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…
COVID-19: Change In Isolation Guidelines For Those Infected With Virus Announced By CDC COVID-19: Change In Isolation Guidelines For Those Infected With Virus Announced By CDC
Covid-19: Change In Isolation Guidelines For Those Infected With Virus Announced By CDC New isolation guidelines for those infected with COVID-19 or other respiratory infections have just been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency said there is no longer a need to isolate for five days before returning to work or school in a statement issued Friday, March 1. The CDC said it's making updates to the recommendations now because the US is seeing "far fewer hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19 and because we have more tools than ever to combat flu, COVID, and RSV." Three "core prevention tips" were also detaile…
Missing Mom Case: Ex-Girlfriend Of Estranged Husband Convicted Of Murder Conspiracy Missing Mom Case: Ex-Girlfriend Of Estranged Husband Convicted Of Murder Conspiracy
Missing Mom Case: Ex-Girlfriend Of Estranged Husband Convicted Of Murder Conspiracy After three days of deliberations, a jury found the ex-girlfriend of the estranged husband of Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Farber Dulos guilty in connection with her disappearance nearly five years ago in a case in which Dulos, who has never been found, has been declared legally dead. Related: Missing New Canaan Mom Of 5 Jennifer Dulos Declared Dead By Judge Michelle Troconis, age 49, was found guilty in Stamford on Friday, March 1, of all counts including conspiracy to commit murder, hindering prosecution, and evidence tampering.  She is being held on a $6 million bond,…
Team From CT's Mystic Aquarium Investigating Fatal Whale Stranding: 'This Animal Now At Peace' Team From CT's Mystic Aquarium Investigating Fatal Whale Stranding: 'This Animal Now At Peace'
Team From CT's Mystic Aquarium Investigating Fatal Whale Stranding: 'This Animal Now At Peace' A team from Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium is investigating what caused a 25,000-pound fin whale to become stranded in a pond and die as a result.  The 42-foot-long whale was discovered stranded at around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29 in Potter Pond in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, according to Mystic Aquarium spokeswoman Meagan Seacor.  Soon after the whale's discovery by a local resident, the aquarium's Animal Rescue Team and officials from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) responded to the scene to try and help the stranded animal. After arriving, …
New Update: 2 Girls Found After Being Abducted In New England Following Mom's Suspicious Death New Update: 2 Girls Found After Being Abducted In New England Following Mom's Suspicious Death
New Update: 2 Girls Found After Being Abducted In New England Following Mom's Suspicious Death This story has been updated. An Amber Alert has been canceled after two young children who were abducted have been found safe and their father was taken into custody after the suspicious death of their mother. The New Hampshire State Police authorized the activation of the alert system on Friday morning, March 1 after their 31-year-old mother, Caitlyn Niffziger, was found dead in connection with the children's disappearance, according to the state's attorney general's office. The girls, ages 4 and 1, were found in Keene, New Hampshire on Friday, March 1 about 160 miles south of Berlin…
Storm With Damaging Winds Knocks Out Power To Thousands In CT Storm With Damaging Winds Knocks Out Power To Thousands In CT
Storm With Damaging Winds Knocks Out Power To Thousands In CT A potent storm system packed with damaging winds has knocked out power to thousands in Connecticut. At around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, Eversource reported around 3,400 customers with power statewide, and United Illuminated another 55. The most outages are in the following locations: Union (354), Wilton (221), West Hartford (216), Ridgefield (199), New Milford (145), Thompson (137), Greenwich (127), and Weston (101). The storm, ignited by a strong frontal system, has now pushed out off the East Coast. Thursday will be colder with a high temperature in the mid-30s, but wind-chill values…
Eversource Preparing For Power Outages, Downed Trees As Storm Intensifies In CT Eversource Preparing For Power Outages, Downed Trees As Storm Intensifies In CT
Eversource Preparing For Power Outages, Downed Trees As Storm Intensifies In CT As a strong storm system brings gusty winds and heavy rain to Connecticut, Eversource is preparing crews to respond to any power outages, downed trees, or other damage caused by the weather.  The storm system, which arrived on Wednesday, Feb. 28, is bringing powerful wind gusts of 25 to 25 miles per hour to the state and is set to continue overnight into Thursday, Feb. 29, according to predictions from the National Weather Service.  Related Report - Potent Storm Arrives: These Areas Expected To See 50 MPH Wind Gusts, Scattered Power Outages Because these conditions could ver…
