DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Railroad operator Genesee & Wyoming is being taken private by Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC in a deal valued at about $6.37 billion.
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Crews have cleared a train derailment in western South Dakota.
Six empty cars of a westbound Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad derailed and overturned in New...
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut doctor who bilked Medicaid out of nearly $5 million and stashed some of the stolen money in a Swiss bank account has been sentenced to more than seven years...
Former doctor faces sentencing for $5M Medicaid fraud
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut doctor who prosecutors say bilked Medicaid out of nearly $5 million and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on women and luxury goods is facing...
Police: 4 arrested had $3,300 in counterfeit bills
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Police have arrested four people who tried to use counterfeit $100 bills to buy wine, chocolate and pet goods in Connecticut.
Genesee & Wyoming: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) _ Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWR) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $55.6 million.
The Darien, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 94 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs and pretax expenses, were $1 per share.
The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share.
Connecticut man charged in fatal hit and run on Long Island
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Connecticut driver has been charged in the hit and run deaths of a husband and wife on Long Island.
Prosecutors said Monday that 24-year-old Patrick Poillon, of Darien, was indicted on charges including manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and reckless endangerment.
His lawyer says he's innocent. Bail was set at $1 million cash or $5 million bond and he's due back in court Feb. 4.
Report on elderly/disabled housing to be released at forums
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report that examines challenges in state-funded "mixed population" housing in Connecticut is set to be released.
The Connecticut Department of Housing and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center will unveil the study at a series of upcoming public forums. The report stems from legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2017 requiring a study of state-funded complexes that house tenants who are elderly and young and disabled.
Women gets prison time for stealing $1M from car dealership
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A New York woman has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the Connecticut car dealership where she worked and using the money for vacations, home renovations and a $50,000 vehicle.
Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Vanessa Vence-Small, of New Windsor, New York, was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution.
Ban on parents at school lunchrooms roils Connecticut town
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — One mother shed tears when she read the superintendent's announcement. Another said it felt like a body blow.
After struggling with growing numbers of parents in school cafeterias, the Darien school system said parents and guardians would no longer be welcome to visit with their children during lunch at the town's elementary schools.
High court to hear appeal in lawsuit over train death
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A case involving the death of a man who was struck by a Metro-North train in Darien is going before the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Justices are scheduled to hear arguments Monday on whether federal law prevents Kevin Murphy's widow from filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Metro-North in state court.
The lawsuit says Murphy slipped on ice at the Noroton Heights train station, fell onto the tracks and was struck and killed by a Metro-North train in March 2013.
Genesee & Wyoming: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) _ Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWR) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $69.6 million.
On a per-share basis, the Darien, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of $1.16. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.23 per share.
The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.15 per share.
Connecticut plans new surveillance systems at train stations
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Transportation plans to install surveillance cameras on the platforms at seven more train stations.
Some railroad stations already have security cameras, including the Stamford station, the busiest on the New Haven Line. Union Station in New Haven also has cameras.
Genesee & Wyoming: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) _ Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWR) on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $44.2 million.
The Darien, Connecticut-based company said it had profit of 73 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs and non-recurring costs, were 94 cents per share.
The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 92 cents per share.
Man in scaffolding fall death identified
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say they have identified a Connecticut man who fell 20 feet from scaffolding.
Twenty-six-year-old Nick Martinez was doing surface work at a facility in Darien on July 5 with he lost his footing.
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — A worker has died after falling from scaffolding at a construction site along Interstate 95 in Darien.
Police say the man lost his footing and fell 20 feet on Thursday while doing surface work on a storage facility.
The Greenwich Time reports there is no suspicion of foul play. The man's identity was not released.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Connecticut Republicans' convention (all times local):
Connecticut Republicans have endorsed Southington state Sen. Joe Markley as the party's lieutenant governor candidate, but he faces a likely August primary.
Markley won more than 53 percent of the delegate support at Saturday's state Republican convention at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart is dropping out the race for governor in Connecticut and will instead run for lieutenant governor.
Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, who is also running for lieutenant governor, told multiple media outlets Friday that Stewart called her Friday morning as a courtesy to let her know about the switch.
Stewart, a Republican, has scheduled a news conference for later Friday.
DARIEN — They do it with speed. They do it with chemistry. They do it with depth. They do it with grit.
The one thing that the Darien High School girls lacrosse team always does is bring the hammer and club the opposition with it.
The nationally ranked Blue Wave brought the hammer down in the final 8:56 Saturday against archrival New Canaan and pulled away to a 13-6 triumph before an adoring crowd at Darien High Stadium.
MONROE — Matt Yellen had 22 assists, seven digs and four aces to lead Trumbull in a 3-0 sweep of Masuk in a non-league boys volleyball game Wednesday evening.
