Man pleads guilty to assault that left 2-year-old blind

STAMFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to reduced charges for an assault that left a 2-year-old girl blind in one eye. The Stamford Advocate reports 32-year-old Pedro Salinas, of Norwalk, Connecticut, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and two felony counts of risk

Woman driving wrong way on highway crashes into cop car

DARIEN, Conn. — Connecticut State Police say a woman driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 crashed into a police cruiser driven by a trooper who was dispatched to stop her. Police say they began getting calls shortly after midnight Monday about a 2016 Audi driving the wrong way

Army vet with scalpel left in body after surgery sues VA

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — An Army veteran who says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery is suing a veterans affairs hospital. Bridgeport resident Glenford Turner says the scalpel was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain. He sued the VA in U.S. District

Truck spills 45K pounds of raw fish on I-95

STONINGTON, Conn. — A tractor trailer carrying 45,000 pounds of raw fish has overturned along the Connecticut and Rhode Island border, catching drivers in heavy traffic during their morning commute. Police say the driver lost control of the truck around 5 a.m. Friday, spilling its cargo along Interstate 95

Police to release new report on Sandy Hook massacre

The Connecticut State Police are set to release a report on Friday analyzing their response to the 2012 Sandy Hook gun massacre of 26 young children and educators at Newtown elementary school, the Hartford Courant reported. The report will detail state police response to the attack on Sandy Hook

Madonna Badger settles with city over deadly Christmas fire

see also HARTFORD, Conn. — A woman whose three daughters and parents died in a 2011 Christmas morning fire is dropping a lawsuit against the city of Stamford, because officials followed through on promises to change local fire laws. A document filed Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport shows the

Married teacher’s aide pleads guilty to relationship with teen

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A former teacher’s aide at a Connecticut middle school has pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy. The Connecticut Post reports that 48-year-old Kyle Damato-Kushel pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child as the case

Connecticut cop fired for using racial slurs during DUI arrest

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut police officer caught on camera using racial slurs while being arrested on a drunken driving charge has been fired from his department. The Hartford Police Department says 44-year-old Robert Lanza was fired Monday. He had been under investigation since his arrest last year in

Bad Yelp reviews may have fueled fatal restaurant shooting

Poor Yelp reviews may have prompted a Connecticut man to shoot his co-worker at a fried-chicken restaurant, according to a new report. Cops arrested James Goolsby on Tuesday and charged him murdering father-of-seven Norris Jackson, a cook at the Manchester Bonchon Chicken franchise Goolsby managed. Goolsby, 28, and Jackson, 36,

Police K9 gets lost in woods while searching for missing man

A police bloodhound was tracking the scent of a missing man through a Connecticut State park when the determined dog got himself lost in the wilderness. The crime-fighting pooch, named Texas, was doggedly following a trail in Wooster Mountain State Park during the search for the man on Wednesday

Jewish family pulls off a ‘Toys for Tots’ Christmas miracle

A Jewish family from Connecticut has pulled off a Christmas miracle for 2,200 needy kids in New York City. The family sprang into action when Toys for Tots was overwhelmed by demand and didn’t have enough toys to go around. Within 24 hours, Gabriella Rizack, 22, her dad, Joshua, and

Parents upset over surprise Ivanka Trump high school visit

NORWALK, Conn. — Parents of students at a Connecticut high school say they were upset when Ivanka Trump made an unannounced visit. Some parents pulled their children from class on Monday, saying they were troubled they were not told in advance that President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior White

The lucky 1,694 residents of this US town gifted land in Scotland

SCOTLAND, Conn. — Residents of the rural town of Scotland, Connecticut, are becoming lords and ladies in the United Kingdom country of the same name. The Scottish land preservation company Highland Titles said Tuesday it’s gifting all 1,694 residents 1 square foot of land on its nature reserve in

Woman accused of lying about being raped offered plea deal

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A former Connecticut college student accused of lying about being raped by two university football players has been offered a plea deal. A judge on Monday set a Jan. 10 date for Nikki Yovino to accept or reject the offer. Defense attorney Ryan O’Neill says the deal’s

UPS worker charged with stealing items during deliveries

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — A UPS employee in Connecticut has been charged with committing two thefts while making his deliveries. North Haven police say 26-year-old Quintell Suggs was arrested earlier this week, just days after he was hired as a temporary employee for the holiday season. A woman told police

Police hunting for real-life Hamburglar

HAMDEN, Conn. — Connecticut police are looking for the suspect in the theft of a bag of cheeseburgers. Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith says the 23-year-old victim was walking on the street carrying the bag of cheeseburgers Saturday night. The New Haven Register reports he was then held up by

Good Samaritan who intervened in couple’s fight thrown off bridge

DERBY, Conn. — Connecticut police say a man threw another man 45 feet off a bridge because he intervened in an argument between the suspect and his girlfriend. Shelton police charged Gregory Rottjer with attempted murder in connection with the Thanksgiving morning encounter that left the victim seriously injured.

Family of man who died playing beer pong wins $16M suit

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The family of a Connecticut man who fell to his death from a fourth-floor window after a fight while playing beer pong has been awarded nearly $16 million in a lawsuit filed against three other players. The Connecticut Post reported Monday that a jury ruled in

Man who lured girls by posing as pop stars gets 17 years in prison

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man who pretended to be pop stars like Justin Bieber and Harry Styles to entice young girls into performing sexual acts during online video chats has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old John Eastman, of Waterbury, was also sentenced

Connecticut city mocked by sitcom pleads with ABC to end insults

NORWALK, Conn. — Residents of a Connecticut city that has been mocked on an ABC sitcom say the jokes need to stop, citing a Halloween episode featuring a character dressed up as a pregnant “Norwalk prom girl.” “American Housewife” is set in Westport, and characters have occasionally derided their

Town up in arms over 300,000-light holiday display

The holiday spirit is taking a beating in one Connecticut town — where neighbors are saying bah, humbug to a dazzling display of Christmas lights that draws thousands of gawkers and raises cash for sick kids. But the display, which features more than 300,000 lights, a model train and

Brawl over birthday cake leads to deadly stabbing

A fight over a birthday cake left one man Connecticut dead and another in jail facing murder charges, reports said. Carlos Gonzalez-Oliver, 41, is being held on a $1 million bond after police say he stabbed his housemate to death Monday night because he destroyed a birthday cake Gonzalez-Oliver

3-year-old killed, 3 others injured after teen crashes fleeing police

WATERBURY, Conn. — Authorities say a teenage driver fleeing police in Connecticut has crashed his car at an intersection, killing a 3-year-old and injuring three other people on the sidewalk. State police say Waterbury officers in an unmarked car tried to stop the unidentified 18-year-old Tuesday afternoon. They say

Man accused of wife’s death from Fitbit evidence wants charges dropped

VERNON, Conn. — A Connecticut man accused of killing his wife wants the charges against him dismissed over what his attorney says is a probate judge’s campaign to characterize him as a “killer.” The Hartford Courant reports a motion filed Wednesday claims the judge has prejudiced Richard Dabate’s chance