Police identify victim in Norwalk homicide

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– Police have identified the man who was shot and killed in Norwalk on Thursday night. The victim has been identifed as 26-year-old Johnny Lezeau, of Norwalk. According to police, officers responded to Ely Avenue around 7:45 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found Lezeau, with life-threatening injuries. He was then taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Related: Norwalk Police investigate homicide There is no word on any suspects at this time or what led up to the shooting. Read More …

Norwalk mother remains in New Haven church to avoid deportation

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A defiant Norwalk mom is dodging deportation inside a New Haven church Friday.The mother of four is refusing orders to fly back to her native Guatemala. The federal government demanded Nury Chavarria get on a plane back to Guatemala on Thursday. Instead, she came to this church. She is defying federal law and President Donald Trump, and she is being very open about it. Instead of deporting, undocumented woman got sanctuary in #NewHaven church, defying Pres. Trump and ICE. What will the feds do next? pic.twitter.com/CalLPwSmIs Read More …

Norwalk Police investigate homicide

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Norwalk Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed on Thursday night. According to police, around 7:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to Ely Avenue after receiving reports that shots had been fired. Once officers arrived, they found a man with life-threatening injuries. Officers say the man was transported to Norwalk Hospital, where he later died. Police are withholding the victim’s name while they notify his next of kin. Norwalk detectives and the Crime Scene Unit are processing the scene for evidence. Anyone with information Read More …

Pitbull attacks two children in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) —  Two children are recovering after they were attacked by a pitbull in Bridgeport on Wednesday. Officials say a 7-year-old boy was bitten by a pitbull on the bottom while playing in a house with a 10-year-old girl. The 7-year-old was able to get free from the dog and went to jump out of the open first floor window to get away from the dog. When the 7-year-old ran towards the window, the 10-year-old went to restrain the dog by the harness to protect her friend. At Read More …

Man sent to psychiatric facility in fatal beating of mother

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who beat his mother to death has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for 20 years. The Stamford Advocate reports that a three-judge panel Wednesday committed 44-year-old Timothy Anderson to a maximum-security facility for the March 2015 beating death of his mother at the family’s Stamford home. Related Content: Trial to begin for Connecticut man accused of killing mother The judges previously found Anderson not guilty of killing 76-year-old Maryann Anderson because of mental illness, ruling he was “actively psychotic,” which impaired his judgment. Read More …

Murder suspect rejects plea deal of 30 years in prison

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing his girlfriend has rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for 30 years, and is now facing up to 60 years behind bars if convicted at trial. The Hour reports that 46-year-old Bertony Thompson, of Norwalk, rejected the state’s deal Wednesday to the surprise of Judge Richard Comerford. Thompson says he understands the severity of the charge of murder and that he faces a longer sentence if convicted. Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Ferencek says a trial Read More …

Danbury Firefighters rescue ducklings stuck in a storm drain

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Firefighters in Danbury made a daring rescue this week. Fire crews came to the rescue of some ducklings stuck in a storm drain. (Photo Courtesy: Danbury Fire Department) The ducklings were in a storm drain right near a parking garage on Delay Street. When crews arrived on the scene, the mother duck was frantic, quacking hysterically. (Photo Courtesy: Danbury Fire Department) Firefighters removed the storm drain and got everyone out safely. The reunited mother duck and ducklings then marched off toward the Still River. (Photo Courtesy: Read More …

Police identify man’s body found near Sunnyside Boat Ramp in Shelton

SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Shelton Police have identified the man’s body who was found near the Sunnyside Boat Ramp on Wednesday afternoon. According to police, at approximately 2:00 p.m., they received multiple 911 calls reporting a male in the water who appeared to be distressed by the ramp. Police, fire and emergency personnel were called to the scene. Once police arrived, they went into the water to try and find the man, but were unsuccessful. Officers say personnel and dive teams from Shelton, Trumbull, Milford, Monroe, Stratford and Fairfield came Read More …

Milford man arrested after allegedly piloting plane with marijuana inside

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Milford man is being accused of piloting a small plane to California and then bringing 400 kilograms of marijuana back to Connecticut. According to the U.S. Attorney, 59-year-old Donald Burns made a number of stops in the plane before returning to Sikorsky Airport. At the airport, a search turned up the drugs. Officials also arrested 31-year-old Robert Capelli of Milford and 38-year-old Scott Bodnar of Ansonia. Investigators say the marijuana was being delivered to those two men. Read more of  Milford man arrested after allegedly piloting plane Read More …

Rally held in New Haven for Norwalk mother set to be deported

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Norwalk mother who has lived here for 24 years is now set to be deported, leaving behind her four children. A rally against Nury Chavarria’s deportation was expected in New Haven on Wednesday night. Chavarria is set to leave the country on Thursday. A decision could be reached. Forced to leave her four U.S. Citizen children here, the 24-year-old Norwalk resident already has a flight booked for Thursday. The State Senators even writing letters to ICE on her behalf, but on Wednesday, they await Read More …

