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Saturday, February 1, 2014


After I posted the earlier story about Shermane Rose, I was sent the link to a Hartford Courant archive story about Rose's original crime.

It begs the question... "why is this guy even out on the street, running with guns and running from the police"

This might be a good story to dig into and try to figure this out. Here is alink to the Courant story from 2001

Here is the actual text from the story:

Man Charged With 1998 Homicide

Bloomfield Teen Was Fatally Shot In Alleged Kidnap Attempt

January 20, 2001|By TINA A. BROWN; Courant Staff Writer
Hartford police say they solved a 3-year-old homicide Friday when they arrested a man who allegedly shot and killed 17-year-old Joey Nealey in broad daylight on Albany Avenue.
Sharmane ``Mane'' Rose, 21, of Albany Avenue, who is in prison on an unrelated offense, now faces capital felony murder, felony murder, kidnapping and robbery charges. He could face the death penalty, Lt. Mark Pawlina, head of the Hartford police major crimes division, said.
Nealey, a Bloomfield High School student who liked to hang out on Albany Avenue around Kent and Adams streets, initially heeded his mother's warning to stay off the streets in January 1998, after a friend was killed in a drive-by shooting.
But he was drawn back there the afternoon of Jan. 23 of that year when, witnesses told police and his mother, Phyllis, two men tried to kidnap her son from the street corner moments before the shooting. Nealey fought back, even though a man had a gun to his back.
When Nealey refused to empty his pockets, the man allegedly shot Nealey in the head. That man was Rose, police said Friday.
Nealey died two days later at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Early in the investigation, Dets. Robert Dionne and Stephen Grabowski arrested two men, Christopher Brown and Benjamin Smith, who police said helped the shooter.
Smith was convicted in August for his involvement in the Nealey case. Smith pleaded guilty in June to third-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. The latter plea was entered under the Alford doctrine, meaning Smith did not admit guilt but acknowledged that the state had enough evidence to convict him. He is currently serving more than 18 years in prison for his involvement in two unrelated robberies.
No court information was available Friday about Brown's case.
Of Rose's arrest, Phyllis Nealey, of Hartford, said, ``I was happy and grateful when they found him.''
But she said she doesn't want Rose to face the death penalty. ``I hope they give him life. I wouldn't want him to die. I'd love for him to spend the rest of his life in jail thinking about what he did to my son,'' Nealey said.
The young Nealey loved lifting weights and listening to rap and R&B music. He is still missed by his family, including three relatives who have named their children after him.
``His name is living on,'' she said.


Crash scene on Brown Street
Photo Courtesy of Anonymous Source

The vehicle above is part of the results of an accident caused by a couple of convicted felons who were fleeing from the Hartford Police and members of the Shooting Task Force. That isn't entirely unusual but the convicted felons in the vehicle were  and when you finish reading, you will wonder why they were on the streets at all.

It all started when members of the STF were in the area of the Cleveland Cafe on Main Street. Due to recent gunfire in the area as well as a recent shooting, the area was getting increased attention from the STF. A minivan with New York plates attracted their attention and officers eventually conducted a traffic stop and  approached the vehicle in the area of 251 Asylum Street.

As officers approached the vehicle , they noticed the front seat passenger making movements and appeared to be reaching for something alongside the front door. As officers approached, the vehicle sped off and headed for I-91 South from Pulaski Circle. The van exited at the Airport Road exit. HPD Officer Parker  laid out stop sticks in an effort to deflate the vans tires and force it to stop. The van proceeded west on Airport Road and in the area of Franklin and Brown, the driver lost control and crashed.

The only injuries in the crash were to the vans 2 passengers,  Shermane Rose and James Canidate, The operator of the van fled on foot and despite the use of a Police K-9 to track him, the effort was unsuccessful.

Now here is where it seems to get interesting. Remember during the original stop on Asylum  as Officers approached the van they observed the movement by the passenger door by  the front seat passenger? After the crash, police located a fully loaded Luger 9mm Hi Point handgun in the door pocket , along with several grams of crack cocaine.

The real interesting part is that Shermane Rose was convicted of  Murder, Robbery and Kidnapping  in 2001 He was sentenced to 20-30 years in prison at his sentencing. I am not sure how long he has been out, but he definitely seems to have served less than 13 years on a possible 30 year Murder Sentence..  And not to mention running around with a gun and crack cocaine and eluding the Police.

