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38-Year-Old Who Drowned In Trumbull Known For 'Tirelessly Helping Others' 38-Year-Old Who Drowned In Trumbull Known For 'Tirelessly Helping Others'
38-Year-Old Who Drowned In Trumbull Known For 'Tirelessly Helping Others' A Fairfield County social worker who drowned while swimming in a lake is being remembered for "tirelessly helping others." Related: 38-Year-Old Drowns In Trumbull Lake William "Will" Krahe, age 38, of Trumbull, died around 7 p.m. at Pinewood Lake, in the Nichols section of Trumbull, on Wednesday, July 3. Police said Will had been at the lake with family members and was swimming near a floating dock anchored a short distance from the shoreline beach when he went under the water and did not surface. Will was born in Bridgeport to William and Eileen Krahe and grew up in Fairfield, whe…
Fairfield County Man Shoplifts At Mall, Leads Cops On Chase While Claiming To Have Gun: Police Fairfield County Man Shoplifts At Mall, Leads Cops On Chase While Claiming To Have Gun: Police
Fairfield County Man Shoplifts At Mall, Leads Cops On Chase While Claiming To Have Gun: Police A 36-year-old man faces a long list of charges after shoplifting from a Connecticut mall, threatening security with what appeared to be a gun, and leading officers on a chase that ended in a residential garage, police announced.  On Wednesday, July 3, just before 5 p.m., security at the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford reported to the police that a suspect had threatened them. The suspect then fled into the woods behind the Old Glory Store at 1250 Boston Post Rd. (Route 1) in New Haven County. According to Milford Police, officers learned that the suspect had first encountered mall se…
Police Officer Charged With Domestic Violence In Fairfield County Police Officer Charged With Domestic Violence In Fairfield County
Police Officer Charged With Domestic Violence In Fairfield County A Fairfield County Police officer was charged with stalking and fear of safety, among other charges, in connection with a domestic violence case. According to Capt. Kevin Gilleran of the Bridgeport Police Department, Officer Dani Soto, was arrested on Wednesday, July 3, following a criminal investigation that began in May into domestic violence allegations. Soto, age 47, of Bridgeport, has been on administrative leave during the investigation. With the department since 2017, Soto was charged with: Five counts of stalking -- fear of physical safety Four counts of unlawful restraint 22 cou…
Man Charged With Abusing Child On School Bus In Darien Man Charged With Abusing Child On School Bus In Darien
Man Charged With Abusing Child On School Bus In Darien A Fairfield County man has been charged with assault and risk of injury to a child after he was seen on video biting, licking, and hitting a young boy on a school bus. Juan Carlos Rodriguez, age 27, of Bridgeport, was arrested on Monday, June 17, by Darien Police for the incident that occurred in April on a school bus. According to Sgt. Mauricio Vigil of the Darien Police, on Thursday, April 4, the Trumbull Police Department alerted the department about an incident that occurred on a school bus while it was in Darien transporting students from a private special education school in Stam…
First Day Of Summer 'Freebies' To Cool You Off From Soaring Temps First Day Of Summer 'Freebies' To Cool You Off From Soaring Temps
First Day Of Summer 'Freebies' To Cool You Off From Soaring Temps As temperatures soar across Connecticut on the first day of Summer, smart business owners across the state are offering free items to cool off, including bottled water and vanilla milkshakes. According to the National Weather Service, the heat index is expected to reach 101 degrees on Thursday, June 20, in Hartford County, while other areas of the state will bake with temperatures in the upper 90s to nearly 100 degrees. To help cool off and stave off heat stroke, cities and towns have opened cooling centers, including in Fairfield County in Bridgeport.  Meanwhile, savvy business owner…
Attempted Murder: Man Critical Following Shooting, Suspect Charged In Bridgeport Attempted Murder: Man Critical Following Shooting, Suspect Charged In Bridgeport
Attempted Murder: Man Critical Following Shooting, Suspect Charged In Bridgeport A 24-year-old Fairfield County man is fighting for his life after being shot in the head on a city street. The incident occurred in Bridgeport around 9:20 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, in the 1200 block of Iranistan Avenue. According to Capt. Kevin Gilleran of the Bridgeport Police officers located the victim with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.  He was transported by AMR ambulance to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition on Thursday, June 20. The Detective Bureau Homicide Squad responded and took charge of the investigation. The suspected shooter, …
