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  • Malloy: State needs more affordable housing
    HARTFORD — The governor laid out a plan Wednesday to nudge towns and cities toward more affordable housing. “Without an affordable place to live we cannot grow our economy,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. “We have made real progress, but there is more work to be done.” Saying the “carrots have not worked” — previous state incentives — Malloy pledged to rewrite state statutes governing zoning laws in an effort to force towns and cities to allow and encourage affordable housing. The governor noted that too often communities write zoning regulations that restrict or prevent fair housing. “We are changing our approach,” Malloy added “Part of it is an educative effort, quite frankly.
  • Cops: Stratford student brought BB gun to school, charged
  • Bridgeport murder victim’s family fled Congo war
    BRIDGEPORT — Fifteen-year-old Francine Nyanzanika had just learned her mother had survived the attack that ravaged their village in the Congo. Nyanzanika — who was just 3 at the time — along with her uncle Richard Segabiro and his wife, fled the central African country, which was then engulfed in a genocidal war that left 5 million dead. She had not seen her mother since that day in 2005; but her joy over a possible reunion with her mother was short lived. Police said Monday night the 31-year-old Segabiro nearly cut her head off and left her to die in in their blood-spattered bathtub. Segabiro then called 911 and told police he had just killed his “daughter” and still had the knife in his hand.
  • Quinnipiac poll finds strong support for gun control
    HARTFORD — A new Quinnipiac University poll found huge support for new gun control measures in the wake of the tragic high school massacre last week in Florida. According to the poll conducted from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19 and released Tuesday, 66 percent of American voters support stricter gun laws, with 31 percent opposed — the highest level of support ever measured by Quinnipiac. The poll also found that 67 percent of those surveyed support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons. "If you think Americans are largely unmoved by the mass shootings, you should think again," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Support for stricter gun laws is up 19 points in little more than 2 years.
  • Bridgeport PD video: Man fires multiple shots at vehicle
    BRIDGEPORT - Police have released a video showing two men in a shooting on Wood Avenue on Monday afternoon. The video (https://youtu.be/ZQvUkyz_O50) shows the men getting out of a green car and then walking across the street. A few seconds later, a silver vehicle drives by. The men then reappear in the camera. One of the men points a handgun toward the silver vehicle now speeding down the street. At least six shots were fired at the vehicle. Bridgeport police are asking for assistance in identifying two perpetrators responsible for a shooting that occurred in the area of Wood Avenue ar 2:33 p.m. on Monday. Contact Detective J. Badolato at (203) 581-5241 or 203-576-TIPS (8477) with any information.
  • Man charged in Milford commerical burglary
    MILFORD - A New Haven man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Milford business and stealing money from a cash register and taking other items. Police also say Michael Ross, 48, of Valley Street in New Haven, also caused about $900 damage to the door. The burglary in the Post Road business happened in the overnight hours on Nov. 27. Ross was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. He was held on a $40,000 man.
  • Fraud schemes gets Stratford woman 41 months in jail
    Rachel Alexander, a 40-year-old Stratford woman, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 41 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in two fraud schemes. John H. Durham, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, said the first scheme involved the theft of postal money orders. Alexander, also known as Rachael Vierling, and her husband, Marc Anthony Alexander, devised a scheme to steal blocks of blank postal money orders from the U.S. Post Office in Old Greenwich. The Alexanders and others then imprinted the money orders with various denominations using a computer font designed to make them appear to be authentic.
  • Route 8 Southbound in Bridgeport reopened after crash
    BRIDGEPORT — Route 8 Southbound has been reopened after a car crash Sunday morning. One car crashed between exits 3 and 2 just before 7 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation. The left lane was closed for about a quarter mile for less for about 45 minutes.
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