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IDs Released For Men Who Drowned In Candlewood Lake IDs Released For Men Who Drowned In Candlewood Lake
IDs Released For Men Who Drowned In Candlewood Lake The names of two Fairfield County men who died after jumping into Candlewood Lake have been released. Related: Bodies Of Missing Danbury Swimmers Found In Candlewood Lake The bodies of Danbury residents Muzha Medardo Vayancela, age 26, and Loja Klever Guanuchi, age 36, were recovered by divers on Thursday, July 18, said Ethan Van Ness with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday, July 19. Vayancela and Guanuchi jumped into the water of Candlewood Lake on the evening of Monday, July 15, while boating with friends around 10:15 …
Bodies Of Missing Danbury Men Found In Candlewood Lake Bodies Of Missing Danbury Men Found In Candlewood Lake
Bodies Of Missing Danbury Men Found In Candlewood Lake The bodies of two Fairfield County men who were missing after jumping from a boat in Candlewood Lake have been recovered by police. Related: New Update: Missing Candlewood Lake Swimmers ID'd As Men Ages 38, 26 The two men, identified as 26-year-old and 38-year-old Danbury residents, were found by the Connecticut State Police dive team and the Danbury Police dive team in Candlewood Lake in Danbury on Thursday, July 18. The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of family.  According to James Fowler, a spokesperson for the state Department of Energy and…
New Update: Missing Candlewood Lake Swimmers ID'd As Men Ages 38, 26 New Update: Missing Candlewood Lake Swimmers ID'd As Men Ages 38, 26
New Update: Missing Candlewood Lake Swimmers ID'd As Men Ages 38, 26 As the search continues for two missing men in a Fairfield County lake, new information has emerged about the incident. Related: Search Resumes For 2 Missing Swimmers In Candlewood Lake In Danbury Update: Bodies Of 2 Missing Swimmers Found In Candlewood Lake The two men, identified as being 26 and 38 years old, went missing in Danbury on Candlewood Lake in the area of City Island around 10:30 p.m., Monday, July 15. According to James Fowler, spokesperson for the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, five people spent the day on a boat at Candlewood Lake. During t…
Search Resumes For 2 Missing Swimmers In Candlewood Lake Search Resumes For 2 Missing Swimmers In Candlewood Lake
Search Resumes For 2 Missing Swimmers In Candlewood Lake An extensive search and rescue mission will resume early on Tuesday, July 16, for two men who jumped from a boat in a Fairfield County lake and never resurfaced. The incident occurred in Danbury at around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16, at Candlewood Lake in the area of City Island. According to Erin Henry, spokesperson for the Danbury Fire Department, it was reported that two men had jumped off a boat into the lake and disappeared. Henry said rescue crews immediately began search and rescue efforts, using boats equipped with sonar and underwater imaging equipment to help locate the men. H…
Ex-Fairfield County State Rep Apologizes For Meme Making Light Of Trump Assassination Attempt Ex-Fairfield County State Rep Apologizes For Meme Making Light Of Trump Assassination Attempt
Ex-Fairfield County State Rep Apologizes For Meme Making Light Of Trump Assassination Attempt A former Fairfield County state representative who is running again to unseat a Republican is apologizing for a meme he posted following the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. Democrat Kenneth Gucker, who is running for the 138th District in Danbury, posted the meme, which showed up on X and Facebook on Saturday, July 13.  The meme depicted an image from a 1960s sitcom, "Get Smart," implying the bullet "missed him by that much." @MattRitterCT @ctdems@CTHouseDems@NancyDiNardoCT@GovNedLamont need to condemn Ken Gucker Dem candidate for state rep in Danbury & …
Commercial Truck Stopped In CT Was 100,000 Pounds Overweight, Police Say Commercial Truck Stopped In CT Was 100,000 Pounds Overweight, Police Say
Commercial Truck Stopped In CT Was 100,000 Pounds Overweight, Police Say An oversized load on a commercial truck was nabbed in Fairfield County for allegedly being more than 100,000 overweight. The truck was stopped in Danbury by Connecticut State Police conducting commercial vehicle enforcement on I-84 around 7 a.m., Wednesday, July 10. According to State Police, the truck was stopped after it was seen bypassing the Danbury scale along I-84 eastbound by traveling the secondary roads in the area.  An investigation revealed that the truck had numerous oversized load permit violations. Further investigation revealed that the carrier out of New York did not h…
Police Investigate Shooting At Rogers Park In Danbury Police Investigate Shooting At Rogers Park In Danbury