CT 3-Year-Old ID'd As Drowning Victim CT 3-Year-Old ID'd As Drowning Victim
CT 3-Year-Old ID'd As Drowning Victim A 3-year-old Fairfield County child has been identified as the victim of a drowning in a backyard kiddie pool. Related: Infant Drowns At Bridgeport Home The incident occurred in Bridgeport around 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at a home on the city's west side. According to Tiadora Josef, spokeswoman for the Bridgeport Police, the child was found unresponsive in a small 3-foot children's pool. First responders immediately began CPR and other life-saving measures on the child, Josef said. The child was rushed to Bridgeport Hospital and later pronounced dead. The Detective Bureau res…
Infant Drowns At Bridgeport Home Infant Drowns At Bridgeport Home
Infant Drowns At Bridgeport Home An infant drowned at a Fairfield County over the weekend. The incident occurred in Bridgeport around 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, on Orland Street. According to Tiadora Josef, a spokesperson for Bridgeport, officers responded to the home after receiving a 911 call of a possible drowning of an infant. Police found the child, who was transported to Bridgeport Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, Josef said. Police did not provide any other details surrounding the incident. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends during this tragic time," Josef said. "This is an active…
Explosion At Apartment Building Causes Evacuation In Bridgeport Explosion At Apartment Building Causes Evacuation In Bridgeport
Explosion At Apartment Building Causes Evacuation In Bridgeport Police, along with the FBI, are investigating an explosion in the hallway of an apartment complex in Fairfield County that sent residents scrambling for safety. Related: Person Of Interest Arrested In Bridgeport Apartment Explosion The explosion occurred in Bridgeport at around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, outside a third-floor apartment unit at 1512 North Ave. According to Capt. Kevin Gilleran of the Bridgeport Police, first responders discovered what appeared to be damage from an explosion that went off in the hallway outside one of the apartments on the third floor. No injur…
4 Campaign Workers Accused Of Misusing Absentee Ballots In Bridgeport 4 Campaign Workers Accused Of Misusing Absentee Ballots In Bridgeport
4 Campaign Workers Accused Of Misusing Absentee Ballots In Bridgeport Four campaign workers involved in the 2019 Bridgeport Democratic mayoral primary have been charged with misusing absentee ballots. On Tuesday, June 11, inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney arrested Bridgeport residents: Alfredo Castillo, age 52 Wanda Geter-Pataky, age 67 Nilsa Heredia, age 61 Josephine Edmonds, age 62 Each was charged with unlawful possession of absentee ballots and other election-related charges, said Chief State's Attorney Patrick J. Griffin. Three of the four are also charged with tampering with a witness, officia…
2 Women Slashed In Neck On Bridgeport Street, Suspect Nabbed 2 Women Slashed In Neck On Bridgeport Street, Suspect Nabbed
2 Women Slashed In Neck On Bridgeport Street, Suspect Nabbed A Fairfield County man is behind bars after allegedly slashing two women in the neck with a sharp weapon as they walked along a city street. The incident occurred in Bridgeport around 4:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, on Knowlton Street.  According to Capt. Kevin Gilleran of the Bridgeport Police officers responded to an area hospital on reports of a 47-year-old woman in the emergency room with a laceration to the neck. A short time later, a second 33-year-old woman arrived in the emergency room with a laceration to the neck.  Both victims were assaulted by Keenan Corley, age 38…
Norwalk Police Officer Arrested For Fourth Time, Accused Of Threatening Citizen Norwalk Police Officer Arrested For Fourth Time, Accused Of Threatening Citizen
Norwalk Police Officer Arrested For Fourth Time, Accused Of Threatening Citizen A patrol officer in Fairfield County who was arrested earlier this year for alleged stalking and harassment and has been arrested three times in the past has been charged again, this time with threatening a citizen. Related: Norwalk Police Officer Charged With Stalking, Harassment Placed On Leave Norwalk Officer Hector Delgado was arrested on Friday, June 7, after Police Chief James Walsh received a complaint from a citizen on Thursday, June 6, who reported an off-duty disturbance involving Delgado.  Walsh said that based on the information received, a criminal invest…
