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Kathy Reaks has worked as a reporter in the local news business since 1984, starting as a news clerk and working her way up. She spent 17 years at Florida Today in Melbourne, Florida as a general assignment reporter, crime reporter, entertainment reporter and restaurant critic. She worked four years at Hometown News as a general assignment reporter, then another two years at Spacecoast Daily in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She attended Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.

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First Woman Takes Reins As Chief Of Detectives At Rockland County DA's Office First Woman Takes Reins As Chief Of Detectives At Rockland County DA's Office
First Woman Takes Reins As Chief Of Detectives At Rockland County DA's Office The first woman has been named to serve as Chief of Detectives for a Hudson Valley district attorney's office. Deirdre Smith was recently sworn in as the Chief of Detectives for the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, said Scott Waters, spokesman for the office. Smith is a graduate of Manhattan College. She started her law enforcement career in 1993 with the New York City Police Department and spent five years with the department before joining the Suffern Police Department. She served for 22 years with Suffern, retiring at the rank of sergeant. In Suffern, she was also the first f…
Wallet Snatched Out Of Cart At Bridgeport Shopping Plaza, Police Say Wallet Snatched Out Of Cart At Bridgeport Shopping Plaza, Police Say
Wallet Snatched Out Of Cart At Bridgeport Shopping Plaza, Police Say A thief allegedly snatched a wallet out of a purse in a shopping car in Fairfield County, causing the 74-year-old victim to chase after them. The incident took place in Bridgeport around 2 p.m., Sunday, March 3 at a store located in the Stop & Shop plaza, according to Bridgeport Police. The wallet was later recovered in the parking lot by Bridgeport Police, said Scott Appleby, spokesman for the department. Medics were sent because the 74-year-old was out of breath after attempting to run after the person who took it, Appleby said. "Bridgeport Police ask that everyone stay alert to the…
New Haven Man, 34, Killed In Rollover Crash In Meriden New Haven Man, 34, Killed In Rollover Crash In Meriden
New Haven Man, 34, Killed In Rollover Crash In Meriden A Connecticut man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 91. The incident took place in New Haven County around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3 in Meriden. According to Connecticut State Police, the man, identified as Charles Davenport, age 31, of New Haven, was driving a 2023 Kia Niro southbound when he veered onto the left shoulder, plowed into the grassy median, and rolled over before hitting a tree stump. Davenport was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.  An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or a dashboard camera is asked to contact T…
Video: House Explodes In Monticello Day New Renters Move In, 1 Person Critical Video: House Explodes In Monticello Day New Renters Move In, 1 Person Critical
Video: House Explodes In Monticello Day New Renters Move In, 1 Person Critical One person received third-degree burns when a house in the region exploded as new renters were moving in. The incident occurred in Sullivan County around 11 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at 2 Shirley St., in Monticello. A family was moving into their new home and unpacking before heading to bed when the residence was rocked by a massive explosion, according to Mark Lieb, of Rockland Video Productions, Monticello Assistant Fire Chief John Wells said there were nine people inside the house when the explosion occurred. Residents said they smelled gas before the event, Lieb said. The home was ripp…
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…
Man Charged With DUI, Driving Wrong Direction On CT Highway In Windsor Man Charged With DUI, Driving Wrong Direction On CT Highway In Windsor
Man Charged With DUI, Driving Wrong Direction On CT Highway In Windsor A Blink alert that a vehicle was driving in the wrong direction on a busy CT highway led to the arrest of a man found in his Nissan Altima stuck in the mud and allegedly driving under the influence. The incident occurred in Hartford County on I-91 northbound around  10:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2, in Windsor near the exit 35 off-ramp. On scene, Connecticut State Troopers reported they found Hampden County, Massachusetts resident Ian Daniel Britt, age 24, of Springfield, stuck in the muddy right shoulder of the highway. An investigation revealed that Britt had driven the wrong…
Multiple Anti-Semitic Incidents Under Investigation At Middletown Middle School Multiple Anti-Semitic Incidents Under Investigation At Middletown Middle School
Multiple Anti-Semitic Incidents Under Investigation At Middletown Middle School School officials and police in a Connecticut district are investigating after multiple anti-semitic incidents occurred at a middle school. The incidents took place in Middlesex County at Beman Middle School in Middletown. In a letter to the community on Thursday, Feb. 29, Middletown School District Superintendent Dr. Alberto Vázquez Matos said the incidents occurred in a bathroom at the school and included swastikas. "Let me be clear: there is no place for hate, intolerance, or discrimination of any kind in the Middletown Public Schools," Vázquez Matos wrote. "These act…
Pomona Man Accused Of Menancing With Billy Club, Gun Pomona Man Accused Of Menancing With Billy Club, Gun
Pomona Man Accused Of Menancing With Billy Club, Gun A 42-year-old Hudson Valley man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after he allegedly threatened others with a billy club and a gun. Rockland County resident Dahaire Edwards, age 42, of Pomona, was arrested on Monday, Feb. 26. for an incident that took place on Thursday, Feb. 15 in Tomkins Cove. According to Lt. Greg Becker of the Stony Point Police, officers responded to a home for a dispute where they found that Edwards had allegedly "menacingly" brandished both a billy club and a handgun during the dispute. Following an investigation, charges were formulated, and on Monday…
Darien Resident's IRS Payments Stolen Out Mailbox, Cashed By Thief, Police Say Darien Resident's IRS Payments Stolen Out Mailbox, Cashed By Thief, Police Say
Darien Resident's IRS Payments Stolen Out Mailbox, Cashed By Thief, Police Say A Fairfield County resident who mailed two checks to pay his taxes was surprised when he received word from the Internal Revenue Service about non-payment of his bill. The Darien resident then contacted the police in May 2023, who found that someone had stolen his checks out of his mailbox and cashed them with another name on the payee line. An investigation led Darien Police to the Morris County Correctional Center in New Jersey to arrest David Velazquez, age 28, of Warren, New Jersey. According to Darien Police Sgt. Dan Skoumbros, Velazquz had allegedly taken the checks out of the m…
Vehicle Stop Leads To Ghost Gun Arrest In Naugatuck Vehicle Stop Leads To Ghost Gun Arrest In Naugatuck
Vehicle Stop Leads To Ghost Gun Arrest In Naugatuck A 22-year-old Connecticut man was allegedly nabbed with a loaded ghost gun after being stopped for speeding.  New Haven resident Juan Garcia, was charged around 2:15 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 18 on South Main Street in Naugatuck. During the stop, Naugatuck Police Officers said Garcia appeared to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs and was charged with DUI after failing sobriety tests, police said. Police recovered a firearm with no serial number on it, which appeared consistent with being illegally manufactured, officers said. The firearm was loaded with a high-capacity magazin…
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