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‘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

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.

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

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Fairfield motorcyclist seriously injured after hitting stone wall

FAIFIELD - A Fairfield man received a serious leg injury after he lost control of his motorcycle Saturday night.


Police said at 9:57 p.m., the Fairfield Police Dispatch Center received a call reporting a “man screaming for help” in the area of Osborne Hill Road and Wormwood Road.


Officers responded to the area to find a single vehicle motorcycle collision near 258 Osborne Hill Road.


An initial investigation revealed that the operator, identified as Daniel Epstein of Fairfield, was operating a 1979 Honda CX-500C traveling west on Osborne Hill Road near Wormwood Road when he lost control of the motorcycle he was operating and left the roadway striking a stone wall.


As a result of the collision, Epstein was found by officers down an embankment with a serious leg injury.


Epstein was subsequently transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where he was treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.


This case is currently under investigation by the Fairfield Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.



Source: Fairfield motorcyclist seriously injured after hitting stone wall

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Fairfield woman accused of starving dogs can’t support insanity claim

BRIDGEPORT — A Fairfield woman accused of starving to death five dogs she had rescued can’t find an expert to support her claim of insanity.

In a courtroom crowded with animal rights supporters, Heidi Lueders’ lawyer, Rob Serafinowicz, told Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti that so far, no medical expert has agreed to weigh in on the case.

Serafinowicz said later he is not giving up on his claim that his client suffers from a mental disease or defect. But Iannotti warned that unless an expert is found, he is going to proceed with putting Lueders on trial without the insanity defense.

The judge continued the case to Sept. 9.

Lueders, escorted into the courtroom through a side door by judicial marshals to avoid the throng of animal rights supporters, stood beside her lawyer without making any comments. She was escorted out the back door of the Golden Hill Street courthouse after the brief hearing.

The 31-year-old Lueders, the former president of Bully Breed Rescue, is charged with five counts of animal cruelty.

Police said when officers went to Lueders’ former Prince Street home in Fairfield they were nearly overwhelmed by an odor. They said the windows in the two-story house were ajar and there were fans and several air fresheners placed about the house.

Once inside the house, police said, they found the floor covered in garbage and animal feces. The decomposed bodies of five dogs lay in locked cages. Police said it appears the dogs had been in the cages for nearly a year.

Source: Fairfield woman accused of starving dogs can’t support insanity claim

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Connecticut / Driver hospitalized in Westport rollover
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:10:46 AM »
Driver hospitalized in Westport rollover

WESTPORT — A driver was sent the hospital Sunday morning after a rollover crash.


The car crashed on Julian Brodie Road near the first hole at the golf course by The Inn at Longshore, a Westport fire official said.


Firefighters had to extricate the driver and stabilize the car, Westport Fire Department said on Facebook. Emergency Medical Services then took the driver to the hospital, the fire official said.


Fire officials did not have any information on the severity of the driver’s injuries.

Source: Driver hospitalized in Westport rollover

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Connecticut / 2 sentenced in fatal Stratford racing crash
« on: July 15, 2019, 05:16:26 AM »
2 sentenced in fatal Stratford racing crash

BRIDGEPORT — There were tears of joy and despair Friday as two young men were sentenced — one to prison, the other to probation — for an incident of street racing in Stratford that killed another man.

“To know that these young men are just going to walk away free is unbearable to my family, take a look at the pictures of my nephew and rethink justice,” Jennifer Edwards begged Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin.

Devlin ended up sentencing 29-year-old Ronald Patterson, who was driving the car in which 21-year-old Dawaan Edwards died, to five years, suspended after he serves 18 months, and three years’ probation.

“One, you were drinking, and two, you were racing and couldn’t negotiate a curve, hit a tree and Dawaan died,” the judge told Patterson. “That’s a crime, but then you made up a lie to police about there being a white van.”

But with Aaron Perkins, 24, who was driving the other car, the judge imposed a suspended 5-year sentence with three years of probation. He also ordered Perkins to pay a $200 fine.

“If you weren’t racing the young man would be alive today,” the judge added.

Perkins and Patterson had previously pleaded guilty to racing, misconduct with a motor vehicle and reckless driving. In addition, Patterson also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

Senior Assistant State’s Emily Trudeau told the judge that on April 6, 2018, Perkins and Patterson were racing each other on Lordship Boulevard when Perkins drove off the road and struck a tree. His passenger, Edwards, was killed in the crash.

Both Perkins and Patterson told...

Source: 2 sentenced in fatal Stratford racing crash

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Connecticut / Details limited about teen pulled from Ash Creek
« on: July 14, 2019, 01:54:27 PM »
Details limited about teen pulled from Ash Creek

BRIDGEPORT — Officials haven’t shared much information on Friday regarding the teen pulled from Ash Creek on Thursday night.