School Bus Catches Fire In Bridgeport School Bus Catches Fire In Bridgeport
School Bus Catches Fire In Bridgeport All people aboard a Fairfield County school bus were able to get off safely when the vehicle caught fire. The fire occurred in Bridgeport around 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 4, at Jones Avenue and Oak Street. According to Tiadora Josef, the Bridgeport Fire Department spokeswoman, the first responding units confirmed the bus was engulfed in flames. "Everyone was off the bus when units responded," she said. Josef did not respond with information on whether students were onboard at the time of the fire. Additional crews were requested due to exposure issues.  The fire was declar…
Double-Fatal Crash: Man, Woman ID'd As Victims In Bridgeport Double-Fatal Crash: Man, Woman ID'd As Victims In Bridgeport
Double-Fatal Crash: Man, Woman ID'd As Victims In Bridgeport A man and a woman riding a motorcycle were killed when a vehicle allegedly turned in front of them on a Connecticut roadway. The pair that was killed has been identified as 32-year-old Carlos Jean Parra Rodriquez of Stratford, with his 21-year-old passenger Deivi Suarez of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Fairfield County crash occurred in Bridgeport around 6:20 p.m., Sunday, June 2, in the area of 1853 Stratford Ave. According to Sgt. Darryl Wilson of the Bridgeport Police, responding officers found two individuals on the ground next to Stratford Avenue and Edwin Street. The two appeared to b…
Bridgeport Inmate Strangled, Death Rule Homicide, ME Says Bridgeport Inmate Strangled, Death Rule Homicide, ME Says
Bridgeport Inmate Strangled, Death Rule Homicide, ME Says A Connecticut man who was arrested for violation of probation was strangled in a cell in a Fairfield County jail. Steven Bailey, age 43, of New Haven, was found dead in a Bridgeport Correctional Center cell around 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, according to the Connecticut State Police. Milford Police had arrested Bailey on Wednesday, March 20, and he was being held for violation of probation on a prior conviction of obscenity with a minor. State Police said after being found, Bailey was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, where he was pronounced dead. The Office of the Chief …
Eatery Closes On Short Notice, Now Operating Food Truck In Bridgeport Eatery Closes On Short Notice, Now Operating Food Truck In Bridgeport
Eatery Closes On Short Notice, Now Operating Food Truck In Bridgeport A popular eatery known for its greens, mac-and-cheese, shrimp, and fried chicken has suddenly closed in Fairfield County. Everybody Eatz, located at 3927 Main Street in Bridgeport, was a restaurant whose slogan was "Where gourmet meets soul food."  It announced on Facebook and Instagram that it had closed and would launch a food truck and catering beginning in June.  "No more rent or landlords," the Tuesday, May 28 announcement said. "This year (is) about branding & ownership & next year about expanding." Owner Tyre Holman, who started with a food truck, did not provid…
Arrest Made In Killing At Bridgeport Illegal Gambling Club Arrest Made In Killing At Bridgeport Illegal Gambling Club
Arrest Made In Killing At Bridgeport Illegal Gambling Club Police in Fairfield County arrested the first of several anticipated in connection with the shooting deaths of two armed men who robbed an illegal gambling club earlier this year. Sean Ellam, age 38, of Bridgeport, turned himself in to detectives on Tuesday, May 28, on an active felony warrant for the Saturday, March 30 incident in Bridgeport. According to Det. Jeffrey Holtz of the Bridgeport Police, shortly after 11 p.m. on March 30. officers responded to reports of numerous people shot at Stratford Avenue and Logan Street.  Richard Davis, age 30, and Tayvon Geter, age 32, both of Br…
Man Charged In Westport Smash-Grab Jewelry Store Robbery Man Charged In Westport Smash-Grab Jewelry Store Robbery
Man Charged In Westport Smash-Grab Jewelry Store Robbery A Fairfield County man has been charged in connection with a smash-and-grab robbery in which the thieves made off with an unknown quantity of jewels. On Wednesday, May 29, Westport Police arrested 30-year-old Bridgeport resident Javon Thorbourne in connection with the case on Thursday, May 9, at the Lux, Bond, and Green at 136 Main St.  According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, on the date of the robbery, employees of the store reported two individuals wearing masks and gloves entered the store with sledgehammers and began smashing display cases.…
