2091-08-23 @ 9:11pm–#Bridgeport CT– Firefighters on scene on Sherwood Avenue near Wood Avenue for a porch fire.
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2019-08-23 @ 8:18pm–#Bridgeport CT– A report of a car and scooter colliding at Helen and Ogden Street. No word on the injuries.
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Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong today announced that a bipartisan, public/private coalition that he joined, consisting of 51 attorneys general and 12 phone companies, has agreed to adopt eight principles to fight illegal robocalls.
This agreement will help protect phone users from illegal robocalls and make it easier for attorneys general to investigate and prosecute bad actors.
“It’s going to take a multi-pronged approach from all levels of government, attorneys general across the country, and phone carriers, to stop the scourge of robocalls. These incessant calls from fake phone numbers target countless Americans each day in an attempt to steal their personal information and cheat them out of their money. By adopting these principles, we can hold these scammers accountable and together stamp out malicious calls from fake phone numbers,” said Attorney General Tong.
The principles, available here, address the robocall problem in two main ways: prevention and enforcement.
Phone companies will work to prevent illegal robocalls by:
Phone companies will assist attorneys’ general anti-robocall enforcement by:
Going forward, phone companies will stay in close communication with the coalition of attorneys general to continue to optimize robocall protections as technology and scammer techniques change.
“The principles offer a comprehensive set of best practices that recognizes that no single action or technology is sufficient to curb the scourge of illegal and unwanted robocalls,” said Levi Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Columbia University Henning Schulzrinne. “I hope that all parts of the telecommunication industry, both large and small, will commit to rapidly implementing these principles and work with state and federal authorities to make people want to answer their phone again without fear of being defrauded or annoyed.”
The coalition of attorneys general, led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, includes attorneys general from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The coalition of companies includes AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, and Windstream.
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#Westport CT-On Wednesday April 24, 2019 at approximately 10:49am, a member of the detective bureau was contacted by an officer from the New Canaan Police Department who was reporting a possible fraudulent transaction that had occurred in Westport on the previous day. The New Canaan officer explained that his agency had arrested an individual for fraudulently attempting to obtain an iPhone at a local business on Tuesday April 23, 2019. This arrestee, identified as Thomas Welborn, had allegedly presented a forged New Jersey operator’s license in the victim’s name and attempted to purchase a high-end model iPhone using that victim’s cellular account. New Canaan police reported that through their investigation they had learned that Welborn also successfully obtained two iPhones from the Westport Verizon Wireless Zone store, located at 385 Post Road East, earlier that same day. These Westport transactions were also made using the identity of the same victim as in the New Canaan incident and resulted in the suspect successfully obtaining, through fraud, two iPhones valued at $2020.00. The local Verizon store did lodge a formal complaint and wished for prosecution of the suspect in this incident. Through review of video surveillance from the store, detectives were able to positively identify the Westport suspect as the same individual that had been arrested by the New Canaan Police Department; Thomas Welborn. An arrest warrant was subsequently sought and granted for Welborn in connection with this incident.
On Wednesday August 21, 2019 this department was contacted by court marshals at Norwalk Superior Court reporting that Welborn had come to court for a scheduled appearance on an unrelated case. He was subsequently taken into custody at court by this agency and was charged with violations of 53a-129d Identity Theft Third Degree and 53a-124 Larceny Third Degree. Bond for these offenses was court set at $50,000.00 which he was unable to post. Welborn was transported to Norwalk Superior Court on the morning of Thursday August 22, 2019 for arraignment.
(Westport Police Press Release)
#Norwalk, CT (August 22, 2019): Connecticut State Police Troop G responded this morning to the Norwalk branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles after a DMV employee phoned police. The employee reported that a customer had allegedly made statements saying, “Today seems like a good day to shoot to kill” and also suggested that he would come back another time. The DMV immediately contacted Connecticut State Police. As a result of the investigation,
Gregory Plaia, date of birth 5/16/1964, of North Canaan, CT was arrested and charged with Breach of Peace 2nd Degree and Threatening 2nd Degree. Plaia was processed and later released after posting a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on 9/13/2019 on these charges. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Bongi Magubane said, “I am so proud of the DMV team at the Norwalk branch for immediately reporting the threatening comments made by a customer this morning. The safety of our employees and customers is a top priority for the DMV and their quick actions are to be commended.” The Connecticut State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to be vigilant and prepared to report anything that could become a safety issue. If you see (or hear) something, say something.
(Connecticut State Police Press Release)
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UPDATE: The victim was shot in his right hip/stomach area and in his left foot, non-life threatening wounds though their was some concern about a possible spinal injury.
2019-08-22 @ 3:37pm– Police confirm that a man was shot in front of 43 Remington Street. Police spokesperson Terron Jones said “The victim is in an unknown condition at this time and being transported to the hospital. If the victim is in serious condition, we will be sure to send an update later today or tomorrow morning”. Detectives are seen in the photo photographing shell casings and evidence on the roadway.
2019-08-21 #Bridgeport CT– Yesterday there was a fire located at 1042 Iranistan Avenue. Originally it was reported that one firefighter and one civilian was treated at the scene. I later learned that it was four firefighters. I met Fire Chief Thode this afternoon and he updated us on the fire. He said that four firefighters were treated at the scene, three were transported to the hospital and one stayed overnight at the hospital for observation. The number one question everyone wanted to know in the comments was how were the kitties. Chief Thode said to the best of his knowledge all the cats were accounted for and in good shape!
#Bridgeport CT—Mayor Joe Ganim was joined by representatives of our state delegation and the CT Boxing Commission for a joint announcement with Webster Bank Arena, Bellator, and Mohegan Sun Entertainment officials formally welcoming Bellator MMA to Bridgeport Connecticut. Webster Bank Arena’s website says “Matt Mitrione will once again lace up the gloves in a main event against Kharitonov after an inadvertent shot put an abrupt end to their first matchup at Bellator 215 this past February”. For event details visit: https://www.websterbankarena.com/events/detail/bellator-mma
2091-08-21–#Bridgeport CT– How about some likes for the Marines? Viewer John Lp caught them providing drinks for the dehydrated firefighters after they battled the a fire at 1042 Iranistan Avenue on Wednesday.
I spoke with the chief today and got an update on the four injured firefighters and the status the kitty cats that were in the burning building.