Kathy Reakes

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Kathy Reaks has worked as a reporter in the local news business since 1984, starting as a news clerk and working her way up. She spent 17 years at Florida Today in Melbourne, Florida as a general assignment reporter, crime reporter, entertainment reporter and restaurant critic. She worked four years at Hometown News as a general assignment reporter, then another two years at Spacecoast Daily in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She attended Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.

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Alleged Burglar Charged In $25K Darien Jewelry Heist Alleged Burglar Charged In $25K Darien Jewelry Heist
Alleged Burglar Charged In $25K Darien Jewelry Heist A 29-year-old man has been charged with three Fairfield County burglaries, including one in which he allegedly stole more than $25,000 in jewelry. The burglaries occurred on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, in Darien and Greenwich.  According to Sgt. Mauricio Vigil of the Darien Police, Carlos Andres Buitrago-Pinzon, of Queens, was charged on Monday, July 16, on a warrant while at the Westchester County Detention Center. Vigil said Buitrago-Pinzon allegedly forcibly entered a residence on Post Road and stole the jewelry, which included a gold charm bracelet with the victim's name engraved on …
Waterbury Man ID'd As Fourth Victim Of Quadruple-Fatal Fiery Crash Waterbury Man ID'd As Fourth Victim Of Quadruple-Fatal Fiery Crash
Waterbury Man ID'd As Fourth Victim Of Quadruple-Fatal Fiery Crash Police in Connecticut have identified the fourth victim killed in a horrific two-vehicle fiery crash that killed four people.  Related: Police ID 3 Of 4 Victims In Fiery Fatal Waterbury Head-On Crash The crash occurred in New Haven County around 11 p.m. Friday, July 19, in Waterbury on Thomaston Avenue when a car traveling south slammed into a northbound vehicle, causing both to burst into flames, said Lt. Ryan Bessette of the Waterbury Police. Lawrence Jackson, age 28, of Waterbury, was the front-seat passenger in an Audi A-7 involved in the crash with a Lexus GS300. Bessette…
CT Man Accused Of Assaulting, Injuring Co-Worker CT Man Accused Of Assaulting, Injuring Co-Worker
CT Man Accused Of Assaulting, Injuring Co-Worker A Fairfield County man has been charged with allegedly assaulting and seriously injuring a co-worker during a dispute. The incident occurred in Wilton on Tuesday, July 16 on Pimpewaug Road.  According to Lt. Anna Tornello of the Wilton Police, an investigation found that Bonifacio Trejo-Vargas, age 44, of Norwalk assaulted his co-worker during a dispute. The coworker sustained serious physical injury, Tornello said. Trejo-Vargas was charged with assault and released after posting seven percent of a $2,500 court-set bond. The name of the business was not provided. 
Search On For Suspect Who Fired Shot Into Middletown Home Search On For Suspect Who Fired Shot Into Middletown Home
Search On For Suspect Who Fired Shot Into Middletown Home Police in the Hudson Valley are investigating after shots were fired into a home.  The incident occurred in Orange County around 1 a.m., Friday, July 19, on Grand Avenue in Middletown. According to Lt. Jeffrey Thoelen of the Middletown Police, at least one round (bullet) entered a residence on Grand Avenue. He added that no one was injured, but the incident is being investigated. "We are attempting to find the perpetrators," Thoelen said. "It is unknown if the residence that was struck was the intended target, but we hope to learn that through the investigation."  Anyone with i…
Know Them? Naugatuck, Prospect Police Searching For Men Installing Card Skimmers Know Them? Naugatuck, Prospect Police Searching For Men Installing Card Skimmers
Know Them? Naugatuck, Prospect Police Searching For Men Installing Card Skimmers Police across Connecticut are searching for a group of men who are installing card skimmers on credit card machines. Several incidents have occurred in New Haven County in the past month. In Prospect, the owners of LaBonne's Markets said that at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, two men with accents wearing Hugo Boss apparel and hats bought a few items, paid cash, and while our cashier was making change, placed a credit card skimmer on register 3 at the market's Prospect store.  The skimmer was found around 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, the following day. The market contacted the Prospect …
Valley Stream Man Slashes Woman With Knife During Fight: Police Valley Stream Man Slashes Woman With Knife During Fight: Police
Valley Stream Man Slashes Woman With Knife During Fight: Police A Long Island man was charged with assault after allegedly slashing a woman with a knife as she attempted to break up a fight. Jose Velasquez, age 38, of Valley Stream, was arrested on Monday, July 22, in Valley Stream, Nassau County Police said. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Monday, July 22, at the J & F Jimenez Deli at 240 Rockaway Ave.  According to Nassau County Police, the woman told officers she was attempting to break up a fight when Velasquez slashed her left hand. Velasquez was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon and held for a…
Man Nabbed Stealing $4K In Clothes From CT Lululemon, Police Say Man Nabbed Stealing $4K In Clothes From CT Lululemon, Police Say
Man Nabbed Stealing $4K In Clothes From CT Lululemon, Police Say A man was nabbed by police in Fairfield County after allegedly stealing $4,628 of clothes from a popular store. The incident occurred in Greenwich on Saturday, July 20, at Lululemon on Greenwich Ave. According to Lt. Patrick Smyth of the Greenwich Police, Humberto Vega-Santiago, age 42, of the Bronx, New York, was apprehended by officers after he returned to the clothing store to commit another shoplifting act. When confronted by officers, Vega-Santiago attempted to flee but was caught, Smyth said.  He was charged with larceny and resisting arrest and held on a $5,000 bond, which he …
Highland Man Charged With Running Into 2 Police Cars After Home Depot Theft Highland Man Charged With Running Into 2 Police Cars After Home Depot Theft
Highland Man Charged With Running Into 2 Police Cars After Home Depot Theft A Hudson Valley man is behind bars after allegedly stealing from a Home Depot and then crashing into two police cruisers to escape before crashing. Orange County resident Clarence Hulzenga, age 48, of Highland, was arrested in the town of Newburgh on Wednesday, July 10 in Newburgh. According to Lt. Dennis Carpenter of the Newburgh Police, Hulzenga ran from the store after the theft to a pickup truck in the parking lot and, to get away, ran into a town of Newburgh and New York State Police cruisers. He then fled over medians in the parking lot to an access road behind Adam’s Fairacre F…
Woman Fatally Shot Near Meriden Amtrak Station Woman Fatally Shot Near Meriden Amtrak Station
Woman Fatally Shot Near Meriden Amtrak Station An investigation is underway after a woman was shot and killed during a dispute near a Connecticut Amtrak station. The incident occurred in New Haven County around 10:10 p.m. on Monday, July 22, in the area of 161 State St., in Meriden. According to Lt. Darrin McKay of the Meriden Police, officers responded to a report of shots fired and quickly located an unidentified woman who had been shot. Medical personnel responded; however, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, McKay said. "An initial investigation has determined that the persons who were disputing, including the fe…
Arlington Eatery Cited For Tasty Burgers, Sandwiches Arlington Eatery Cited For Tasty Burgers, Sandwiches
Arlington Eatery Cited For Tasty Burgers, Sandwiches Looking for a laid-back, groovy kind of place to hang out this summer, grab a drink and a burger and some fries?  Then, a new Hudson Valley restaurant—Meyer's Olde Dutch or MOD in Dutchess County in Poughkeepsie—is just the place, according to online reviewers and foodies. Local residents already have the pleasure of eating at Meyer's Old Dutch, which has a location in Beacon.  The new Arlington location, which opened in May, has a large shaded patio for outdoor dining and a superb bar, reviews say. The menu features something for everyone, even vegetarians and people with food …
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