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    Police in Connecticut are cautioning car owners to be on alert following a recent rise in the theft of auto parts near the Massachusetts border. The Enfield Police Department issued an alert following a reported uptick in catalytic converter thefts that have taken place in town and in surrounding communities. Police said that the vehicles of choice appear to be Ford models, specifically vehicles with dual exhaust systems. In response to the rise in cases, the Enfield Police Department released a surveillance photo of a purported thief and his vehicle after he was busted stealing from a Ford van in the area of Moody Road. “If possible, park your vehicle indoors,” police said. “If this is not possible, consider parking it in a well-lit area.” 
    A Silver Alert has been issued by Connecticut State Police for a missing 63-year-old man who hasn’t been seen since the weekend. Officials are seeking the public’s assistance in locating New Haven County resident Mark Gasso, who was last seen in his Southbury home on Friday, April 16, prompting the Silver Alert on Tuesday, April 20. Gasso was described as being approximately 5-foot-11, weighing 185 pounds with no hair and hazel colored eyes. No description of his clothes he was last seen wearing was provided by investigators. Anyone with information regarding Gasso’s whereabouts, or has information as to where he may be going has been asked to contact the Southbury Police Department by calling (203) 264-5912.
    A Connecticut teen has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a 3-year-old boy during a drive-by shooting. Jaziah Smith, age 19, of Hartford, was arrested on Monday, April 19, for the killing which took place around Saturday afternoon, April 10 in Hartford, said Lt. Lt. Aaron Boisvert of the Hartford Police Department. The 3-year-old boy, identified as Randell Jones, was shot around 2:25 p.m. while riding in a vehicle near 182 Nelson St., with his mother, his 4- and 5-year-old siblings, and another man when a shooter in another vehicle began firing bullets at the family’s car, said Boisvert. Caught on city surveillance, the video shows a black Honda Accord pulled alongside the family's vehicle and someone inside began firing multiple shots at the vehicle. No one else in the car was injured. The boy was initially listed in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries, Boisvert said. The Honda...
    A 24-year-old Connecticut man was arrested for alleged possession of more than a kilo of cocaine, 137 grams of crack cocaine, Xanax bars, and guns, during a parole compliance check. Kevin Santos, age 24, of Waterbury, was nabbed on Friday, April 15, by Connecticut State Police and Waterbury Police, conducting a parole compliance check, said the Connecticut State Police. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement personnel discovered approximately 137 grams of cocaine, 4.8 grams of crack cocaine, and 29 Xanax bars, state police said. During a search of Santos's residence officers found a loaded Colt Python .357 revolver and a loaded Ruger EC9S 9mm semi-automatic pistol, both inside his bedroom, police added. The drugs and guns seized during the searches.Connecticut State PoliceSantos was arrested on multiple firearms and drug-related charges and held on a $500,000 cash/surety bond.  The Waterbury Police Gangs Unit, acting on information gathered during the...
    Connecticut State Police are searching for two suspects who allegedly stole catalytic converters off vehicles belonging to a business. The incident took place around 11:20 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, at the Stafford Pool Co. at 71 W. Stafford Rd, Stafford, said state police. During the crime, state police said one person stayed in the vehicle, believed to be a 2016-2018 Acura MDX or RDX SUV.  The suspects entered the parking lot from Route 190 in the direction of Somers/Enfield and left in the same direction, towards the town of Somers/Enfield. Anyone with information that can lead to the identification of these suspects is asked to contact the Stafford Resident Trooper’s Office at 860-684-3777 or Troop C at 860-896-3200.  As always, you can remain anonymous, said state police.
    Connecticut is seeing improved COVID-19 numbers, though the rate of younger residents getting infected with the virus continues to rise, causing concern for Gov. Ned Lamont. A group of younger, unvaccinated Connecticut residents has seen a recent rise in new cases and hospitalizations as the state continues to roll out its vaccination program at one of the quickest clips in the nation. Lamont said that while many elderly residents have received the vaccine, while a smaller percentage of younger people living in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccination. According to the latest data from the Department of Public Health, 87 percent of Connecticut residents 65 and up have received the vaccination, compared to just 34 percent among those in the 16 to 44 age group. A breakdown of who has received vaccinations, by age: 65+: 87 percent; 55-64: 73 percent; ...
    A shooter who barricaded himself in a building in New Haven County, firing indiscriminately at people and pinning down arriving police, was found dead after an hours-long standoff that shut down an entire neighborhood. The incident began around noontime on Tuesday, April 13 in New Haven County. Brandford Police began receiving calls of shots fired in the area of Main Street and Cherry Hill Road, said the Brandford Police. Responding officers encountered heavy gunfire coming from the upper floors of a business/apartment building, Brandford Police said. As officers rushed for cover and warned nearby businesses to shelter in place, additional 911 calls reported a gunshot victim nearby.  "This victim was later transported to the hospital with reported non-life-threatening injuries," the Brandford Police said. At one point during the incident, Brandford Police posted on Facebook: "Officers continued to face heavy gunfire and were pinned down until armored BearCat vehicles arrived. South...
    Following a police pursuit on Route 84, two brothers were nabbed in the end by the Massachusetts State Police aircrew. The incident began just before noon on Tuesday, April 13 in Worcester County, when Trooper Brian Gervais, assigned to the state police Sturbridge unit, was observing traffic on Route 84 eastbound in Sturbridge when he spotted a black Acura sedan with no front license plate, state police said. Gervais entered traffic and proceeded to catch up to the vehicle. As they approached Exit 3 the Acura made erratic lane changes, cutting off other motorists, and exited Route 84. Gervais followed the vehicle and saw it make an illegal U-turn to again enter Route 84 eastbound. He immediately activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The Acura refused to stop at which point Gervais notified all area cruisers and stations that he was in...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Federal health officials are expected to meet today, one day after abruptly calling for a nationwide pause in administering all doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine.The CDC and FDA cited six cases of blood clotting out of nearly 7 million doses. All of the cases involved women, one of whom died.In New York City, officials were working to reschedule 4000 appointments for people who were set to get the vaccine.RELATED: NY, NJ, CT all postpone Johnson &Johnson vaccines, states scramble to reschedule appointmentsEMBED More News Videos New York City vaccine sites will be postponing anyone scheduled for Johnson & Johnson appointments and rescheduling them for Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations "for the foreseeable future." The J&J vaccine will be replaced by the Pfizer and Moderna versions, both of which require people to get two doses.Many people we spoke with said they are willing to...
    Instagram CT Tamburello and Lili Solares Fans of The Challenge were surprised when the Double Agents season began and fan-favorite Chris “CT” Tamburello revealed that he had been going through a difficult time and was in the process of separating from his wife, Lili Solares. The couple married in 2018 and they share a five-year-old son, CJ. However, it appears that the two reconciled after filming ended as CT posted about their sixth anniversary together and Lili posted a series of stories and photos of herself and CT together. In November 2020, CT posted a photo of his wife and wrote as the caption, “Six years later… …still thinks I’m funny.” In December, Lili shared the following video to her story: https://heavy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/nzVa0h2-Imgur.mp4 She also more recently posted the following photo, courtesy of fan account The Challenge Overdose: View this post on Instagram A post shared...
    As the end of the school year grows near and students are dreaming of proms and graduation ceremonies, Connecticut state officials have released guidelines on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. State officials from the Department of Education and Department of Public Health have released a three-page document, that stresses the importance of many of the key preventions that have been in place for the past year including mask-wearing, social distancing, hand sanitizing, and limiting groups size for events. They are also asking school districts to have rapid contact tracing in place and to be ready to ask students to quarantine in case anyone tests positive. Some other measures required including no food or drinks so attendees can keep their masks on. "For proms or other similar events, times when masks are removed to eat or drink represent the period of highest risk for the spread of potentially infectious respiratory droplets,"...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Tri-State area immediately paused administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine after the CDC and FDA's guidance on Tuesday.So far, New York City has administered 234,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine and there have been no reports of blood clots.The city-run vaccine appointments will be postponing anyone scheduled for Johnson & Johnson appointments and rescheduling them for Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations "for the foreseeable future."The state-run Javits Center said that they would not be canceling anyone's appointments, rather anyone who had been scheduled for a Johnson & Johnson vaccine would instead receive a Pfizer shot.Mayor Bill de Blasio noted both he and Health Commissioner David Chokshi received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine."We believe in the effectiveness of this vaccine," de Blasio said.RELATED: NYC opens Broadway COVID vaccination site with star powerEMBED More News Videos N.J. Burkett reports on the newest venue on...
