Monday, July 14, 2014

Family of slain Shelton teen Kristjan Ndoj still without answers in shooting

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
and Patricia Villers

SHELTON >> Franga Ndoj, whose grandson Kristjan was fatally shot in March, took a framed color photograph of him down from a shelf in the home they shared and kissed it, with tears in her eyes.
“I’m not doing well; the past few months have been hard,” she said. “I think they know who did it, but they aren’t saying anything. It would be better if they knew what actually happened.”
She remembered how Kristjan would leave for school and give her hugs and kisses, then do it again when he returned.
“He was my life,” she said, speaking in Albanian.
After almost four months with no arrest in the fatal shooting of the popular Shelton High School sophomore, his grieving loved ones are frustrated and hoping anyone with information will come forward and tell police.

Read the full story here

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Monday, June 30, 2014

25 years after Torrington crash, family reflects on death caused by drunk driver and new, tougher laws

By Isaac Avilucea

TORRINGTON >> Twenty-five years later, pain has given way to forgiveness, but sisters Susan Suhanovsky and Honoria Williams still haven’t forgotten the day their father, Herman Marine, died in a horrific two-car accident in Torrington.
About 5 feet 11 inches tall with salt-and-pepper hair, an imposing beard and “smiling eyes,” Marine was set to retire from the Burrville Fire Department July 1 and had purchased a home with his wife, Margaret, in Venice, Florida, in the same retirement community as the couple’s friends, when he was killed by a drunk driver on June 21, 1989.
Last week marked 25 years to the day. Family gathered at Herman’s grave at St. Peter’s Cemetery, as a pastor said words in remembrance.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

New Haven man who saw mom slain as child works to turn life around

By Shahid Abdul-Karim
Register Staff

NEW HAVEN >> Larry Davis watched as his mother, Nakia Arrington, was strangled to death.
He was 4 at the time.
Moments later, Davis witnessed his mother’s killer, Kevin Jackson, hang himself from a beam in their home’s garage.
Eighteen years later, Davis, 22, is still haunted by the traumatic scene, which he describes as setting him on “a rocky road to normalcy.”
That road thus far has been paved with pitfalls of addiction and stained by internal anger.
But with help from city support services, Davis has acquired a resilient spirit.

Read the full story here.

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Human trafficking conference examines resources, process

By Rachel Chinapen
Register Staff
NEW HAVEN >> A health care provider may easily identify a patient as a victim of human trafficking but may not know how to intervene when the trafficker is pacing around the waiting room right outside, said Barbara Moynihan.
“You can do the resources in the community ... you can do all of that ... but what do we do at the moment we know it’s happened to her or him?” asked Moynihan, co-founder of anti-trafficking group The Starfish Project.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Friends, family of victims come together for New Haven prayer vigil

People who lost loved ones to violence in the city came together to pray and support one another at a prayer vigil at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church Thursday night./ Rich Scinto — New Haven Register

By Rich Scinto
Register Staff
NEW HAVEN >> Dozens of people affected by violence came together for a prayer vigil at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church Thursday night.
Bishop Theodore L. Brooks Sr., who himself lost a nephew to violence in the Newhallville neighborhood years ago, led many of the prayers.
The focus of the event in the Dixwell neighborhood Thursday was for those who had lost loved ones to come together in prayer for healing and comfort. Images of several homicide victims were flashed from a projector at the beginning of the vigil.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

DCF social worker: Demand driving supply in human trafficking

Audrey Morrissey tells her story of surviving sex trafficking at a state Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Connecticut conference at the CT Convention Center in Hartford Wednesday. Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register

By Rachel Chinapen
Register Staff

HARTFORD >> The first time Audrey Morrissey was picked up by a “John,” she got in the car to find a white male flashing his police badge in her face.
Morrissey, then 16, wasn’t arrested. Instead, the officer requested a sexual favor in exchange for her freedom.
The next 14 years of Morrissey’s life were spent in and out of the “combat zone” of Boston, Mass., as she worked for different pimps and strip clubs, gave birth to her three children and battled her addiction to heroin.
About 200 social workers, law enforcement workers, hospital administrators and others listened to Morrissey, 51, describe how she became a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) at the state’s first full-day forum on the issue.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CT State Police to step up DUI patrols for Superbowl Sunday

