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Frat President Assaults, Chokes Prospective Member In Willington During Initiation, Police Say Frat President Assaults, Chokes Prospective Member In Willington During Initiation, Police Say
Frat President Assaults, Chokes Prospective Member In Willington 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…
More Than 20 Protestors Arrested At UConn More Than 20 Protestors Arrested At UConn
More Than 20 Protestors Arrested At UConn More than 20 pro-Palestinian protesters have been arrested at the University of Connecticut after being told to leave by university officials. CBS affiliate WFSB Eyewitness News 3 reported that 23 protestors were arrested on Tuesday, April 30 as UConn Police moved in to take down the encampment. They were charged with charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.  According to Stephanie Reitz, spokeswoman for the university, on Friday, April 26, UConn shared guidelines with protest organizers and the university community for larger outdoor gatherings, including prohi…
Star Donovan Clingan's Dad, An Eversource Worker By Day, Watches UConn Defend National Title Star Donovan Clingan's Dad, An Eversource Worker By Day, Watches UConn Defend National Title
Eversource Co-Workers Cheer On UConn's Donovan Clingan's Dad The University of Connecticut's men's basketball team has its second straight NCAA championship, and standout center Donovan Clingan's father, an Eversource supervisor, was there to witness both titles.  The No. 1-seeded Huskies defeated the Purdue Boilermakers in the title game 75-60 on Monday night, April 8 in Glendale, Arizona, winning the program's sixth national title, with all coming since 1999. There to see both impressive wins in person was Eversource electric field operations supervisor Bill Clingan, the father of Hartford County's own 7-foot-2, 280-pound center …
Wife Of Slain UConn Professor Who Hid Body In Burlington, Pleads Guilty Wife Of Slain UConn Professor Who Hid Body In Burlington, Pleads Guilty
Wife Of Slain UConn Professor Who Hid Body In Burlington, Pleads Guilty The wife of a University of Connecticut professor has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and keeping his body in the basement for several months to keep cashing his paychecks. Hartford County resident Linda Kosuda-Bigazzi, age 76, of Burlington, pleaded guilty Monday, March 11, to manslaughter and larceny, according to Sharmese L. Walcott, Hartford Judicial District State’s Attorney. Kosuda-Bigazzi was arrested in February 2018 after her husband, Pierluigi Bigazzi, age 84, was found wrapped in plastic trash bags and duct tape in the basement of the couple's Burlington home, court documents…
UConn Student Dies After Falling From Campus Parking Garage UConn Student Dies After Falling From Campus Parking Garage
UConn Student Dies After Falling From Campus Parking Garage A UConn student died after falling from a high level of the south garage onto the pavement below. The incident occurred in Tolland County around 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 7 at the college in Storrs. According to Stephanie Reitz, director of communications for the college, UConn police and fire personnel responded following reports of a person falling from a high level of the south garage onto the pavement. The man, an undergraduate student whose identity has not yet been released, was taken to Windham Hospital in Willimantic with serious injuries, she said. The student later died at the …
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…
CT Colleges Face Large Cuts To Services, Price Hikes As Funding Disappears CT Colleges Face Large Cuts To Services, Price Hikes As Funding Disappears
CT Colleges Face Large Cuts To Services, Price Hikes As Funding Disappears Colleges and regional universities across Connecticut are expecting a $140 million deficit next year now that pandemic-era funds are drying up, the CT Mirror reports. The Board of Regents of Higher Education, an organization that oversees that state's 12 community colleges, state universities, and the online Charter Oak College, said the cuts by state lawmakers tightening their budgets along with the loss of federal funding is equal to 11 percent of the entire state system budget, the outlet said. The University of Connecticut in Storrs and its satellite campuses are planning for a $70 mill…
Haven Hot Chicken To Celebrate Grand Opening Of 'Delicious, Convenient Spot' In CT Haven Hot Chicken To Celebrate Grand Opening Of 'Delicious, Convenient Spot' In CT
