Stephen Krauchick

DoingItLocal is run by Steve Krauchick. Steve has always had interest with breaking news even as an early teen, opting to listen to the Watergate hearings instead of top 40 on the radio. His interest in news spread to become the communities breaking news leader in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He strongly believes that the public has right to know what is happening in their backyard and that government needs to be transparent. Steve also likes promoting local businesses.

Happenings NOW 6-3 thru 6-5

10:29pm–#Fairfield– Patrol Officer reports to dispatch that the 2 6′ penguins were last seen on Post and Beach Street are NOT drunk and headed home.

11:43pm–Bridgeport–Police are investigating a shooting that just occurred at Nob Hill Circle, police are on scene investigating. UPDATE–Shooting victim has died of his wounds.

9:31pm–#Bridgeport–Bridgeport Fire Department on scene at 58 Beardsley Park Terrace for a structure fire, FD reporting light smoke from the attic area, possible disabled person trapped on the 3rd floor. UPDATE Fire fighters quickly contain the fire to one room in this three family home.


A bicyclist struck a postal truck at the intersection of Courtland Ave. and Fairfield Ave around 1:30pm today. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital as a precaution, his injuries appeared to be minor.

Happenings NOW 6-2-2011

10:30am–Bridgeport–Bridgeport Police, Fire and Marine Rescue responded to a overturned sailboat near St. Mary’s by the Sea. The boater righted the sailboat and sailed to Fairfield Beach where Fairfield Marine checked them out, they were fine.

Fairfield Police are trying to locate 86-year-old Fairfield man, Thomas Matif, who was last seen leaving the Ukrainian Club on the Post Road in Fairfield Wednesday night around 9:30pm. He is driving a four door 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass wand a Connecticut registration plate of 393 PRE. Police said Matif suffers from dementia and may have made a wrong turn on his way home. He was last seen wearing a dark blue or gray plaid shirt, police said. 11:22am–6/2–UPDATE– A Department of Transportation Worker spotted the vehicle and police are following up on the tip. #Farifield–Missing man found. Police say the missing man from Southport, Thomas Matif, 87, who suffers from dementia was found at a fish market in Provincetown, Mass. They say he was looking for the Long Island Ferry and seemed confused. Police also say his car had some damage but are uncertain what he may of hit.

Happenings NOW 5-28 thru 6-1

3:31pm–Norwalk–Possible small child abduction–I-95 near exit 14/15 area. Police are looking for an older red pickup landscaping type truck CT plate #–3BJ 810 driven by a Hispanic male wearing a red tee shirt, sunglasses last seen getting on I-95 no direction given.

Fairfield–Shortly after 11pm Sunday Night a boat owner who lives at 1172 Melville Avenue returned home from a day of boating and was backing his boat and trailer into his driveway when it was struck by a vehicle traveling on Melville Ave. The boat was knocked off the trailer and the striking vehicle had enough damage that it need to be towed from the scene. There were no injuries reported.

Car collides with train in Milford: wtnh.com

Bridgeport is in Financial Jeopardy–Only $229 million of the city’s assets are available to pay $1.6 billion of bills as they come due.  Read more from the report.

Erin Charlotte Harrington and Audrey Lansing Burns, both Fairfield residents and McKinley School 4th graders, were recognized last night at the Connecticut PTSA’s annual 2010-2011 ‘Reflections Program’ Together We Can themed Awards Ceremony and Reception held at Hamden Middle School in Hamden, Connecticut. Harrington won a first place for her video composition and Audrey Lansing Burns won a second place for her music composition. Harrington’s entry also won recognition at the National level. Master of Ceremonies, Sarah Beier, State Reflections Chair, and Marne Usher, CT State President, recognized the winners with medals for first place winners and certificates for all other winners.  This year the state of CT has 2012 entries school-wide. First place winners that were sent on to the state office to be judged were 364 entries. Of the 364 entries, there were 96 State Winners. Out of 96 state winners, (being 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, and 4th place) twenty-four first place winners were sent to National to be judged against all first place winners from all participating states. Connecticut had 6 National winners


FAIRFIELD, CT, May 28, 2011: On Saturday morning at 7:28am the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a report of a rollover with possible entrapment at Sturges and Unquowa Roads in lower Fairfield. Fairfield Fire Department  found an Oldsmobile minivan on its side in the roadway alongside a utility pole sheared off at the base with the vehicle’s driver trapped inside.   Fire personnel then removed the windshield and extricated the driver in what “appeared to be good condition” according to Assistant Chief Stephen Curry.

