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Attempted Carjacking: Pair Grab, Drag Woman Along I-84 In CT, Police Say Attempted Carjacking: Pair Grab, Drag Woman Along I-84 In CT, Police Say
Attempted Carjacking: Pair Grab, Drag Woman Along I-84 In CT, Police Say Two men have been arrested on charges including robbery after they allegedly threw a woman to the ground in an attempt to steal her car. The Tolland County incident occurred on Thursday, May 23 in Vernon. According to Connecticut State Police, the two men — Emmanuel Nina-Saldana, age 21, and Bryan Saldana, age 20 — were tailgating a woman driving a Porsche SUV as she drove east on I-84 just after 4:30 p.m. The victim, who was not named, pulled over past Exit 67 to let the two men pass. However, they pulled up behind her instead. She got out of her vehicle with her keys and purse, as d…
CT State Police To Ramp Up DUI Patrols Over Memorial Day Weekend CT State Police To Ramp Up DUI Patrols Over Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend: CT State Police To Ramp Up DUI Patrols Ahead of what officials predict will be a busy holiday weekend, Connecticut State Police has announced plans to increase drunk driving patrols. Starting at midnight on Friday, May 24, and lasting through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27, troopers will be patrolling state roads and highways, the Connecticut State Police (CSP) announced. Troopers will be on the lookout for signs of drunk driving. The move comes in anticipation of backyard barbecues and other events involving alcohol that residents may attend to celebrate the upcoming three-day weekend. “As the roads fill up with vehicles, m…
Extra Officers At CT High School After Swatting Threat To Student Extra Officers At CT High School After Swatting Threat To Student
Extra Officers At CT High School After Swatting Threat To Student Connecticut State Police have an added presence at a high school after a student received a threat. The incident occurred in New Haven County in Oxford at Oxford High School on Wednesday, May 22. According to State Police, troopers responded to the school as a result of a threat made against a student. After an investigation, it was determined that this was a swatting incident.  State police said there's no immediate threat to the school. As a precaution, Oxford police units and troopers will maintain a presence throughout the day.  Police did not reveal what type of threat the…
39-Year-Old Hits CT State Police Cruiser, Flips On I-84, Causing Injuries 39-Year-Old Hits CT State Police Cruiser, Flips On I-84, Causing Injuries
39-Year-Old Hits CT State Police Cruiser, Flips On I-84, Causing Injuries A Connecticut man allegedly crashed into a state police cruiser during a traffic stop on I-84, causing injuries. The New Haven County crash happened on Friday, May 17 in the town of Middlebury. According to Connecticut State Police, a trooper had pulled over a Hyundai at around 11:15 p.m. on the right shoulder of I-84 East just past the South Street Bridge overpass. While the car had its emergency lights on, a 39-year-old man driving a Toyota RAV4 on I-84 crashed into the driver’s side of the police car. He then reportedly hit the rear end of the Hyundai before flipping on its roof an…
‘I’m Not Playing’: Customer Threatens CT Staples Workers Over Denied Return, Police Say ‘I’m Not Playing’: Customer Threatens CT Staples Workers Over Denied Return, Police Say
‘I’m Not Playing’: Customer Threatens CT Staples Workers Over Denied Return, Police Say A disgruntled customer is facing charges after allegedly threatening violence against employees at a Staples store. The Windham County incident happened in Willimantic, at the Staples store on Storrs Road. Connecticut State Police said a store supervisor contacted the agency on Thursday, April 11, after discovering a concerning post from a customer on the social media platform, X. In the post, which was directed at Staples corporate, the customer said they wanted their money in the next two days “or the managers of the Willimantic CT Staples better Google ‘Family Guy Stewie where’s my mon…
21-Year-Old Who Assaulted CT Teens, Fled State, Arrested: Police 21-Year-Old Who Assaulted CT Teens, Fled State, Arrested: Police
21-Year-Old Who Assaulted CT Teens, Fled State, Arrested: Police Nearly three years after a man allegedly assaulted a pair of teen girls in Connecticut, police have extradited and arrested him. Carlos Davila, age 21 of New London County was arrested on Wednesday, May 15 for the Montville incident, which occurred in 2021, Connecticut State Police announced. According to his arrest warrant, Davila (who was 19 at the time) met with two 14-year-old girls near Oakville Elementary School on July 9, 2021. He had met one of the two girls on Instagram, where he reportedly asked her for explicit pictures, which she did not send. Davila then asked the girl to m…
Wrong-Way Crash: Bar Receipts, Social Media Lead To Arrest After Woman, 25, Killed In Danbury Wrong-Way Crash: Bar Receipts, Social Media Lead To Arrest After Woman, 25, Killed In Danbury
