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Weston 20-Year-Old Accused Of Stealing Wallet From Westport YMCA, Using Credit Cards Weston 20-Year-Old Accused Of Stealing Wallet From Westport YMCA, Using Credit Cards
Weston 20-Year-Old Accused Of Stealing Wallet From Westport YMCA, Using Credit Cards A Fairfield County man was charged with larceny after allegedly stealing a wallet from a gym and using the credit cards inside. Massimo Zhong, 20, of Weston, was arrested on Monday, July 8, for the June incident at the Westport/Weston YMCA. According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, officers started an investigation after the theft was reported, and they found that the credit cards were used in Norwalk shortly after being stolen. The investigating officer reviewed surveillance footage and identified Zhong entering the YMCA, entering the locker room, and leaving. Woods said he…
School Guidance Counselor Charged With Sexual Assault Of Student In Norwalk School Guidance Counselor Charged With Sexual Assault Of Student In Norwalk
School Guidance Counselor Charged With Sexual Assault Of Student In Norwalk A Fairfield County school guidance counselor has been charged with alleged sexual assault of a student. Luisa Melchionne, age 37, of New Canaan, was arrested on a warrant on Thursday, July 11, in connection with a complaint filed in April. According to Sgt. Ryan Evarts of the Norwalk Police, the department began an investigation into the claims of an inappropriate relationship with a student at Nathan Hill Middle School in Norwalk. The department's Special Victims Unit assumed the investigation and determined that Melchionne, a Nathan Hale Middle School guidance counselor, was se…
Driver Arrested After 6-Year-Old Left On Norwalk Housing Authority Van Driver Arrested After 6-Year-Old Left On Norwalk Housing Authority Van
Driver Arrested After 6-Year-Old Left On Norwalk Housing Authority Van A 47-year-old Norwalk Housing Authority bus driver was charged with child endangerment after locking a 6-year-old on a bus for the night. The incident occurred in Norwalk on Wednesday, May 15.  According to Sgt. Ryan Evarts of the Norwalk Police, on May 15, patrol officers responded to a call where a 6-year-old child did not return home from after-school activities sponsored by the Norwalk Housing Authority.  Officers located the child asleep in the Housing Authority passenger van parked in their lot, Evarts said. Evarts said the Special Victims Unit conducted a follow…
Norwalk Police Officer Retires After Arrest For Road Rage, Violating Department Rules Norwalk Police Officer Retires After Arrest For Road Rage, Violating Department Rules
Norwalk Police Officer Retires After Arrest For Road Rage, Violating Department Rules A Fairfield County police officer who was arrested for allegedly throwing objects at a car and attempting to run it off the roadway during a road rage incident has retired from the department. Related: Road Rage: Norwalk Police Officer Arrested In Connection To Incident Involving Woman Norwalk Police Officer David Vetare, age 54, was charged on Saturday, March 9, in Trumbull around noon on Route 25 South near Exit 6, according to the Connecticut State Police. Norwalk Police Chief James Walsh said on Wednesday, July 3, that Vetare was charged with reckless driving, operating a motor …
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, …
Norwalk Man, 27, Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 4-Year-Old Norwalk Man, 27, Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 4-Year-Old
Norwalk Man, 27, Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 4-Year-Old A Fairfield County man is being held on a $750,000 bond after being charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 4-year-old. In May of 2023, the Norwalk Police Department’s Special Victims Unit began to investigate an incident where a 4-year-old was reported to have been sexually assaulted by Ricardo Cruz Cisneros, age 27. According to Sgt. Ryan. Evarts of the Norwalk Police, the investigation led to an arrest warrant to be issued on Monday, July 1, for Cisneros.  During the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 2, Cisneros was seen driving in Norwalk. Evart said th…
Woman, 59, Hit, Killed Walking Near Cemetery In Norwalk Woman, 59, Hit, Killed Walking Near Cemetery In Norwalk
Woman, 59, Hit, Killed Walking Near Cemetery In Norwalk Police in Fairfield County are investigating after a 59-year-old woman was struck and killed while walking near a cemetery.  The incident occurred in Norwalk around 9:20 a.m., Friday, June 21, at 81 Riverside Ave. (Riverside Cemetery). According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, officers responded to the area following a 911 call of an accident with injuries in which a pedestrian was struck. Norwalk patrol officers arrived on the scene with Norwalk firefighters, who began providing medical aid to the pedestrian, identified as Kathleen Quigley-Cutting o…
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…
Man Charged With Burglary After Woman Finds Him In Her Norwalk Home Man Charged With Burglary After Woman Finds Him In Her Norwalk Home
