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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


No one can accuse Mayor Luke Bronin of showing or exercising much vision when it comes to the future of Hartford.  He does deserve an A- plus for placing blame though and has proven pretty good at blaming everyone else for the failures of City Hall. Everyone else except himself though. Bronin may have to start taking responsibility soon though.

Almost two years ago, I had spoke to several City Council people and posted here regarding the renewal of the contract for Hartford Police Chief James Rovella .The renewal appeared to be in jeopardy for some time, but eventually the City came to it senses and offered a 2 year renewal to Rovella.

I had stressed to the people that I spoke with that that the contract should come with a stipulation that the City should  promote from within or go outside to find a suitable Assistant Chief to work closely  with Rovella and be ready to succeed Rovella for a clean and smooth transition when Rovella leaves.

Here is my posting regarding Rovella's contract and the need for a succesion plan from 2015.

I know, more crazy talk from me. Decent management plans are not something known to the City of Hartford ,where chaos and incompetence abounds.

Needless to say, no successor was ever identified. No successor was mentored by Chief Rovella and no "heir apparent" is in place, even though Chief Rovella is leaving in a few short months.

Keeping HPD functioning under the current conditions is a miracle in itself and is a credit to the skills of Chief Rovella. In a City racked with financial issues and a police department that is almost 150 officers short and the remaining officers working without a current contract, it is amazing it works at all.

I am not sure Mayor Bronin comprehends the importance of his pick for Police Chief. I am already hearing that the next Chief has  quite possibly been chosen by Bronin. If sources are accurate, it may very well be a high ranking Connecticut State Police Trooper. I hope , for once, my sources are wrong, because it would be a huge mistake for Bronin to make the selection without any transparency or even public input. Before Chief Rovella was appointed as the permanent Chief there were numerous public forums and interviews, some might say inquisitions held.

Adding to the problem is the fact that Chief Rovella has kept the Assistant Chief's spots unfilled for the last couple years for budget reasons. Long term that might prove to be a mistake.

The bench is pretty thin at HPD right now for anyone even close to Rovella's skills and knowledge. Two names are currently circulating as potential Assistant Chief 's in preparation. One, Deputy Chief William Long is probably the most qualified and capable, but as this is Hartford, most qualified and capable doesn't usually count for much. The second name being floated has more baggage than an arrivals carousel at Bradley Airport, so he will probably be the Bronin pick. You can read about some of that baggage here, and there is plenty more that I am sure will come out eventually. "Conduct unbecoming" charges are not good attributes for a potential key leadership role

The future of HPD is too important and valuable for Hartford and its residents to make poor, hasty or even political decisions regarding the next Chief.

We need a Chief similar to Chief Rovella, not a puppet of City Hall.

Saturday, August 5, 2017



"On 08/05/17, patrol units responded to the area of 62 Edgewood Street for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim seated in a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical aid was provided until the arrival of EMS and Fire. The victim was transported to Saint Francis Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 0706. Detectives from the Major Crimes Division, Crime Scene Division and an Inspector from the Hartford Chief State's Attorney's Office responded and assumed the investigation. Detective DeMatteo was assigned as the lead investigator. The investigation is on-going.

The victim has been identified as Patrick Granville 08/08/88"

Hartford has already exceeded last years total homicide count with 5 months still left in the year.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017



On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at approximately 12:43pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to the area of Ashley Street and Sigourney Street in response to a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive female victim, Rosella Shuler, suffering from severe injuries. A damaged vehicle, later determined to have been stolen from West Hartford, CT, was also located at the scene. The occupants of the stolen vehicle fled the area on foot prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to ST Francis Hospital where she was immediately listed in critical condition. 

A crime scene was established by HPD patrol officers and an investigation was initiated. Accident Reconstruction Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Crime Scene Division were requested and responded to the incident. 
During the investigation, patrol officers, analysts from the Capitol City Crime Center (C4), and Crime Scene Division personnel obtained and reviewed surveillance footage which captured the incident in its entirety. The video evidence and witness information led to the identification of a person of interest who was later interviewed. Based on the information obtained and video reviewed, probable cause was established. HPD Detectives drafted an arrest warrant affidavit for the operator of the vehicle, which was reviewed and signed by a judge of the Superior Court. 

An arrest warrant was originally issued on July 28, 2017, charging Deykevious Russaw, DOB 7/18/1999, of 188 Sigourney Street, Apartment 6, Hartford, Connecticut, with Assault in the First Degree, Larceny in the Second Degree, Evading Responsibility, Reckless Driving and Operating Without a License. 

However, as a result of the injuries from the accident, on Saturday, July 29, 2017, the victim, Rosella Shuler, was pronounced deceased at Saint Francis Hospital. The Hartford State's Attorney's Office was notified and a review of applicable charges was conducted with the investigating Detectives. 

On August 1, 2017 HPD Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Russaw with the following updated charges:
Manslaughter 2nd
Larceny 2nd
Evading MVAx (2 counts)
Reckless Driving
Operating MV w/o License 
These charges come with a $1.5 Million Bond

Russaw is already in custody on unrelated charges. The warrant is scheduled to be served on Tuesday August 8th, 2017 at GA 14, at Russaw's next court appearance.  



On July 31, 17, the Hartford Police Major Crimes Division Auto Theft Unit conducted a full-day/night auto-theft saturation within the City of Hartford.  North and South Community Service Officers, as well as the HPD Traffic Division assisted in the operation.  Below you will see the 7 individuals arrested in the stolen car op. Also a list of the recovered stolen vehicles, and other pertinent information relative to the successful operation.

Of the 16 stolen motor vehicles recovered, 11 were stolen with keys.  11 of the recovered cars were stolen from out of town.  Only five cars recovered during the operation were Hartford thefts.  The current market value for the recovered stolen vehicles is approximately $145,750.00

Hartford is currently at a 13.8% reduction in auto thefts from this time last year.