From CT State Police press release:

This Sunday, Feb. 2, friends and families will gather to watch the big game and to enjoy festivities
surrounding the Super Bowl.
 The parties and gatherings can make Super Bowl Sunday one of the year’s most dangerous days on the roads and highways of our state due to impaired, driving-related accidents.
 The Connecticut State Police offer some life-saving suggestions to keep everyone safe:
* Act responsibly by designating a sober, non-drinking driver before the game even starts. The game tends to be an all-day event—remember friends never let friends drive drunk! Be prepared to call a cab for a friend or find a sober driver for that friend.
 Connecticut State Police Colonel Danny R. Stebbins noted, “The designation of a sober driver is the best way to avoid a tragedy or injury caused by a drunk driver. Remember: jail time, fines, loss of license, and other penalties can ruin a day meant for being with friends and celebrating.”
 Troopers will be attentive to all roads and highways across the state for the possibility of drunk drivers during and after the big game. Troopers will aggressively enforce all motor vehicle laws.
 During Super Bowl Sunday 2013, Troopers arrested drivers for DUI and issued numerous tickets for speeding and for tickets for unsafe lane changes and distracted driving.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Connecticut DUI victim turns injuries into action

Shelley Merrill of Norwich poses next to an X-ray of her neck, showing some of the injuries she suffered after a drunk driver crashed into the vehicle in which she was a passenger in 2007.

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor

Shelley Merrill said she had a near-death experience after a drunken driver crashed into her, but she survived with a new purpose — to share her ordeal to try to keep people from driving under the influence.
Merrill, of Norwich, is known professionally as “Shelly Martinez” a co-host on a WCTY radio morning show based in her hometown.
Merrill was a passenger in a truck on May 11, 2007, on Route 2 near the Preston and Norwich town lines, when a drunken driver who was trying to pass them clipped the left side of their vehicle. The impact sent their truck out of control, and it rolled over about five times.
“I remember being tossed, and I was in and out of consciousness,” Merrill said. “It happened so quickly. I felt bones break and my neck snap. I thought I was going to die.”

Read more here.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Repeat DUI offender leaves Trumbull man in daily pain

Vincent Ramaglia at his home in Trumbull by a photograph of the crumpled remains of a 1992 Honda Civic he was driving on June 1, 2011, when a drunken driver hit him. Arnold Gold — New Haven Register

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
TRUMBULL >> Vincent Ramaglia was a typical teenager, just going out with friends for ice cream, when a drunken driver crashed into him, inflicting injuries that cause him pain even today.
Ramaglia, now 21 and a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, was 18 at the time of the June 1, 2011, crash in Trumbull.
Ramaglia had just enjoyed dinner with friends. On the way to a Trumbull ice cream shop, Ramaglia pulled over and parked to talk with one of his friends.
Seconds later, he heard a noise, turned and saw a car speeding over a median toward the woods. The car crashed into another vehicle, then ricocheted toward Ramaglia’s car, where he sat in the driver’s seat.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Body of New Haven airman missing in Vietnam since 1968 to be laid to rest at Arlington

Contributed photograph/  U.S. Air Force Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. grew up in New Haven. The U.S. government recently identified his remains from a crash site in Laos, 45 years after he went missing during the Vietnam War.        

By Jim Shelton
Register Staff
NEW HAVEN >> When U.S. Air Force Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Friday, 45 years to the day after his plane went down over Laos, family from Greater New Haven and around the country will be there to honor his memory.
“He was my Uncle Jay,” said Debbie Shanley of Milford, who will attend the burial with her husband and four children. “He was extremely outgoing and happy, always in command and great at sports. He was very dedicated to his country and to his family.”

