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Vigil for Murdered UPS Driver: 'The Worst Thing Happened'

Colleagues gather in Conn. to remember Nathan Burke, 28, who cops say was killed by co-worker

(Newser) - UPS workers gathered Wednesday evening in Watertown, Conn., to pay tribute to a colleague who police say was assaulted and killed by another co-worker. After receiving a call about an accident involving a UPS truck late Tuesday night, police found 28-year-old driver Nathan Burk in that truck, assaulted with a...

Cops Say UPS Employee Killed Co-Worker, Fled

Connecticut man arrested after manhunt

(Newser) - A 19-year-old UPS worker accused of killing a co-worker in Connecticut was taken into custody after a manhunt Wednesday, police say. Connecticut State Police say they responded to reports of an accident involving a UPS truck in Watertown around 10:30pm Tuesday and found that the driver had been assaulted,...

Billionaire's Son Killed in Freak Crash in Connecticut

Devon Dalio, son of Ray Dalio, crashed into a Verizon store and largely destroyed it

(Newser) - Devon Dalio, the 42-year-old son of hedge fund founder Ray Dalio, died in a car crash that made headlines in Connecticut this week, per the AP . On Thursday afternoon, an Audi crashed into a Verizon store at a shopping center in Greenwich and burst into flames, said Greenwich police and...

Cop Suspended for Starting 'Major Crimes Dead Pool'

He asked colleagues to bet where Hartford's first murder of 2021 would happen

(Newser) - Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody says he was "disgusted, angry, and disappointed" to discover that a detective had tried to organize a betting pool on where the Connecticut city's first murder of 2021 would happen. Thody says Detective Jeffrey Placzek, a 16-year veteran of the force, will face...

Chief Slams Detective for 'Appalling Lack of Judgment'

It all revolves around a 'dead pool'

(Newser) - A Connecticut police detective ran into trouble when he tried to establish a "Major Crimes Dead Pool" by inviting colleagues to place bets on where the city's first murder of 2021 would take place. The detective, who has not been named, was charged with violating the Hartford Police...

45 Years to the Day of the Murder, a Break for Skakel

There will be no retrial for Kennedy cousin accused of killing Martha Moxley in 1975

(Newser) - A prosecutor said Friday that Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel won't face a second trial in the killing of Martha Moxley, an announcement that came 45 years to the day after the teenager was bludgeoned to death in her wealthy Connecticut neighborhood. Chief State's Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. said...

Jennifer Dulos' Family Makes a Big Request

They want her declared dead after less than 2 years

(Newser) - The family of a missing Connecticut mother wants her declared legally dead—an unusual move that a judge says she'll have to study, ABC News reports. Jennifer Dulos disappeared in 2019 during a custody battle with husband Fotis Dulos, who was arrested for her murder in 2020 and died...

John Oliver's Sewage Wish Comes True

Connecticut city names facility after him

(Newser) - It's official. Every time residents of Danbury, Connecticut, flush, they will be sending their special deliveries to the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant, per the AP . The City Council voted 18-1 Thursday night to rename the sewage plant after the comedian, who began a tongue-in-cheek battle with Danbury when...

Police Chief Allegedly Rigged His Own Hiring

Bridgeport's Armando Perez, another official face decades in prison if convicted

(Newser) - The police chief of Connecticut's largest city cheated to get the job, according to federal prosecutors, who say he could face decades in prison. Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez is accused of working with the city's acting personnel director, David Dunn, to rig the hiring process, reports the...

John Oliver Chides Connecticut City for Chickening Out

Says he'll give $55K to charity if Danbury gives sewage plant his name

(Newser) - Comedian John Oliver upped the stakes in a tongue-in-cheek spat with a Connecticut city, offering to donate $55,000 to charity if officials follow through on a joke to name its sewage treatment plant after him . Mayor Mark Boughton said last week that Danbury was going to rename the facility...

Angry 'Beefalo' Still on Run Weeks After Escape

Cross between bison and cow escaped slaughter in Connecticut

(Newser) - An 800- to 900-pound beefalo remains on the loose in Plymouth, Conn., weeks after it escaped while being loaded off a truck for slaughter, per the AP . The beefalo—a cross between a bison and domestic cattle—escaped from a meat-processing business on Aug. 3, the Hartford Courant reported. Authorities...

Sewage Plant Named After HBO Host 'Because It's Full of Crap'

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton wasn't exactly complimenting John Oliver

(Newser) - A Connecticut town's officials are showing comedian John Oliver what they think about his expletive-filled rant about their city—they're naming the local sewage treatment plant after him, the AP reports. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced the tongue-in-cheek move in a video posted on his Facebook page on...

Connecticut Hands Out Hefty Fines for Travel Violations

'We’re going to show people we're serious about this'

(Newser) - Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says the state is cracking down on unsafe behavior and has issued its first fines to people who failed to comply with travel rules. The governor says two residents have been fined a total of $3,000 under the regulations, Fox reports. The residents were fined...

This State Has the Best School System in America

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in WalletHub ranking; New Mexico comes in last

(Newser) - After a school year disrupted by COVID-19, parents are more concerned than ever about their children's education. The coronavirus aside, how well public schools fare across America is often dictated by the funding they receive, which is one of the factors WalletHub took into account in its examination of...

Incredibly Cold Murder Case Spawns 2 Arrests

Theodore 'Teddy' Edwards was gunned down in 1993 in a Connecticut restaurant

(Newser) - Connecticut police have arrested two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a 77-year-old restaurant custodian whose killing had gone unsolved for 27 years, the AP reports. Bridgeport police said Danarius Dukes was apprehended Thursday in Stamford, and authorities announced Friday that Breeze Brown, also known as Eric Brown,...

3 States Order Quarantines for Visitors From Hot Spots

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will enact the rule Thursday

(Newser) - Now that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have reduced their rates of coronavirus infections, their governors are taking a step to make sure cases don't start climbing again. Anyone visiting any of the three states from places that are considered coronavirus hot spots will have to quarantine for...

UConn Senior Sought in 2 Murders

Police say Peter Manfredonia is armed and dangerous

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut are hunting a double murder suspect believed to be armed and dangerous. Police say University of Connecticut senior Peter Manfredonia, 23, killed a man with a sword or machete in Willington, Ct. Friday and inflicted life-threatening injuries on another, NBC Connecticut reports. He...

Cops: Booted From McDonald's, Guy Throws Rock, Steals Panties

Jason Daddario, 37, was charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace

(Newser) - A man who'd been kicked out of a McDonald's restaurant for having no face mask threw a rock through the window, stole some underwear from a Walmart, and surrendered when police threatened to set a dog on him, authorities said. The AP reports that Jason Daddario, 37, was...

Note Coronavirus Victim Left for Wife on Phone Is Found

Jon Coelho penned message to family before intubation

(Newser) - A week after Jon Coelho entered a Connecticut hospital in late March to be treated for COVID-19, doctors determined they needed to intubate him. One week later, they tried to take him off the ventilator, but "he was breathing way, way, way too hard," wife Katie Coelho tells...

Connecticut Newborn Dies From Coronavirus

Governor says case is 'absolutely heartbreaking'

(Newser) - Heartbreaking news from Connecticut: A 6-week-old baby in the Hartford area is believed to be one of the youngest coronavirus victims anywhere in the world. Gov. Ned Lamont says the newborn was brought to a hospital unresponsive last week and could not be revived, WWLP reports. Tests this week confirmed...

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