Our Courts and the judicial system are failing us when they put violent criminals back on our streets after serving about one third of their sentence. The police can only do so much. Apparently they had already built a case against Rose that resulted in his conviction on Murder , Robbery and Kidnapping charges. I think it is safe to say they did their part.

What now for Mr. Rose? A few hours of Community Service? Gun control can only go so far if we aren't serious about getting convicted felons with weapons off of our streets.

The official release from HPD:

On February 1st, 2014 at 12:01am, members of the Shooting Task Force (STF) were conducting directed patrols in the area of Main Street at Cleveland Avenue. A blue Dodge minivan with a NY registration was observed traveling at a high rate of speed south on Main Street. Officers attempted to catch up to the vehicle on Main Street at Asylum Street. The minivan turned west on Asylum Street and went through a red traffic control signal at Trumbull Street. A motor vehicle stop was conducted in the area of 251 Asylum Street by STF Officers. When the officers approached the minivan, the front passenger made furtive movements as if he was reaching for an item along the side of the door.  At that point the operator accelerated away from the officers. Officers followed the vehicle to Pulaski Circle and onto Interstate 91 south bound and kept a visual on the vehicle from a safe distance. Officers advised via radio that the vehicle was exiting off exit 27 towards Airport Road. As the vehicle approached Airport Road, Officer Parker deployed stop sticks deflating the mini vans tires. The minivan continued west on Airport Road, across Wethersfield Avenue. On Brown Street just west of Franklin Avenue, the minivan lost control and struck one occupied vehicle and one parked vehicle. Vehicles were heavily damaged. The only injuries to occur were non-life threatening injuries to the two passengers in the minivan (Accused Rose and Canidate). The operator fled on foot and has yet to be located. Located in the passenger side front door pocket was a Luger Hi-Point 9mm pistol with a chambered round and magazine containing ten (10) live rounds of ammunition. Also located was several grams of Crack Cocaine.

Investigation will continue the investigation to identify the operator of the vehicle.

Both Rose and Canidate are convicted felons with extensive criminal histories.

Rose was convicted of Murder, Robbery and Kidnapping in 2001.

Canidate is a career criminal with 35 previous arrest (just in Hartford) dating back to 1993, with numerous Narcotics and Firearms related convictions.

Arrest #1: Shermane Rose, 34, of 21-23 Capen Street, Hartford CT.
Charges: Weapon in M/V, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Possession / PWITS Narcotic charges.

Arrest #2:James Canidate, 37, of 4 Cornell Street, Hartford CT. (35 Previous Arrests)
Charges: Weapon in M/V, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Possession / PWITS Narcotic charges.

Vehicle; 2014 Dodge Mini Van color blue, NY Reg GJB2881 (Enterprise Rental).

Shermane Rose


It is never a good thing to lose  $160,000 of your bosses money. Especially when that boss may allegedly be a drug dealer.

Hartford Police along with other agencies served a search warrant at a home  at 34 Pembroke Street in Hartford Friday evening. During that search Police recovered a Colt .38 Special firearm, ammunition, approximately 15 grams of crack cocaine, drug packaging materials and $164,700 in U.S. Currency.

The target of the investigation, a convicted felon,  Michael Fairnot DOB 4/17/57 34 Pembroke Street Hartford, CT. He was charged with  Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Possession Narcotics, PWITS Narcotics, PWITS within 1500 feet of a School, Operating a Drug Factory   ( PWITS= Possesssion with intent to sell)

It is difficult to lose $160,000, but I would guess that right about now, jail might be the safest place for Mr. Fairnot to be when his boss comes looking for his money


A crowd gathers around Daley and Hartford Police Mounted Officer Flynn

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the "luxury" of the Hartford Mounted Police Unit. Today I was at the last day of skating at the Winterfest Ice Rink in Bushnell Park.  I was watching as Mayor Segarra arrived at the rink. There wasn't even much notice by most in attendance, a few people approached him for the obligatory hellos and handshakes.
A child petting the nose of Cody in Bushnell Park

A short time later, two horses and officers from the mounted unit arrived. Immediately many in the crowd migrated to the sidewalk where the horses were standing. Both children and adults began petting the horses and talking to the police officers sitting high above the crowd . The rapid fire questions to the officers were interesting for a few reasons. has the horse ever caught a criminal? Yes we chased down a robbery suspect on Albany Avenue. Where do the horses live? We have a great stable on Albany Ave with a large paddock area for them to exercise. Do you ride them here? No today we trailered them here.

