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Connecticut / Police rescue dove at Monroe residence
« on: Today at 04:34:07 AM »
Police rescue dove at Monroe residence

MONROE — Animal control officers in town rescued an injured mourning dove from a Spring Hill Road residence Wednesday afternoon and were able to safely transport it to a rehabilitation facility.


               

According to a report from the Monroe Police Department’s Animal Control Unit, officers received a report shortly before 2 p.m. of a woman who found an injured mourning dove in her yard. Officers reportedly captured the bird without incident, and found it had an injured wing with an open wound.


               

A state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Killingworth agreed to take the bird, and were scheduled to pick it up in Monroe later Wednesday afternoon.


               

According to the Audubon’s Guide to North American Birds, the dove is largely known for its low, mournful cooing. It is one of North America’s most common birds, often abundant in open country and along roadsides. Numbers of mourning doves probably have increased greatly with increasing settlement of North America.


               

In warmer climates, mourning doves may raise up to six broods per year, more than any other native bird.


Source: Police rescue dove at Monroe residence

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Connecticut / Bridgeport heroin trafficker gets 14 years in prison
« on: June 26, 2019, 10:00:24 PM »
Bridgeport heroin trafficker gets 14 years in prison

BRIDGEPORT — A city man will serve 14 years in prison for his role in heroin trafficking in the Bridgeport area, based on an investigation that started four years ago, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.


Harry “Harry-O” Blake, 37, of Bridgeport, was sentenced to serve 168 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release.


The FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, Bridgeport police and Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force started an investigation into several heroin distributors operating in Bridgeport back in 2015.


The investigation — which included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled heroin purchases and physical surveillance — led investigators to Kareem “Swiss” Roseboro, who was supplying heroin to distributors in the area, including Blake, Durham said.


Blake, Roseboro and others used the Stylz Barbershop on State Street as a hub for their narcotics distribution activity, according to Durham.


Investigators made several controlled heroin purchases from Blake between March and July 2015, Durham said, adding that one purchase was for crack cocaine.


The investigators seized multiple bricks of heroin, items used in processing and packaging heroin and five guns. Durham said a brick of heroin contains 100 individual dose bags.


On June 6, 2016, a grand jury returned an eight-count indictment that charged Blake, Roseboro and five other Bridgeport residents with heroin trafficking offense. All seven defendants were arrested the next day. An eighth defendant was added in a superseding indictment, Durham said.


Blake has been detained since his arrest. On Oct. 31, 2018, a jury found him guilty of one count...


Source: Bridgeport heroin trafficker gets 14 years in prison

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New Britain man charged after 18-month-old found with ‘severe bruising’

NEW BRITAIN — A New Britain man faces three felony charges after he allegedly caused injuries to his girlfriend’s child, police said Wednesday.


               

Dylan Michael Vitale, 20, of Horseplain Road in New Britain, was arrested on Monday and charged with cruelty to persons, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. Each of the three charges is a felony.


               

On Sunday, the Department of Children and Families reached out to New Britain police about a possible child abuse incident.


               

The victim, an 18-month-old girl, was admitted to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for an unrelated condition when hospital staff saw bruising on the child’s legs and severe bruising on the child’s back and stomach, police said.


               

New Britain police said the girl’s mother “had no explanation for the injuries.”


               

Further testing at the hospital showed that the child sustained serious abdominal injuries and a right hand fracture that had started to heal.


               

Detectives from the police department’s Youth Bureau were brought in to help investigate. Youth Bureau detectives interviewed the child’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend, Vitale.


               

“During the course of the interview with Vitale, he provided information leading investigators to suspect he caused the child’s injuries,” police said.


               

A warrant for Vitale’s arrest was immediately filed and approved.


               

Vitale was held on a $250,000 bond, and court records show he was not released from custody. He was arraigned in court Wednesday. There were no updated court records reflecting his next court date available later Wednesday.


               

The child remains in DCF custody, police said.


Source: New Britain man charged after 18-month-old found with ‘severe bruising’

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City’s newly appointed superintendent to be acting, not interim.

BRIDGEPORT — Michael Testani can be the city school district’s “acting” superintendent but not its “interim.”


And not because Testani does not currently possess the superintendent’s certificate required by state statutes to lead one of the state’s largest school districts.


There is no “interim” schools superintendent under state law, just “acting,” and with or without the proper certification, the appointment requires written approval from the Commissioner of Education, a state Department of Education official said Tuesday.


Bridgeport’s Board of Education has two weeks to seek approval to allow Testani to fill the role as an acting superintendent.


Acting superintendents can fill the role in a probationary capacity for a single school year with the approval of the Commissioner of Education, said Peter Yazbak, a spokesman for the state Department of Education.