Wrong-Way Crash: Bar Receipts, Social Media Lead To Arrest After Woman, 25, Killed In Danbury A months-long investigation aided by bar receipts and social media posts led to the arrest of a man in connection with a wrong-way alleged drunk driving Connecticut crash that took the life of a young Fairfield County woman. The crash happened on Route 7 in Danbury around 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 in the southbound lane just north of Exit 7. The victim, Danielle Dempsey, age 25, of Danbury, was driving a gray 2005 Honda Accord when a black 2018 Dodge Challenger driving in the wrong direction struck her vehicle head-on, Connecticut State Police said. The operator of the Dodge Challenger,…
Family Killed In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash On Way Home From Hospital Family Killed In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash On Way Home From Hospital
Family Killed In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash On Way Home From Hospital Three members of a Connecticut family killed in a wrong-way driver crash were on their way home from the hospital when killed. Related: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities In Stratford ID Released For Driver In Stratford Crash That Killed 4 Fairfield County resident Steven P. Rowland, age 65, of Easton, was driving his aunt and uncle, Thomas and Olga Vitale, ages 80 and 81, also of Easton, home from Yale New Haven Hospital when all three were killed in the crash in Stratford, according to their obituaries. "While his death was abrupt and he…
26-Year-Old CT Man Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash 26-Year-Old CT Man Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash
26-Year-Old CT Man Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash A Connecticut man has died after his truck veered across a highway and rolled over. The crash occurred in Hartford around 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, on Route 5/15 northbound, south of Exit 89. According to the Connecticut State Police, 26-year-old Andrew Joel Saez of Windsor Locks was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra when, for unknown reasons, the truck veered across the right lane and entered the left lane of the Exit 89 off-ramp. State Police said the truck veered into the right lane, crossed the right shoulder, and entered the grassy area to the right of the off-ramp.  It then rolled…
Trooper's Car Hit In Construction Zone In Connecticut Trooper's Car Hit In Construction Zone In Connecticut
Trooper's Car Hit In Construction Zone In Connecticut A Connecticut man has been arrested after police say he rear-ended a trooper’s car in a construction zone. The Hartford County incident occurred on Tuesday, May 14 in Wethersfield. At about 5:30 a.m. that morning, a Connecticut State Police car was in the left lane conducting traffic for a construction project on I-91 north near Exit 25. The trooper’s car was fully stopped with the emergency lights on while transportation workers worked in the left lane when a Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 25-year-old Joseph Fritz, allegedly rammed into the back of the vehicle. Both Joseph and the offi…
Man Enters CT Highway In Right Direction, Crashes, Continues Going Wrong Way: Police Man Enters CT Highway In Right Direction, Crashes, Continues Going Wrong Way: Police
Man Enters CT Highway In Right Direction, Crashes, Continues Going Wrong Way: Police A 58-year-old man faces charges after entering a Connecticut highway, crashing while under the influence, and continuing the wrong way, police said.  Hartford County resident James Sanders of East Granby was arrested on Monday morning, May 13 following an incident on Interstate 91 North in Windsor, Connecticut State Police announced.  According to authorities, around 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, a vehicle crashed on I-91 North in the area of Exit 40. Arriving police saw that Sanders was showing signs of impairment as he told them he had crashed into the highway's center median.&…
Man Accused Of Assaulting Passengers Following I-95 Greenwich Crash Man Accused Of Assaulting Passengers Following I-95 Greenwich Crash
Man Accused Of Assaulting Passengers Following I-95 Greenwich Crash A man was charged with alleged assault after attacking two passengers and crashing the vehicle in Greenwich. The incident occurred on I-95 southbound in Greenwich around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, near Exit 5. According to Connecticut State Police, troopers and Greenwich Police responded to the crash and found that it had occurred during a fight inside the car between the driver, Vilhomme Mondesir, age 47, of Fort Worth, Florida. The two passengers explained that they were all coworkers. They said an argument began when Mondesir stopped at a shopping plaza after driving for several hours…
