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Daily Voice Expands In Windham County Daily Voice Expands In Windham County
Daily Voice Expands In Windham County Can there be too much of a good thing? Not if it’s local news from Daily Voice! Daily Voice is expanding its reach in our—and your—home state of Connecticut. While local newspapers and online sites are closing their doors and leaving areas of the Nutmeg State without a local news outlet, we’re going from one Windham County site to eight, covering individual towns in the county starting later in April. “News deserts” (places without any local newspaper, even a weekly) surround more than a fifth of U.S. citizens, but Daily Voice is here to pick up the slack. Later this April, Daily Voice…
Putnam Residents On High Alert After Series Of Fox Attacks Putnam Residents On High Alert After Series Of Fox Attacks
Putnam Residents On High Alert After Series Of Fox Attacks Police and state environmental police are searching for an aggressive fox that attacked a man and a dog in Connecticut. The incidents occurred in Windham County on Monday, March 25 at several locations in the town of Putnam. According to the Putnam Police, around 3:50 p.m., officers responded to the area of 342 Church St. for the report of an aggressive fox, that attacked a man.  Police said the fox attacked and attempted to bite at the man. At this time, it was reported the fox made no contact directly with the skin of the victim, nor was the victim injured because of the attack.&nbs…
Willimantic Officer On Leave After His Vehicle Was Involved In Wreck Willimantic Officer On Leave After His Vehicle Was Involved In Wreck
Willimantic Officer On Leave After His Vehicle Was Involved In Wreck A Connecticut police officer is on paid administrative leave after a vehicle he owned hit six parked vehicles and fled the scene. The incident took place in Windham County around 2 a.m., Sunday, March 3 in the vicinity of 480 Main St., in Willimantic. According to the Willimantic Police Assistant Chief Douglas Glode, an investigation determined that a white Jeep traveling eastbound on Main Street collided with a parked vehicle which led to a chain reaction that damaged six other parked vehicles. All of the parked vehicles were unoccupied. The driver of the Jeep that caused the co…
Former Officer, Fire Chief Charged With Sexual Assault At Thompson Boat Launch, Officials Say Former Officer, Fire Chief Charged With Sexual Assault At Thompson Boat Launch, Officials Say
Former Officer, Fire Chief Charged With Sexual Assault At Thompson Boat Launch, Officials Say A former police officer and fire chief has been charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident that happened at a Connecticut boat launch, officials announced.  Middlesex County resident Jay Rankin of Old Saybrook turned himself in to Environmental Conservation Police on Monday morning, Feb. 26 in connection with an incident that happened in the Windham County town of Thompson, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  According to DEEP, in July 2023, EnCon Police were told of a sexual assault that happened at the Little Pon…
Double-Fatal Hit-Run Crash: Man, Woman From Windham County ID'd As Victims In Pennsylvania Double-Fatal Hit-Run Crash: Man, Woman From Windham County ID'd As Victims In Pennsylvania
Double-Fatal Hit-Run Crash: Man, Woman From Windham County ID'd As Victims In Pennsylvania Two Connecticut residents were killed in a crash involving a stolen dump truck that alleged crashed twice in Pennsylvania. The wreck happened just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 near the corner of Ford Road and Veterans Highway in Bristol Township, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.  A Nissan Sentra was turning left into the southbound lanes of the highway when it was struck by an oncoming Ford Explorer, authorities said.  Two passengers in the Nissan, Windham County residents Rebecca Whiddon, age 33, and Richard Whiddon, age 37, of the town of Broo…
'My Sexy Lil' 14-Year-Old': Man, 28, Nabbed For Alleged Woodstock Assault 'My Sexy Lil' 14-Year-Old': Man, 28, Nabbed For Alleged Woodstock Assault
'My Sexy Lil' 14-Year-Old': Man, 28, Nabbed For Alleged Woodstock Assault A Connecticut man was arrested after he allegedly posed as a 22-year-old to talk to an underage girl on Snapchat and assaulted her in person multiple times. On Thursday, February 22, Zachary Amarante, age 28, was arrested for the Windham County incident, which happened in Woodstock, Connecticut State Police said. Starting in August 2023, Amarante allegedly began talking to his then-13-year-old victim over the app Snapchat after meeting on a different site. She would turn 14 shortly after the two began communicating. Police said Amarante communicated with the girl under the name Mark Brig…