Testani was chosen by a divided school board on Monday to have executive authority over the district of 20,400 students while the search for a permanent superintendent proceeds to replace Aresta Johnson. She is leaving the district and taking a job as director of K-12 strategic initiatives the UB School of Education.


Of the five finalists for acting position, Testani was one of only two that do not have a superintendent's certificate, which in Connecticut is referred to as an “093.”


He is working on one, having reportedly enrolled in a program that starts on July 1 at Central Connecticut...


Source: City’s newly appointed superintendent to be acting, not interim.

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Connecticut / Romano wins third term as CT Republican chairman
« on: June 26, 2019, 04:19:58 AM »
Romano wins third term as CT Republican chairman

Despite months of attacks from critics who said he could have done more in the 2018 election cycle, J.R. Romano was overwhelmingly elected to a third term as chairman of the state Republican party.


“All I’m going to say is that I’m truly grateful and thank you that you all have supported me,” Romano said after he was re-elected. “I know we don’t always agree, it’s not perfect. But I respect all of you. My door is always open. Whether it’s to complain, whether you need advice or whether you need help. If we’re going to be victorious we need to come together. We can’t let purity stand in the way of unity.”


Romano was elected by the majority of the 74 voting members of the state central committee. Matt O’Brien, the GOP town chair in Coventry, was also nominated and following his defeat, Romano publicly invited O’Brien to be a member of the party’s advisory committee.


“We need more activists and party leaders like yourself,” Romano said.


For months, potential candidates explored the possibility of running for the chairmanship against Romano, citing the party’s lack of success in the 2018 election.


“It’s been two terms under our chairman’s leadership and it’s not been an easy road, but one has to consider he’s been engaged with our party for a long time,” said Jonathan Wharton, a member of the state central committee, during his nominating speech. “I’ve witnessed him work well with others even when he doesn’t think he can.”


Wharton addressed the party divisions that led at least three other people to consider challenging Romano for his seat, and said he hopes the Romano can lead the party in setting aside those divisions.


“Does our chairman have his...


Source: Romano wins third term as CT Republican chairman

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Connecticut / Himes calls for Trump impeachment
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:51:18 PM »
Himes calls for Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON - After weeks of urging caution among fellow House Democrats, Rep. Jim Himes on Monday came out in favor of an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.


“During my career, I have learned that there are moments for calculation, prudence, compromise and the careful weighing of competing interests,” Himes said, noting his Hamlet-like response to rising alarm over Trump’s conduct on numerous fronts. “And there are moments for clarity and conviction. This is such a moment.”


Himes joins a rising chorus of 78 other Democrats calling for impeachment. His enlistment puts added pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who so far has resisted impeachment calls.


But on Friday night at a big-ticket Democratic dinner in Hartford, Pelosi appeared to inch a bit toward impeachment.


Recognizing the political math - a Republican-controlled Senate will never agree to House vote to impeach Trump - Pelosi said that nevertheless “Perhaps we’ll send a strong message, urgently needed, to the Senate that when we get the facts and we present the facts, we will honor our oath or office,” she said.


“We will hold the president accountable,” Pelosi said, sidestepping the word “impeachment.” “It’s a very, very serious thing and we must have our strongest hand.”


Gov. Ned Lamont was in the audience Friday night. On Monday, he told reporters he agreed with Pelosi’s measured stance. “I think Speaker Pelosi has it about right,” he said.


Himes became the first House member from Connecticut to side with Democrats favoring impeachment. (One Republican, Justin Amash of Michigan, also supports impeachment.)


Rep. Jahana Hayes is “still in the same place,” said her...


Source: Himes calls for Trump impeachment

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Connecticut / Fatal shooting is Bridgeport’s ninth homicide of 2019
« on: June 25, 2019, 04:20:32 PM »
Fatal shooting is Bridgeport’s ninth homicide of 2019

BRIDGEPORT — Anthony McKinstry left the state two years ago and moved to North Carolina.


Early Monday he was found lying in a pool of blood on Bishop Avenue, a gunshot wound in the back of his head, police sources said.


Sources said that after being convicted in 2017 of interfering with Stamford Police, McKinstry, 30, moved to the South. But recently, they said, he had come back to Connecticut and was living with his mother in Stamford.


Police officially released very little information about the 1:30 a.m. shooting, including any possible motive.


“An autopsy is not scheduled until tomorrow,” Police Spokesman Terron Jones said in an email. “We have not released any identifying information at this time.”


Detectives were working to establish a motive, Bridgeport Police Captain Brian Fitzgerald said. Anyone with information call the Bridgeport Police Department Tips Line at 203-576-TIPS.


Police cars remained parked outside the site of the shoot Monday afternoon, and officers sat on the porch of the Bishop Avenue home where the homicide happened. The street itself was fairly quiet. A length of police caution tape was still affixed to a street sign across the street from the home, but it was unclear whether that was related to the morning’s shooting.


