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Adult Film Actor From NY Accused Of Distributing Child Pornography Adult Film Actor From NY Accused Of Distributing Child Pornography
Adult Film Actor From NY Accused Of Distributing Child Pornography An adult film actor who resides in New York has been accused of sending and receiving hundreds of videos of child pornography, federal authorities announced. Justin Heath Smith, who uses the stage name “Austin Wolf.” sent images depicting children as young as infants, "including a ghastly video showing a young child bound, beaten, and raped," said Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In addition to sharing child pornography via the Telegram app, the 43-year-old Smith was also charged with possessing hundreds of additional videos conta…
CT Man Started Explicit Chat With Girl On Day Before Being Sentenced For Sexual Assault: Feds CT Man Started Explicit Chat With Girl On Day Before Being Sentenced For Sexual Assault: Feds
CT Man Started Explicit Chat With Girl On Day Before Being Sentenced For Sexual Assault: Feds Following a months-long investigation, a 26-year-old Connecticut man faces federal child pornography charges after having sexually explicit conversations over the internet with a young girl, officials announced.  Hartford resident Marvyn Escobar was arrested on Tuesday, June 25 in connection with an investigation into child pornography, according to Hartford Police Lieutenant Aaron Boisvert.  According to the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut, an investigation conducted by Hartford Police and the FBI found that Escobar used the Discord social media platform…
'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report 'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report
'Stop Calling Me Names,' Gabby Petito Wrote To Boyfriend Brian Laundrie: FBI Report Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old Long Island native who was killed by her fiancé Brian Laundrie in 2021, wrote him a letter imploring him to stop calling her names, according to FBI documents. Related: FBI Reveals How Brian Laundrie Took Responsibility For Gabby Petito’s Death The 300-plus documents, recently released by the FBI, outline the investigation and offer a glimpse into what transpired before and after the Suffolk County, Blue Point resident was killed by the man she said she loved in an undated letter included in the release. "You know how much I love you, so (and I'm writi…
Explosion At Apartment Building Causes Evacuation In Bridgeport Explosion At Apartment Building Causes Evacuation In Bridgeport
Explosion At Apartment Building Causes Evacuation In Bridgep Police, along with the FBI, are investigating an explosion in the hallway of an apartment complex in Fairfield County that sent residents scrambling for safety. Related: Person Of Interest Arrested In Bridgeport Apartment Explosion The explosion occurred in Bridgeport at around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, outside a third-floor apartment unit at 1512 North Ave. According to Capt. Kevin Gilleran of the Bridgeport Police, first responders discovered what appeared to be damage from an explosion that went off in the hallway outside one of the apartments on the third floor. No injur…
These CT Locales Among Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says These CT Locales Among Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says
These CT Locales Among Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says When it comes to putting down your roots, these Connecticut locales are among the best in the nation, according to a brand-new ranking. Two cities in the Constitution State made U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 “Best Places to Live in the US” ranking. Researchers pulled data from a variety of sources, including thousands of public survey responses, the US Census Bureau, FBI crime statistics, and school and hospital rankings to come up with the top 150 American cities. Cities were ranked using four key indicators: value, desirability, job market, and quality of life. The following Conn…
Capitol Riot: MTA Worker, Wife From NY Participated In Jan. 6 Breach, Feds Say Capitol Riot: MTA Worker, Wife From NY Participated In Jan. 6 Breach, Feds Say
Capitol Riot: MTA Worker, Wife From NY Participated In Jan. 6 Breach, Feds Say A husband and wife from New York are the latest to be charged in connection with the breach of the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Long Island residents Kevin Moore, age 61, and Carol Moore, age 57, of Massapequa, are named in a four-count criminal complaint that was filed in US District Court in Washington, DC on Monday, May 13. According to investigators, the couple attended then-President Donald Trump’s speech at the Ellipse that morning before making their way to the Capitol building. Along the way, Carol Moore was seen draped in a blue Trump flag. Earlier Report: Pot-Smoking NY Rioter …
Undercover Sting Leads To Child Exploitation Charges For 4 In CT Undercover Sting Leads To Child Exploitation Charges For 4 In CT