CT Man Accused Of Assaulting, Kidnapping Woman CT Man Accused Of Assaulting, Kidnapping Woman
CT Man Accused Of Assaulting, Kidnapping Woman A 47-year-old Connecticut man is behind bars after allegedly kidnapping and assaulting a woman during a domestic violence incident. New Haven County resident Brian Lambert of Southbury was arrested on Friday, May 10. According to Connecticut State Police and Southbury Police, around noon on May 10, officers responded to the area of Elaine Drive and Curt Smith Road after receiving information that Lambert was seen dragging a woman through a wooded area of Elaine Drive, forcibly push her into a vehicle and then take off at a high rate of speed. Responding officers searched the immediate…
Man Kidnaps, Holds Woman At Knife-Point In CT, Police Say Man Kidnaps, Holds Woman At Knife-Point In CT, Police Say
Man Kidnaps, Holds Woman At Knife-Point In CT, Police Say A Connecticut man is facing multiple charges, including assault and kidnapping, after he allegedly held a family member captive for hours. The Tolland County incident began on the night of Tuesday, May 7 in the town of Willington. According to Connecticut State Police, a woman went to visit 29-year-old Jonathan Yokabaskas, her relative, where he lived in a tent off Ruby Road. While visiting his campsite, Yokabaskas allegedly threatened to kill her during an argument and would not let her leave, physically forcing her to the ground to stop her from leaving. Police said that when she t…
CT Man Who Hit State Police Car Caught, Charged, Police Say CT Man Who Hit State Police Car Caught, Charged, Police Say
CT Man Who Hit State Police Car Caught, Charged, Police Say A man who allegedly hit a Connecticut State Police car and drove off has been located and charged, authorities said. The Middlesex County incident occurred in Middletown on Friday, May 3. At approximately 8:30 a.m., a Connecticut State Police (CSP) car was traveling north in the leftmost lane of Route 9, near Exit 21, when the vehicle had to slow down due to a prior accident on the roadway. James Paternostro, age 30, who was driving behind the police car on the expressway, attempted to change lanes while the cop car was slowing down; while changing lanes, he allegedly struck the CSP car…
New Update: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities New Update: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities
New Update: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities This story has been updated:  The identities have been released of three of the four people killed in an overnight crash on the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) in Fairfield County.  According to Connecticut State Police, the collision occurred around 1:45 a.m., Thursday, May 9, in Stratford. State Police said a 2016 Honda Civic was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when it hit a 2010 Chrysler Country Touring van head-on. Both vehicles burst into flames. Killed in the crash were two Easton family members and a driver of the van, including: Steven Rowland, age 65, of East…
Man Standing On CT Roadway, Struck, Killed By Pickup Truck Man Standing On CT Roadway, Struck, Killed By Pickup Truck
Man Standing On CT Roadway, Struck, Killed By Pickup Truck A 39-year-old Hudson Valley man was struck and killed by a Dodge Ram pickup truck while standing on a roadway in Connecticut. The crash occurred in Hartford County around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, on I-91 north of the Exit 46 on-ramp in Enfield. According to the Connecticut State Police, Dutchess County resident TJ Jennings of Hopewell Junction was standing in the highway's right lane when struck by the truck. The truck came to a stop on the right shoulder, state police said. State Police said Jennings sustained injuries "not compatible with life" and was pronounced dead at the scene. …
Frat President Assaults, Chokes Prospective Member In CT During Initiation, Police Say Frat President Assaults, Chokes Prospective Member In CT During Initiation, Police Say
Frat President Assaults, Chokes Prospective Member In CT During Initiation, Police Say The 23-year-old president of a University of Connecticut fraternity faces charges after allegedly assaulting and choking a prospective new member during his initiation process, police announced. Tolland County resident David Vallejo of Willington was arrested on Friday, May 3 on charges connected to his alleged assault of a potential new fraternity member during his initiation process, Connecticut State Police announced on Tuesday, May 7. According to Vallejo's arrest warrant, the events leading to the arrest began in early February 2024, when the victim, a University of Connecticut st…
Fatal CT Crash: 23-Year-Old ID'd As Victim Fatal CT Crash: 23-Year-Old ID'd As Victim