Stolen Dirt Bikes Include Putnam Boy's Make-A-Wish Gift After Battling Cancer Stolen Dirt Bikes Include Putnam Boy's Make-A-Wish Gift After Battling Cancer
Stolen Dirt Bikes Include Putnam Boy's Make-a-wish Gift After Battling Cancer Police in Connecticut are asking the public for help tracking down two dirt bikes stolen from a garage, including one gifted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The incident occurred in Windham County around 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, from a James Street West garage in the town of Putnam. According to Putnam Police, someone broke into a detached locked garage and stole two off-road motorcycles. The homeowner estimated the thefts occurred a short time before discovering the burglary.  An investigation revealed the garage was entered by damaging a window that allowed access to the interior…
New Update: How Much Snow Did You Get? Reports From Westchester, Region For Winter Storm New Update: How Much Snow Did You Get? Reports From Westchester, Region For Winter Storm
New Update: How Much Snow Did You Get? Reports From Westchester, 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 …
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…
Successful Putnam Shop Announces Closure: 'I Need To Pivot,' Owner Says Successful Putnam Shop Announces Closure: 'I Need To Pivot,' Owner Says
Successful Putnam Shop Announces Closure: 'I Need To Pivot,' Owner Says Despite experiencing more success than originally expected, a Connecticut shop has announced that it will be closing so the owner can focus more on their family.  Little Lucy Snack Shop, located in Windham County at 112 Main St. in Putnam, will open for its last day in business on Saturday, Jan. 13, the owner announced on social media.  In their announcement, the owner said the snack shop's sales had "been better than anticipated," but that she needed to step away to spend more time with her family.  "My presence at home and availability for family has been greatly reduced s…
'Loved By So Many': Friends Remember Central Mass Man Killed In CT Dirt Bike Crash 'Loved By So Many': Friends Remember Central Mass Man Killed In CT Dirt Bike Crash
'Loved By So Many': Friends Remember Central Mass Man Killed In CT Dirt Bike Crash Authorities have identified the 22-year-old Oxford, Massachusetts, man who died after crashing his dirt bike at Quaddick State Forest in Connecticut just days before Christmas.  Steven Zografos was riding in in Windham County, in the town of Thompson, on Saturday, Dec. 23, when he crashed with another dirt bike rider just before 4 p.m., NBC Connecticut reported. He died at the scene.  A 21-year-old was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to an area hospital. He is expected to survive, the report said. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.  A GoFu…
Storm Power Outages: Tens Of Thousands Still In Dark; Here Are CT Communities Most Affected Storm Power Outages: Tens Of Thousands Still In Dark; Here Are CT Communities Most Affected
Storm Power Outages: Tens Of Thousands Still In Dark; Here Are CT Communities Most Affected Although sunny skies have returned following a strong storm system that pounded the Northeast with gusty winds and downpours, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents remain waiting for their electricity to be restored. As of Tuesday, Dec. 19 around 10:30 a.m., just over 25,000 customers in the state are still without power, according to both Eversource and United Illuminated.  Earlier Report - New Update: Nearly 60K Remain Without Power In CT; Here's Latest Rundown The outages were caused by a potent storm system that brought several inches of rain and gusty winds on Mond…
New Update: Nearly 60K Remain Without Power In CT; Here's Latest Rundown New Update: Nearly 60K Remain Without Power In CT; Here's Latest Rundown
New Update: Nearly 60K Remain Without Power In CT; Here's Latest Rundown As a potent storm system that battered Connecticut with gusty winds and downpours pushes off the coast, almost 60,000 residents are still without electricity thanks to downed trees and tree limbs.  As of Monday, Dec. 18 around 5 p.m., just over 56,800 customers in the state remain in the dark, according to Eversource and United Illuminated.  Earlier Report - Storm Power Outages: These Areas In Connecticut Most Affected By Damaging Winds, Downed Trees The town with the most outages is currently Killingly in Windham County, where 3,096 customers are without power. The other to…
Putnam CT Man Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot, State Police Say Putnam CT Man Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot, State Police Say
