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Stamford Man Admits Robbing New Canaan Bank In 2020 Stamford Man Admits Robbing New Canaan Bank In 2020
Stamford Man Admits Robbing New Canaan Bank In 2020 A man is facing years in prison after pleading guilty to three bank robberies in Connecticut. Francesco Pensiero, "Frank," age 51, of Stamford, admitted the 2020 robberies on Tuesday, June 4, according to Vanessa Roberts Avery, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut. According to court documents and statements made in court, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, Pensiero and an associate robbed the Chase Bank located at 2855 Main St., in Stratford.  During the robbery, Pensiero's associate displayed a handgun to the teller and gave the teller a note that said, "This is a robbery. Give me al…
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…
Woman Nabbed For Darien DUI At Twice Legal Limit, Cops Say Woman Nabbed For Darien DUI At Twice Legal Limit, Cops Say
Woman Nabbed For Darien DUI At Twice Legal Limit, Cops Say A Fairfield County woman has been nabbed for alleged driving under the influence at twice the legal limit after she was spotted by police driving at a high rate of speed. The incident occurred in Darien around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, eastbound on Post Road. According to Lt. Dan Skoumbros of the Darien Police, the officer stopped the vehicle on Post Road near the Norwalk border.  While speaking with the driver, Bridget Jacabacci, age 39, of Stratford, the officer detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath, Skoumbros said. Skoumbros said Jacaba…
Beloved Stratford Doctor David M. Jutkowitz, 75 Beloved Stratford Doctor David M. Jutkowitz, 75
Beloved Stratford Doctor David M. Jutkowitz, 75 Dr. David M. Jutkowitz, MD, Family Practitioner in Stratford passed away on Oct. 30, 2023 surrounded by his family.  He was a beloved doctor to many patients and will be missed by his family, patients and community. Dr. Jutkowitz’s medical office closed on Oct. 30, 2023.
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…
Stratford Man Accidentally Shoots Wife While Aiming At Stepson During Fight Stratford Man Accidentally Shoots Wife While Aiming At Stepson During Fight
Stratford Man Accidentally Shoots Wife While Aiming At Stepson During Fight A Fairfield County man was arrested after allegedly shooting his wife while attempting to shoot his stepson during a fight. The incident occurred in Stratford around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, on Bates Street. According to Capt. Jerry Pinto of the Stratford Police Department, Michael James, age 58, of Stratford, fired a round from his registered firearm while arguing with his 36-year-old stepson, Rakeem Mack. Pinto said the round also struck Michael James’ wife, Lolita Mack-James. Both Rakeem Mack and Lolita Mack-James were transported to the hospital after sustaining&nbs…
Family Killed In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash On Way Home From Hospital Family Killed In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash On Way Home From Hospital
Family Killed In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash On Way Home From Hospital Three members of a Connecticut family killed in a wrong-way driver crash were on their way home from the hospital when killed. Related: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities In Stratford ID Released For Driver In Stratford Crash That Killed 4 Fairfield County resident Steven P. Rowland, age 65, of Easton, was driving his aunt and uncle, Thomas and Olga Vitale, ages 80 and 81, also of Easton, home from Yale New Haven Hospital when all three were killed in the crash in Stratford, according to their obituaries. "While his death was abrupt and he…
ID Released For 21-Year-Old Driver In Merritt Parkway Crash That Killed 4 ID Released For 21-Year-Old Driver In Merritt Parkway Crash That Killed 4
ID Released For 21-Year-Old Driver In Merritt Parkway Crash That Killed 4 A 21-year-old Fairfield University student has been identified as the wrong-way driver involved in a Connecticut crash that killed three people, as well as himself.  Related: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities In Stratford Massachusetts resident Alexander Dennis, age 21, of the town of Wayland in Middlesex County, was positively identified on Tuesday, May 14, by the state Medical Examiner's Office as the driver of a 2016 Honda CRV the wrong way on the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) in Fairfield County around 1:45 a.m., Thursday, May 9, in Stratford. S…