Haven Hot Chicken To Celebrate Grand Opening Of 'Delicious, Convenient Spot' In CT A popular eatery will soon bring its signature brand of hot fried chicken to a college campus in Connecticut.  Haven Hot Chicken, a franchise known for its Nashville Hot Chicken, will be opening its fifth location on Saturday, Nov. 18 in Storrs, Connecticut at 1206 Storrs Rd., which is within walking distance to the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus. The 2,000-square-foot location will offer the franchise's signature menu of crispy fried chicken, fries, sides such as banana pudding or garlic dill pickles, and even vegetarian options such as the "Not Chicken Sandwich." …
Invasive Tick Found In CT: Could Have 'Significant' Health Impact, Researchers Say Invasive Tick Found In CT: Could Have 'Significant' Health Impact, Researchers Say
Invasive Tick Found In CT: Could Have 'Significant' Health Impact, Researchers Say Following the third confirmed discovery of an Asian longhorned tick in Connecticut, researchers are warning of the potential health impacts that the invasive arachnids could bring to the state.  The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory identified one Asian longhorned tick in Fairfield County over the summer after it was submitted by someone in the town of Fairfield, University of Connecticut officials announced on Thursday, Sept. 7. The tick is the third case that the laboratory has seen in Connecticut since the species arrived in the US in 2017. The firs…
Police Seek Help Finding Missing UConn Student Police Seek Help Finding Missing UConn Student
Police Seek Help Finding Missing UConn Student Police are searching for a 19-year-old college student who has been missing for three days. “Betty” Li Furong, was last seen Sunday, Sept. 3 in Tolland County on the University of Connecticut's main  campus in Storrs, officials said. "UConn is working to determine the student’s location and circumstances, including the possibility that she left campus voluntarily," University spokeswoman Stepanie Reitz said. "We encourage her or others who encounter her to contact UConn Police so they can confirm her well-being." University police began the search for Furong after her family reported …
Teen Seriously Injured At UConn Dorm After Being Pinned By Vehicle Teen Seriously Injured At UConn Dorm After Being Pinned By Vehicle
Teen Seriously Injured At UConn Dorm After Being Pinned By Vehicle A 16-year-old was seriously injured during an accident outside of a University of Connecticut building while helping a student move in. The incident took place in Tolland County in Storrs around 10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27 on the UConn campus. Emergency personnel were called to the North Residence Halls complex on a report of a person struck by a vehicle, said Stephanie Reitz, a UConn spokesperson. The 16-year-old individual, who is not a UConn student, was seriously injured after being pinned against a building, Reitz said. Reitz said early information from the scene indicates the person wa…
Aaron Hernandez's Brother Threatens To Shoot Up UConn, Makes Other Threats: Feds Aaron Hernandez's Brother Threatens To Shoot Up UConn, Makes Other Threats: Feds
Aaron Hernandez's Brother Threatens To Shoot Up UConn, Makes Other Threats: Feds Dennis Hernandez, brother of the former NFL player Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots, has been slapped with federal charges after allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at the University of Connecticut, officials said.  Hernandez, also known as “DJ Hernandez” and “Jonathan Hernandez,” has been charged with interstate threatening and stalking offenses, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced on Friday, July 28.  According to federal officials, on both Thursday, July 6, and Friday, July 7, Hernandez, a 37-year-old Bristol resident, communicated wit…
18-Year-Old UConn Student From Windsor Killed In Hartford Shooting: Suspect At Large 18-Year-Old UConn Student From Windsor Killed In Hartford Shooting: Suspect At Large
18-Year-Old UConn Student From Windsor Killed In Hartford Shooting: Suspect At Large An 18-year-old who was a student at the University of Connecticut was killed in a shooting that also resulted in a motor vehicle crash in Hartford, police said. The incident happened on Tuesday, June 13 just after 10:30 p.m., when Hartford police officers responded to the area of High Street and Walnut Street on a reported car crash, according to  Lt. Aaron Boisvert.  There, officers found a young man outside the vehicle who was suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  Police later determined that the incident ha…
President Biden To Visit Connecticut President Biden To Visit Connecticut
