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Firearm/Narcotic Arrest on Bushnell Street

On September 1, 2015, at 5:18 Pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to the area of 37 Bushnell Street in response to an anonymous complaint of an individual suffering from a possible narcotics overdose. Upon arrival, HPD Patrol Officers observed the individual inside a vehicle, unresponsive and appeared to be in medical distress. The individual was removed from the vehicle by EMS personnel and transported by ambulance to Hartford Hospital. The individual later regained consciousness and was listed in stable condition. At the incident location, responding HPD Officers observed packaged Heroin and drug paraphernalia in plain view within the passenger compartment of the open vehicle. As Officers began to retrieve the illegal contraband, a firearm was observed protruding from an area between the drivers and passenger front seats of the vehicle. The firearm retrieved was found to be an unloaded, black Smith & Wesson model SD9VE handgun. The Hartford Shooting Task Force was notified and responded to the scene. The individual upon regaining consciousness was placed under arrest and charged with various Narcotic and Firearm charges. The arrested individual, later identified as Mathew Ruhnke, 31, of Petal, MI was transported to the Hartford Booking facility to be processed.

Black, Smith & Wesson, model SD9VE
Four sleeves of packaged Heroin (stamped with a black unreadable stamp)
Numerous empty sleeves
One hypodermic needle

Arrested: Mathew Ruhnke, 31, of Petal, MI
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
3. Carrying a pistol without a permit
4. Weapons in a motor vehicle

PIC 15-27503

DUI Checkpoint September 3, 2015

From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Tuesday, September 1, 2015


(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of Garden Street and Westland Street.

This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department's ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD's Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.

For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.

The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by "putting your junk in your trunk." Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.

Arrest Made in September 28, 2014 Shooting

On September 28, 2014, an altercation occurred at R and D Food Mart (550 Albany Avenue), that involved the victim, Anthony Wortham, and Rory Taylor. Rory Taylor allegedly notified his brother, Benjamin White, of the altercation. Less than one hour after the altercation took place, White allegedly retrieved a firearm, traveled to 550 Albany Avenue and at approximately 0112 hours, walked through a crowd of bystanders and at close range, shot victim Wortham in the head, killing him. HPD Major Crimes Division led the investigation. Both incidents were captured on video surveillance, evidence was obtained and citizens also helped by providing information. This led to the authorization of an arrest warrant for Benjamin White for violation of CGS Murder, 53a-54a, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, 53a-217c and Criminal Use of a Firearm, 53a-216.

Today, September 9, 2015, at approximately 10:00am Benjamin White was taken into custody by members of the Hartford Shooting Task Force at 310 Garden Street without incident. White was transported to Hartford Police Major Crimes Division where the warrant will be served. He has a Judge Set Bond of One Million Dollars.

Location of Incident- 550 Albany Avenue
Victim- Anthony Wortham - Date of Birth-09/05/1977, of 340 Park Terr., Hartford, CT
Accused- Benjamin White - Date of Birth-03/28/1987, of 310 Garden St. Hartford, CT

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