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  1. Shelton Police: Substitute Teacher Arrested On School Property

    Shelton Police: Substitute Teacher Arrested On School Property

    SHELTON, Conn. — Shelton police on Thursday arrested a substitute teacher when she was warned to stay off school properties and was spotted at the Board of Education, police said.Nichelle Smith, 41, of Naugatuck, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass in the incident, police said.Officers responded to Shelton High School on a report of an unwanted person. Upon arriving, school ...

  2. Shelton Police: Man Hatches Scheme To Have Daughter's Boyfriend Arrested

    Shelton Police: Man Hatches Scheme To Have Daughter's Boyfriend Arrested

    SHELTON, Conn. — A Seymour dad was arrested today for hiring a man to falsely accuse his 20-year-old daughter’s boyfriend of armed robbery so the boyfriend would go to jail, police said.On July 13, Philip Prokop, 47, and his mother paid 20-year-old Thomas Owen cash and drove him to the Shelton Police Department, where he filed an armed robbery complaint against the boyfriend, who lives ...

  3. McLevy Square Marks New Phase Of Bridgeport's 'Downtown Renaissance'

    McLevy Square Marks New Phase Of Bridgeport's 'Downtown Renaissance'

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Developers officially opened McLevy Square Apartments Wednesday, christening the first part of a massive complex set to transform the block across from McLevy Green.In addition to the 32 one- and two-bedroom apartments Forstone Capital has created at 177-189 State Street, the block will be home to Harlan Haus, a 7,000-square-foot German-style beer hall, and The ...

  4. Beneficiaries Turm Benefactors At Westport First Responder Fundraiser

    Beneficiaries Turm Benefactors At Westport First Responder Fundraiser

    WESTPORT, Conn. — A gracious fundraiser for local first responders Saturday turned into a way for the beneficiaries to show how generous they can be.The Pearl at Longshore teamed up with Valor Spirits and The Greatest Blaze to host a Summer Soirée, a fundraiser for police, firefighters and EMS staff in Westport and Fairfield that garnered $10,000 for the departments.But the four chiefs ...

  5. Ballet Meets Yoga Meets Weights At Westport's The Bar Method

    Ballet Meets Yoga Meets Weights At Westport's The Bar Method

    WESTPORT, Conn. — When she was in her 20s, a friend told avid runner Bridget McBride to try a barre fitness class to help improve her marathon times.What she found there was more than a new stretch or two: She found a new career.On Wednesday, McBride and her sister, Caitlin Giambalvo, both of Fairfield, opened the doors on The Bar Method, their second fitness studio at 25 Sylvan Road ...

  6. Westport Police: Public School Student Arrested In Violence Threat

    Westport Police: Public School Student Arrested In Violence Threat

    WESTPORT, Conn. — A Westport public school student who threatened violence at a town school in an online gaming chat room late last month was arrested Wednesday, police said.The student, who has not been identified by police or FBI agents investigating the incident, stated “violence” would take place at a school near his or her home on Sept. 8, police said.The FBI traced the threat back ...

  7. Rare WWII Aircraft Wing Their Way To Sikorsky Memorial In Stratford

    Rare WWII Aircraft Wing Their Way To Sikorsky Memorial In Stratford

    STRATFORD, Conn. — Ninety-four-year-old Charles McMullen gingerly climbed up into a B-17 Flying Fortress Tuesday, something he hasn’t done since his 31 missions over Germany and France more than 70 years ago.“Wonderful,” he said, walking over to the spot he would have manned as a radio operator and machine gunner. “Wow.”The Norwalk retiree was able to step back in time thanks to the ...

  8. Fairfield Police: Angry Over Affair, Woman Smashes Ex's Phone, Car Window

    Fairfield Police: Angry Over Affair, Woman Smashes Ex's Phone, Car Window

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Fairfield woman smashed her ex-boyfriend’s $800 cell phone with a hammer and broke his car window while his 5-year-old son was in the car Monday after she found out he was having an affair, police said.Carolyn Vargas, 45, of Black Rock Avenue, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, police said.The victim said he was picking up ...

  9. Fairfield Police: Leaf Blower Theft Spells Larceny Charges For Two Men

    Fairfield Police: Leaf Blower Theft Spells Larceny Charges For Two Men

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Two men, including one with a lengthy criminal history, face larceny charges after they attempted to steal a $450 leaf blower from a landscaping truck in broad daylight Friday, police said.The landscaping supervisor told officers he saw Matthew Eichler, 31, of Hazard Avenue, Enfield, running down a Sturges Highway driveway with the backpack blower and chased him, ...

  10. Fairfield Police: Cyclist Winds Up On Windshield After Collision

    Fairfield Police: Cyclist Winds Up On Windshield After Collision

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A cyclist was sent to the hospital Saturday evening, when he tried to make a turn off Stratfield Road and was struck by a car.The rider, who was wearing a cycling suit with reflective neon stripes, was attempting to turn onto Gate Ridge Road when he was hit, falling onto the car’s hood and windshield before tumbling to the ground, police said.The driver, an ...

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