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Connecticut / Damaged wires delaying Metro-North trains
« on: Today at 04:09:52 AM »
Damaged wires delaying Metro-North trains

Metro-North is reporting delays of up to 15 minutes because of damaged wires.


               

The overhead damaged power wires were discovered near Harrison, N.Y. on Friday.


               

Trains are running at a slower speed, causing delays on the New Haven Line.


               

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Source: Damaged wires delaying Metro-North trains

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Milford man sentenced in scheme that swindled $60,000 from elderly victim

A 35-year-old Milford man has been sentenced to 30 months behind bars for an investment scheme that defrauded an elderly victim of $60,000.


Christopher J. Sakelarakis was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall. After his jail term, he also must serve three years of supervised release.


According to a release from U.S. Attorney John H. Durham, Sakelarakis held himself out as having the necessary qualifications, experience and abilities to provide investment services to an elderly investor.


“Sakelarakis falsely represented to the victim that he had a number of investment clients, that he was making a substantial profit including by day trading, and that he had a contact in an investment firm who provided him with stock tips.


“Sakelarakis also represented that he would invest in stocks, options and other financial instruments on behalf of the victim and that his compensation would be a commission on 10 percent of the profits,” Durham said.


In October 2017, the victim provided Sakelarakis with a $60,000 check. The funds were more than half of what the victim had saved for retirement.


“Within days after receiving and depositing the check, Sakelarakis withdrew $30,000 in cash, and then made additional cash withdrawals, including several large withdrawals at ATMs. Sakelarakis spent a portion of the funds at stores such as Armani Exchange, Foot Locker, Macy’s and Gamestop,” according to the release.


In October and November 2017, Sakelarakis made several false representations in emails to the victim relating to the status of the “investments” and the victim’s account. No funds were ever returned to the victim.


Hall ordered Sakelarakis to pay full restitution, plus...


Source: Milford man sentenced in scheme that swindled $60,000 from elderly victim

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Startford Republican Town Committee announces election endorsements

STRATFORD — The Republican Town Committee announced its endorsements for town council, the board of education, constables and various land use boards Thursday night at its monthly meeting.


               

“The Republican ticket offers an honest, hardworking commitment to our community from people that have consistently been involved in all facets of our community,” said Lou DeCilio, chairman of the RTC.


               

In a prepared statement, the RTC listed the candidates endorsed for the Nov. 5, 2019 election as follows:


               

Town Council (by district): 1, Chris Pia; 2, Ronald Tichy; 3, Victor Ayala Jr.; 4, Linnea Scheck; 5, Lou Molnar; 6, Ken Poisson; 7, William Perillo; 8, Jim Connor; District 9, William O’Brien; 10, Laura J. Dancho.


               

Board of Education: Alan Llewelyn, Andrea Corcoran, Amy Wiltsie.


               

Planning Commission (by district): 1, Sandra Zalik; 2, Edward Scinto.


               

Zoning Commission (by district): 1, Rich Fredette; 2, Caz Mizera.


               

Zoning Board of Appeals (by district): 4, Gavin Forrester; 5, Lenny Petruccelli.


               

Constables: Edward Scinto, John Dempsey, Carol Cabral, John Dobos.


               

“The last two years proved good things can be accomplished when you reach across the aisle and work in a bipartisan manner,” DeCilio said.


               

“The administration has set Stratford back on track for a positive future; this November the people of Stratford have an opportunity to maintain course.”


               

The Democratic Town Committee announced its endorsements Wednesday night.


Source: Startford Republican Town Committee announces election endorsements

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Connecticut / Kids fall ill to dehydration at CT carnival
« on: July 19, 2019, 11:06:45 AM »
Kids fall ill to dehydration at CT carnival

NEWINGTON - At least seven children were taken to the hospital with after falling ill to dehydration and the heat during a Parks and Recreation summer carnival event Wednesday, according to the department's Facebook page.


               

In all about 900 children from parks department programs from around the area attended the carnival day in Newington, but at least seven children fell ill to the heat, authorities said.


               

The town's Parks and Recreation Department had stationed spray misters throughout the carnival, added extra tents and water jugs due to the predicted high temperatures, staff said in a Facebook post. The department provided five air conditioned rooms in Newington Town Hall to allow visitors to get out of the heat, staff said.


               

The event which is part of the town's annual Life Be In It carnival and fireworks festival allowed children from day camps from around the area to attend, organizers said. Many of the visiting town parks and recreation departments opted to load up their buses and leave after some children became ill, the Facebook post said.


               

Newington police, firefighters and EMS were on hand to help with the heat wave, parks and recreation staff said.


