Latest Bridgeport News

Who's a hero? Some states, cities still debating hazard pay

Nov. 25, 2021 08:53 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When the U.S. government allowed so-called hero pay for frontline workers as a possible use of pandemic relief money, it suggested occupations that could be eligible from farm workers and childcare staff to janitors and truck drivers. State and...

Subway sandwich chain co-founder Peter Buck dies at 90

Nov. 24, 2021 12:34 PM EST

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Peter Buck, whose $1,000 investment in a family friend's Connecticut sandwich shop in 1965 provided the genesis for what is now the world's largest restaurant chain — Subway — has died. He was 90. Buck, a nuclear physicist who was born in...

More than 80 animals rescued from Fairfield home

Nov. 21, 2021 10:24 AM EST

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — More than 80 animals have been rescued from a home in Fairfield. Police said they received a call from fire department personnel Saturday morning who were assisting the home’s resident who was suffering a medical emergency. ...

Judge denies early prison release in boy witness murder case

Nov. 17, 2021 11:15 AM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man convicted in the 1999 killings of an 8-year-old murder witness and the boy's mother will not be getting out of prison anytime soon, a federal judge ruled Tuesday amid pleas by the victims' relatives and prosecutors to keep him locked up. ...

Somber milestone as case of missing Bridgeport girl turns 20

Nov. 07, 2021 13:14 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The case of a missing 10-year-old Bridgeport girl has hit a somber milestone. Bianca Elaine Lebron was waiting to go inside her elementary school on Nov. 7, 2001 when she told classmates she was going shopping with an uncle. Lebron was last...

US Supreme Court won't hear appeal in student killing

Nov. 01, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of a former Connecticut nurse convicted of killing and dismembering his college student girlfriend in 2013. Jermain Richards, of Bridgeport, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60...

Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, to keep mask mandate

Oct. 30, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's largest city plans to keep its local indoor mask mandate in place, even though the number of COVID-19 cases has been dropping and some nearby municipalities have decided to lift their masking requirements. Bridgeport officials cite...

Marina owner fined $45,000 for scuttling boats in LI Sound

Oct. 25, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn (AP) — The former owner of a Connecticut marina was sentenced Monday to two years of probation and fined $45,000 for intentionally sinking abandoned boats in Long Island Sound. John Magness, 72, of Bristol, Maine, pleaded guilty last November to a...

Report: Bridgeport awaits vaccination status of 600 workers

Oct. 23, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Roughly 600 Bridgeport city workers haven't yet submitted proof of vaccination against the coronavirus, nearly a month after a deadline for them to do so or get tested weekly, according to a published report. The number represents about 40% of...

Drug dealer gets life in prison for baseball bat killings

Oct. 21, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

A Connecticut drug dealer whose federal death sentence was overturned in the baseball bat killings of three people during a 2005 dispute over crack cocaine sales was resentenced Thursday to life in prison. Dressed in a tan prison uniform, Azibo Aquart, now 40, apologized...