Putnam CT Man Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot, State Police Say A Connecticut man has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly attempting to hire a hitman to kill someone who was going to testify against him in court. Windham County resident Leonard Thuo Mwithiga, age 52, of Putnam, was arrested on Monday, Dec. 4, after an undercover trooper posed as the potential hitman, said the Connecticut State Police. State Police said they learned of the murder-for-hire plan after a confidential informant man entered the Troop D barracks in Danielson on Saturday, Dec. 2, and said his employer, identified as Mwithiga, requested his assistance wit…
DUI Arrest: Man Nabbed After Driving Past Cops In Windham, Police Say DUI Arrest: Man Nabbed After Driving Past Cops In Windham, Police Say
DUI Arrest: Man Nabbed After Driving Past Cops In Windham, Police Say A Massachusetts man was arrested in Connecticut after he failed to move over for a police vehicle, leading the authorities to believe he was intoxicated. It happened at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 in the Windham County town of Killingly, according to Connecticut State Police. Troopers on I-395 northbound near Exit 38 were walking back to their car following a traffic stop when a Ford Explorer zoomed past them without moving over a lane or slowing down. Near Exit 41, police then pulled over the driver of the Explorer, Nicholas Bisesti, age 45, of Framingham, Massachusetts…
Beloved Nurse Remembered After Being Found Dead In Willimantic Home: 'Always Went Extra Step' Beloved Nurse Remembered After Being Found Dead In Willimantic Home: 'Always Went Extra Step'
Beloved Nurse Remembered After Being Found Dead In Willimantic Home: 'Always Went Extra Step' A beloved mother, grandmother, and wife who dedicated her life to doing everything she could for her patients as a visiting nurse is being remembered following her murder in a Connecticut residence.  Joyce Grayson, age 63, died on Saturday, Oct. 28 after going missing while she was performing her duties as a visiting nurse at a residence in the Windham County municipality of Willimantic. Grayson was reported missing by her family around 2 p.m. on Saturday, prompting Willimantic Police to search the area of Chapman Street. After finding her vehicle, officers tracked her to a nearby resi…
Missing Woman Found Dead In Willimantic Basement: 'One Of Worst Cases I Have Seen,' Chief Says Missing Woman Found Dead In Willimantic Basement: 'One Of Worst Cases I Have Seen,' Chief Says
Missing Woman Found Dead In Willimantic Basement: 'One Of Worst Cases I Have Seen,' Chief Says Authorities are investigating after a woman reported missing was found dead in a Connecticut basement, police said.  The events leading up to the discovery began in Windham County on Saturday, Oct. 28 around 2 p.m., when Willimantic Police were contacted by the family of a woman who had been missing since mid-morning.  New, updated report: Beloved Nurse Remembered After Being Found Dead In Willimantic Home: 'Always Went Extra Step' According to the department, police responded to the area of Chapman Street to investigate the disappearance and determined that the woman's vehi…
Wauregan Man Killed In 2-Vehicle Hampton Crash Wauregan Man Killed In 2-Vehicle Hampton Crash
Wauregan Man Killed In 2-Vehicle Hampton Crash A 65-year-old motorist was killed in a two-vehicle Connecticut crash. It happened in Windham County in Hampton on Route 6 in Hampton around 2:50 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19. According to the Connecticut State Police, James Harvey of the Windham County village of Wauregan was driving east on his 1994 Honda PC800 motorcycle when he hit a 2009 Nissan Vera, driven by a 22-year-old Hampton woman who was making a turn. The crash caused heavy damage to both vehicles, state police said. Harvey was rushed to Windham Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Nissan driver was not inju…
Seen Her? Woman Breaks Into Victim's Car In Putnam, Tries Cashing Check In Her Name: Police Seen Her? Woman Breaks Into Victim's Car In Putnam, Tries Cashing Check In Her Name: Police
Seen Her? Woman Breaks Into Victim's Car In Putnam, Tries Cashing Check In Her Name: Police Authorities are looking for a woman who allegedly smashed a victim's car window, stole her purse, and then tried cashing a check in their name at a Connecticut bank. The search for the suspect stemmed from an incident in Windham County on Wednesday, Oct. 4 just after 5:10 p.m., when the Putnam Police Department responded to a municipal parking lot along the River Trail at 98 Kennedy Dr. for a reported car break-in.  According to the department, officers then determined that the victim's rear car window had been broken and a purse had been stolen from inside.  Days later, on Tuesd…
Woman Killed After Vintage Car Drives Off Pomfret Road, Hits Guardrail, Lands In Embankment Woman Killed After Vintage Car Drives Off Pomfret Road, Hits Guardrail, Lands In Embankment