Read the full story here.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

MADD launches Connecticut red ribbon campaign for drunken driving awareness

Colleen Sheehey’s son, Dustin Church, was killed by a drunk driver in 2004. A portrait of Dustin lays at the foot of the podium. Catherine Avalone - The Middletown Press

By Kaitlyn Schroyer
Middletown Press
MIDDLETOWN >> For Skip Church and Colleen Sheehey, the holiday season serves as a reminder of the hole in their hearts. Their son, Dustin Church, died in a drunken driving crash in 2004.
“I had no chance to say goodbye,” Sheehey said. “I couldn’t be there and hold his hand and that is something I’ll regret the rest of my life.”
When Dustin and his friends planned a night out that July evening, they didn’t designate a sober driver, the parents said. The group of friends ended up in a car with a drunk driver behind the wheel. They were going 75 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone when the driver lost control of the car, the vehicle flipped over, ricocheted off signs and trees, and plunged into the Housatonic River.

Read the full story here.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

With Yale student’s slaying still unsolved, cold case investigators reach out to public

By Randall Beach
Register Staff
New Haven >> Fifteen years after Suzanne Jovin was stabbed to death on East Rock Road, state cold case investigators still are trying to figure out how she got there, who killed her and the timetable of those events.
Jovin, a 21-year-old Yale University student, was found lying on the sidewalk, near the intersection of Edgehill Road, the night of Dec. 4, 1998. She had been stabbed 17 times.
“It’s a jigsaw puzzle in very small pieces,” said Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane as he sat in his Rocky Hill office last week.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Be wary of hazardous toys, ConnPIRG warns

Toys considered dangerous, according to U.S. PIRG’s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report, are displayed during a news conference in Washington Tuesday. /  Manuel Balce Ceneta — The Associated Press

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
 With the holiday shopping season here, parents need to know there are still seemingly benign, but hazardous toys for sale on store shelves, according to the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group.
ConnPIRG unveiled the 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report Tuesday at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.
“We need to protect our littlest consumers from unsafe toys,” said Sean Doyle, an associate with ConnPIRG. “When our researchers went out, they found dangerous toys at retailers from dollar stores to national chains.”
The nonprofit organization sent toys for laboratory testing, according to Doyle. Testing was done for chemicals such as lead, cadmium and phthalates, which can negatively impact child development.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Newtown parents trying to make the dialogue more civil

By Ed Stannard
Register Staff
 NEW HAVEN >> Several of the families of the Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook victims and others from Newtown are ready to take a stand against the bittnerness and partisanship that has stained the gun-control debate in the last year.
It’s time, they say, to come together and talk, from every point of view, and find a sensible way through to ending gun violence.
Members of Sandy Hook Promise met with the New Haven Register’s editorial board Friday to talk about their new initiative, Parent Together.
While they are not opposed to people owning guns and they respect the Second Amendment, Promise members would like the conversation to shift, almost radically, to one of understanding and genuine communication.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Victims of storm damage decry runaround, red tape

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

Daniel Bagley, who owns the Village Marina in Milford, said his business sustained significant damage during Superstorm Sandy, with several docks broken and ruined.
This was on top of damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Bagley estimates the damages at about $200,000. He originally had 87 docks, but is now down to 60.
“I lost 27 docks, which means lost revenue,” Bagley said.
Bagley put in an insurance claim, but he said this covered a small percentage of the damage.
“At the end of the day, you don’t get paid for what you thought would be covered,” he said.

Read the full story here.
Dan Bagley, owner of Village Marina in Milford, stands in front of an empty space where docks used to be before being destroyed in Superstorm Sandy. Peter Hvizdak — New Haven Register