Police Investigate Shooting At Rogers Park In Danbury Police in Fairfield County are investigating a shooting at a city park during a dispute in which no one was injured. The incident occurred in Danbury around 4:45 p.m., Monday, July 8, at Rogers Park on Memorial Drive.  According to Danbury Police, officers responded to the park on a report of shots being fired. An investigation by detectives determined that a dispute took place and shots were fired, but no one was injured.  "This is an isolated incident, and there is no danger to the community," the department said.  Anyone with information is asked to call 203-790-TIPS or…
21-Year-Old Tries To Enter Home After Stolen Vehicle Crash In Fairfield County, Police Say 21-Year-Old Tries To Enter Home After Stolen Vehicle Crash In Fairfield County, Police Say
21-Year-Old Tries To Enter Home After Stolen Vehicle Crash In Fairfield County, Police Say A 21-year-old Fairfield County man is behind bars after allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop in a stolen vehicle and trying to break into a home to get away. Danbury resident Joao Gabriel Almeida-Bastos was nabbed around 11:30 a.m., Sunday, July 7, on Toddy Hill Road in Newtown. According to Lt. Scott Smith of the Newtown Police, during a routine traffic stop, Almeida-Bastos made a U-turn and accelerated northbound as the officer exited his cruiser. Smith said that the vehicle, which had been stolen in Danbury days earlier, had left the southbound shoulder of the roadway an…
30-Year-Old Dies In Danbury Crash With Garbage Truck 30-Year-Old Dies In Danbury Crash With Garbage Truck
30-Year-Old Dies In Danbury Crash With Garbage Truck A Connecticut man was killed following a crash with a garbage truck in Fairfield County. New Haven County resident Carlos Davila, age 30, of Ansonia, was killed around 6 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, in the area of 14 Mill Plain Road in Danbury. According to Erin Henry of the Danbury Police, Davila was driving a motorcycle when the crash occurred with a garbage truck. He was transported to Danbury Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Henry said. Henry said the garbage truck driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with police.  Mill Plain Road was closed while the Danbury …
Steven Bannon Set To Report To Danbury Prison To Serve Sentence Steven Bannon Set To Report To Danbury Prison To Serve Sentence
Steven Bannon Set To Report To Danbury Prison To Serve Sentence Steve Bannon, a once trusted strategist to former President Donald Trump, is set to report to prison Monday, July 1, in Fairfield County. Bannon, a conservative podcaster, is set to begin a four-month sentence at the federal prison in Danbury for defying a congressional subpoena that was investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots. The 70-year-old had turned to the US Supreme Court to avoid reporting to prison. That request was denied on Friday, June 28, by the court. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as of 11 a.m. Monday, Bannon had not yet reported to "any" federal prison.&nb…
Danbury Man Caught With Illegally-Possessed Gun In Traffic Stop: Police Danbury Man Caught With Illegally-Possessed Gun In Traffic Stop: Police
Danbury Man Caught With Illegally-Possessed Gun In Traffic Stop: Police A Connecticut man faces a felony weapons charge after being caught with an illegally possessed gun during a traffic stop in the Hudson Valley, police announced.  Fairfield County resident Mathew Conti of Danbury, age 27, was arrested in Putnam County on a weapons charge on Tuesday, June 25, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Friday, June 28.  According to the Sheriff's Office, at around 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies saw a vehicle with an obscured license plate driving north on Route 22 near the interchange with Interstate 684 in Brewster and pulled it over. After th…
Duo Nabbed In Jewelry Store Burglary Spree That Hit Fairfield County Business Duo Nabbed In Jewelry Store Burglary Spree That Hit Fairfield County Business
Duo Nabbed In Jewelry Store Burglary Spree That Hit Fairfield County Business Two suspects are behind bars in connection with a string of jewelry store burglaries that targeted businesses in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. In Dutchess County, police were called at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, for a burglary in progress in Beacon at Sky Diamond Jewelers on Main Street. As officers arrived, the suspects were seen driving away from the scene.  Officers initially pursued the vehicle onto the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge but called off the chase “due to the unsafe speeds,” Beacon Police said. Investigators determined that the suspects broke into Sky Diamond Jew…