Undercover Sting Leads To Child Exploitation Charges For 4 In CT Four men were charged for allegedly making deals with undercover police to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. The arrests occurred in Hartford County on Friday, April 19, at an undisclosed hotel in Hartford. According to Lt. Aaron Boisvert of the Hartford Police, the Special Investigations Division conducted an undercover sting operation to target and combat child exploitation.  The operation was located at an undisclosed hotel within the City of Hartford. Undercover law enforcement personnel assumed the identity of a 15-year-old girl’s aunt on the internet and engaged in dia…
Ex-Court Employee Impersonated FBI Agent, Falsely Reported Domestic Incident In Wilton: Police Ex-Court Employee Impersonated FBI Agent, Falsely Reported Domestic Incident In Wilton: Police
Ex-Court Employee Impersonated FBI Agent, Falsely Reported Domestic Incident In Wilton: Police A former Connecticut court employee has found himself on the other side of the courtroom after allegedly impersonating an FBI agent. New Haven resident Perry Charnas, age 39, was arrested by New Haven Police on an open warrant Tuesday, April 9. According to Wilton Police, Charnas attempted to impersonate an FBI agent after making several phone calls to the agency in October 2022. During the calls, he allegedly made a false report about a domestic incident at an address in Wilton. No other details about the alleged crimes were released. Charnas is charged with criminal impersonation and …
Man Tries To Traffic 15-Year-Old Girl In Multiple CT Towns, Police Say Man Tries To Traffic 15-Year-Old Girl In Multiple CT Towns, Police Say
Man Tries To Traffic 15-Year-Old Girl In Multiple CT Towns, Police Say A man has been arrested after authorities said he was caught planning to traffic a teen girl for money in Connecticut. The New Haven County incident was investigated by the FBI and Meriden Police Department, leading to the arrest of 35-year-old Gary Taylor on Thursday, March 21. During the investigation, Taylor spoke to who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. As he spoke to the girl, police said Taylor expressed interest in trafficking her in nearby towns for money. Police said he then traveled to Meriden to meet up with the girl, only to be arrested and charged with the following: …
Thief Who Stole $1.5M Worth Of Luxury Cars In NJ, Rockland, Long Island, CT Gets 3½ Years Thief Who Stole $1.5M Worth Of Luxury Cars In NJ, Rockland, Long Island, CT Gets 3½ Years
Thief Who Stole $1.5M Worth Of Luxury Cars In NJ, Rockland, Long Island, CT Gets 3½ Years 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: The last of four men who admitted stealing more than $1.5 million worth of luxury cars in New Jersey, Rockland County, Long Island and Connecticut was sentenced to nearly 3½ years in federal prison. Malik Baker, 30, of Vauxhall, and his three co-conspirators stashed at least 10 of the vehicles at a central location in Irvington, NJ, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Philip Sellinger said. The Essex County-based quartet often used one stolen vehicle to swipe another, he added. In one instance, Sellinger said, the crew swiped a Maserati GranTurismo at the Jersey Shore in Manalapan an…
Danbury Man Accused Of Trafficking Large Quantities Of Fentanyl Danbury Man Accused Of Trafficking Large Quantities Of Fentanyl
Danbury Man Accused Of Trafficking Large Quantities Of Fentanyl A Fairfield County man has been charged by indictment with fentanyl trafficking. Jairo Abreu, age 31, of Danbury, was indicted on Tuesday, March 12, said Vanessa Roberts Avery, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, an investigation by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and Hartford Police Department revealed that Abreu was trafficking fentanyl into Hartford.  Abreu was arrested on state charges on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. Following his arrest, a search of his Danbury residence revealed approximately three k…
CT Man Admits Robbing 2 Businesses, Pistol-Whipping Clerks: Feds CT Man Admits Robbing 2 Businesses, Pistol-Whipping Clerks: Feds
CT Man Admits Robbing 2 Businesses, Pistol-Whipping Clerks: Feds A man faces decades in prison after admitting to robbing two Connecticut businesses and pistol-whipping clerks at both, federal officials announced.  New Haven County resident Kenneth Strothers of Meriden, age 27, pleaded guilty on Monday, Feb. 26 to federal robbery charges, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27.  According to federal officials, Strothers was the focus of an FBI investigation into several armed robberies that happened in Connecticut in early 2021. This investigation determined that Strothers had committed at least t…
Norwalk Police Warn Of Potential 'Street Takeover' Event This Weekend Norwalk Police Warn Of Potential 'Street Takeover' Event This Weekend
Norwalk Police Warn Of Potential 'Street Takeover' Event This Weekend One of Connecticut's largest cities is warning residents of a potential street takeover event planned for the weekend. According to Chief James Walsh of the Norwalk Police Department, the event is scheduled to take place on Saturday evening, Jan. 13 in the area of Connecticut Avenue. Walsh said the police department found out about the event while working with the state police and the FBI. In response to this information, the Norwalk Police Department and the state police have planned a significant response to strategically deter and maintain order, Walsh said. "As we have seen in re…
