by marcia chambers | Mar 4, 2014 12:44 pm | Comments (2)
State Sen. Ed Meyer (D- 12th) long a defender of the public’s right to know, believes that a law hastily adopted last June in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school murders “is a danger to our history.” He said he would oppose a task force’s recommendation to continue the law when the legislature votes this session.
“Once government decides to cover up what it is doing, whether it is police or school officials or state senators, then it absolutely attacks our democratic system, democratic with a small d,” he said in an interview on the Branford Eagle’s BCTV cable show.
by marcia chambers | Feb 6, 2014 2:11 pm
First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove yesterday took the first step to overturn a recent judicial decision that found the town of Branford was not covered by its insurers when it seized the 77-acre Tabor property (pictured) by eminent domain a decade ago. The argument: The judge ruled that eminent domain was excluded as an insured category when the town seized the property.
Cosgrove said he was acting within a court deadline in order to preserve the town’s right to appeal “while we complete the legal review necessary to determine whether there exists any basis for a successful appeal.” In short the town is buying some needed time to analyze a long and complicated case that was first filed in 2008. This is the last in a series of Tabor-related cases still on the court docket.
by marcia chambers | Jan 30, 2014 8:33 am
Three months after the state’s highest court heard arguments on how to fund expert witnesses for indigent defendants who represent themselves in criminal cases, the defendant who brought that case, Dr. Lishan Wang was back in New Haven Superior Court this week arguing with the judge about who the victim in this murder case really is.
A 45-minute court hearing before Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford featured a feisty motion in which Dr. Wang called Judge Clifford’s conduct “shameful.” His reason: On occasion Judge Clifford has referred to Dr.Vanjinder Toor, the man Dr. Wang is accused of gunning down, as a victim.
by Paul Bass | Jan 29, 2014 8:25 am
Juan Jose Alvarez de Lugo robbed his victims with a sales pitch and a website, not a gun. His lawyer asked a judge Monday to free him from prison—because white-collar criminals his age are more likely than drug-gang leaders to go straight and react to public humiliation.
The judge wasn’t buying.
Before the feds caught up with him, Alvarez de Lugo used some of the proceeds of his $5 million scam to build a12-room, 4,967 square-foot dream home (pictured) on Branford’s Huntington Drive,
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by marcia chambers | Jan 17, 2014 10:10 am
Back in 2007 when State Rep. Lonnie Reed was the chair of the Branford Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) Education Committee, she pressed for the town to join a major statewide lawsuit that if successful would more fairly and equitably fund the state’s public schools.
Yesterday Superior Court Judge Kevin Dubay ruled that the lawsuit will finally head to trial, sooner rather than later.
Judge Dubay, who sits in Hartford, rejected the state’s latest effort to delay the trial for 16 months. The judge said there might be a short delay to accommodate summer vacations. He has since announced Sept. 9 at the date for trial. He voiced concern that the state’s Attorney General’s office seemed unable to adhere to deadlines. (Click here to read that story in the Connecticut Mirror.)
by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2014 8:03 am
Branford will have a “hybrid” form of legal counsel with the services of Brenner, Saltzman and Wallman LLC of New Haven; and attorney William Aniskovich (pictured left) of Branford, who will oversee the general legal needs of the town.
The appointment of the New Haven-based firm as town counsel was unanimously approved by First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and Second Selectman Joe Higgins at last night’s Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting. Bruce Storm, the sole Democrat on the three-member board, was absent.
by marcia chambers | Jan 8, 2014 1:25 pm
For about two years, a massive $25 million weight-loss scam allegedly operated out of a condo office at Branford’s 420 East Main St., in building 2, Suite 8. The scam allegedly drew in unwitting consumers across the nation, consumers who relied on fake news sites, $79.99 a month at a time.
Over a period of 19 months from September 2010 to April 2011, a Guilford man named Boris Mizhen, along with Richard Chiang, who allegedly operated a company named LeadClick Media in Poway, California, devised “unfair and deceptive” media practices to advertise the benefits of diet supplements and to use “real reporters” to sell the product. The operation was a fake, authorities say.
by marcia chambers | Jan 7, 2014 12:13 pm | Comments (2)
The New Year begins for the police with four 2014 Ford Explorers, each with bold Branford Police lettering on the outside, a state-of the art office on the inside and plastic seats designed for handcuffed prisoners in the SUVs’ rear.
Like many police departments in the nation, Branford was faced with difficult automobile choices after Ford Motor Co. decided in 2011 to end production of the Ford Crown Victoria, considered by most police agencies across the nation as the workhorse of cruisers.
by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 31, 2013 11:00 am | Comments (1)
A former Branford resident posted a simple query about a tragic, horrific event that took place in his childhood home (pictured) more than 50 years ago. He wanted to know what happened. His curiosity prompted close to 450 comments; finally, he had some answers.
Bill LaRock, who now lives in Texas, posted his query on the Growing Up in Branford Facebook page.
“I’m hesitant to put this out here, but I really would like to know if anyone who has joined this page lived in Branford during the late 1950s – early 1960s? Or maybe your parents did? My mother purchased a home in Branford, I believe in the early 1960s in the Hills section. According to her this house was involved in a horrific crime… a murder/suicide. I wasn’t born yet but she needed an inexpensive house and a way to get my brother and sister out of apartment living in New Haven. Obviously a crime like this wouldn’t go unnoticed in a small community like Branford, so I imagine anyone living in the town at this time knew of this incident. Does anyone have any information about this event or the people involved?”
by marcia chambers | Dec 18, 2013 8:03 am | Comments (3)
Two burglars wearing tight white face masks with only their eyes visible tripped an alarm at Eli’s On the Hill restaurant at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Then they knocked out the outside security camera.
Next they used a crowbar to pop open a window in the basement of the building.
In a matter of minutes, the inside motion detector picked up their movement, and an alarm went off alerting police. The inside cameras, however, were working.
At that point they moved quickly and deftly through the restaurant, located at 624 West Main St. They knew exactly where to go. They went upstairs, passing the restaurant’s cash register and bar. Then they seized an ATM, unlocked the back door and threw the ATM over the restaurant’s deck.