Woman Killed After Vintage Car Drives Off Pomfret Road, Hits Guardrail, Lands In Embankment Authorities are investigating the cause of a Connecticut crash that left a 35-year-old woman dead and another person seriously injured.  The incident happened in Windham County on Monday, Oct. 9 around 8:30 p.m., when a 1967 Triumph GT6 traveling south on Route 169 in Pomfret near the intersection with Harrisville Road ran off the right side of the road and struck a metal beam guardrail, according to state police. The car then hit a traffic sign and a tree before coming to an uncontrolled rest in an embankment, police said. The driver was later flown to UMass Hospital with serious inj…
33-Year-Old Plainfield Woman Found Dead In Backyard, Police Say Death 'Suspicious' 33-Year-Old Plainfield Woman Found Dead In Backyard, Police Say Death 'Suspicious'
33-Year-Old Plainfield Woman Found Dead In Backyard, Police Say Death 'Suspicious' Police in Connecticut are treating the death of a 33-year-old woman as "suspicious" after her body was found in a backyard. The body of Windham County resident Kristine Knox, of Plainfield, was found in Plainfield around 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7. According to Plainfield Police, officers responded to 205 Cemetery Road for a report of a deceased person. On arrival, officers located Knox dead in the backyard of the home, police said. The scene was immediately secured and Plainfield Police Department detectives responded to assist in the investigation. At this time, the Plainfield…
Suspect Cashes Fraudulent Check At Bank In Danielson, Police Say Suspect Cashes Fraudulent Check At Bank In Danielson, Police Say
Suspect Cashes Fraudulent Check At Bank In Danielson, Police Say Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect who cashed a fraudulent check at a Connecticut bank and tried doing the same at a second location, police said. The incident happened in Windham County on Thursday morning, Aug. 17 at the Hometown Bank in Danielson at 3 Central St., where a person allegedly tried cashing a fraudulent check, Connecticut State Police announced on Thursday, Aug. 24.  A short time after this incident, the suspect, who was caught on surveillance footage released by police, drove to a Hometown Bank branch located in Woodstock and attempte…
2 Cases Of Potentially Fatal Powassan Virus Reported In Litchfield County 2 Cases Of Potentially Fatal Powassan Virus Reported In Litchfield County
2 Cases Of Potentially Fatal Powassan Virus Reported In Litchfield County Four Connecticut residents have tested positive for the Powassan virus infection, the first to be detected in the state this year.  The virus is a sometimes fatal tick-borne infection that attacks a person's central nervous system, said officials with the Connecticut of Public Health (DPH). DPH officials said on Monday, Aug. 21 that two men aged 60 years and older, residents of Middlesex County and Litchfield County, became ill during early July.  Two women aged 50 years and older, residents of Windham and Litchfield County, became ill in late July, DPH said. All patients r…
Motocross Mentor From Canterbury Who Sexually Assaulted Minor In Plainfield Apprehended: Police Motocross Mentor From Canterbury Who Sexually Assaulted Minor In Plainfield Apprehended: Police
Motocross Mentor From Canterbury Who Sexually Assaulted Minor In Plainfield Apprehended: Police A man accused of sexually assaulting a child at a motocross club while mentoring a children's racing program has been arrested, police announced. On Thursday, Aug. 17 in Windham County, the Plainfield Police Department announced that 23-year-old Hunter Calle of Canterbury had been brought into custody on charges of sexual assault. A complaint filed in June of 2023 alleged that, approximately three years earlier, Calle had sexually assaulted a minor at the Central Cycle Club, located at 45 South Cady Lane in Central Village. Central Cycle Club is a non-profit competition motocross club, …
Witnesses Wanted: CT Man, 28, Killed After Hitting Back Of Tractor-Trailer In Wallingford Witnesses Wanted: CT Man, 28, Killed After Hitting Back Of Tractor-Trailer In Wallingford
Witnesses Wanted: CT Man, 28, Killed After Hitting Back Of Tractor-Trailer In Wallingford Connecticut State Poice are asking for witnesses to a fatal crash that killed a 28-year-old Connecticut man and injured his passenger. The crash took place in New Haven County around 2 a.m., Sunday, July 23 on I-91 near Exit 14 in Wallingford. Windham County resident Jessie Barbosa-Santiago, age 28, of Willimantic, was driving a Suzuki GSXR1 motorcycle in the center lane when he hit the rear of a tractor-trailer in the area of Exit 14, according to state police.  Barbosa-Santiago and a rider on the motorcycle, identified as a 22-year-old woman, were thrown from the motorcycle followin…
Fatal Crash: 24-Year-Old Man Loses Control, Strikes Several Objects In Canterbury Fatal Crash: 24-Year-Old Man Loses Control, Strikes Several Objects In Canterbury