Fatal CT Crash: 23-Year-Old ID'd As Victim A 23-year-old was killed in an overnight crash in Connecticut. It happened in Hartford County just before 11 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in Windsor. Connecticut State Police said a 2024 Kawasaki was traveling northbound on I-91 south of Exit 36 when, for an unknown reason, it veered to the left and struck a median concrete barrier. The driver, Zachary Michael Nason, of Southington, was thrown from the vehicle and located on southbound I-91, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Trooper Jason Trombly at 860-534-1000 or at jason.t…
Convicted CT Felon Found With Fentanyl, Cocaine, Weapons, More: Police Convicted CT Felon Found With Fentanyl, Cocaine, Weapons, More: Police
Convicted CT Felon Found With Fentanyl, Cocaine, Weapons, More: Police A Connecticut man and convicted felon was arrested on additional drug charges after police allegedly found him with a stash of drugs and weapons. The New Haven County arrest was made on Thursday, May 2 in the city of New Haven. At approximately 11 a.m. that day, Connecticut State Police, the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, and multiple other agencies executed a search on Quezon A. Jones, age 26. During the search, authorities seized the following: A Glock 9mm handgun with altered serial numbers and altered to have a converted trigger switch, allowing it to fire in full auto; An exten…
Update: US Army Sergeant Nabbed In Connection To CT Murder-For-Hire Plot, Police Say Update: US Army Sergeant Nabbed In Connection To CT Murder-For-Hire Plot, Police Say
Update: US Army Sergeant Nabbed In Connection To CT Murder-For-Hire Plot, Police Say A US military officer has been criminally charged in connection with his brother's alleged plot to have four victims killed in Connecticut, including two young children, police announced. Army Sergeant Jeremiah Peikert of Azle, Texas, age 30, was arrested on charges connected to his brother's alleged scheme to have four people killed and extradited to Connecticut on Wednesday, May 1, Connecticut State Police announced on Friday, May 3.  According to state police, Peikert's brother, 31-year-old Joshua Peikert, had plotted to have the four victims killed while serving a sentence at …
Stamford Man Found Dead Inside Burned Home Stamford Man Found Dead Inside Burned Home
Stamford Man Found Dead Inside Burned Home A man was found dead inside his home after a fire in Fairfield County. The blaze broke out in Stamford around 6:55 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at 48 Powel Place.  According to Stamford Police Capt. Tom Scanlon, after extinguishing the fire, Stamford firefighters discovered the homeowner, Mark Palmer, age 67, dead inside the house.  Scanlon said that the Stamford Fire Department Fire Marshal, Connecticut State Police Fire Investigators, and the Stamford Police Arson Unit responded to the scene and collaborated to assess any indications of foul play.  …
Road Rage: Man Nabbed For Incident In Darien Road Rage: Man Nabbed For Incident In Darien
Road Rage: Man Nabbed For Incident In Darien A 24-year-old man who allegedly pointed a BB gun at a tow truck driver on I-95 in Fairfield County and slowed down to 5 mph has been charged by state police. Dae Jesus Acosta, age 24, of Central Falls, Rhode Island, was arrested around 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 29, in Darien for a road rage incident. According to Connecticut State Police, a tow truck driver called 911 after Acosta, who was trying to merge onto I-95 in Darien, in front of the truck slowed down to 5 mph and then pointed what looked like a gun at the driver. He kept following the car for several miles.  A responding troop…
CT Storm Drain Explosion Leads To Bomb Scare CT Storm Drain Explosion Leads To Bomb Scare
CT Storm Drain Explosion Leads To Bomb Scare A storm drain explosion in a Connecticut city led to a bomb scare after a suspicious device was found. The incident occurred in New Haven County around 6 p.m., Mondy, April 29, in the area of Cross Street at Women's Way in Meriden. According to Lt. Darrin McKay of the Meriden Police, officers found smoke coming from the drain and determined it did not appear overly large.  No victims were located, and no one appeared injured in the incident. McKay said there was also no notable damage in the immediate area. McKay said a check of an adjacent storm drain revealed what appeared to be a …
Rollover Crash: 1 Seriously Injured In Wreck That Blocked CT Highway For Hours Rollover Crash: 1 Seriously Injured In Wreck That Blocked CT Highway For Hours
Rollover Crash: 1 Seriously Injured In Wreck That Blocked CT Highway For Hours A man is hospitalized following a rollover crash that shut down a Connecticut highway for hours. The Tolland County wreck happened at around 10 a.m. Monday, April 29, on I-84 in the town of Tolland, near Exit 69. Connecticut State Police said a 38-year-old New York man was driving a Hyundai SUV eastbound in the left lane when he suddenly veered across three lanes of traffic and went off the roadway. The vehicle then rolled over before striking a tree. Troopers said the man was able to free himself from the SUV before police and medics arrived on scene. He was taken to Hartford Hospital wi…
