3 injured in plane crash at Danbury Aiport

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Danbury Police are on the scene of a plane crash at Danbury Airport on Sunday morning. According to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, three people were injured in the crash that happened during take off. Those injured are being treated at Danbury Hospital. Plane crash in take off at Danbury Airport. 3 injuries. All taken to Danbury Hospital. #Danbury — Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) July 30, 2017 The severity of the victims’ injuries is unknown at this time. It is not known what caused the crash. Read Read More …

Motorcyclist facing charges after crash on I-95 in Stamford

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A motorcyclist is facing charges after a crash with a SUV on Interstate 95 Southbound Saturday. According to State Police, a Ford Explorer was traveling in the right lane on I-95 in Stamford while a motorcycle was traveling directly behind the SUV. Authorities say the motorcyclist was driving in a reckless manner when he struck the rear of the SUV in the center lane. Police say the motorcycle operator, 31-year-old Jason Gadson of Norwalk, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Read More …

Motorcyclist suffers serious injury in accident on I-95 southbound in Stamford

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A motorcyclist has sustained serious injuries after a vehicle accident on I-95 southbound in Stamford on Saturday. According to Trooper Kelly Grant, the accident happened around 3:00 p.m. on I-95 southbound near exit 7 in Stamford. She told News 8 that the accident involved a motorcycle and an SUV. Due to the accident, the two right lanes of the highway in that area were closed. There is no word on how long the highway will be closed for. News 8 will update this story as details Read More …

Stamford firefighters battle 2 overnight fires

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Stamford firefighters fought two overnight fires, one in the area of Cold Spring Road, the other on Huckleberry Hollow. According to officials, at 11:30 p.m., Friday night officers were dispatched to Cold Spring Road. They say when city firefighters arrived they found a working fire in the attic of a two an a half story single-family home. Authorities say the occupants of the home evacuated safely prior to firefighters arrival. However, officials report that a second alarm fire was quickly transmitted to bring more crews to Read More …

Stratford Police are investigating a fatal car crash at Sikorsky Airport

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Stratford Police are investigating a fatal car accident that happened Saturday morning at the Sikorsky Airport. According to police, there was a fatal accident at the airport’s parking lot. They say police are still on scene with a reconstruction team investigating the accident. Officials have not released the identity of the person who was killed in the accident. The cause of the fatal car crash is unknown at this time. Stay tunes with News8 for more updates. Read more of  Stratford Police are investigating a fatal car crash Read More …

Humpback whale spotted off the coast of Westport

*** WARNING: This video contains explicit language *** WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — An unusual moment took place off the coast of Westport Friday as several people contacted authorities after spotting a humpback whale in Long Island Sound. According to the United States Coast Guard, the Westport Police Department gave them a call just after 10:00 a.m. to report the whale sighting. Westport police stayed in the vicinity of the whale to protect it until it swam to deeper water. The NPD Marine Unit spotted a whale breaching off of Peck’s Read More …

Jacket leads to drug arrest in Easton

EASTON, Conn. (WTNH)— A jacket allegedly containing drugs led to the arrest of its owner two months later in Easton. Police say on Tuesday at around 8:19 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle being driven by 25-year-old Leighton Jordan. Police had an active arrest warrant for Jordan so the officer conducted a motor vehicle stop and arrested him. Police say the warrant had stemmed from an earlier incident on May 24th, where a jacket allegedly belonging to Jordan was found with multiple folds of suspected heroin, and other drug paraphernalia, Read More …

Troopers investigate larceny at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Troopers are investigating a larceny that happened at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport on Tuesday. At approximately 6:45 a.m., a male suspect entered a room where several items were taken, police say. Officers tell News 8 that a black iPad, a black Galaxy S6 phone and a black iPhone 5 were among the items that were reported stolen. Officers are describing the suspect as a black male, approximately 5’5″ to 5’8″, weighing 150-180 pounds. The suspect was wearing a gray t-shirt, green cargo shorts and black Read More …

Immigrant from Guatemalan fighting deportation order

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Supporters of a Guatemalan man facing deportation are calling on federal officials to allow him to stay in Connecticut while he continues efforts to become a U.S. citizen. Joel Colindres entered the country illegally in 2004 and married a citizen in 2010. He and his wife live in New Fairfield with their 6-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Related Content: Norwalk mother fighting deportation grateful for supporters after granted stay The family’s supporters are planning a rally Thursday outside the federal courthouse in Hartford. Colindres says he had Read More …

Excessive force suit against police goes to trial

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A lawsuit alleging brutality by Connecticut police filed by a man in his 70s is heading to trial. Edmund Schwesinger Jr. alleges in the suit filed in 2015 that he was assaulted by a Greenwich police officer during a 2013 traffic stop. Schwesinger’s attorney tells the Greenwich Time the case is going to trial because settlement negotiations stalled. Related: Elderly man sues Greenwich police for alleged brutality  The suit alleges Schwesinger was shoved against his vehicle after he was pulled over while talking on his cellphone Read More …

