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ATTORNEY GENERAL TONG SEEKS TO BAN PREDATORY AND DECEPTIVE REAL ESTATE LISTING AGREEMENTS FOLLOWING CONNECTICUT INVESTIGATION

(Hartford, CT) – Following an investigation that uncovered nearly 400 deceptive real estate agreements in Connecticut through the company MV Realty, Attorney General William Tong today urged legislators to pass legislation banning the multi-year predatory listing deals and nullifying all existing unfair contracts. MV Realty is a Florida-based company with two licensed realtors in Connecticut. An investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General revealed that the company has targeted hundreds of lower-income homeowners in Connecticut, offering residential exclusive listing agreements, which MV calls “Homeowner Benefit Agreements.” Through these agreements, MV provides a small cash payment of a few hundred dollars in exchange for the exclusive right to list their homes for sale for a period of 40 years.…

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Brooklyn Man Arrested for Stealing Israel Flag Signs in Westport

On February 27, 2024, William Banks, a 27-year-old resident of Brooklyn, NY, was arrested by the Westport Police on charges of Larceny 6th. The arrest stemmed from a larceny investigation initiated by the Westport Police on December 30, 2023. The investigation was prompted by a complaint regarding the theft of Israel Flag yard signs in the Colony Road neighborhood. During the investigation, the officer in charge witnessed William Banks, who was driving a white vehicle, stealing another yard sign and fleeing the area while speaking with the complainant. Subsequent inquiries revealed that a total of five (5) Israel Flag yard signs were stolen. With the assistance of law enforcement sharing, the suspect was identified as William Banks, leading to the…

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ATTORNEY GENERAL TONG SEEKS BANKING CONSUMER PROTECTION REFORMS

(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong submitted testimony and will testify today before the Banking Committee in support of expanded authority to investigate and bring civil enforcement actions regarding bank consumer financial protection failures. Attorney General Tong will testify remotely at the Banking Committee hearing taking place at 11 a.m. today, February 27 in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building. The legislation would empower the Office of the Attorney General to enforce critical provisions of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA), also known as title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The bill would authorize the Attorney General to conduct investigations of alleged deceptive and anti-consumer practices. Federal authorities and other state attorneys general have…

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Man Arrested After Four-Hour Assault and Robbery Rampage

Bridgeport police arrested 35-year-old Cecil Mills after a four-hour crime spree on Saturday morning, during which he attacked and robbed multiple women. The arrest followed a vehicle pursuit, crash, and foot chase ending near the intersection of North Ave. and Madison Ave. Mills was charged with sexually assaulting one of the three women he allegedly robbed, and she was transported to Bridgeport Hospital with minor injuries. The victims reported being followed by a stolen Toyota Camry before being robbed and assaulted. Mills faces over a dozen charges, including Assault in the Second Degree, Sexual Assault in the Third Degree, Robbery in the Third Degree (3 counts), Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Evading Responsibility, and Interfering with a Police…

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Bridgeport News: Shooting Leads to Ghost Gun Arrest

On February 23, 2024, at around 3:36pm, Bridgeport Police responded to a report of 12 rounds fired on Karen Court. Four suspects fled the scene in a Nissan Altima, spotted by an officer on Reservoir Ave, then south on RT 8. Exiting RT 8 at Madison Avenue, the suspects fled the vehicle, resulting in the apprehension of two. At the original incident location, Karen Court #103, fifteen spent 9mm shell casings and one live round were found. A juvenile suspect, apprehended with a black 9mm ghost gun, faces charges including carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, violation of a large capacity magazine, illegal discharge of a…

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East Norwalk Train Station Temporarily Closed from March 11 to March 31, 2024

CTDOT alerts customers of upcoming three-week closure of the East Norwalk Train Station to accommodate construction activities related to the WALK Bridge Replacement Project The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is alerting customers of the upcoming temporary closure of the East Norwalk train station from Monday, March 11 to Sunday, March 31, 2024. This closure is due to construction related activities for the WALK Bridge Replacement Project. CTDOT is replacing the 128-year-old swing bridge to strengthen commuter rail safety, enhance commuting reliability and increase operational efficiency along the New Haven Line and Northeast Corridor. Upcoming work includes installing a new underdrain system under the existing East Norwalk station northern parking lot. The train station and parking lot must be closed…

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Charter Acquisition Rumor Spikes Altice Stock

Altice USA experienced a notable 36% surge in its shares on Monday, spurred by reports indicating that Charter Communications is contemplating the acquisition of the broadband company. Charter is reportedly in talks with financial advisors to assess the viability of such an acquisition, according to sources familiar with the matter cited by Bloomberg. Despite the spike in Altice USA's shares, it remains uncertain whether Charter has initiated formal discussions about the potential transaction, and as of now, Altice USA has not been approached by Charter for talks, as reported by CNBC. This news is brought to you by: Amid the speculation surrounding the possible acquisition, the larger company, Charter, saw a 2% drop in its shares on Monday. Both Charter…

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“Sunday Afternoon Talks” at Stratford Library

Stratford author Elisabeth Breslav Is Speaker for March 3 Program The Stratford Library will continue 2024’s “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, on Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm. Guest speaker Elisabeth Breslav will discuss her stirring memoir, Five Years Under Nazi Occupation. The talk, special for “Women’s History Month”, is free and open to the public. The story of a Dutch girl’s will to survive Word War II, Elisabeth Breslav was 12 years old when Hitler’s troops marched into the Netherlands and 17 when the country was finally liberated. At a time when young people normally develop their outlook on life and their moral/ethnical values, Breslav witnessed death and destruction…

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