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Hartford Police Investigate 13th Homicide


HARTFORD —  A Hartford man died on Wednesday after suffering multiple wounds from a shoot-out in the South-end of the city, making this the 13th homicide for 2013.

The victim, Jose O’Casio, 24, of 833 Park St. in Hartford.  O’Casio was on probation at the time of his death, police said.

thehartfordguardian_10th_anniversary_458x60_01According to Hartford Police, they found O’Casio with several wounds after responding at 198 Jefferson St. to a Shot Spotter notification of “multiple shots fired.”

Upon arrival officers found him, suffering from those wounds to the head and body.

The victim was unresponsive and pronounced dead at 1:36 a.m. by responding to EMS personnel.

Police is still investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call HPD/MCD Homicide LT Brandon O’Brien (860) 757-4089; or web tips can be submitted at http://www.hartford.gov/Police (click “Submit and anonymous Tip”).

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Hartford Police Search for Burglary Suspect


HARTFORD — Hatford Police is searching for a suspect in a burglary that occurred on  Sept. 3 on Westland Street.

According to police reports, Carlos Sanchez allegedly used a fake ID to enter her home at 51 Westland Street.

Police said a neighbor of the victim reported that Sanchez and another man stopped by her door prior to the burglary, trying to sell her gas and electric for less money. The neighbor said one of the men had the photo ID card on him.

Sanchez supposedly dropped the fake ID (pictured below) during the burglary, police said.

Police is asking anyone with information or who may know the person pictured, is asked to call Lt. Brain Foley at (860) 757-4463, or tips can be reported anonymously to (860) 722-TIPS.

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Hartford Police Arrest City Worker, Sister of Joe Moniz


Updated: Monday, September 9, 9:41 p.m.

HARTFORD — Hartford police arrested a city worker for drunk driving after a two-car collision in the West End late Saturday.

Rhonda Moniz-Carroll, 53, of Hartford, was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to travel in the proper lane, police said.

According to reports, Moniz-Carroll’s white Ford Escape was heading southbound on Prospect Ave at about 9:30 p.m. when the car drifted into oncoming traffic and hit a black Nissan Altima head on.

The driver of the Altima, Caitlyn Greenabum, was reportedly unconscious when the emergency crews arrived. She suffered an ankle injury, police said.

Greenabum  was transported to St. Francis Hospital and is in the intensive care unit, police said.

This is not the first time a city employee was involved in a car accident.

In August, Andrew T. Jaffee, the director of emergency services for the city of Hartford, who was fired over several problems with how 911 dispatched emergency officials in the city, was also questioned for his use of his city vehicle.

Mayor Pedro Segarra’s former Chief of Staff, Jared Kupiec, was arrested for using a city vehicle without permission after he resigned. Kupiec was also involved in a car accident earlier this year.

On Monday, Segarra issued this statement on his decision to terminate DPW Deputy Director Rhonda Carroll:

“Ms. Carroll has worked for the City of Hartford for many years and her dedication and hard work is appreciated. Her recent behavior, however, shows a lack of judgment incompatible with her job and my expectations for any employee of the City. Accordingly, Ms. Carroll’s termination is effective immediately.”

Rhonda Carroll worked for the City of Hartford since 1997. Her annual salary was $101,833.16.

Moniz-Carroll is the sister of Hartford attorney Joe Muniz, who has also been arrested for DUI in the past. Moniz was a distinguished attorney who was a lead attorney on the Citron and other high profiled and racially charged cases in Connecticut.

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Hartford Police Seek Double Homicide Suspect


HARTFORD —  Hartford Police is still searching for a local man who is a suspect in the double homicide last Thursday.

Police are looking for Rocky Williams, 32, of LKA 39 Arlington St., Hartford,  Williams is wanted in connection with a double homicide that occurred on Dec. 15 at 224 Maple Avenue in Hartford, police said.

Hartford Police on Dec. 16, obtained an arrest warrant charging Williams with capital felony murder, two counts of murder, home invasion, criminal violations of a protective order, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm, in connection with the fatal shootings of Alyceson Archer-Williams, 27, and Dean Samuels, 31, both of Hartford.

Williams’ Judge set bond at $5,000,000.

Williams, pictured below, is described as a black male, 6’1″, 180 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes. He has a scar on his right elbow and a mark on his chest.  The weapon used by Williams has not been recovered.  Police consider Williams to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Rocky Williams, is urged to contact Sergeant Brandon O’Brien of the Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division at 860-757-4089 or to call the Hartford Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 860-722-8477.

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Hartford Police Discover Decomposed Body


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Hartford Police are still investigating a decomposed body found Friday, months after they were called about an odious stench coming from a home on Goodrich Street.

