Child Rescued From Drowning

Police UPDATE: At 1607hrs the Bridgeport ECC received a 911 call reporting a 9 month old child had gone under the water in a bath tub and was unresponsive in the 100th block of Parrott Ave. A party on-scene was administering CPR at the time of the call. BFD, AMR and BPD arrived on-scene. According to on-scene reports the child had a pulse, was breathing, and then began crying. The child was transported to the hospital via AMR. No further information on status of their condition.

2022-05-16@4:08pm–#Bridgeport CT– First responders were called to the 100 block of Parrott Avenue for a report of a 9 year old girl drowning victim. First responders said the child was okay and transported to the hospital.

Narcotics Arrest – Cocaine and Fentanyl

#Norwalk CT– On May 15, 2022, Officers were dispatched to a call for a medical aid, which led to the arrest of Shane Osullivan, and the seizure of suspected cocaine laced with fentanyl.

Officers responded to 726 Connecticut Ave (McDonald’s) on the report of an unconscious male in the handicap stall of the men’s bathroom. The male had locked individuals out, and would not respond or unlock the door. A razor was observed on the ground. The male was fully clothed, sitting on the toilet. Officers unlocked the door and observed the man, later identified as Osullivan, sitting and in possession of a pocket knife, metal straw, measuring cup, a box of baking soda, propane torch, and plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance. Osullivan was slurring his speech and appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. An ambulance was summoned to the scene, and would eventually transport Osullivan to Norwalk Hospital for treatment.

The items in the stall were seized as evident. The weight of the white powdery substance was 11.69 grams, and tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl. After his release from the hospital, Osullivan was transported to police headquarters to face charges, and was held on a $250,000 bond.
Arrested: Shane Michael Osullivan, 37, of 109 North Street, Foxborough, MA.Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Sell, ParaphernaliaBond: $250,000Court Date: May 24, 2022.

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INFANT FORMULA SHORTAGE, SCAMS & PRICE GOUGING

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, wrote to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanding urgent action to address the nationwide infant formula shortage.

“Families are feeling the impact,” the members wrote in letters to FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf and FTC Commissioner Lina Khan. “Raising an infant is a stressful enough experience without wondering whether or not you will be able to find—or afford—the food your child desperately needs to grow, thrive, and stay healthy.” 

A February FDA recall from a major producer’s plant and continued global supply chain disruptions have restricted access and increased the cost of infant formula for parents and caregivers. Families have reported empty shelves at major retailers and some have taken to diluting formula to make it last longer, which doctors warn can have extremely dangerous health repercussions.

In response, Blumenthal and DeLauro called on the FDAto provide answers on efforts to eliminate shortages and increase formula production: “While we must address the issues the led to this failure, at this point in the crisis, it is just as critical that we urgently focus on getting safe and affordable infant formula to the families that need it.”

Families in states across the country have also reported price gouging on online marketplaces; on eBay, a 3-pack of Similac that normally sells for $130 is being sold for $238, and other retailers are marking up a can of formula from $30 to $80. Other families have reported being scammed out of hundreds of dollars after purchasing formula on Facebook Marketplace, and instances of individuals claiming to be representatives of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) coming to doorsteps asking for recalled formula in exchange for a “refund.” 

“These circumstances have created the perfect conditions for predators to take advantage of desperate caregivers through scams, outright fraud, and other schemes to exploit high prices,” Blumenthal and DeLauro wrote to Chair Khan. “We call on the FTC to investigate and take action against any scams and fraud preying on shortages of formula that have made it harder for parents to care for their infants,” and to, “work with the FDA and state Attorneys General to ensure that the public has information about any fraud or price gouging schemes related to formulas.”

The text of the letter to the FDA is available here and below. The text of the letter to the FTC is available here and below.

Last week, Blumenthal joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in sending a letter to Mardi Mountford, President of the Infant Nutrition Council of America, calling on infant formula manufacturers to make every effort possible to get parents and families the formula they need to feed their kids. Blumenthal also joined U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in urging the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address extremely high levels of corporate concentration in the infant formula marketplace following the recent news of infant formula shortages nationwide.

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AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM SET AT LIBRARY

The Stratford Library, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), will offer another session of the “AARP Driver Safety Program”, a classroom driver retraining program designed to help older persons improve their driving skills on Thursday, May 19, 2022, 1-5pm.  The one-day class program, one of dozens offered by the agency every year, will be held in the Library’s Lovell Room.  Developed by the AARP, the program is the first comprehensive driver retraining course geared to the specific needs of older motorists. 

The course material covers the effects of aging and medications on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards, adverse road conditions, energy saving and accident prevention measures.  No written, physical or driving tests are given.  Research shows that older drivers are involved in more accidents than their middle-aged counterparts when the record is based on actual miles driven.  The physical changes of aging create difficulties for many older drivers when yielding the right-of-way, backing, turning, changing lanes and entering/leaving expressways.

            However, research also indicates that older persons can improve their driving abilities through additional training, attention and practice, enabling them to maintain their driving licenses longer while driving safer.  This is the ultimate goal of the “AARP Driver Safety Program”.       

Persons 50 years of age or older are eligible to participate in the library program and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of instruction.  The course is limited to 20 participates only and there is a nominal fee of $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members charged by the AARP. 

Reservations are required and can be made at: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/9093080.

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