Fairfield County Man Parks SUV In Train's Path In New York, Runs Away, Cops Say Fairfield County Man Parks SUV In Train's Path In New York, Runs Away, Cops Say
Fairfield County Man Parks SUV In Train's Path In New York, Runs Away, Cops Say Police in New York say a Connecticut man intentionally parked his Chevy Equinox on train tracks in the path of a CSX train and then ran away only to be caught. The Hudson Valley incident occurred in Ulster County around 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, south of the Esopus Avenue railroad crossing in the town of Espous. According to Capt. Joseph Sciutto of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a report of a train hitting a car. When first responders arrived, they saw a car seat in the back seat and quickly checked to ensure no children were injured, Sciutto said. Deputies found …
Woman Charged For Writing 'Save Gaza' On Westport Crosswalk Woman Charged For Writing 'Save Gaza' On Westport Crosswalk
Woman Charged For Writing 'Save Gaza' On Westport Crosswalk A Fairfield County woman was charged with criminal mischief for spray painting "Save Gaza" on a crosswalk. The incident occurred in Westport on Thursday, May 23, on the crosswalk at Post Road East in the area of Main Street. According to Lt. Matthew Gouveia of the Westport Police, a Bridgeport resident identified as Katerina Hasiotis inked the words, which caused damage and resulted in temporary repairs being made. Gouveia said that the Town Highway Department responded Friday, May 24, to address the matter properly. Officers investigated, which led to identifying Hasiotis, who turne…
Movie 'Summerhouse' Filming In Danbury Hiring Actors, Extras Movie 'Summerhouse' Filming In Danbury Hiring Actors, Extras
Movie 'Summerhouse' Filming In Danbury 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 …
Reports Of A Stroller Being Pushed Into Water Closes Bridgeport Park Reports Of A Stroller Being Pushed Into Water Closes Bridgeport Park
Reports Of A Stroller Being Pushed Into Water Closes Bridgeport Park A popular Fairfield County park was closed after police received a report of a stroller being pushed into the water. The incident occurred at Beardsley Park at 3102 E Main St., in Bridgeport, around 8:10 p.m., Monday, May 20. According to Tiadora Josef of the Bridgeport Police, the department received a report of a stroller being in the water at the park, which abuts a river. Josef said the Bridgeport Fire Department searched the water as a precaution and worst-case scenario. Nothing was found, and the park was reopened.
Fairfield County Man Charged After Fight At Park, Causing Hundreds To Flee, Police Say Fairfield County Man Charged After Fight At Park, Causing Hundreds To Flee, Police Say
Fairfield County Man Charged After Fight At Park, Causing Hundreds To Flee, Police Say Hundreds of Connecticut parkgoers were sent into a panic and ran after two men got into a fight, and one allegedly showed a weapon. The incident occurred in New London County around 1 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Poquonnock Plains Park in Groton. According to Capt. Gregory McCarthy of the Groton Police, at the time of the incident, the park was the site of several youth sporting events with several hundred spectators in attendance.  McCarthy said an investigation found that two men identified as Massachusetts resident Randall J. Clark, age 43, of Medford in Middlese…
Fairfield County Man With Toy Gun Hits Officer, Patrol Vehicle While Fleeing Stop: Police Fairfield County Man With Toy Gun Hits Officer, Patrol Vehicle While Fleeing Stop: Police
Fairfield County Man With Toy Gun Hits Officer, Patrol Vehicle While Fleeing Stop: Police A 19-year-old man faces several charges after striking an officer and police vehicle while driving away from a traffic stop in Connecticut, authorities said. The incident leading to the arrest began in New Haven County on Wednesday, May 8, when a Milford Police officer saw a black Acura TSX allegedly slow down in the middle of an intersection and create a backfire while traveling west on Boston Post Road.  According to Milford Police, officers stopped the Acura and approached the vehicle, soon seeing what appeared to be a firearm in the back seat. At this time, the driver, 19-year-old …
Man Nabbed After Firing Gun At Playground In Bridgeport: Police Man Nabbed After Firing Gun At Playground In Bridgeport: Police