State Trooper Injured After I-84 Crash In Danbury Causes Hours-Long Closure State Trooper Injured After I-84 Crash In Danbury Causes Hours-Long Closure
State Trooper Injured After I-84 Crash In Danbury Causes Hours-Long Closure A Connecticut State Police trooper was injured after an overnight crash that caused a three-hour closure on a stretch of I-84. It happened in Fairfield County just after 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, in Danbury. The 41-year-old trooper was inside her cruiser with the emergency lights activated at the scene of another accident on the shoulder on the westbound side between Exit 8 on and off ramps. A 2018 GMC Acadia was parked in the left lane near the on-ramp.  Connecticut State Police said a 2014 tractor-trailer was traveling in the right lane when the operator lost control of his vehi…
Fatal Overnight Crash: 57-Year-Old ID'd As Victim In Danbury Fatal Overnight Crash: 57-Year-Old ID'd As Victim In Danbury
Fatal Overnight Crash: 57-Year-Old ID'd As Victim In Danbury A 57-year-old Fairfield County man was killed in a single-vehicle crash after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a rock embankment. The incident occurred in Danbury around 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 10, in the area of 39 Brushy Hill Road. According to Erin Henry, a spokesman for the Danbury Police, Charles Preston, of Danbury, was found in the roadway by patrol officers who responded to a reported accident in the area. Officers found a motorcycle had left the roadway, and Preston was severely injured and pronounced dead on the scene, Henry said. The initial investigation was completed…
Missing Danbury Children Ages 2, 6 Found Safe Missing Danbury Children Ages 2, 6 Found Safe
Missing Danbury Children Ages 2, 6 Found Safe This story has been updated. Two missing Connecticut children who were reported missing have been found safe. According to Erin Henry of the Danbury Police Department, 6-year-old Caio Deoliveria-Soares and 2-year-old Maria Deoliveria-Soares of Fairfield County in Danbury have been found safe. Henry did not offer information regarding where they were found or if they were injured. This remains a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
Man Charged With Drug Sales After Months-Long Danbury Investigation Man Charged With Drug Sales After Months-Long Danbury Investigation
Man Charged With Drug Sales After Months-Long Danbury Investigation A Fairfield County man was charged with alleged illegal drug sales after complaints from residents led to a months-long investigation. Arpit Soni, age 28, of Danbury, was arrested on Thursday, June 6, following an investigation by the Danbury Police, Brookfield Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. According to Erin Henry of the Danbury Police, detectives had received complaints from concerned citizens about illegal drug sales by Soni, who was the target of the investigation.  Detectives had court-authorized search warrants for Soni's person, car, and home. Detect…
24-Year-Old Accused Of Operating Drug Factory In Danbury After Residents Complaints 24-Year-Old Accused Of Operating Drug Factory In Danbury After Residents Complaints
24-Year-Old Accused Of Operating Drug Factory In Danbury After Residents Complaints Complaints from residents of drug dealing led to a several months investigation and the arrest of a Fairfield County man for operating a drug factory. Dakota Lancey, age 24, of Danbury, was charged on Thursday, May 30, by the Danbury Police Department's Special Investigations Division. According to Erin Henry, spokesperson for the Danbury Police, detectives executed several search warrants following a several-month investigation into illegal drug sales throughout the city of Danbury.  Detectives had received complaints from concerned citizens about illegal drug sales by…
Girl, 9, Rescued From Swimming Pool At Danbury Home Girl, 9, Rescued From Swimming Pool At Danbury Home
Girl, 9, Rescued From Swimming Pool At Danbury Home A 9-year-old girl was rescued from a Fairfield County swimming pool by a bystander who administered first aid. The incident occurred in Danbury around 3 p.m., Sunday, May 25, at a home on Westwood Terrace. According to Erin Henry, spokesperson for the Danbury Fire Department, the girl, who was unconscious, was recovered from the backyard swimming pool by a bystander.  That person immediately administered first aid to the child, and by the time emergency services arrived, Henry said she was breathing on her own.  She was transported to the hospital by EMS. Followi…
New Info Released After 2 Boys, 2 Girls Pursued From Wilton Caught After Crash In Ridgefield New Info Released After 2 Boys, 2 Girls Pursued From Wilton Caught After Crash In Ridgefield
