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Waterbury Duo Carjacks NYPD Sergeant While Armed With Machine Gun, Feds Say Waterbury Duo Carjacks NYPD Sergeant While Armed With Machine Gun, Feds Say
Waterbury Duo Carjacks Nypd Sergeant While Armed With Machine Gun, Feds Say Two Connecticut men are facing federal charges after allegedly carjacking an off-duty NYPD sergeant at gunpoint. New Haven County residents Jomar Crespo, age 21, and Jose Rivera, age 20, both of Waterbury, were arrested by federal agents on Tuesday, June 18, on suspicion of carjacking and related charges. According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District, Crespo and Rivera donned black clothing and facemasks before approaching the victim’s car from behind in Harlem on Friday evening, June 14. Both men allegedly brandished firearms, including a loaded .40-caliber pistol equipp…
Gordon Ramsay 'Lucky To Be Here' After CT Accident Leaves Him Hospitalized Gordon Ramsay 'Lucky To Be Here' After CT Accident Leaves Him Hospitalized
Gordon Ramsay 'Lucky To Be Here' After CT Accident Leaves Him Hospitalized Gordon Ramsay has a message for bicyclists who may be considering forgoing their helmet: don’t. The world-renowned celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality TV star took to social media Saturday, June 15, to issue a public service announcement after suffering a “really bad” bicycle accident during a recent ride in Connecticut. “It really shook me and honestly, I’m lucky to be here,” the 57-year-old Ramsay said in a video shared on his official TikTok and Instagram accounts. On Instagram, he included a post-crash photo showing his torn jacket and visibly damaged helmet. The notoriously fie…
Heat Wave: Eversource Preparing For High Electricity Use In CT During Stretch Of High Temps Heat Wave: Eversource Preparing For High Electricity Use In CT During Stretch Of High Temps
Heat Wave: Eversource Preparing For High Electricity Use In CT During Stretch Of High Temps With sweltering temperatures predicted to arrive in Connecticut and stay for several days, Eversource is preparing its electric system for high use to ensure residents can stay cool. The company's efforts come ahead of a heat wave predicted to last from Tuesday, June 18, through Saturday, June 22.  The wave will bring high humidity and temperatures in the 90s across the state.  Related story - Hot Stuff: Here's When To Expect Heat Index To Be Highest During Scorching Stretch Because air conditioners and fans will put a strain on the electric grid during the scorching…
Dog Bitten By Snake Rescued At Sleeping Giant Park In Hamden Dog Bitten By Snake Rescued At Sleeping Giant Park In Hamden
Dog Bitten By Snake Rescued At Sleeping Giant Park A dog rescued from a Connecticut state park had been bitten by a copperhead snake. The dog was rescued in New Haven County from Sleeping Giant State Park by Hamden County Animal Control employees and Hamden County Fire Department members on Wednesday, June 12. Animal control officials and the dog's owner initially thought he had twisted his leg while hiking in treacherous terrain. Hamden Animal Control The dog was carried out in the park by firefighters Mike Onofrio and J.P. Christini, Animal Control Officers Barbara Godejohn, Sarah Roberts, the dog owner, and a Good Samaritan, Brian Sc…
New Haven, Milford Among 20 Hottest Housing Markets In US, New Report Says New Haven, Milford Among 20 Hottest Housing Markets In US, New Report Says
New Haven, Milford Among 20 Hottest Housing Markets In US, New Report Says Blink and you could miss out on homes in these Connecticut locales, among the hottest housing markets in the country, according to a new ranking. Four metro areas in the Constitution State made Realtor.com’s “20 Hottest Housing Markets” list for April 2024. To come up with its ranking, the real estate website looked at two key factors in analyzing house markets: Market demand, measured by unique property views on Realtor.com, and the pace of the market, measured by how long houses are for sale. The following Connecticut metro areas made the ranking: No. 8: Hartford-West Hartford-E…
Adult Male Bear Shot, Killed By Canton Business Owner In Self-Defense Adult Male Bear Shot, Killed By Canton Business Owner In Self-Defense