    More than a dozen new COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Connecticut over the weekend as the overall positive infection rate hovered around 3 percent after spiking last week. Between Friday, April 9, and Monday, April 12, there were 98,891 COVID-19 tests administered, resulting in a total of 2,985 laboratory-confirmed new infections for a 3.02 percent positive infection rate.  Over that stretch, an additional 13 new COVID-19 fatalities were reported as the death toll rose to 7,957 since the pandemic began last year. Seven more COVID-19 patients were discharged from Connecticut hospitals, with 524 still being treated statewide. Since the pandemic began, more than 8.1 million COVID-19 tests have been administered, resulting in 324,571 confirmed cases. A total of 2,414,373 first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Connecticut, with Lamont noting that the state “continues to expect supply to exceed demand by late April.” A breakdown of those...
    One person is dead following a head-on two-vehicle crash in Connecticut. It happened around 11:25 p.m., Saturday, April 10, in the area of Derby Avenue and Central Avenue in West Haven. Officers were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident with an unconscious occupant, said West Haven Police Sgt. Patrick Buturla. When officers arrived on the scene, it was apparent that the two vehicles had hit each other head-on, and the operator of one of the vehicles was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics. "Our major accident investigation squad arrived and took over the investigation," he said. As of Monday, April 12, officers were still attempting to notify the next of kin of the death, Buturla said. More information will be released as this investigation continues. 
    A 3-year-old Connecticut boy was shot and killed, the apparent unintended victim of a drive-by shooting, and a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot and another injured during a separate incident. Both took place on Saturday, April 10 in Hartford. The 3-year-old boy, identified as Randell Jones, was shot around 2:25 p.m. Saturday while riding in a vehicle near 182 Nelson St., with his mother, his 4- and 5-year-old siblings, and another man when a shooter in another vehicle began firing bullets at the family’s car, said Lt Aaron Boisvert of the Hartford Police Department. Caught on city surveillance, the video shows a black Honda Accord pulled alongside the family's vehicle and someone inside began firing multiple shots at the vehicle. No one else in the car was injured. Randall was initially listed in critical condition, but later died from his injuries, police said. “Our whole city’s heart breaks for this child and for...
    Connecticut State Police have arrested a third person in connection with the deadly beating death of a 75-year-old man Hartford County man. The arrest announcement, which took place on Friday, April 9, in the town of Windsor, did not name the person arrested, but comes a day after they put out a wanted alert for Melissa Feliciano, 31, for arrest on charges of murder, murder, robbery, and larceny in the death of Rocky Hills resident Robert Iacobucci on Monday, April 5. "We would like to thank the public for their continued support and Rocky Hill Police Department for their assistance in the arrest," state police said. On Thursday, April 8, police said that Feliciano, who worked as a home health aide for Iacobucci, has moved around a lot, but is known to frequent the Hartford and Manchester area.  Two other people arrested in the case, Franklyn Cruz, 42, and Madeline Dickey, 35,...
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    Connecticut State Police arrested 20 nursing home and long-term care workers after they entered a state office building and refused to leave during a protest calling for better wages and health care. The arrest took place around 4:57 p.m., Thursday, April 8 when the protestors entered the state's Office of the Policy & Management building located at 450 Capitol Ave., in Hartford, said the Connecticut State Police. Troopers were called in after the Hartford Police reported a protest involving approximately 100 individuals. When troopers arrived on the scene, it was learned the 20 individuals entered the building and refused to disperse despite several directives ordering them to leave the premises, state police said. The 20 were then taken into custody and transported to Troop H-Hartford where they were charged with criminal trespass.  They were released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, April 12, at...
    Connecticut State Police have out an alert for a woman wanted for the murder of a 75-year-old Hartford County man. Melissa Feliciano, 31, is wanted for felony murder, murder, robbery, and larceny for the homicide that occurred in Rocky Hill on Monday, April 6, in the death of Robert Iacobucci. Feliciano is described as being 5 foot 2, 85 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police said they don’t know if she has any weapons. Feliciano was a caretaker of Iacobucci's, and according to state police arrest records, one of three people who police believe were involved in his death. She disappeared after the murder.  Franklyn Cruz, 42, and Madeline Dickey, 35, were arrested late Monday, after a witness and friend of Cruz's called police to ask them to check on Iacobucci and then told them the story of what happened at the home during the homicide. Anyone with...
    A pedestrian has been struck and killed while walking along a Connecticut roadway. The incident took place around 1 a.m., Thursday, April 8, when a tow truck traveling on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard struck a  pedestrian at the Lamberton Street intersection in New Haven, said Captain Anthony Duff of the New Haven Police Department.  The tow truck driver remained at the scene, Duff said. An ambulance transported the adult male to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation by the NHPD Accident Reconstruction Team. Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6316.
    A 23-year-old man was killed during a two-vehicle crash that closed a busy roadway in the region for hours. The crash, involving a motorcycle and a car,  took place around 3:14 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, near the Connecticut/Massachusetts borderon Route 5 near the junction of University Place in Enfield, said the Enfield Police. According to police, the motorcycle, a 2009 Honda CBR 600, driven by Christopher Panatsas, age 23, of Enfield, Connecticut, collided with a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, driven by 54-year-old Jeffrey Milne of the Feeding Hills section of Agawam, Massachusetts.  Panatsas was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The crash remains under investigation by the Enfield Police Department Traffic Division, with assistance from the Metro Traffic Services Regional Traffic Team.  Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call Officer Paul Dubiel at 860-763-6400 ext. 1322.
    Two Connecticut men have been nabbed for an alleged series of thefts of tires and rims from vehicles through the Hartford County area. Most of the incidents involved a Toyota Highlander as the suspect vehicle. The last incident occurred In Windsor Locks in Hartford County, on Thursday, March 25, said the Windsor Locks Police. On Tuesday, April 6, around 1:07 a.m. a Windsor Locks officer was on patrol in the Route 75 area, where most of the incidents have occurred.  The officer spotted a white Toyota Highlander, matching the suspect description, turning onto Route 75 from Spring Hill Suites.  A motor vehicle stop was initiated and occupants of the vehicle, identified as Daniel Melendez, and Bryant Serrano, both age 23 of Hartford, were detained, police said. During an investigation following the stop, the officer located four Nissan rims and tires inside the vehicle along with a jack and lug wrench, police said....
    After seeing the positive COVID-19 infection rate in Connecticut hit 5 percent earlier this week, the number has dropped back down to where it had been sitting most of last month. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that out of 27,019 COVID-19 tests administered statewide on Wednesday, April 7, a total of 1,038 came back as lab-confirmed positives for a 3.84 percent positivity rate, down from 5 percent the previous day. Nine new COVID-19 patients were admitted into Connecticut hospitals, bringing the total to 514 still being treated for the virus, while five new fatalities brought the death toll to 7,935 statewide. Since the pandemic began, more than 7.9 million COVID-19 tests have been administered, resulting in 318,767 confirmed cases. Click here for Daily Voice's Interactive Map Of Cases In Our Coverage Area, including available ICU beds in hospitals The latest breakdown of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, by...
    A 23-year-old Connecticut man was killed after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing near his home. Gerver Sinay-Sacrapal, of New Haven, was killed around 6:22 p.m., Sunday, April 4, on Quinnipiac Avenue in New Haven, said New Haven Police Captain Anthony Duff. According to Duff, Sinay-Sacrapal was operating a Kawasaki EX400 motorcycle and traveling southbound on Quinnipiac Avenue near Essex Street when he attempted to pass a vehicle and lost control of the motorcycle. He then struck an unoccupied parked vehicle, and upon impact, he was ejected from the motorcycle, Duff said. New Haven Police and Fire responded to the crash. An ambulance transported the victim to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident remains under investigation by the NHPD Accident Reconstruction Team.  Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6316.
    The discovery of a Connecticut man found dead inside a parked car has partially closed two busy roadways at a busy intersection.  The 26-year-old man was found early Monday, April 5, in the area of River and Daniel St., in Milford, said Milford Police Officer Michael DeVito. DeVito, who said the death did not appear "criminal in nature," added that the two roads were partially closed to allow for an investigation. The man's identity has not been released until the notification of the next of kin. DeVito said traffic elays should be expected in the area. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
    A Connecticut man was arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle while he was pumping gas in Massachusetts. Hartford County resident Yves Sorokobi, age 50, of Manchester, was arrested around 4 p.m., Saturday, April 3, in Hampden County after Ludlow Police received a 911 call for a report of a motor vehicle that had just been stolen, Ludlow Police said. The owners of the vehicle said they were currently tracking the stolen vehicle via a mobile phone application.  Ludlow Police dispatchers were able to remain on the line gathering real-time data and location updates. Shortly thereafter, Ludlow Police responded to the Pride Gas Station located at 478 Center St., where officers found Sorokobi pumping gas into the stolen vehicle, police said. After a further investigation, officers determined that Sorokobi had taken the motor vehicle, which had previously been parked in front of a local business in town, police added. When he allegedly...