President Biden To Visit Connecticut President Joe Biden is set to soon visit Connecticut after more than a year and a half since his last stop in the Nutmeg State.  According to the White House, Biden will be arriving in Connecticut on Friday, June 16.  The White House did not release any more details about the visit, including where in the state it will be, but said more information would be "forthcoming." Biden last visited the state in October 2021, when he stopped at the University of Connecticut in Storrs in addition to a stop in Hartford.  Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
Next Level: 6 CT HS Student-Athletes To Join College Programs Next Level: 6 CT HS Student-Athletes To Join College Programs
Next Level: 6 CT HS Student-Athletes To Join College Programs Half a dozen student-athletes from a high school in Fairfield County have signed on the dotted line to officially join NCAA Division I and Division II programs throughout the country.  The six students, who all attend Greenwich High School, celebrated their accomplishments during a recent signing day, Greenwich Public Schools announced on Thursday, April 20.  The athletes who will be joining Division I and Division II programs include:  Jack Konigsberg, who will be joining the University of Michigan's football program; Jake Kiernan, who will be joining the University of Con…
Former NBA, UConn Star Arrested After Incident At Juice Shop In Stamford Former NBA, UConn Star Arrested After Incident At Juice Shop In Stamford
Former NBA, UConn Star Arrested After Incident At Juice Shop In Stamford Former NBA player Ben Gordon, who grew up in Westchester and starred at the University of Connecticut, faces numerous charges after allegedly threatening employees at a Fairfield County juice shop just a day after his former team won the NCAA men's basketball championship, police said. The incident happened in Stamford on Gordon's birthday, Tuesday, April 4, when police responded to Juice Kings at 36 Atlantic St. around 10 a.m. on a report of a man who had threatened employees with a knife and was acting "bizarre and aggressive," according to Stamford Police Assistant Chief Richard Conk…
Beloved Former State Rep Known For Wearing Cowboy Hat At CT Capitol Building Dies Beloved Former State Rep Known For Wearing Cowboy Hat At CT Capitol Building Dies
Beloved Former State Rep Known For Wearing Cowboy Hat At CT Capitol Building Dies A former Connecticut state representative and Army veteran who was known for always wearing his cowboy hat and boots at the Capitol Building has died.  Stafford Springs resident John Mordasky died on Saturday, April 1 at the age of 97, according to his obituary.  Born and raised in Stafford, Mordasky, a Democrat, represented Connecticut's 52nd District for 22 years while simultaneously making sure he had the time to milk his cows twice a day, his obituary said.  During his political career, Mordasky served on Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committees, and also event…
UConn Student, Fan Celebration: 16 Hospitalized, 15 Charged After NCAA Title Win UConn Student, Fan Celebration: 16 Hospitalized, 15 Charged After NCAA Title Win
UConn Student, Fan Celebration: 16 Hospitalized, 15 Charged After NCAA Title Win As students and fans celebrated the huge win by the  University of Connecticut in the NCAA men's basketball championship, several ended up in handcuffs and 16 others were injured. The incidents took place in Tolland County on the UConn campus in Storrs as thousands celebrated the win over San Diego State University that was wrapped up late Monday evening, April 3. According to UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz, the vast majority of those celebrating the Husky victory last night did so safely and responsibly. "A small number chose to risk their safety and that of others by vandalizing or …
UConn In Final Four: Trio Of Former CT HS Standouts Hope To Help Huskies Prevail In Houston UConn In Final Four: Trio Of Former CT HS Standouts Hope To Help Huskies Prevail In Houston
UConn In Final Four: Trio Of Former CT HS Standouts Hope To Help Huskies Prevail In Houston When the University of Connecticut's men's basketball team faces Miami in its first Final Four appearance since 2014, the Huskies will be joined by three standouts from Connecticut high schools as they attempt a run to the national championship.  The game, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at 8:49 p.m., will see the No. 4-seeded Huskies facing off against the fifth-seeded Miami Hurricanes in Houston. The winner of the game will then go on to face either No. 9-seeded Florida Atlantic or fifth-seeded San Diego State in the NCAA national championship, which will be held on Monday, …
New Update: 'Hot Spots' Located After Blaze At Historic UConn Building New Update: 'Hot Spots' Located After Blaze At Historic UConn Building
