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1 Nabbed In Attempted Carjacking In CT Convenience Store Parking Lot, Police Say 1 Nabbed In Attempted Carjacking In CT Convenience Store Parking Lot, Police Say
1 Nabbed In Attempted Carjacking In CT Convenience Store Parking Lot, Police Say A juvenile was charged with allegedly attempting to carjack an occupied vehicle after forcefully throwing a driver to the ground in an attempt to steal their car. The incident occurred in New Haven County around 10 a.m., Thursday, May 23, in Allentown Fresh at 1941 Dixwell Ave., in Hamden. According to Lt. Raymond Quinn of the Hamden Police, three males were reported to have forcefully thrown an elderly victim to the ground. One of the suspects then sat in the car and attempted to start it; however, the keys were with the victim. Unknown bystanders scared the suspects a…
Man Tries To Traffic 15-Year-Old Girl In Multiple CT Towns, Police Say Man Tries To Traffic 15-Year-Old Girl In Multiple CT Towns, Police Say
Man Tries To Traffic 15-Year-Old Girl In Multiple CT Towns, Police Say A man has been arrested after authorities said he was caught planning to traffic a teen girl for money in Connecticut. The New Haven County incident was investigated by the FBI and Meriden Police Department, leading to the arrest of 35-year-old Gary Taylor on Thursday, March 21. During the investigation, Taylor spoke to who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. As he spoke to the girl, police said Taylor expressed interest in trafficking her in nearby towns for money. Police said he then traveled to Meriden to meet up with the girl, only to be arrested and charged with the following: …
Arrest Made In Stamford Hit-Run That Killed Local Woman Arrest Made In Stamford Hit-Run That Killed Local Woman
Arrest Made In Stamford Hit-Run That Killed Local Woman A Fairfield County man has been charged in a hit-run crash last year that killed a 74-year-old woman. The crash occurred in Stamford around 6:15 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, on West Main St., near the junction with Alvord Lane. Stamford Police Sgt. Jeffrey Booth said at the time of the crash, Marie Jean-Charles, a 74-year-old Stamford resident, was crossing West Main Street from north to south.  She was struck in the eastbound travel lanes by a vehicle traveling at what is believed to be a high rate of speed, Booth said. Jean-Charles was pronounced dead at the scene. …
CT Street Takeover Participant Charged For Threatening Police, Other Crimes CT Street Takeover Participant Charged For Threatening Police, Other Crimes
CT Street Takeover Participant Charged For Threatening Police, Other Crimes A Connecticut teen was charged with rioting, threatening police, and other crimes for his part in a street takeover event. New Haven County resident Adalberto Oceguera, age 18, of West Haven turned himself in to Connecticut State Police on Thursday, March 7 for taking part in several street takeover events including one in Meriden on Saturday, May 6, 2023. According to State Police, during an extensive and ongoing investigation into numerous street takeover events, Oceguera was identified as a co-conspirator in the damage of a Meriden Police cruiser which occurred on May 6. During the even…
25-Year-Old Nanny Admits Stealing $25K In Items From Stamford Family 25-Year-Old Nanny Admits Stealing $25K In Items From Stamford Family
25-Year-Old Nanny Admits Stealing $25K In Items From Stamford Family A nanny has been charged with larceny after she allegedly stole expensive items from her employer in Fairfield County. Maria Fermin, age 25, of Stamford, was charged on Monday, Dec. 4 after the family began noticing missing items from their home, said Capt. Tom Scanlon of the Stamford Pollice. The family first noticed an expensive camera lens missing, then a tennis bracelet, a purse, and $15,000 cash, Scanlon said. The family suspected Fermin because they observed Meta photos where Fermin was wearing items identical to the ones they were missing.  Financial Crimes Investigator Vaness…
24-Year-Old Suspect Nabbed For Norwalk Shooting, Police Say 24-Year-Old Suspect Nabbed For Norwalk Shooting, Police Say
24-Year-Old Suspect Nabbed For Norwalk Shooting, Police Say A Bridgeport man has been charged with the shooting of another man in Norwalk months after the incident took place. Norwalk Police arrested Samuel Branch, age 24, on a fugitive warrant along with the US Marshals on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Bridgeport. On Thursday, May 12, 2022, members of the patrol division responded to a shooting in the area of 43 North Main Street. They located a crime scene however no victims were on the scene, said Lt. Joe Dinho of the Norwalk Police. A victim later arrived at Norwalk Hospital by private vehicle suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.&nbs…
CT Man Sentenced For Violating Federal Sex Offender Registration, Notification Act CT Man Sentenced For Violating Federal Sex Offender Registration, Notification Act