Double-Fatal Hit-Run Crash: CT Man, Woman ID'd As Victims In Pennsylvania Double-Fatal Hit-Run Crash: CT Man, Woman ID'd As Victims In Pennsylvania
Double-Fatal Hit-Run Crash: CT Man, Woman ID'd As Victims In Pennsylvania Two Connecticut residents were killed in a crash involving a stolen dump truck that alleged crashed twice in Pennsylvania. The wreck happened just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 near the corner of Ford Road and Veterans Highway in Bristol Township, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.  A Nissan Sentra was turning left into the southbound lanes of the highway when it was struck by an oncoming Ford Explorer, authorities said.  Two passengers in the Nissan, Windham County residents Rebecca Whiddon, age 33, and Richard Whiddon, age 37, of the town of Broo…
Mega Millions Drawing Reaches $563M; 8th Highest Jackpot In Game's History Mega Millions Drawing Reaches $563M; 8th Highest Jackpot In Game's History
Mega Millions Drawing Reaches $563M; 8th Highest Jackpot In Game's History Someone could walk away with more than half a billion dollars after the Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday, Feb. 27.  The last major Mega Millions win was on Dec. 8, 2023, when two people in California matched all six numbers. Since then, the jackpot has grown to $563 million, the eighth highest in Mega Millions history, according to a news release.  But that doesn't mean there aren't winners. More than 1 million winning tickets were sold on Friday, Feb. 23, ranging from a few dollars to $50,000 in value.  If no one wins the $563 million jackpot — an estimated cash value of $2…
Bethel Contractor Charged In Connection To Fatal Trench Collapse That Killed Stamford Man: DA Bethel Contractor Charged In Connection To Fatal Trench Collapse That Killed Stamford Man: DA
Bethel Contractor Charged In Connection To Fatal Trench Collapse That Killed Stamford Man: DA A Connecticut contractor has been criminally charged in connection to a trench collapse at a construction site in New York that killed a 46-year-old man, officials announced. Fairfield County resident Michael Conway of Bethel, age 59, was arraigned in Westchester County Court on criminal charges in connection to the fatal collapse, which happened in Mamaroneck in May 2021 and killed Stamford resident Jose Vega, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday, Feb. 26.  Earlier Report - Worker Dies After Being Trapped In Trench In Westchester Conway is the di…
US Secret Service Recruitment Scheduled In CT: Here's Where, When US Secret Service Recruitment Scheduled In CT: Here's Where, When
US Secret Service Recruitment Scheduled In CT: Here's Where, When If you've ever dreamed of guarding a president or running down virtual currency crooks then now is your chance to apply to become a US Secret Service agent. The department is holding a hiring event at the University of Hartford for students, and members of the public from Monday, Feb. 26 to Thursday, Feb. 29. Applicants will be able to apply to be a US Secret Service special agent or Uniformed Division officer during the hiring event, said the Secret Service.  The event is open to students throughout Connecticut as well as the public. Applicants will have the ability to take part in a…
Highly Contagious Stomach Bug Spreading Fast In Northeast: Here's What To Know Highly Contagious Stomach Bug Spreading Fast In Northeast: Here's What To Know
Highly Contagious Stomach Bug Spreading Fast In Northeast: Here's What To Know A highly contagious stomach bug is spreading nationwide with the highest positivity rate now in the Northeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines, which is called acute gastroenteritis. The most common symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain, with fever, headache, and body aches also associated with the illness. Norovirus outbreaks frequently occur in schools, childcare centers, colleges, and universities. Foods that are commonly involved in norovirus outbreaks include: Leaf…
Over $955K Scheme: Former CT Office Manager Gets Years In Prison For Embezzlement Over $955K Scheme: Former CT Office Manager Gets Years In Prison For Embezzlement
Over $955K Scheme: Former CT Office Manager Gets Years In Prison For Embezzlement A 53-year-old former office manager from Connecticut will spend years in prison for embezzling nearly $956,000 from the family-owned construction business she worked for, officials announced. New Haven County resident Erin Sullivan of Cheshire, age 53, was sentenced on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to 24 months in prison for her embezzlement scheme and tax fraud, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced. According to federal officials, Sullivan was employed as the office manager for the Orange-based construction business she worked for. Beginning at least as early as 2016, Su…