New Info Released After 2 Boys, 2 Girls Pursued From Wilton Caught After Crash In Ridgefield New information has been released regarding an incident in which two boys and two girls were apprehended by police after crashing in Fairfield County. At about 4:25 p.m. on Friday, May 27, a concerned citizen contacted the Wilton Police Department to report a young girl appeared to have been forced into a black Subaru station wagon with no plates by a male individual in the area of Ridgefield Road and Drum Hill Road. The vehicle had then left the area, heading towards Ridgefield, said Lieutenant Anna Tornello of the Wilton Police Department, who said that the&n…
Family Of Woman Who Died After Eating Mislabeled Cookie At Danbury Stew Leonard's Files Lawsuit Family Of Woman Who Died After Eating Mislabeled Cookie At Danbury Stew Leonard's Files Lawsuit
Family Of Woman Who Died After Eating Mislabeled Cookie At Danbury Stew Leonard's Files Lawsuit The family of a 25-year-old woman who died in Connecticut has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stew Leonard’s and an independent manufacturer for their alleged negligence in not properly labeling a cookie made with peanuts. Órla Baxendale, a dancer from New York City, died in Connecticut as a result of "gross negligence and reckless indifference" after she ate a mislabeled cookie sold by grocery chain Stew Leonard’s, according to a lawsuit reported by ABC News. Earlier Report: ID Released For 25-Year-Old Woman Who Died After Eating Mislabeled Cookie Sold In Danbury The 25-yea…
Educator In Fairfield County Named 2024 CT Principal Of Year Educator In Fairfield County Named 2024 CT Principal Of Year
Educator In Fairfield County Named 2024 CT Principal Of Year A Fairfield County principal has received two high honors: the 2024 Middle School Principal of the Year and the 2024 Connecticut State Principal of the Year. The Connecticut Association of Schools selected Dr. Kristy Zaleta, the principal of Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, for both awards. Now in her 21st year with Danbury Public Schools and her sixth year as principal of Rogers Park, Zaleta has consistently demonstrated her commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive school environment, said officials with Danbury School. Before her current role, Zaleta was …
Severe Storms Knock Out Power To Thousands In Connecticut: These Locales Have Been Hit Hardest Severe Storms Knock Out Power To Thousands In Connecticut: These Locales Have Been Hit Hardest
Severe Storms Knock Out Power To Thousands In Connecticut: These Locales Have Been Hit Hardest A line of severe thunderstorms that rocked the region has left thousands without power in Connecticut. The storms arrived on Thursday morning, May 23, bringing heavy downpours, strong winds, and even hail to the state.  Related Report - Line Of Severe Thunderstorms With Downpours, Gusty Winds, Lightning Now Sweeping Through Region As of around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Eversource reported just over 2,200 outages, while United Illuminating reported 176.  South Norwalk Electric and Water also reported a little over a dozen outages.   Towns with the most outages includ…
Movie 'Summerhouse' Filming In Fairfield County Hiring Actors, Extras Movie 'Summerhouse' Filming In Fairfield County Hiring Actors, Extras
Movie 'Summerhouse' Filming In Fairfield County Hiring Actors, Extras A Vietnam-era movie filming in Fairfield County is looking for local actors and extras for over a dozen openings.  "Summerhouse" tells the story of a freshly graduated Ned Stern (portrayed by "Somewhere in Queens" actor Jacob Ward) as he waits to get drafted into the Vietnam War.  Stern spends his last summer of freedom caring for a belligerent, wealthy alcoholic man (played by actor Malcolm McDowell) at his lakeside mansion, only to find himself falling in love with a girl while questioning his commitment to his country, according to IMBD. Parts of the movie will …
How Sweet: Fairfield County Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl How Sweet: Fairfield County Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl
How Sweet: Fairfield County Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl Forget the apple; this distinguished Connecticut teacher is getting a cookie party. Just in time for National Teacher Appreciation Day, cookie chain Crumbl announced the winners of its “Teacher of the Year” awards, given to educators “for their extraordinary commitment to their classrooms.” In Connecticut, the honor went to Fairfield County teacher Melinda Scott at Stadley Rough Elementary School in Danbury. Recipients were selected from a pool of over 6,000 nominations that included testimonials from parents, students, colleagues, and friends. They were chosen from each state, the Di…