Serious crash closes Route 8 NB in Shelton

SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A serious crash involving two cars has closed all lanes of Route 8 Northbound in Shelton. According to police, the collision took place before exit 12. (WTNH/ Kelly Ward) Officials are saying those involved in the crash suffered serious injuries. It is unclear what those injuries were. It is not yet known when the route will reopen. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. (WTNH/ Report It) News 8 will update this story with more information as it becomes available. Read more of  Serious crash closes Route 8 Read More …

Norwalk mother fighting deportation grateful for supporters after granted stay

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– A Norwalk mom is grateful to be waking up with her family Thursday morning. Nury Chavarria won her first battle against deportation but the fight is not over yet. A mom who lives in Norwalk is back home and a court says that’s where she can stay for the near future. 43-year-old Nury Chavarria spent that past week living in a New Haven church. That’s because when she came to the United States from Guatemala at 19-years-old, she did so without the proper documentation. She spent 24 Read More …

Norwalk mom who lived in New Haven church to avoid deportation granted emergency stay

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Norwalk mom who was living inside of a New Haven church to avoid being deported was granted an emergency stay on Wednesday. The emergency stay was granted by the immigration court in Hartford to Nury Chavarria allowing her to remain in the country while new evidence in her case is heard. ICE has agreed not to continue removal efforts. Chavarria will now be allowed to leave the church and return home with her children. Read more of  Norwalk mom who lived in New Haven church to Read More …

Driver turns self in to police after hitting cruiser on Route 7

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — A man is facing charges after his vehicle collided with a State Police cruiser earlier this year. On Jan. 23, a trooper arrived at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in the left lane of Route 7 Northbound, just north of exit 12 on the ramp. The officer parked their cruiser behind the collision and activated the cruiser’s emergency lights to help protect the ongoing investigation of the crash and tow truck operator. Brian Glasser, 38, of Danbury remained in the left lane and collided with Read More …

Stamford man pleads guilty to arranging sham marriages

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 52-year-old Stamford man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he ran a marriage scam designed to help immigrants obtain legal status in the United States. David Nikolashvili (Nick-oh-lahsh-VEE-lee), a citizen of the Republic of Georgia, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to making a false swearing in an immigration matter. Prosecutors say Nikolashvili arranged marriages for about 50 to 60 citizens of European countries. They say those people would give Nikolashvili between $12,000 and $16,000 to set up marriages with U.S. citizens, whom Read More …

Bridgeport settles lawsuits alleging police misconduct

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport has settled two separate lawsuits alleging misconduct by members of its police force. The Connecticut Post reports the city paid an undisclosed sum to 31-year-old Anibal Diaz, who alleged police used excessive force during a 2013 arrest. Diaz claimed he was beaten and shocked with a stun gun while sitting on a porch drinking beer with his cousin. A jury had awarded Diaz $323,000. But City Attorney Christopher Meyer says the city settled the case instead of filing an appeal. Bridgeport also has paid $16,000 Read More …

PD: Bridgeport man arrested for assaulting Stratford officer

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– A Bridgeport man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Stratford on Wednesday. Police say 40-year-old Karel Bynes was arrested after he was identified as a suspect in a possible assault. When Bynes was approached by officers, police say he began to fight and a brief struggle ensued. The officer suffered minor injuries as result of the assault. Bynes was taken into custody where he was found to be in possession of a handgun stolen out of New Haven and marijuana with intent to sell. Read More …

State police investigate I-84 tractor trailer rollover in Danbury

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– State police released new details in the tractor trailer rollover that closed I-84 in Danbury on Tuesday night. Police say just before 8 p.m., the tractor trailer truck, driven by 56-year-old Edward Bryan, of Wyoming, was traveling on I-84 westbound in the left lane when it struck the median concrete barrier. This caused the tractor trailer to overturn. Related: Tractor trailer accident closes I-84 in Danbury No one was injured but the accident did close several lanes of I-84 for several hours. The cause of the rollover is Read More …

Stratford man pleads guilty to selling heroin, faces up to 20 years in prison

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Stratford man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to selling heroin. Police arrested 30-year-old Anthony Parowski back in April. Related Content: Suspected heroin dealer busted in Milford That’s when police found Parowski at a motel in Milford with nearly 200 bags of heroin and more than $32,000 in cash, along with other drug paraphernalia. Read more of  Stratford man pleads guilty to selling heroin, faces up to 20 years in prison

Tractor trailer accident closes I-84 in Danbury

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A tractor trailer accident closed I-84 in Danbury in both directions on Tuesday night. According to the Connecticut DOT website, a tractor trailer rolled over between exits 2 and 3. Due to the accident, all of the lanes on both I-84 eastbound and I-84 westbound were closed in that area. DOT estimate the accident will take four hours or less to clear. Officials have not said if anyone was injured in the accident. News 8 will update this story as details become available. Read more of  Tractor trailer Read More …