Wegmans Slated To Begin Construction On First CT Store In Norwalk Wegmans Slated To Begin Construction On First CT Store In Norwalk
Wegmans Slated To Begin Construction On First CT Store In Norwalk The much anticipated first Wegmans grocery store in the state is slated to begin construction in Fairfield County this spring. Located in Norwalk off Route 1 at 47 Richards Ave., work has already begun on the unique parking structure for shoppers. "We’ve started construction on the parking garage, and we aim to begin construction of the food market foundations this spring," said Wegmans spokeswoman Marcie Rivera. Earlier report: Wegmans To Open First CT Store In Norwalk Rivera said the company anticipates opening in 2025, though an exact date hasn't been identified.  "The sto…
Mail Theft: Former CT Postal Carrier Admits Stealing Packages, Feds Say Mail Theft: Former CT Postal Carrier Admits Stealing Packages, Feds Say
Mail Theft: Former CT Postal Carrier Admits Stealing Packages, Feds Say A 37-year-old former Connecticut postal carrier has admitted to stealing packages while on the job, federal officials announced.  New Haven County resident Shawn Fuller of Hamden, who once worked as a US Postal Service carrier in Meriden, pleaded guilty to a mail theft offense on Friday, Feb. 16, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced.  Earlier Report - Mail Theft: Meriden Postal Carrier Charged With Stealing Packages, Distributing Cocaine According to federal officials, while working as a mail carrier, Fuller was investigated for stealing package…
Former Greenwich HS Teacher Admits Possessing Child Porn, Feds Say Former Greenwich HS Teacher Admits Possessing Child Porn, Feds Say
Former Greenwich HS Teacher Admits Possessing Child Porn, Feds Say A 44-year-old man who worked as a teacher at a Connecticut high school has admitted to possessing images and videos containing child pornography, federal officials said. Fairfield County resident Nicholas Skirkanich of Ridgefield pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to a child pornography possession charge, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced.  According to federal officials, in October 2022, an online service provider submitted a CyberTip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that indicated a TikTok video containing child sex abu…
NBC CT Reporter Mike Massaro Leaving Station NBC CT Reporter Mike Massaro Leaving Station
NBC CT Reporter Mike Massaro Leaving Station After some five years on the screen, informing and entertaining, NBC Connecticut reporter Mike Massaro is leaving the station. A Connecticut native, born and raised in Hartford County, Massaro, who's from Manchester, announced on Friday, Feb. 16 on the X Platform that he will be signing off at the end of the month.  "It has been an amazing journey of reinvention at NBC Connecticut for nearly five years," Massaro wrote. "I challenged myself to use my broadcasting skills in a different yet meaningful way and succeeded. However, I will be leaving the network at month’s end. Onward!" The …
Update: Small Plane Crash Lands On NY Highway; Troopers Seeking Witness Video Update: Small Plane Crash Lands On NY Highway; Troopers Seeking Witness Video
Update: Small Plane Crash Lands On NY Highway; Troopers Seeking Witness Video This story has been updated. A small plane was forced to make a crash landing on a Long Island highway. Emergency crews were called at around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, after the single-engine Cherokee Archer landed on the eastbound right shoulder of the Southern State Parkway near exit 33 in Babylon. Two people who were onboard the aircraft were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to New York State Police. No vehicles were involved and there were no other reports of injuries, though additional medics were called to the scene after a man who witnessed the…
$479K Scheme: Man Admits Helping To Steal From Retired Victim's Bank Account In CT $479K Scheme: Man Admits Helping To Steal From Retired Victim's Bank Account In CT
$479K Scheme: Man Admits Helping To Steal From Retired Victim's Bank Account In CT A 44-year-old man has admitted to his role in a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from a retired woman his accomplice had been working for in Connecticut, federal officials announced. New York resident Mavani Coleman of Brooklyn, age 44, pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court on Wednesday, Feb. 14 to one count of bank fraud, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced. According to federal officials, the scheme began in 2018, when Coleman's accomplice, New Haven resident Gregory Ivy, began working odd jobs for a retired woman in Connecticut. In Octobe…
