Latest Torrington News

Body found floating in Naugatuck River

Jul. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Torrington police have recovered the body of a man from the Naugatuck River. Police say they were called to Riverside Avenue on Wednesday morning after someone saw what they thought were boots sticking out of the water. Police say they discovered the partially submerged body and...

Torrington police without routine phone service

Jul. 16, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Torrington police say their phone lines are down and are asking the public to refrain from using its emergency phone system for routine calls. Police say they don't know what caused the problem Tuesday morning, which is preventing officers from making or receiving routine calls....

Steeplejack tasked with replacing 100-year-old flagpole

Jul. 8, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — Paul Bastiaanse shimmied up a 40-foot flagpole last year when part of it squished in his hand. Flagpoles, by design, shouldn't be squishy. "Three-quarters of the way up, there's this area where I put my rigs on, and it squeezed and water was just pouring out," he said. "That's when I...

UConn asks for permission to sell Torrington campus

Jul. 7, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is asking a judge for a ruling that would allow it to sell its former Torrington campus. The school's Board of Trustees has already approved the sale of the property to Five Points Center for the Visual Arts of Torrington. But the Republican-American...

Man imprisoned for 30 years in murder case ordered freed

Jul. 2, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has ordered the release of a man who has been imprisoned for more than 30 years for a murder conviction that was overturned last month by the state Supreme Court. Judge John Danaher in Torrington on Tuesday ordered the release of Ralph Birch as prosecutors...

Man dies while swimming in Connecticut lake

Jul. 1, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

MORRIS, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has died after slipping under the surface of a lake where he remained for about an hour before he was pulled out. WVIT-TV reports that 19-year-old Leonel Salvador, of New Milford was taking an afternoon dip in Morris' Bantam Lake when he slipped under off Point Folly...

Connecticut's 'Facebook fugitive' finally turns himself in

Jun. 19, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut man who promised to turn himself in if his wanted poster received 15,000 likes on Facebook has made good on his pledge. It just took longer than expected. Torrington police say 29-year-old Jose Simms called Enfield police on Wednesday and asked them to pick him up...

Former bus driver sues school board over firing

Jun. 11, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut school bus driver has filed a lawsuit against her local school board saying it violated her free speech rights by firing her for comments she made on Facebook. The Republican-American reports that Ashleigh Thibault claims the Torrington Board of Education...

Police defend social media deal with fugitive

May. 24, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police in a Connecticut city were still searching Friday for a fugitive who failed to honor an agreement and surrender once enough people responded positively to his wanted poster on social media. Jose Simms, 29, has seven arrest warrants and is being sought as a fugitive after...

The Latest: Police defend Facebook likes deal with fugitive

May. 24, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the Facebook fugitive (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Torrington police are defending the agreement they struck with a fugitive who was supposed to turn himself in once his wanted poster got 15,000 likes on Facebook. Fugitive Jose Simms has not shown up, even though the...