A man and his horse. Hartford Police Chief James Rovella nnd Daley discussing the HPD Budget

It dawned on me as I listened that this may be the first interaction for most of these children and maybe even adults with a Police Officer. How do you put a price on the value of that contact? I have never seen anyone approach an officer in a cruiser as quickly as they did to an officer on horseback. Hopefully that will be an image the people will remember for years and realize that police officers are actually pretty decent people and not something to be feared.

How can any Councilperson or budgetary wonk put a price on that. The mounted police may be a luxury but a luxury we need and a luxury we need to find a way to afford. I didn't see anyone approaching the Mayor's scheduler to pet his nose as he accompanied  Segarra on the ice. Now there is a luxury we can't afford..

Thursday, January 30, 2014


7TH District State Representative Douglas McCrory is announcing the organization of the “Bedford Street Fire Victim Relief Fund”. The Bedford Street neighborhood, which is part of Representative McCrory’s district, was struck with a tragic fire that took the lives of a 43 year old mother and her 4 year old daughter as well as displacing several other residents of the building.

An account has been established at the Hartford Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union for donations. Donations can be made out to the “Bedford Street Fire Victims Relief Fund” and sent to HMEFCU at 443 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114. Donations will be used to help defray the cost of funeral services and financial needs of the other victims.

The fund will also be collecting winter clothing items and footwear as well as household items as the victims burned out of their apartments begin the process of rebuilding. Items can be dropped off at the office of Trinity Episcopal Church at 120 Sigourney Street Monday through Thursday from 9:00am until 3:00PM or during Sunday services.

Representative McCrory wishes to thank those who helped organize this effort so quickly, including Marco Signorelli, Manager, of the Hartford Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union as well as the Reverend Donald Hamer, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church  for graciously offering his Church as a drop off point.

To arrange for pick-up of items, please contact 7th District spokespeople  Kevin Brookman at 860-883-2297 or Victoria Fennell at 860-810-1160.
Susan Therrien, the mother of 4 year old Chantay Drake, both died as a result of the fire. Earlier today I spoke with Chantay's uncle and he informed me that Susan was going through medical issues and money was very tight for the family. I asked if there were any benefits or life insurance, which apparently there is not.
I called Frank Ahern of the Ahern Funeral Home of Hartford and Farmington. Frank is a family friend and a Funeral Director that my family has done business with in the past, as well as my next door neighbor. I explained the situation and he immediately agreed to do whatever I  and the Drake family needed. As of the last I knew, the Ahern Family was dealing with the  Drake family .
 Thank you to everyone for coming together as a community to bring peace and comfort to the Drake family during these difficult. times.
As part of the healing and remembrance, the Reverend Henry Brown will hold a memorial vigil at the scene of the fire, 62-64 Bedford Street, Saturday at 11:00am

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


I think most people would agree that it is important for the Hartford Police Department to more closely resemble the community they serve. To that end, the Hartford Police have begun a campaign to attempt to recruit more City residents to apply for openings at the Hartford Police Department.

 Lt. Brian Foley and Sgt. Glendaly Garcia were guests Monday on the "We the People" program on Hartford Public access, Channel 5. The video of that program can be seen below




Sunday, January 26, 2014


I think we all know that political spokespeople have an agenda and a message to get out. In most cases facts don't really matter because how many people actually take the time to check the facts?

Mayor Segarra's spokesperson , Maribel LaLuz was on the Sunday morning talk show Capitol Report. Normally I like the program with Tom Dudchik, Tom regularly links to 'We the People" from his website, CT Capitol Report. I was somewhat surprised by LaLuz's comment that 67% of small businesses are owned by immigrants, that just seemed like a large number.

We know that much of the information that comes out of the Segarra Administration is untrue or delusional, so I google "what percentage of small businesses are started by immigrants".

Up popped the report below from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) it clearly states that "Immigrant entrepreneurs  start 17% of all new businesses and represent 13% of all business owners". They also represent 12% of business income generated in the United States.
A far cry from the 67% LaLuz claims. She was only off by 60%, but then again the Segarra Administration seems to have a problem with "real numbers".

I hope Shawn Wooden returns soon.

Skip right to page 1 of the report below for the factual numbers