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16-year-old arrested in 'gunplay' death of Bridgeport teen

Oct. 19, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy who shot another teenager to death while playing with a gun inside a Bridgeport home has been arrested, police said. The shooting suspect, a 16-year-old whose name was not released because of his age, was arrested Monday in...

Jury orders police officer in fatal shooting to pay $350K

Oct. 16, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A civil jury has ordered a former Bridgeport police officer to pay $350,000 after finding he wrongfully shot and killed a man eight years ago who had dropped his weapon. The federal jury found Friday that Christopher Borona violated the...

Bridgeport officer suspended for hitting teen with a gun

Oct. 14, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn (AP) — A Bridgeport police officer has been suspended for 20 days for an incident caught on video in which he struck a 17-year-old in the head with his gun. Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia issued the suspension to Officer Gianni Capozziello after an...

Union reaches deal with group home agency, cancels strike

Oct. 04, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Several hundred unionized group home and day program workers in Bridgeport and eastern Connecticut have reached a new contract with the latest provider, ending a strike that was threatened to begin Tuesday, their union announced Monday, The...

Teen workers help diner owner weather pandemic challenges

Oct. 03, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — When a teenager came into his restaurant looking for a job, Nick Roussas didn’t realize his fortunes were about to turn around. The longtime Bridgeport diner owner discovered the teen was a student at Bridgeport Military Academy, and he...

Vaccine mandate hits hurdles in RI; VT push for more testing

Oct. 02, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

Coronavirus developments around New England: ___ RHODE ISLAND More than 90 health care facilities have requested a 30-day extension to meet Gov. Dan McKee’s requirement to get all workers vaccinated against COVID-19, the Rhode...

Ad falsely claims Connecticut politician has criminal record

Sep. 14, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — An online political ad falsely claimed that a Bridgeport city councilwoman had a criminal record after the organization that placed the ad confused her with another person with the same name. Hearst Connecticut Media...

Man drowns while swimming with friend at Fairfield reservoir

Sep. 12, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A 35-year-old man drowned Sunday while swimming with a friend at a Fairfield reservoir, police said. Police and fire department dive teams found the body of Karlis Eltermanis, of Bridgeport, in nearly six feet (1.8 meters) of water in the Samp...

Man sentenced to 10 years for fire that destroyed theater

Sep. 10, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for setting fires including the 2019 blaze that destroyed a well-known Shakespearean theater in a shoreline town. Christopher Sakowicz told the judge at his sentencing that wants to...

Connecticut firefighter dies from rock climbing fall in NY

Sep. 08, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut firefighter fell to his death while rock climbing in New York on Monday, New York State police said. Stephen M. Buda III, 56, nearly reached the 200-foot (60-meter) mark of his climb at the Trapps Trailhead of the Mohonk Mountain...