Happening NOW 5-26 thru 5-27

11:04am–Fairfield–Fire fighters quickly put out this car fire that happened shortly after 11 this morning in the Staples Plaza on Kings Highway.

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Police question neighbors on Old Post Road during a manhunt in the area.

11:42am—Fairfield—Police were called to Bob’s Store on the Post Road for a violent shoplifter security had in custody.  Before police could arrive the man had escaped on foot.  Police set up a perimeter and is still on scene questioning people in the area looking for a 5’8” Hispanic male wearing red shorts, is shirtless, has one shoe on and a cross tattoo on his neck.  He was last seen at Old Post Road and South Benson Road, heading east towards Turney Road.   Police have called in canine from Westport to help in the investigation.  The man left behind his shirt and shoe when fleeing, this will help the canine track his scent.  UPDATE– Canine is in the area, they are focusing their search in the cemetery on South Benson Eleanor Terrace.  3:08pm UPDATE–The shoplifter was a Hispanic male 5’9”, 180 pounds and left on foot toward S. Benson Road.  He took a pair of Nike sneakers without paying, was confronted by store security and struggled to get away.  The store employee received a small scratch to his neck and refused medical attention.

 

 

 

Trumbull–Police seek TD Bank robbery suspect–According to police, a man described as a black male, about 50 years old, 5’6” tall and about 120 pounds, wearing dark glasses and a dark hooded sweatshirt entered the bank shortly after 9 a.m. He handed a teller a note demanding money and fled on foot with an unspecified amount of cash.  Read more…..

 

 

 

FAIRFIELD STUDENTS WITNESS PRE-PROM Car Accident-

FAIRFIELD, CT, May 20, 2011: Last Friday morning at 9:45 sirens split the spring air signaling the arrival of fire apparatus, police cars and ambulances at the two car accident staged in the front parking lot of Fairfield Ludlowe High School where students were assembled to watch a simulated fatal motor vehicle accident in advance of their Junior Prom the following night.

After a brief introduction by FLHS Administrator Frank Tatto and speaker Nick Liebowitz’s compelling account of a fatal accident in which his brother had been killed several years earlier, an audiotape of the pre-crash conversations within the two vehicles played over the loudspeakers alongside the school auditorium. As the sound of a tremendous crash echoed across the lot, students pulled the tarps away from the preset cars revealing half-a-dozen classmates in various states of injury. Police cars rolled up, fire apparatus pulled in, ambulances arrived and the first responders began to go to work, just as they do at every motor vehicle accident throughout the community.

As the simulated crash played out before the silent eleventh grade class, one driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated and taken away in a police car, while fire fighters had to use the “jaws of life” to remove several other injured passengers. As the injured patients were carried to their awaiting ambulances on stretchers, the body of a final passenger was removed and placed into the back of a minivan acting as the state medical examiner, her classmates looking on. As the last police car pulled away, fire radios blared a “recall of alarm, all units in service” across the loudspeaker system.

Students moved into the school auditorium where Tatto introduced their classmate reenactors, along with Fairfield First Selectwoman Sherri Steeneck, AMR Supervisor Scott Tenney, Police Lieutenant Thomas Mrozek, and Assistant Fire Chief Chris Tracy, all of whom described the event’s impact on them as well as related life experiences. The final question asked by one of the students, “Do you think this made a difference?” was answered by the audience as a whole, who almost unanimously raised their hands in assent. Ludlowe High School Counselor Tim Morris coordinated this year’s event for the school Junior Class; Warde High School Counselor Stephanie Swist is arranging for their Senior Class “Mock Crash” next Wednesday morning June 1st at 9:30am in the school bus circle off Melville Avenue.

 

5/25:

4:44pm–#Fairfield–Police were called to Sasco Beach to investigate that a man was pleasuring himself in public in his green and white panel van. A 17 year old girl witnessed it and ran home to tell her mother who called police. He was described as a white balding male wearing sunglasses. When police arrived the van was not in the lot but police had set a perimeter and located the van on Geneva Terrace a short time later.

