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A HazMat team responds to Clinton Street in Fairfield, Conn., where a man reportedly took his own life by ingesting cyanide. Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
JBrad April 21, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Jason, When people leave comments such as these: "I wonder how suicide will affect hisRead More karma" I start to wonder if we as a community actually feel empathy for this man, or if we just want any excuse to distance ourselves from collective responsibility. I wonder how judging this man will affect your karma...
Connie April 21, 2014 at 07:00 pm
JBrad By suicide I am saying I am against it but I don't want anyone being involved in helpingRead More killing someone else. The government is using Women's health for businesses to pay for abortion. This is a political issue. The government is not helping people with mental issues but they allow them to smoke pot and now Eric Holder wants to let drug addicts out of jail. CT is making a big deal about domestic violence but read the article about how it is not being funded enough here http://ctwatchdog.com/health/103-times-womens-pleas-for-help-went-unmet I cannot stop someone from doing what they want to do. Just like I cannot stop anyone from doing anything God is in charge and he gives us free will. I do feel sorry for this man. He had no support to stop him from doing what he did. The government supports only what it wants and it is helping decay human beings.
Tmc April 22, 2014 at 08:12 pm
@bill; the solution to not losing your belongings is to invest in a long-term care policy. I startedRead More paying into it back in 1998 and my dad is currently using his now. As long as you meet one of 5 criteria that is needed, they pay for everything except cable until your policy is exhausted. that can give your family time to sell off your assets so you have that money to live on until you die. also, it's a good idea to consult with a geriatric lawyer and follow his advice.
A surveillance camera shot of a shoplifting suspect. Credit: Waterford Police Department
Mandy April 16, 2014 at 08:33 am
So mall cop couldn't rev up his Segway and run them down???
Daniella Ruiz April 16, 2014 at 10:11 am
does each store have a common link to mall security so they can transmit images to a central officeRead More in the mall. a nice 60 inch flat screen at each exit could flash their pictures for all to see (and be properly 'bagged'). maybe the flat screens in the food court could be used to alert those munching and being bored to tears with that foolish 'programming' they offer.
Can you see that bullet hole? Credit: Waterford Police Department on Facebook
ZIGGY April 11, 2014 at 02:29 am
I thought that was a crime to deface federal currency!
Daniella Ruiz April 12, 2014 at 05:14 pm
the real crime is it is called currency, or even represents what it's worth! hit a 20 dollar goldRead More piece at 25 yards, offhand, and that would be worth it. (even a Sacagawea dollar would make a decent challenge)
Weapons seized by Connecticut State Police. Credit: CSP
Howard April 5, 2014 at 02:01 pm
As usual in the media, the reporting contains factual errors and lacks sufficient detail. First,Read More neither of the rifles even resemble an AR-15 nor are they assault weapons. The evil looking rifle is a pre-ban SKS with a fixed magazine and is not considered an assault weapon under the new law (or the 1994 law). The other rifle is bolt-action and is either not magazine fed or it is a Ruger 10-22 with the flush rotary magazine. If this article is based on input from the state police, it disappointing and troubling that troopers do not know the law and are unable to correctly identify guns. I believe that once the case reaches court the assault weapons related charges will go away. The remainder of the charges should result in lengthy prison stays. The felon possessing firearms should bring the FBI into the case and add consecutive years to the prison term.
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Sue Polaski April 4, 2014 at 08:29 am
Any info on the caller?
chuck April 4, 2014 at 09:12 pm
It was John Rowland trying to draw some heat away from himself.
OpportunistWatch April 15, 2014 at 11:36 am
Sue if there was any information on the caller the media would have drawn the conclusion for us andRead More stated the caller had PTSD or mental problems if he/she had an American surname. Ft Hood shootings are perfect examples of how the media creates pictures for our thoughts on who is called a terrorist and who has PTSD even though THEY DID NOT SEE ONE MINUTE OF COMBAT.
Heroin in the powder form. Credit: DEA
concerned Catholic April 3, 2014 at 07:58 am
we need to efficiently and effectively take care of this drug problem. the list of governmentRead More agencies investigating this is unbelievable. imagine if the amount of wasted time by everyone involved including the drug dealers and drug users was used for good like, let's say, picking up trash or volunteering to read and play with orphans!
A screenshot of the data.ct.gov website.
DM April 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm
Statistical or factual......pick one can't be both!? haha
Andrew Mitchell Blum CT April 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm
I'll have to check this out for some of my classes - thank you! Andrew Mitchell Blum Fairfield, CT
A copy of the 7-year-old's letter. Credit: Waterford Police Department [Editor's note: we've removed the child's address and phone number.]
