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Derby News: High School Incident

2022-05-05@12:05pm–#Derby CT– Police were called to Derby High School for a student who threw furniture out the window and then left the school. They caught up with the student on Nutmeg Avenue. According to radio reports the school does not want to “pursue anything” and is send the student home for the day.

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Ansonia News: Shooting

Ansonia Police UPDATE: On April 14, 2022 at about 10:30 P.M., the Ansonia Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of Avon Street and Day Street and a shooting victim at Griffin Hospital. Officers located the scene of the shooting on Avon Street and recovered evidence related to the shooting. A 43 year-old Ansonia resident, shot multiple times, drove himself to the hospital, the male was stabilized and transferred to another hospital where he is in serious but stable condition. A second shooting victim, an 18 year-old Ansonia resident, was driven to a local hospital by private car. He was shot once and is in serious but stable condition.  The initial investigation revealed that an altercation between several people on Avon Street led to the shooting of both males. The investigation is ongoing and updates will be released as they become available.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the police department at 203-735-1885 or anonymous tips can be left at Tip411 at the link below.

https://www.tip411.com/tips/new?alert_group_id=21553

2022-04-15@10:45PMish– Police are investigating a shooting that took place on Avon Street.

75th Anniversary of the White Hills Volunteer Fire Company

The White Hills Civic Club was chartered May 20, 1946 and a stated aim of the organization was to promote community welfare as fifty families lived in White Hills at that time. One of the first objectives was to form a volunteer fire company and purchase a fire truck. Within less than a year, the fire company was founded and the first fire truck was purchased in 1948 costing $7K. Members actually signed personal notes to assure payment of the new vehicle and they held a two-day country fair to help in the payment of the new fire truck. The Civic Club donated $1K toward the construction of a cinder block addition to their building to house the new fire truck. The truck was originally stored in a barn in White Hills in the summer and at the Monroe firehouse during the winter until the addition was completed. In 1951, the fire company fought its first major fire at Mr. Novotny’s barn a few years later.
Today, White Hills Company 5 is chartered to have up to 75 members, but currently have only 35 active members and are always looking for new recruits. The volunteers respond to approximately 500 calls each year, including structure fires, commercial fire alarms, brush fires, EMT assists, and motor vehicle accidents and extrications. In addition to providing city wide coverage all hours of the day, 365 days a year, Company 5 has responded to mutual aid calls in Monroe, Derby, Trumbull, Stratford and other towns as well. They are also part of the county wide Strike Force unit and most recently responded to help fight fires as far away as Brookfield and Bethel.
Throughout the years, Company 5 has held several fundraisers, which has helped them to purchase specialized vehicles and equipment, thermal imagers, extrication tools, CO and gas meters and many other necessary pieces of equipment and tools. This would not be made possible without the volunteers and the community of neighbors helping neighbors.

Some fun facts below, and I am more than happy to connect you with any of the men mentioned below or set up a tour (maybe even ride on a call). Look forward to hearing back. Thanks! Kellie Kerwin

  • Active member with 55 years of service: Bruce Kosowsky
  • Active member with 50 years of service: Francis Wheeler
  • Assistant Chief: Bob Finta
  • Captain: Dan Tatun
  • 75th Anniversary Chairman: Tim Manion
  • Annual events run by Company 5: Easter Flower Sale, Pancake Breakfast, Boot Drive, Tree Lighting, Santa on the Fire Truck, Fire Safety with ESS

Ansonia News: Shooting Arrest

#Ansonia CT– #Milford CT–On January 27, 2022 Jermaine Smalls was arrested by warrant during a court appearance at Milford Superior Court for his involvement in the December 15, 2021 shooting on Fourth Street. Smalls was charged with Criminal Attempt at Murder, Assault First Degree and Reckless Endangerment First Degree. He was arraigned, held a $1,000,000.00 bond and his next court date is March 31, 2022. Smalls was initially arrested on gun and drug charges while trying to flee the scene on December 15, 2021 and he is also wanted for attempted murder by the New York City Police Department.

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On December 15, 2021 at about 1:50 P.M., an Ansonia Police Officer on patrol in the Fourth Street area reported shots fired. The officer was part of an increased patrol in response to shots fired incidents the previous week. The officer was on Liberty Street near Fourth Street about 150 feet from where the shooting took place. A male all in black clothing was seen running from the area of the shots fired and attempted to elude officers in the area before he was detained on Star Street. The male was identified as Jermaine Smalls, age 20 of Ansonia. During the course of the investigation, the area where Smalls ran was checked with the assistance of the Seymour Police Department K-9 team. A handgun was located along with clothing Smalls had been wearing.

