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CT Man, 60, Assaults Boy Multiple Times, Police Say CT Man, 60, Assaults Boy Multiple Times, Police Say
CT Man, 60, Assaults Boy Multiple Times, Police Say The 14-year-old victim of a now-arrested Connecticut man told authorities he was sexually assaulted an estimated 20 times. Scott Predom, a Middlesex County man, was arrested on Tuesday, July 9 on charges of sexual assault and more following a Tolland County investigation, police announced. Predom, a 60-year-old who hails from Middletown, is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old boy, who was 13 at the time the assaults occurred. According to his arrest warrant, the situation was brought to the attention of police when, in February 2024, a relative of the victim noticed inappro…
These Fairfield County Eateries Named Best Restaurants For Wine, New Rankings Say These Fairfield County Eateries Named Best Restaurants For Wine, New Rankings Say
These Fairfield County Eateries Named Best Restaurants For Wine, New Rankings Say Several Connecticut restaurants are the cream of the crop when it comes to their wine offerings, according to new rankings released by Wine Spectator. A total of 36 eateries were recognized as winners of the 2024 Restaurant Awards released by Wine Spectator, a publication that serves as a leading authority on wine. The restaurants named as winners of the awards, which were made public on Tuesday, June 25, are (by county):  Fairfield County: L'Escale Restaurant, Greenwich; Tony's at the J House, Riverside; Barcelona Wine Bar, Stamford; The Restaurant At Rowayton Seafood, …
Popular, Sometimes Wild, CT Bar & Grill To Close For Good Popular, Sometimes Wild, CT Bar & Grill To Close For Good
Popular, Sometimes Wild, CT Bar & Grill To Close For Good A popular and sometimes wild Connecticut bar and grill has announced it will close for good this week. 75 Center, located in Hartford County in Southington, made the announcement on Facebook saying their last day of business will be Wednesday, July 3. "To our loyal and dear customers. Thank you for the years of memories, friendships, and celebrations along the way. Due to unfortunate circumstances we are going to be locking our doors Wednesday July 3rd for the last time.. The staff invites all of you to come down, have a drink, share some laughs, and, as always, have a great time! We will b…
CT Man Charged Following Armed Road Rage on I-95 CT Man Charged Following Armed Road Rage on I-95
CT Man Charged Following Armed Road Rage on I-95 A Connecticut man was charged with threatening with a firearm during an alleged road rage incident on I-95. The incident occurred in Middlesex County around 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, southbound on I-95 in Old Saybrook. According to the Connecticut State Police, troopers responded to a report of a firearm displayed during a road rage incident in Old Saybrook. During an investigation, victims reported repeated brake-checking and abrupt lane changes by a vehicle driven by Dejon Robinson, age 30, of Hartford County in Bristol, state police said. State police said the operator of the veh…
Popular CT Restaurant Closes After 30 Years: 'All Good Things Must Come To An End' Popular CT Restaurant Closes After 30 Years: 'All Good Things Must Come To An End'
Popular CT Restaurant Closes After 30 Years: 'All Good Things Must Come To An End' A popular Connecticut restaurant that has served thousands of devoted customers has closed for good after 30 years. Hartford County staple Staropolska Restaurant, located in New Britain on Broad Street, announced on Facebook on Tuesday, June 25, that they would close permanently.  "It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that after 30 wonderful years of culinary creativity, we have decided not to re-open Staropolska Restaurant," wrote owners Margaret and Bogdan Malinowski.  The Polish eatery has been closed since a fire in the basement on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023. Th…
2 Pedestrians Hit, 1 Killed in CT, Driver Remains At Scene 2 Pedestrians Hit, 1 Killed in CT, Driver Remains At Scene
