Month: June 2022

Bridgeport News: Man Shot

VIDEO Report: 2022-06-29@7:55pm–#Bridgeport CT– A man was shot in the 800 block of Hancock Avenue. The victim appeared to be alert and talking with first responders. The suspect was captured at the train station on Water Street, easy to spot, he was wearing a Sponge Bob hoodie.

STRATFORD MAYOR APPOINTS JAMES BUCK DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF 

STRATFORD – Mayor Laura R. Hoydick announced today that James Buck has been named the new Deputy Fire Chief for the Town of Stratford.  Buck comes to the Town of Stratford from the City of Bridgeport where he currently serves as Deputy Fire Chief, a post he has held since 2019.  Buck will replace Jermaine Atkinson who has been promoted the Fire Chief following the announced retirement of Chief Brian Lampart. 

Buck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration, and an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Management with a concentration in Fire Science.  He joined the Bridgeport Fire Department in 1994 as a Firefighter, rising through the ranks to Fire Lieutenant, Safety Officer, and Fire Captain, before becoming Deputy Chief.    He has also served as the Emergency Management Director for the Town of North Branford since 2015.  

As an administrator from a neighboring municipality, Buck brings significant familiarity and knowledge of infrastructure and operations of the Stratford Fire Department, especially related to mutual aid response.    

“James Buck has had a distinguished career in the City of Bridgeport, and brings a tremendous skill set and base of experience to our Department here in Stratford,” said Mayor Hoydick.  “I am confident that Deputy Chief Buck, joining with our new Chief Jermaine Atkinson, will add tremendously to the leadership team that manages our dedicated professional firefighters. We welcome him to Stratford!” 

“I’m excited to welcome Deputy Chief Buck to the Stratford Fire Department,” said Atkinson.  “He is a well-respected member of the Fire service community, with a high level of motivation for success. I’m looking forward to the future of the Stratford Fire Department moving in a positive direction as we serve the citizens of Stratford.” 

“I’m very excited to bring my experiences and skills in the fire service and contribute to the professionalism and growth of the Fire Department,” said Buck.  “I especially look forward to teaming with Chief Atkinson to ensure the best service is provided every day to the citizens of Stratford.” 

The promotion takes effect on July 25th of this year. 

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ATTORNEY GENERAL TONG URGES CONGRESS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM CANNABIS COPYCAT PRODUCTS

(Hartford, CT) — Attorney General William Tong joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general urging Congress to protect children from cannabis copycat products. These unregulated, illegal products are designed to look like popular snack items and are contributing to increased accidental THC consumption in children. 

On June 16, the FDA warned that between January 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022, National Poison Control Centers received 10,448 single substance exposure cases involving edible products containing THC. Of these cases, 77 percent involved patients 19 years of age or younger. The Connecticut Poison Control Center has reported 189 cases of marijuana edible ingestion in children under age 19 since 2020. Of those, 150 were sent to the emergency department, and 66 were ultimately admitted to the hospital.

Widely available, easily mistaken for name brand snacks such as Oreo cookies, Doritos chips, Cheetos, NERDs, and more, cannabis copycat products often are unintentionally given to children or mistaken by children for the brand name snack products, resulting in unsuspecting children ingesting large amounts of THC.

“These lookalike products are unregulated and unlawful and may contain highly concentrated doses of THC. While responsible adults may be able to check serving sizes and consume these products without harm, a child who accidentally eats the whole package could become very sick. Connecticut has legalized adult-use cannabis, but many of these products fall well outside the range of what will ever be safe or authorized for sale here. Sellers may be subject to civil action under Connecticut’s consumer protection laws, but Congress needs to step in and help stop the spread of these copycats nationwide,” said Attorney General Tong.

Under Connecticut law, cannabis products may not be sold under a brand name that is identical or similar to the name of an existing non-cannabis product.  Moreover, when retail establishments are licensed to sell cannabis, edible products will be subject to strict safety controls.  For example, a single adult serving size of an edible cannabis product under our statute contains five milligrams of THC, and a multiple-serving package of an edible cannabis product shall contain no more than one hundred milligrams of total THC. Some of the cannabis lookalike products currently for sale contain five to six times that limit. Sellers may be subject to legal action and substantial civil penalties under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.

The attorneys general say that while they do not all agree on the best regulatory scheme for cannabis and THC generally, they all agree on one thing: copycat THC edibles pose a grave risk to the health, safety, and welfare of our children.

