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Man charged with shooting at police after mall robbery

Nov. 21, 2020 4:27 PM EST

TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) — A man accused of robbing a jewelry store at a Connecticut mall was taken into custody early Saturday after crashing his car during a police chase and shooting at officers during an hours-long standoff, authorities said. The man also struck and wounded a pedestrian while fleeing,...

Hamden schools go remote, Bridgeport schools closed Monday

Nov. 15, 2020 7:39 PM EST

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Public schools in Hamden will switch to all-remote learning until at least mid-January after a vote by the Board of Education. The New Haven Register reports that the board voted Saturday to move to fully remote learning as of Nov. 23. “No answer is perfect,” Mayor Curt...

Hospitals, prisons restrict visitors in response to pandemic

Nov. 14, 2020 3:59 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Developments on the coronavirus pandemic in New England: CONNECTICUT Bridgeport Hospital is joining others across Connecticut in reinstating visitor restrictions because of coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions, which took effect Saturday, prohibit visitors, with possible exceptions...

New Britain advances review of Columbus statue removal

Nov. 14, 2020 3:25 PM EST

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — New Britain’s Common Council has advanced a measure that would remove a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus from a city park. The council heard from residents and others for more than two hours Thursday before voting to refer a resolution for removal of the statue to...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, distance learners are seen on a laptop held by teacher Kristen Giuliano who assists student Jane Wood, 11, in a seventh-grade social studies class at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, Conn. Many schools around the state have closed temporarily during the school year because of students or staff testing positive for COVID-19. Within the first week of November 2020, nearly 700 students and more than 300 school staff around Connecticut tested positive, according to the state Department of Public Health. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

More schools ending in-person learning amid rising outbreaks

Nov. 12, 2020 7:40 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s largest school district in Bridgeport is among several in the state to announce an end or scaling back of in-person learning as coronavirus rates keep rising. Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Michael Testani said Thursday that all instruction will be switched...

College settles suit over student's death in eating contest

Nov. 12, 2020 3:29 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut college has settled a lawsuit over the death of a student who choked on pancakes during an eating contest on campus in 2017. Sacred Heart University in Fairfield recently agreed to undisclosed terms with the mother of Caitlin Nelson, a 20-year-old junior from Clark,...

FILE - In this April 29, 2019 file photo, Bridgeport Police Chief Armando

AG takes aim at pensions of city officials in hiring scam

Nov. 4, 2020 4:28 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general said Wednesday that he is asking a judge to revoke or reduce the pensions of Bridgeport's former police chief and former personnel director because they pleaded guilty last month in connection with a corrupt scheme that resulted in the chief's hiring in...

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2015 file photo, a University of Connecticut student pushes a button at a crosswalk outside one of the student dormitories, in Storrs, Conn. On Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, the university ordered residential students in Storrs to stay away from all off-campus social gatherings until the middle of next week amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

UConn bars students from off-campus events amid virus spike

Oct. 30, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

The University of Connecticut on Friday ordered residential students in Storrs to stay away from all off-campus social gatherings until the middle of next week amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. UConn reported 15 new positive tests for the new coronavirus on Friday, the highest single-day number since late...

Ex-Minister gets 30-year sentence for repeatedly raping girl

Oct. 24, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The former minister of a Connecticut church who was convicted of repeatedly raping a girl beginning when she was 6 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Orane Cole, 45, continued to maintain his innocence during the sentencing hearing Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court, the...

Connecticut suspect arrested at Vermont-Canadian border

Oct. 20, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

DERBY, Vt. (AP) — A fugitive wanted for questioning in the killing of his former girlfriend was caught in Vermont trying to cross the U.S.-Canadian border on foot, police said Tuesday. Corey Ramos, 30, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was apprehended at the border in Derby Line by Canadian authorities on...