2 Pedestrians Hit, 1 Killed in CT, Driver Remains At Scene Two pedestrians were hit, and one was killed by a vehicle at a busy Connecticut intersection.  The crash occurred in Hartford County in Bristol around 4:15 a.m., Monday, June 24, in the area of Pine Street (Route 72) and Emmett Street. According to Lt. Patrick Krajewski of the Bristol Police, officers from the patrol division administered life-saving measures until EMS arrived on the scene to take over care. Both pedestrians were transported to area hospitals, where one pedestrian died, Krajewski said.  The victims are not being identified at this time, …
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…
Construction Worker Killed By Reckless Driver On CT Roadway, Police Say Construction Worker Killed By Reckless Driver On CT Roadway, Police Say
Construction Worker Killed By Reckless Driver On CT Roadway, Police Say A Connecticut man is being held on a $1 million bond after hitting and killing a construction worker in a crash while allegedly driving recklessly.  Hartford County resident Jose Diaz-Nieves, age 54, of East Hartford, was killed around 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, after being hit by a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Tommy Nguyen, of Hartford. According to Lt. Aaron Boisvert of the Hartford Police, patrol officers responded to the area of West Boulevard at South Whitney Street on a report of a construction worker struck by a vehicle.  Officers located Diaz-Nieves, who s…
33-Year-Old ID'd As Victim Of Multi-Vehicle CT Crash 33-Year-Old ID'd As Victim Of Multi-Vehicle CT Crash
33-Year-Old ID'd As Victim Of Multi-Vehicle CT Crash A 33-year-old Connecticut man was killed in a three-vehicle crash on I-91. The collision occurred in Hartford County around 11:20 p.m., Monday, June 10, in the northbound lane south of Exit 38 in Windsor. According to Connecticut State Police, Jonathan Scott Schlagel, of Enfield, was driving a 2000 Triumph Sprint RS when he hit the rear of a 1999 Dodge Ram 3500. Schlagel was ejected from the motorcycle, state police said. He was then struck by a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV that was behind the pickup truck and the motorcycle. State police said Schlagel suffered injuries "not compatible …
Alleged Kidnapper Hits Ambulance, Multiple Police Car During Chase In CT: Police Alleged Kidnapper Hits Ambulance, Multiple Police Car During Chase In CT: Police
Alleged Kidnapper Hits Ambulance, Multiple Police Car During Chase In CT: Police A 31-year-old man was arrested on a myriad of charges after he allegedly kidnapped a woman, drove under the influence, hit an ambulance, and drove off, leading to a police chase. The Hartford County series of events took place on Thursday, June 6 in East Windsor. According to the Connecticut State Police, 31-year-old Ryan Gilbert was driving on the Exit 44 ramp merging onto I-91 southbound. As he switched lanes, Gilbert allegedly swiped the passenger side of an ambulance and drove off. Authorities noticed that there was a seemingly-distressed female passenger in the car. Believing h…
CT Man Seriously Injured After Deer Flies Through Windshield CT Man Seriously Injured After Deer Flies Through Windshield
CT Man Seriously Injured After Deer Flies Through Windshield A 62-year-old Connecticut man suffered serious injuries after a deer hit by his car crashed through the windshield, striking him. The incident occurred in Hartford County on I-384 near Exit 4 around 7:30 a.m., Thursday, June 6, in Manchester. According to Connecticut State Police, the New London County resident of Lebanon was traveling westbound on I-384 in the left lane of three when a deer ran into the roadway directly in front of the 2012 Honda Civic. The Civic hit the deer, causing it to smash through the windshield and strike the driver, causing serious injuries, state police sai…
Support Floods In For Family Of Trooper Killed In CT Hit-Run Support Floods In For Family Of Trooper Killed In CT Hit-Run
Support Floods In For Family Of Trooper Killed In CT Hit-Run After the tragic death of a Connecticut State Police Trooper, the community has rallied together to support his wife and their two young children. Trooper Aaron Pelletier, age 34, was killed on Thursday, May 30, on I-84 in Hartford County. Aaron was near Exit 31 in Southington, standing at the driver’s side door of a vehicle he had just pulled over when he was struck and killed by a passing driver. Earlier Report: Arrest Made In Trooper's Hit-Run Death In Southington “The grief and sadness caused by Aaron’s sudden death cannot be properly expressed in words,” wrote Troop H, whom…