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

15th Annual Daniel B. Ormsby Memorial Blood Drive this weekend

MERIDEN - The Ormsby family of Meriden invites the community to participate in the 15th annual Daniel B. Ormsby Memorial Blood Drive this Sunday at Francis T. Maloney High School, 121 Gravel Street, Meriden, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in memory of their a loving son, grandson, and brother, Daniel.
At the age of five, Daniel required blood following open heart surgery.  Thanks to the generosity of volunteer donors, blood was available to help ensure Daniel survived his ordeal. Tragedy struck the Ormsby family again in October 1990 when Daniel was killed following a shooting during an armed robbery at the pizza parlor where he worked.  During emergency surgery, Daniel received blood transfusions to help sustain his life as doctors tried to save him.
“Dan’s family remains passionate and committed to helping save lives in Dan’s memory,” said Margie Butkiewicz, Dan’s sister. “We hope to collect at least 125 units of blood this year and ask the community to please roll up their sleeves to help ensure blood is available for patients and their families when needed.”
Since the first memorial blood drive in 1999, the Daniel B. Ormsby Memorial Blood Drive has helped collect over 1420 pints of blood to help accident victims, trauma patients, transplant recipients, and those receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses.
Since one unit of blood can help up to three patients, up to 4,260 patients may have been helped in honor of Daniel.
“We appreciate the extraordinary dedication of the Ormsby family to help Connecticut patients and are grateful for the tremendous generosity of those who remember Daniel by donating blood,” said Michelle Kelch, Interim Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region. “This year, the Red Cross as added additional blood drive staff to help the Ormsby family achieve their goal.”Individuals who are 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds of more depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment to donate.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

New Haven organization assists families touched by violence

Front, from left, Aleisha Lytle, Nakia Dawson and Crystal Beard-Morton of the Bereavement Care Network, with the family of homicide victim Marquise Eaddy. Melanie Stengel — New Haven Register
By Shahid Abdul-Karim

NEW HAVEN >> For Lauren Pittman, a 10 p.m. knock at her mother’s door led to her family rushing to the hospital to find her brother fighting for his life.

Pittman, 29, said her brother left the house riding his bicycle on Dixwell Avenue, where he was gunned downed last December.

Christopher Fain, 19, was shot once. He was pronounced dead at the St. Raphael campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital two days later.

Pittman said a piece of her slipped away when she stood at his bedside and watched her brother take his last breath in the early morning hours that day.

Read more here.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Benefit to honor memory of woman killed by drunk driver

NEW HAVEN - It has been two decades since a drunk driver killed Julia Coppola, and this week, Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be honoring her memory.
Coppola’s daughter, Michelle Lettieri, is the director of victim services for MADD Connecticut, which is based in East Haven.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the fatal crash, the public is invited to a fundraiser and dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at Anthony’s Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven.
“It is a way to keep her memory alive and remind people of the devastation caused by drunk driving,” Lettieri said.
The state dedicated Townsend Avenue the “Julia (Nana) Coppola Memorial Highway,” years ago in Coppola’s memory.
“We have had memorial dinners before, but not since the naming of the road, which was about five years ago,” Lettieri said. “My mom was caring, loving, a friend to all, a mother to all, and an all-around special person.”         
Money raised will go toward victim services, youth education and public awareness, according to Lettieri.
The crash happened on Oct. 20, 1993 on Townsend Avenue in New Haven. Coppola, 75, was the front seat  passenger in a car driven by Lettieri. A 17-year-old girl, Danielle McMorrow, was driving under the influence and crashed head-on into their vehicle. 
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling MADD at 203-764-2566 in advance of the event.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Branford 5K walk to honor crash victims, raise money for MADD

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
BRANFORD >> This weekend’s 5K walk to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be in honor of a Shelton mother and daughter who were killed by a drunken driver 12 years ago.
The “Walk like MADD” event on Saturday starts outside Branford Town Hall, 1019 Main St., with registration at 8:30 a.m.It is dedicated to the memory of Kathy Wills, 48, and her daughter, Brittany, 14, who died after their vehicle was struck by a truck on Route 110 in Shelton Dec. 13, 2001.  Read more here.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Rwandan Genocide Survivor and LGBT Advocate Holding Guilford Fundraiser

By Douglas P. Clement

Among Daniel U. Ndamwizeye's memories is one from a dozen years ago. Then, the West Haven resident was 11 and getting on a plane to leave his native Rwanda for Zambia, the first leg of a journey from pain to salvation, from tragedy to opportunity and freedom.
That freedom means the Southern Connecticut State University graduate and TD Bank employee can live openly, and comfortably, as a gay man, a status that parts of the world and some of its cultures still struggle to understand, and to accept as simply another shade of normal.
But Ndamwizeye, who goes by the Americanized name Daniel Trust (Ndamwizeye means “I Trust Him” in Kinyarwanda), is not content to rest on the acceptance that has followed his “coming out story.” Instead, he has world-altering aspirations.