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,…
5 Teens Nabbed In Greenwich Car Theft, Danbury 18-Year-Old Charged As Adult 5 Teens Nabbed In Greenwich Car Theft, Danbury 18-Year-Old Charged As Adult
5 Teens Nabbed In Greenwich Car Theft, Danbury 18-Year-Old Charged As Adult Five teens have been nabbed by police in Fairfield County for a car theft. Alex Gutama, age 18, of Danbury, and four juveniles were arrested by Greenwich Police on Wednesday, May 8. According to Capt. John Slusarz of the Greenwich Police multiple Greenwich officers were detailed in the area of 1 Scott Road on the report of a stolen vehicle. When officers arrived the vehicle was leaving the property along with two other vehicles, fleeing behind, Slusarz said. Eventually, all three vehicles were disabled, and the occupants fled from officers in two different directions. After two hours and…
Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store
Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store Stew Leonard's is eyeing a familiar location as a possible location for its next new supermarket. The Connecticut-based company confirmed on Wednesday, May 8, that the town of Orange in New Haven County is one of several locations being "looked at" for the family-owned grocer's ninth location, according to Meghan Bell, a spokeswoman for the company. Bell said that, at this point, several options are being considered, and an announcement would be made by the end of the year.  Stew Leonard's also has Connecticut stores in Norwalk (where the company has its headquarters), Danbury, and Ne…
Employee Nabbed For $385K Theft Of Electrical Supplies, Wilton Police Say Employee Nabbed For $385K Theft Of Electrical Supplies, Wilton Police Say
Employee Nabbed For $385K Theft Of Electrical Supplies, Wilton Police Say A 34-year-old New York man surrendered to police in Connecticut for allegedly stealing more than $385,000 in custom electrical components and specialized tools and pawning them. Northern Westchester County resident Ryan Jensen of South Salem turned himself in on Friday, May 3, in Fairfield County. According to Lt. Anna Tornello of the Wilton Police, Jensen was a foreman working for Mars Electric out of Bethel, who was contracted to perform a large electrical project at ASML at 77 Danbury Road (Route 7) in Wilton beginning in July 2022. In October 2023, a significant num…
CT Restaurant To Close After 10 Years In Business: Here's When CT Restaurant To Close After 10 Years In Business: Here's When
CT Restaurant To Close After 10 Years In Business: Here's When A Connecticut restaurant that has been a fave of many has announced it plans to close this week due to financial issues. New Haven County's Eli's Orange, located on Boston Post Road, has served American-style pub food and drinks for the past 10 years. The restaurant says it is "sad to announce we will be leaving this wonderful community." The restaurant, known for its wings, quesadillas, and craft cocktails, will celebrate its last day on Sunday, April 28, with customers from 3 to 6 p.m. with a special "thank you celebration." The restaurant said owners, managers, and employees will be pre…
Wrong-Way Driver Crashes Into Patrol Cruiser On I-84 In Fairfield County, Police Say Wrong-Way Driver Crashes Into Patrol Cruiser On I-84 In Fairfield County, Police Say
Wrong-Way Driver Crashes Into Patrol Cruiser On I-84 In Fairfield County, Police Say A 26-year-old has been accused of driving the wrong way while drunk and striking a police cruiser in an overnight crash on a stretch of I-84 in Connecticut. Just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Connecticut State Police received the report of the wrong-way driver in the area of Exit 8 in Danbury.  The vehicle was then stopped off Exit 11 in Newtown, state police said.  After an investigation, the operator, 26-year-old Danbury resident Ney Carrasco-Guerrero was placed under arrest and charged with: Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and…
Hit-Run Crash: Man Seriously Injured In Danbury Hit-Run Crash: Man Seriously Injured In Danbury
Hit-Run Crash: Man Seriously Injured In Danbury A man was seriously injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Fairfield County. The incident occurred in Danbury around 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 in the area of 9A Clapboard Ridge Road. When officers arrived, they found the man in the roadway with serious injuries, said Erin Henry, spokesperson for the Danbury Police Department. The victim has not yet been identified by police. Henry said the vehicle fled from the area before police arrived and has not been identified. The man was transported to the Danbury Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  Clapboard Ridg…