New Update: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities New Update: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities
New Update: IDs Released In Wrong-Way Merritt Parkway Crash With 4 Fatalities This story has been updated:  The identities have been released of three of the four people killed in an overnight crash on the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) in Fairfield County.  According to Connecticut State Police, the collision occurred around 1:45 a.m., Thursday, May 9, in Stratford. State Police said a 2016 Honda Civic was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when it hit a 2010 Chrysler Country Touring van head-on. Both vehicles burst into flames. Killed in the crash were two Easton family members and a driver of the van, including: Steven Rowland, age 65, of East…
DUI Arrest: Man Swerves In Road, Pops Tire In Wilton, Police Say DUI Arrest: Man Swerves In Road, Pops Tire In Wilton, Police Say
DUI Arrest: Man Swerves In Road, Pops Tire In Wilton, Police Say Police have arrested a Connecticut man for driving drunk after he was reportedly seen swerving on the roadway. The Fairfield County incident occurred in the town of Wilton on Friday, April 26. Just before 10:50 p.m., 72-year-old Ilia Demiraj was driving a gray Nissan Altima in the area of Ridgefield and Millstone Roads. Witnesses reported to police that Demiraj was swerving in and out of the roadway and had possibly struck a rock on the side of the road. When police arrived, they found Demiraj, who is from Stratford, in a driveway off Ridgefield Road with a flat tire on the front passen…
2 Teens Nabbed After Driving Stolen Vehicle In Westport, Fleeing Officers 2 Teens Nabbed After Driving Stolen Vehicle In Westport, Fleeing Officers
2 Teens Nabbed After Driving Stolen Vehicle In Westport, 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…
Man Nabbed For DUI After Driving Erratically In Wilton: Police Man Nabbed For DUI After Driving Erratically In Wilton: Police
Man Nabbed For DUI After Driving Erratically In Wilton: Police A 55-year-old man faces drunk driving charges after he was seen driving erratically in Fairfield County, police said. The arrest resulted from an incident on Friday, April 19 just before 8 p.m., when a vehicle was seen driving erratically on Route 7 in Wilton, according to Wilton Police.  Officers then pulled the car over and began talking with the driver, Stratford resident Piotr Fiedor, who soon failed a field sobriety test, police said.  Fiedor was then arrested and taken to police headquarters, where his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.2559 and 0.2696, according to th…
'Pictures Began Shaking On Walls': CT Residents Share Earthquake Reactions 'Pictures Began Shaking On Walls': CT Residents Share Earthquake Reactions
'Pictures Began Shaking On Walls': CT Residents Share Earthquake Reactions A magnitude 4.8 earthquake on the Richter scale centered in New Jersey could be felt all over Connecticut, according to officials and residents. See related: 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits New York, Connecticut, Northeast  According to the US Geological Survey, the quake, which occurred at 10:23 a.m. on Friday, April 5, was centered in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, in the borough of Lebanon, about 60 miles west of midtown Manhattan. Fairfield County resident Ashley Garrison, of Easton, said her pictures began shaking on her walls, and she ran outside, where the ground was shakin…
Stratford Resident Wins $500K On Scratch Lottery Ticket Stratford Resident Wins $500K On Scratch Lottery Ticket
Stratford Resident Wins $500K On Scratch Lottery Ticket A Fairfield County resident is lugging around some cash after claiming their $500,000 prize on a Fortune scratch-off lottery ticket. The unnamed Stratford resident purchased the winning ticket in Shelton at the Wheels gas station at 18 Old Stratford Road on Tuesday, March 19, according to the Connecticut Lottery. The Fortune $50 ticket offers players 40 chances to win per ticket, lottery officials said. Prizes range from $50 to $4 million. The top prize is paid as a $4 million 20-year annuity or a one-time gross cash option of $3 million. Lottery officials say there are still three jackpo…
Popular Discount Clothing Store's First Location In State Will Be In Fairfield County Popular Discount Clothing Store's First Location In State Will Be In Fairfield County
