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1st day of deliberations end in murder trial

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BRIDGEPORT – The jury in the trial of Laheem “Heeme” Jones, accused of fatally shooting 14-year-old Justin Thompson two years ago, completed its first day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict. The 12-member jury began deliberations shortly after noon after getting the instruction on the law from Superior Court Judge Maria Kahn. Deliberations continue […] [Read More]
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Accused arsonist goes berserk in courtroom

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BRIDGEPORT – A Brookfield woman, accused of setting her mother’s Stratford home on fire, went berserk in the courtroom Wednesday threatening vengeance against one of the prosecutor’s witnesses and vowing she would be free after the judge ordered her held in lieu of $1 million bond. “I’m getting out and I’m going to get that […] [Read More]
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Gonzalo Flores, charged with sexual assault. (Photo courtesy of Bridgeport police)

Police: paralyzed patient sexually assaulted at hospital

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BRIDGEPORT – A male nursing assistant at St. Vincent’s Medical Center was arrested after police said a paralyzed male patient at the hospital woke up to find the nursing assistant’s hands down his pants – and that’s not where the patient’s injury was. Police said Gonzalo Flores, a certified nursing assistant at the hospital since […] [Read More]
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Stratford contractor charged with fraud

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STRATFORD – A local home improvement contractor has been charged with defrauding a homeowner out of $5,000. John Kondakor, 45, owner of AAA Construction, was charged Tuesday with third-degree larceny, offering to do home improvements without being registered and failure to provide three days to cancel a contract. He was released after posting $5,000 bond. […] [Read More]
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Police: Drug treatment director got drugs for client

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BRIDGEPORT – The assistant director of a drug treatment center has been arrested after police said he drove a client to get drugs. Emille Jones, 30, an assistant director of Connecticut Renaissance, was charged Monday with conspiracy to possess narcotics. He was released after posting $5,000 bond. Officials of the statewide drug treatment center did […] [Read More]
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Man pleads to $1 mil watch theft

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BRIDGEPORT – A Stratford man, charged with one of the largest watch thefts in U.S. history, is facing six years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $1 million in watches from Victorinox Swiss Army. Gilberto Nieves, 38, managed the watch repair department at the company’s Monroe headquarters but over more than a […] [Read More]
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Sides rest in teen murder trial

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BRIDGEPORT – Both the state and defense have rested in the trial of Laheem “Heeme” Jones, accused of fatally shooting 14-year-old Justin Thompson two years ago. Jones, 20, did not testify during the two-week trial. The 12 jurors could begin deliberations Wednesday morning. The crime sparked anti-violence rallies across the city and resulted in the […] [Read More]
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Monroe man charged with having child porn

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MONROE – A local man was arrested for allegedly downloading child porn on his computer. Anthony Bocchio, 31, of Partridge Drive, was charged Wednesday with possession of child pornography. He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. Police said during an investigation by local and state police of peer to peer internet program it […] [Read More]
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Trumbull man accused of raping children

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TRUMBULL – A local man has been charged with sexually assaulting four children, three girls and a boy over a five-year period. Javier Valdovinos, 54, of White Plains Road, was charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count each of third-degree sexual […] [Read More]
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Feds: Iranian stole military secrets in Connecticut

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BRIDGEPORT – An Iranian, working here as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney, is accused of  giving sensitive information about the U.S.’s fighter program to his native country. Mozaffar Khazaee, who arrested at New Jersey’s Newark International Airport as he was boarding a flight to Tehran, was ordered held in lieu of bond Wednesday by […] [Read More]
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