Beaches in Stratford to be closed Wednesday due to elevated bacteria levels

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Beaches in Stratford will be closed to swimmers on Wednesday after reports that there were elevated bacteria levels in the water. Officials say the beaches will be retested on Wednesday and will reopen depending on what the results from the lab say on Thursday morning. Officials did not say if the beaches would reopen on Thursday or Friday if the bacteria levels are back to normal after the tests. If you have any questions, you can contact the Health Department at (203) 385-4090. Read more of  Beaches in Read More …

127 stab wounds: Cabbie killer gets 60 years in prison

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who was convicted of killing a cab driver who was stabbed 127 times has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after having testified that he acted in self-defense. Shota Mekoshvili was sentenced to the maximum prison time on a murder conviction Tuesday in Stamford Superior Court. Related Content: Stamford man convicted of fatally stabbing cab driver Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Stamford man killed Mahomed Kamal during a botched robbery in August 2014. Mekoshvili testified he was defending himself when the 47-year-old cab Read More …

Ex-teacher pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting student

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former special education teacher in Connecticut has pleaded not guilty to having a sexual relationship with a student. The Connecticut Post reports that Laura Ramos entered the plea to a second-degree sexual assault charge Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. Her case was continued to Aug. 14. Related: Special education teacher charged in sexual assault resigns Ramos was arrested last month on allegations she had a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student who was in the special education program at Central High School in Bridgeport. Ramos Read More …

Bridgeport man faces charges after fighting officers

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A Bridgeport man is facing charges after he fought with officers while being brought into custody. On Monday, State Police approached Travis Simmons, 34, near Interstate 95 Northbound in Bridgeport. Upon the arrival the troopers, officers say Simmons grew aggressive and failed to comply with authorities. A stun gun was deployed, but Simmons continued to struggle with multiple officers. Simmons was transported to State Police after an evaluation at a local hospital. He was on probation at the time of his arrest. Simmons is now facing Read More …

Norwalk man charged with sex assault, threatening

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– Norwalk police arrested a man Tuesday on sexual assault charges and for threatening the victim’s family. Police say officers had responded to a suspicious person complaint on Washington Street when they located 40-year-old Carlos Olivera, of Norwalk. Officers held an active arrest warrant for Olivera stemming from a sexual assault investigation that began on July 20th and was conducted by the Special Victim’s Unit. Police say Olivera had sexual contact with a victim who was known to him and during the assault threatened to kill the victim’s family Read More …

Shelton man arrested after allegedly grabbing two children by the neck

SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Shelton Police have arrested a man following a complaint from family members that he assaulted two children. According to police, Robert Hoha Jr., 39, grabbed two children by the neck on July 19 when they were visiting their father. According to family members, Hoha Jr. is the uncle of the children and he is currently living with the children’s father. Police arrested Hoha Jr. on July 21. He is facing multiple charges including two counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of strangulation, Read More …

Jackknifed tractor trailer closes part of I-95 north in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Part of I-95 northbound is closed in Bridgeport due to a jackknifed tractor trailer Monday. The Department of Transportation says that only one lane is open on I-95 northbound between exits 28 and 29 after an accident involving a jackknifed tractor trailer truck. The accident was reported just before 12:30 p.m. State police say there were no injuries reported in the accident and that the fuel tank was breached. #Cttraffic: I95 nb x28 Bridgeport all lanes closed, left shoulder open for no injury jackknife TT w/breached fuel Read More …

Vigil to be held Sunday night for Norwalk mother who took sanctuary in New Haven church

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A vigil will be held on Sunday night for the mother of four from Norwalk who was set to be deported on July 20th. Nury Chavarria came to the United States when she was 19-years-old and has been living in the country illegally for 24 years. News 8 Exclusive: Norwalk mother speaks from inside of New Haven church avoiding deportation Government officials were seeking to deport Chavarria to her native Guatemala on Thursday before she took sanctuary inside of the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal MI. Related Read More …

Officials: Woman killed in Bridgeport house blaze

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut say one person has died and two others have been taken to a hospital after a fire that destroyed a home. Bridgeport fire officials say three people were at the home when it caught fire Sunday morning. A female resident died at the scene. She has not been identified. Two other residents were taken to the hospital. Authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze. Read more of  Officials: Woman killed in Bridgeport house blaze

Undercover operation ends in narcotics arrest

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Norwalk Police arrested a man after he tried to sell drugs to an undercover officer Saturday night. According to authorities, police acted on information that 29-year-old, Eric Frank, of Norwalk was selling crack cocaine in the city. They say an undercover officer contacted Frank to set up a purchase of crack cocaine in the Best Buy parking lot on Connecticut Avenue. Police say when Frank arrived, officers from the Special Services Division and Patrol Division tried to detain him. However, they say he resisted and even Read More …