LaSalle Blanks, WTNH News 8

LaSalle Blanks

WTNH News 8

New Haven, CT, United States

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Past articles by LaSalle:

Save Our Streets: The Ungroup Society in Waterbury works to keep kids away from crime, violence, and gangs

Volunteers are investing their time to keep kids away from crime, violence, and gangs. The Ungroup Society in Waterbury is working to Save our Streets. → Read More

Save Our Streets: Program in New Haven using movie magic to protect the youth

All week, News 8 is highlighting some of the people and programs around the state doing work behind the scenes trying to Save Our Streets and keep kids away from crime and violence in their communities. → Read More

First-ever statewide gun buyback event sees successful outcome

Police departments throughout Connecticut are calling the first-ever statewide gun buyback events successful on Oct. 16. → Read More

Regional Chamber Job Fair set for Tuesday in Waterbury

Looking for a job? What about a new employee? You might find an answer in the Brass City on Tuesday. → Read More

Non-violence community group to reject recent violence at ‘peace rally’ in Waterbury

Waterbury is a community rocked by recent violence. Last Thursday, the Brass City saw three separate shootings. → Read More

CT school districts ‘avert disaster’; Waterbury school bus company fears future walkouts with vaccine mandate

Stephen Gardner said he couldn't sleep well Sunday night. Gardner is the general manager of All-Star Transportation. He's based in Waterbury, but All-Star school buses transport more than 45,000 students to-and-from school each day in New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield Counties. → Read More

Farmington police identify four people killed in plane crash

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a fatal plane crash in Farmington Thursday morning. Officials confirmed all four occupants of the plane have perished. → Read More

FAA: Four people on board plane that crashed into Trumpf building in Farmington

Police are responding to a plane that crashed into a Farmington building between Hyde Road and Johnson on Thursday morning, Sept. 2 → Read More

Singer Darius Rucker answers concert call to help Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford

SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- Saturday night was rockin with Rucker in Connecticut. → Read More

West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in 20 towns across CT

The State Mosquito Management Program notified the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services that West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitoes in Meriden. → Read More

New Haven now requiring masks at all indoor establishments regardless of vaccination status

New Haven's mask mandate for indoor establishments is now in effect. → Read More

‘This is our Super Bowl’: Waterbury’s Post University holds 1st in-person commencement since pandemic began

Saturday marks a significant day for Post University in Waterbury. After a long year-plus of COVID-19 restrictions, the school will be hosting its first in-person commencement exercises since the pandemic hit. → Read More

Waterbury among first cities to lean towards enacting fines for out-of-state tags; others in CT could follow

A new law passed in Connecticut will allow cities and towns to find and fine residents who've lived in Connecticut 90 days or longer and still have out-of-state tags on their vehicles. Before officially deciding to take advantage of that new law, Waterbury's Board of Alderman wants to know what the public thinks. → Read More

New fines for drivers with out-of-state tags in Waterbury

During the COVID-19 pandemic, realtors say Waterbury saw an influx of out-of-state residents, particularly from New York. → Read More

Waterbury PD searching for 3 ATV, dirt bike operators responsible for vandalizing Library Park

The lawn of Library Park was vandalized Wednesday, and Waterbury police are trying to find the ATV and dirt bike operators responsible. → Read More

Stolen cars in Connecticut: News 8 goes behind the scenes with Waterbury’s Auto Theft Task Force

Cars are being targeted and stolen all over Connecticut. Waterbury is no exception. In fact, the number is rising. → Read More

Connecticut lawmaker resigns state Senate, citing divorce

Connecticut state Sen. Alex Kasser is resigning from office. The first Democrat elected by her Fairfield County district since 1930, on Tuesday she cited her high-profile and contentious divorce as preventing her from being able to adequately do her job. → Read More

Philip Morris International moving U.S. headquarters to Connecticut

Philip Morris International (PMI) announced Tuesday they will be relocating its corporate headquarters from New York City to Connecticut. → Read More

NEWS 8 Exclusive: Behind the scenes of a Waterbury emergency drill at St. Mary’s Hospital

Emergency Department workers and Trinity Health of New England ambulance crews teamed up with Waterbury firefighters for a drill -- how to work together in a mass emergency situation should the need ever arise. → Read More

‘Unmask our kids’: Parents across CT calling for removal of facemask mandate in schools

Parents across the state rallied outside of Board of Education meetings Thursday night, calling for the removal of the mask requirement for kids in schools. → Read More