CT Man Sentenced For Violating Federal Sex Offender Registration, Notification Act A Connecticut man will spend time in prison after admitting to failing to register as a sex offender on at least two occasions, federal officials announced. New Haven County resident Christopher Poskus, age 47, of Waterbury, was sentenced to 16 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty in October 2021 to two counts of failing to register as a sex offender. US Attorney Leonard Boyle said that in 2010, Poskus was convicted in state court of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 14 years in prison, suspended after seven years, and 10 yea…
Man Charged For Daytime Shooting Putting Dozens In Danger In Stamford Man Charged For Daytime Shooting Putting Dozens In Danger In Stamford
Man Charged For Daytime Shooting Putting Dozens In Danger In Stamford After a months-long investigation, a Fairfield County man has been arrested for an alleged dangerous daytime shooting that put dozens of residents in jeopardy. Kenneth Jeffries, age 25, of Norwalk, was arrested Friday, Dec. 10, for the Tuesday, Sept. 7 stalking shooting on Summer Street in Stamford. According to Capt. Richard Conklin, of the Stamford Police, Jeffries fired five gunshots at two men walking in the parking lot at 920 Summer St. around 3:30 p.m. “This is a very busy intersection where you will usually find a line of people at Dairy Queen, people waiting at the bus stop, and at…
CT Police Department Mourns Loss Of Beloved K9 CT Police Department Mourns Loss Of Beloved K9
CT Police Department Mourns Loss Of Beloved K9 Police in Connecticut are mourning the loss of a K9 who served with a local police department for years. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Vernon Police Department announced the death of Thor, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd. We regret to announce the passing of Police K-9 Thor, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix who served with... Posted by Vernon, CT Police Department on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 The department said Thor died on Saturday, Oct. 16, "after a long battle with an autoimmune disorder and pneumonia."  His handler of seven years, Officer Bryan Sem…
Felon With Charges Pending In Connecticut Busted With Loaded Weapon In NY Felon With Charges Pending In Connecticut Busted With Loaded Weapon In NY
Felon With Charges Pending In Connecticut Busted With Loaded Weapon In NY A convicted felon and known gang member with additional felony charges pending in Connecticut was busted with a loaded weapon by local and federal law enforcement officials in Westchester County. Dante McAllister was stopped by Mount Vernon Police detectives and ATF Task Force officers at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 outside a Franklin Avenue apartment building. At the time he was stopped, police said that McAllister, who has a prior violent felony conviction in New York, was in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson firearm hidden in the right front pocket of his jacke…
Michael Skakel Won't Be Retried By State For Martha Moxley Greenwich Murder Michael Skakel Won't Be Retried By State For Martha Moxley Greenwich Murder
Michael Skakel Won't Be Retried By State For Martha Moxley Greenwich Murder Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will not be retired for the death of Martha Moxley in the Belle Haven section of Greenwich in 1975. In a stunning announcement, Connecticut Chief State’s attorney Richard Colangelo said on Friday, Oct. 30, that he would not retry Skakel because he could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. While speaking before Stamford Superior Court Judge Gary White, Colangelo said a recent review of the case showed that of the 51 potential witnesses, 17 had died. He also said he had reviewed all the evidence and could find nothing new to use in a trial. N…
Wilton Welcomes Two New Police Officers Who Grew Up In Neighboring Local Towns Wilton Welcomes Two New Police Officers Who Grew Up In Neighboring Local Towns
Wilton Welcomes Two New Police Officers Who Grew Up In Neighboring Local Towns Two new police officers, both from neighboring towns in Fairfield County, were sworn into the Wilton Police Department on Tuesday, Sept. 8.  The new recruits will attend the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden both virtually and in-person over the next 26 weeks. Officer Navin Nair of New Canaan, a recent graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont with a bachelor's degree in psychology, was an artillery cannon crew member of the National Guard since 2017. Nair was sworn in by his brother, Officer Neil Nair of the Darien Police Department.  Navin Nair is also a member…
COVID-19: Number Of Arrests In CT At Historic Low During Pandemic COVID-19: Number Of Arrests In CT At Historic Low During Pandemic