Source: Kids fall ill to dehydration at CT carnival

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Stratford Democratic Town Committee announces election endorsements

STRATFORD — The Democratic Town Committee finalized their election endorsements for town council, the board of education, constables and various land use boards Wednesday night at their monthly meeting.


“The endorsed candidates exemplify Democratic Party values and they are committed to upholding those values in their respective offices,” said Stephanie Philips, chairperson of the DTC.


In a prepared statement, the DTC listed the candidates endorsed for the Nov. 5, 2019 election as follows:


Town Council


1st District: Patrick Malley


2nd District: Kaitlyn Shake


3rd District: Paul Tavaras


4th District: David Harden


5th District: Gregory Cann


6th District: Harold Watson


7th District: Timothy Bristol


8th District: James Simon


10th District: Nancy Burban


Constables


William Boyd


Barbara Heimlich


Wali Kadeem


Stacie Tavaras


Board of Education


Janice Cupee


Michael Suntag


Planning Commission


I (Districts 1 and 2): Christina Kazanas


II (Districts 3 and 4): William Boyd


Zoning Commission


I (Districts 1 and 2): James Vigliotti


II (Districts 3 and 4): Dion Francis


Board of Zoning Appeals


IV (Districts 7 and 8): Myrna Albino


V (Districts 9 and 10): Kevin Moore


“We are excited about this qualified slate of candidates whose diversity is its strength,” Philips said. “Our town will benefit greatly from their leadership and the Stratford DTC will strongly...


Source: Stratford Democratic Town Committee announces election endorsements

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Connecticut / 5 escape Milford house fire during thunderstorm
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:57:52 PM »
5 escape Milford house fire during thunderstorm

MILFORD — Five residents of a Devon house were able to escape safely after a fire started in the lower level of their raised-ranch home late Wednesday afternoon.


               

At approximately 5 p.m., Milford Fire Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a fire in an occupied single-family residence  at 295 Old Point Road.


               

The caller reported smoke coming from the lower level of the home in the Devon section of the city.


               

Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi said units quickly arrived on scene and found active fire and a large volume of smoke inside of the structure.


               

“Multiple hose lines were deployed in an effort to suppress the blaze,” Fabrizi said in a statement. “Fire crews battled heat exhaustion due to extreme temperatures and humidity levels during an active thunderstorm.”


               

The fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes.


               

Mutual aid units from West Haven  provided coverage to  Milford during the incident.


               

The five occupants managed to exit the structure safely before calling 911.


               

A representative from the Milford Red Cross arrived on scene to assist the displaced family.


               

A firefighter was injured  and was transported by paramedics to Bridgeport Hospital’s Milford campus for evaluation.


               

The Milford Fire Marshal’s Division was on scene to investigate.


               

Fabrizi said when a fire is present or suspected, occupants should always exit the structure and call 911 from a safe area, and that properly functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can save lives.


Source: 5 escape Milford house fire during thunderstorm

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Extrication of branch victim on Bridgeport/Fairfield line delayed by wait for utility crew

BRIDGEPORT — Firefighters waited nearly an hour Wednesday afternoon for personnel from United Illuminating Co., as a young man sat dead or dying after his car was crushed by a branch and entangled in downed power lines, witnesses said.


Numerous radio calls went out from Bridgeport and Fairfield fire departments calling UI to the scene on Park Avenue.


“Is there anyone who could intercept them and bring them in?” went a call from Bridgeport Fire, followed by a call from Fairfield Fire: “I need UI on a priority, unconscious victim in the car with wires on the car.”


And then shortly thereafter another call from Fairfield Fire: “UI could not provide an ETA.”


After UI personnel arrived, Jarrod Marotto was extricated from the car. The 21-year-old Sacred Heart University graduate from Southington was later pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.


Fairfield Police Capt. Robert Kalamaras, who said he was at the scene of the accident on Wednesday, indicated Thursday that there had not been a problem with UI’s response. But later Thursday he said, “In any situation we would like UI to respond immediately, unfortunately in this case it took an extended period of time.”


A UI spokesperson declined to comment on the specifics of Wednesday’s calls for help.


“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and loss of life,” said a statement from UI Spokeswoman Tara Morgan. “While we can’t comment on an open and active investigation, UI will provide any assistance necessary to the Fairfield Police Crash Reconstruction Unit in their investigation of the incident.”


On Wednesday night, Kalamaras said that at 5:16 p.m. the Fairfield Emergency Communications had received a...


Source: Extrication of branch victim on Bridgeport/Fairfield line delayed by wait for utility crew

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Connecticut / Tractor trailer fire closes Interstate 84 in Newtown
« on: July 18, 2019, 12:58:53 PM »
Tractor trailer fire closes Interstate 84 in Newtown

NEWTOWN — A portion of Interstate 84 eastbound was closed due to a Thursday morning truck accident.