New Update: 'Hot Spots' Located After Blaze At Historic UConn Building One of the oldest buildings on the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus was extensively damaged after it was nearly fully engulfed in an early morning fire.  Earlier report: Fire Ravages Historic UConn Building On Storrs Campus The fire happened on Friday, Jan. 20, and was first reported around 6 a.m. at the Whitney House in Storrs on Route 195 in front of Mirror Lake, according to university spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz.  The building was severely damaged by the fire, becoming almost fully engulfed at one point. Fire crews were able to knock down most of the b…
Fire Ravages Historic UConn Building On Storrs Campus Fire Ravages Historic UConn Building On Storrs Campus
Fire Ravages Historic UConn Building On Storrs Campus Fire crews from the University of Connecticut and other agencies responded to a fire at UConn’s historic Whitney House on the Storrs campus. The fire broke out in the house, one of the oldest structures on campus, located near Mirror Lake around 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, said university spokesperson Stephanie Reitz.  The building was not currently in use and no injuries were reported, but the damage is extensive and is being assessed, Reitz said. The fire was brought under control by 8 a.m. and is now fully extinguished, but one lane of Route 195 remains closed for emergency app…
Driver From South Windsor Accused Of Speeding Through University's Campus While Impaired Driver From South Windsor Accused Of Speeding Through University's Campus While Impaired
Driver From South Windsor Accused Of Speeding Through University's Campus While Impaired A 33-year-old woman is accused of driving under the influence after police said she was caught speeding through the University of Connecticut's main campus early in the morning. Troopers in Tolland County saw a Chevrolet Equinox traveling south at a high rate of speed in the area of Storrs Road and Moulton Road in Mansfield at about 4 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, Connecticut State Police reported. Police clocked the Chevrolet at 65 mph in a 40 mph zone and then saw the vehicle traveling above 50 mph through the campus, authorities said.  State Police said the area is known to have pedestri…
Court Sides With Woman Who Lost UConn Scholarship After Middle Finger Incident Court Sides With Woman Who Lost UConn Scholarship After Middle Finger Incident
Court Sides With Woman Who Lost UConn Scholarship After Middle Finger Incident A former University of Connecticut athlete from New York's Hudson Valley who was stripped of her full college scholarship after she raised a middle finger following a championship game victory has won a victory in court, a report by Courthouse News Service said.  In November 2014, UConn women's soccer player and then-freshman Noriana Radwan, from the Dutchess County village of Wappingers Falls, flashed her middle finger to a television camera after her team beat the University of South Florida 3-2 in the American Athletic Conference championship game.  Immediately after the w…
Nearly All Of CT Under Severe Drought Conditions Nearly All Of CT Under Severe Drought Conditions
Nearly All Of CT Under Severe Drought Conditions Severe drought conditions are being felt throughout Connecticut, leading to dried-out lawns, brittle trees, and lowered water supplies. The US Drought Monitor's map of drought conditions across the country, which is released every Thursday, classified all Connecticut counties as experiencing severe drought conditions as of Thursday, Sept. 1, except for a portion of New London County which is experiencing extreme drought. The website reported that drought persisted or expanded across much of the Northeast since the previous update, with increases in severe drought conditions in Connecticut, …
COVID-19: UConn Reinstates Mask Mandate Amid Rise In Cases COVID-19: UConn Reinstates Mask Mandate Amid Rise In Cases
Covid-19: UConn Reinstates Mask Mandate Amid Rise In Cases The University of Connecticut is reinstating its mask mandate amid a rise in COVID-19 cases across the state and region. Officials announced that facial coverings will be required for students and staff through the remainder of the school ear due to the spring surge of new cases of the virus. According to officials, the school will begin requiring masks beginning on Monday, April 18, for all instructional settings, workspaces, and indoor events exceeding 100 people. Instructional settings include classrooms, labs, studios, rehearsal rooms, and clinics, they said. The mandate will remain i…