COVID-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says COVID-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says
Covid-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says Those who have had COVID-19 are about four times more likely to develop chronic fatigue compared to those who haven't been infected, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers analyzed electronic health records data collected from the University of Washington that included three hospitals and over 300 primary care and specialty clinics providing healthcare services across the state, totaling 4,589 patients. Patients, who consisted of adults over age 18 having either a positive test result for COVID or a clinical diagnosis of COVID …
Nationwide Recall Issued After E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Raw Milk Cheese Nationwide Recall Issued After E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Raw Milk Cheese
Nationwide Recall Issued After E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Raw Milk Cheese A new multistate E. coli outbreak linked to raw milk cheese has sickened nearly a dozen people and led to a recall, according to federal authorities. In a Food Safety Alert issued on Friday, Feb. 16, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said six of 10 illnesses reported in four states came from those who said they ate RAW FARM brand raw cheddar cheese. Four of those infected have been hospitalized and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that can cause kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. The agency said Raw Farm LLC has re…
Eversource Asks For Big Rate Hike For CT Residential Customers: Here's How Much Eversource Asks For Big Rate Hike For CT Residential Customers: Here's How Much
Eversource Asks For Big Rate Hike For CT Residential Customers: Here's How Much Utility company Eversource has submitted a request for a rate adjustment that would increase monthly costs for residential customers in Connecticut later in the year.  The company filed a request for a $784 million rate adjustment with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on Thursday, Feb. 15, according to a statement from Eversource.  The proposed rate hike, which would go into effect on Wednesday, May 1, would increase monthly bills for residential customers by $38, a 19 percent increase, according to a report by Connecticut Public.  According to Eversourc…
29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat 29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat
29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat A 29-year-old from Connecticut who was accused of killing his mother and grandfather is the focus of a new Netflix documentary on the mysterious deaths.  Netflix said earlier this month the documentary will explore the mysteries surrounding Middlesex County native Nathan Carman, of Middletown, who was accused of killing his mother Linda Carman while on a fishing trip in 2016, and his grandfather, John Chakalos. three years earlier in 2013. Carman, who died while in police custody last year, allegedly killed his mother while fishing off the coast of Rhode Island on the family boat.…
Support Pours In For Beloved Wife, Mother Killed After Being Struck By SUV In CT Support Pours In For Beloved Wife, Mother Killed After Being Struck By SUV In CT
Support Pours In For Beloved Wife, Mother Killed After Being Struck By SUV In CT A community is coming together to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the family of a beloved Connecticut wife and mother who was killed after being hit by a vehicle. Felicia Yetke (Santos) was died in a Hartford County incident that happened on Thursday, Feb. 1 around 11:45 p.m., when she was struck by a southbound driver in a small-sized SUV while crossing Middle Street in Bristol, according to Bristol Police.  After the collision, the driver of the SUV stayed at the scene as a witness went to check on Yetke. First responders soon arrived and took her to a nearby hospita…
$10K Reward Offered For Murder Suspect With Stamford Ties Who May Have Fled South: FBI $10K Reward Offered For Murder Suspect With Stamford Ties Who May Have Fled South: FBI
$10K Reward Offered For Murder Suspect With Stamford Ties Who May Have Fled South: FBI The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information regarding a suspect charged in connection with a Westchester homicide that left a 29-year-old man dead.  The reward is being offered to anyone with information regarding the location of 29-year-old Mtayari Dixon, who allegedly shot and killed New Rochelle resident James Caldwell, Jr. in October 2022 after the two were involved in a verbal fight, according to the city's police department.  Earlier Report - Search Intensifies For Suspect In New Rochelle Murder: May Have Fled T…
