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FILE - This May 3, 2019 file photo, a still image from police dash camera video, released by the Hartford State's Attorney, shows Police Officer Layau Eulizier pointing his weapon at a car being driven at him by Anthony Jose Vega Cruz during an attempted traffic stop April 20, 2019, in Wethersfield, Conn.  Eulizier who fatally shot the 18-year-old after running in front of his car and firing through the windshield was justified in using deadly force, a state prosecutor announced Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Hartford State's Attorney via AP, File)

Officer is found justified in fatal shooting of driver, 18

Mar. 18, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer who fired through the windshield of a car coming at him and killed the 18-year-old driver was justified in using deadly force, a state prosecutor announced Wednesday. Wethersfield Officer Layau Eulizier believed that the car was about to hit him and that...

Hartford beats UMass Lowell 89-75 in America East tourney

Mar. 7, 2020 9:10 PM EST

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Malik Ellison scored 26 points to lead third-seeded Hartford to an 89-75 victory over No. 6 seed UMass Lowell on Saturday in an America East Conference tournament quarterfinal. Hartford (17-15) advances to a conference tourney semifinal for the third straight season and will...

Driver who struck marshals ordered held on $1.5 million bail

Mar. 4, 2020 2:20 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of striking two judicial marshals while fleeing in a car from a Connecticut courthouse was ordered detained on $1.5 million bail Wednesday. Jose Lopez, 42, of Springfield, was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on multiple counts of assault and other...

Hit-and-run driver hits 2 Connecticut courthouse marshals

Mar. 2, 2020 4:12 PM EST

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — A hit-and-run driver struck two judicial marshals outside a Connecticut courthouse Monday, sending both to a hospital. Police were searching for the driver. Police and court officials said the marshals, who provide courthouse security, were struck in front of Manchester Superior...

High school track athletes Alanna Smith, left, Selina Soule, center and and Chelsea Mitchell prepare to speak at a news conference outside the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The three girls have filed a federal lawsuit to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Lawyer: Win over transgender runner shouldn't affect suit

Feb. 27, 2020 12:50 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for three Connecticut high school runners suing to block the participation of transgender athletes in girls sports say recent victories on the track by one of their clients should have no bearing on the lawsuit. Chelsea Mitchell, of Canton High School, beat transgender...

Hartford women win 1st in season finale, end 28-game skid

Feb. 27, 2020 2:54 AM EST

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jada Lucas scored 20 points and Hartford — which had been the only winless Division I program this season, women or men — won its first game in its season finale, beating America East champion Stony Brook 73-70 on Wednesday night. The victory was also the first in...

Police search for suspect in double homicide

Feb. 24, 2020 12:04 PM EST

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police have released the name of a man suspected of fatally shooting two people at a Connecticut bar over the weekend. Russell Smith, 44, whose last known addresses are in Windsor, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts, remains on the loose and should be considered armed and...

Police settle lawsuit by protester for $50,000

Feb. 21, 2020 4:31 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit by a sobriety checkpoint protester whose camera recorded state troopers making up what he said were bogus charges against him, a civil liberties group announced Friday. The lawsuit in federal court centered on the...

FILE - These 2019 file booking photos provided by the University of Connecticut Police Department show UConn students Jarred Mitchell Karal, left, and Ryan Mucaj, who were arrested in 2019 for shouting a racial slur outside a campus apartment complex. They were charged under a 1917 law that makes it a misdemeanor for anyone who ridicules or holds up to contempt certain classes of people. Professors and groups including the American Civil Liberties Union raised free speech concerns after the arrests. A public hearing is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, on a bill before the state legislature's Judiciary Committee that would repeal the law. (UConn Police Department via AP, File)

Students' arrest over slur prompts review of ridicule law

Feb. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Free speech concerns that were raised following the arrests of two University of Connecticut students accused of saying a racial slur have led state legislators to consider repealing a century-old law that bans ridicule based on race, religion or nationality. The episode on campus...

Connecticut's Megan Walker (3) shoots over Tulane's Mia Heide (42) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn wins share of AAC title with 74-31 rout of Tulane

Feb. 19, 2020 10:29 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn is no longer ranked among the top five teams in the nation, but they are still the dominant force in the American Athletic Conference. Anna Makurat and Megan Walker each scored 18 points and now sixth-ranked Connecticut secured a share of its seventh straight American Athletic...