Month: May 2021

Westport News: Teen Exploitation

#Westport CT–On December 4, 2020, the Westport Police Detective Bureau received a report of the
possible exploitation of a local teenager. The complainant reported that she befriended an
individual on social media. This individual persuaded the complainant to send nude photos of
herself to him. After a period of time passed, the suspect allegedly told the complainant that if
she did not pay him a sum of money, he would put the pictures on social media. When the
complainant refused to pay, the suspect purportedly posted the compromising pictures.
The detectives launched an extensive investigation that included the execution of several
search warrants and Anthony Pangallo was developed as a suspect. The evidence gathered
suggested that Mr. Pangallo, who is thirty-seven years old, was the individual who engaged in
the illegal conduct noted above. Therefore, a warrant for Mr. Pangallo’s arrest was completed
and signed by a Superior Court Judge.
On the morning of May 25, 2021, Mr. Pangallo was taken into custody by Westport
detectives. Per the warrant, he was charged with Risk of Injury to a Child, Employing a Minor
in Obscene Performance, Promoting a Minor in Obscene Performance, Coercion, and Unlawful
Dissemination of an Intimate Image. Mr. Pangallo was held on a $500,000.00 bond and was
transported to Stamford Superior Court the morning of May 26, 2021 for his arraignment.

We would like to thank the following law enforcement agencies for their assistance in this
 NYPD Computer Crimes Squad of the Special Investigations Division
 Queens II – Sex Offender Unit New York State, Department of Corrections and Community
 Queens County District Attorney’s Office
 Office of the State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Stamford – Norwalk

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Norwalk News: Warrant Arrest On Bridgeport Shooting

#Norwalk CT–On Thursday May 27, 2021, at approximately 5:30 AM, Eugene McKnight, a convicted felon,
was arrested in Norwalk without incident on an outstanding warrant.

The warrant for McKnight’s arrest stemmed from to a shooting that occurred in Bridgeport on
March 20, 2021. McKnight has a pending 2017 case out of West Haven in which he was
charged with Assault in the First Degree, Criminal Use of a Weapon and Home Invasion.
McKnight is currently wearing an ankle bracelet and is on probation as a result of that previous
arrest. Additionally, McKnight has a pending 2018 case out of Bridgeport involving the following
charges: Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Weapons in a Motor Vehicle and Illegal Possession of
a Large Capacity Magazine. (Please refer to the originating agencies for case information.)

The arrest was made by a cooperative effort of Bridgeport Police Department Detectives, U.S.
Marshals Service and the Norwalk Police Special Services Division. McKnight was turned over to
Bridgeport Police Detectives and transported to Bridgeport Police Department for processing.
Arrested: Eugene, McKnight, 37, with a last known address of 419 Iranistan Avenue,
 Assault 1st
 Criminal Possession of a Pistol/Revolver
 Illegal Possession of a Weapon in a Motor Vehicle
Bond: $500,000

Norwalk Police Tip Line: 203-854-3111

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Bridgeport News: Car Stolen With Kids Inside

#Bridgeport CT–On Monday May 24th at Willow St & Clermont Ave MVA Entrapment Stolen Vehicle. A person stole a vehicle that had kids in it. The suspect fled the vehicle after it crashed. All kids got out of vehicle, vehicle crashed into fence, then a building. 300th block of Clermont Ave. There was no further information. No injuries reported.

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), on Friday reintroduced legislation that would allow caregivers to receive a Social Security credit. The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act would provide retirement compensation in the form of Social Security credits to individuals who left the workforce to care for their loved ones.

“Taking care of a loved one is work and should be treated that way. But right now, the system penalizes the tens of millions of Americans who leave the workforce or reduce their hours to care for a family member because working less means not paying into Social Security. I’ve heard firsthand from Connecticut families struggling with the financial impact of this, and we’ve got to do better for our caregivers. This legislation would make sure that the selfless decision to care for a loved one no longer comes with the costly consequences,” said Murphy.

“Especially during COVID-19, we’ve seen more and more workers have to make the impossible choice between receiving Social Security or caring for their loved ones,” said Schneider. “Americans who make the selfless decision to leave the workforce to care for their family or friends should not be financially penalized. This commonsense legislation will finally recognize caregiving as work and reduce financial hardship for American families.”

“Those who leave the workforce to care for their loved ones must not be penalized for doing so,” said Meng. “Most who do work extremely hard and very long hours, and are already struggling with the financial and emotional impact of being a family caregiver. We should do all we can to make things easier for them, and this legislation would do that by providing the relief they deserve. I’m proud to join Senator Murphy and Congressman Schneider in introducing the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act, and I call on all my colleagues in both chambers to support this critical bill.”

Joining Murphy, Schneider and Meng, the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in the Senate.

More than 1 in 5 Americans are currently involved in family caregiving to loved ones who are ill, disabled, or elderly, and tens of millions of Americans leave the workforce entirely or reduce their hours significantly to care for loved ones at some point in their career. Studies indicate that, on average, income losses due to caregiving total more than $300,000, threatening retirement security. Women, who make up two-thirds of unpaid caregivers, are disproportionately impacted. More than half of Connecticut residents age 40 and older say they have provided care on an unpaid basis for an adult loved one.

The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act will create a credit that would be added to an individual’s earnings to calculate their future Social Security benefits. In order to qualify, caregivers must provide care for a minimum of 80 hours per month to a parent, spouse, domestic partner, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, or uncle who cannot perform daily living activities without assistance. The credit, which individuals can claim for up to 60 month and for months prior to the bill’s enactment, is progressive and would vary on an income-based sliding scale. A caregiver’s Social Security credit will decrease in value as the caregiver earns closer to the average national wage. The credit will phase out when the caregiver earns more than the average national wage. Individuals who do not earn an income will receive a maximum credit equal to half of the average national wage.

This legislation has been endorsed by the following organizations: Alliance for Retired Americans, The Arc of the United States, The National Alliance for Caregiving, The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: n4a, The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, The Sibling Leadership Network, Social Security Works, Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement (WISER).

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