Gerry March 27, 2014 at 08:26 am
Great Job. I pray, as you grow older you continue to take the correct way to solve a problem. WeRead More all need people like you. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you.
Brian J. Besade March 27, 2014 at 10:13 am
I live down by the Niantic River area; they speed along the Avenues and the Niantic River Road asRead More well.
Daniella Ruiz April 3, 2014 at 03:01 pm
agreed, great prospects for Isaiaha! forget the speed, all it will take is a distracted driver toRead More swerve into the shoulder, then into the child and real tragedy happens! it all happens in an instant, when people least expect it! parents need to tell their children to stay well off the roadway, as the real bus drivers will slow down to look for them, wait and load them safely! sidewalks are only a 5 inch jump up for 28 inch wheels!
Troop I State Police barracks in Bethany, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Craig R March 25, 2014 at 02:57 pm
FYI-the Mianus river bridge collapsed on O'Neill's watch - HE WAS THE WORST GOVERNOR MALE OR FEMALERead More (Weicker a very close second). O'Neill closed all the tolls because of the West Haven accident which dried up all the highway funding and never spent a penny on infrastructure before, during or after the collapse.
Igor March 25, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Closing the tolls was a dumb ass move. Every state around us has tolls, but Connecticut is soRead More wealthy we don't need any money. We'll just beat our tax payers to death.
Dave D March 27, 2014 at 08:36 am
Stay focused folks... Several troops consolidated dispatch to save money. Now the troops that wereRead More closed at night because troopers were out on patrol, will cost us more tax money so a trooper can stop patrolling and sit inside a nice warm barracks. Real smart move... NOT
Willard Ar-Rahmann Jr.. Credit: WPD
Spencer March 20, 2014 at 09:33 pm
There are not too many more dangerous thing--then an extremely brazen criminal!
nascarblue March 22, 2014 at 04:45 am
great job, he is where he needs to be
Patch file photo: Brookfield, WI Patch
Connecticut15 March 29, 2014 at 02:41 pm
Parents of minors even those ages 16-18 should have the right to have their children's hair follicleRead More drug tested. Any law that prohibits the parents to do that needs to be changed. A drug test would have provided proof of drug use and/or abuse - a foundation for knowing or navigating how to try to help the child. No one can assume that this boy was depressed and that was all and therefore he may have used drugs. What if it were the other way around - drugs and the consequential abuse to his internal biochemistry that caused his acts or perhaps symptoms that mimicked or were depression. Not all drug users are depressed. These parents were looking for answers. Having concrete evidence of drug use can break apart the wall of denial, step one.
Still in Stamford April 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Connecticut 15, I don't disagree with you. I do think that parents should have the right to haveRead More their children tested. He could have been taking drugs without having underlying depression, but I know from personal experience that drug use often occurs because of depression and that the same symptoms of drug use are also often caused by depression. The majority of drug abusers however, don't commit suicide. He didn't overdose. He died by suicide. That is a mental health issue. So while I do agree that parents should be able to have their children tested, I also think that the mental health issues are just as important in a case like this, because both things likely were factors in this boy's death, and if so, both things need to be treated. I'm sorry if I didn't explain myself better in my first post.
Ella Jameson April 9, 2014 at 05:15 am
If anyone is concerned that their child may be abusing drugs, check out this new tool which pointsRead More out the early warning signs http://www.sobercollege.com/telltale-signs-of-drug-use/
Photo courtesy of the Waterford Police Department.
Joe/Ct March 19, 2014 at 07:22 am
It shouldn't be that difficult, given that you have the state and registration number of the auto,Read More should it?
Daniella Ruiz March 20, 2014 at 02:24 pm
stolen markers/plates make these crimes very hard to solve. but facial recognition scans can oftenRead More nab repeat offenders. maybe a profile on the items she lifted could help, and a diligent review of pawns shops, craigs list, ebay, yard sales and other fencing opportunities.
(Woodbury-Middlebury Patch file photo)
Craig Zac March 18, 2014 at 08:22 am
...And I agree 100% With Brandon Stevens about the State Police driving as bad or worse than anyoneRead More elses on the roads... How many times have you had a state cop suddenly appear right up your butt on the highway? so you get over and WHOOSH!!!! off they go like a bat out of hell. I guess its time we all install dash and rearview cameras and video tape these guys, ya know, keep em honest so to speak. they aren't that much $$ and can save your butt in times of trouble too. Is it me or does it seem like now a days, the police seem to treat us all as if we were all common criminals, they no longer protect and serve, they are more or less acting as prison guards and we are all inmates of the state of CT!