Covid-19: Number Of Arrests In CT At Historic Low During Pandemic With most confined to their Connecticut homes during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, crime is hitting historic lows statewide. In April, there were 2,734 arrests in Connecticut, down 46 percent from the month before (5,041), according to the state’s Office of Policy and Management’s (OPM) Criminal Justice Public Policy and Planning Division. In the month of March, when the pandemic first struck, there were 5,041 people arrested, which itself represented a historic low. Court arraignments also fell from 1,741 to 671 (61 percent) from March to April. From May 1, 2019 to May 1 this…
College Student Wanted For String Of Killings Apprehended College Student Wanted For String Of Killings Apprehended
College Student Wanted For String Of Killings Apprehended A college student from Fairfield County wanted for a string of killings, a home invasion and a kidnapping been apprehended. Peter Manfredonia, 23, a 2015 Newtown High School graduate, was apprehended in Hagerstown, Maryland Wednesday night, May 27 after five days on the run. Connecticut State Police announced it was at the scene in Maryland and said there were "no injuries to any law enforcement personnel or Manfredonia." More information will be provided on Thursday, May 28, Connecticut state police said. Since the first of the two homicides in Connecticut happened on Friday, May 22…
Five From Connecticut Among Six Nabbed For Fentanyl Trafficking Ring Bust Five From Connecticut Among Six Nabbed For Fentanyl Trafficking Ring Bust
Five From Connecticut Among Six Nabbed For Fentanyl Trafficking Ring Bust Six people have been nabbed for allegedly being part of a large-scale, elaborate heroin and fentanyl trafficking organization that has been broken up, according to U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham. Durham announced that the six, five of whom are from Connecticut, were arrested on federal narcotics distribution and money laundering charges for their role in the drug distribution ring, which operated throughout the state of Connecticut. Those charged: Domingo Guzman, 43, of Waterbury; Armando Gonzalez, 38, of New Britain; David Cintron, 24, of Manchester; Daniel Estremera, 40, of …
New Distribution Of More Than $378M Allotted To Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victims New Distribution Of More Than $378M Allotted To Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victims
New Distribution Of More Than $378M Allotted To Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victims Thousands of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme victims will be receiving their portions of the fifth distribution of more than $378 million this week. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced that the Madoff Victim Fund will be distributing $378.5 million to more than 26,000 of his victims involved in the fraud scheme. To date, approximately $2.7 billion has been distributed to Madoff’s victims. Berman said that the fifth payment will bring the victims’ total recovery to 73.65 percent of their losses.  Ultimately, more than $4 billion will be returned due to losses suffered in Madoff’s Ponz…
Couple Accused Of Committing Armed Robberies At Five CT Gas Stations In March Couple Accused Of Committing Armed Robberies At Five CT Gas Stations In March
Couple Accused Of Committing Armed Robberies At Five CT Gas Stations In March A career criminal is facing new charges for alleged armed robberies at five Connecticut gas stations while using a teenager as a lookout. New Haven resident William Rosario Lopez, 34, and New Britain resident Solimar Rodriguez Gonzalez, 19, have been charged with federal offenses for their roles in multiple armed robberies of gas stations last month. U.S. Attorney John Durham said that on Wednesday, March 18, Rosario Lopez entered the Shell gas station on Hartford Turnpike in Vernon wearing a black mask.  He pointed a silver pistol at the store clerk, grabbed him by his collar and mar…
COVID-19: ACLU Sues CT To Release Inmates During Pandemic COVID-19: ACLU Sues CT To Release Inmates During Pandemic
Covid-19: ACLU Sues CT To Release Inmates During Pandemic The ACLU of Connecticut filed a lawsuit in Superior Court seeking an emergency action to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by reducing the density of inmates who are incarcerated. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and four men who are incarcerated, including one with an autoimmune condition, one who is over the age of 60, one who is scheduled for release next month, and one who is being held for want of a $5,000 bond and has only one lung. “People who are incarcerated in Connecticut are in imminent danger from COVID-19…
Teen Busted With Stolen Gun, High-Capacity Clip, Stamford Police Say Teen Busted With Stolen Gun, High-Capacity Clip, Stamford Police Say
Teen Busted With Stolen Gun, High-Capacity Clip, Stamford Police Say A 19-year-old Fairfield County teen who was already facing gun charges was busted again for allegedly having a stolen gun and for possession of pot. Elvis Almengot-Castillo, of Stamford, was arrested on Monday, Feb. 24, after officers with the Stamford Police Narc Squad received a tip the teen was selling drugs and was in possession of a gun, said Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin. After receiving a search warrant, members of the squad stopped Almegot-Castillo and conducted a search where they came up with $300 in cash, but no drugs or guns, Conklin said. Officers then escorted Almeng…