Adult Male Bear Shot, Killed By Canton Business Owner In Self-Defense A Connecticut business owner who was cleaning up trash from around a garbage dumpster shot and killed a bear that approached him. The incident occurred in Hartford County early Monday, June 3, in Canton. Paul Copleman, spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the bear, an adult male, had gotten into the "unsecured" dumpster. The business owner, who was not named, was cleaning up the mess when the bear returned.  Copleman said wildlife personnel and EnConn police responded to the scene.  He did not release details regarding the shootin…
Hit-Run Crash: Young German Shepherd Killed In North Haven Hit-Run Crash: Young German Shepherd Killed In North Haven
Hit-Run Crash: Young German Shepherd Killed In North Haven Police in Connecticut are asking the public for help locating a Ford pickup truck that allegedly struck and killed a young German Shepherd. The crash occurred in New Haven County around 7:40 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, near 1650 Hartford Turnpike in North Haven. According to North Haven Police, it is believed the 2-year-old dog was struck by a white Ford pickup truck or SUV heading north on the Hartford Turnpike, which did not stop.   The suspect vehicle should have front-end damage.  "Help us find who did this," the department said.  Anyone with information or video foot…
1 Teen Killed, 4 Seriously Injured In Fiery Overnight Wolcott Crash 1 Teen Killed, 4 Seriously Injured In Fiery Overnight Wolcott Crash
1 Teen Killed, 4 Seriously Injured In Fiery Overnight Wolcott Crash One teenager was killed, another was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries, and three others were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Connecticut. Click here for a new, updated story: IDs Released By Family In Fatal Wolcott Crash That Killed 1 Teen, Injured 3 Others It happened in New Haven County, in the town of Wolcott, around 10 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The Wolcott Police Department said it received a report that a vehicle had gone off the road and struck a tree in the area of 734 Spindle Hill Rd.  While en route to the scene, dispatch notified respondin…
CT Attorney Possessed Child Porn Depicting Sexual Abuse Of Infants: Here's His Sentence CT Attorney Possessed Child Porn Depicting Sexual Abuse Of Infants: Here's His Sentence
CT Attorney Possessed Child Porn Depicting Sexual Abuse Of Infants: Here's His Sentence A 37-year-old attorney from Connecticut will spend years in prison for accessing and possessing child pornography on the dark web, including images depicting the sexual abuse of infants.  Fairfield County resident Christopher Bates, Jr. of Greenwich was sentenced on Tuesday, May 28 to 24 months in prison for possessing images and videos of the sexual abuse of children, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced. According to federal officials, Bates, an attorney licensed to practice in Connecticut and New York, was arrested after an international law i…
Arrest Made In Trooper's Hit-Run Death In Southington Arrest Made In Trooper's Hit-Run Death In Southington
Arrest Made In Trooper's Hit-Run Death In Southington A 44-year-old Connecticut man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of Trooper Aaron Pelletier, who was killed while making a traffic stop. Related: New Update: Trooper ID’d As Victim In Southington I-84 Crash The incident occurred in Hartford County around 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30, on I-84 in Southington. According to the Connecticut State Police, Alex Oyola-Sanchez, age 44, of Hartford, was charged with manslaughter/motor vehicle, among other charges, moments after the fatal crash when his vehicle sustained a tire failure on I-84 in Farmington. He is being held on a $5 mill…
CT Man Admits Committing 37 Robberies Across State CT Man Admits Committing 37 Robberies Across State
CT Man Admits Committing 37 Robberies Across State A Connecticut man has admitted to committing at least 37 violent robberies across the state in 2022.  Hartford County resident Lonny Cross, age 45, of Bristol, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, May 21, for the crimes that ranged from Hartford to Fairfield County and one in New York in September and October 2022, said Vanessa Roberts Avery, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut. According to court documents and statements made in court, Cross committed 37 robberies and attempted robberies of gas station convenience stores, mini-markets, and liquor stores in North Branford, Waterbury, Wol…
Family Of Woman Who Died After Eating Mislabeled Cookie At CT Stew Leonard's Files Lawsuit Family Of Woman Who Died After Eating Mislabeled Cookie At CT Stew Leonard's Files Lawsuit
