Waterbury Felon Sentenced to 37 Months for Possession of Firearm

Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor

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A Waterbury man was sentenced Nov. 9 to 37 months of imprisonment for illegally possessing a firearm.

Stephen Goins, 36, a convicted felon, was driving a vehicle that had a firearm in the glove compartment. According to documents presented in court on June 26, 2014 a Bridgeport police officer stopped Goins off of an exit off I-95 in Bridgeport.

Following a search of Goins’ vehicle, the officer placed the Waterbury resident under arrest when he found a loaded Ruger LCR Revolver .38 caliber special handgun.

Goins has a history of felony convictions for robbery, larceny and trafficking marijuana. It is against federal law for convicted felons to possess a firearm or ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce.

Goins had been detained since his arrest and pleaded guilty on May 6, 2016 to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will serve 37 months and follow up that sentence with three years of supervised release.


East Hartford Heroin Distributor Sentenced, Six Others Charged as a Result

Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor

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An East Harford man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Nov. 9 for distribution of heroin.

According to U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly, Orlando Tirado, 30, of East Hartford investigators searched Tirado’s vehicle on June 4, 2014. After the East Hartford resident consented to the search, law enforcement discovered $5,200 in cash.

Months later, on November 27, 2014, Tirado fled from Hartford Police who were investigating a domestic assault. Tirado began to throw six bricksized packages which law enforcement seized. The packages contained 3,003 bags of heroin. Tirado was arrested and charged with state narcotics offenses.

The arrest stems from a drug enforcement initiative in place in the Hartford Task Force administration due to large of amounts of heroin the Hartford area.

While on pre-trial release in May 2015, Tirado and several associates were revealed to be working together in the selling of narcotics. Court authorized wiretaps aided in the arrest of one of Tirado’s associates who traveled from Hartford to New York City. Law enforcement officials conducted a search of the associate’s vehicle and seized approximately $125,000 in cash.

Tirado has a criminal history including multiple felonies convictions for narcotics trafficking, assault and battery of a police officer.

Six of Tirado’s associates were charged stemming from this investigation.

Tirado will serve 84 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release.

New Haven Bloods Associated Gang Member Sentenced to Three Years

Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor

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A New Haven man was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for assault and crack distribution.

The gang-related assault and drug distribution charges against a Robert Harris, otherwise known as “Skully Mack,” 20, of New Haven stem from a branch of the infamous Bloods street gang. The Red Side Guerilla Brims (RSGB) operated in New Haven between 2011 and 2015.

The gang was involved with narcotics trafficking and acts of violence. They have been tied to murder, assault, attempted murder and armed robberies within in New Haven. Harris faces 36 months of prison and six years of supervised release.

On Dec. 23, 2014 Harris, with another RSGB member named Christopher Graham, or “Ugg,” got into an altercation with an unnamed witness over a .40 caliber pistol which the victim allegedly stole from Graham. Harris was called to the scene by Graham when “Ugg” had realized the victim stole the gun.

The victim showed Harris where the gun was hidden when he had arrived and Harris attacked the victim by striking them with the pistol.

In June 2014 Harris had sold 10 grams of crack cocaine to a law enforcement individual who was incognito.

Several other gang members associated with RSGB have been detained, charged or convicted with violence and crimes ranging from racketeering, possession, distribution and assault.

Graham pleaded guilty to assault in aid of racketeering and one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack. He was sentenced to 66 months of prison and five years of supervised release on Aug. 24, 2016.

OSU Student Shot Dead After Rampage

Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Michael C. Madeiros, Staff Writer

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Campus police at Ohio State University shot a student dead following a bloody rampage at OSU’s Columbus campus on Monday morning.

Police say that shortly before 10 a.m. on Nov 28, 18-year-old Abdul Artan used his vehicle to mow down fellow students and staff as they were evacuating the building after a fire alarm was pulled in Watts Hall. Artan, a Somali refugee, then used a large butcher knife to stab and slash his victims before being shot by a responding officer.

Nine people were taken to the hospital with one in critical condition. No deaths have been reported at this time.

According to NBC, Artan left Somalia in 2007 and moved to Pakistan, then moved to the United States in 2014.

“Although authorities have yet to establish a clear motive, when asked by reporters at a press conference if the attack was terrorism, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said the police “have to consider that it is.””