Craig Zac March 18, 2014 at 08:25 am
"The Connecticut Department of Transportation will support this ‘Stop Tailgating’Read More project by posting ‘Tailgating Enforcement Zone’ on overhead message boards along designated areas of these highways to remind motorists of this project. " I HATE thos signs, they are a total distraction to drivers, I cant tell you how many times I have almost driven into the next lane while looking up at one of those over head signs and trying to read it... Also, watch next time youre coming up on one when youre still a good distance away from it, watch how many cars hit their breaks when they get close to the sign, I guess its a natural response to hit your breaks when trying to read it, sorta like turning the radio down when your looking at house numbers or street signs, trying to find an address or street! lol
Debbie March 24, 2014 at 08:12 am
I do not find name calling, as if we are two years old, beneficial in this conversation ie:Read More egotistical ninnies, etc. Whatever happened to being kind with words we use? Also, a little patience, goes a long way. Empathy: Older driver who must drive to get food, Dr. Appts, etc. For those with no patience/empathy for especially the elderly; may you live to be old enough to annoy the "young" driver someday! Then and only then will you understand the struggles elderly residents deal with on a daily basis just to survive. Find some kindness in your heart and words! p.s. there are areas on some of our highways, where if your in the slow lane, you must move into the speed lane to let oncoming ramp traffic merge on: EX: entrance ramp/merging area is appx 300 ft. long and it is only a 2 lane highway..... Old Saybrook (95) heading toward Westbrook/Clinton comes to mind. Also The Merrit Parkway in Wallingford has a really short entrance ramp... There are many more... Just slow down and be kind to one another!
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), from a Patch file photo
Craig Zac March 24, 2014 at 10:04 am
@ Jim.. when you say: "Spending is down but not a lot of support for restoring revenue toRead More levels when things were find and employers had to scramble for employees." Are you saying that we the people, aren't spending as much $$$ as we should be and that's why the economy is so bad? Or do you mean the government is spending less than normal?
Gary Tobin March 25, 2014 at 07:18 am
I think everyone agrees that 99.9% of all politicians are out of control, out of touch with theRead More people and are breaking down the foundation of our country. The People can fix and purge the self-serving, corrupt, rich, career Politian problem that America has. One of the last constitutional rights that have not been stripped or altered is VOTING. I have heard it and I’m sure you heard it; term limits for elected offices will fix a lot of this country’s problems and a great start on put the country back on track. The people can vote their own term limits in the local, state and federal elections. If we DON’T vote for any sitting politicians and vote for a candidate not in office, regardless of party affiliation. Bring America back to the people through your vote…
OpportunistWatch March 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm
Caller had a SPANISH accent - 99% I'll bet they are operating from PR. They sure know how toRead More manipulate our system very well. We can't even track a drivers license from that protectorate. If you say anything about the untraceable nature of PR, you are dubbed a racist and some bleeding heart Hartford agency will try and sue you. Sick but this is a BIG problem. Oh I forgot, they are the on the front line of our military so we call it a protectorate. I hope they lock this predator up for a longtime.
Marijuana. Credit: DEA
Jason Silver March 11, 2014 at 08:47 pm
CIA brings in the drugs. Our troops are in Afghanistan protecting the poppy fields.
Igor March 11, 2014 at 09:45 pm
Just had a thought. If I get caught driving and texting, can I tell the cop I was getting ready toRead More text the DEA? Think he'll buy it?
Patrick Hennessy March 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Of course they use a photo of marijuana. Our town has far bigger issue than pot. For example, theyRead More huge cocaine bust that just took place. CT, is a huge center point for drug trafficking due to its location between NY, and NH, VT etc. But in the grand scheme of things, Marijuana is the least of the federal and local governments worries. How many times to you hear of someone getting into an accident because they were under the influence of marijuana? NEVER. Alcohol on the other hand, you cant count on one hand the amount of traffic stops that are made because of drinking and driving. Open your eyes people.
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Tmc March 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Yes Kacey it will stop. Along with them being allowed to hold a cell phone while driving. And beingRead More allowed to park anywhere they want. And then it will rain gold dust and money trees will sprout up everywhere...
Igor March 6, 2014 at 07:09 am
It's not my skills I'm worried about, it's the other driver's skills. The driver who thinks hisRead More skills are better than they actually are. You can tell those. The ones that weave in and out of traffic missing your bumper by 6 inches. I also have driven I95 for over 35 years, and I have seen more than I care too. Some I get pissed off, and sometimes I can't help laugh at some of the bonehead moves. Well whichever a person drive I hope they arrive home safely.