Man Nabbed After Firing Gun At Playground In Bridgeport: Police A Fairfield County man has been charged with risk of injury to a child after allegedly firing a gun near the entrance of a playground where numerous children and residents were due to warm, sunny weather. The 28-year-old was charged on Monday, May 6, for the incident in Bridgeport around 4 p.m. in the 200 block of Granfield Avenue. According to Sgt. Julio C. Diez of the Bridgeport Police, multiple officers arrived on the scene and immediately began searching for victims and suspects.  Officers were tipped off by a resident of a vehicle speeding off from the area and a man in all …
Man Injures Employee In Westport Dry Cleaning Bill Dispute, Leaves Without Paying: Police Man Injures Employee In Westport Dry Cleaning Bill Dispute, Leaves Without Paying: Police
Man Injures Employee In Westport Dry Cleaning Bill Dispute, Leaves Without Paying: Police A Fairfield County man upset over a bill is facing a breach of peace charge after allegedly grabbing his dry cleaning from an employee, injuring them, and then leaving without paying.  The incident occurred in Westport on Thursday, March 28, at the Minuteman Cleaners. According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, officers initiated an investigation after a complaint was made about Glenn Leonard, age 62, of Bridgeport, who was upset over his bill. An employee reported Leonard was attempting to retrieve items from the business but disagreed with the price they were&…
Suspect Nabbed In Shooting Death Of Teen With Protective Order In Bridgeport Suspect Nabbed In Shooting Death Of Teen With Protective Order In Bridgeport
Suspect Nabbed In Shooting Death Of Teen With Protective Order In Bridgeport A Connecticut man has been charged with the alleged shooting death of a Fairfield County teenager. New Haven County resident Kiheem Tyquan Benbow, age 21, of Ansonia, was charged on Friday, April 26, with killing a 17-year-old, Romain Sterling, a Bridgeport resident.  During an investigation into Sterling's murder, Bridgeport Police served a search warrant on Behhow on Wednesday, April 24. During the search, officers found a 9mm semiautomatic ghost gun.  At that time, he was charged with illegal transfer of a pistol, criminal violation of a protective order, and carrying a firea…
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…
Beloved Bridgeport Fire Marshal Dies Suddenly Beloved Bridgeport Fire Marshal Dies Suddenly
Beloved Bridgeport Fire Marshal Dies Suddenly A much beloved Fairfield County fire marshal has died suddenly, just a year before he planned to retire. Bridgeport Fire Marshal Alberto Hernandez, age 63, of Bridgeport, died on Monday, April 22.  “I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Alberto Hernandez," said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. "We are all very grateful to have lived in a community where we could be under Hernandez’s protection as a Fire Marshal for the City of Bridgeport. He was a widely loved member of our community, and he will truly be missed by all who knew him." City officials said Herna…
Bridgeport Man Nabbed For Stabbing Victim In Chest, Police Say Bridgeport Man Nabbed For Stabbing Victim In Chest, Police Say
Bridgeport Man Nabbed For Stabbing Victim In Chest, Police Say A Fairfield County man has been charged with allegedly stabbing another person in the chest. The incident occurred in Bridgeport at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, near the intersection of Middle Street and John Street.  According to Capt. Kevin Gilleran of the Bridgeport Police, officers responding to a possible shooting found that a person had been stabbed in the chest and were on their way to a hospital. Patrol officers began canvassing the downtown area for the suspect and a crime scene. Gilleran said that police discovered and secured a crime scene outside the “G’s…
27-Year-Old Bridgeport Resident ID'd As Victim In Massachusetts Suspicious Death Investigation 27-Year-Old Bridgeport Resident ID'd As Victim In Massachusetts Suspicious Death Investigation
27-Year-Old Bridgeport Resident ID'd As Victim In Massachusetts Suspicious Death Investigation A 27-year-old Connecticut man has been identified as a victim of a suspicious death in Massachusetts after his body was found in a home with "apparent trauma." Fairfield County resident Brooks Hood, of Bridgeport, was found dead inside a Middlesex County home on Wednesday, April 10, on Fenwick Street in Framingham. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Hood was found after the Framingham Police Department received an anonymous 911 call.  On Thursday, April 18, Ryan said the case was referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who would determine the cause and manner o…