Rob Rufino had nine kills and three blocks and Maverick Grillo added six kills and 11 digs in the win for the Eagles (4-0), who won 25-22, 25-14 and 25-22. Tristan McDonough had 14 kills and four digs in the loss for the Panthers (3-3).
RIDGEFIELD—All they do is win.
For the last five-plus years against in-state teams, at least.
The Darien girls lacrosse team ran its win streak to 93 in a row against teams from Connecticut in another rout, getting goals from a host of different players in a 21-6 win over FCIAC Ridgefield Tuesday. The Blue Wave — who last lost a game against a team in the Nutmeg State in the 2012 Class M tournament — took the rematch of last year’s FCIAC final with ease.
DARIEN — A long-term natural gas line expansion is scheduled to begin on Monday.
Police said the expansion is being done by Eversource Energy and will impact drivers between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Please be advised that contractors, working on behalf of Eversource Energy, are about to embark on a significant natural gas expansion project,” said police Lt. Jeremiah Marron. “The project will continue throughout the spring and summer months.”
Another Democrat is vying for state Rep. William Tong’s seat and his name might sound familiar.
Matt Blumenthal, 32, the eldest son of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, has filed paperwork to run for the state House of Representatives 147th district. The district encompasses parts of Stamford and Darien. His father represented the 145th district once upon a time — he was elected a year before Matt Blumenthal was even born.
Overcoming every challenge that came its way, Darien was once again second to none in the FCIAC last season, winning the conference title for the fourth straight year before claiming its third consecutive CIAC Class L boys lacrosse championship.
And the Blue Wave accomplished such feats while going undefeated for yet another season.
Possessing quality depth at every position, Darien is the favorite to add titles to its impressive collection, until someone can defeat it when the stakes are high.
For the first time in FCIAC history, someone other than Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich or Wilton played for a league championship in girls lacrosse last season. That team was Ridgefield, which went on to lose to the Blue Wave, 17-7.
A Darien firm has purchased WindCheck Magazine, which publishes 10 editions a year focused on sailing in the Northeast.
Cats Paw did not state what it paid Stratford-based Maritime Publications for WindCheck, which publishes 30,000 issues distributed from New Jersey to Massachusetts, with Maritime Publications also managing the annual Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex.
Pull the cork: Darien oenophile shares decades of knowledge in new book
Some people may have seen a dank, dark room with cobwebs, but Richard Chilton Jr. saw it as a ticket for the journey of a lifetime
STAMFORD — Reality show host Steve Wilkos made a brief appearance at the Stamford courthouse to put in his application for a court diversionary program that could erase a drunk driving charge that he picked up in Darien in January.
Wilkos, 53, swore to Judge Richard Comerford that he has not participated in the Alcohol Education Program in the past 10 years, but left the rest of the talking to his attorney Eugene Riccio.
A power outage has forced the CHSGHA state girls hockey tournament to move its games to Terry Connors Rink in Stamford Saturday.
The games were originally scheduled to be held at the Darien Ice House, but a power outage in the town forced the move. Darien will play Simsbury at 6:35 p.m., followed by New Canaan vs. West Haven at 8:20 p.m.
Greenwich High School’s girls skiing team concluded its season with a sixth-place showing at the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League State Open Championships Wednesday at Mount Southington.
The Cardinals finished with a team time of 283.55 seconds. Fairfield won the CISL State Open title with a combined team time of 276.60. Staples placed second with a time of 279.02 seconds, followed by Weston (281.46), Darien (282.63) and Joel Barlow (283.25).
STAMFORD — For all that’s been said about Maria Shriver’s family, career and personal life, the journalist and former California first lady argues few people know her beyond her name.
Prince Tech 107, Abbott Tech 35
Wilcox Tech 57, Goodwin Tech 48
No. 1 Sacred Heart 52, No. 2 Holy Cross 50
No. 3 Hamden 67, No. 4 Hillhouse 49
No. 1 Greenwich 10, No. 5 Fairfield 4
No. 2 Ridgefield 2, No. 3 Darien 1
SCC/SWC Division III semifinals
No. 2 Sheehan 6, No. 3 Hand 2
No. 4 BBD 4, No. 1 Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth/Coginchaug 3 (BBD wins on shootout)
Teacher from Stamford to walk out on job at Darien High unless Congress bans assault rifles
STAMFORD — Jennifer Ladd would like to be known as a dangerous woman, not because she wants to inflict harm but because she wants to stop it.
The Stamford resident, who teaches high school history in Darien, plans to walk out of her job on April 20, a national day of action against gun violence, unless Congress has by then banned assault weapons, instituted universal background checks and taken other measures to protect students from mass murderers.
Lauren Beccaria, senior, Fairfield Ludlowe
FAIRFIELD — The Darien girls basketball team — with its three six-foot players — presents a rare challenge for most opponents.