Popular Discount Clothing Store's First Location In State Will Be In Fairfield County Popular discount clothing franchise Ross Dress for Less will open its first store in the state in Fairfield County. The store, a big competitor of Marshalls, will take over the old Homegoods store in the Hawley Lane Mall in Trumbull, said Rina Bakalar, Trumbull's director of economic and community development.  Bakalar said she was excited to see the retailer come to the region and to be the first in the state. "The store is located right where Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull come together so it should do well." Founded in 1982, Ross is known for selling high-end clothing,…
Man Charged In Greenwich With DUI For Sleeping Behind Wheel, Driving On Sidewalk, Police Say Man Charged In Greenwich With DUI For Sleeping Behind Wheel, Driving On Sidewalk, Police Say
Man Charged In Greenwich With DUI For Sleeping Behind Wheel, Driving On Sidewalk, Police Say A Fairfield County was charged with allegedly driving under the influence after he was reportedly sleeping in his car in the roadway and then driving on two wheels on a sidewalk. Adian Ricardo Pryce, age 37, of Stratford, was charged on Friday, March 1 after Greenwich Police responded to reports of a driver asleep in his vehicle in the roadway. Capt. John Slusarz of the Greenwich Police said when officers arrived they stopped a dark-colored Lexus sedan driving with the passenger wheels on the sidewalk on Valley Road.  A check of Pryce's record showed he was driving on an expired regis…
New Update: How Much Snow Did You Get? Reports From Fairfield County, Region For Winter Storm New Update: How Much Snow Did You Get? Reports From Fairfield County, Region For Winter Storm
New Update: How Much Snow Did You Get? Reports From Fairfield County, Region For Winter Storm Here are snowfall reports from the region for the winter storm that is sweeping through the Northeast on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Totals are from the National Weather Service and submissions from Daily Voice readers: Location        Amount        Time/Date      Provider New York Westchester County Peekskill 10.3 inches 1000 AM 02/13 Public Croton-on-Hudso 10.5 inches 12:45 PM 02/13 Daily Voice reader submission North Salem/Peach Lake 10.0 inches 0430 PM 02/13 Daily Voice reader submission Croton-on-Hudson …
Woman Nabbed For Stealing, Cashing MoneyGram In Westport, Police Say Woman Nabbed For Stealing, Cashing MoneyGram In Westport, Police Say
Woman Nabbed For Stealing, Cashing MoneyGram In Westport, Police Say A Fairfield County woman has been charged with alleged larceny after cashing a lost MoneyGram while using her name and address. Valentina Dimitia-Coatanroch, age 51, of Stratford, was arrested by Westport Police on Sunday, Jan. 21. According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, on Friday, March 6, 2020, Westport Police initiated a larceny investigation after a resident reported they had lost a MoneyGram they had purchased in the amount of $550.00. When they called MoneyGram for a replacement, they were told that it had already been cashed, Woods said. The investigating offic…
How Much Snow Did You Get? Here Are Reports From Region For Winter Storm How Much Snow Did You Get? Here Are Reports From Region For Winter Storm
How Much Snow Did You Get? Here Are Reports From Region For Winter Storm Here are snowfall reports from the region for the winter storm that swept through the Northeast overnight Monday, Jan. 15 into Tuesday, Jan. 16. Totals are from the National Weather Service: Location        Amount        Time/Date      Provider New York Westchester County New Rochelle 1.7 inches 0730 AM 01/16 Public Peekskill 1.3 inches 0630 AM 01/16 Public Armonk 1.3 inches 0800 AM 01/16 COCORAHS Peekskill 2.8 NNE 1.0 inches 0800 AM 01/16 COCORAHS South Salem 0.8 inches 0715 AM 01/16 COCORAHS Nassau County Levittown 3.0 inches…
Fairfield County Man Nabbed For Burglarizing Auto Repair Shop In CT: Police Fairfield County Man Nabbed For Burglarizing Auto Repair Shop In CT: Police
Fairfield County Man Nabbed For Burglarizing Auto Repair Shop In CT: Police An 18-year-old man has been apprehended in connection with a burglary that occurred at an auto repair shop in Connecticut, police announced.  Fairfield County resident Rashaan Cherry, Jr. of Stratford was arrested on a warrant on Saturday, Dec. 30 in connection with a New Haven County burglary at Bruneau’s Service Center in Milford at 60 Rowe Ave. in April 2023, Milford Police announced on Tuesday, Jan. 2.  According to the department, on Monday, April 24, 2023, officers responded to Bruneau’s Service Center after a burglar alarm was activated. Arriving police soon found…
