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Feds: Gang members charged in 6 Conn. killings, other crimes

May. 08, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged eight suspected Connecticut gang members in connection with six killings and other crimes in the Bridgeport area including drug trafficking and racketeering. Four of the men were charged in a superseding...

Pizza chef Bruno DiFabio gets prison time for tax evasion

May. 06, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bruno DiFabio, a celebrity pizza chef who owns restaurants in Connecticut and New York, was sentenced to 30 days in prison Thursday for tax evasion. DiFabio, 51, known as “Lord of the Pies” and for appearing on “Chopped” and other TV...

Derby man who was shot by officer faces weapons charges

Apr. 27, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — A 29-year-old Derby man faces weapons charges after allegedly firing a gun at a passing car before being shot by a police officer. Corneilus Mccullough was being held Tuesday in lieu of $300,000 bond on charges including carrying a pistol without a...

Shooting by Connecticut police under investigation

Apr. 26, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — A police officer in Connecticut shot a man in the leg Monday after witnessing that person fire at a passing car, authorities said. The officer, a member of the Derby Police Department, was stopped at a traffic light in Ansonia on the town line at...

Murder-for-hire trial will be Connecticut's first in a year

Apr. 25, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who is accused of having her estranged husband killed is scheduled to have the state court system's first criminal trial since the pandemic shut down courts in March 2020. Larise King, 36, will face a three-judge panel on...

Today in History

Apr. 23, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, April 23, the 113th day of 2021. There are 252 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 23, 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen....

Ex-nursing home owner gets 2 1/2 years for stealing benefits

Apr. 21, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut nursing home operator has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for stealing millions of dollars of employees’ benefits. Chaim Stern, 72, who owned nursing homes in Bridgeport and Waterbury, was sentenced Tuesday...

Molotov cocktail attack suspect to appear in federal court

Apr. 18, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Connecticut man accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at police in New York City is in federal custody and will be formally charged in a virtual court hearing on Monday, authorities said. Police said Lionel Virgile, 44, of Bridgeport, threw bleach...

Black leaders call for more anti-violence aid after killings

Apr. 14, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Black lawmakers and community group leaders called Wednesday for more federal and state aid for chronically underfunded anti-violence programs in Connecticut's cities, following the killings of a 3-year-old boy and a teenager in Hartford last weekend. ...

Second prison sentence handed down in police chief scandal

Apr. 13, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

The former personnel director for the city of Bridgeport was sentenced Tuesday to four months in federal prison for helping rig the hiring process for the city's police chief in 2018. U.S. District Court Judge Kari Dooley in Bridgeport handed down the punishment to...