In the Class LL opener, Notre Dame-Fairfield found the answer.
Behind an aggressive zone, the No. 9 Lancers held No. 24 Darien to single digits in three out of four quarters, downing the Blue Wave 57-39 at home Monday night.
STAMFORD-An accounting executive at Continental BMW of Darien pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud involving the theft of over $ 1.1 million from the dealership.
A New York woman waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.1 million from Continental BMW of Darien.
Vanessa Vence-Small, 50, of New Windsor, N.Y. pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Vence-Small was the controller of Felix F. Callari, Inc., doing business as the Continental BMW of Darien automobile dealership.
Woman pleads guilty to embezzling $1.1M from car dealership
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former employee of a luxury Connecticut car dealership has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the business.
Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Vanessa Vence-Small, of New Windsor, New York, waived indictment and pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud.
Springer security director, talk show host Wilkos facing OUI
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a car crash in Connecticut last month.
Darien police say the 53-year-old Wilkos turned himself in Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.
All games start at 7 unless noted
WEDNESDAY FEB. 21
Greenwich at Bassick
Central at McMahon
Wilton at Ludlowe
Warde at Ridgefield
Norwalk at Darien
St. Joseph at Staples
Danbury at Trumbull
NVL final at Kennedy
No. 4 Sacred Heart vs. No. 3 Naugatuck
SCC final at East Haven
No. 2 East Haven vs. No. 1 Mercy
SWC final at Bunnell
No. 4 Kolbe Cathedral vs. No. 2 ND-Fairfield
Catholic Memorial (Mass.) vs. Fairfield Prep at Wonderland of Ice, 1
“Know your place.”
The column did not invite a favorable response from those invested in the Darien football program. Roses at the doorstep and thumbs up emojis via social media were not expected.
That column in The Hartford Courant in December had a simple premise yet held a determined view. Darien High did not deserve to be voted the top team in the state in either the coaches or media final football poll.
Julie Keckler, Trumbull hold off Darien in FCIAC girls basketball quarterfinals
NORWALK — Trumbull has been there before.
The defending FCIAC champion Golden Eagles knew from the start not to take Darien lightly in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
So when the No. 8 Blue Wave battled down to the final second, the top-seeded Eagles never blinked, holding off Darien 54-46 Saturday afternoon at Norwalk High School.
“I’m very proud of our girls and they really respected that eight seed,” Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch said. “That’s not a typical eight seed.”
In an odd twist, three of the four FCIAC girls basketball quarterfinal matchups are rematches of games that were blowouts.
The only team within 10 points of its opponent the first time around was No. 8 Darien, which lost by eight to No. 1 Trumbull.
That may lead people to believe the quarterfinals will not be competitive, but only if they have not been paying attention to the league this winter.
The Stamford Youngtimers 6th grade travel team improved to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in Fairfield County Basketball League play with two wins. First, the Youngtimers upended Wilton Blue, 35-21 behind 12 points from Maeve Petrizzi. Alanna Watson and Emily Sherman each scored five points for the 6th grade. Keyed by 12 more points from Petrizzi, Stamford then downed Southbury, 33-22. Isabella Mandel netted seven points and Sherman added six.
STAMFORD — Last Friday, Americans observed Groundhog Day, a pseudo-holiday that celebrates — or derides — the weather prediction of a large, toothy rodent.
So you can’t blame the Darwin folks for wanting their day, too.
“In this country, we have all kinds of designated days and holidays — Labor Day, Christmas, National Hot Dog Day, and so forth,” said Cary Shaw, a retired analytics professional from Norwalk. “But there’s not a clear day for honoring science.”
Business Briefs: Fairfielder promoted to VP, New law firm formed...
Fairfield resident Dan Walsh has been promoted to vice president of support services and facilities at Bridgeport Hospital. He was previously director of patient experience there and at the Park Avenue Medical Center in Trumbull.
Walsh joined Yale New Haven Health’s Greenwich Hospital in 2006, moving to Bridgeport Hospital in 2013 as associate director of patient relations.
He is a SUNY Purchase graduate with a master’s degree in public health policy and management from New York Medical College.
Landmark modernist home on Long Island Sound for sale
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — As a child, Chuck Smith remembers architecture fans frequently visiting his family's home, a glass-walled masterpiece by architect Richard Meier that became a modernist landmark.
A half century after it was built, the family has put the waterfront home in Darien up for sale, and Smith is hoping for a buyer who will appreciate what he likens to living inside a sculpture.
DARIEN — The Darien Police Department is seeking accreditation when a team of assessors examine the department’s policies and procedures on Feb. 8.
The assessors from the Police Officers Standards and Training Council will analyze the polices and procedures as they pertain to Tier II Liability and General Management. Should the department receive the accreditation, that means it meets the POST Council’s standards.