Man Charged With Burglary After Woman Finds Him In Her Norwalk Home A Fairfield County man has been charged with alleged burglary after a resident woke up to find him in her home.  The incident occurred in Norwalk around 4:30 a.m., Saturday, June 15. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, the woman told officers she woke up and found a man standing in her home.  The man attempted to take the woman's phone as she tried to call 911 and then fled the scene prior to patrol officers’ arrival, Podgorski said. Podgorski said detectives processed the scene and reviewed video surveillance. As a result of their i…
19-Year-Old Nabbed For Norwalk Boat Burglaries, Police Say 19-Year-Old Nabbed For Norwalk Boat Burglaries, Police Say
19-Year-Old Nabbed For Norwalk Boat Burglaries, Police Say A 19-year-old Fairfield County man has been charged with allegedly breaking into a marina and two boats, stealing tools and alcohol. Christopher McClain, of Redding, was charged on Tuesday, June 11, by Norwalk Police for being one of two men who climbed the fence at the Cove Marina on Friday, May 17, to gain access to the docks.  According to Sgt. Ryan Evarts of the Norwalk Police, the two then broke into two docked boats and took tools and alcohol.  Officers gathered video and information, which led them to discover that Fairfield Police had a similar incident at …
$100K Lottery Ticket Sold In Norwalk $100K Lottery Ticket Sold In Norwalk
$100K Lottery Ticket Sold In Norwalk A lucky lotto player managed to match all five numbers on a Cash5 ticket to win a cool $100,000, Lottery officials said the winning ticket was sold in Norwalk for the Friday, June 7 game at the Norwalk Smoke Shop at 68 Main St. The winning numbers were 4-16-18-22-33. The ticket was the 23rd Cash5 jackpot in the state so far this year. No word yet on who the lucky winner is.  Cash5 drawings are held nightly at 11 p.m. 
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…
Man Charged With Drug Sales After Lengthy Investigation In Norwalk Man Charged With Drug Sales After Lengthy Investigation In Norwalk
Man Charged With Drug Sales After Lengthy Investigation In Norwalk A Fairfield County man was charged with drug sales after a lengthy investigation into narcotics sales in the region. Hunter Wells, age 31, of Norwalk, was charged on Tuesday, June 4, following the 8-month investigation. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police,  members of the Norwalk Police Special Services Division, along with the Stamford Police Narcotics/Organized Crime Unit, executed search and seizure warrants on Wells, his vehicle, and his person.  During the investigation, Wells sold Percocet pills containing fentanyl, ecstasy, and …
Fairfield County Woman Embezzles $47K From Medical Practice: Police Fairfield County Woman Embezzles $47K From Medical Practice: Police
Fairfield County Woman Embezzles $47K From Medical Practice: Police A woman has been arrested on charges including larceny after she allegedly used stolen and forged checks to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the medical practice where she worked. The Fairfield County arrest occurred on Wednesday, May 29 in Darien, police said. A medical practice in Darien reported a former employee, 34-year-old Anisa Ymeri, for an alleged yearlong embezzlement scheme. From August 2022 to August 2023, Ymeri used stolen and forged checks to steal approximately $47,000. Investigators reportedly were able to link multiple checks, missing check stubs, and discrepan…
Norwalk Man Charged With Sexual Assault Of Minor Norwalk Man Charged With Sexual Assault Of Minor
Norwalk Man Charged With Sexual Assault Of Minor A Fairfield County man is behind bars on a $1 million bond after being charged with the alleged sexual assault of a minor. Marc Lugo, age 30, of Norwalk, was charged on Friday, May 31 following a months-long investigation. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, the department received a complaint of sexual assault of a minor in February. The Special Victims Unit assumed the investigation. During the investigation, detectives identified Lugo as the suspect in the assault and secured a warrant for his arrest through Stamford Superior Court. On May 31, Special Vic…
Norwalk Drug Dealer Busted During Raid Of Apartment, Cops Say Norwalk Drug Dealer Busted During Raid Of Apartment, Cops Say
Norwalk Drug Dealer Busted During Raid Of Apartment, Cops Say An alleged Fairfield County drug dealer was busted with a substantial amount of fentanyl and other drugs during a warrant search of his apartment. Keith Johnson, age 33, of Norwalk, was arrested on Tuesday, May 28, at the Waypointe Apartment Complex in Norwalk. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, members of the department's Special Services Division, assisted by members of the Patrol Division, executed the search warrants following a surveillance of the apartment complex. During the search, Podgorski said a large amount of narcotics was seized including: 1,167 folds …
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…
Know Him? Porch Pirate Wanted For Stealing Package At Norwalk Home Know Him? Porch Pirate Wanted For Stealing Package At Norwalk Home
Know Him? Porch Pirate Wanted For Stealing Package At Norwalk Home Police in Fairfield County are asking the public for help identifying a man who allegedly stole a package from the front porch of a home. The incident, which was caught on video, occurred in Norwalk around 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May 21 in Norwalk. Norwalk Police said the man was driving a silver Honda. Anyone with information or who can help identify the individual is asked to contact Officer Sengul by telephone at 203-854-3113 or by email at Osengul@norwalkct.gov.
