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Author: Harold F. Cobin

  • Lamont praises the speedy repair of I-95

    Lamont praises the speedy repair of I-95

    With Connecticut Dept. of Transportation workers in the distance surveying the location, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) led officials at a Monday morning news conference praising the state employees and private contractors who demolished a fire-scorched bridge, enabling Interstate 95 to be reopened to traffic at Fairfield Avenue. “This was an amazing work of art,” declared…

  • Norwalk’s Fairfield Ave bridge to be demolished following gasoline tanker fire on I-95

    Norwalk’s Fairfield Ave bridge to be demolished following gasoline tanker fire on I-95

    Updated at 7:30 p.m. with information from 5 p.m. press conference on bridge demolition as well as NPS announcement of school closing. Interstate 95 will remain closed at least until Monday while the state tackles the job of demolishing the Fairfield Avenue overpass and the investigation continues into a three-vehicle accident Thursday morning involving a…

  • Gasoline tanker truck ignites I-95 crash in Norwalk

    Gasoline tanker truck ignites I-95 crash in Norwalk

    A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 Thursday morning caused a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline to burst into flames beneath the Fairfield Avenue overpass. The intense fire, which produced billowing clouds of black smoke, appeared to damage the overpass and utility lines hung beneath it. The accident, reported at 5:29 a.m. in the…

  • City reopens Devon’s Place playground after reconstruction

    City reopens Devon’s Place playground after reconstruction

    Devon’s Place, an ADA-oriented children’s playground in Matthews Park, has reopened after six weeks of reconstruction. Chief among the improvements to the 2004-built park is resilient surface around the playground equipment, a smooth surface rather than the mulch-like material used previously, officials said Wednesday at a ribbon cutting. It has a soft, rubbery feel when…

  • Inspection finds overloaded power strip caused charging station fire in SoNo mall

    Inspection finds overloaded power strip caused charging station fire in SoNo mall

    The cause of an electric vehicle charging station fire in the SoNo Collection mall parking garage last October was an overloaded power strip placed inside the unit’s cabinet, according to a fire inspector’s report. The power strip, termed a Relocatable Power Tap or RPT in the fire service, showed extensive charring, heat damage and fire…

  • Century-old time capsule found at former YMCA; contents donated to Norwalk museum

    Century-old time capsule found at former YMCA; contents donated to Norwalk museum

    Workers demolishing the former YMCA on Tuesday found a time capsule embedded in the building’s date stone. On Friday, officials met with Todd Singewald and Rocco Bellantoni of Complete Dismantling Services to open the nearly 100-year-old time capsule. Inside the lead-walled box was a Bible, a newspaper article, a fountain pen and two coins. They…

  • Construction of new Norwalk High School Is Officially Underway

    Construction of new Norwalk High School Is Officially Underway

    Construction of the new Norwalk High School got a ceremonial start Monday, with local officials, joined by Gov. Ned Lamont, tossing shovelfuls of dirt in the air for its official groundbreaking. Construction workers, well along in demolishing the existing athletic field – the site for the new school — temporarily silenced their machines for the…

  • First district’s labor practices faulted by state legislators

    First district’s labor practices faulted by state legislators

    NORWALK – As contract negotiations proceed with its new union bargaining units, the First Taxing District is being criticized by Norwalk’s five Democratic state legislators for its labor practices. In a letter dated March 21 to the district’s commissioners, the group says district employees “continue to work in fear of retaliation and termination.” It says…

  • Case suspended against Norwalk Police Officer Delgado

    Case suspended against Norwalk Police Officer Delgado

    NORWALK – Criminal prosecution of Norwalk Police Officer Hector Delgado was suspended Monday by a state prosecutor, according to Police Chief James Walsh. Delgado was arrested by warrant in February by Bridgeport Police on charges of third-degree stalking and second-degree harassment. Walsh said the State’s Attorney’s office in Bridgeport “nolled” the charges during a court appearance there by…

  • Rally participants call for Gaza ceasefire

    Rally participants call for Gaza ceasefire

    NORWALK – Proponents of a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza strip held a rally Sunday afternoon on The Green. Before a banner reading “END THE GENOCIDE,” speakers addressing the roughly 40 participants gathered before the park’s bandshell urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to end hostilities in the Palestinian…

  • Water Department cited for 17 hazardous workplace violations

    Water Department cited for 17 hazardous workplace violations

    First District’s John E. Riordan Treatment Plant, 270 Valley Rd., New Canaan. | Credit: Harold Cobin

  • Police say Norwalk officer’s arrest related to family violence incident

    Police say Norwalk officer’s arrest related to family violence incident

    Norwalk Police Officer Hector Delgado was arrested by warrant Friday “related to a family violence incident,” according to a Norwalk Police news release. Delgado was charged by Bridgeport Police with third-degree stalking and second-degree harassment, the release said. He was placed on administrative leave with his duty firearm seized and his police powers suspended, the…

  • Norwalk police sergeant arrested after fatal collision investigation

    Norwalk police sergeant arrested after fatal collision investigation

    A Norwalk Police sergeant has been arrested by warrant on criminal and motor vehicle charges following a ten-month investigation by State Police of a two-vehicle collision that resulted in a fatality. Shannon James Sherry, 48, of Fairfield, turned himself in Thursday at Troop H in Hartford and was charged with Misconduct with a Motor Vehicle…

  • Driver’s fatal river plunge appears intentional, Police say

    Driver’s fatal river plunge appears intentional, Police say

    The man found dead inside a car submerged in Norwalk River Thursday afternoon apparently drove off the road and into the river intentionally, Norwalk police said after a preliminary investigation. They identified him as Aren Craft, 24, of Norwalk. Craft was the vehicle’s lone occupant, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police…

  • 30 years a cop, Billingslea says ‘It’s been a great ride’

    30 years a cop, Billingslea says ‘It’s been a great ride’

    At age 25, Monica Billingslea – parttime model and in a “go nowhere” position at a limousine company – needed a job that would get her out of her mother’s house “like yesterday” and allow her to buy a car without her father’s co-signature. She found one, and a family, in law enforcement. Billingslea retired…

  • Norwalk transitions to new Emergency Communications Radio System; public ‘in dark’

    Norwalk transitions to new Emergency Communications Radio System; public ‘in dark’

    The new Norwalk Emergency Communications Radio System went live Friday, according to a news release. “The new system will ensure that our first responders are able to safely and effectively communicate with Norwalk Combined Dispatch and one another during day-to-day emergencies and natural disasters, said Police Chief James Walsh,” according to the release. On the…