Family Of Woman Who Died After Eating Mislabeled Cookie At CT 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…
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…
Chazz Palminteri Bringing 'Bronx Tale' One-Man Show To CT: Here's When Chazz Palminteri Bringing 'Bronx Tale' One-Man Show To CT: Here's When
Chazz Palminteri Bringing 'Bronx Tale' One-Man Show To CT: Here's When Beloved actor Chazz Palminteri is again bringing his acclaimed one-man show, "A Bronx Tale," to theaters in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  Palminteri, age 72, originally premiered "A Bronx Tale" as a one-man play in Los Angeles in 1989. Since then, the show has been turned into a feature film with the help of famed actor Robert DeNiro, as well as a musical that opened in 2016.  Now, Palminteri, a lifelong New York and Bronx native who currently lives in Northern Westchester County in the town of Bedford, is once again bringing the original one-man show to the…
How Sweet: CT Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl How Sweet: CT Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl
How Sweet: CT 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…
Man Charged With Homicide By Vehicle For Crash That Killed CT Couple Man Charged With Homicide By Vehicle For Crash That Killed CT Couple
Man Charged With Homicide By Vehicle For Crash That Killed CT Couple A 31-year-old Pennsylvania man faces two counts of homicide by vehicle while DUI in connection with a deadly Feb. 24 crash, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.  John Thomas Wadlinger, a resident of Croydon, is also charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, and related counts, prosecutors say.  Bucks County District Attorney's Office Authorities believe Wadlinger was under the influence of methamphetamine and driving twice the speed limit when he crashed into a Nissan Sentra at Ford Road and Veterans Highw…
Popular CT Eatery Closes Suddenly Popular CT Eatery Closes Suddenly
Popular CT Eatery Closes Suddenly A popular Connecticut eatery known for its LBGQ+ events and drag shows has closed suddenly. Tisane Euro-Asian Café, Hartford's iconic tea house and cocktail bar for over 24 years, closed for good on Monday, May 13, with a note on Instagram making the announcement. Owned by Locals 8 Hospitality Group, the group's founder and CEO, Allie Gamble, said Locals 8 is making every effort to relocate Tisane’s staff to positions at other Locals 8 restaurants in the Greater Hartford area.  Gift cards will be honored at all other Locals 8 locations. Any tickets purchased for upcoming events will b…
US Presidential Scholars: 3 CT High School Seniors Earn Top Honor US Presidential Scholars: 3 CT High School Seniors Earn Top Honor
US Presidential Scholars: 3 CT High School Seniors Earn Top Honor Several Connecticut high school seniors have received one of the nation's highest honors for students.  The three, all from Fairfield County, are among only 161 students across the entire US to be selected as 2024 US Presidential Scholars, the US Department of Education just announced on Thursday, May 9.  The US Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 and recognizes a few of the country's most distinguished graduating seniors. Scholars are chosen based on academic success, excellence in the arts and technical education, and commitment to community service and leadership.…
Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants
Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants Fast-casual seafood restaurant Red Lobster has abruptly closed dozens of its restaurants. The company is also considering filing for bankruptcy protection, according to a CNN report. On its website, Red Lobster lists many of its restaurants as being "temporarily closed," including these New York locations: Kingston, Scarsdale, Nanuet, Poughkeepsie, Stony Brook No closures are currently listed for Connecticut or Massachusetts restaurants. Founded in 1968, Red Lobster has around 600 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and overseas. According to another CNN report, Red Lobster's prob…
These Connecticut Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say These Connecticut Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say