    Nearly 20 percent of adults in Connecticut have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as Connecticut approaches two million shots administered. Out of 3.575 million Connecticut residents, 555,162 are partially vaccinated as of Friday, April 2, according to the Department of Health, while 743,564 are fully vaccinated. A total of 1,992,899 "needles have been put in arms" since the vaccination program began earlier this year. Connecticut remains in the top three most vaccinated states in the country by population. A breakdown of Connecticut residents who have received at least dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, by age group:  75+: 214,000; 65-74: 253,000; 55-64: 214,000; 44-54: 86,000; 35-44: 72,000; 25-34: 65,000; 16-24: 26,000. There were 44,111 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut on Thursday, April 1, resulting in 1,542 laboratory-confirmed cases for a 3.5 percent positive infection rate, down from 4.45 percent the previous day. Seven new...
    Connecticut State Police have joined in the search for a missing Massachusetts boy who has not been seen in almost two months. On Friday, April 2, the Massachusetts State Police said the Connecticut State Police, along with Chicopee Police Department Dive Unit are searching for Aiden Blanchard, 11, who was last seen Friday, Feb. 5 around 11:30 a.m. when he was walking in the Willamansett area of Chicopee, Mass. He was believed to be headed toward the Medina Street boat launch along the Connecticut River, police said. Aiden is described as being 5-feet, 100 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red ski jacket and black ski pants, Chicopee Police said. On Friday, the Chicopee Police, along with the Hampden County Sheriff's Office marine unit was on the river continuing their search for the boy, the department said. "Throughout the course of this ongoing...
    A 47-year-old Connecticut woman was arrested after allegedly using racial slurs and then attacking a person who spoke up about her actions. Kristina Pacelli, of Milford, was arrested on Sunday, March 28, after Milford Police responded to the area of 54 Naugatuck Ave., on the report of an assault that just occurred, police said. An investigation led to the arrest of Pacelli who is accused of using racial slurs, police said. A customer who overheard the racial comments allegedly spoke up and Pacelli is accused of then assaulting the female customer and pulling her hair as she was exiting the establishment.  Pacelli was charged with assault and breach of peace. She was released on a promise to appear ticket. 
    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont proclaimed that the state's supply of COVID-19 vaccines is likely to exceed demand by the end of the month as the state continues to "put shots in arms" at one of the quickest rates in the country. With eligibility to receive the vaccine opening up to anyone 16 and older, Lamont announced on Thursday, April 1 Connecticut remains in the top three most vaccinated states in the nation. As of April 1, there have been 1,250,457 first doses administered in Connecticut, while 733,931 residents are fully vaccinated. A total of 1,935,375 COVID-19 doses of the vaccine have been administered since the program began earlier this year. A breakdown, by age group, of who has been vaccinated in Connecticut:  65+: 81 percent received at least one dose; 45+: 65 percent; 16+ 43 percent. There were 35,538 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut on Wednesday, March 31,...
    Two Connecticut men were arrested following a warrants search for suspected weapons violations. Kevin Matos, age 26, and Harrison Regan, age 29, both of Waterbury, were arrested around 5 a.m., Thursday, April 1, by Connecticut State Police on numerous felony weapons and drugs charges, said the Connecticut State Police. When detectives arrived at the home to serve the warrant, they found four adults and two juveniles. As a result of the search, investigators located and seized several firearms and discovered an illegal marijuana grow as well as other forms of narcotics to include but not limited to, cocaine and heroin, state police said. "It should be noted that all of the unsecured firearms were located in the juvenile's bedroom," police said. Matos, who is currently registered as a deadly weapons offender, and Regan were both arrested and processed for various felony charges.  Matos is held on a $500,000 bond and...
    A Connecticut man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill the business owner located next to his business.  John Iaffaldano, age 57, of Milford, was arrested on Sunday, March 28, for allegedly threatening to kill the neighboring business owner, Milford Police said. Iaffaldano was arrested after Milford Police responded to the area of 158 Research Drive on the report of a man displaying a shotgun.  An investigation found that Iaffaldano allegedly repeatedly called the owner of a neighboring business, using racial slurs, and threatening to kill the other owner. The owner then went to check on their business, police said.   At this point, Iaffaldano came out of his business holding what was later determined to be an airsoft gun and pointed it at the other owner, police said. He was charged with threatening, harassment, and breach of peace and released on a promise to appear ticket. 
    A Connecticut man was arrested after police helping firefighters responding to a house fire allegedly found a large hallucinogenic "mushroom" grow room. The incident took place on Monday, March 29, when the East Hartford Fire Department responded to 449 Burnside Avenue for an active kitchen fire, said East Hartford Police Lt. Joshua Litwin. The fire department notified police that they discovered what appeared to be a "mushroom" grow operation within the home," Litwin said.. A further investigation by police revealed the mushrooms and operation were drug-related, evidence included enclosed grow tents with irrigation piping, humidity controls, and lighting, as well as hundreds of “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms," which have a psychoactive hallucinogenic compound in various stages of growth, Litwin said. Resident Maurice Beverly, age 32, was arrested and charged with: Possession of hallucinogenic substance Possession with intent to sell a hallucinogenic substance Operating a drug factory Possession of over...
    The average rate of homeownership in Connecticut has dropped significantly over the past five years, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Connecticut typically has an above-average rate of homeownership compared to the rest of the country, but the new data found that it is one of two states to show significant declines on that front between 2014 and 2019. During that time span, the ratio of Connecticut owner-occupied households compared to total households in the state dropped 1.4 percent. The only state with a steeper decline was North Dakota at 2.5 percent. The largest increases were reported in Wyoming (5.0 percent); Arizona (4.2 percent), Idaho (3.6 percent), Hawaii (3.5 percent), and Nevada (3.0 percent). 
“The homeownership rate in the United States, measured as the percentage of the nation’s occupied housing units that are owner-occupied units, has experienced substantial change over the last 15 years,” officials noted....
    Loading the player... Three of the children of renowned civil rights activists are fighting back against the new voting laws in Georgia. They released a letter Monday night to lawmakers and corporate leaders condemning the law, per CNN. Read More: Alvin Sykes, civil rights activist who investigated cold cases, dies at 64 “Rather than sowing seeds to provide democracy the greatest chance to grow today and prevail tomorrow, legislators are attempting to transport us back to the shameful period of American history when mass voter suppression for communities of color was the law of the land,” read the letter signed by Bernice A. King, the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John-Miles Lewis, son of the late US Rep. John Lewis, and Al Vivian, son of Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian. Dr. Bernice A. King speaks during the 2021 King Holiday Observance Beloved Community Commemorative Service on January...
    A new age group in Connecticut will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday morning. Gov. Ned Lamont said that Connecticut remains on track to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults over the age of 16 beginning on Thursday, April 1. Additionally, more than 100 additional pharmacies across Connecticut will be added to the state’s vaccination program. Originally, the final group - those between 16 and 44, were to become eligible for the vaccine as of Monday, April 5, but due to the state’s steady rollout of its vaccination program, they accelerated the plan. To schedule an appointment Connecticut residents should visit the state’s VAMS website, where they will be guided to the nearest clinic with spots available. Those without Internet access can call the Connecticut Vaccine Appointment assist line at 877-918-2224. Lamont noted that anyone who is 16 or 17 should only sign up for...
    Police in Connecticut are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a teen who was reported missing and may require medical attention. The Enfield Police Department issued a Silver Alert on Wednesday, March 31 for 17-year-old Jordyn Medina (pictured above), who was reported missing this week. According to police, Medina was last seen in the area of Booth Street in Enfield wearing a dark flannel and gray pants. Investigators noted that Medina may have dyed red hair, and noted that a Silver Alert was issued due to an undisclosed medical condition. Anyone with information regarding Medina’s whereabouts has been asked to contact police by calling (860) 763-6400. Share this story by clicking on the Facebook icon below. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
    A wanted Connecticut man was allegedly nabbed with guns and drugs during a traffic stop by Massachusetts State Police. Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, March 23 Trooper David Marra, assigned to State Police in Springfield, was on patrol traveling on Route 91 northbound in Longmeadow.  As he was passing Mile Marker 1 he observed a black Mercedes sedan, with a defective headlight, pass his cruiser and stopped the vehicle, state police said. After the vehicle came to a stop, the driver was identified as Delroy Gouldbourne, age 32, of Hartford. During a computer check of Gouldbourne's license and registration, Marra found the license was suspended in Massachusetts. It also revealed he had a warrant for his arrest out of Springfield District Court.  Trooper Marra returned to the Mercedes and placed Gouldbourne under arrest.  A pat-frisk revealed he was carrying a concealed Phoenix Arms pistol in his waistband loaded with 10...