Read more on Connecticut Magazine's web site here

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

1,300 New Haven shootings in decade leave more than physical scars

By Rich Scinto                        
NEW HAVEN >> More than 1,300 people have been shot in the city in the last 10 years.
And that is just the number of victims who did not die.
But bullets tear through more than flesh and bone; they also leave their terrible marks on a person’s mind and the entire community.

Read the full story here.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

RANDALL BEACH COLUMN: Roman Polanski rape victim pens a memoir, expresses forgiveness

By Randall Beach
Register Staff
 She wanted to be famous, maybe even a movie star, and so 13-year-old Samantha Geimer decided she couldn’t say “no” when acclaimed film director Roman Polanski, 43, asked her to come along with him for a “photo shoot.”
“It’s a lovely day for my big break,” she thought to herself.
Polanski did make her famous, but in a nightmarish way that the young girl could never have imagined.
For 36 years, she endured lies and media misinformation about what happened on that day in 1977 when Polanski plied her with champagne and a Quaalude, then raped her in Jack Nicholson’s mansion. (Nicholson wasn’t home.)
Now, at last, it’s her turn to tell her story.

Read more here.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Motorcycle event to raise money for Survivors of Homicide

4th Annual Roly's Run
In Memory of Roland "Roly" Lagasse
Celebrating His Life
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

Driver: $15.00
Passenger: $10.00

All proceeds to benefit Survivors of Homicide, Inc.
Registration will be at 11 a.m. at Roxy's, located at 24 Greenwoods Rd. in Torrington. Kick stands up at noon.
Stops will include: Brass Horse in Barkhamsted and the ride will end at McGillicuddys in Unionville.
Please see Emily at Roxy's or Kim at the Brass Horse for advanced tickets. Registration will also be available the morning of the ride.Visit the organization's web site at for more information.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Regulations counter mission of domestic violence shelters

By Neal McNamara
Register Staff
MILFORD >> The saga of a planned domestic violence shelter here has demonstrated that zoning regulations in many localities may not be favorable toward such uses in residential neighborhoods.
On Tuesday, an attorney representing neighbors of a planned shelter successfully argued in front of the zoning board of appeals that a shelter was an inappropriate use in a residential neighborhood.
The caused the zoning board of appeals to rescind a letter written by a city planner that allowed a shelter in a residential neighborhood without further zoning approvals.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Ride for Justice to benefit Petit Foundation

The upcoming Ride for Justice starts off in Bristol, winds through several towns and culminates in Cheshire.
The event is planned for Sept. 29 and will benefit the Petit Family Foundation, in honor of three Cheshire residents who were murdered in a home invasion.
The foundation funds programs in the areas of education, chronic illness, and helping those whose lives have been impacted by violence.

Read more about the event at the foundation's web site,, and find sign up information here

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Survivors of Homicide plan lantern release vigil

SOUTHINGTON - The Survivors of Homicide organization is planning a lantern release vigil this month.
The event will be on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., Southington.
It will be an evening of bonding and remembrance.
All are welcome to attend. The group will be providing the lanterns for the event. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the organization in advance, so they know how many lanterns are needed.

Contact the Wethersfield-based organization at 860-257-7388. Visit their web site at

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

MADD to host upcoming event to raise awareness about perils of drunken driving

Walk Like MADD Branford
Saturday, Oct. 12
Event starts by Branford Town Hall, 1019 Main St., Branford
Registration begins at at 8:30 a.m., followed by a walk beginning at 10 a.m.
Register online today here, and get more information at

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dead trees along park trails pose hazard

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor

A Colchester woman went with her family to the Salmon River State Forest in May to have a picnic while enjoying the natural beauty there, with picturesque views of the river and fragrant flowers.