The homicide was Bridgeport’s ninth this year, and comes a little more than a month since the last one, which happened on May 19. The victim in that crime was 55-year-old Miguel Lopez, who died following an assault at Mambo Grocery on Noble Ave.


Aside from that incident and a January stabbing death in Bridgeport, the city’s other seven homicides of 2019 have been...


Source: Fatal shooting is Bridgeport’s ninth homicide of 2019

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CT fugitive; Indian group’s vision; menacing dirt bikers top weekend news

A Kent man who graduated college when he was 18 and worked on Wall Street is wanted for a deadly robbery in Tennessee, police said. Police have issued warrants for the arrest of Peter Alexander Bohning, 34, who has been accused of stabbing a man to death and critically wounding the man’s wife.


In other news, an 18-year-old high school student was killed and three others were hurt Saturday night in a crash at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. Nicholas Proto, 18, a passenger in the vehicle, died in the accident. Proto attended Haddam-Killingworth High School.


Meanwhile, the search for Jennifer Dulos continued this weekend at a Hartford garbage facility. The New Canaan mother of five has been missing for a month. While authorities have said she was the victim of a “serious physical assault,” her estranged husband’s defense attorney offered an alternative theory to the case.


Here are other stories you may have missed this...


Source: CT fugitive; Indian group’s vision; menacing dirt bikers top weekend news

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Connecticut / Stamford PD to undocumented: Do not fear local police
« on: June 24, 2019, 10:49:18 PM »
Stamford PD to undocumented: Do not fear local police

After threats of immigration raids, at least one police department is reminding residents they do not need to be scared to call local officers during an emergency.


President Donald Trump on Saturday delayed raids the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was expected to conduct in major cities on Sunday. He tweeted he postponed the raids for two weeks so Republicans and Democrats could fix what he called asylum and loophole problems at the southern border.


Advocates organized plans on Friday to protect immigrant communities when news broke that Trump had ordered ICE to round up migrant families with deportation orders. Raids were expected Sunday in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston.


In a post in Spanish and English on its Facebook page, Stamford police emphasized officers would help people regardless of their legal status.


“To those persons who may be undocumented, the Stamford Police Department does not detain persons for ICE based on their status,” Assistant Chief James Matheny said in the post. “If you are in need of police services, you may always call without fear of what your current status is. Our priority is, and always will be maintaining the public safety.”


Local law enforcement cannot cooperate with ICE under Connecticut’s Trust Act, which was passed in 2013 to prevent undocumented immigrants from fearing reporting crimes to police. The state legislature further strengthened the law this year by eliminating all but...


Source: Stamford PD to undocumented: Do not fear local police

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Connecticut / Bedroom fire extinguished in Fairfield
« on: June 24, 2019, 04:52:01 PM »
Bedroom fire extinguished in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Firefighters battled a blaze early Sunday morning at a house on Longfellow Avenue.


               

The fire was in a bedroom on the first floor, the Fairfield Fire Department said on Twitter. Crews soon knocked down the flames and kept the fire contained to the bedroom, the department said.


               

The blaze started sometime before 1:15 a.m.


               

Fire officials could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday morning.


Source: Bedroom fire extinguished in Fairfield

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Connecticut / Trump delays ICE raids 2 weeks; Blumenthal reacts
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:10:36 AM »
Trump delays ICE raids 2 weeks; Blumenthal reacts

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids expected to start Sunday have been delayed two weeks by the president, he announced Saturday afternoon.


“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks,” President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet around 3 p.m.


He said the reason for the delay is to see if the two political parties can “work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.”


If a solution isn’t reached, Trump said, deportations will start.


U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., took to Twitter too, sharing his reaction to the delayed raids.


“Threat of raids is holding immigrant communities hostage,” Blumenthal wrote. “They are terrified to leave their homes, attend church, go to the doctor or spend time w/family. Using fear & intimidation to advance inhumane, xenophobic policies has reached a new tyrannical, un-American low.”


Before he announced the delay, Trump was defensive of the planned raids earlier Saturday morning on Twitter. He said the people ICE “apprehend have already been ordered to be deported.”


“This means that they have run from the law and run from the courts,” Trump said in the 8:30 a.m. tweet. “These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country.”


The news broke Friday, when sources told the Washington Post that Trump had directed ICE to do mass roundups of migrant families with deportation orders. The raids were set to begin Sunday and continue for several days, with major U.S. cities at the focal point, including Chicago, Miami, Los Angles and...


Source: Trump delays ICE raids 2 weeks; Blumenthal reacts

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Feds: Bridgeport heroin dealer gets more than 11 years in prison

BRIDGEPORT — A city man will spend more than 11 years in prison for heroin distribution and firearm possession offenses, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.