    In an effort to help Connecticut residents recover financially from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state would be providing free weekend busing over the summer. On Tuesday, March 30, Lamont said that he is directing CTtransit to provide free, statewide bus service to all customers every weekend this summer beginning Memorial Day weekend and lasting through Labor Day. According to the governor, offering free bus service on weekends through the summer will encourage Connecticut residents to visit locally owned small businesses and help the communities most heavily impacted by the pandemic. 
“To help support our economic recovery from the pandemic, I want to make Connecticut’s many attractions and businesses reachable by as many of our residents as possible, and implementing free weekend bus service this summer – the busiest time of tourism season – will help facilitate that,” Lamont said. Approximately 20 percent of...
    Police in Connecticut eventually caught-up to a wanted motorist after the man’s getaway vehicle suffered a flat tire. The incident began just after 11:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26, in New Haven, in the area of Howard Avenue and Spring Street in the Hill neighborhood, when members of the New Haven Police Department spotted a man with an active warrant for fleeing from police, said Captain Anthony Duff. During a previous encounter, motorist Brian Pendergrass, age 25, of the Fair Haven neighborhood in New Haven, fled officers by driving his vehicle at officers and then driving away at a high rate of speed in February, Duff said. On March 26, Pendergrass was operating the same Hyundai Elantra. To assist the Task Force with the traffic stop, patrol officers responded to the area as Pendergrass increased his speed and failed to stop for red lights as he sped away, police said....
    The positive COVID-19 rate in Connecticut increased over the weekend, as the state saw nearly two dozen new virus-related deaths reported. There were 91,407 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut between Friday, March 26, and Sunday, March 28, resulting in 3,229 laboratory-confirmed cases for a 3.53 percent infection rate. Related story - COVID-19: CT First State In Nation To Utilize FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit Forty-two new COVID-19 patients were admitted into Connecticut hospitals, leaving 498 still being treated, while 18 new fatalities brought the death toll to 7,883 statewide since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Since the pandemic began, more than 7.6 million COVID-19 tests have been administered, resulting in 308,439 confirmed cases. Lamont touted Connecticut's COVID-19 program as one of the best in the country after administering more than 240,000 first doses last week as eligibility is set to expand to 16 and older as of Thursday,...
    A bomb threat at a Connecticut school has been deemed unfounded after a search of the facility by bomb-sniffing dogs, state police, and the FBI. The incident began around 11:45 a.m., Friday, March when officials with the FBI contacted the Ansonia Police to report they received a complaint that a person threatened to blow up the middle school, said Ansonia Police Lieutenant Patrick Lynch.  After consulting with the Ansonia Board of Education, a decision was made to send home the Pre-K students, all other students were on a remote learning day.  A check of the school inside and out by officers and staff did not reveal anything suspicious. Bomb-sniffing dogs were also used to check the school and nothing was found, Lynch said.  With the assistance of the F.B.I. and Connecticut State Police, all the people involved were located and interviewed.  The investigation showed there was an ongoing neighbor dispute where...
    A Connecticut hit-and-run driver man allegedly struck two people crossing a roadway, killing one, has been arrested by police.  Christopher Luna, age 29, of Waterbury, was turned himself in to police on Monday, March 29, for the incident which took place on Tuesday, March 23, in Waterbury, said Waterbury Police Sgt Robert Davis. Christopher Luna being taken into custody.Waterbury Police DepartmentAccording to Davis, when officers responded to the scene, they found two pedestrians were on the shoulder of the roadway in the area of 900 Meriden Road. Both of the pedestrians were hit by a gold or tan-colored vehicle which fled the area.  One of the pedestrians had minor injuries and the other pedestrian, identified as Shane Dube, 49, of Wolcott, had serious injuries and later died. During an investigation, police were able to obtain a photograph of the vehicle, and Luna was developed as a suspect. He was charged with:...
    A Connecticut man is behind bars after throwing a knife that stabbed his roommate in the buttocks. The incident took place around 8 p.m., Friday, March 26, in New Haven. Officers responded to a home for a report that Trevor Campbell, age 26, of New Haven, had assaulted his roommate with the knife, said New Haven Police Captain Anthony Duff. When police arrived on the scene, they found Campbell had allegedly stabbed his roommate by throwing a kitchen knife that struck the 41-year-old-victim.  The victim sustained a laceration to the buttocks. An ambulance transported the victim with non-life-threatening injuries to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition, Duff said.  It is believed a disagreement about smoking led to the stabbing incident inside the Fair Haven home, he added. Campbell was charged with assault and breach of peace. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. 
    A new mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit from FEMA is making its national debut in Connecticut. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that FEMA has loaned the state its mobile vaccination van, which can provide up to 250 vaccinations each day. Hartford Health, Trinity Health, Griffin Health, and UConn Health will be administering the doses at sites across the state. The mobile unit was scheduled to debut on Monday, March 29 at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport before making the rounds across the state.  It will utilize the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine so as to avoid having to make a second appointment to complete the vaccination process. According to FEMA, the trailer will travel through 17 communities in Connecticut over 60 days. “The partnership with FEMA and the federal government has been exceptional, providing support to our state during this critical time as we continue to move as fast as possible...
    MTV Fessy Shafaat and CT Tamburello Fessy Shafaat recently appeared on MTV’s Official Challenge Podcast and provided more information about his fight with Chris “CT” Tamburello in the club scene during the last episode of The Challenge: Double Agents. He told hosts Tori Deal and Aneesa Ferreira that his goal in appearing on The Challenge is to compete at the highest level and beat the best. Fessy and CT have gone head-to-head just once before, in their wrestling match on top of the moving truck in one of the daily challenges that ended in a draw. Since then, fans have been clamoring to see the two face off as Fessy has made some bold claims about being able to beat anyone in a physical elimination. During the 15th episode of the show, CT lost his temper with Fessy in the club scene, while the two were dressed up...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- There are concerns about an increase of COVID cases in the United States as New York and Connecticut are among 22 states that have seen a more than 10% increase in the number of new cases week on week.Meanwhile, New York and Connecticut are joined by New Jersey on the list of states with the highest case rates nationally (7 day daily average: 310, 225, and 321 per 100k population, respectively).Connecticut's Department of Public Health is urging residents to keep wearing masks and practice social distancing after the state saw an increase in cases over the last two weeks.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more of today's headlines:NYC...
    The COVID-19 numbers in Connecticut are largely trending in the right direction as the state saw its positive infection rate dip back below 3 percent. Gov. Ned Lamont said that there were 59,630 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut on Thursday, March 25, resulting in 1,699 confirmed cases for a 2.85 percent positivity rate, down nearly a full percent from the day before. According to the Department of Health, there were three newly confirmed virus-related deaths - down from four the previous day - as the total rose to 7,865. Twenty-two new COVID-19 patients were admitted into Connecticut hospitals for treatment, leaving 456 still being monitored for the virus. Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, there have been more than 7.5 million COVID-19 tests administered, resulting in 305,210 laboratory-confirmed cases. Click here for Daily Voice's Interactive Map Of Cases In Our Coverage Area, including available ICU beds in...
    A pickup truck smashed into a Connecticut gas station/convenience and used a chain to rip the front door off the building. After ripping off the door, around 3 a.m., on Friday, March 26, multiple suspects entered the Valero Store located 269 Main Street, in Windsor Locks, said Lt. Paul Cherniack. Officers responded and canvassed the area, but the suspects had fled prior to police arrival, Cherniack said. The front door and the building itself sustained damage.  Video surveillance showed multiple suspects using what appeared to be a chain attached to a truck to rip the front door off the building, Cherniack said. Unknown at this time if anything was stolen. The case is open and under investigation.  
    House Democrats in Connecticut voted to keep Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency powers in place, and the measure now moves to the Senate. On Thursday, March 25, House representatives voted 90 to 50 to extend 93 executive orders put in place by Lamont during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the governor reminded lawmakers that Connecticut is still in a state of emergency. The vote was split along party lines. “Infections are no longer going down, plateaued, and in fact picking up a little bit. We're not out of this yet,” Lamont said. Lamont’s orders are set to expire on Tuesday, April 20. Democrats are calling for an extension through Thursday, May 20, though Republicans said it should be May 1, with a thorough review by Thursday, April 1. “What Republicans are offering today is not about whether to wear a mask, not whether or not we need hand sanitizer, but how...