CT Man Charged With Killing Wife During Domestic Dispute CT Man Charged With Killing Wife During Domestic Dispute
CT Man Charged With Killing Wife During Domestic Dispute A Connecticut man is behind bars for allegedly killing his wife during a domestic incident. The murder occurred in Hartford County around 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 26, on Wildwood Avenue in Simsbury. According to Lt. Brad Chase of the Simsbury Police, the department received a 911 call from a resident describing a physical altercation between Hartford County residents Qiu Rongfang, age 49, and Ding Sheng Lin, age 50, both of Simsbury. When police arrived, they found Rongfang with life-threatening injuries, Chase said. She was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, where she was…
Fatal Crash: 20-Year-Old ID'd As Victim After Car Crashes Into Tree On CT Roadway Fatal Crash: 20-Year-Old ID'd As Victim After Car Crashes Into Tree On CT Roadway
Fatal Crash: 20-Year-Old ID'd As Victim After Car Crashes Into Tree On CT Roadway A 20-year-old was killed after a car crashed into a tree in Connecticut. It happened around 9:50 a.m. Sunday, April 28 in Tolland County. A 2019 Ford Mustang was traveling in a southerly direction on West Street in the town of Hebron at a high rate of speed, Connecticut State Police say. For an unknown reason, it went off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a large tree.  After the collision the car caught on fire and the sole occupant was pronounced dead at the scene. He's been identified as Anthony Michael Cardello of West Hartford, police announced. Next-…
19-Year-Old Fairfield County Woman Killed, 4 Hospitalized In Overnight Crash 19-Year-Old Fairfield County Woman Killed, 4 Hospitalized In Overnight Crash
19-Year-Old Fairfield County Woman Killed, 4 Hospitalized In Overnight Crash A teenager was killed and four others hospitalized in an overnight single-vehicle crash in Connecticut. It happened around 10:15 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in Tolland County in the town of Willington. A 2007 Subaru Legacy with five occupants, all from the town of Bethel in Fairfield County, was traveling southbound on River Road when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to overturn, according to Connecticut State Police. One of the passengers, 19-year-old Maria Damata sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead, said police. The driver, a 21-year-old man,…
Video Shows Moment Trooper Struck By Car During Traffic Stop In Fairfield County Video Shows Moment Trooper Struck By Car During Traffic Stop In Fairfield County
Video Shows Moment Trooper Struck By Car During Traffic Stop In Fairfield County An officer-worn body camera was rolling when a Connecticut State Police trooper was struck by a car during a highway traffic stop. The Fairfield County incident happened at around 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, on I-95 in Bridgeport. According to the agency’s accident report, the trooper’s SUV was parked behind another car on the right shoulder of the interstate south of Exit 30 when a driver in the center lane lost control and struck the metal guardrail. The out-of-control driver then struck the trooper and crashed into the back of his patrol car, which was then pushed into the first vehicle…
Teenage Trio Causes Over $20K In Damage At CT High School: Police Teenage Trio Causes Over $20K In Damage At CT High School: Police
Teenage Trio Causes Over $20K In Damage At CT High School: Police Three men and one juvenile suspect face charges after causing over $20,000 in damage to a high school in Connecticut, police announced.  Three 18-year-olds, Jonathan Gosnell, Henry Grabowski, and Mackie Olynnger, were arrested by warrant in connection with vandalism in Middlesex County at the Valley Regional High School in Deep River, Connecticut State Police announced on Friday, April 26.  The arrests stemmed from an incident on Sunday, April 7, when troopers learned of vandalism discovered at the school, located at 256 Kelsey Hill Rd.  According to police, a…
Flat, Shredded Tire Leads To Homicide Charge For CT Man In Fiery I-95 Bridge Crash Flat, Shredded Tire Leads To Homicide Charge For CT Man In Fiery I-95 Bridge Crash
Flat, Shredded Tire Leads To Homicide Charge For CT Man In Fiery I-95 Bridge Crash A Connecticut man has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with a fiery rollover crash last year that killed an oil tanker driver. New London County resident Reginald Collins, age 59, of New London, turned himself in to Connecticut State Police on Wednesday, April 24, for the Friday, April 21, 2023, crash on I-95 in Groton. According to an arrest affidavit, Collins was driving southbound on I-95 South on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge when his steering "felt funny," and the "car began to jump"  on his Toyota Avalon. Collins had just purchased used tires for the vehicle. S…