Bridgeport Police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald said Friday morning via email that the victim is 14-years-old, but he did not know the boy’s condition. He said he could not comment further. Late Friday afternoon, police spokesman Terron Jones said the victim’s condition is unknown.

The boy was initially taken to Bridgeport Hospital by medics Thursday night before being transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital.

Police and fire units from Fairfield and Bridgeport raced to the area of Ash Creek and the South Benson Marina shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday for a report of a swimmer in distress, according to Fairfield Fire Lt. Robert Smith. Units arrived on scene by 6:12 p.m. and started canvassing the water for the swimmer.

Fairfield police spotted the victim from the shore, Smith said. The victim was underwater and police units directed fire units to the correct area to pull him out. The teen was taken from the water at 6:24 p.m., Smith said.

“He was quickly transported to the South Benson Marina while fire personnel performed advanced lifesaving procedures,” he said. “Once at the dock patient care was taken over by American Medical Response and advanced procedures were continued while transporting to the hospital.”

The 14-year-old was one of four boys who went into the water from the peninsula at St. Mary’s By the Sea, Fitzgerald said Thursday night.

“The males were overcome by the incoming tide that created a current in that area,” he said, adding that three of the juveniles were able to get back to shore safely.

Reports indicated first responders had to...

Source: Details limited about teen pulled from Ash Creek

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Connecticut / Bridgeport stabbing victim expected to survive
« on: July 14, 2019, 03:43:37 AM »
Bridgeport stabbing victim expected to survive

BRIDGEPORT — A person who was taken to a city hospital after being stabbed multiple times on Mill Hill Avenue on Thursday night is expected to live, officials said Friday.


Friday afternoon, police spokesman Terron Jones said, according to the Detective Bureau, the “victim is in stable condition and will live.”


The stabbing happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Mill Hill Avenue, Jones said. He said the victim, who suffered multiple stab wounds, was taken to Bridgeport Hospital.


Jones said the person responsible for the stabbing called police about the incident and was taken into custody by city police officers. There was no immediate information about the person’s name, age or charges Friday, despite being taken into custody Thursday.

Source: Bridgeport stabbing victim expected to survive

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Illegible note, bicycle getaway dooms accused Bridgeport bank robber

BRIDGEPORT — Things just didn’t go right for John Gordon.


Police say they began going south when the 30-year-old Stamford man walked up to a cashier window at the downtown People’s United Bank Tuesday morning and handed over a note Gordon had hastily written on the back of a deposit slip.


“I’m sorry, I can’t read this,” police said the teller responded.


An exasperated Gordon then began allegedly yelling, “Give me the money, give me the money,” police said, and that attracted the attention of other bank employees who hit the emergency alarm.


Police said Gordon then grabbed a handful of cash from the teller and stuffed it into his pants pocket. He then left the bank and got onto a bicycle.


But at the corner of Main and State streets, the bike had a blowout and Gordon tumbled into the street, spilling cash into the intersection, police said.


Abandoning the bicycle, Gordon hobbled away, police said.


Police said numerous witnesses pointed out Gordon’s escape route and they eventually found him hiding in the parking garage behind the Holiday Inn hotel.


Gordon was charged with second-degree robbery and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Source: Illegible note, bicycle getaway dooms accused Bridgeport bank robber

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Lights for Liberty vigil in Fairfield puts focus on conditions at border detention centers

FAIRFIELD — About 150 people gathered at the Sherman Town Green to protest the detention camps at the border in one of hundreds of “Lights for Liberty” vigils Friday night.

The Fairfield event, which merged with one planned to take place in Bridgeport, was one of 20 planned across the state. There were more than 800 across the country, including ones planned in Germany, Japan, Ireland, and more, as well as an online one for those who couldn’t attend in person.

The vigils were in protest of the conditions those at being held at detention centers near the border are enduring.

“Now more than ever, we must fight back against hatred and bigotry,” said Alberto Bernardez, district leader of 32BJ SEIU in Fairfield County, a local union which represents about 4,400 Connecticut workers. Bernardez described those the union represents as a diverse group from scores of different countries.

Jennifer Melo — a youth activist from Stratford who was one of several speakers to address the crowd on the town green — talked about the fear she felt growing up as a child of once undocumented immigrants.

“For most of my childhood I feared that one day I would return home from school and find myself without my family,” she said. “The people in those detention centers are tremendously valiant. They looked fear in the eye, they risked everything they had to come here, to come to the land of opportunity. Yet their courage is worth nothing when they are stripped of the only thing that truly matters to them: their family and their well-being.”

Fairfield state Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey told those in attendance to keep standing up and providing hope for those in need.



Source: Lights for Liberty vigil in Fairfield puts focus on conditions at border detention centers

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