Adult Male Bear Shot, Killed By CT Business Owner In Self-Defense Adult Male Bear Shot, Killed By CT Business Owner In Self-Defense
Adult Male Bear Shot, Killed By CT 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…
Jennifer Dulos Case: Estranged Husband's Girlfriend Sentenced To Prison Jennifer Dulos Case: Estranged Husband's Girlfriend Sentenced To Prison
Jennifer Dulos Case: Estranged Husband's Girlfriend Sentenced To Prison Michelle Troconis, the girlfriend of the estranged husband of the murdered Connecticut mother of five, Jennifer Farber Dulos, has been sentenced to years in prison. 'My Mother Was Everything To Me': Jennifer Dulos' Children Speak Out For First Time Stamford/Norwalk State Attorney Paul J. Ferencek announced Friday, May 31, that Troconnis, age 49, formerly of Hartford County in Farmington, was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, suspended after 14 ½ years served, for conspiring to murder Jennifer Farber Dulos in May 2019 and then covering up the crime. Troconis faced 50 years in pr…
New Update: Officer ID’d As Victim In CT I-84 Crash New Update: Officer ID’d As Victim In CT I-84 Crash
New Update: Officer ID’d As Victim In CT I-84 Crash This story has been updated.  The victim of a serious I-84 crash has been identified as a Connecticut State Police trooper. Aaron Pelletier has been announced as the victim of a Thursday, May 30 hit-and-run crash on I-84 in the Hartford County town of Southington, his Connecticut State Police colleagues announced. Pelletier, who served in Troop H of Hartford, pulled over a car near Exit 31 just after 2:30 p.m. for a traffic stop. Pelletier's place of residence and age have not yet been released. After he had stepped outside of his cruiser, he was hit by a passing vehicle, which c…
Suspect In MA Restaurant, Movie Stabbings Charged For CT Homicide Suspect In MA Restaurant, Movie Stabbings Charged For CT Homicide
Suspect In MA Restaurant, Movie Stabbings Charged For CT Homicide A man who had been the subject of a multi-state manhunt in connection with several stabbings at a fast food restaurant and a movie theater in Massachusetts and a homicide in Connecticut has been captured following a car crash. Suspect Apprehended After Person Found Dead In Deep River Duke County, Massachusetts resident Jared Ravizza, age 26, of  Chilmark, was apprehended on Saturday, May 25, in Barnsdale County in Sandwich, Massachusetts, in connection with the stabbing death of Hartford County resident Bruce Feldman, age 70, of West Hartford. According to Connecticut State Pol…
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…
CT Woman Accused Of Attacking, Injuring Pair Of Police Officers CT Woman Accused Of Attacking, Injuring Pair Of Police Officers
CT Woman Accused Of Attacking, Injuring Pair Of Police Officers A Connecticut woman is behind bars after allegedly attacking and injuring two police officers who were performing a welfare check. The incident occurred in Hartford County around 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, in Windsor Locks. According to Lt. Paul Cherniack of the Windsor Locks Police, the two officers, one a case manager, were checking on Erica Verona, age 22, of Windsor Locks, who has a long history of aggressive behavior. The officers were speaking with Verona outside when she abruptly moved to her vehicle parked in the driveway, claiming she was “getting her vape pen." Worried f…
CT Woman Who Tied Dog To Tree With Collar And Left, Charged With Cruelty To Animals CT Woman Who Tied Dog To Tree With Collar And Left, Charged With Cruelty To Animals
CT Woman Who Tied Dog To Tree With Collar And Left, Charged With Cruelty To Animals A Connecticut woman who allegedly tied her dog to a tree on a walking path with its collar and left it to die has been charged with cruelty to animals. Dog Abandoned In South Windsor, Hooked To Tree By Collar Hartford County resident Janiya N. Bradford, 26, of Manchester, turned herself in to police on Thursday, May 16, for the April 22 incident in South Windsor. According to Sgt. Mark Cleverdon of the South Windsor Police, an investigation found that Bradford abandoned her dog and secured his collar to a large tree branch off a walking path at the Neiderwerfer W…
