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Feds to investigate Southington liquor store credit card hack — SOUTHINGTON - Police are turning over a credit card fraud case involving customers at Worldwide Wine & Spirits on Queen Street over to federal investigators. "The individuals responsible are from out of the country," said Police Lt. Michael Baribault. "It's being looked into at the federal level."
Jan 30, 2015

Feds to investigate Worldwide Wines credit card breach. Switching to cash.

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Record_Journal: Federal investigators looking into credit card fraud cases at Southington liquor store -

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Record_Journal: Federal investigators looking into credit card fraud cases at Southington liquor store -

Oakdale dispute: 5 things to know — Much of the criticism directed at neighbors of the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford is misplaced, if you ask me. Here are five things to know about the Oakdale noise complaints and why I think the town was right to issue a cease-and-desist order against the landmark business. 1.

Still no interest in former hospital, Meriden officials not worried — MERIDEN - Three private firms submitted plans for the development of five city-owned properties downtown last month, but one property remains conspicuously off the list. A private developer that previously expressed interest in the missing site is also absent.
Jan 30, 2015

Former hospital building in Meriden not a top priority for city officials -

Meriden police arrest four on drug charges — MERIDEN - Four men were arrested on drug charges Wednesday night after police surveillance uncovered suspicious activity at the Red Carpet Inn on North Broad Street and at a residence on Sherman Avenue. Undercover officers noticed a running car in the Red Carpet Inn parking lot around 8 p.m.

Quinnipiac student sues over suspension for alleged hazing — MERIDEN - One of three Quinnipiac University students sanctioned last semester after an alleged fraternity hazing incident claims the school didn't provide a fair hearing and suspended him for the spring 2015 semester without justification, according to a suit filed in Meriden Superior Court.

Throwback Thursday: Blizzard of ‘78 defined snowstorms for a generation — On the bus Monday, heading home from his job in Hartford, Gregory Donovan overheard people talking about the impending snowstorm many government officials and meteorologists believed had historic potential. Someone on the bus mentioned predictions that the snowstorm would be "like the blizzard of 1978," Donovan said.

CT Mirror: Ireland awarded $6 million for wrongful imprisonment — Kenneth Ireland, who was wrongly imprisoned for 21 years and subject to the constant threat of abuse in some of the nation's toughest prisons as a man labeled a rapist and murderer, was awarded $6 million and an apology Thursday by the Connecticut's claims commissioner. "It was a very thoughtful and kind thing they did.
Jan 29, 2015

KenIreland awarded $6 million for wrongful imprisonment in 1986 murder of #Wallingofrd resident Barbara Pelkey…

That’s one super-sized Happy Meal — MERIDEN - When Kiah Gillespie got word Wednesday evening that she was one of 24 high school girls basketball players selected to play in the 2015 McDonald's All-American Game, she was in an appropriate place: the weight room. Her Capital Prep teammates exploded with joy and showered Gillespie with well wishes.

Oakdale gains online support — WALLINGFORD - A petition supporting the Toyota Oakdale Theatre is circulating on the Internet after the town issued a cease-and-desist alleging permit violations. The petition had 1,673 online signatures as of 10 a.m., Thursday morning despite a goal of only 1,000.
Jan 29, 2015

#Wallingford officials questioning Oakdale concert venue, but Oakdale is getting support from the online community…

Close Harbor Seafood owner determined to rebuild after fire — SOUTHINGTON - Soot-covered lobsters lay dead or dying at the bottom of empty 15,000-gallon tanks at Close Harbor Seafood after a fire Monday heavily damaged the Meriden-Waterbury Road restaurant. Owner Bill Close, who opened the seafood market and restaurant in 1982, said he's definitely going to rebuild despite the complete destruction of 1,400 square feet of his building and the damage of other rooms. "Oh yes we are," he said Wednesday.
Jan 28, 2015

Owner: Close Harbor Seafood in Southington is going to be rebuilt fire,

Meriden man picked up on warrant nearly three years after assaulting medic — MERIDEN - A local man who allegedly threatened and attacked a medic with Hunter Ambulance in 2012 was arrested Sunday nearly three years after the incident. Rafael Correa, 55, of 144 Pratt St., was charged with assault on medical personnel Sunday. Police acted on an arrest warrant issued for Correa in April 2012, police spokesman Lt.

Meriden man charged after wielding airsoft pistol on West Main Street — MERIDEN - A local man carrying what appeared to be a real firearm on West Main Street Monday afternoon prompted numerous complaints to police. William Flanagan, 24, of 143 Springdale Ave., was charged with breach of peace and possession of a facsimile firearm Monday after he allegedly pointed and waved an airsoft pistol at passing cars near the intersection of West Main Street and Windsor Avenue, police said.

Lydia Gouveia remembered for her smile, dedication to family and friends — WALLINGFORD - Friends and family remembered Lydia Gouveia as someone who always had a smile on her face and was willing to help others. "She was always smiling. She was a very positive spirit," said Town Councilor Christine Mansfield. "She was always smiling at people.

Police officer, dog and motorist hospitalized after two-car accident on Lewis Avenue — MERIDEN - An accident involving a police car occurred this morning near the Interstate 691 exit ramp by MidState Medical Center on Lewis Avenue, police said. A patrol car and another vehicle were involved in the accident, which occurred around 9:45 a.m., said police spokesman Lt. Sal Nesci.
Jan 28, 2015

Police officer, dog and motorist hospitalized after two-car accident on Lewis Avenue in #Meriden…

Accident near I-691 exit ramp on Lewis Avenue — MERIDEN - An accident occurred this morning near the Interstate 691 exit ramp by MidState Medical Center on Lewis Avenue. Emergency officials responded to the accident shortly after 9:45 a.m. Both sides of Lewis Avenue are blocked off in the area. A vehicle can be seen in a snow bank at the entrance of MidState Medical Center.

Parking ban still in effect for Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire — A parking ban remains in effect until 12 p.m. in Meriden and Cheshire, according to each town's website. In Southington and Wallingford, a parking ban will remain in effect until further notice. No time has been specified by either municipality.

Blizzard baby born at MidState Medical Center in Meriden — MERIDEN - Whitney Vitale felt like she was about to go into labor early Monday morning as some meteorologists were predicting up to three feet of snow throughout the area. She started to worry about giving birth while trapped in her home.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @RalphT1: Photo of blizzard bay born at Mid-State Medical Center in Meriden. Tessa Vitale, 8 pounds, 4 ounces.