Woman Charged With Elder Abuse At Care Center In Fairfield County Woman Charged With Elder Abuse At Care Center In Fairfield County
Woman Charged With Elder Abuse At Care Center In Fairfield County A woman who worked as an aide at a Fairfield County care center has been charged with elder abuse after allegedly ignoring a man all night who had fallen out of bed. The incident occurred in Norwalk in November 2023 at the Fairfield Family Care Center. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, an investigation found that an older man was left unattended and injured after falling out of his bed during the overnight hours.  Detectives collected evidence, interviewed witnesses, and determined that New Jersey resident Lydia Lungile, age 40, of Newark, was the …
Metro-North Train Becomes Tangled In Wires, Causing Delays, Small Fire In Norwalk Metro-North Train Becomes Tangled In Wires, Causing Delays, Small Fire In Norwalk
Metro-North Train Becomes Tangled In Wires, Causing Delays, Small Fire In Norwalk A Metro-North train got tangled in overhead power wires in Fairfield County, causing a small brush fire and stopping the train, causing delays. The incident occurred in Norwalk around 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 20, on an eastbound train near Moore Place, carrying passengers who had become entangled in the overhead wires that supply operational power to the train. According to Deputy Chief Jonathan Maggio of the Norwalk Fire Department, the circuit breaker for the track detected the fault and de-energized it automatically.  Maggio said a small brush fire was extinguished adjacent …
Blaze Breaks Out At Restaurant In Norwalk Blaze Breaks Out At Restaurant In Norwalk
Blaze Breaks Out At Restaurant In Norwalk A fire broke out at a mixed-occupancy building with a restaurant in Fairfield County. The blaze began around 10:10 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at the two-story structure in Norwalk.  The building had a Mexican eatery on the first floor and apartments on the second floor at Liberty Square. When responders arrived at the scene, heavy smoke was coming from the roof, with flames coming out the top of a large kitchen exhaust system, the Norwalk Fire Department said.  The fire, located in the kitchen exhaust system, had extended into the floors and walls of the second floor.  …
'Our Dream Restaurant': Family Members Open Eatery With Vibrant Dishes In Fairfield County 'Our Dream Restaurant': Family Members Open Eatery With Vibrant Dishes In Fairfield County
'Our Dream Restaurant': Family Members Open Eatery With Vibrant Dishes In Fairfield County Together with a pair of Puerto Rican chefs, two family members have launched the fusion restaurant and bar of their dreams in a bustling Connecticut city. Costa Vino, located at 36 Westport Ave. in Norwalk, opened at the tail end of 2023. A collaboration between owners (and family members) Andres Diaz and Sandro Toro and Chefs Vladimir Tolentino Collado and Miguel Castillo, the restaurant and bar brings together Mediterranean and Caribbean flavors. “We are thrilled to open our dream restaurant in the city of Norwalk,” Diaz said. Diaz and Toro spent time at nearby eateries such as Tabl…
Wrong-Way Crash: Bar Receipts, Social Media Lead To Arrest After Woman, 25, Killed In Danbury Wrong-Way Crash: Bar Receipts, Social Media Lead To Arrest After Woman, 25, Killed In Danbury
Wrong-Way Crash: Bar Receipts, Social Media Lead To Arrest After Woman, 25, Killed In Danbury A months-long investigation aided by bar receipts and social media posts led to the arrest of a man in connection with a wrong-way alleged drunk driving Connecticut crash that took the life of a young Fairfield County woman. The crash happened on Route 7 in Danbury around 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 in the southbound lane just north of Exit 7. The victim, Danielle Dempsey, age 25, of Danbury, was driving a gray 2005 Honda Accord when a black 2018 Dodge Challenger driving in the wrong direction struck her vehicle head-on, Connecticut State Police said. The operator of the Dodge Challenger,…
Norwalk Carjacking Suspect Caught, Police Say Norwalk Carjacking Suspect Caught, Police Say
Norwalk Carjacking Suspect Caught, Police Say A man wanted for a Fairfield County carjacking and an attempted carjacking has been captured by police. New Haven County resident Tyssan Woods, age 18, of Waterbury, was arrested on Tuesday, May 14, for the Thursday, March 28 incident on Westport Avenue. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, the department received a call around 5 a.m., March 28, for an attempted carjacking at gunpoint in the area of Westport Avenue. As officers were responding to the location, the department received a second call for a gunpoint carjacking of a BMW X3 in the area of Westport Avenue…