Although authorities have yet to establish a clear motive, when asked by reporters at a press conference if the attack was terrorism, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said the police “have to consider that it is.”

Drug Take-Back Day to Dispose of Unwanted Drugs

Drug Take-Back Day will occur on Oct. 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of the Putnam, CT Police Department.)

Monday, November 7, 2016 (Issue #2)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor

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Connecticut State Police will be hosting Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in an effort to collect unwanted prescription drugs.

The effort is part of a state-wide initiative to stop pill abuse and distribution. Due to the alarmingly high overdose and abuse rates of prescription drugs in the United States citizens are encouraged to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted drugs.

The initiative stems from a bill passed by Congress in 2010 called the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act. The bill, an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act, allows an “ultimate user” of substances to dispose of them to collectors authorized by the Attorney General.

The process is free and anonymous and serves as a safe alternative to disposing of the drugs in the toilet or trash, which studies suggest cause health risks and safety hazards.

This will be an ongoing approach to the safe disposal of prescription drugs every few months.

In April 2016 all State Police barracks across Connecticut were equipped with drug collection boxes donated by CVS Pharmacy. These terminals are available to the public year-round, 24-hours a day.

Those wanting to participate in the take-back initiative Saturday, Oct. 22 are encouraged to visit these locations:

  • Troop A-Southbury 90 Lakeside Road, Southbury
  • Troop B-North Canaan 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan
  • Troop D-Danielson 55 Wescott Road, Danielson
  • Troop F-Westbrook 315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook
  • Troop I-Bethany 631 Amity Road, Bethany
  • Troop K-Colchester 15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester
  • Troop L-Litchfield 452A Bantam Road, Litchfield

The permanent drop box locations are:

  • Troop A-Southbury 90 Lakeside Road, Southbury
  • Troop B-North Canaan 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan
  • Troop C-Tolland 1320 Tolland Stage Road, Tolland
  • Troop D-Danielson 55 Wescott Road, Danielson
  • Troop E-Montville I-395 North (between exits 6 & 9), Montville
  • Troop F-Westbrook 315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook
  • Troop G-Bridgeport 149 Prospect Street, Bridgeport
  • Troop H-Hartford 100R Washington Street, Hartford
  • Troop I-Bethany 631 Amity Road, Bethany
  • Troop K-Colchester 15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester
  • Troop L-Litchfield 452A Bantam Road, Litchfield

They’re Here: Clown Creeps

State Police said that while is is not illegal to dress as a clown, those instilling fear will be treated as criminals.
(Photo courtesy of Ali Bauman/CBS2 New York.)

Thursday, November 7, 2016 (Issue #2)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor

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In what police are calling “no laughing matter,” people masquerading as clowns are striking fear into communities across the United States.

The trend has reached Western Connecticut State University and New Milford with alleged sightings early last week. WCSU police said in a release to the university staff and students that the clown sightings are likely a hoax.

State police say that it is not illegal to dress as a clown, but those doing it in order to impose fear into others or terrorize communities over social media will be treated as criminals.

Police remind that it is a waste of resources and time to either falsely claim there is a clown or to dress as one without any real intent to cause harm. Resources would be better spent on real crime.

Members of a community in Danbury are growing concerned with the new trend as Halloween approaches. Spirit Halloween, a seasonal costume store on Newtown Rd. in Danbury, carries clown-wear and face paint.

Although the manager of the Halloween retail location refused comment on the clown up-rise, one customer, Marcy, 26, of Danbury commented, “I think the store should somehow keep track of who buys clown stuff.”

Sources indicate that clown attire is also carried at Wal-mart and Party Depot, both in Danbury, Conn.

Danbury Crook Sentenced to Federal Prison

Ian Bick, 21, was sentenced to three years in federal prison.
(Photo courtesy of Facebook.)

Thursday, November 7, 2016 (Issue #2)
by Brenadan Dyer, Crime Editor

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A Danbury man was sentenced to three years in federal prison and three years of supervised release Wednesday for defrauding investors.

Ian Bick, 21, a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, was a person of interest in Danbury for the past few years. At 18-years-old, Bick took ownership of Tuxedo Junction on Ives Street in Danbury where he hosted concerts.