Duo Beats, Robs 75-Year-Old In His Bridgeport Backyard, Police Say Duo Beats, Robs 75-Year-Old In His Bridgeport Backyard, Police Say
Duo Beats, Robs 75-Year-Old In His Bridgeport Backyard, Police Say Two men are accused of beating and robbing a 75-year-old man outside his Fairfield County home. The incident happened Thursday, Nov. 16, in Bridgeport at a home on East Main Street, according to Bridgeport Police. Both men approached the victim with their hands in their pockets, motioning that they had a gun, police said. They allegedly punched the victim and pushed him against a dumpster before stealing his wallet. The victim suffered a minor head injury in the ordeal. The following morning, on Friday, Nov. 17, detectives arrested 33-year-old Carlos Souffront and 46-year-old Angel …
Guy Fieri Teaming With Popular Fairfield County Brewery On New Offering Guy Fieri Teaming With Popular Fairfield County Brewery On New Offering
Guy Fieri Teaming With Popular Fairfield County Brewery On New Offering Food Network star Guy Fieri has made numerous visits to Connecticut in an effort to perfect a new spiked malt beverage developed with a Fairfield County brewery. Named Flavortown Spiked, the "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," star teamed up with Two Roads Brewing Co., of Stratford, after the company emailed the spiked hair star with the idea for a spiked malt beverage, reported People magazine.  Fieri liked the idea and when the group met in person it was kismet. The first in the line to come out is a hard fruit punch that Fieri described to People as an "adult Kool-Aid, but not as sweet…
New Update: ID Released For 28-Year-Old Struck, Killed By Garbage Truck In Fairfield New Update: ID Released For 28-Year-Old Struck, Killed By Garbage Truck In Fairfield
New Update: ID Released For 28-Year-Old Struck, Killed By Garbage Truck In Fairfield A United Carting employee who was hit and killed by the garbage truck he was working on in Fairfield County has been identified. Bryan Rodriguez, age 28, of Stratford, was killed around 7:13 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11 in the area of Camfield Drive at Bloomfield Drive in Fairfield. Related report: 28-Year-Old Hit, Killed By Garbage Truck In Fairfield According to Lt. Edward Nook Jr. of the Fairfield Police, Rodriguez was an employee and was working at the time of the incident.  The operator of the garbage truck has not been charged at this time and was transported to Bridgeport H…
4 Nabbed With Drugs, Guns After Fight At Norwalk Bar, Police Say 4 Nabbed With Drugs, Guns After Fight At Norwalk Bar, Police Say
4 Nabbed With Drugs, Guns After Fight At Norwalk Bar, Police Say Four people were charged with drugs and firearms crimes following a fight at a popular Fairfield County bar. The incident occurred in Norwalk, around 1 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Soho Bar at 5 Haviland St. According to Norwalk Police Lt. Thomaz Podgorski, Norwalk officers responded to the bar after receiving a 911 call reporting an armed person on the upper deck parking lot fighting with a manager. Patrol officers arrived almost immediately and found several individuals actively fighting. Officers were able to separate all parties, provide medical aid to the victim, and detained Misael D…
Know Him? Photos Released Of Stratford Car Burglary Suspect Know Him? Photos Released Of Stratford Car Burglary Suspect
Know Him? Photos Released Of Stratford Car Burglary Suspect Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect accused of breaking into a car in Stratford.  The vehicle burglary happened on Sunday, Sept. 24 in the area of Highland Avenue, Stratford Police announced on Tuesday, Sept. 26.  Anyone with information regarding the incident or the suspect's identity is asked to contact Detective Policano at JPolicano@townofstratford.com. All tips will remain confidential, police said. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 
Man, Woman Threaten Each Other With Machetes During Dispute Over Car In Bridgeport, Police Say Man, Woman Threaten Each Other With Machetes During Dispute Over Car In Bridgeport, Police Say