Connecticut man convicted of gun trafficking charges

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut bail bondsman has been convicted of buying guns in Georgia and reselling them illegally in his home state. The Connecticut Post reports 29-year-old Mark “Buddy” Williams, of Bridgeport, pleaded under the Alford doctrine on Tuesday to firearms trafficking and illegally transferring firearms. That means he did not admit guilt, but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence for a guilty finding at trial. The judge then found him guilty. Authorities say he bought guns at gun shows in Georgia and resold them in deals arranged by Read More …

Teenager who killed man over spilled coffee gets 20 years

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut teenager who fatally stabbed a man outside a fast-food restaurant during a dispute over spilled coffee has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Stamford Advocate reports 17-year-old Marquest Hall was sentenced Tuesday by a judge who called the March 2015 killing of 52-year-old Antonio Muralles “brutal, senseless and totally unnecessary.” Related Content: Teen faces sentencing for killing man over spilled coffee Hall pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter. He’s eligible for parole in 12 years. Prosecutors say Muralles had just left a Read More …

Monroe firefighters respond to three alarms on Tuesday

MONROE, Conn. (WTNH) — Firefighters from the Monroe Fire Department had a busy afternoon on Tuesday. Officials say they responded to three alarms all during the lunchtime hours. Firefighters first responded to a single motor vehicle accident on Church Street. While on the scene of that accident, other units were called to an automatic alarm on School Street. Just prior to this alarm, units were also called to an automatic alarm on Pepperidge Road. Both alarms were found to be unfounded. Read more of  Monroe firefighters respond to three alarms on Tuesday

Hedge fund to sell property to prep school across the street

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones said Tuesday his firm plans to relocate to a new office in the state and sell its current property to a prep school. Tudor Investment Corp. has been considering a move to a location closer to the commuter rail line to make it easier to travel back and forth to New York City, spokesman Patrick Clifford said. The firm has agreed to sell its 43-acre property in Greenwich to the private Brunswick School, which is across the street, Tudor Jones Read More …

Gov. Malloy celebrates opening of new affordable housing complex in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Malloy celebrated the opening of a new, affordable housing complex in Bridgeport on Tuesday. Crescent Crossing is a new complex located on Church Street where Father Panik Village used to be years ago. The complex is another step in helping to revitalize Bridgeport’s East End. I came to understand how important affordable housing is for all segments of society…and that government must play a role to make sure people who work in a community have opportunity to live in a community,” Malloy said. The new Read More …

Stamford city official enters race for governor

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The man who’s handled finances for the city of Stamford for the past five years has entered the race for governor. Republican Michael Handler, the city’s director of administration, skipped the exploratory phase and formed a candidate’s committee, according to his filing with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. He tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/2tnnCWP ) he has put the city on sound financial footing and can help the state control finances. Connecticut faces a $5 billion budget deficit over the next two years. He has worked under two Read More …

Daughter turns in mom’s ex-boyfriend for harassment

EASTON, Conn. (WTNH)  – A Fairfield man has been arrested on charges related to violating a protective order after repeatedly making harassing phone calls to his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. Easton Police have charged 47-year-old Mark Steinfeld with criminal violation of a protective order, harassment in the second degree, and disorderly conduct. According to police, Steinfeld was arrested in February for domestic violence at which time a protective order was issued against him having any contact with the woman or her family. On July 8 the woman’s daughter told police that Steinfeld has been Read More …

Branford man arrested after crashing vehicle while allegedly driving drunk

EASTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Branford man is facing multiple charges after he crashed a dump truck last week. On July 12, officers received a 911 call reporting that a dump truck was driving erratically northbound on Route 58 from Fairfield. Callers told police that the truck was crossing the double yellow line and nearly struck oncoming vehicles. Officers received multiple calls saying the truck went off of the road on Route 58 near Burr Street, but were told the truck did not strike anything. While officers were en route Read More …

Teen faces sentencing for killing man over spilled coffee

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut teenager faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced for fatally stabbing a man during an attack outside a fast-food restaurant apparently sparked by spilled coffee. The Stamford Advocate reports that 17-year-old Marquest Hall is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in March in the March 2015 stabbing death of 52-year-old Antonio Muralles. Related: Teen pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2015 stabbing Hall was 15 at the time, but was charged as an adult and proceedings were held Read More …

Missing AP test answer sheets found in locked closet

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A weeklong frantic search for Advanced Placement test answer sheets in Connecticut has ended after officials say they were found in a locked closet. The Stamford Advocate reports the answer sheets were discovered at Westhill High School in Stamford Friday. Principal Mike Rinaldi says the sheets were delivered to the College Board Monday morning. Rinaldi blames the missing sheets on long-standing “bad procedure.” For the past 20 years, the school relied on a custodian to give the securely packaged sheets to a United Parcel Service delivery Read More …