Laura March 6, 2014 at 10:26 am
Are we done with this discussion yet? I hate tailgaters, I drive over the speed limit (about 10Read More mph) and I stay off I95 & the Merritt...I do not talk on the phone while driving either - I figure my JOB at that moment is driving...and watching for crazies out there WHO DON'T CARE...
A U.S. Coast Guard badge (source: Wikimedia Commons)
Dan R February 27, 2014 at 06:21 am
PJ -thanks for your concern about Patch making up scurrilous info on the Brown family. I'm justRead More wondering if you ever typed "Scott Brown's brother" into Google? I bet if you took 3 seconds to do that research you would have eliminated the need to have made yourself look foolish? Have a conspiracy free day ! http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/02/24/scott-browns-half-brother-pleads-guilty-to-impersonating-officer/
NewtownMark February 27, 2014 at 07:42 pm
Haven't seen any articles about Blumy and Delauro being subpoenaed over the horrible way the unionRead More treated the old folks in the homes the struck but let a republicans half brother do something and it's big news
Miss Mary Mack February 28, 2014 at 11:13 am
Actually, PJ, he REALLY is the half brother of Scott Brown.
Izumi Shikibu February 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm
If jerks like this Fithian put as much effort into working legitimately as he put in working thisRead More scam, he probably could have a decent life. There just seems to be some nugget of nastiness inside people like this so that they're only happy when they feel like they're getting something for nothing. What a creep.
Daniella Ruiz February 23, 2014 at 08:56 pm
these types like to play games, outsmart 'the man' and generally do the same with everyone theyRead More contact. unsavory.
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Tmc February 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm
WTF still uses the word "macho"?
Craig Zac February 28, 2014 at 07:46 am
@ Tmc.. yeah what next? Fornicating? adultery?
Joe Mancini February 28, 2014 at 09:08 am
This "hotel" is a cesspool.Read More http://fairfield.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/naugatuck-man-busted-with-burglar-tools-at-fairfield-hotel?yPos=undefined
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Craig Zac February 27, 2014 at 08:28 am
Igor, whos making BS excuses? I clean off my car! Maybe people like you would feel safer if youRead More stay off the roads in winter... im sorry this is New England, we get snow, we get ice and its something you have to deal with. if you are so scared of a piece of ice or snow, move to florida!
Craig Zac February 27, 2014 at 08:33 am
Maybe we should all just call the state and town cops each and every time we see a car withRead More ANYTHING tied to its roof or sticking out of the trunk, any time we see a truck with anything tied to its bed or in its bed or anytime we see anyone towing an open trailer full of stuff like landscaping tools or if they are moving furniture or hauling anything... If we can get fined because snow or ice MIGHT fly off and hit a car, then it should be against the law for ANYTHING that might fly off of a car, truck or, trailer and hit a car. If we are going to be safe, lets be safe ALL the way around! W have all see it, the car with the matress on the roof or this one.... cars with Christmas trees tied to the roof... now That's dangerous! Or trucks filled with branches so high they are almost hitting the phone wires or so packed they are actually hanging out the back and touching the pavement... trailers full of shovels, barrels, lawn equipment... dump trucks full of dirt or rocks that is like driving behind a sand blaster... cars with lumber on the roof, trucks and vans with pipes on top... and you all are worried about some snow or ice?
Dom February 27, 2014 at 09:20 am
If you properly secure the snow to your vehicle I'd be happy for you to drive around with it. YouRead More can't tie down snow due to it's physical properties, but you are more than welcome to keep it in your trunk.
Happy Rotarian February 13, 2014 at 03:32 pm
Some people just rely on their membership in community clubs and abuse the titles they are given inRead More municipal departments. Some people treat their employees like trash and get away with it because the Club protects them. Some people skim money off the top of the grant pot and hide it by cutting their employees hours but having them do the same work. Some people just behave poorly.
Robert Dudek February 13, 2014 at 05:13 pm
People,you are missing the point. I understand going to and from work or going out for a loaf ofRead More bread. I guess common sense goes out the window whenever it's bad weather.
chuck February 13, 2014 at 08:37 pm
Gee...I guess with all this snow the sign on the Town Green won't get changed for a few more months.Read More You know...the one touting the Senior Center Bazaar held Halloween weekend of 2013. The one visitors see when driving up Maple Street. Maybe we could just leave it up til the 2014 Bazaar? Geez....somebody give me the key. I'll change the damn sign. I'll at least advertise the Kerry Boys in July. That's always a given....Is there a beautification committee or something here that checks on these things?? While they're at it, they can tell the guy in Joe's Junk shop that his "Going Out of Business" sign is spelled woefully wrong. It says bisniss or something pathetic like that. Trouble is, the sign is as big as a planet! Nice touch for downtown. Sheesh....