    State police are asking for the public’s help in finding out how a woman ended up dead on a Connecticut highway. The woman was found around 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, when troopers were dispatched to I-691 in Meriden by a caller who said someone was lying on the highway, said the Connecticut State Police. When troopers arrived on the scene, they found the woman who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle, state police said. The unidentified woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Troop I barracks in Bethany at 203-393-4200.
    Independent living centers in Connecticut are facing cuts as the state works its way through the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that funding to the state’s five independent living centers could be slashed by upwards of 10 percent, despite the good work that has been done at those facilities during the pandemic to assist residents. When proposing the potential funding cuts, Lamont made note that the money will be made back and redistributed to the centers once funds from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan reach Connecticut. Officials said that independent living enters have been underfunded by more than $2 million before the pandemic, with Lamont proposing approximately $62,000 more in cuts. State funding this year was $613,000, or approximately $122,000 per center. Independent living centers have been essential in helping some residents get out of nursing homes and into a safer environment. Workers at those...
    A Connecticut pedestrian who was struck by a hit-and-run driver remains in critical condition after being aided by a Good Samaritan. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, when New Haven Police and Fire responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on Sherman Avenue between Elm Street and Whalley Avenue, in New Haven. Prior to the arrival of emergency responders, a nearby 40-year-old New Haven woman heard the impact of the pedestrian being struck by the car, said New Haven PD Captain Anthony Duff. The Good Samaritan went to the injured pedestrian and began to render aid. Lying in the street, the 37-year-old New Haven man had suffered serious injuries. Feeling no pulse on the unresponsive victim, the Good Samaritan performed CPR on the pedestrian, Duff said. New Haven Fire Department and American Medical Response personnel arrived and took over treatment. An ambulance transported the pedestrian...
    Police are asking for help after one of two pedestrians struck by a hit-and-run driver in Connecticut has died. The incident took place around 11 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, in the area of 900 Meriden Road in Waterbury. According to police, when officers responded to the scene, they found two pedestrians were on the shoulder of the roadway in the area of 900 Meriden Road, said Sergeant Nadine Amatruda of the Waterbury Police Department. Both of the pedestrians were hit by a gold or tan-colored vehicle, she added. The vehicle fled in an unknown direction.  One of the pedestrians had minor injuries and the other pedestrian, identified as Shane Dube, age 49, of Wolcott, had serious injuries. Both were transported to local area hospitals for treatment of those injuries by ambulance.  Dube was pronounced dead at the hospital, Amatruda said. An investigation is ongoing. Police are asking that anyone with information on...
    Two people were injured during a pre-dawn shooting in Connecticut that shut down two roadways and left one person critically injured. The shooting took place around 3:55 a.m., Wednesday, March 24, when Hartford Police patrol officers responded to the area of Albany Avenue at Sigourney Street on a Shot Spotter activation, where a shooting scene was discovered. While on the scene, an area hospital reported that two victims had arrived for treatment of gunshot wounds, said Lt. Aaron Boisvert of the Hartford Police. It appeared the victims were shot while sitting inside a vehicle while on Albany Avenue, he added. One of the victims suffered from gunshot wounds to the chest and is currently listed in critical, but stable condition.  It was determined that the second victim was not shot, as earlier reported, but suffered an injury from glass that shattered during the incident. He is also listed in stable condition.  The Hartford Police Major Crimes and Crime Scene Divisions...
    MTV Chris "CT" Tamburello One star of The Challenge, Jay Starrett, recently revealed who his preferred partners would be in a hypothetical Rivals season, ranked from most preferred to least preferred. He said first would be Chris “CT” Tamburello, then Rogan O’Connor, followed by Ashley Mitchell and Morgan Willett. Jay was asked who he would choose out of a series of options as his favorite partners for a Rivals season on Jake’s Take Podcast. He said, “CT, easy pick, he’s a winner. He knows how to win, he’s a beast. Second, another winner, because they know how to win so they would help me get there, Rogan.” He continued, “Third winner, Ashley Mitchell, because I would need a girl partner and I love Ashley, she’s the best. The only reason we eliminated [Ashley] was because she got second place in the mini-final [on Double Agents].” Follow the Heavy...
    The COVID-19 numbers in Connecticut are largely trending in the right direction as the state continues "getting shots into arms" and accelerating its vaccination program. Gov. Ned Lamont said that there were 20,009 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut on Monday, March 22, resulting in 898 confirmed cases for a 4.49 percent positivity rate, up slightly from over the weekend. According to the Department of Health, there were four newly confirmed virus-related deaths - down from nine the previous day - as the total rose to 7,845. Fourteen new COVID-19 patients were admitted into Connecticut hospitals for treatment, leaving 403 still being monitored for the virus. Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, there have been more than 7.4 million COVID-19 tests administered, resulting in 300,565 laboratory-confirmed cases. In his latest update, Lamont said that 1,042,185 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and a total of...
    The COVID-19 numbers in Connecticut are largely trending in the right direction as the state continues "getting shots into arms" and accelerating its vaccination program. Gov. Ned Lamont said that there were 20,009 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut on Monday, March 22, resulting in 898 confirmed cases for a 4.49 percent positivity rate, up slightly from over the weekend. According to the Department of Health, there were four newly confirmed virus-related deaths - down from nine the previous day - as the total rose to 7,845. Fourteen new COVID-19 patients were admitted into Connecticut hospitals for treatment, leaving 403 still being monitored for the virus. Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, there have been more than 7.4 million COVID-19 tests administered, resulting in 300,565 laboratory-confirmed cases. In his latest update, Lamont said that 1,042,185 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and a total of...
    A Connecticut woman has been released on a $10,000 bond after an arrest for animal cruelty.  Anizya Elliott, of New Haven, was arrested on Sunday, March 21, following an anonymous complaint of puppies being thrown, kicked, and abused in several social media videos, said New Haven Police Captain Anthony Duff. Duff said officers responded around 8 p.m. to a Sherman Avenue home. After an investigation, officers arrested resident Elliott, who was charged with cruelty to animals.  Elliott was released after posting a $10,000 bond. She is due at Superior Court in New Haven on Friday, May 17. Officers seized both six-month-old puppies and transported the two dogs to the city’s Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter.  According to shelter director, NHPD Officer Joseph Manganiello, the animals remain in the care of shelter staff.  No major injuries were reported.
    Police in Connecticut are searching for three armed men who allegedly attempted to steal a vehicle out of a garage while the residents were at home. The incident took place around 4:20 p.m., Monday, March 22, when Naugatuck Police Department officers responded to Jolie Road to investigate a possible carjacking.  The incident began when the homeowner investigated a noise at their residence and discovered a man sitting inside a vehicle in his garage, police said. When confronted, the suspect produced a small pistol, pointed it at the homeowner, then fled from the residence to a white Acura MDX which had two other suspects inside. The suspect with the firearm was described as a light-skinned, black or Hispanic male with all black clothes with a puffy hooded jacket.  The driver of the Acura was described as a light-skinned male, thin build, wearing a green and black jacket with a red and...
    UPDATE: A 23-year-old Cleveland man with autism who was accused of five bank robberies and two other attempts in New Jersey – and suspected in a dozen others in Connecticut and Pennsylvania – has died in federal custody in Chicago. Federal authorities hadn’t yet explained to his parents how Tyler James O’Toole died after being hospitalized last month, however, according to a published report. O’Toole was awaiting trial on charges of robbing a bank Glenview, Illinois when he cut off his monitoring bracelet, stole his mother's 2018 Hyundai Elantra and went on a holdup spree last fall, federal authorities said. The FBI obtained a warrant in U.S. District Court in Newark for the Colorado native’s arrest in November. They made their search public more than a week later, and O’Toole was captured in Queens the very next day. He died on Feb. 17, according to his obituary. Mika and Larry O'Toole...
    Police are going door to door searching for witnesses or video surveillance systems that may have witnessed an early morning homicide. The fatal shooting took place around 9:19 a.m., Monday, March 22, in New Haven. Police responded to the area of Clifton Street and Lenox Street in the Fair Haven Heights neighborhood for a report of a shooting, said Captain Anthony Duff of the New Haven Police Department. Emergency medical responders pronounced the victim deceased at the scene, he said. As of 11:30 a.m., officers continue to hold a crime scene in the area of Clifton Street and Lenox Street with several streets closed. Investigators are asking anyone with information or security camera video to contact the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304.