               

Ismael Mangual, 43, of Bridgeport, will serve 137 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release.


               

Court documents show that Milford police a vehicle being driven by Mangual on Aug. 31, 2017. Mangual didn’t have a driver’s license, the car was not registered or insured and there was a 6-year-old boy in the backseat without a car seat or seat belt, Durham said.


               

When officers searched Mangual’s vehicle, they found a loaded Glock 27 and a Glock 30. Durham said the Glock 30 had been reported stolen. Also in Mangual’s vehicle were 140 grams of heroin and digital scale, Durham said.


               

“The loaded firearm was found in the rear foot well of the car, close to where the child had been sitting,” he said.


               

Mangual was arrested on state charges that August day.


               

On March 28, Mangual pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and one count of possession a firearm in furtherance of a narcotics trafficking offense.


               

His criminal history includes state convictions for robbery and narcotics offenses, Durham said.


Source: Feds: Bridgeport heroin dealer gets more than 11 years in prison

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Connecticut / Rollover crash closes SB Merritt Parkway
« on: June 23, 2019, 08:26:39 AM »
Rollover crash closes SB Merritt Parkway

The southbound Merritt Parkway has reopened after being shut down for about 40 minutes Friday.


               

UPDATE: 11 AM


               

State Police say there are no injuries in the rollover.


               

A trooper at Troop G in Bridgeport says the left lane is now open.


               

He expects the parkway to reopen in about 15 minutes.


               

Earlier story


               

An accident has closed the southbound Merritt Parkway between Fairfield and Westport Friday morning.


               

The rollover crash, reported at 10:37 a.m. has closed southbound lanes between Exit 44 in Fairfield and 42 in Westport.


               

No word yet on whether there are serious injuries.


               

The state Department of Transportation is reporting severe delays on the Merritt with the average speed of 5 mph.


               

Heavy traffic is also reported on Black Rock Turnpike at Exit 44 in Fairfield. Many drivers are using Black Rock Turnpike to travel two miles to I-95.


               

On I-95, southbound congestion begins on the Fairfield and Westport town line near Exit 18. Average speed on I-95 is 22 mph, according to DOT.


               

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.


Source: Rollover crash closes SB Merritt Parkway

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Bridgeport Animal Control looking for whoever left dog tied to fence to die

BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport Animal Control is asking that anyone with information about who left a dog to die, tied up to a fence in the city.


“Do you know this dog?” animal control pleaded in a post on Facebook. “Do you know who his owners were who left him to die tied up?”


The BAC asked anyone with information about what happened to the dog, Bear, call the facility at 203-576-7727.


Bear, whose date of birth wasn’t known and was estimated to be around 14-years-old, was found tied to a fence in Bridgeport last Friday. BAC said when they found him, he was skin and bones, blind, weak and had large masses all over his body.


Bear was given a poor prognosis, so BAC reached out to rescue group Red Leash Shelter and asked if they would take them in to their hospice program.


The Red Leash Shelter’s volunteer, Steve, whose last name was not given, dropped everything and raced to Bear. He took him in, giving him love, affection and comfort.


“But overnight Bear took a turn for the worse and ran out of time,” Red Leash Shelter said, adding that he left the world with dignity.


Bear died on June 16.


The shelter said Bear, “gave everything he had to someone and when he needed his family, they failed him.”


Animal control praised the shelter for its help, adding that the facility’s relationship with rescue groups is essential in making a difference in the lives of some of BAC’s sick, old, injured and unnoticed animals.


“A special thank you to Red Leash Rescue and Steve for giving Bear love and comfort in his last moment and for all you do,” BAC said.


The public is urged to reach out to BAC with information about any kind of cruelty, abuse, neglect or otherwise report it to the facility.


Source: Bridgeport Animal Control looking for whoever left dog tied to fence to die

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Bridgeport man barricaded himself in home with knife, victim

BRIDGEPORT — A city man was taken into custody and later charged after he barricaded himself in a house “with a knife and a female victim” Wednesday night, officials said Thursday.


               

Police responded to a home on Park Terrace, where 21-year-old Erick Lara, of Noble Avenue, had barricaded himself in the house around 9:30 p.m. Police spokesman Terron Jones said Lara had a woman with him, described by police as the victim.


               

Within an hour, police had Lara in custody, uninjured, Jones said. He said the woman did not appear to be injured.


               

Lara was later charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest/interfering with police, second-degree threatening, carrying a dangerous weapon, third-degree criminal mischief and assault on public safety personnel.


               

There were no updated court records for Lara available Thursday afternoon, so a court date for him was not immediately available. Police did not provide the bond set for Lara’s charges.


Source: Bridgeport man barricaded himself in home with knife, victim

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