Laura Roberts, FOX 61

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Hartford, CT, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

UConn-Hartford campus officially opens downtown

HARTFORD – It’s official: The Huskies are back in Hartford. The University of Connecticut held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at the new UConn Hartford campus. → Read More

Southington man charged with attempt to possess child porn after POPsquad video

BRISTOL – A Southington man who is already a registered sex offender appeared before a Bristol Superior Court judge on Tuesday facing new charges. Southington Police arrested Keith Dubin, 31, on Monday. → Read More

Vernon condo complex replacing crumbling foundations

VERNON — From the ground up, the units at the Lakeview Condominiums in Vernon look very similar. But underneath the units and out of view, some of their foundations were beginning to crack and crumble. → Read More

US Attorney will not investigate crumbling foundations, suggests contacting FBI

HARTFORD – The U.S. Department of Justice will not be pursuing any action in regards to crumbling concrete foundations in Connecticut. On July 20, the Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements, CCACB, filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Hartford. → Read More

East Hartford family reflects on 6 months since deportation

EAST HARTFORD – Life has gone on for Diane Ferreira of East Hartford and her family, but it’s not the life they imagined. Their world was shattered six months ago, when Domingo Ferreira, the family’s patriarch and primary caregiver, was deported. → Read More

Six alleged New Haven gang members facing federal racketeering charges

NEW HAVEN -- After a year-long investigation in collaboration with state and federal agencies, police in New Haven said they have removed six violent gang members from the city's streets. The group of men is now facing federal charges after a grand jury indictment on August 3. → Read More

Mario Lopez, Melissa Joan Hart shooting movie in New Britain

NEW BRITAIN/BRISTOL – Central Connecticut is getting the Hollywood treatment while a movie starring Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez is shooting in New Britain. → Read More

Hartford teen faces judge in connection to deadly hit and run

HARTFORD – The teenager accused of driving a stolen car and striking a Hartford woman last month appeared in Hartford Superior Court Tuesday. Deykevious Russaw is facing several charges, including manslaughter, for the hit and run accident that occurred on July 18, his 18th birthday. → Read More

Microburst in South Windsor flattens 2 acres of popcorn crops

SOUTH WINDSOR – After two years of drought conditions, the owner of the Podunk Popcorn farm in South Windsor is dealing with the opposite extreme. Wednesday’s storm brought with it a microburst and hail storm that hit the farm on Sullivan Avenue. → Read More

Suffield family grateful to first responders who rescued them after dramatic accident

SUFFIELD -- A mother from Suffield is thanking the first responders who helped her and her children out of their car after an unusual accident during Wednesday’s storm. → Read More

Family of 5-year-old girl struck by stray bullet in Bridgeport describes shooting

BRIDGEPORT -- The five-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet Sunday night in Bridgeport was attending a family birthday party. Her great-uncle, Nayif Kalash of Bridgeport, said there were several children celebrating Sunday night inside the apartment at the corner of Colorado and Maplewood Avenues. That bullet came through a window sill and into the living room around 11pm. → Read More

Tolland faces potential teacher layoffs with no state budget

TOLLAND -- Time is running out for the town of Tolland to wait to see what kind of education funding it will receive from the state. With the start of the school year around the corner and no state budget, the town held an emergency meeting Monday night to go over its options. → Read More

Coffee shop opening adds to burst of energy on Hartford block

HARTFORD – On a block with lots of new kids, the newest on Capital Avenue is Story and Soil Coffee. The shop opened its doors at 387 Capitol Avenue for the first time Thursday morning during a soft opening period. A grand opening is being planned for the beginning of August. → Read More

Contractor finds cheaper method for crumbling foundations fix

ASHFORD – Hundreds of homeowners in Connecticut dealing with cracking and crumbling foundations only have one option: starting from scratch and laying an entirely new foundation. This comes at a high cost and homeowners are receiving little to no help from insurance companies. → Read More

Police in Hartford, West Hartford investigating 13 suspicious small fires

WEST HARTFORD – Officers in Hartford and West Hartford are investigating a string of at least 13 small fires they believe were intentionally set Tuesday morning. Lt. Eric Rocheleau of the West Hartford Police Department said they got a call around 1 a.m. → Read More

PD: Dog dies after being left in hot car in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN -- Police have charged a 79-year-old man with cruelty to animals after police said he left his dog in a hot car and the dog later died. On Tuesday, Middletown Animal Control officers said they responded to a report of a missing three-year-old Labradoodle named Jennie. → Read More

Community rallies around Bridgeport excon who helped rescue crash victim

BRIDGEPORT – The story of an unlikely hero from Bridgeport is going viral nationwide as donations for the man continue to pour in. Aaron Tucker, 32, was recently released from prison and was on his way to a job interview when he witnessed a car crash. → Read More

All swimming closed at Rocky Neck for first time in 7 years, nearby beaches remain open

EAST LYME – High levels of bacteria have caused the entire swimming area at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme to close for the first time since 2010, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). → Read More

Farmers’ Market program for low income seniors cut without state budget

NEW BRITAIN -- Farmers are a patient group. They’re used to waiting for their crops to grow and they wait all year for the summer Farmers’ Market season. But this year, they also have to be patient with the state government, waiting for lawmakers to pass a budget. → Read More

Enfield man accused in deadly hit and run appears before judge

ENFIELD – The Enfield man accused in a deadly hit and run on December 2 made his first court appearance Tuesday morning. Rocco Barile, 29, is out on bond and was accompanied by his parents to Enfield Superior Court. → Read More