Instead, a large oak tree fell, killing Barbara Young, 45, who died at the scene, and seriously injuring her daughter, Jessica Surratt, 18. Young’s son, Kevin Surratt, 22, escaped unharmed.

The tree had been alive, but it was infested with carpenter ants and was rotting on one side, according to a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection environmental conservation police report on the accident.

The incident calls into question how well the state is inspecting and maintaining the trees in the state’s parks, where thousands of visitors go annually to hike, swim and enjoy the scenery.

Read more here.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Six unsolved homicides cases remain open in Milford

MILFORD >> Six people died here in the last 40 years whose killers got away.
The six were a Bridgeport politician, a car salesman, a dismembered Asian male wrapped in a rug, a dismembered Hispanic man in a canvas bag, a 34-year-old from East Haven, and a 22-year-old from East Hartford.
These six killings are the only ones too vexing to solve among the approximately 50 slayings in Milford since the 1950s. But law enforcement officials say a case is never too old, and that detectives are constantly working on open homicides.

Read more here.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Survivors of Homicide support group announces meetings

Survivors of Homicide announced the following upcoming support group meetings:

Southington: Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at the Southington Care Center located at 45 Meriden Ave. This month we will be discussing allowing yourself to express your grief without remorse or embarrassment. We often never think twice about providing support to a stranger to allow them to freely express their grief, but do we allow ourselves to do the same? Please feel free to share your own thoughts or ideas.

New London: Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at the L&M Hospital in Conference Room 3.

New Haven: Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the NH Adult Education Center located at 580 Ella Grasso Blvd. We will be discussing taking grief one day at a time.

Newtown: Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newtown Congregational Church located at 14 West St. We will be discussing accepting our grief and ways to help us during our darkest moments.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Prescription pills stolen from home of missing Branford man

Register Staff
BRANFORD >> Weeks after Crouch Road resident John Deveau, 61, was declared missing, court records show police arrested a man who lives next door after he allegedly broke into Deveau’s house and stole his prescription painkillers.
But police say the man they arrested in the theft of the painkillers, Thomas Chester Malinka, 43, who resides in a small house at 33 Crouch Road, Unit D, is not considered a suspect in Deveau’s disappearance.
Malinka was arrested June 10 and charged with burglary, larceny, possession of narcotics and use and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $500,000.
Adding to the mystery, Deveau went missing in the spring after he reported being the victim of an ATM larceny.

Read more here

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Survivors of Homicide to host upcoming support group meetings

The Wethersfield-based organization, Survivors of Homicide, Inc. is hosting the following upcoming support group meetings:

Southington: Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave.
New London: Tuesday, June 18 at 7  p.m. at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, 365 Montauk Ave. The group meets in Conference Room 3.
New Haven: Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Haven Adult Education Center located at 580 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., first floor library.

Newtown:  Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

For more information about Survivors of Homicide, Inc., call 860-257-7388, or toll free 1-888-833-4764. Visit the organization's web site at


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Benefit to help Cheshire stroke victim planned for Sunday

By Luther Turmelle
Register Staff
CHESHIRE >> The lives of Mike Weed, his wife Heidi and their three children changed in almost an instant on May 17th and not in a good way.
Now, as the 37-year-old Weed fights to recover from the stroke he suffered that day, his friends are trying to affect change by raising money to help defray the family’s medical bills and household expenses. That effort will culminate Sunday with an event called Weedstock at Mixville Park. It begins at 1 p.m.
The event will feature music, food, raffles and family activities. Tickets are $25 a person.