Congress should immediately enact legislation authorizing trademark holders of well-known and trusted consumer packaged goods to hold accountable those malicious actors who are marketing illicit copycat THC edibles to children.

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GOVERNOR LAMONT ISSUES DECLARATION ENABLING CRUCIAL FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE TO CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL MORE MONTHS

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced that he has signed a declaration that will enable crucial federal support Connecticut has been receiving throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – including supplemental food benefits for households in need and non-congregate housing for individuals experiencing homelessness – to continue through December 28, 2022, or until the federal public health emergency ends, whichever is earlier.

The governor specifically stated in the declaration that he does not intend to issue any executive orders under this declaration but rather wants to ensure that his administration has the authorities necessary to apply for and receive federal assistance in response to the pandemic.

“We cannot ignore the reality that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted low-income families and communities, many of whom continue to depend on public assistance programs administered by the state,” Governor Lamont said. “The continuation of this declaration ensures that Connecticut residents who need additional support during this time will still have access to those resources.”

Having this declaration in place throughout the pandemic has enabled Connecticut households that are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to access supplemental, emergency benefits to purchase food. On average, these supplemental benefits have been providing households an additional $154.74 in food benefits per month, with all enrolled households receiving at least an additional $95.00 per month. Connecticut has received and distributed $748 million in emergency SNAP benefits since these additional allotments were first provided by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service at the onset of the pandemic.

The declaration has also enabled the state to place 6,090 individuals experiencing homelessness and several hundred survivors of domestic violence into non-congregate housing during the pandemic. Non-congregate housing is a location where each individual or household has living space that offers some level of privacy such as hotels, motels, or dormitories. Between March 2022 and May 2022, approximately 1,183 individuals experiencing homelessness were placed in non-congregate housing. Since the pandemic began, Connecticut has received $7.7 million in federal reimbursements for this non-congregate housing assistance and is expecting an additional $20.2 million in pending reimbursements.

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Westport News: 2022 Fireworks Traffic Advisory


#Westport CT–The annual PAL fireworks display is set for Thursday June 30, 2022, with a rain date of Friday July 1, 2022. This is the largest annual Westport event featuring heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic affecting all roads south of Greens Farms Road between Compo Road South and Hillspoint Road. It is recommended that spectators plan to arrive early as traffic delays are inevitable. Daytime Compo Beach visitors are reminded the beach closes at 4:00 PM. Only those vehicles with fireworks passes will be allowed to remain within the beach. We ask those with fireworks passes to be standing by their vehicles at that time so Parks and Recreation staff can collect their pass. The beach should reopen to ticket holders by5:00 PM, however this determination will be made by Westport Parks and Recreation staff. Pedestrians attending the fireworks are reminded not to walk on the roads and touse sidewalks when going to and from Compo Beach. It is recommended that pedestrians wear bright clothing and parents please always keep an eye on small children! For ticket holders:- Access to the PAL Fireworks display will be through South Compo Road only. Hillspoint Road south of Greens Farms Road will be open to residents with residences south of that intersection.- Firework attendees should display the ticket prominently on the dashboard so it can be seen clearly when traveling to the event. They will be collected upon entry into the parking area.- All ticket holders must be inside Compo Beach by 9:00 PM. No vehicular beach traffic will be allowed south of the Minuteman statue after that time. For those who do not have tickets:- Vehicles without a ticket will not be able to go any further towards Compo Beach than the Minuteman statue.- Those utilizing Uber, Lyft, or Taxi services will be directed straight past the Minuteman Statue on Compo Road South. There, visitors can walk from the area of Compo Road South and Soundview Drive to the beach. NOTE: If you choose to use this method of transportation return service.

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Westport News: Day Time/Early Evening Motor Vehicle Burglaries

(Westport, CT 6/27/2022) This past Saturday (6/25/22), the Westport Police Department
investigated several motor vehicle burglaries, which occurred during the late afternoon and
early evening hours. In all cases of vehicles being entered, which resulted in thefts, the doors
were unlocked. Traditionally, this type of crime was committed during the overnight hours.
However, Westport and other communities are now seeing this activity at varying times of the
day.


The car burglaries that occurred on Saturday are being investigated by the department’s
detective bureau. Furthermore, additional patrols will be deployed as a preventative measure.
The Westport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to once again remind
everyone to lock your car(s) and bring your keys/fobs inside. It is also important to remember
to take valuables out of your car, such as cash, purses, wallets, and electronics.
Should someone witness a person actively burglarizing a car, please call the police
immediately and provide as much information as possible. However, under no circumstances
should anyone confront the suspect(s).