               

A tractor trailer fire was reported around 7:45 a.m., resulting in road closure between exits nine and 10. The truck was carrying pallets.


               

A first responder on scene reported multiple vehicles coming the wrong way off the Exit 9 eastbound ramp at 8:28 a.m.


               

As of 8:23 a.m. the state police said the truck was going to be towed. They expected the interstate to reopen shortly after.


               

The cause of the fire is unknown, and state police said there were no injuries.


               

According to the state Department of Transportation, traffic was congested for 3.5 miles in the area.


               

Emergency personnel also responded to a report of a “possibly unconscious” female in a Toyota RAV4 about a quarter-mile before eastbound Exit 10 around 8:40 a.m. The RAV4 was off and vehicles were maneuvering around the SUV, according to dispatch reports.


               

One lane of the highway was back open by 8:49 a.m. All lanes were reopened by 8:52 a.m.


Source: Tractor trailer fire closes Interstate 84 in Newtown

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Connecticut / ‘Uncontrollable’ propane leak reported in Westport
« on: July 18, 2019, 01:42:48 AM »
‘Uncontrollable’ propane leak reported in Westport

WESTPORT — An “uncontrollable” propane leak in the area of Minute Man Hill reported Wednesday afternoon was expected to take crews past midnight to remedy.


               

In a prepared statement, Westport Fire Department Chief Robert Yost said the leak, from an underground tank, was reported about 2:20 p.m. in the area of 10 Minute Man Hill.


               

“First arriving fire units were presented with an uncontrollable propane leak,” Yost said. “Hocon gas was called to assist with the mitigation of the leak. The Fire Department responded with 2 Engine, 1 Aerial, and the Shift commander. Crews are expected to be on scene until after midnight.”


               

“During this call a small but severe thunderstorm developed over the Town creating a large number of false alarms secondary to power failures,” Yost said. “The Fire Department resources were maxed and additional personnel were brought in to cover the additional calls.”


               

More storms were expected throughout the night.


               

The chief asked residents to expect additional power outages and road closures.


               

“Always treat any wires on the ground as ‘live wires’ and avoid contact,” Yost said.


Source: ‘Uncontrollable’ propane leak reported in Westport

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Wires, tree fall on vehicle on Fairfield-Bridgeport line

A man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon after a tree and wires fell on his car near the Fairfield-Bridgeport line.


The extent of the man’s injuries was unclear late Wednesday.


The incident was reported about 5:23 p.m. near 3610 Park Ave., in the area of Queen and Wilson streets.


Police and Fairfield and Bridgeport firefighters had to wait for an electrical crew to shut down power to the wires before working to free the man from the car.


He was extricated by about 6:17 p.m. and turned over to paramedics.


While emergency personnel were at the scene of that incident, they were also called to an elevator rescue up the street at 3900 Park Ave., according to emergency radio transmissions.


Several accidents, downed trees and lightning strikes were reported throughout the region as Wendesday’s storm — the remnants of Hurricane Barry — brought heavy rains and winds to the area.


The National Weather Service put a Flood Watch in effect for the area until 5 a.m. Thursday.


At the peak of the storm, a total of 15 outages knocked power out to 1,399 customers in Fairfield, or 5.8 percent of the town. United Illuminating also reported handfuls of outages were in Bridgeport, Derby, Milford, New Haven, Orange, Stratford and Trumbull


Farther southwest, an outage in Stamford knocked out 753 customers, according to Eversource, with additional outages reported in Norwalk, Wilton, Westport and Greenwich.


Eversource also reported...


Source: Wires, tree fall on vehicle on Fairfield-Bridgeport line

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Connecticut / Monroe library celebrates moon landing with giveaway
« on: July 17, 2019, 10:20:25 AM »
Monroe library celebrates moon landing with giveaway

MONROE — The Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, has found a unique way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing — with cookies.


               

Those who check out a book in the library’s children’s department now through Saturday will be entered into a contests to win a package of Marshmallow Moon Oreos. There will be one winner each day.


               

Call 203-452-2850 for more information.


Source: Monroe library celebrates moon landing with giveaway

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Report: CT Lottery official put on leave after disclosing FBI recording incident

A Connecticut lottery official who disclosed that the FBI had an employee of the quasi-public agency conceal a recording device during a meeting with the agency’s then-chairman has been placed on leave, The Hartford Courant reported Tuesday.


The official, Chelsea Turner, is vice president of Connecticut Lottery Corp. It’s unclear whether she will continue to be paid her $190,000 annual salary while on leave.


Lottery corporation President and CEO Greg Smith told employees Turner had been put on leave Monday at a hastily called meeting, according to the Courant.