Man, Woman Threaten Each Other With Machetes During Dispute Over Car In Bridgeport, Police Say A man and woman involved in a neighbor dispute in Fairfield County ended up threatening each other with machetes as the fight escalated. The incident took place in Bridgeport on Sunday, Sept. 17 on the 200 block of  Willow Street. On-scene witness reports indicated the dispute was about a vehicle blocking a driveway and a verbal altercation between Clive Samuels, age 46, of Stratford, and Christine Medley, age 47, of New Haven, said Scott Appleby, director of Bridgeport's Emergency Management. It was reported that during the dispute Samuels grabbed what was reported to be a machete an…
Drunk Driver From Fairfield County Busted With LSD During Traffic Stop, Police Say Drunk Driver From Fairfield County Busted With LSD During Traffic Stop, Police Say
Drunk Driver From Fairfield County Busted With LSD During Traffic Stop, Police Say A 36-year-old man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after allegedly being caught drunk behind the wheel with illegal drugs in the car, police said. The upstate New York incident happened Thursday evening, Aug. 31, in Warren County, on Route 9 in Lake George, according to state police. Connecticut resident Andrew Tustian, of Stratford, was stopped for multiple vehicle and traffic law violations before troopers determined he was intoxicated, police said. Troopers also discovered multiple controlled substances in the car, including lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), according to poli…
Infant Assault: Fairfield Man Charged With Abusing Baby In Stratford, Police Say Infant Assault: Fairfield Man Charged With Abusing Baby In Stratford, Police Say
Infant Assault: Fairfield Man Charged With Abusing Baby In Stratford, Police Say A Fairfield County man has been charged with physically assaulting a 3-month-old boy after having an argument. Luis Companiony, age 21, of Bridgeport, was arrested by Stratford Police following a two-month investigation into a complaint filed by a family member. According to Stratford Police Lt. Robert Burroughs, In July, the department received a complaint from the child's aunt from Bridgeport Hospital that the baby had sustained bruising on his leg, and arms and possibly had broken ribs caused by Companiony. The woman accused Companiony of assaulting the child after an argument whil…
Uber Driver Shot Nearby Amazon Facility In Stratford, Police Say Uber Driver Shot Nearby Amazon Facility In Stratford, Police Say
Uber Driver Shot Nearby Amazon Facility In Stratford, Police Say A Fairfield County man who is subcontracted for Amazon has been charged with allegedly shooting an Uber driver. The incident took in Stratford around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in the 400 block of Long Beach Boulevard, said Capt. Frank Eannotti of the Stratford Police. According to police, the Uber driver drove Anthony Vann, age 26, of Bridgeport, to the Amazon facility where there was some type of confrontation and Vann shot the driver. The victim, who has not been identified, was shot several times and was transported to an area hospital. He is said to be in stable condition. Van…
Kitten Thieves Nabbed Following CT Burglary: Police Kitten Thieves Nabbed Following CT Burglary: Police
Kitten Thieves Nabbed Following CT Burglary: Police Two accused Connecticut thieves who couldn’t keep their paws off of a kitten are now facing multiple charges relating to the burglary, authorities said. On Saturday, Aug. 19 in New Haven County, Milford Police announced the arrests of Jeffrey Domeracki, age 36, of Milford, and Alexis Nagy, age 29 of Stratford, for burglarizing a local animal shelter. Police initially responded to Milford Animal Control, located at 664 East Broadway, after the burglar alarm went off. They found the back door window smashed and the door unlocked, with fresh blood around the shattered glass on the ground. …
Same Store Burglarized Twice By Suspects From Fairfield County In Separate Incidents: Police Same Store Burglarized Twice By Suspects From Fairfield County In Separate Incidents: Police
Same Store Burglarized Twice By Suspects From Fairfield County In Separate Incidents: Police A total of eight suspects from Connecticut face charges after stealing from the same Hudson Valley store in two separate incidents, police said. The first of the thefts happened on Tuesday, Aug. 8 just after 4 p.m., when Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies saw several suspects entering and leaving an unnamed store in Southeast and delivering items to a vehicle in the parking lot.  According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspects were dressed in bubble jackets which were out of place in the warm weather, and appeared to be hiding items under them.  Sheriff's deputies then quickly took…