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Coach seeks probation in home alone case

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BRIDGEPORT  – The head basketball coach of Harding High School, accused of leaving his 4-year-old son home alone while he went to the gym, applied for a special probation. Charles D. Clemons Jr., 40, is charged with risk of injury to a minor after police said his son was found by neighbors wandering the street […] [Read More]
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Monroe senior nabbed in Trumbull bank robbery

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BRIDGEPORT – A 65-year-old Monroe man, whose violent crimes have spanned three decades and as many states, was ordered Tuesday held in lieu of $1 million in connection with a Trumbull bank robbery and carjacking. George Bratsenis, of Spinning Wheel Road, tall, bespectacled with white hair and a white beard, stood smiling before Superior Court […] [Read More]
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Juan Santiago. Photo: B.K. Angeletti/Connecticut Post.

Cop gets probation for shooting himself

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BRIDGEPORT – A 29-year veteran of the police force, who shot himself in the leg while examining a gun in a crowded restaurant, has been granted a special probation program. Following a short hearing Tuesday morning , Superior Court Judge Earl Richards granted accelerated rehabilitation for  56-year-old Juan Santiago. Accelerated rehabilitation is a program for […] [Read More]
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Man struck by pickup truck

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BRIDGEPORT – A man was taken to the hospital after being hit by a pickup truck on Fairfield Avenue Monday evening. Police said the man was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with minor injuries. Witnesses said the man was crossing Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock section of the city about 7:30 p.m. when […] [Read More]
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Judge orders cab driver to stay away from sex assault victim

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BRIDGEPORT – A judge ordered a cab driver, charged with sexually assaulting a Sacred Heart University student, to stay away from the student. Superior Court Judge Robin Pavia Monday imposed a protective order on Yves Pierre, 45, ordering him to stay away from the 18-year-old female student. She continued the case to Oct. 31. Assistant […] [Read More]
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Trumbull man charged with child sex assaults

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TRUMBULL – A local man, accused of sexually assaulting three young girls here, was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bond. Javier Valdovinos, 55, of White Plains Road, was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault. Police […] [Read More]
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Police: Man raped autistic boy in Trumbull

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BRIDGEPORT – A convicted sex offender, accused of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old autistic Trumbull boy, was ordered held on $1 million bond Friday. Walter Santiago, 54, showed no emotion as he stood handcuffed before Superior Court Judge Robin Pavia. “This was an unspeakable crime that calls out for a high bond,” Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney […] [Read More]
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Rep. Ayala arrested

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BRIDGEPORT – State Rep. Christina Ayala was arrested this afternoon on voting fraud charges. Ayala, 31, who lost a primary bid for re-election, surrendered at State Police Troop I in Bethany. She was released on a promise to appear in court pending arraignment in Superior Court here in Oct. 7. Her lawyer, Guy Soares, declined […] [Read More]
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Police: Stratford man threatened to shoot neighbor over parking

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STRATFORD – Police said a local man threatened to shoot his neighbor with an assault rifle following a dispute over a common driveway. Gregory Gorlo, 53, of Light Street, was charged with failing to register an assault weapon, possession of large capacity magazines, first-degree threatening and breach of peace. He was being held in lieu […] [Read More]
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Fugitive rapist sentenced to 14 years

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MILFORD – Convicted rapist Dardian Celaj, who fled to Naugatuck rather than face up to 8 years in prison, was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti told the 36-year-old Albanian that the original plea bargain was off the table because Celaj had run. Celaj, who ran a social club […] [Read More]
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