Shortly after the shots fired, Griffin Hospital reported they had a male shooting victim at their emergency room. The male, a 32 year-old Bridgeport resident, was shot multiple times in the upper body; he was transferred to another area hospital for treatment. The male is currently in critical condition. Jermaine Smalls is a person of interest in the shooting investigation.

Jermaine Smalls was arrested and during a search was found to be in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine. Smalls was charged with Carrying a Pistol without a Permit, Tampering with Evidence, Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell within 1500 feet of School and Interfering with an Officer. Smalls was held on a $500,000.00 bond and will be arraigned at Derby Superior Court on December 16, 2021.

Jermaine Smalls was also a subject of shooting investigation by the New York City Police Department. Members of the NYPD were working with Ansonia Police Detectives and obtained a warrant for Smalls charging him with Attempted Murder Second Degree, Assault First Degree and Attempted Assault First Degree. Based on NYPD’s warrant, Smalls was additionally charged with being a fugitive from justice; he was held on an additional $750,000.00 bond and will be arraigned at Derby Superior Court on December 16, 2021.

Members of the Derby and Seymour Police Departments along with the State’s Attorney Office in Milford assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the police department at 203-735-1885 or anonymous tips can be left at Tip411 at the link below.
https://www.tip411.com/tips/new?alert_group_id=21553

Shelton News: Homicide

UPDATE: The deceased in the shooting incident at the Marriott Residence Inn in Shelton has been identified as 23 year old Ivan Whyte of Bridgeport. Officers and detectives have been working around the clock on this investigation. 

#Shelton CT–On 6-12-21 at approximately 11:33pm, Shelton Police and EMS responded to 1001
Bridgeport Ave, the Marriott Residence Inn, on a report that a male was shot and was in
the parking lot. Personnel arrived and located the male who was pronounced deceased at
the scene. The deceased male was 23 years old from Bridgeport.


This is an active investigation that is being conducted by Shelton Detectives and the
Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Squad. Officials from the Milford State’s
Attorney’s Office also responded to assist with the investigation. Police have cleared the scene at the residence inn, but are still actively investigating this incident. Notification was made to the family and we will be releasing the name of the victim later today.

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Ansonia News: Armed Robbery

On October 14, 2020 at 10:35 P.M., the Ansonia Police Department received a complaint of an armed robbery at the Wakelee Mart, 192 Wakelee Avenue. Two males, both armed with handguns entered the store and demanded the employee turn over all the money in the register. Several hundred dollars were taken during the robbery. During the course of the robbery, one of the suspects struck the employee in the head. The employee suffered a minor injury and declined medical attention. The suspects are described as black males both over six feet tall, one heavy set and the other had a slender build. The suspect with the slender build was wearing all black with a black face mask; the heavyset suspect was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and grey sweatpants wearing a black face mask. After leaving the store, the suspects ran down Pork Hollow Road where they entered a silver-colored SUV and fled the area. The department is asking anyone with information to please contact 203-735-1885 or tips can be left anonymously through TIP 411 at the link below. https://www.tip411.com/tips/new?alert_group_id=21553.

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Ansonia News: 2 Shot Overnight

Police UPDATE: On October 3, 2020 at about 2:00 A.M., officers on patrol on Main Street in the area of Water Street heard several gunshots coming from the area of West Main Street. When officers responded to the area, they found a male in the municipal parking lot who had been shot. Officers rendered medical aid until an ambulance arrived and the victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The male, a 26-year-old Ansonia resident, was shot multiple times in the upper body and is currently listed in serious but stable condition. While still on scene, Griffin Hospital reported a second victim of a gunshot at their facility. Officers responded to the hospital where the second victim, a 24-year-old Ansonia resident, was being treated for a single gunshot to the lower body. The second victim, a male is currently listed in stable condition. The Derby and Seymour Police Departments assisted with securing the scene. The Ansonia Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact the department at 203-735-1885 or tips can be left anonymously at TIP411 at the link below.

2020-10-03@1:52am–#Ansonia CT– Report of a shooting on West Main Street. A dark colored Malibu fled towards Seymour on North Main Street. Uncertain if anyone was hit.

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Shelton News: Death Investigation- Bodies Identified

Shelton CT–On 09/12/2020 at approximately 3:30 PM the Shelton Police Department responded to 88 Sorghum Rd. to conduct a welfare check of the residents. Upon arrival, officers discovered two individuals deceased inside the residence Officers identified the deceased as Gale P. Lupe, age 79, and her son Michael J. Kramer, age 59. Both Lupe and Kramer were the only occupants of the residence. The Shelton Police Department is currently investigating the incident with the assistance of the CT State Police Major Crime Central District, and the Office of the State’s Attorney Ansonia- Milford Judicial District. There is no threat to the public.

 

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