Stamford Woman Nabbed For Norwalk Shooting, Police Say Stamford Woman Nabbed For Norwalk Shooting, Police Say
Stamford Woman Nabbed For Norwalk Shooting, Police Say A woman has been charged with alleged criminal assault after a shooting incident in a Fairfield County neighborhood. Sharona Debbie Annet Bailey-Bramble, age 34, of Stamford, was charged on Monday, May 13, in Norwalk after police responded to a shots fired call. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, patrol officers responded and relayed the description of Bailey-Bramble and her vehicle to other officers.  Officers located the vehicle a short distance from 251 Ely Ave. and recovered a firearm, Podgorski said. The Detective Bureau responded and assumed the…
Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store
Stew Leonard's Eyes This CT Location For Next New Store Stew Leonard's is eyeing a familiar location as a possible location for its next new supermarket. The Connecticut-based company confirmed on Wednesday, May 8, that the town of Orange in New Haven County is one of several locations being "looked at" for the family-owned grocer's ninth location, according to Meghan Bell, a spokeswoman for the company. Bell said that, at this point, several options are being considered, and an announcement would be made by the end of the year.  Stew Leonard's also has Connecticut stores in Norwalk (where the company has its headquarters), Danbury, and Ne…
Norwalk Man Nabbed For Sex Assault Of Minor, Police Say Norwalk Man Nabbed For Sex Assault Of Minor, Police Say
Norwalk Man Nabbed For Sex Assault Of Minor, Police Say A Fairfield County man has been charged with the alleged sexual assault of a minor. The incident occurred in Norwalk in July 2023. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police Department, the Special Victim’s Unit received a complaint regarding the sexual assault of a minor. With the assistance of DCF, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit identified David Osler, age 43, of Norwalk, as the suspect in the assault.  Based on the investigation, Stamford Superior Court issued a warrant. On Tuesday, May 7, Special Victims Unit detectives located Osler at his reside…
New Update: I-95 Stretch Fully Reopens After Fiery Crash In Norwalk Causes Days-Long Closure New Update: I-95 Stretch Fully Reopens After Fiery Crash In Norwalk Causes Days-Long Closure
New Update: I-95 Stretch Fully Reopens After Fiery Crash In Norwalk Causes Days-Long Closure This story has been updated. A stretch of I-95 in Connecticut has now fully reopened three days after a fire involving a tanker with 8,500 gallons of gas days earlier. Northbound lanes on the stretch in Norwalk reopened Saturday evening, May 4. Lanes opened on the southbound side reopened late Sunday morning, May 5, earlier than had been expected. The first image above was taken around 11 a.m. Sunday. The blaze broke out after a crash on Thursday, May 2 near exits 14 and 15 between the truck and a passenger vehicle at around 6 a.m.  The tanker fire was raging for…
DEA, Norwalk Police Investigation Leads To 17 Warrants, Large Amount Of Drugs, Cash, Cops Say DEA, Norwalk Police Investigation Leads To 17 Warrants, Large Amount Of Drugs, Cash, Cops Say
DEA, Norwalk Police Investigation Leads To 17 Warrants, Large Amount Of Drugs, Cash, Cops Say A large amount of drugs and cash were seized, and numerous arrest warrants were served following an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency and local police in Fairfield County. The warrants were executed in Norwalk and Darien on Monday, April 29, by the Norwalk Police, Stamford Police, Darien Police, US Marshals Service, and the Bridgeport Office of the DEA. According to Lt. Tomasz Podgorski of the Norwalk Police, the busts were the result of a 6-month investigation into fentanyl trafficking in the greater Norwalk area.  To date, 17 federal and state arrest warran…
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…
Restaurant Workers Save Person From Raging Fire In Norwalk Restaurant Workers Save Person From Raging Fire In Norwalk
Restaurant Workers Save Person From Raging Fire In Norwalk A person burned during a blaze in Fairfield County was rescued by good Samaritans who work at a nearby restaurant.  The incident occurred in Norwalk on Friday, April 26, in the rear of 607 Main Ave.  According to Deputy Chief Jonathan Maggio of the Norwalk Fire Department, arriving firefighters found a 1,000-square-foot area of brush burning between the Norwalk River and the rear parking area. Before firefighters arrived, Maggio said staff from the local business Dave's Planet Pizza pulled the victim from the fire and up an embankment to safety. Firefighters from Rescu…