The news comes days Turner revealed during a hearing of the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities that she and a prior president/CEO, Anne Noble, suspected past chairman Frank Farricker of wrongdoing, and in 2014 reached out to the FBI.


The feds then had Noble conceal a recording device in an eyeglass case during at least one meeting with Farricker, the Courant reported, but the probe was apparently dropped years ago.


Farricker told the Courant he was “flabbergasted” at the revelation, which came to light during a hearing in a CHRO case filed by Alfred DuPuis, a former security chief at the organization who said he was the victim of retaliation in 2018.


The Courant reported that the state’s Department of Consumer Protection is looking into Turner’s testimony during the CHRO hearing, but lottery officials would not say whether that probe was connected to Turner being placed on leave from the agency, which has suffered several troubles in recent years.


Source: Report: CT Lottery official put on leave after disclosing FBI recording incident

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Millionaire’s club eludes Herbst in final full year as UConn president

Seventeen public college presidents were paid more than $1 million in 2018.


Outgoing University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst was not among them. At $869,358, Herbst came was the 33rd highest-compensated public college or university leaders on a list released Monday by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Last year she stood at 22 on the list of 268 top public university leaders.


Herbst steps down on Aug. 1 from that role, to be replaced by Thomas C. Katsouleas, who will start off with an overall annual cash compensation of $675,000, plus a house and car.


According to UConn, Herbst plans to take a sabbatical before returning in the fall of 2021 as a professor of public opinion and politics at the university’s Stamford branch.


The Chronicle’s list of public-president millionaires is five names longer than the year before.


The highest paid, William H. McRaven, of the University of Texas System, took home $2,578,609. That included a $1.28 million payout from a deferred compensation package and a $670,000 bonus.


During his three and a half years as chancellor, McRaven raked in over $8.2 million.


Herbst’s salary was on par with that of W. Randolph Woodson, president of North Carolina State University, considered a peer institution. He made $866,723 in 2018.


“This reflects President Herbst’s compensation after seven years as the president of UConn, a $2.7 billion research university with 30,000 students, nearly 10,000 employees, five campuses and a law school and academic medical center,” said Michael Enright, a university spokesman.


The average pay in 2018...


Source: Millionaire’s club eludes Herbst in final full year as UConn president

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Connecticut / Monroe to host ‘Mad Science’ summer camp
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:17:19 PM »
Monroe to host ‘Mad Science’ summer camp

MONROE — The Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Mad Science summer camps and vacation programs the weeks of July 29 and Aug. 12 at Jockey Hollow Middle School, 365 Fan Hill Road.


               

The camps give kids entering first through sixth grades the opportunity to learn about science through interactive and hands-on science activities. From July 29 to Aug. 2, the camp theme is “Eureka! Design, Build and Invent,” and campers are asked to invent their own solutions to everyday problems.


               

From Aug. 12 to Aug. 16, the theme is “Science Potions and Explosion.” Campers in this program will be testing everything from warm slime to cold dry ice. Piece by piece throughout the program campers will get to put together their very own home lab, complete with beakers, test tubes and all the tools of a mad scientist.


               

The fee is $210 for residents and $230 for non-residents.


               

To register, visit www.MonroeRec.org.


Source: Monroe to host ‘Mad Science’ summer camp

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Connecticut / Brother of Sandy Hook victim to run for state senate
« on: July 16, 2019, 05:38:24 AM »
Brother of Sandy Hook victim to run for state senate

The brother of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim is challenging a state senator for his seat.


               

JT Lewis, the 19-year-old brother of Jesse Lewis, announced his candidacy for the 28th state Senate district, currently represented by Republican Tony Hwang, in a video posted to Twitter Monday.


               

In the video, Lewis said he and his mom called Hwang, who was then a state representative, after the 2012 shooting but never heard back from Hwang. Hwang was elected to the Senate in 2015.


               

“The little boy who just wanted someone to hear his mom’s call for help is grown up,” Lewis said in the video. Police have said Lewis’ brother, Jesse, who was one of 20 first graders killed in the Dec. 12, 2014 shooting the Newtown school, may have saved several lives when he yelled for his fellow students to “run” during a break in the shooter’s fire.


               

“I believe that inside every one of us is that same innate courage and to honor Jesse, I’ve decided to be courageous enough to run for state senate in my home state.”


               

Lewis, a Republican from Newtown, just completed his first year at the University of Connecticut.


               

The election will take place in November 2020. The 28th Senate District stretches from Newtown to Fairfield and includes Weston, Easton and part of Westport.


               
                 

kkrasselt@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt


               

Source: Brother of Sandy Hook victim to run for state senate

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