2021-06-16@10:45am–#Bridgeport CT– EMS on the way to Burger King at 4200 Main Street for a woman burned by coffee.
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HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced that since the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) implemented the ability for residents to renew their licenses over the internet earlier this year, the agency processed 85,370 online renewals between the months of January and May. In comparison, the agency processed 60,377 renewals in-person at DMV branch offices during this same period, demonstrating that the choice to renew licenses online is quickly becoming the preferred method for Connecticut residents.
Other DMV services that can now be completed over the internet, like the ability to change addresses, have also seen significant uptake online, with 22,052 of those transactions having been completed online between March, when that service launched, and May. In comparison, there were 7,549 change of address requests processed in-person at DMV offices during this same period.
In total, Connecticut residents and businesses have completed 131,846 transactions over the internet with the DMV so far this year across the services recently moved online. These expanded online services include:
Governor Lamont said that it has been a priority of his administration to move services online so that Connecticut residents can skip in-person visits and the need to submit paper forms through the U.S. Mail.
“I know that it takes some getting used to doing these transactions online, but I want to remind Connecticut residents that even though in-person options remain available, these recently launched, expanded online services are now available, making completing transactions with the DMV a much simpler process,” Governor Lamont said. “The number of transactions that are being completed online so far clearly demonstrate that our residents want their interactions with state government to be simple, convenient, and available online, just like they would expect in the private sector. I want to thank the incredible staff at the DMV and the Digital Services Division of the Department of Administrative Services for their commitment and dedication to this effort and look forward to working with them more to further our digital government efforts.”
“We have been working incredibly hard at the DMV since day one to make sure that we make our interactions with Connecticut residents as convenient as possible,” DMV Commissioner Sibongile Magubane said. “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished throughout the pandemic and pleased that we’re delivering the experience that our residents expect. We will continue to be laser-focused on the ease of customer experience. We know that our work isn’t done, but we’re excited about the future of the DMV here in Connecticut.”
“Our efforts to improve customer relations are ongoing,” DMV Deputy Commissioner Tony Guerrera said. “Customers can expect to see our list of online transactions grow throughout 2021.”
“The rapid uptake in online services at the DMV confirms what we already suspected – Connecticut residents want convenient, easy to use online services from state government,” Josh Geballe, commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services and the state’s chief operating officer, said. “With online license renewals going from zero to a service channel used by nearly 90,000 residents in a few months with little promotion shows the strong pent up demand for modern online experiences.”
“The modernization of DMV services is welcome news to the business community,” Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) Assistant Counsel Wyatt Bosworth said. “The DMV’s recent success with offering robust online services will allow business owners to spend more time working to rebuild the economy, and less time waiting in line at their local DMV office.”
“With over 86,000 registered vessels in Connecticut, the DMV’s move to enable online registration renewals will allow boaters to easily navigate the registration process and quickly get on the water,” Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “DEEP looks forward to continue to work with DAS, DMV, and others to find innovative ways to better serve our constituents efficiently and with sound stewardship.”
“In addition to all of the residents taking advantage of the new services online at the DMV, more than 268,000 over-size and over-weight permits were submitted through the new CVO web portal,” Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Mark Rolfe said. “The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s online tools are being used in large numbers and we are saving our customers and businesses hours of time. An investment in innovation and technology is an investment in progress and people.”
Connecticut residents can find all the information they need about online license renewals, and a variety of other online services available, by visiting ct.gov/dmv.
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On June 15, 2021 at approximately 10:12pm, a Bridgeport police officer assigned to the federal Safe Streets
task force was involved in a shooting in the area of Main St. and Catherine St. in the city of Bridgeport. The victim was transported to the hospital, treated for non life-threatening injuries, and released. Connecticut State Police personnel were not involved in this incident. The Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crimes Squad has assumed this investigation at the request of the Bridgeport State’s Attorney’s Office. The Bridgeport State’s Attorney requested that the Stamford State’s Attorney oversee the investigation. All further comments on this incident will be provided by the Stamford State’s Attorney or the Bridgeport Police Department.
2021-06-15@10:16pm #Bridgeport CT– There was undercover work with police and FBI liaisons at Main and Catherine Street that resulted in a crash and shoot out with police involved. I heard on the radio that the officer was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital in a private vehicle and one of the suspects was shot. and is expected to be okay.
On June 14, 2021, at approximately 7:41 p.m. Bridgeport Police responded to the 800 block of State Street on a ShotSpotter activation and citizens’ reports of shots fired. At approximately 7:43 p.m. responding officers were updated with reports of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Park Avenue & State Street.
Upon arrival, officers located a MV accident on State Street just west of its intersection with Park Avenue. The operator of a black Honda Accord was involved in the MV accident. The operator was observed to be suffering from multiple gun-shot wounds. Medics were called and transported the victim to Saint Vincent’s Hospital. Unfortunately, the victim died at the hospital. No additional victims have come forward.
The Detective Bureau has taken over the investigation and are working several leads. A large crime scene on State Street was processed by the Identification Unit. State Street has since been cleared and is open to the normal flow of traffic.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Detective Robert Winkler at 203-581-5244 or utilize the Bridgeport Police Tips Line at 203-576-TIPS.
The victim has been identified as Shamar Swinton DOB 7/22/1981 of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
2021-06-15@10:54pm–#Bridgeport CT– Stratford Emergency Communicators had to communicate to the Bridgeport Emergency Communicators on the Fairfield Area Police Emergency Radio Network (FAPERN) because they could not get through to the on 911 or the routine line. The Bridgeport Emergency operator said they were busy. They were attempting to transfer a call for a man passed out on the sidewalk on Hancock Avenue.
#Trumbull CT–On Monday, June 14, 2021, Trumbull Police apprehended a man near the intersection of
Devellis Dr., and Park Ln. after a resident reported seeing an individual checking the
doors of vehicles that were parked in their driveway. Around 3:00 a.m., officers arrested
Christian Vargas, age 18, of Albion Street, Waterbury when he was found walking in a
nearby driveway of where thefts occurred.
A resident reported that they observed an individual on their security surveillance system
checking their vehicles prior to them contacting the Trumbull Police. As the first
responding officer arrived on scene, they observed an individual run from a nearby
residence and enter an awaiting mid-sized SUV. This SUV then fled the area at a high
rate of speed, and avoiding capture, after it collided with the officer’s patrol vehicle. The
officer sustained minor injuries, but did not require any medical treatment.
Officers then located Vargas standing in a nearby driveway where he complied with the
officer’s orders and was arrested. Officers located two (2) pairs of sunglasses in his
possession, which were identified as being stolen from nearby vehicles. Officers
observed the video surveillance footage of the individual that was initially observed, but
learned that individual was not Vargas, but was one of the suspects that had fled the
area. No other victims have come forward, so police are still trying to determine whether
property was stolen from other vehicles that were targeted in this neighborhood.
Vargas was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, and Larceny 6th Degree. He was held on
a $1000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on June 21,
Once again, through the combined efforts of an observant citizen and the police, another
criminal has been apprehended and charged.
The Trumbull Police would also like to remind all residents to ALWAYS LOCK YOUR
VEHICLES, remove all packages and valuables, and never leave their keys inside. As
always, please report anything suspicious as it occurs.
Remember A.L.E.R.T.S. – Advise Law Enforcement Regarding Thieves Swiftly to assist
in catching criminals. Residents are asked to use features that are readily available on
their security systems to inform them of motion on their property, then notify the local
police as soon as security system motion ALERTS are received. Always immediately
report any suspicious persons or activity to the police and dial 911 for all emergencies.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Trumbull Police
Department directly at (203) 261-3665.
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