10 Guns Stolen During Burglary Of CT Firearms Business 10 Guns Stolen During Burglary Of CT Firearms Business
10 Guns Stolen During Burglary Of CT Firearms Business An investigation is underway after 10 handguns were stolen from a Connecticut firearms business during a burglary. The incident occurred in Hartford County on Sunday, May 19, at Lock N Load Firearms, 1573 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, in Southington. According to Lt. Keith Egan of the Southington Police, officers responded to Lock N' Load Firearms for a commercial burglary. Video captured from inside the business recorded suspects entering the gun store through the business's front window, activating the alarm.  The business has reported a total of 10 handguns stolen, Ega…
Trooper's Car Hit In Construction Zone In Connecticut Trooper's Car Hit In Construction Zone In Connecticut
Trooper's Car Hit In Construction Zone In Connecticut A Connecticut man has been arrested after police say he rear-ended a trooper’s car in a construction zone. The Hartford County incident occurred on Tuesday, May 14 in Wethersfield. At about 5:30 a.m. that morning, a Connecticut State Police car was in the left lane conducting traffic for a construction project on I-91 north near Exit 25. The trooper’s car was fully stopped with the emergency lights on while transportation workers worked in the left lane when a Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 25-year-old Joseph Fritz, allegedly rammed into the back of the vehicle. Both Joseph and the offi…
Man Enters CT Highway In Right Direction, Crashes, Continues Going Wrong Way: Police Man Enters CT Highway In Right Direction, Crashes, Continues Going Wrong Way: Police
Man Enters CT Highway In Right Direction, Crashes, Continues Going Wrong Way: Police A 58-year-old man faces charges after entering a Connecticut highway, crashing while under the influence, and continuing the wrong way, police said.  Hartford County resident James Sanders of East Granby was arrested on Monday morning, May 13 following an incident on Interstate 91 North in Windsor, Connecticut State Police announced.  According to authorities, around 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, a vehicle crashed on I-91 North in the area of Exit 40. Arriving police saw that Sanders was showing signs of impairment as he told them he had crashed into the highway's center median.&…
Man Kidnaps, Holds Woman At Knife-Point In CT, Police Say Man Kidnaps, Holds Woman At Knife-Point In CT, Police Say
Man Kidnaps, Holds Woman At Knife-Point In CT, Police Say A Connecticut man is facing multiple charges, including assault and kidnapping, after he allegedly held a family member captive for hours. The Tolland County incident began on the night of Tuesday, May 7 in the town of Willington. According to Connecticut State Police, a woman went to visit 29-year-old Jonathan Yokabaskas, her relative, where he lived in a tent off Ruby Road. While visiting his campsite, Yokabaskas allegedly threatened to kill her during an argument and would not let her leave, physically forcing her to the ground to stop her from leaving. Police said that when she t…
21-Year-Old CT Resident Killed In Maine Crash 21-Year-Old CT Resident Killed In Maine Crash
21-Year-Old CT Resident Killed In Maine Crash A 21-year-old Connecticut man was killed in a crash in Maine. Hartford County resident Zachary Swain, of Southington and Marlborough, New Hampshire, died around 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, on the Maine Turnpike. According to Shannon Moss, spokeswoman for the Maine State Police, troopers responded to the area of mile marker 32 southbound on the Maine Turnpike for a motorcycle crash.  An initial investigation shows that Swain was exiting the highway and failed to negotiate the curved southbound off-ramp, Moss said. Swain struck the guard rail and was ejected from the motorcycle. He …
Man Standing On CT Roadway, Struck, Killed By Pickup Truck Man Standing On CT Roadway, Struck, Killed By Pickup Truck
