Police Blotter- Dec. 29, 2008

Men Accused of Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Teen

Two New York men are in police custody, accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teen they picked up in New London and took to a hotel in Groton, police said.

Groton and New London police Sunday started investigating a reported abduction and sexual assault of a 14-year-old and arrested Erik Heyward, 21, of Hollis, N.Y., and Christopher Brown, 21, of Far Rockaway, N.Y.

They were charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Heyward and Brown were held overnight on $500,000.00 bond and presented at court Monday morning in New London. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

How Not To Handle Scissors

A Hartford woman is charged with stabbing her boyfriend with a pair of scissors.  Latoya Smith, 29, faces second-degree assault charges. 

The couple was fighting inside a Gray Street home, said police, when it escalated and Smith stabbed her boyfriend in the back.  He was treated at the hospital and released.

High School Basketbrawl

A high school basketball game turned into a brawl, with two fans winding up in handcuffs by the end of the night. 

Police say the scuffle broke out in the stands just before the fourth quarter of Friday's game between Stamford High and Brien McMahon high of Norwalk. The brawl soon spilled out onto the court and the game was suspended.

None of the players were involved. It is not clear whether the two arrested are from either school. 

Body Found in Norwalk

A man was found dead Saturday morning near the edge of Norwalk Harbor, and now police are awaiting autopsy information to determine his identity.

Investigators say the man may have lived nearby in a low-income housing facility.  Police do not suspect foul play, but are waiting on more information before releasing his name.

Accidental Shooting In Cheshire
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Cheshire Police are investigating an accidental shooting at a firing range on Cook Hill Road.

Police say a 55-year-old Bethany man was using a rifle at the New Departure Fish and Game Club when a round misfired causing serious injuries to his hand.  He was taken to Yale-New Haven hospital. No other injuries were reported.  

Christmas Eve Stabbing Victim Identified



Hartford police have released the name of a man who was found stabbed to death on Christmas Eve.



Police found Anthony Joiner, 43, of Hartford, early Wednesday morning in the area of Garden and Capen streets. He suffered from multiple stab wounds and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1:24 a.m., police said.

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