The body that belongs to a 4o-something woman was discovered Friday afternoon, but police said the woman has been dead perhaps since May.

Neighbors said they didn’t see the woman for months and mail had piled up. The woman, they said, was handicapped.

One neighbor called police after noticing the woman was missing for weeks.

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Police Investigates Stabbing


HARTFORD – Police on Saturday were investigating a stabbing incident on that sent one man to the hospital.

Police said the victim was found in the area of Wethersfield Avenue and Wyllys Street around 5:30 a.m. with stab wounds to the torso and neck.

He was then taken to Hartford Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said..

Police said they have not made any arrests in the case.


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Man Who Triggered M.D. FOX Closing Arrested


HARTFORD — A 30-year old man was arraigned today after allegedly causing mayhem that led to the closing of the M.D. Fox Middle school yesterday.

Daniel Quinonez, 30, was charged with criminal possession of a pistol, carrying a pistol without a permit, attempted first-degree assault and machine guns.

In Superior Court this morning Judge John Cronan set  Quinonez’s bond at $1 million.

Yesterday M.D. Fox Elementary School at 470 Maple Ave.  was closed for the day because  of police activity in the vicinity of the school. Parents were  advised and students were removed from the school.

The Quinonez  melee began when police received a call at 4:17 a.m. reporting an armed robbery at a Mobil gas station and convenience store on Washington Street. Not long after that call,  officers  spotted a man fitting the description of the robber at the Mobil station on Whitmore Street, police said.

When the officers tried to stop the man, the man opened fire and fled the scene, police said.  No officer was injured.

In court today,  Quinones was described as a “prime suspect” in the gun robberies.

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Police Seek Suspect for Willard Street Shooting


HARTFORD —

Police are seeking a man who fired shots at a glass door and drywall early Monday on Willard St.

Police described the suspect as a thin,  5-foot-10 black male with hair  in braids and acne scars on his face. He was last seen waring  a white T-shirt in a blue BMW coupe.

Hartford Police Department Crime Tip Hotline is asking anyone with information to call 1-866-457-TIPS (8477).

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Police Seize Guns and Drugs


HARTFORD — Police seized 19 firearms and about 36 ounces of crack cocaine this morning, according to city officials.

They credit  “Operation Slide Lock,” executed in an early morning round-up by members of the Hartford Police Department’s Intelligence Division, the  HPD Violence Crime Impact Team, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Connecticut State Police, with the assistance of the HPD’s Emergency Response Team and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Hartford Police had three search warrants and served sixteen arrest warrants.  The search warrants were used for raiding 138 Adams St.; 1440 Albany Ave. and 277 Wethersfield Ave.

Ten arrestees face charges ranging from possession of narcotics to firearms trafficking, police said. 

In displaying the seized contraband, police officials indicated that the investigation remains open and ongoing. 

Below are mugshots of the arrestees and photos of the contraband.

 

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East Hartford School Board Member Arrested


EAST HARTFORD — A long-time school board member was arrested Tuesday night after a series of events triggered by a  hit-and-run car accident on Main Street, police said.

Henry J. “Hank” Pawlowski Jr., 41, of Oxford Drive, was arrested and released on a $100,000 non-surety bond.

Pawlowski is expected to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Jan. 26  to respond to charges of disobeying an officer’s signal, possession and possible sale of marijuana, operating under the influence, interfering with police, breach of peace, attempted assault on a police officer and third-degree criminal mischief among others.

Despite police report that Pawlowski exhibited violent  behavior and they had to Taser him to calm him, police released him on a bond that didn’t require him to to put up cash or collateral.

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In his scuffle with the police, Pawlowski suffered head injury and was treated at Hartford Hospital, police said.  He could not be reached for comment.

The series of events, according to police,  unfolded this way:

Sgt. Peter Vanek of East Hartford police was parked at 500 Main St. when he heard a crash. Vanek said he saw a red car that had struck a car in front of it. The driver of the red car then sped off, according to police report.
Vanek tried to stop the driver, then saw him strike another car and keep going, police said. The car eventually was stopped on Main St. Police approached the car. Pawlowski refused to get out. Officers then pulled Pawlowski from the car and he continued to scuffle, police said. That’s when police Tasered and pepper sprayed Pawlowski.
Even then and after a police dog bit him, police said, Pawlowski would not stop struggling.

After Pawlowski was handcuffed and taken to police headquarters, police discovered he had five $20 bills and eight bags of marijuana.

Pawlowski has been on the school board since 199 and is a lawyer at the state’s Freedom of Information Commission. The agency’s executive director, Colleen Murphy, said she plans to meet with him today.

The Board of Education Chairwoman, Mary Alice Dwyer Hughes, said she will also meet with Pawloski before deciding what-if  any-disciplinary action is necessary.


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