These Connecticut Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say Connecticut is not one of the nation's biggest states -- by either population (at No. 29) or in size (at No. 48 in square miles). But when it comes to the best pizza, the Nutmeg State clearly punches above its weight. Three Connecticut eateries are among the Top 100 pizza spots in the nation, according to new rankings by Yelp. How did Yelp determine the rankings? "We identified businesses in the pizza category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and number of 5-star reviews each business had that were written by members of the Yelp Elite …
Longtime CT Eye Doctor Sentenced For Bogus Brain Scan Scheme Longtime CT Eye Doctor Sentenced For Bogus Brain Scan Scheme
Longtime CT Eye Doctor Sentenced For Bogus Brain Scan Scheme A longtime ophthalmologist in Connecticut will have to pay back over $1 million and spend time in federal lockup after confessing that he ordered unnecessary brain scans to line his pockets. Hartford County resident Donald Salzberg, age 69, of Avon, was sentenced to one year in prison in Boston federal court on Thursday, May 9. It came nearly two years after Salzberg, who operated Salzberg, M.D. on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford for nearly 40 years, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and receive kickbacks. Earlier Report: Popular CT Eye Doctor Admits To Tak…
Connecticut Among Top 20 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why Connecticut Among Top 20 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why
Connecticut Among Top 20 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why Connecticut continues to rank among the top 20 best states in the country. The Constitution State came in at No. 20 – down slightly from No. 16 last year – on the 2024 Best States list by U.S. News & World Report, released Tuesday, May 7. Rankings were determined using 71 metrics across eight categories, including fiscal stability, infrastructure, education, health care, and the economy. Data was pulled from national surveys taken by nearly 70,000 people. Connecticut made the top 10 in health care (No. 3), crime & corrections (No. 6), and education (No. 8), according to the report.…
2 Teens Nabbed After Driving Stolen Vehicle In CT, Fleeing Officers 2 Teens Nabbed After Driving Stolen Vehicle In CT, Fleeing Officers
2 Teens Nabbed After Driving Stolen Vehicle In CT, Fleeing Officers Two teenagers were taken into custody after driving a stolen vehicle in Connecticut and fleeing a traffic stop, police said. The incident happened in Fairfield County on Wednesday, May 1 at around 11:45 p.m., when two people were seen trying to enter vehicles on Hillspoint Road near Compo Beach in Westport, according to Westport Police. Soon after this was reported, Westport officers and members of the Bridgeport Auto-Theft Task Force arrived in the area and saw two suspect vehicles stolen from other jurisdictions. When officers tried pulling them over, they instead kept driving. However, p…
Pilot Killed After Plane Headed To New Haven Crashes Pilot Killed After Plane Headed To New Haven Crashes
Pilot Killed After Plane Headed To New Haven Crashes A small-engine plane that crashed, killing the pilot, was headed for Connecticut. The plane crashed around 7:10 a.m., Thursday, May 2, near Daniel Village, Georgia, and was headed for New Haven, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office in Augusta, Georgia. The Federal Aviation Authority said the Beechcraft 36 crashed in a residential neighborhood. Only the pilot was on board. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate, the FAA said. Augusta University and Augusta Baptist Church confirmed the pilot was Jason McKenzie, associate director of philanthropy at …
21-Year-Old Leader Of CT Catalytic Converter Theft Ring Charged In Southington: Police 21-Year-Old Leader Of CT Catalytic Converter Theft Ring Charged In Southington: Police
21-Year-Old Leader Of CT Catalytic Converter Theft Ring Charged In Southington: Police A 21-year-old man is accused of leading criminal activity across Connecticut, including the theft of catalytic converters, wheels, all-terrain vehicles, and commercial burglaries, police announced. Hartford County resident Ethan Angel Nieves of Newington was arrested on Monday, April 29 following a nine-month investigation into a ring of thefts and burglaries across the state, Southington Police announced on Thursday, May 2.  According to the department, the investigation determined that Nieves had been using a gray 2023 Honda Odyssey stolen from Farmington to commit crimes in Southing…