4 Bridgeport Gang Members Convicted, 8 Murders, 20 Attempted Murders Solved 4 Bridgeport Gang Members Convicted, 8 Murders, 20 Attempted Murders Solved
4 Bridgeport Gang Members Convicted, 8 Murders, 20 Attempted Murders Solved Four gang members have been found guilty of racketeering related to their involvement in a violent Connecticut street gang. Bridgeport residents found guilty on Tuesday, Dec. 5 included: Keishawn Donald, age 22 Trevon Wright, also known as “Tre,” age 22 Eric Hayes, also known as “Heavyweight Champ,” age 26 Travon Jones, also known as “Budda,” age 21 According to the evidence presented during a month-long trial, the FBI, ATF, DEA, US Marshals Service, and Bridgeport Police have been investigating multiple Bridgeport-based gangs whose members are involved in narcotics trafficking, murder, a…
IDs Released For Couple Killed In Fiery Crash On Bridge Linking NY, Canada Caught On Video IDs Released For Couple Killed In Fiery Crash On Bridge Linking NY, Canada Caught On Video
IDs Released For Couple Killed In Fiery Crash On Bridge Linking NY, Canada Caught On Video The identities have now been released of a couple killed after crashing near a bridge connecting the United States and Canada on one of the year's busiest travel days. The Thanksgiving Eve incident happened early Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 22 on the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls, New York. Niagara Falls Police say  Kurt Villani, and his wife, Monica Villani, both age 53, died in the vehicle explosion which led to a federal investigation. The two were residents of Grand Island, New York, located about 10 miles southeast of Niagara Falls. Authorities say the couple had originally been…
Mother’s Intuition? Trish Sena Made Prophetic Comment Before Daughter Charlotte's NY Rescue Mother’s Intuition? Trish Sena Made Prophetic Comment Before Daughter Charlotte's NY Rescue
Mother’s Intuition? Trish Sena Made Prophetic Comment Before Daughter Charlotte's NY Rescue Call it mother’s intuition. As the dreaded 48-hour mark approached since 9-year-old Charlotte Sena disappeared from a state park in New York, her mother suddenly had a feeling that everything would be alright just before the girl was rescued, according to Albany radio station WGNA.  Speaking with the station’s “Brian and Chrissy in the Morning” show Tuesday, Oct. 3, Charlotte’s aunt, Jene′ Sena, said the girl’s parents Trisha and Dave were gathered with friends and relatives around their campsite when Trisha made a rather prophetic statement. "I don't know...maybe it's mother's intuition,…
Support Swells For Charlotte Sena's Family After NY Girl's Kidnapping: 'Going To Be Long Road' Support Swells For Charlotte Sena's Family After NY Girl's Kidnapping: 'Going To Be Long Road'
Support Swells For Charlotte Sena's Family After NY Girl's Kidnapping: 'Going To Be Long Road' The hallways of the Corinth Central School District were flooded with orange Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, as students and teachers celebrated the safe return of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena following her kidnapping at a state park in New York and subsequent rescue two days later. “Promote unity by wearing your orange!” reads a message on the district’s Facebook page. “Other schools in our region will be wearing orange to support Corinth, too.” The heartwarming display hinted at the immense support the community has shown the girl’s family throughout the terrifying 48-hour manhunt that garnered na…
Gilgo Beach Murders: Police Investigating Possible Link Between Alleged Killer, Missing Woman Gilgo Beach Murders: Police Investigating Possible Link Between Alleged Killer, Missing Woman
Gilgo Beach Murders: Police Investigating Possible Link Between Alleged Killer, Missing Woman Authorities are investigating a possible connection between Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann and the disappearance of a South Carolina woman around six years ago. Julia Ann Bean was last seen in Sumter County, South Carolina on May 31, 2017. Her daughter reported her missing nearly six months later. On Sunday, Aug. 20, someone claiming to be Bean’s friend contacted the sheriff’s office and claimed to have information in the case, the agency announced on Facebook. Earlier Report: Gilgo Beach Murders: Pizza Crust Helped Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Taunted Victim's Family The perso…
Westport Man Charged In Jan. 6 Attack On US Capitol Westport Man Charged In Jan. 6 Attack On US Capitol
Westport Man Charged In Jan. 6 Attack On US Capitol A Connecticut man has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges, including assaulting law enforcement, related to his actions during the breach of the US Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.  Fairfield County resident Benjamin Cohen, age 21, of Westport, was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 9 in Westport, said the US Department of Justice. Cohen was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, both felony offenses.  He had traveled with his mother to Washington to attend the rally, …
Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Key Tip From Witness 12 Years Ago Helps Crack Case Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Key Tip From Witness 12 Years Ago Helps Crack Case
Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Key Tip From Witness 12 Years Ago Helps Crack Case The man accused of killing several women and dumping their bodies on a New York beach in what became known as the Gilgo Beach murders was finally nabbed thanks in large part to a tip from one victim’s roommate that came over a decade ago. Dave Schaller met with Suffolk County Police detectives in December 2010, shortly after the skeletal remains of 27-year-old Amber Lynn Costello were found in an area off Ocean Parkway, near Gilgo Beach, according to CBS News. He told them that shortly before Costello disappeared, he had witnessed a large man threatening her inside their North Babylon home…
Suspect In Gilgo Beach Murders ID'd As 59-Year-Old Founder Of Architecture Firm On Fifth Avenue Suspect In Gilgo Beach Murders ID'd As 59-Year-Old Founder Of Architecture Firm On Fifth Avenue
Suspect In Gilgo Beach Murders ID'd As 59-Year-Old Founder Of Architecture Firm On Fifth Avenue New update: NY Serial Murders: Pizza Crust Helped Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Taunted Victim's Family A man taken into custody for the Giglo Beach serial killer murders on Long Island has been identified as a local architect who has lived for years near where the bodies of the 10 victims were found, according to multiple reports and sources. Rex Heuermann, age 59, of Massapequa Park, was taken into custody on Thursday, July 13 around 8:30 p.m., for at least some of the murder victims, nine of whom were women, found on the south shore of Long Island known as Gilgo Beach, The New York Times re…
Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Suspect Reportedly Nabbed In Case Involving 10 Victims Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Suspect Reportedly Nabbed In Case Involving 10 Victims
Gilgo Beach Serial Murders: Suspect Reportedly Nabbed In Case Involving 10 Victims New Update: Serial Murder Suspect ID'd As Long Island Man Who Founded Architecture Firm On Fifth Avenue A suspect has reportedly been apprehended in connection with the Long Island serial murders on Gilgo Beach that have long gone unsolved, according to multiple news sources. The person, who has not yet been identified publically, was taken into custody in Nassau County on Thursday, July 13 in Massapequa Park by Suffolk County Police, along with other law enforcement partners, reported CBS News. A total of 10 bodies, nine of which were women, found on the south shore of Long Island.ha…
Former HS Teacher From Bethel Enticed Student To Engage In Sexual Activity: Feds Former HS Teacher From Bethel Enticed Student To Engage In Sexual Activity: Feds
Former HS Teacher From Bethel Enticed Student To Engage In Sexual Activity: Feds A former Westchester County high school teacher from Fairfield County faces more than a decade in prison after allegedly enticing one of her 16-year-old students to engage in sexual activity while making her believe they were in a romantic relationship, federal officials said. Bethel resident Sandy Carazas-Pinez, age 34, has been indicted on charges related to her alleged sexual exploitation of one of her students while she was employed at a school in Yonkers, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced on Wednesday, July 12.  According to federal officials…
New Street Racing Busts: 3 More Nabbed In Connecticut New Street Racing Busts: 3 More Nabbed In Connecticut
New Street Racing Busts: 3 More Nabbed In Connecticut An additional three people have been arrested in connection to racing incidents dubbed “street takeovers" in Connecticut, according to police. Three people, including a 20-year-old woman, were arrested for street racing among other charges in incidents in Hartford County (in Berlin) and New Haven County (in Waterbury), Connecticut State Police announced on Monday, June 5. Those arrested were: Flor Hiram Santiago, aged 43, of Meriden; Tednnessy William Torrellas Hernandez, aged 37, of Waterbury; Hannah Bartolucci, aged 20, of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. The arrests are part of a cont…
Search Ends For Missing Connecticut Woman After Monthslong 'Nightmare' Search Ends For Missing Connecticut Woman After Monthslong 'Nightmare'
Search Ends For Missing Connecticut Woman After Monthslong 'Nightmare' All efforts to find a woman who went missing during a trip to Japan ended after the largest search effort police ever performed in the region turned up an "underwhelming" amount of evidence, according to her family.  Tolland County resident Patricia Wu-Murad, of Storrs, was last seen on the morning of Monday, April 10. A "tireless" search for Wu-Murad ended on Tuesday, May 30 after an international and crowd-funded effort to find her turned up few clues, according to a GoFundMe created by Patricia's daughter, Murphy Murad. Wu-Murad went missing while hiking the Kumano Kodo trail in Osaka,…