Read more here.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

In wake of tragedy, houses of worship bring Newtown closer

Pastor Rob Morris is photographed at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown on 6/12/2013. Photo by Arnold Gold
NEWTOWN >> The first few Sundays after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook school shooting, members of Christ the King Lutheran Church formed a hugging line.
Messages of condolence replaced greetings of peace, and church members held on a little more tightly to their neighbors.
“People drew together amazingly to support each other,” Pastor Rob Morris said of the days after the school attack left 26 students and staff members dead. “When you go through a trauma like that together, that’s a shared experience that doesn’t get taken off the books.”

Read more here

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut to host golf fundraiser

The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut is getting ready for the 8th Annual Andrew’s Golf Benefit for Epilepsy.
It will take place on Thursday, July 11, at Quarry Ridge Golf Course, 9 Rose Hill Road, Portland.
This event was established and is hosted by the Purdy family, whose son Andrew has epilepsy.  Epilepsy is a chronic medical condition produced by sudden changes in the electrical function of the brain that results in more than 20 different types of seizures.  It is one of the most common neurological disorders in the United States, affecting approximately 60,000 people in Connecticut. Andrew’s Golf Benefit for Epilepsy raises funds to provide information, education, recreation, advocacy and support.
The fee is $150, which includes golf carts and greens fees. Activities include a barbecue lunch from 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be a raffle, with prizes including golf clubs and a flat screen TV. A hole in one prize is a Hawaiian vacation. 
Sponsorships are available. Sponsorships range from $50 business advertising to the platinum level, in which the donation is $5,000. Sponsors should register by June 22 to receive all benefits.
Prizes will be awarded for first place team, second place team, longest drive, and closest to pin winners. Registration on the day of the event begins at 8:30 a.m., and golfers must arrive by 9:30 a.m. 
For more information, call 800-899-EPIL. Applications are also available online at Send registration forms and payment to the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut, 386 Main St.,Middletown, CT 06457-3360.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Connecticut legislature approves bill that will seal Newtown and other homicide scene photos

The General Assembly approved a bill Wednesday morning that blocks public release of crime scene photos of murder victims, including the 26 Newtown victims.
The bill made its way through the both chambers of the legislature in less than an hour, with less than 24 hours before the close of the session. More than 100 lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Shelton officials collecting items to help tornado victims

SHELTON - Local first responders are teaming up to support people in Moore, Oklahoma in wake of the tragic tornado that recently hit the area. Echo Hose Ambulance, along with the Fire Department and Shelton Police Department, are assembling care packages that will be sent to the EMS, Fire and Police Departments of Moore. The various departments are looking for assistance from the public in collecting items. If someone would like to help, they can donate new items including, but not limited to, non-perishable easy to pack food, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, adult sized t-shirts, socks, underwear, and tank tops.
Shelton officials are also including cards to show support and thanks.
The items and support cards can be dropped off at the Shelton Police Department, 85 Wheeler St., the four Fire Houses, and at Echo Hose Ambulance, 100 Meadow St.
For more information or any questions about acceptable items please contact Jeff Caporaso at 203-895-2607 or

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Help people impacted by tornado outbreak

The American Red Cross is helping those impacted by the tornado outbreak this week, which left many survivors homeless. 
The organization is assisting first responders and is providing shelter, food, distributing relief items and clean-up supplies.

HOW TO HELP : You can always help by  making a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Facing domestic abuse? Help is available

HARTFORD - The tragic death of Alyssiah Wiley marks the state’s third homicide allegedly stemming from intimate partner violence this year, according to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Wiley’s long-time boyfriend faces murder and kidnapping charges in connection with her death.
"Intimate partner violence is a serious issue in Connecticut," said Karen Jarmoc, coalition executive director, in a statement. "Our state has averaged 16 deaths annually as a result of domestic violence over the past decade. And while we have established strong measures to protect victims in Connecticut, there is clearly more work to be done."
The coalition’s member agencies provide emergency and support services such as safety planning, emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, support groups and court advocacy. These services are all confidential and free of charge.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the statewide toll-free hotline at (888) 774-2900 to be connected to a local domestic violence agency in your area, including The Center for Women & Families of Eastern Fairfield County, which is located in Bridgeport and serves the towns of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. Visit the organization’s web site at

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