    Police have released the identity of a woman killed after being hit by a vehicle. Maria Luisa Morales, age 55, of New Haven, was struck by a box truck on Thursday, March 18, in New Haven, authorities said. The crash happened about 5:40 p.m., Thursday, on the corner of Temple Street at Chapel Street when Morales began to cross the roadway when she was hit by a commercial delivery box truck traveling eastbound on Chapel Street, said Captain Anthony Duff of the New Haven Police Department. The truck, operated by a 31-year-old Bridgeport man, continued to travel on Temple Street. Officers located the truck on George Street.  The truck operator is cooperating with the investigation. At the crash scene, emergency medical responders pronounced Morales dead at the scene.  The accident remains under investigation by the NHPD Accident Reconstruction Team. Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact...
    An employee at a Connecticut food plant was seriously injured after becoming impaled on a pasta machine. The incident took place around 3:30 a.m., Monday, March 21 at Carla's Pasta, 50 Talbot Lane, in South Windsor, said the South Windsor Fire Department. According to officials, the department responded to the restaurant for an employee with their armed trapped in a pasta roller machine. Car 19 responded first, and while en route, was updated the man was trapped up to his elbow.  The patient was both entangled and impaled by the machine, which was in a tight location both above and under conveyor belts and tracks, the department said.  Disassembly of the involved machine was not an option, and cutting operations were hampered by its stainless steel composition.  The machine was a hopper-type device at the top of a roller machine, which had an auger in the middle and an output...
    MTV Chris "CT" Tamburello Chris “CT” Tamburello made waves in the Challenge house recently when he left his partner Tula “Big T” Fazakerley for Kam Williams after his elimination win. His partner switch wasn’t the surprising move but rather, the way he announced his decision with intense excitement and no regard for Big T’s feelings. However, the partnership proved to be short-lived as Kam was stolen by Cory Wharton during last week’s episode after he defeated Darrell Taylor in the Crater. That left CT to choose Big T to partner up with, bringing their storyline full circle. Following that episode, CT opened up about his decision to leave Big T initially on The Challenge Aftermath and said his decision was “impulsive.” He also hinted at having regrets about the move during the episode when he said he thought Big T would have been easier to work with during...
    Derek Chauvins attorney says the murder trial is not about race. His own line of questioning suggests otherwise. Its not just you: Its still nearly impossible to buy a PlayStation 5 Though vaccine distribution is well underway across the United States, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 29,203,800 reported cases of the virus nationwide -- and that number is growing every day. In the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford metropolitan area, located in Connecticut, a total of 92,149 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 7,620 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- below the national rate of 8,926 cases per 100,000 people. © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. Even though Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford has fewer COVID-19 infections per capita than the national average, there are parts of the metro area...
    Select Stop & Shop locations across Connecticut are now offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals age 45 and older. Those interested in scheduling a vaccine must schedule an appointment on Stop & Shop's website and are urged to not call or visit the store to request an appointment.  For more information or to schedule an appointment at one of Stop & Shop’s participating pharmacies, please visit stopandshop.com.
    In the wake of a brutal attack by a home invasion suspect, a 15-year-old teen girl is recovering from her injuries with a little help from the community on a GoFundMe page. The girl was assaulted inside her home by a teen who had targeted her and viciously attacked her with a hatchet on Wednesday, March 17 in Litchfield County, said the Watertown Police. The attack was discovered around 4 p.m. in Watertown when officers responded to a single-family residence on Morris Town Line Highway for the report of a home invasion and that the suspect was armed with a hatchet and injured an occupant in the residence, said authorities. See Earlier Story: Teen Wielding Hatchet Breaks Into Litchfield County Home, Attacks Juvenile The teen suffered serious injuries to her head, legs, and hands, the Watertown Police Department said.  The assailant was later captured and arrested, police said. Since the attack, the...
    Approximately 400,000 more Connecticut residents are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as the state continues ramping up its vaccination program at one of the quickest rates in the country. As of Friday, March 19, all Connecticut residents 45 and older can book an appointment to receive the vaccine, joining healthcare workers, nursing home residents and employees, educators, and first responders. To help expedite the process of scheduling an appointment, eligible Connecticut residents can do so online or through the state's telephone hotline. Once the first appointment is made, a follow-up appointment will be made at the vaccination site to receive the second shot to complete the process. Those who are eligible can sign up for an appointment using the state’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) or through Connecticut’s hotline at 877-918-2224 or by calling 211. One can make an appointment online by visiting: The CDC’s VAMS and The...
    After seeing a sharp spike in positive COVID-19 infection rates earlier in the week in Connecticut, the numbers are trending back in the right direction as it dipped below 3 percent. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that there were 41,904 COVID-19 tests administered across the state on Wednesday, March 17, resulting in 1,156 confirmed infections. The 2.76 positivity rate is down significantly from earlier in the week, when it sat at approximately 5 percent. Fifteen new COVID-19-related deaths brought the total to 7,822 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Lamont said that 18 more COVID-19 patients were discharged from Connecticut hospitals, leaving 384 still being treated for the virus. A total of 7.27 million COVID-19 tests have been administered in Connecticut, resulting in 295,484 laboratory-confirmed cases. Lamont made note that Connecticut continues to be one of the nation's leaders in administering the COVID-19 vaccine, with 966,705 first...
    A new age group in Connecticut is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As of 8 a.m. on Friday, March 19, Connecticut residents between the ages of 45 and 54 will join the older age groups in becoming eligible to sign up to get their first shot. The last group, anyone 16 and older, will be eligible for the vaccine as of Monday, April 5. This newest eligible group comes as Connecticut plans to fully open up the state with no capacity limits at gyms, restaurants, and other venues. Connecticut continues to be among the states rolling out the vaccine most quickly, with nearly 1.5 million doses already administered. Lamont made said that Connecticut is one of the nation's leaders in administering the COVID-19 vaccine, with 966,705 first doses and 536,736 second doses administered for a total of 1,467,233. According to the Department of Health, as of Thursday, March...
    Police in Connecticut are asking the public for help after an alleged cop impersonator attempted to pull numerous driver's over. Earlier on Thursday, March 18, the Ansonia Police Department investigated a complaint of an unmarked vehicle with blue and red flashing lights attempting to pull cars over in the Wakelee Avenue and Franklin Street area, said Lieutenant Patrick Lynch. The suspect vehicle was described as a Toyota Camry or Honda occupied by three to four people, Lynch said. "The Ansonia Police Department does not have Toyota or Honda unmarked vehicles and is not aware of any surrounding departments having those vehicles," he said. While the Ansonia Police Department does have unmarked vehicles equipped with emergency lights and sirens, all employees driving those vehicles will be in either uniform or clearly identifiable as a police officer.  "We would like to remind all drivers that if an unmarked vehicle attempts to pull you...
    Connecticut (WABC) -- Big changes are coming to indoor dining restrictions at restaurants across the Tri-State Friday including in Connecticut where capacity limits are being lifted completely.Gov. Ned Lamont announced that restaurants would be allowed to go back to 100% capacity, but with some COVID-19 restrictions still in place.Face coverings, frequent cleaning and social distancing are still required, but it's a big step for many struggling businesses."Tomorrow's a big day. I think we'veearned it as a state, I know the restaurants have earned it," Lamont said. "So come back and support your local restaurants.They were there supporting you a year ago in terms of pickup, delivery to shut-ins, making sure that folks who couldn't get food had access and here's our chance to say thanks."Still, as the nutmeg state opens up, many restaurants there are trying to keep from closing down.Many can't fill positions that have been left open due...
    A 16-year-old Connecticut resident has been arrested after breaking into a home and allegedly attacking a juvenile he had targeted with a hatchet, according to authorities. The incident took place in Litchfield County around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, when the Watertown Police Department responded to a single-family residence on Morris Town Line Highway for the report of a home invasion and that the suspect was armed with a hatchet and injured an occupant in the residence, the police department said.  Information was gathered that the suspect fled the residence into the woods between Morris Town Line Highway and Bassett Road.  Officers set up a perimeter and entered the woods searching for the suspect.  The Connecticut State Police patrol and K9 divisions responded to search the areas.  Officers found that the injured party was a juvenile and had sustained serious injuries particularly to the head, legs, and hands consistent...
    Two out-of-state men were arrested following an alleged road-rage incident on I-84 in which a shot was fired. The incident took place on Monday, March 15, when West Hartford Police were requested by Connecticut State Police to the area of I-84 East by exit 48 regarding a road rage incident, said Lt. Aaron Vafiades. The incident was originally reported to Connecticut State Police via 911. The investigation revealed the victim and suspects were involved in a road rage incident prior to coming to a stop in the area of 1445 New Britain Ave., where an altercation ensued, Vafiades said. During the altercation, a single gunshot was fired from the suspect's vehicle. The vehicles then entered I-84 east where the 911 call was placed, he added. Troopers located the vehicle and it was stopped.  No injuries occurred as a result of the gunshot. Police arrested Brandon Bottom, 34, of Ozark, Arkansas. He was charged with: Unlawful...