Traffic Nightmare: Bridge To Be Demolished After I-95 Norwalk Crash Causing Days-Long Closure Traffic Nightmare: Bridge To Be Demolished After I-95 Norwalk Crash Causing Days-Long Closure
Traffic Nightmare: Bridge To Be Demolished After I-95 Norwalk Crash Causing Days-Long Closure This story has been updated. A closure in both directions on I-95 in Connecticut caused by an early morning crash and fire involving a tanker with thousands of gallons of gas will last for several days as a damaged overpass is removed, authorities have now announced. New Update - Watch Live - Work In Progress: Crews Repair Fire-Damaged I-95 Stretch The incident happened at the outset of the morning commute on Thursday, May 2 in Norwalk near exits 14 and 15. "Extensive damage occurred to the Fairfield Avenue overpass bridge," according to the Norwalk Fire Department. The Connecticut Dep…
Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens
Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens A popular frozen pizza product sold in the Northeast has been recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. 802 VT Frozen, a Newport, Vermont, establishment, said the recall involves approximately 8,220 pounds of its frozen meat pizza. The product contains soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Friday, April 26. The produced was made from April 25, 2023, through April 25, 2024.  The following product is subject to recall: 17.8-oz. cardboard box containi…
Best High Schools: CT Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings Best High Schools: CT Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings
Best High Schools: CT Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings Connecticut is well-represented on U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings of the nation's best high schools. The brand-new rankings were released Tuesday morning, April 23, and determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. The highest-ranked school in the state is Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford at 117th nationally. Darien is ranked second in Connecticut, first in Fairfield County, and 169th in the country. These schools made the Top 10 in Connecticut: 3. Marine Science Magnet High School of Southe…
CT Gas Prices Jump 20 Cents In Week: Here Are Most Expensive Areas CT Gas Prices Jump 20 Cents In Week: Here Are Most Expensive Areas
CT Gas Prices Jump 20 Cents In Week: Here Are Most Expensive Areas Thanks to a switch to summer blend fuel, the price of a gallon of gas in Connecticut has surged rapidly over a week. A gallon of self-service regular gas in Connecticut is currently averaging $3.70, up 20 cents from the week before, AAA Northeast officials said on Monday, April 22.  The new average is also 28 cents more expensive than prices in March, officials added, attributing the rapid rise to a switchover to summer blend fuel.  Here are the current average prices of a regular gallon of gas in Connecticut's six largest metropolitan regions, according to AAA: Greater Bridgep…
'420 Day' Brings Warning From CT Officials About Driving High '420 Day' Brings Warning From CT Officials About Driving High
'420 Day' Brings Warning From CT Officials About Driving High The day of April 20 might not mean much to the average Joe, but for marijuana fans, it's a day to celebrate and, well, get high.  The term 420 refers to 4:20 p.m., or the end of the work or school day, and time to smoke some pot to relax and kick back.  When April 20 -- 4/20 -- rolls around, it's a whole day to celebrate. Although pot is legal in Connecticut, officials with the state Department of Transportation (CTDOT) are joining state and local law enforcement agencies to remind the public about the dangers of driving impaired.  "April 20 is often rec…
Take Action To Save Local News In Connecticut Take Action To Save Local News In Connecticut
Take Action To Save Local News In Connecticut As in the rest of the country, Connecticut-based news companies are facing difficult times as ad revenues (the typical source of income) fall. Local, ethnic and community news organizations find themselves competing with regional and national media conglomerates—which may not put their newsroom focus on local happenings—for advertising revenue. And with the loss of advertising dollars in an unbalanced industry, Connecticut news organizations are forced to close offices, decrease the scope of their reporting, and lose staff. An Act Concerning the Purchase of Print and Digital Advertising by t…