Significant Power Outage At UConn Campus Forces Canceled Classes For Second Time This Week Significant Power Outage At UConn Campus Forces Canceled Classes For Second Time This Week
Significant Power Outage At UConn Campus Forces Canceled Classes For Second Time This Week For the second time this week, the University of Connecticut was forced to cancel classes due to a “significant” power outage impacting its campus. On Thursday, March 24, UConn announced the outage on the Storrs campus, which prompted a cancelation of all afternoon and evening in-person and remote classes. The outage marks the second in four days that forced authorities to call off planned classes due to outages. Earlier story - Significant Power Outage Causes UConn To Cancel Classes At Storrs Campus It is unclear what caused the outages. Officials said that regional campus in-person lea…
Significant Power Outage Causes UConn To Cancel Classes At Storrs Campus Significant Power Outage Causes UConn To Cancel Classes At Storrs Campus
Significant Power Outage Causes UConn To Cancel Classes At Storrs Campus A “significant” power outage led to the cancellation of some classes at the University of Connecticut. Early classes at the UConn Storrs campus were canceled on Monday, March 21 because of a power outage, school officials announced due to the outage. UConn said the cause of the power outage isn’t yet known, but the university decided to cancel Storrs-based classes before noon because many of its academic and residential buildings are affected. Other classes at the school’s regional campuses in the Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Avery Point, UConn Health, and School of Law were unaffected b…
Biden Expected To Make Separate Stops In Hartford, Tolland Counties Biden Expected To Make Separate Stops In Hartford, Tolland Counties
Biden Expected To Make Separate Stops In Hartford, Tolland Counties President Joe Biden is set to return to Connecticut for stops in the region to promote his Build Back Better Agenda to “highlight the importance of investing in child care to keep costs down for working families." The White House announced that Biden will return to the Nutmeg State on Friday, Oct. 15 to promote his agenda, first to Hartford, and then to Storrs in Tolland County, with a pitstop at the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. Since its opening in 1995, the UConn center has been known as The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. In August, the…
NYC Mayor De Blasio Appoints West Hartford Native As Press Secretary NYC Mayor De Blasio Appoints West Hartford Native As Press Secretary
NYC Mayor De Blasio Appoints West Hartford Native As Press Secretary New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed a University of Connecticut graduate as his new press secretary.  De Blasio announced on Tuesday, Sept. 28, that Danielle Filson will join the City Hall team to serve as press secretary. Filson is also a graduate of Hall High School in West Hartford.  She has worked with the New York City Department of Education since 2018. In her new role, she will lead the day-to-day operations of the mayor’s Press Office. “I know firsthand the incredible work she has accomplished at the Department of Education and I am excited for Danielle…
UConn Graduate From West Hartford Dies At Age 27 UConn Graduate From West Hartford Dies At Age 27
UConn Graduate From West Hartford Dies At Age 27 A University of Connecticut graduate has died at the age of 27. Jared Anil Jaquez died on Monday, Sept. 6, according to his obituary.  A GoFundMe created for Jaquez's family has received $18,862 in donations, passing its $10,000 goal. "Jared Jaquez was a person who brought joy and laughter to everyone he met and lived life to the fullest," organizers said. "Any type of donations will help Jared's family pay for the funeral services and other expenses. God bless and thank you." Jaquez, who grew up in West Hartford, graduated from William Hall High School before pursuing an undergradua…
COVID-19: UConn Announces New Vaccine Requirement For Employees COVID-19: UConn Announces New Vaccine Requirement For Employees
Covid-19: UConn Announces New Vaccine Requirement For Employees The University of Connecticut has announced a new vaccine requirement for its employees. The university announced on Tuesday, Aug. 17 that in addition to its vaccine mandate for students, all employees must show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Friday, Oct. 15.  This applies to employees at the University of Connecticut and UConn Health. The decision was made due to the rise in cases of the delta variant and as in-person classes are set to begin, the university said.  UConn added that individuals can request a medical or religious exemption or a limited d…