Fatal Crash: 24-Year-Old Man Loses Control, Strikes Several Objects In Canterbury A 24-year-old Connecticut man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck several items. New London County resident Brandon Burnette was killed around 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, on Butts Bridge Road at the intersection of Quinebaug Camp Road in Windham County in Canterbury. Burnette, who was driving a 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300, was traveling south on Butts Bridge Road in the town of Canterbury when for an unknown reason he left the lane of travel and struck several objects along the roadside, Connecticut State Police said. He was thrown from the motorcycle and …
Second Teen Dies A Week After Violent Windham County Crash Kills 15-Year-Old Girl Second Teen Dies A Week After Violent Windham County Crash Kills 15-Year-Old Girl
Second Teen Dies A Week After Violent Windham County Crash Kills 15-Year-Old Girl A second Connecticut teen has died from injuries suffered in a crash that also killed a 15-year-old girl last month. The crash took place around 4:40 a.m. Sunday, June 25 in Windham County on Allen Hill Road near Route 205 in the small town of Brooklyn. On Thursday, July 6, Connecticut State Police confirmed that a second passenger, 17-year-old Bryce Burditt, who attended Plainfield High School had died from his injuries. The crash, which occurred when a 2004 Toyota Prius, with five occupants, slammed into a tree before going down an embankment, also killed passenger Chanelle Edwards,…
Man Dies Hanging Out Of Sunroof During Crash In Orange Man Dies Hanging Out Of Sunroof During Crash In Orange
Man Dies Hanging Out Of Sunroof During Crash In Orange A 22-year-old Connecticut man has died following a crash while he was hanging out of the sunroof while standing in the backseat of the car. Windham County resident Miguel Angel Rodriguez, of Willimantic, died on Sunday, June 25, hours after the crash in New Haven County on Derby Avenue in Orange. According to the Orange Police, an investigation found that a white 1995 Honda Civic being driven by Fairfield County resident Jeremie Rodriguez, age 19, of Bridgeport was traveling eastbound on Derby Avenue when he disregarded the traffic control signal and collided with a silver 2021 Do…
Fatal Crash: Girl ID'd As Victim, 4 Others Hospitalized After Car Hits Tree In Windham County Fatal Crash: Girl ID'd As Victim, 4 Others Hospitalized After Car Hits Tree In Windham County
Fatal Crash: Girl ID'd As Victim, 4 Others Hospitalized After Car Hits Tree In Windham County A girl was killed and four other young people were hospitalized after an overnight crash on a Connecticut roadway. It happened around 4:40 a.m. Sunday, June 25 in Windham County on Allen Hill Road near Route 205 in the small town of Brooklyn. A 2004 Toyota Prius, with five occupants, slammed into a tree before going down an embankment, according to Connecticut State Police. One of the passengers, Chanelle Edwards, age 15, of Griswold, was rushed to Day Kimbal Hospital in Putnam and pronounced dead. Another passenger, was brought to Hartford Hospital in critical condition. The t…
Mansfield Man Impersonates Cop: Threatens To Arrest Victims Before Befriending Them, Police Say Mansfield Man Impersonates Cop: Threatens To Arrest Victims Before Befriending Them, Police Say
Mansfield Man Impersonates Cop: Threatens To Arrest Victims Before Befriending Them, Police Say A Connecticut man was arrested after allegedly impersonating an officer in Tolland County and threatening to arrest two victims before offering to have a beer with them, police said. Windham County resident David Wright of Ashford, age 58, was arrested on Thursday, June 15 after allegedly impersonating a police officer in Mansfield, according to state police. Wright's arrest stemmed from an incident that happened on Wednesday, June 14 around 5 or 6 p.m., when both a woman and a man were driving around Mansfield in a Volkswagon Jetta before coming to a stop at a stop sign to look up directio…
CT Police On Hunt For Man Accused Of Stealing From Windham County Store CT Police On Hunt For Man Accused Of Stealing From Windham County Store
CT Police On Hunt For Man Accused Of Stealing From Windham County Store Police in Windham County are asking for the public's help to identify a man they say shoplifted from a store in Putnam.  Connecticut State Troopers were called to the Runnings Store, at 44 Providence Pike, on June 13 just after 2 p.m. to reports of a theft in progress, authorities said. But the man had run away by the time police arrived.  Authorities released security video of the man in the hopes someone may recognize him and contact investigators.  State troopers ask anyone with information about the theft or who can identify the man to contact investigators at 860-7…