Bridgeport Police Dog finds missing child

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The Bridgeport Police Department is praising one of its own after a police dog was able to locate a missing child. Officer Ryan Mullenax, led by his partner, Zeus, was able to locate a missing 9-year-old with special needs who wandered away from their home. The incident took place on Sunday evening when police received a call around 9 p.m. about the missing child. Officer Mullenax and Zeus began tracking the child around 9:42 p.m. and located that child a short time later. Chief Armando Perez Read More …

Man arrested in connection to Stratford murder

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Bridgeport man is facing murder charges for his alleged role in a shooting in Stratford this past May. On July 15, Startford Police arrested Cris Concepcion, 24, and charged him with murder for the shooting death of Andre Pettway on May 27. Related Content: Suspect in fatal Stratford shooting held on $1.25M bail Police say his arrest comes after an ongoing investigation by authorities. Conception has been charged with Murder, Weapons in a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Endangerment, and multiple other charges. Related Content: 27-year-old man shot to death Read More …

6 cars stolen from driveways on same night in same town

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Police say six cars were stolen from people’s driveways on the same night in the Connecticut town of Greenwich. Police tell the Greenwich Time all six cars were unlocked with the keys inside when they were taken from homes Saturday night. Lt. Louis Pannone says “people need to be responsible.” He says police are looking into whether Saturday’s thefts relate to other cars reported stolen across the state. ___ Information from: Greenwich Time, http://www.greenwichtime.com Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not Read More …

Danbury woman charged with child abandonment

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Danbury woman has been charged with child abandonment. 22-year-old Anny Castillo allegedly abandoned her newborn baby behind a grocery store back in May. Related Content: Danbury Police arrest mother following abandoned baby investigation from May Castillo turned herself in to police earlier this week. She has been ordered not to have contact with the infant. Related Content: Officials: Abandoned baby could have been left at hospital The two-month old boy is now in state custody. Officials say he is healthy. Read more of  Danbury woman charged with child abandonment

Bus fire closes 3 lanes on I-95 southbound in Bridgeport

BRDIGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A bus fire has closed three lanes of Interstate 95 southbound Sunday morning. According to Connecticut’s Department of Transportation (DOT), the bus fire happened around 9:23 a.m. between exit 29 and exit 27 on I-95 southbound in Bridgeport. They say the bus fire has shutdown the three right lanes. State Police say the fire is out and no one was injured. They say it is unknown how long the lanes will be closed for. Stay tuned with News8 for more updates.  Read more of  Bus fire closes 3 Read More …

Good Samaritan misses job interview to help victim of car accident in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A former prisoner here in Connecticut is getting a great deal of attention on Saturday after he passed up a job interview to save the victim of a car accident. Aaron Tucker from Bridgeport was on a bus in Westport when he noticed an overturned car on the Post Road that was smoking. After the bus driver refused to help, Tucker says he got off the bus and ran to help the 61-year-old driver. With the help of two other people, they got the victim to Read More …

Mom of abandoned baby ordered to have no contact with child

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — The mother of a newborn boy whose umbilical cord was still attached when he was found alone behind a Connecticut grocery store has been ordered to have no contact with the infant. Related Content: Danbury Police arrest mother following abandoned baby investigation from May Anny Castillo was arraigned Friday in Danbury on charges of abandonment of a child under the age of six years and other offenses. She remains free on $1,500 bond. Related Content: Officials: Abandoned baby could have been left at hospital Authorities say Read More …

One family is displaced after a fire in Stamford

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — After a condo fire Friday night in Stamford, one family has been displaced. According to authorities, on Friday night, fire departments were dispatched to a reported fire at a condo on Connecticut Avenue. They say the fire started in the dryer and extended into the wash room. Officials say when firefighters arrived they found moderate smoke pushing from the front door. They say the room of origin was located on the backside of the condominium unit. Authorities say firefighters began searching the building for any occupants. Read More …

City issues emergency demolition order after factory fire

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Officials have filed for an emergency demolition after a fire engulfed the site of a former rubber factory in Connecticut. Bridgeport firefighters responded to the blaze at the former AGI Rubber Company Wednesday afternoon. The fire was under control by 5 p.m. Related: Stratford Avenue Bridge reopens following large fire in Bridgeport The emergency order was issued less than 24 hours later, with city spokeswoman Rowena White citing fire and safety hazards as the cause. White says the city had been planning to demolish the building Read More …

Police officers rescue man from burning building

BETHEL, Conn. (AP) — Officials say police officers crawled on their hands and knees to rescue a man from a burning building in Connecticut. The fire was reported at a building in downtown Bethel after 1 a.m. Thursday. Police Lt. Mike Libertini tells the Hartford Courant Cpl. Lynn Morris and officers Matthew DiRago and William Holland entered the building to help get people out. The officers encountered the man, who was reportedly disabled, and crawled on the floor in clear air to rescue him. Related: 4 injured, including 3 firefighters, Read More …