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Easton swindler gets 25 years

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HARTFORD-Gregory Loles who swindled His church, his priest, his friends even dying acquaintances out of nearly $27 million was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. “You are the most sinister defendant I ever sentenced for this category of crime,” U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson told Loles, 55, formerly of Judd Road, Easton. “There […] [Read More]
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Sentencing day for Easton scammer

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HARTFORD-Gregory Loles accused of swindling everyone from Greek millionaires to school children is expected to learn his fate today. Loles, formerly of 451 Judd Road, Easton, is accused of stealing as much as $26 million from more than 250 victims. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McGarry is urging U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson to impose […] [Read More]

Strike Out Domestic Violence

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MILFORD-The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services is conducting a bowl-a-thon benefit to help raise money and awareness for victims. The event will take place March 8 at AMF Lanes, Boston Post Road, Milford. There will be five different sessions that bowlers can register for. These will be at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., […] [Read More]

Malloy: Crime in Connecticut is down

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We just received this note from Gov. Malloy’s office in Hartford: HARTFORD – Citing a memo from the Office of Policy and Management’s Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported 97 murders last year, down from 146 in 2012, and the […] [Read More]

Easton Investment Advisor Faces 30 years

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HARTFORD-An Easton investment advisor who federal prosecutors claim stole at least $26 million from some 700 victims including St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange will be sentenced this afternoon. Loles, 51, who operated Apeiron Capital Management, Inc. pleaded guilty two years ago to wire fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud and money laundering. He has […] [Read More]
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Case continued for accused puppy killer

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BRIDGEPORT-Five women braved the wind and the cold Monday to demand justice for a poodle puppy allegedly beaten to death by its owner last November. “Animals have no voice, so we are here as their voice,” said Tami Forcellina of Stratford. “Pets are the only creatures on our planet that love unconditionally even when they […] [Read More]

Ansonia man pleads not guilty to drug charges

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BRIDGEPORT-The Ansonia man accused of dealing narcotic pain killers out of his Dwight Street home pleaded not guilty to eight federal charges Thursday. James Costanzo, 35, of 70 Dwight Street, entered the pleas on the advice of his lawyer, Donald Cretella during proceedings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons. Costanzo is being detained without […] [Read More]

Engineer denies stealing technical defense documents

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BRIDGEPORT-An engineer who worked for several area defense contractors pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he stole technical information on U.S. Air Force military jets engines and gas turbines and was attempting to ship them to Iran. Mozaffar Khazaee, 59, formerly of Manchester, appeared in the company of his lawyer, Assistant U.S. Public […] [Read More]
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Former Police Chief discusses book

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DERBY-Nearly 40 people braved Tuesday’s snowstorm to hear retired Derby Police Chief Andrew L. Cota Jr. discuss his first book–”Through the Lens of an Old Man” at the Derby Neck Library. The book written in the narrative style of a third person discussing philosophical, religious and historical events and their impact on society is available […] [Read More]

Mental Health Counselor pleads not guilty in Ansonia drug case

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BRIDGEPORT-A counselor employed by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his participating in a conspiracy to distribute narcotic pain killers and to distributing them. Brian Earl, 39, of North Haven, who is represented by Assistant U.S. Public Defender Paul Thomas entered the four not guilty […] [Read More]