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Wandering Child Reported

On May 22, 2015, at 5:23am a Hartford resident arrived at the lobby of the Hartford Police Department with a 3 year old male child. Hartford Police were informed by the resident, he was traveling in the area of Mather Street and Brook Street when he observed a male child standing alone near the street. Two minutes after the child's arrival a call was received by the child's family reporting their grandson had exited the rear door of their residence and could not be found. Hartford Police found the child to be unhurt and in good spirits. Police were able to confirm the child's identity and the family was reassured of his safety and well-being. The family reports to police that the child's mother went to work earlier than usual and left the child sleeping in his room. The family states when they woke to check on the child, the rear door to their residence was found open and the child missing from his room. The family states the child has knowledge of how to unlock and open doors to the residence and has done so in the past in their presence.

As a matter of standard protocol, HPD Special Investigative Division Detectives as well as the Connecticut Department of Family Services were notified of the incident. The child was released to the family. At this point, this incident does not indicate any further criminal investigation.

City of Hartford Animal Shelter Facebook Page

It has come to our attention that there has been many concerns with the facebook page City of Hartford Animal Shelter.  Please note:

We care for and support the adoption of those animals in need within our animal population. Moreover, we embrace the energy, compassion and efforts of all of our ACO's. Let me be clear, we have had no "Policy Change" with our ACO's, as had been rumored.

We encourage the use of photographs in the adoption advertisements. We completely understand that obtaining and posting photographs of these animals is an incredibly powerful tool helping locate good homes. We do ask that while our ACO's are short staffed, people potentially adopting or facilitating an adoption continue to follow and respect our standard adoption process. For liability purposes, we must have an ACO present when one of our animals is adopted.

Clearly there may have been a communication breakdown that caused a misunderstanding. I encourage anyone with an issue to please feel free to contact me anytime. I hope that all those amazing volunteers involved in our adoption processes continue in these heroic efforts.

Genuine continued support, respectfully;

Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley

Narcotics Arrest May 19, 2015

On May 19, 2015, Detectives from the Hartford Police Vice and Narcotics Unit received information that a Parole violator operating a blue, four door Lincoln with tinted windows was in possession of narcotics and a firearm. With information provided, Detectives were able to locate and positively identify the individual in the suspect vehicle as Miguel Diaz, 35, of Wethersfield, CT. Hartford Narcotic Detectives with the assistance of South Condition Officers and the State Police Narcotics Task Force (SNTF) attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop for Detectives and a clear plastic bag was observed thrown out of the vehicle window before fleeing the area. The clear plastic bag was located and contained 309 bags of Heroin. Surveillance was established at a location on Hillside Avenue identified by Detectives as a "Hideout" for Diaz. Diaz and a second individual identified as Felix Hernandez, 39, of Hartford were located in the area and detained. Consent to search was obtained for that location where Detectives located a firearm, along with narcotics and packaging material. The evidence seized by Detectives through the surveillance and search is listed below:

Seized Evidence

$4099.00 in U.S Currency was recovered
10 grams of raw heroin as well as 609 bags of heroin
Hi-Point 9mm handgun and a box containing numerous live 9mm rounds

179 hillside

Arrested: Miguel Diaz 35, of Wethersfield, CT (also had a warrant for an escapee from Parole)
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. P.W.I.T.S Narcotics
3. Criminal possession of firearm
4. Reckless driving
5. Reckless endangerment
6. Failure to obey Officer signal
7. Drug Factory

ARRESTED: Felix Hernandez 39, of Hartford, CT
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. P.W.I.T.S Narcotics
3. P.W.I.T.S Narcotics 1500 feet of a school

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