2:31–Bridgeport–Street/School fight at Blackham School (Thormes St.) out of control, police requesting back up. Amsterdam and Savoy is where it’s taking place. Police make two arrests.

Happening NOW 5-25

4:44pm–#Fairfield–Police were called to Sasco Beach to investigate that a man was pleasuring himself in public in his green and white panel van. A 17 year old girl witnessed it and ran home to tell her mother who called police. He was described as a white balding male wearing sunglasses. When police arrived the van was not in the lot but police had set a perimeter and located the van on Geneva Terrace a short time later.

2:31–Bridgeport–Street/School fight at Blackham School (Thormes St.) out of control, police requesting back up. Amsterdam and Savoy is where it’s taking place. Police make two arrests. 

 

 

 

 

 

Body pulled from Brewster’s Pond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 24-year-old city woman was shot to death in her second-floor Wood Avenue apartment during a home invasion late Monday night.

Happenings 5-24

12:11pm–Bridgeport–Beardsley School at 500 Huntington Road. A third grader has a knife and corkscrew and is threatening two students. Police on the way.


Firefighters worked to get to the engine compartment to fully extinguish the fire on this car that errupted in flames shortly after 12:15am on May 22 at the corner of Lexington and Harral Ave.


Residents and businesses from Fairfield held the big rubber duck race down the Mill River this Saturday at 1 p.m. The proceeds raised during the derby support St. Catherine Academy, a nonprofit private school for children with disabilities

Happenings NOW 5-20

7:00pm–Bridgeport–Police are looking for 6-8 black males who stabbed a blind man in the back at Bunnell and Stratford Ave. One male wore a red tee shirt, most were wearing black shirts, they were all wearing black hats. They were last seen hanging out at the store at the corner of Stratford and Fifth Street. They were between the ages of 17 to 21 years old.


You can tell I took the mayor off guard with a lighthearted question about tomorrows impending Day of Judgement. Bridgeport is always face with such serious issues it was good to have a little fun with the mayor.


Jobs, Taxes, Iraq, Libya and Chris Shays, Congressman Jim Himes discussed them all!

Milford–Milford Fire is on scene at the Devon bridge. The road is closed at this time due to an electrical problem on the bridge. Special Thanks to Milford Professional Telecommunicators for this photo. UPDATE–4:26pm–Bridge reopens.

2:43pm–#Bridgeport–Walgreens Security at 1000 Park Ave is chasing a black male wearing a black hoddie in the backyards of Park, Vine and Wood Streets. He is wanted for robbery. 2:53 UPDATE—The man being chased by Walgreen’s Security for robbery was captured by and held by a citizen. Police now have him in custody on Iranistan Ave. and waiting for the victim to identify him.

Pipe bomb suspect arrested, Bridgeport apartment searched: wtnh.com

2:52am–#Bridgeport–Report of an explosion that injured a State Trooper at Vincellette St and Riverview St. reported by a Bridgeport Police Officer. Not sure why the officers are there in the first place. 2:57am–UPDATE– Bridgeport Fire Department trying to determine if State PD Bomb Squad on scene. Update– FD determines it is State PD Bomb Squad. Request for fans to be brought to unit 67. 3:12am–UPDATE–Fire department allowed to return to quarters. Radio silent on other activities.

Photo courtesy of Bridgeport News

Happenings NOW 5-19

Pipe bomb suspect arrested, Bridgeport apartment searched: wtnh.com

2:52am–#Bridgeport–Report of an explosion that injured a State Trooper at Vincellette St and Riverview St. reported by a Bridgeport Police Officer. Not sure why the officers are there in the first place. 2:57am–UPDATE– Bridgeport Fire Department trying to determine if State PD Bomb Squad on scene. Update– FD determines it is State PD Bomb Squad. Request for fans to be brought to unit 67. 3:12am–UPDATE–Fire department allowed to return to quarters. Radio silent on other activities.

1:45pm–Bridgeport– For the third time this week police reported to the Majestic Theater on Main and Congress Street for thieves breaking trying to steal copper. Police apprehended four after a difficult search in this abandoned building because many floorboards and steps are missing and boarded up false doors created additional hazards. Four men were apprehended in this attempt. Police confiscated tools used in the attempted theft.