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John Nickerson

Greenwich sex abuse trial begins with victim testimony

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The Stamford trial of former Greenwich resident Ronald Joseph began Tuesday with the hours long testimony a 23-year-old girl who said had been sexually assaulted by Joseph for years since she was about eight years old. The woman, whose name is not being disclosed by The Advocate to protect her identity, said Joseph, 52, began […] [Read More]
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Turn of River agrees to single fire department in Stamford

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Four months after a Stamford judge turned away a constitutional challenge against the creation of a single Stamford fire department that combines both paid and volunteer firefighters, the last volunteer holdout has signed onto the plan. Last night volunteer members of Turn of River Fire Department voted unanimously to become a part of the consolidated […] [Read More]
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Memorial to woman killed by driver

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Neighbors and friends placed lit candles and bouquets of flowers where 70-year-old Stamford resident Margarita Gonzalez was run down and killed early Sunday evening. Gonzalez was walking across Woodland Avenue near Atlantic Street to get to her car just before 7 p.m. Easter Sunday when she was struck and killed by Yolanda McDowell, who was […] [Read More]
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Jury selection to begin today in ‘best man” overdose death

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A jury selection is scheduled to begin today at the Stamford courthouse for a Massachusetts man accused of selling the drugs that led to the tragic overdose death Nicholas Poti only hours after serving as the best man at his brother’s September 2010 wedding in Stamford. Joseph Papagni, 28, of Lynnfield, is being defended against […] [Read More]
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A 70-year-old Stamford woman was struck and killed while crossing Woodland Avenue near Atlantic Street  Sunday night. The woman was struck just in front of the white pickup truck just before 7 p.m. Credit: John Nickerson/Stamford Advocate

Hit and run victim was Stamford police officer’s mother

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A Stamford judge set a $250,000 court appearance bond for a woman with 51 criminal convictions, who allegedly drove away from the scene of an accident after striking and killing the 70-year-old mother of a decorated Stamford police officer early in the evening on Easter Sunday. Police said that Yolanda McDowell, 45, of 69 Durant […] [Read More]
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Residential arson investigation continues

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Stamford police are continuing their investigation into an arson fire that has displaced four families on Milton Street Wednesday night. Lt. Diedrich Hohn said police are looking through surveillance video tapes of nearby businesses in hopes of finding the person who set the fire in a apartment in a three story, six unit brick apartment […] [Read More]
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Stamford woman sentenced to six months in drunk driving crash that killed two

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Despite driving drunk when she killed two men changing a tire on the side of I-95 in Darien in 2010, Stamford resident Candace Blanks will only be made to serve six months in jail. Blanks, 42, of Bedford Street, appeared at the Stamford courthouse Thursday afternoon and pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence […] [Read More]
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Stamford fire intentionally set, fire offical says

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Four Stamford families were displaced following an arson fire in their apartment building on Milton Street last night. Fire Marshal Charles Spaulding said their investigation of the fire has determined that the fire was intentionally set and they have asked for police help to determine who was responsible for setting the fire. “Information came to […] [Read More]

Felon arrested for Stamford gun and drug charges

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A convicted felon wanted for gun and narcotics possession in 2012 was arrested by Stamford police Tuesday. Darnell Vaughn, 29, formerly of 28 Perry St., was charged with criminal possession of a revolver, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school or public housing […] [Read More]
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Man caught in Stamford wanted for NYC shooting investigation

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Police looking for a man wanted in relation to the investigation of a Bronx shooting was captured during a raid on Daly Street early Wednesday morning, police said., Capt. Richard Conklin said Isaac Raymen Rivera, 20, was found in an apartment at 7 Daly Street at about 6:30 a.m. Rivera is being held in lieu […] [Read More]
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