Police Refute Speculation About Human Trafficking At Danbury Fair Mall Police Refute Speculation About Human Trafficking At Danbury Fair Mall
Police Refute Speculation About Human Trafficking At Danbury Fair Mall Police are refuting rumors of human trafficking incidents at a popular area mall. There have been multiple postings on social media alleging that there was a human trafficking problem at the Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury Police Det. Lt. Mark Williams said.  The posts reportedly falsely allege that the incidents of human trafficking have been confirmed by both the Danbury Police and mall officials.  Williams said that “there is no validity to these allegations at this time.” According to Williams, over the weekend, there was one complaint of a suspicious man who was allegedly follo…
Bridgeport Man Charged In Deadly December Shooting Bridgeport Man Charged In Deadly December Shooting
Bridgeport Man Charged In Deadly December Shooting A third suspect from Fairfield County is in police custody in connection to the fatal shooting of a Connecticut woman last month. Gonzalo Diaz, 44, of Bridgeport, was arrested on Union Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 8, for his alleged role in the fatal shooting of Denise Rogers-Rollins in Waterbury in December, police said. He is believed to be the third and “final” suspect from Bridgeport to be arrested for their roles in the fatal incident. Police investigators responded to a Wall Street home shortly after midnight on Saturday, Dec. 7, where there was a report of shots fired in the building, pol…
Man Sentenced For Committing Multiple Robberies In Fairfield County, Elsewhere In CT Man Sentenced For Committing Multiple Robberies In Fairfield County, Elsewhere In CT
Man Sentenced For Committing Multiple Robberies In Fairfield County, Elsewhere In CT A Fairfield County man with a lengthy rap sheet will spend a decade in prison after being sentenced for committing multiple robberies at Subway and several bank branches in Connecticut. Alvin Robertson, 56, of Bridgeport, has been sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after robbing three banks and two Subway stores last year. Last year, Robertson was found guilty of robbing a Subway store on Ethan Allen Highway on May 20 in Ridgefield, and then a second Subway store on Monroe Turnpike in Monroe on July 22. Robertson then targeted a People’s Unite…
Former Drama Student Found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity In University Of Hartford Stabbing Former Drama Student Found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity In University Of Hartford Stabbing
Former Drama Student Found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity In University Of Hartford Stabbing A college student in Connecticut who was charged with stabbing two other students has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. San Diego, California resident Jake Wascher, 21, was facing charges that include first-degree assault and criminal attempt to commit murder following an incident on campus that led to a temporary lockdown earlier this year. A judge ruled that prosecutors had proved that Wascher committed the crimes of first-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon after the attack on March 31. However, he also determined that Wascher’s lawyer proved that he lacked crimina…
Bridgeport Police Officer Fired After Being Arrested Six Times In Two Years Bridgeport Police Officer Fired After Being Arrested Six Times In Two Years
Bridgeport Police Officer Fired After Being Arrested Six Times In Two Years An officer who has been arrested six times in the past two years has been fired by Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez. Officer Steven Figueroa firing, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, comes on the heels of his latest arrest for an alleged sexual assault and an exhaustive Internal Affairs investigation. “After consideration of all information available through an investigation, it is clear that Steven Figueroa is wholly unfit to serve as a police officer,” said Perez. “This officer violated his oath of office and the public trust. As of this afternoon, Steven Figueroa has been terminated as a membe…
Judge Denies Medical Records Request In Missing Mom Case Judge Denies Medical Records Request In Missing Mom Case
Judge Denies Medical Records Request In Missing Mom Case A judge denied a request from the estranged husband's lawyer for access to the medical records of the Fairfield County woman who went missing May 24, but will take additional time to consider a gag order requested by the State's Attorney Office. Judge John Blawie asked State's Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr., and attorney Norm Pattis to file briefs on the issue before he makes a ruling. He also did not rule on dismissing the charges against Fotis Dulos. Jennifer Farber Dulos, a mother of five from New Canaan, went missing after dropping off her children at school. Since then, polic…
