 36, of 36  Bedford St.  on scene without incident and charged him with one count of murder.

Major Crimes Division- Homicide Detectives investigated and learned that the suspect and victim became involved in a physical altercation outside of 36 Bedford St. resulting in the victim being stabbed.

After speaking to several  witnesses, Major Crimes Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence and recovered items of evidentiary value.

Hartford Police Department is still seeking witnesses and information.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lieutenant Glendaly Garcia at 860-757-4043.


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Hartford Police Investigate Car Crash

HARTFORD — Hartford Police are still investigating a night crash that happened on Friday and left one person with serious injuries.

The identity of the victim was unable at press time.

According to reports, the crash occurred at about 11:00 p.m. at Park and Broad streets after a driver of a  SUV collided with a compact car. That driver then struck a third car and then tried to escape on northward on Broad Street, hitting  other vehicles and injuring several people.

Onlookers cornered the driver and held on to him until police arrived on the scene.

Those injured were treated by firefighters and medics and then were taken to hospitals.

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Hartford Police Capture Husband and Wife, Fugitives

HARTFORD — The Hartford Police on Wednesday afternoon captured a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, who abducted a special-needs child from Massachusetts. The drama unfolded in Massachusetts and ended in Hartford.

The Hartford Police Department earlier on Wednesday were contacted by the Massachusetts State Police to help them locate a husband and wife (the husband being a wanted fugitive from justice) who had their 20 year old special needs child with them, police said.

Patrick Gaffey

Patrick Gaffey

Patrick Gaffey,  45, of 192 Daniels Road North Adams MA, was charged by Hartford Police with larceny third degree larceny, taking without owner permission, possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics 1500 feet of school. He was also charged with Fugitive From Justice for an outstanding warrant from North Adams, MA relating to breaking and entering a building with intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property, and larceny.

His wife Debra Gaffey, 41, of 192 Daniels Road North Adams, MA, was also charged with possession of narcotics, and possession of narcotics within 1500 feet of school.

Police said that at about  2 p.m. on Wednesday the fugitives were located by HPD patrol officers and detectives near 10 Campfield Ave.

According to MSP, the couple was suicidal and that they were intent on doing harm to their child. However, the child was found to be unharmed, police said.

The couple allegedly stole the van they used and were found in possession of heroin, police said. The couple was taken into custody without incident.


The  child was taken to Hartford Hospital for evaluation. Massachusetts Children and Families were contacted and are arranging for care for him.

Police said this is an ongoing investigation.

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Hartford Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint on Asylum Street

 HARTFORD — The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Sept. 13 from 6 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., in the area of 440 Asylum St.

This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department’s ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD’s Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.

For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.

The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by “putting your junk in your trunk.” Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.

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Man Dies After Club Fight Downtown Hartford

HARTFORD — A disturbance at “Up on the Rocks,” a downtown night club left an East Hartford man dead and one suspect in custody, according to police.

The victim, a 21-year-old man of East Hartford, died after he was transported to St. Francis Hospital.

According to Hartford Police, officers working in the downtown area heard a single gunshot at 12:58 a.m. Friday.

The shot came from the area of Church and High streets. And the victim was found at the corner of High and Allen streets.

Police said the disturbance started inside  “Up  or On the Rocks” night club. After the club closed and patrons exited, the altercation continued outside in the street then moved to the parking lot at the corner of High and Church streets, where the unidentified suspect shot the unidentified victim in the chest.

Officers in the area were able to secure several witnesses.

HPD Major Crimes detectives  said they have made significant progress in identifying a suspect and will release  information within the coming days. Victim identification is pending next of kin notification. Police said both the victim and suspect from this incident are not Hartford residents.

Police is asking anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Lt. Brian Foley at 860-757-4463 or report tips anonymously at 860-722-TIPS (8477).

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Hartford Police Arrest Local Businessman

HARTFORD — Hartford Police on Tuesday arrested a local businessman for selling prescription drugs out of his Park Street store.

The man, Henry Depena, 46, was arrested for operating as a second hand dealer  without a license, a felony charge.

The arrested comes after an ongoing investigation, police said. This is the fifth time Depena was arrested. Earlier this month, he was arrested on six charges, including possession of narcotics with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. In that arrests, police seized a large amount  of illegal prescription drugs including Oxycodone, Suboxone and Viagra.

For his latest arrest, Depena was being held on a $25,000 bond.



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Hartford Police Investigate Body Found

Updated Aug. 14, 2013

HARTFORD —  Hartford Police Department is still investigating a shooting and an unidentified body found in the SouthEnd.

According to reports, a body was found about 10:30 p.m. Monday near  321 Linnmoore St. at 7 a.m.

Police said they responded to reports of shots fired and searched the area. They apparently missed the body of the man found with several bullet wounds on Tuesday morning.

Police on Wednesday afternoon confirmed the identify of the body found. The victim was identified as Valentine Santos, 21,of Vernon.

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Hartford Police Capture Suspect in 2012 Cold Case

HARTFORD —  Hartford Police arrested a suspect in a cold case stemming from the 2012 death of Trevon Mauldin.

Marcus White, 32, of Florida, was arrested on July 30 for allegedly murdering Mauldin, police said. His bond was set at $2 million. The Hartford Police’s fugitive task force arranged for White’s capture in Cottondale, Florida where he is being held and is now awaiting extradition proceedings.

Police gave this report of the cold case:

At 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2007, Mark Brown went to 151 Martin St. and asked residents if they wanted their driveway shoveled (it had snowed heavily the night before).

Shortly thereafter, Brown walked back to his truck. Meanwhile, Trevon Mauldin and a female were sitting in Mauldin’s truck, also parked in the driveway of 151 Martin St.

The suspect, Marcus White, exited his apartment at 161 Martin St. and went to talk to Mauldin.  Mauldin and White then approached Brown.  White put a gun to Brown’s head and demanded his money.  Mauldin stood in front of Brown.  White and Mauldin then struggled with Brown.  White hit Brown on the head with the gun and Mauldin held Brown in a headlock.

White then fired two gunshots, hitting Mauldin in the chest. Mauldin was fatally struck in the chest and fell to the ground.  Brown was grazed on the head and sustained a ruptured right eardrum.  White again pointed the gun at Brown and robbed him of $290.  White was last seen running through the backyards and then south on Garden Street.

According to police, it was persistence that paid off  for stellar work by Det. Renee LaMark-Muir.


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Hartford Recovers Stolen Gun Near Enfield

HARTFORD — Hartford Police recovered a stolen firearm and arrested a local man while working in the Enfield area on Thursday.

Police arrested Tyshawn Taylor, 28, of Hartford and charged him with criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and interfering with police. The firearm seized was an Astra A-75.40 Caliber pistol with a magazine and secen rounds of ammunition.

According to police reports, when officers approached Turner at about 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, he fled and exit the My Food Market at 20 Greenfield St. Turner then “scan the area and adjust his waistband, exhibiting indicators of an armed individual” and then ran on Enfield Street, removing the firearm from his waistband and running with it in his hand.

After an officer ordered Turner to drop his firearm to the ground, Turner complied and was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Police said the firearm was stolen during a burglary in Bloomfield several years ago.

Turner remains in custody on a $500,000 bond pending arraignment in Hartford Superior Court.

Police is asking anyone with additional information to call the Hartford Shooting Task Force Supervising Sergeant Sean Spell at 860-757-4112.

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