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1st Day of School Traffic Enforcement

Hartford Police Department Traffic Division
Summer/Fall 2015 Back to School Safety Initiative

"Safe Drivers for Safe Students"


The Hartford Police Traffic Division will initiate a citywide motor vehicle safety operation beginning Tuesday, August 25th. The operation will coincide with the return of students to city schools. Officers from the Community Services Bureau and City of Hartford School Crossing Guards have been tasked to assist with keeping our children safe.
Regardless if children walk, ride a bicycle, or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they, and the motorists around them, take proper safety precautions. Take extra care in school zones and neighborhood areas where children and teenagers might be walking or riding bicycles to school. Be alert, children are unpredictable.

Please be aware of the following:
• Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
• All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a stopped school bus with red flashing lights.
• All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
• While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
• School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children.
• The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.

The Traffic Division will provide special attention to the city's high schools. New and inexperienced young drivers will be driving to school. Education and counseling will be recommended as enforcement options while traditional enforcement will be reserved for serious violations. Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. The more they know, the more we can do to prevent these crashes. Contrary to popular belief, teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things.

Officers will be given greater discretion when dealing with students driving to high school. Warnings with educational prompts on hazards/responsibilities of operating a motor vehicle will be encouraged. Serious offences will be addressed accordingly with a goal of keeping all students safe.

STF Investigation Ends in Arrest

Over the course of several weeks, Hartford Shooting Task Force Detectives have been conducting an ongoing investigation into a shots fired incident which took place in the area of Maple Avenue at Essex Street. During the course of their investigation, Detectives became aware of possible firearm and narcotics activity at the J&K Convenience store, located at 194 Maple Avenue. Detectives discovered an over the counter marijuana sale operation being conducted at the convenience store. STF Detectives applied for and were granted a court approved Search and Seizure Warrant.

On August 20, 2015, at 11:40 am, the Search Warrant was executed by members of the Hartford Shooting Task Force; where it was revealed that the store owner, identified as Kendall Andrews, 22, of Hartford was utilizing the J&K Convenience store to sell marijuana. In addition, Andrews was packaging and storing marijuana next door at the Beloved's Boutique, located at 192 Maple Avenue. Seized during the execution of the Search and Seizure Warrant were the following items;

Seized:
Video surveillance system
Packaging material and scales
Walkie Talkies and cellular phones
$3,458.00 in U.S currency
1,348 grams/2.96 pounds of marijuana, packaged in small amounts for over the counter sale

Arrested: Kendall Andrews, 22, of Hartford, CT
Charges:
1. Possession of more than 1 kilogram of Marijuana
2. Possession with intent to sell Marijuana
3. Possession with intent to sell Marijuana 1500 Ft of a school
4. Conspiracy to sell Marijuana
5. Possession of drug paraphernalia
6. Drug Factory

Arrested: Shaquille Killiebrew, 20, of Manchester, CT
Charges:
1. Possession of more than 1 kilogram of Marijuana
2. Possession with intent to sell Marijuana
3. Possession with intent to sell Marijuana 1500 Ft of a school
4. Conspiracy to sell Marijuana
5. Possession of drug paraphernalia
6. Drug Factory
7. Interfering with Police

Arrested: Kevin Spencer, 27, of West Hartford, CT
Charges:
1. Possession of more than 1 kilogram of Marijuana
2. Possession with intent to sell Marijuana
3. Possession with intent to sell Marijuana 1500 Ft of a school
4. Conspiracy to sell Marijuana
5. Possession of drug paraphernalia
6. Drug Factory
7. Interfering with Police

Arrested: Ronda Burrell, 45, of Hartford, CT
Charges:
1. Interfering with a Search Warrant

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Narcotics Operation Arrest

On August 20, 2015, at 11:30 pm, Hartford Police Department's Vice and Narcotic Detectives and HPD Officers from the Central Conditions Unit conducted an undercover narcotics operation in the area of James Street and Capital Avenue. The operation was conducted in response to ongoing citizen complaints of open air drug sales taking place in and around the James Street area. HPD undercover Detectives conducted surveillance in the area and were able to observe a transaction involving a tan SUV and an unknown individual. The SUV was stopped in the parking lot of 305 Zion Street and the front seat passenger was found to be in possession of approximately five ounces of marijuana. Further investigation revealed that additional drugs and possibly a firearm were being "stashed" in an apartment at 305 Zion Street. HPD Vice and Narcotic Detectives were able to apply for and execute a valid Search and Seizure warrant for 305 Zion Street. The search of the apartment revealed 11 ounces of marijuana, four bags of powdered "Molly's" (MDMA), U.S. currency, packaging material, ammunition and two firearms. A total of three individuals were arrested and charged with various narcotic charges.

Seized:
One pound of marijuana
$820.00 U.S currency
Packaging material
Box of ammo
Four bags of powdered Molly's (MDMA)
Smith & Wesson, model Body Guard handgun (stolen out of Hartford)
Keltec, model P3AT .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun

Arrested: Josue Serrano, 23, of Hartford, CT
Charges:
1. Possession of a Controlled Substance
2. Possession with intent to sell a Controlled Substance
3. Possession with intent to sell 1500 Ft of a school
4. Drug Factory
5. Possession of a stolen firearm

Arrested: Jessica Velez, 23, of Hartford, CT
Charges:
1. Possession of a Controlled Substance
2. Possession with intent to sell a Controlled Substance
3. Possession with intent to sell 1500 Ft of a school
4. Drug Factory

Arrested: Gaspar Gonzalez, 21, of Hartford, CT
Charges:
1. Possession of a stolen firearm
2. Possession of a Hallucinogenic
3. Possession with intent to sell a Hallucinogenic

305 Zion

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