CT Sports Bar Ordered To Pay Over $359K To Employees After Retaliating Against Them: Feds CT Sports Bar Ordered To Pay Over $359K To Employees After Retaliating Against Them: Feds
CT Sports Bar Ordered To Pay Over $359K To Employees After Retaliating Against Them: Feds A Connecticut sports bar and its owner have been ordered to pay over $359,000 in back pay and damages to employees after taking retaliatory action against them, federal officials announced. A New Haven County sports bar formerly located in Milford, Champions Grill and Bar, was ordered to pay employees a total of $359,485 in back pay, emotional distress damages, withheld compensation, and punitive damages for violating provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Occupational Safety and Health Act, the US Department of Labor announced on Wednesday, Feb. 7.  The order follows a lawsuit…
Crashes Likely To Rise Nearly 50 Percent In CT After Super Bowl, Report Says Crashes Likely To Rise Nearly 50 Percent In CT After Super Bowl, Report Says
Crashes Likely To Rise Nearly 50 Percent In CT After Super Bowl, Report Says If you're gathering with friends or family to watch the big game, you'll want to make sure you have a safe plan to get home, as crash rates in Connecticut may rise by as much as nearly 50 percent, according to a new report.  According to an analysis of the University of Connecticut's Crash Data Repository conducted by AAA Northeast, there are 48 percent more crashes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the night of the Super Bowl compared with the same period of time in the weeks before and after the game, the organization announced on Friday, Feb. 9. AAA based these findings on Connectic…
Greenwich Attorney Admits Possessing Child Porn Depicting Sexual Abuse Of Infants Greenwich Attorney Admits Possessing Child Porn Depicting Sexual Abuse Of Infants
Greenwich Attorney Admits Possessing Child Porn Depicting Sexual Abuse Of Infants A 37-year-old attorney from Connecticut faces decades in prison after admitting to accessing and possessing child pornography, including images depicting the sexual abuse of infants.  Fairfield County resident Christopher Bates, Jr. of Greenwich pleaded guilty to a child exploitation offense on Wednesday, Feb. 7, according to the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut.  Earlier Report - Greenwich Man Charged With Child Porn Offenses, Including Possessing Images With Infants  According to federal officials, Bates' arrest resulted from an international law i…
Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA
Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA Dairy products linked to deaths and serious illness — sold nationwide at many major retailers — are being recalled, the Center for Disease Control, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Food And Drug Administration announced in multiple releases over the first week of February.  Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. is recalling over 50 products after 26 illnesses, 23 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths, according to the CDC.  The California-based company issued the recall following the report of Listeria monocytogenes contamination causing illnesses in 11 states. Listeria monocytogene…
Rocks Found In Trader Joe's Chicken Meal: USDA Rocks Found In Trader Joe's Chicken Meal: USDA
Rocks Found In Trader Joe's Chicken Meal: USDA The USDA has issued a warning to consumers after rocks were found inside a prepackaged chicken meal from Trader Joe's.  The ready-to-eat chicken 14-ounce packages are labeled as "Trader Joe's Chicken, Lentil and Caramelized Onion Pilaf with Saffron Basmati Rice, Dark Chicken Meat, Dates, and Golden Raisins." At least one person damaged their teeth after biting down on a rock while eating the meal, and others have reported finding foreign objects in the product to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the USDA said in its alert on Wednesday, Feb. 7.  The affected produ…
$1.6M Scheme: CT Psychologist Admits Submitting Fraudulent Medicaid Claims $1.6M Scheme: CT Psychologist Admits Submitting Fraudulent Medicaid Claims
$1.6M Scheme: CT Psychologist Admits Submitting Fraudulent Medicaid Claims A 75-year-old psychologist from Connecticut has admitted to submitting false Medicaid claims as part of a more than $1.6 million scheme, federal officials announced.  Hartford County resident Michael Pines of Avon, a Glastonbury-based psychologist, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud charges on Wednesday, Jan. 31, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced.  According to federal officials, Pines, who owned and operated Michael B. Pines, Ph.D., P.C., provided psychotherapy to young children, adolescents, and adults and had been individually enrolled…