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Former explorer claims to be cop to get ticket fixed

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BRIDGEPORT – A former Stratford police explorer was arrested after he claimed he was a police officer and tried to get a traffic ticket fixed, police said. Freddy Gonzalez, 21, of Bruce Avenue, Stratford was charged Thursday with impersonating a police officer and second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting $1,000 bond. According […] [Read More]
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‘Star’ witness testifies in cold case murder

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BRIDGEPORT –The state put on its star witness Thursday as the second day of the trial of Leonard Jackson, charged with the 32-year-old strangulation murder of a young woman in Seaside Park, began. Detective Heitor Teixeira, the head of the police department’s cold case unit, testified he picked up the case in late 2011 after […] [Read More]
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Missing Newtown flight attendant featured on ‘cold case’ cards

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ROCKY HILL- Among the newest deck of cold case playing cards being issued this week to the state’s prison inmates is a card for a Newtown flight attendant missing since 1987. Regina Brown, the mother of three children, dropped of her youngest daughter at a babysitter on March 26, 1987 and has not been seen […] [Read More]
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Trumbull woman awarded $450,000 for crash

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BRIDGEPORT – A Stratford roofing company agreed Tuesday to pay $450,000 to a Trumbull woman injured when an employee of the company crashed into the back of the woman’s car while he was concentrating on his Bluetooth. Burr Roofing agreed to the settlement with Maria Coreano as the case was being prepared for trial in […] [Read More]
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Jackson trial postponed

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BRIDGEPORT –The trial of Leonard Jackson, charged with the 32-year-old strangulation murder of a young woman in Seaside Park, was postponed Wednesday after the judge reported feeling ill. Jackson, 55, is charged with murder for the Oct. 30, 1980 death of  30-year-old Estella “Stella” Brantley. Her body was found lying face down in the leaves […] [Read More]
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Leonard Jackson, 53, is arraigned in Superior Court, in Bridgeport, Conn. Aug. 16th, 2012. Jackson is charged with the murder of Stella Brantley, whose body was found in Seaside Park on Oct. 30, 1980. (Ned Gerard / Connecticut Post)

Testimony begins in 32-year-old murder trial

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BRIDGEPORT – A Superior Court judge Tuesday refused to prevent a jury from hearing the alleged confession of Leonard Jackson to the murder of a city woman 32 years ago. “The evidence does not show that the confession was coerced,” Judge Maria Kahn ruled during a break in the trial. The 55-year-old Jackson is charged […] [Read More]
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‘Cold case’ cards being dealt

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ROCKY HILL- The Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on Tuesday is breaking open its third deck of “cold case” playing cards. The cards are the only playing cards available to inmates in Connecticut correctional facilities. Each card features a photograph of a homicide victim or missing person and brief description of the case and […] [Read More]
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Police: man cruel to beagles

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BRIDGEPORT – A Noble Avenue man was arrested on animal cruelty charges after police said they found he was keeping three Beagles in tiny cages in his back yard. Police said the dogs were left for days at a time in the cages that are too small for the dogs to stand up in. Darryl […] [Read More]
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Trumbull volleyball lawsuit rolls to trial

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BRIDGEPORT – A judge refused to bounce a lawsuit by a Trumbull teen who claims she suffered severe injuries when she was hit in the head with volleyball during phys Ed class. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, in a 20-page decision, ruled the Trumbull Board of Education is not entitled to a defense of government […] [Read More]
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Trumbull dad arrested after toddler found in busy street

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TRUMBULL- The owner of a Bridgeport market was arrested after police said they found his 3-year-old son wandering a busy street here. Haidar Arar, 45, of Haviland Drive, was charged with risk of injury to a minor. He was released on a promise to appear in court. He owns the Marina Market on reservoir Avenue. […] [Read More]
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