    One Connecticut woman is dead, a second woman is recovering from a gunshot wound, and a third woman is due in court following a shooting. The New Haven Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of the first woman as a homicide. The incident happened Tuesday night, March 16, said Capt. Anthony Duff. According to Duff, at approximately 10:14 p.m., New Haven Police and Fire responded to 911 calls of a person shot near the intersection of Legion Avenue and Auburn Street.  The first arriving patrol officer located a gunshot victim near a parked car on Auburn Street.  On Auburn Street, the officer also detained a 32-year-old West Haven woman. New Haven Fire Department and American Medical Response personnel treated the gunshot victim at the scene. An ambulance transported the 28-year-old New Haven woman to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. At the crime scene, officers learned...
    Connecticut saw a sharp spike in the state's positive COVID-19 rate as 11 new virus-related deaths were reported. Gov. Ned Lamont said that there were 17,203 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut on Monday, March 15, resulting in a total of 853 confirmed infections. The 4.96 percent infection rate is up from under 3 percent over the weekend. The new COVID-19 deaths brought the total to 7,799 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Lamont said that four more COVID-19 patients were discharged from Connecticut hospitals, leaving 403 still being treated for the virus. A total of 7,217,595 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Connecticut, resulting in 293,955 laboratory-confirmed cases. Click here for Daily Voice's Interactive Map Of Cases In Our Coverage Area, including available ICU beds in hospitals The latest breakdown of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, by county, according to the state Department of Health...
    Connecticut residents age 16 and older will be able to sign up for their COVID-19 vaccines starting on April 5 — about a month earlier than even planned, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday. Lamont said the Biden administration recently told the state to expect a “significant’’ boost in its number of doses in the next few weeks, helping to pave the way for the move. “This allotment, combined with our state’s strong execution over the past several weeks, allows Connecticut to significantly accelerate the schedule so that we can equitably and efficiently vaccinate as many residents as possible,” the governor said in a statement. The state currently only allows residents age 55 and older — as well as health-care workers, nursing-home employees and teachers — to get vaccinated. Connecticut officials had planned to let residents age 45 and older get their shots starting March 22, although now that group has...
    There were less than two dozen COVID-19 fatalities reported in Connecticut over the weekend as the positivity rate continues to hold steady near 3 percent. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said on Monday, March 15 that over the weekend, there were 2,525 newly confirmed infections out of 85,569 tests administered statewide over the weekend.  The overall infection rate over the weekend dropped slightly to 2.95 percent. Last week, there were several days where the figure was below 2 percent. Twenty-three new COVID-19 deaths brought the total to 7,788 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Lamont said that 26 new COVID-19 patients were admitted into Connecticut hospitals, leaving 407 still being treated for the virus. A total of 7,200,392 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Connecticut, resulting in 293,102 laboratory-confirmed cases. Click here for Daily Voice's Interactive Map Of Cases In Our Coverage Area, including available ICU beds in...
    When Don Kendall and Ted Yang founded 4-CT — the Connecticut Covid-19 Charity Connection — in March of 2020 just as an international pandemic was declared, they never expected the organization to continue past a short-term need.  What they and 4-CT have seen in a year's time is that help is still needed even as COVID (hopefully) wanes. While the organization has strived to help those most impacted by the COVID crisis in Connecticut with its innovative 4-CT Card and equity vaccine program, it has also learned that the same population will require long-term aid to right systemic inequities that made them so vulnerable in the first place. As part of a long-planned transition with eyes on future projects, 4-CT’s Board of Directors has announced that volunteer CEO Yang has stepped down and will be replaced by Catalina Samper-Horak as interim CEO. Yang will continue to serve on the board...
    Connecticut (WABC) -- Governor Ned Lamont announced that he is accelerating Connecticut's age-based rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to proceed on a quicker schedule than was originally anticipated when it was announced last month.The revised schedule, which tentatively plans for the vaccine to expand to all adults over the age of 16 by April 5, comes as the state was informed by the Biden administration that it should anticipate receiving a significant increase in supplies of all three federally authorized vaccines over the next several weeks.Connecticut officials say they continue to rank among the top five states in the nation in the percentage of population that has been vaccinated."We have some of the best and most dedicated providers in Connecticut who have been working around-the-clock to create the infrastructure that will provide vaccines to as many residents as we can as quickly as possible," Lamont said. "Based on our discussions...
    Connecticut is well-represented in Niche’s brand-new 2021 Best Places to Live list. Crime, quality of schools, things to do, and cost of living were among the factors used in determining the rankings. Other factors are listed here. The No. 1-rated municipality to live in Connecticut according to the survey is West Hartford, which is cited as an upscale town right in the middle of the state. You can view the entry here. Westport, at No. 5 statewide, is the No. 1-ranked place to live in Fairfield County. View the entry here. Westport was followed closely by Southport (No. 6), Old Greenwich (No. 7), and Ridgefield (No. 8). Washington was ranked the top place to live in Litchfield County. View the entry here. Woodbridge was the top-ranked place in New Haven County. View the entry here.  You can see each entry and the entire list here.
    Getty Chris "CT" Tamburello from MTV's "The Challenge." Fans of MTV’s The Challenge are rapidly approaching the Double Agents finale, and the stage is set for a possible elimination match for the ages. *There are no spoilers in this article past the March 10th episode of The Challenge: Double Agents. Chris “CT” Tamburello has long been viewed as the most physically imposing cast member in the franchise. However, last season a new player was brought on who checks all of the physical boxes that CT does, and possibly even more. Faysal “Fessy” Shafaat, a Big Brother alum, made his debut on Total Madness, making it all the way to the Final and placing fourth place out of the men. On his way to the end, he faced off against three-time Challenge champion Jordan Wiseley in Pole Wrestle, dominating the much smaller competitor. Fessy came back for Double Agents...
    Developments in the coronavirus outbreak across New England: CONNECTICUT Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and and is urging residents to sign up for their shots when they become eligible. The 67-year-old received his second dose on Friday at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He was administered his initial shot on Feb. 16. “I view receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as part of my obligation to protect myself, members of my administration, and my family,” Lamont said in a statement. “As we continue our vaccine rollout, I continue to urge all of our residents to receive their vaccination once they are eligible. These vaccines are safe, effective, and they will help us get back to normal.” Currently, people age 55 and older are eligible to make vaccination appointments in Connecticut. The age threshold changes on March 22, when people 45 years and older can...
    A Connecticut man and woman have been arrested for allegedly shooting a woman and seriously wounding her. Michelle Muniz, age 41, and Leviticus Morey, age 46, both of Milford, were arrested on Wednesday, March 10 for the shooting incident which took place on Monday, August 3 in Milford. According to Milford Police, on August 3, officers responded to 267 Melba Street after a 911 call for an unknown problem.  Upon arrival, police found a female suffering a gunshot wound. The female sustained a serious injury and was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Milford Police detectives responded and conducted a lengthy investigation that led to arrest warrants being issued for Muniz and Morey, police said. Muniz was charged with unlawful discharge of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Morey was charged with negligent storage of a firearm and tampering with evidence. Both Muniz and Morey were released on a promise to appear ticket.
    A Connecticut man was allegedly found with drugs and two guns after fleeing the scene of a crash.  Aamir Burnett, age 33, of New Haven, was arrested around 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, after he attempted to flee the scene of a crash on I-95 n the area of I-95 and Interstate 91 split, said the Connecticut State Police. At the time he was apprehended, police said Burnett was in possession of two handguns and a “large amount” of marijuana. After the crash, a witness followed Burnett from the scene and told police he was in the area of Franklin and Chapel streets, in New Haven, where he tried to outrun the police, state police said.  Following the arrest, investigators seized a box with two handguns. 13.7 ounces of marijuana and paraphernalia, on the ground of an elementary school, state police said.  The drugs and guns seized.Connecticut State PoliceBurnett was...
    Student-athletes in Connecticut received more clarity on what the spring sports season is going to look like on Thursday as the state moves forward through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference released its final plan for spring sports on Thursday, March 11, after meeting with athletic directors from across the state in the morning. The announcement came a year to the day that the CIAC canceled the 2020 winter state tournaments due to the initial surge of COVID-19 across the country last March. 
“When you reflect on what happened 365 days ago, we were planning for what may be anything to a two-week to a two-month time out,” CIAC executive director Glenn Lungarini stated. 
“Now, 12 months later, we feel very fortunate that we’re able to look forward to a spring season that is going to be a full season to return kids to state tournament play and...