Man Standing On CT Roadway, Struck, Killed By Pickup Truck A 39-year-old Hudson Valley man was struck and killed by a Dodge Ram pickup truck while standing on a roadway in Connecticut. The crash occurred in Hartford County around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, on I-91 north of the Exit 46 on-ramp in Enfield. According to the Connecticut State Police, Dutchess County resident TJ Jennings of Hopewell Junction was standing in the highway's right lane when struck by the truck. The truck came to a stop on the right shoulder, state police said. State Police said Jennings sustained injuries "not compatible with life" and was pronounced dead at the scene. …
Smash-Grab Incident At CT Stop & Shop Under Investigation Smash-Grab Incident At CT Stop & Shop Under Investigation
Smash-Grab Incident At CT Stop & Shop Under Investigation Police in Connecticut are investigating after thieves backed through a Stop & Shop gas station door and made off with a cash register. The incident occurred in Hartford County around 4 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, at the New Britain store on West Main Street. According to Rachel Zaniewski of the New Britain Police, officers responded to a burglary after a vehicle backed through the door to the Stop and Shop gas station. They stole the empty cash register and some cigarettes, Zaniewki said. The incident is under investigation. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates…
Man Found Shot To Death In Popular CT Park Man Found Shot To Death In Popular CT Park
Man Found Shot To Death In Popular CT Park Police in Connecticut are investigating after a Hispanic man was found shot to death at a popular park. The incident occurred in Hartford County around 10:30 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at Wickham Park in East Hartford. According to Officer Marc Caruso of the East Hartford Police, the unidentified man was found behind Tolland St., in the park, shot to death.  The man has not been identified. "It is still an active investigation at this time," Caruso said. "There does not appear to be any danger to the community." This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
CT Woman Caught On Camera Keying Car In Stop & Shop Parking Lot, Police Say CT Woman Caught On Camera Keying Car In Stop & Shop Parking Lot, Police Say
CT Woman Caught On Camera Keying Car In Stop & Shop Parking Lot, Police Say A Connecticut woman was charged with criminal mischief after she allegedly keyed a car in a grocery store parking lot. Hartford County resident Mimi L. Fluharty, age 62, of South Windsor, was arrested on Tuesday, April 30, for an incident in February at the Stop & Shop at 1739 Ellington Road in South Windsor.  According to Lt. Mark Cleverdon of the South Windsor Police, Fluharty turned herself in to police after being caught on video surveillance causing the damage. She was released on a $1,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, May 15.
Fatal CT Crash: 23-Year-Old ID'd As Victim Fatal CT Crash: 23-Year-Old ID'd As Victim
Fatal CT Crash: 23-Year-Old ID'd As Victim A 23-year-old was killed in an overnight crash in Connecticut. It happened in Hartford County just before 11 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in Windsor. Connecticut State Police said a 2024 Kawasaki was traveling northbound on I-91 south of Exit 36 when, for an unknown reason, it veered to the left and struck a median concrete barrier. The driver, Zachary Michael Nason, of Southington, was thrown from the vehicle and located on southbound I-91, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Trooper Jason Trombly at 860-534-1000 or at jason.t…
CT Woman Runs Over Kitten On Purpose, Police Say CT Woman Runs Over Kitten On Purpose, Police Say
CT Woman Runs Over Kitten On Purpose, Police Say A Connecticut woman is accused of allegedly running over a kitten on purpose after she dumped a cat and the kitten in a busy shopping center parking lot, police say. Hartford County resident Ana Rodriguez, age 65, of New Britain, turned herself in to Southington Police on Friday, May 3, for the Monday, April 15 incident. According to Lt. Keith Egan of the Southington Police, officers responded to the Walmart parking lot that had dropped off a cat and a kitten in the parking lot and then ran over the kitten. Animal Control officers located the cats in the parking lot and discovered a d…
21-Year-Old Leader Of CT Catalytic Converter Theft Ring Charged: Police 21-Year-Old Leader Of CT Catalytic Converter Theft Ring Charged: Police
21-Year-Old Leader Of CT Catalytic Converter Theft Ring Charged: 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…