In the following years, Bick opened a burger joint called “Bick’s Burgers” located at 14 Ives Street. Bick worked in conjunction with his father, chef Michael Bick of Some Things Fishy Catering, according to CT Bites, a food review site based in Connecticut. The restaurant closed sometime in 2014.

According to U.S. Attorney Dierdre M. Daly, Bick went on to open various businesses named, This Is Where It’s At Entertainment, LLC, Planet Youth Entertainment, W&B Wholesale, LLC, and W&B Investments, LLC.

Bick operated these Danbury-based entities through which he solicited investment funds from friends, former classmates and their parents.

Bick promised high returns from investments by purchasing electronics such as iPhones, tablets, and headphones then reselling them on the Internet at inflated prices.

The electronics business Bick began never took hold and returned little profit. Bick then promised certain investors that he would generate high returns by using funds to promote concerts at various venues in Connecticut and Rhode Island. He falsely represented that he made any significant profit by organizing such events in the past.

Following his failed endeavors, Bick used the invested funds to build businesses outside of what the funds were for and for personal expenses. Bick stayed at hotels, visited casinos and purchased jet skis.

While out on his $250,000 bond, Bick took at least six unauthorized casino visits in New York. In his hearing on Oct. 4, Bick’s bond was revoked and sent to jail for his post-conviction conduct.

After his three-year prison sentence, Bick is sentenced to three years of supervised release. The first year will be spent in home confinement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led this investigation and concluded that Bick defrauded 15 or more investors out of a total of $480,635. Bick is ordered to make full restitution to his victims.

Mother of Four Found Dead in Danbury Apartment from Gunshot Wound

Danbury police are investigating the case.
(Photo courtesy of WTNH News 8.)

Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Brendan Dyer, Staff Writer

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A Danbury woman was shot and killed Saturday in a South St. apartment complex.

Police reported to 26 South Street to a shots fired complaint to find Sherrie Blount suffering from a gunshot wound. She died at the scene.

Sherrie Blount, 31, of Danbury was a mother of four children and a teachers aid with the Board of Education. She lived with her husband and four children, who’s ages range from 10-months-old to 8-years-old.

On Sunday, a Gofundme page was created and has since collected approximately
$9,500 out of a $10,000 goal.

All proceeds will go to support Blount’s children and funeral expenses.

The investigation is ongoing and is being handled methodically pending further interviews, follow ups and forensic analysis.

Police say there is no danger to the public and anyone with information should contact authorities anonymously at 203-790-8477.

Waterbury Heroin Dealer Faces Jail Time

Ronald Weaver, 38, faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
(Photo courtesy of The Gadgeteer.)

Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor

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Waterbury heroin dealer Ronald Weaver, 38, plead guilty today in Bridgeport federal court on a count of possession with intent to distribute. Weaver was arrested August 9 and sentencing is scheduled for December 28.

Court documents show that Weaver’s distribution led to an overdose on March 11 of a 30-year old Newtown woman. Newtown Police and medical personnel responded to the Newtown residence in March for a reported cardiac arrest, the victim died at the hospital.

The victim’s family handed over several wax folds of heroin, drug paraphernalia, and empty folds of heroin to law enforcement at the scene.

In an effort to target narcotics dealers, specifically heroin, and fentanyl, police made four controlled transactions of heroin from Weaver between June and August 2016.

The initiative began in August prompting from a press release from U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly who said, “We are combating a tragic opioid epidemic that is plaguing Connecticut and much of the country.”

Weaver faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

Suspect in Decade-Old Murder Case in Custody

State police take Johnson into custody.
(Photo courtesy of Ledyard Police Department.)

Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Brendan Dyer, Staff Writer

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A suspect in a 10-year-old homicide was taken into custody October 6 for a murder committed on January 28, 2006. Timothy Johnson of Norwich, CT turned himself in to authorities following an arrest warrant administered by New London Superior Court.

State Police began conducting the investigation in 2006 and recently developed information that linked Johnson to the murder of Anthony Hamilin.

The deceased Hamilin was located in a field at 438 Shewville Rd. in Ledyard, CT. Troop-E and Ledyard police assumed the investigation the night of Jan. 28 along with State Police detectives from the Eastern District Major Crime unit.

Johnson turned himself in to Troop E and was fingerprinted, photographed and is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond pending his court date.