    MTV CT Tamburello There have been some great head-to-head battles in this season of The Challenge: Double Agents, but one exciting matchup occurred during a daily challenge, not an elimination. In the eighth episode of the season, “A Muddy Matter,” contestants took part in the muddy All Brawl challenge and Nam Vo and Chris “CT” Tamburello both finished at the top of their heats and faced off in the second phase. After a battle in the mud pit, CT emerged the winner and went on to the final round with his then-partner, Tula “Big T” Fazakerley, which they lost to Kam Williams and Kyle Christie. Nam was unable to pull out the win against CT although he put up a good fight. Recently, in an appearance on the Challenge Mania podcast, Nam told co-hosts Scott Yager and Derrick Kosinski that CT told him he would have “drowned” him...
    A 59-year-old man and two pets are dead following a house fire in New Haven County overnight. The fire in Hamden was reported around 10:16 p.m.,  Tuesday, March 9, at 775 Hill Street, Hamden on Tuesday night after the fire department received numerous 911 calls from neighbors, said Hamden Fire Chief Gary Merwede. When firefighters arrived on the scene they found heavy fire in the breezeway and garage that was spreading into the house, the chief said. Two occupants of the home were able to safely evacuate the home. One exited the home through a bedroom window. The other occupant exited through the front door and notified fire department personnel that another person was still inside the house, Merwede said. Rescue crews began an aggressive interior search of the home while other crews worked to extinguish the fire.  A 59-year-old man was found dead in the living room. The victim was identified as Frank Mangiero. ...
    A Connecticut woman has been arrested and charged for her role in an alleged near $2 million Medicaid health insurance scheme, officials announced. Litchfield County resident Catherine Risigo-Wickline, of Watertown, the owner of Therapy Unlimited was arrested by Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on Tuesday, March 9 for allegedly billing Medicaid for treatment that patients never received. Specifically, Risigo-Wickline, 55, was charged with larceny in the first degree by defrauding a public community, health insurance fraud, and two counts of identity theft. According to the Connecticut State Division of Criminal Justice, between February 2016 and August 2019, Risigo-Wickline instructed her staff to bill for 10 units of service for each patient visit, with each representing 15 minutes of billable time, regardless of the actual time spent with a patient. It is alleged that Risigo-Wickline submitted thousands of claims for reimbursements...
    A Connecticut man has been arrested for allegedly firing a gun at several vehicles in a hotel parking lot. On Sunday, March 7, Windsor Locks Police responded to the Holiday Inn Express, located at 600 Spring St, to investigate a complaint regarding an unoccupied vehicle parked in the parking lot which appeared to have been struck by gunfire. Officers located an SUV in the parking lot which appeared to have two bullet holes. Officers also located 2 spent shell casings in the parking lot near the damaged vehicle, said Lieutenant Paul Cherniack. Through a combination of interviews and video surveillance, officers were able to determine that the incident occurred around 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, Cherniack said. Officers located a vehicle on Elm Street which had been involved in the incident.   Officers also learned of a second location in Windsor Locks where the same suspect had discharged a firearm...
    After a lengthy stretch of seeing decreasing positive COVID-19 rates in Connecticut, the state reported a small uptick as the number of hospitalizations also rose. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that on Monday, March 8, 21,030 COVID-19 tests were administered, with 749 new infections confirmed for a 3.56 percent positivity rate, up from several days under 2 percent recently. Thirteen new COVID-19 patients were admitted into Connecticut hospitals as the number being treated statewide jumped to 401. There were 14 new COVID-19-related fatalities reported in Connecticut, bringing the death toll to 7,739 since the pandemic broke out a year ago. A total of 7,018,957 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Connecticut, resulting in 288,145 laboratory-confirmed cases. Click here for Daily Voice's Interactive Map Of Cases In Our Coverage Area, including available ICU beds in hospitals The latest breakdown of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, by county, according to...
    Police in Connecticut are asking the public for help after a man was shot once in the lower body while standing on a sidewalk in from of a home. The incident took around 1:10 a.m., on Saturday, March 6, on Lester Street in Ansonia, said Lieutenant Patrick Lynch. According to Lynch, responding officers found a 26-year-old Ansonia man, on the sidewalk, shot once in the lower body.  The man told officers he was standing on the side of the road a dark-colored car drove down Lester Street, shot him, and then fled the area.  The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.  Evidence was recovered at the scene and the patrol division and detective bureau continue to investigate. The department is asking anyone with information to please contact 203-735-1885.
    Restaurants in Connecticut will soon be permitted to open up their businesses to full capacity, though certain COVID-19 restrictions will still be put in place, limiting restauranteurs. Poll Do You Think All COVID-19 Restrictions Should Be Lifted In Connecticut? Yes No Submit Vote View Results Subscribe to the results of this poll We'll send you an email when the poll is complete. Subscribe Get Daily Voice in your inbox as well Current Results Do You Think All COVID-19 Restrictions Should Be Lifted In Connecticut? Yes 0% No 0% Back to Vote Subscribe to the results This week, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that beginning on Friday, March 19, restaurants can open up to 100 percent capacity, up from the 50 percent they had been working through. However, while capacity is opening up wider, there will still be restrictions including social distance requirements,...
    Police in Connecticut are asking the public for help after a man was shot once in the lower body while standing on a sidewalk in from of a home. The incident took around 1:10 a.m., on Saturday, March 6, on Lester Street in Ansonia, said Lieutenant Patrick Lynch. According to Lynch, responding officers found a 26-year-old Ansonia man, on the sidewalk, shot once in the lower body.  The man told officers he was standing on the side of the road a dark-colored car drove down Lester Street, shot him, and then fled the area.  The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.  Evidence was recovered at the scene and the patrol division and detective bureau continue to investigate. The department is asking anyone with information to please contact 203-735-1885.
    It has been one year since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Connecticut, changing the state, and country, forever. On March 8, 2020, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced the first laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case in a Wilton man who was treated at Danbury Hospital. Original story - First CT Resident To Test Positive For Coronavirus Is From Wilton Following the first case, what some thought was going to be a quick blip in history turned into a yearlong battle that has left thousands dead and even more with potentially permanent medical concerns. A year later, there have now been COVID-19 cases reported in 285,330 Connecticut residents, including 265,709 laboratory-confirmed and 19,621 probable cases. There are still 428 COVID-19 patients being treated in Connecticut hospitals, and there have been 7,704 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began. As of Monday, March 8, a breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases by county: Fairfield County: 81,783; New...
    Three people were arrested on alleged drug and gun charges following the execution of search warrants at two locations in Connecticut. Chauncey Christian, age 43, Beth Quinones, age 42, and Angel Rivera-Reyes, age 30, all of Waterbury, were arrested on Thursday, March 4,  following an investigation into narcotics sales in the area of Willow Street in Waterbury, said Sgt. Robert Davis. During the searches, officers seized one silver Taurus 1911 .45 caliber ACP handgun with seven live rounds in the magazine, one silver EIG Derringer .38 caliber Special containing two live rounds, one Galls bulletproof vest, 6.6 grams of crack cocaine, 0.3 grams of cocaine, 11.9 ounces of marijuana, fifteen Suboxone film strips, and $1,566 in cash, Davis said. The weapons seized.Waterbury Police DepartmentQuinones is a convicted felon from a kidnapping and assault conviction in 1999. He was also convicted of a robbery in 200, police said. Quinones was charged with the following; Possession...
    A 15-year-old Connecticut boy is in critical, but stable condition after being shot by his father. The incident took place around 5:46 a.m., Monday, March 8, when Hartford Police responded to an address in the south end of the city on a report of a party shot, said Hartford Police Lt. Aaron Boisvert.  Upon arrival, a 15-year-old male victim was located suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen.  The teen was transported to an area hospital for treatment, where he is currently listed in critical, but stable condition. An investigation found the teen was shot by his father, Boisvert said. The father was taken into custody on the scene without incident. The firearm used in the incident was recovered on the scene.  The Hartford Police Major Crimes and Crime Scene Divisions responded and assumed the investigation.  The events that led to the shooting are still under investigation. The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with...
    WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A man who shot a woman he'd barely met in the face outside a Connecticut bar has apologized to her six years later as a parole board denied his request for release. Tamara “Tammy” Tkacz, 54, told the board she still has birdshot in her body, numbness in the left side of her head and painful sensations in her arm from the May 2015 shooting outside a West Haven bar, the New Haven Register reported this week. “Every single time the pain shoots down my arm,” Tkacz said at the virtual hearing Wednesday, she's reminded "of this man and what he did. It haunts me.” She was at the bar — where she worked but was off-duty that night — when Edward Corradino came in, she said. She said she, he and others there made some small talk before Corradino left at closing time. Tkacz...