Five From Fairfield County Arrested During Police Warrant Sweep Five From Fairfield County Arrested During Police Warrant Sweep
Five From Fairfield County Arrested During Police Warrant Sweep Five people wanted on outstanding warrants were arrested during sweeps in Fairfield County. The sweeps took place during the early morning hours of  Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, August 1, and scooped up suspects wanted for everything from burglary to parole violations, said Trumbull Police Lt. Brian Weir. During the sweeps, Weir said detectives coordinate efforts with other local police agencies to track down individuals who have not been held accountable for criminal incidents that they had been involved in.  Some of those arrested include: Carlene C. Booke…
Estranged Husband's Lawyer Calls Report Of Mom's Blood-Stained Shirt 'Desperate Speculation' Estranged Husband's Lawyer Calls Report Of Mom's Blood-Stained Shirt 'Desperate Speculation'
Estranged Husband's Lawyer Calls Report Of Mom's Blood-Stained Shirt 'Desperate Speculation' The lawyer for the estranged husband of the missing Fairfield County mother of five says reports that police found the blood-stained shirt worn by Jennifer Farber Dulos the day she disappeared is "desperate speculation." Norm Pattis, Fotis Dulos' attorney, said he wasn't aware of any evidence that pointed to what Jennifer Dulos was wearing when the New Canaan resident went missing on Friday, May 24. “I am unaware of any evidence about what she was wearing when she disappeared," Pattis said. "This sounds like desperate speculation." Norm PattisElite Lawyer Management The news that polic…
Two Men Nabbed Passing Counterfeit Money At Shopping Plaza In Wilton, Police Say Two Men Nabbed Passing Counterfeit Money At Shopping Plaza In Wilton, Police Say
Two Men Nabbed Passing Counterfeit Money At Shopping Plaza In Wilton, Police Say Two of three men were caught allegedly attempting to pass counterfeit money at two Wilton stores, police said. The incident took place around 5:23 p.m., Monday, July 29, when Wilton Police were called to the Gateway Shopping Plaza on Danbury Road for a report of three men attempting to pass counterfeit money at Michael's and Sally Beauty, said Wilton Police Lt. Robert Kluk. Officers arrived on scene and detained two Long Island residents: Latrell Garrett, 19, of Wyandanch,  and Tyreese Spragg, 19, of Brentwood, Kluk said. A third suspect got away. An investigation and video surve…
Captain Donald Anderson Named Darien's New Chief Of Police Captain Donald Anderson Named Darien's New Chief Of Police
Captain Donald Anderson Named Darien's New Chief Of Police Captain Donald Anderson has been named Darien Chief of Police. He will take over as the Darien Police Department’s 11th Chief of Police when Chief Ray Osborne retires at the end of the summer, according to the Darien Police Commission. Anderson has been a member of the Darien Police Department since 1983, and currently holds the position of Captain of the Administrative Services Bureau.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999, Lieutenant in 2000, and to his current rank of Captain in 2013.  He has also served as a member of the Detective Division and as a member of the …
Fugitive Surrenders After Promising To Turn Himself In For 15K Facebook 'Wanted' Post Likes Fugitive Surrenders After Promising To Turn Himself In For 15K Facebook 'Wanted' Post Likes
Fugitive Surrenders After Promising To Turn Himself In For 15K Facebook 'Wanted' Post Likes It may have taken nearly double the Facebook “likes” than initially expected, but the man who said he would turn himself into police in Connecticut if a post hit 15,000 “likes” is in custody. Jose Simms, 30, who had been on the run from investigators in Torrington, turned himself into the Enfield Police Department on Wednesday, June 19 after several weeks evading police. Simms, who was wanted on seven failure to appear warrants, made national news in May when he made a deal with police to turn himself in if a wanted poster received 15,000 “likes” on Facebook. That post quickly went viral o…
Woman Allegedly Shoplifting Caught After Ramming Fairfield Police Cruiser In Effort To Escape Woman Allegedly Shoplifting Caught After Ramming Fairfield Police Cruiser In Effort To Escape
Woman Allegedly Shoplifting Caught After Ramming Fairfield Police Cruiser In Effort To Escape A woman fleeing from a store after allegedly shoplifting rammed a police cruiser in her attempt to escape. The incident unfolded around 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 when a Fairfield Police officer was flagged down by an employee of Bob’s Stores, on Post Road, who pointed out a vehicle that was fleeing from shoplifting that just occurred at the store, said Fairfield Police Capt. Robert Kalamaras.  The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop when the woman, driving a Honda, engaged the officer in pursuit for a short distance before stopping. When the officer attempted to make contact with…