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Hartford Police Arrest Four Men, Seize Guns

HARTFORD — Four men were arrested on Saturday after Hartford Police found two guns in their car.

Police arrested Nelson Caqvias, 25, of Hartford and David Fernandez, 21, of Hartford for carrying a weapon without permit and possession of a high capacity handgun and magazines.

Police responded to a call from a concern citizen about a suspect with a gun. After an investigation, two Glock 9mm were found, police said. One of the Glock pistol was stolen from Bristol and was converted into a fully automatic pistol, police said.

Police also found 50 round capacity ammo drum containing 27 live 9mm rounds.

Two of the four men arrested were convicted felon, police said.

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Hartford’s ‘Trigger Happy’ Police Officer Fired

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — A police officer who said he was “trigger happy” to a group of residents in the summer was fired on Wednesday.

Hartford Police Chief David Rosado terminated Stephen Barone’s employment after an internal investigation and a formal hearing about the two high-profile incidents in the summer.

“Our success as a police department depends on our relationship with the community we serve,” Rosada said in a statement. “Every day the men and women of the Hartford Police Department are out doing good police work with professionalism and respect, and this officer’s conduct does not reflect the values of our agency.”

Barone, a 10-year veteran, was caught on camera saying: “If anybody wants to fight or run, I’m a little trigger happy guys, I’m not going to lie, and I get paid a ton of money in overtime if I have to shoot somebody, don’t do anything stupid,” Barone said in a video that was posted on Facebook and attracted a lot of viewers.

In another incident in July, Barone failed to call off a July 9 police chase on I-91. The driver went southbound in a northbound lane at almost 60 miles an hour.

Internal Affairs investigators found that Barone violated police policies and discredited the force when he threatened a group of black and Hispanic residents. Barone was first demoted from sergeant to officer in September. And his salary went from $89,200 to $76,800. Barone is white.

“After reviewing the findings related to these two incidents, it’s clear to me that there’s no scenario in which Mr. Barone can return to his duties as a productive member of the Hartford Department. As a department, we are committed to building and rebuilding a strong relationship with residents across our city based on mutual respect, accountability, transparency, and a shared desire to live in a strong Hartford.”

Residents were outraged after hearing about the incident.  In August, residents, community organizers and city officials packed city hall and demanded that Barone be fired.

“Today we stand with Hartford Police Chief David Rosado and the City of Hartford in their decision. Officer Barone conduct and behavior as an officer was unsatisfactory. He lack professionalism, cultural competence and good decision making. This is not who we need on the streets of Hartford to protect and serve our community,” said Rev. Ronald Holmes, president of the Greater Hartford Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. “His statement, being ‘trigger happy’ and other actions are simply disgraceful.”

About 85 percent of the city is comprised of people of color. Only 34 percent of the city’s 379 officers is nonwhite. And close to seven percent live in the city.

Hartford Councilman  T. J. Clarke at a press conference in response to the firing called for “immediate change and training” of police officers. He said it’s a “worthy and realistic goal” to increase and reflect the demographics of the city.

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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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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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