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Breaking News
6:33 pm - August 18, 2017

Mansfield animal control officer hurt in dog attack


Chronicle Staff Writer

MANSFIELD – An animal control officer sustained serious injuries after being attacked by dogs at the Mansfield Animal Shelter on Friday.

According to an update posted on the Town of Mansfield website, an officer was attacked by a dog being cared for at the shelter located on Clover Mill Road.

The officer sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. The officer was transported to Hartford Hospital for treatment, according to the post.

Mansfield Fire Marshal Francis Raiola said while one dog was primarily involved in the attack, a second dog was involved as well.

Both dogs have been quarantined, according to Raiola.

Mansfield Fire and Emergency Services Staff, Connecticut State Police, Mansfield Public Works, Connecticut Department of Agriculture Animal Control Division and Windham Hospital paramedics responded to the incident, according to the website post.

Because of the incident, the animal shelter is closed on Friday and Saturday and will tentatively resume as normal on Monday morning.

An adoption event that was scheduled for Sunday is also cancelled.

Raiola said Connecticut State Police and other local town officials are doing a follow-up investigation.

For weekend animal related emergency assistance only, call 860-487-0137.

Breaking News
6:39 pm - August 18, 2017

Coventry police seek missing 17-year-old male

COVENTRY — Local police are searching for a 17-year-old male reported missing today, according to a Silver Alert issued this evening.

Coventry police are seeking Judah Hatten, who police described as being a black male 5-feet, 5-inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing black jogger pants, bright blue sneakers and carrying a black-and-white bag, according to police.

Anyone with information on Hatten's whereabouts is asked to call the Coventry Police Department at 869-742-7331.

Breaking News
1:56 pm - August 18, 2017

Brothers' court cases in murder continued to fall


Chronicle Staff Writer

DANIELSON/WILLIMANTIC — The court case of two brothers accused in connection to a murder last year was continued today until the fall.

Juan Chach, 24, and his 26-year-old brother Ignacio Chach-Aperez, both of 196 Pleasant St., are charged in connection with the murder of Francisco Delacruz-Coj, 34, of Willimantic.

Chach will appear on Oct. 6 and Chach-Aperez will appear on Sept. 15, both in the Danielson Superior Court at 10 a.m.

The brothers are in the pretrial stage, according to the Danielson Superior Court clerk.

The clerk said Chach appeared in court this morning, but his brother did not.

Chach is charged with murder and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, while Chach-Aperez is charged with accessory to murder and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Delacruz-Coj was murdered in November 2016 in his apartment at 38 Pulaski Court.

According to the chief medical examiner’s office, Delacruz-Coj died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso.

According to the affidavit, the brothers fled the scene and escaped to Arizona.

They were found three days later by the Federal Homeland Security Agents and the Phoenix Police Department Fugitive Task Force.

Police tracked the brothers through Chach’s cell phone.

They were held and arrested in February in Arizona. Each were issued a $1 million bond, which neither of them met.

Chach is being held at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, and Chach-Aperez is being held at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers.

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