8 Suspected 'Tourist Burglars' Targeting Westchester, Fairfield Counties In Custody, Police Say 8 Suspected 'Tourist Burglars' Targeting Westchester, Fairfield Counties In Custody, Police Say
8 Suspected 'Tourist Burglars' Targeting Westchester, Fairfield Counties In Custody, Police Say Eight alleged residential burglars known as "tourist burglars," who work for out-of-country crews have been nabbed for crimes committed in the region.  The bust in Fairfield County comes after months of investigating and working with the FBI, and law enforcement departments across the region. The two crews worked the Fairfield and Westchester areas, Greenwich Police Capt. Mark Zuccerella said. There have been more than 70 burglaries in Greenwich since 2021, they added. Zuccerella said the crews have targeted Greenwich for the past five years. "To combat this, we have devel…
Massachusetts Air National Guard Member, 21, Arrested In Connection To Leaked Pentagon Papers Massachusetts Air National Guard Member, 21, Arrested In Connection To Leaked Pentagon Papers
Massachusetts Air National Guard Member, 21, Arrested In Connection To Leaked Pentagon Papers The unauthorized release of top-secret Pentagon materials has been connected to a 21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guard member, officials say.  Jack Douglas Teixeira, a member of the United States Air Force National Guard in Massachusetts, was arrested in the afternoon of Thursday, April 13, according to Attorney General Merrick Garland. Teixeira's arrest is part of the investigation into the unauthorized removal and publication of classified government and military documents.  The FBI reported that they took Teixeira into custody at his home in North Dighton, located in Bristol Co…
Stamford Resident Tricked Into Sending $400K To Fake Account For Home Stamford Resident Tricked Into Sending $400K To Fake Account For Home
Stamford Resident Tricked Into Sending $400K To Fake Account For Home A Stamford resident who was tricked into wiring $426,000 to a fraudulent account was able to recover their money thanks to the FBI and local police. The incident began on Friday, March 10 when an investigator with the Stamford Police, who is also a member of the FBI's Cyber Task Force, received a phone call from a local realtor who reported they had fallen victim to wire fraud, said Capt. Tom Scanlon, of the Stamford Police. The local resident was attempting to purchase a home in Fairfield County but a suspect had somehow infiltrated their email conversations and tricked the resident into w…
'Burn After Reading': Brian Laundrie's Mom Offered To Bury Body, Petitos' Lawyer Says 'Burn After Reading': Brian Laundrie's Mom Offered To Bury Body, Petitos' Lawyer Says
'Burn After Reading': Brian Laundrie's Mom Offered To Bury Body, Petitos' Lawyer Says A letter at the center of controversy in a lawsuit between the families of Long Island natives Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito has nothing to do with the death of Petito, Roberta Laundrie says.  Roberta Laundrie, of North Port, Florida, filed paperwork with the court on Monday, March 6, claiming the letter with the words "Burn After Reading," printed on the front, has nothing to do with the death of Petito of Blue Point, in Suffolk County. The attorney of the Petito family, Joe Petito, and Nichole Schmidt has also filed paperwork with the court to make the letter admissible as evidence in …
Violent Robberies: 20-Year-Old CT Man Admits To Role In String Of AT&T Store Heists Violent Robberies: 20-Year-Old CT Man Admits To Role In String Of AT&T Store Heists
Violent Robberies: 20-Year-Old CT Man Admits To Role In String Of AT&T Store Heists A 20-year-old Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to several robberies of AT&T stores in the region where he and three others sometimes beat and pistol-whipped employees was the first of the crew to be sentenced this week.  Hartford County resident Deshawn Baugh of Hartford was sentenced to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime, the US Attorney for Connecticut said. He must pay $124,842.45 in restitution, the prosecutor said. Baugh, along with three others, went on a robbery spr…
Newly Released Photo Of Gabby Petito Shows Blood On Her Face Before Police Stop Newly Released Photo Of Gabby Petito Shows Blood On Her Face Before Police Stop
Newly Released Photo Of Gabby Petito Shows Blood On Her Face Before Police Stop Gabby Petito took a photograph of herself with blood on her face and showed the injury to a police officer, but was ignored, according to attorneys for her family. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the law firm of Parker & McConkie released the photo from September 2021, that is included in the family's wrongful death lawsuit against the Moab, Utah Police Department which had stopped Petito and her fiancé and fellow Long Island native Brian Laundrie, age 23,  on the day of the abuse. The Petitos claim the police department should have recognized their daughter was in a life-threatening situ…