There was no damage to city vehicles during the operation, no pursuits, no injuries to officers or suspects, no citizen complaints, and no use of force numbers pulled.

1) Jermaine Davis 02/07/1989
24 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield
Charges: Remand to Custody order issued (Probation Violation)

2) Daryn Johnson 12/17/1984
31 Otis Street, Hartford
Charges: Larceny 3rd, Tampering w/a M/V

3) London Jones 02/10/1973
35 Belleflower Road, Windsor
Charges: Larceny 3rd
Additional: Windsor PD Warrant

4) Jose Padilla 4/11/98
149 South Street, Hartford
Charges: Larceny 2nd, Tampering w/a M/V, Criminal Trover 2nd

5) Christopher Cruz-Morales 10/3/93
15 Norwich Street, Hartford
Charges: Larceny 2nd, Tampering w/a M/V

6) Dale Barrows 9/5/89
120 Silver Lane, East Hartford
Charges: Larceny 3rd, Operating all Terrain/City Street

7) Juvenile xx/xx/2001 (17 years old) East Hampton, CT resident
Charges: Larceny 2nd, Operating M/v w/o a license, Disobeying Signal of Officer
Additional: Take into Custody Order (auto theft related charges)

1) 2014 Audi A6, Farmington w/keys
2) 2007 Chevy Equinox, Hartford w/keys
3) 2004 Chevy Malibu, Wethersfield w/keys
4) 2012 Ford Focus, Hartford w/keys
5) 2012 Ford Fusion, Rocky Hill w/keys
6) 2013 Ford Fusion, South Windsor w/keys
7) 2004 Honda Civic, Hartford w/keys
8) 2001 Hyundai Sonata, West Hartford w/keys
9) 2007 Lexus ES350, Newington
10) 1994 Honda Accord, Hartford
11) 2011 Kawasaki KX250 Dirt Bike, East Hartford
12) 2002 Ford Explorer, Middletown w/keys
13) 2004 Ford Taurus, Hartford w/keys
14) 1998 Chevy Prizm, Manchester
15) 2016 Subaru Forester, West Hartford w/keys
16) 2013 Acura TL, Farmington

Four (4) Off-Road vehicles towed; two dirt bikes, two ATV’s
Two (2) Misdemeanor Summons Arrests issued (m/v related charges)
One (1) stolen registration plate recovered
Two (2) out of town warrants served
One (1) take into custody order served

Monday, July 24, 2017



As I sit here beginning to write this, another person has just reportedly been shot a couple blocks from me at 196 Sigourney Street.

In a state that had reportedly passed some of the toughest gun laws in the Country after Newtown, it seems to have only affected law abiding citizens.Criminals are still running our streets with weapons with no fear of using them.

And the alarming trend is that many of these gun criminals seem to be juveniles who are keenly aware that there is very little accountability for their actions.

Our local court and the Hartford County States Attorney seems to have a well deserved reputation for being a no show when it comes to the serious violence prosecutions. Her predecessor, States Attorney Jim Thomas, was a regular attendee at community meetings especially when concerned citizens wanted to discuss crime issues. I have never seen the current Hartford County States Attorney at a meeting or anywhere in public. And that is saying something considering she has been in that position for twenty years.

Something is wrong when the Assistant US Attorney, Mike Gustafson, is a regular fixture at the monthly Public Compstat meetings agt HPD ,but I have never seen the Hartford County States Attorney Gail Hardy ever enter the room. Is the US Attorney more concerned about crime in Hartford than the States Attorney? I would have to say the answer is definitely yes by all appearances.

Maybe it is just that local law enforcement has a better working relationship with Federal prosecutors than they do with our own local courts for a multitude of reasons.

Yesterday, a 17 year old committed a car jacking with a gun in Newington. He eventually arrived in Hartford in the stolen Mercedes-Benz, courtesy of the newest criminal pipeline into the City, CTFast track bus way and was observed by the Hartford Police. They attempted to stop the car  and the 17 year old fled, but eventually crashed and was taken into custody. HPD located a loaded handgun on the 17 year old. Don't let the pink gun fool you, it still could have been deadly in the hands of an adult, never mind a 17 year old thug.

According to HPD , the 17 year old already has an extensive criminal record dating back to the age of 10. Is it difficult to see that this path is not going to end well?

The 17 year old career criminal apparently obtained the deadly weapon from a 14 year old friend who stole the gun from her mother and gave it to him according to n HPD patrol division investigation this evening.  So much for responsible gun ownership, at least there is no body on it....yet.

Even more troubling is the disposition of the matter according to the HPD Unusual Occurrence Report.  The 17 year old was apparently given a summons and sent on his way to prey on the public once again
The Hartford County States Attorney should make it a point to get menaces like this off Hartford's streets and finally set a tone that gun crimes by both adults and juveniles are taken seriously in the Hartford Court. It might mean that the States Attorney's Office doesn't shut down at noon time on Fridays and that they actually work a full day, but that is a story for another day.

Luckily though we still have Mike Gustafson and his Federal partners who aren't afraid to get out and interact with the Hartford community.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


At first I thought this unusual occurrence report from HPD was a joke.

 I know HPD has encouraged people to use the HPD headquarters parking lot at 253 High Street as a safe location for "offerup" and "craiglist" transactions.

 Apparently two potential cocaine purchasers also thought it would be a good location to score their coke this morning.

The two approached a HPD officer finishing up his shift at 2:00am and asked the officer for the closest ATM so they could get $60.00 to buy cocaine. The officer directed them to the lobby of the Police Department where they used the ATM in the lobby, and were promptly arrested and taken into custody for conspiracy to purchase and possess narcotics
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