Today in History for November 16th
BRIDGEPORT - An Uber driver, accused of groping a female passenger, has applied for a pre-trial probation program.
Wael Salem, 50, of Linsley Lake Road, Branford, who is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, filed an application Thursday in Superior Court here for accelerated rehabilitation.
BRIDGEPORT - A judge on Wednesday refused to give permission to the lawyers for a Long Island woman, accused of making up rape allegations against two Sacred Heart University football players, to have the school records of the two young men.
“I am denying the motion and counsel can seek to issue subpoenas during the regular course of the trial,” Superior Court Judge William Holden ruled.
BRIDGEPORT - Steffan Jamur Kelly is on his way back to Texas.
“Have a safe trip,” Superior Court Judge William Holden bade him as he ordered the 30-year-old Kelly returned to Texas Wednesday where he allegedly tried to kill two deputy sheriffs in January.
Kelly had been the subject of a nationwide search until he was found hiding in a basement here last month.
Lawyer: Yovino will claim at trial she was raped by SHU football players
BRIDGEPORT -A Long Island woman, accused of making up rape allegations against two Sacred Heart University football players, will claim at trial that she was in fact sexually assaulted, her lawyer told a judge Thursday.
“Our defense is that these two young men did things to her that were a sexual assault and were against her will,” Ryan O’Neill told Superior Court Judge William Holden during a pretrial hearing.
“You are going to try these sexual assault allegations?” the judge asked.
BRIDGEPORT - A local hairdresser was charged Wednesday in the crash that killed a father of two children last June.
Dionna Silas, 24, of Bridgeport, was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle in the June 13 crash that killed 43-year-old Luis Batista of Bridgeport.
During Silas’ arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon, Superior Court Judge William Holden agreed to reduce her bond from $100,000 to house arrest.
BRIDGEPORT - A local man was charged Wednesday with repeatedly raping over a dozen years.
Orane Cole, 42, was charged with aggravated first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and threatening.
“This is one of the most horrendous statements of fact I have ever read,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told Superior Court Judge William Holden as Cole stood handcuffed before the judge Wednesday afternoon.
“And she prosecutes sexual assault cases,” the judge lamented.
BRIDGEPORT - A mentor for young men in the community was charged Wednesday with savagely beating a city councilwoman because she wouldn’t return his phone calls.
Sherman Perry, 44, the founder of Men’s Community Empowerment Group, was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with the assault on Feb. 22 of East Side Councilwoman Eneida Martinez.
Martinez was severely beaten in the face, head and shoulders and spent a week in Bridgeport Hospital.
BRIDGEPORT - Ordered not to have any dogs, Betty Lee appeared dejected as she left the courtroom Wednesday morning.
“And that means don’t pick up any strays either,” Superior Court Judge William Holden admonished her.
“What am I going to do?” the 5-foot tall, 72-year-old woman lamented as she left the Golden Hill Street courthouse.
Catfishing isn’t a new phenomenon. Just ask Bill Seacroft, the lead character in “Dear Ruth,” a hit Broadway play and film from the 1940s. After two years overseas, Seacroft gets a few days leave back in the U.S., and visits a pen pal he’s smitten over. Her name is Ruth, and she’s written him 60 times. But Ruth — or, at least, the “Ruth” who wrote him — is actually the real Ruth’s teenage sister, Miriam.
BRIDGEPORT - An UBER driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a female passenger.
Wael Salem, of Linsley Lake Road, Branford, was arrested Monday by state police and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
During an arraignment hearing late Monday afternoon the 50-year-old Salem repeatedly told Superior Court Judge William Holden that he did not speak English and intended to hire his own lawyer.
Today in History for November 16th
BRIDGEPORT - The bouncer at a local strip bar caused quite a stir as he rode his bicycle through the city’s East Side recently carrying an AR-15 assault rifle.
Louis Varvella, 49, of Alfred Street, was charged with breach of peace, illegal alteration of a firearms identification, possession of an assault rifle and possession of prohibited sized gun magazines.
BRIDGEPORT - A retired city police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting an employee in the Trumbull mall.
Garfield Burns, 62, was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree breach of peace.
During his arraignment hearing Thursday afternoon, Superior Court Judge William Holden ordered Burns to stay out of the Westfield Mall.
BRIDGEPORT — A large crowd filled the arraignment courtroom at Golden Hill Street Wednesday as seven alleged gang members, netted in a sweep by a local/state police task force, were brought in.
Many wore Chicago Bulls hats and shirts, the red and black being the colors of the East End Boyz.
“Love you, baby,” shouted a young woman, as Rahim “Jay” Tucker was brought before Superior Court Judge William Holden.
Alleged grave robber ordered to stay away from cemetery
BRIDGEPORT - A Bronx, N.Y., man, charged with stealing the cremated remains of 18 people from a Stratford cemetery, was ordered Monday to stay away from the cemetery.
Aneudy Davila, appeared out of sorts as he stood before Superior Court Judge William Holden, exposing his bright-red underwear to the people seated on the benches behind him.
BRIDGEPORT - His right arm in a cast, his left eye blackened, Joseph Guzman-Rivera - who police said killed a woman and injured two bicyclists after fleeing state police Thursday - was arraigned on drug charges Friday.
“Mr. Guzman-Rivera is presumed innocent, I understand there is an ongoing investigation and I ask everyone to withhold judgment until that investigation is concluded,” Guzman-Rivera’s lawyer, Michael Riley, said from the steps of the Golden Hill Street courthouse.
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BRIDGEPORT - A man awaiting trial on gun charges was charged Tuesday in the death of a former Stratford man who police said died from an asthma attack after being pepper sprayed.
Latrel Baker, 20, of Burnsford Avenue, was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the April 27 death of 26-year-old Victor Diaz.
BRIDGEPORT - A man twice arrested for allegedly masturbating on Madison Avenue, including once in front of the open bay of the fire station, was granted a special form of probation Wednesday.
“I’m concerned with the compulsive nature of the continued conduct,” Superior Court Judge William Holden said as Eric Grant rocked back and forth in front of him.
But the judge did agree to grant the 41-year-old Grant a psychiatric pretrial probation program.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Sam Elliott is thinking about the old days. About when he was just starting out in Hollywood in the late 60s as a contract player for 20th Century Fox, getting paid $85 a week and paying $85 a month for a little bachelor apartment near the studio gate. About how William Holden once took him to get a French Dip sandwich to calm his nerves after he froze up in a scene. About working with Jimmy Stewart and Slim Pickens and Ben Johnson.
BRIDGEPORT - Fairfield Police Detective Stephen Rilling was one of the most successful narcotics investigators in the Police Department.
But police said he was also stealing back from the department thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin pills.
On Friday morning the 40-year-old Rilling, the son of Norwalk’s mayor Harry Rilling, will be facing a Superior Court judge. This time as a criminal defendant.
BRIDGEPORT - A Stratford man, charged in the drive-by killing of a man who had just gotten out of prison, was not the shooter, his lawyer argued Tuesday.
“It is a big leap to say the evidence against my client is strong,” John R. Gulash argued as his client, 24-year-old Brandyn Ford, stood before Superior Court Judge William Holden.
BRIDGEPORT - A 15-year-old Trumbull youth charged with kidnapping and raping an 8-year-old girl will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Quincy Andrews, of Ash Circle in Trumbull, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree aggravated sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint, fourth-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact and threatening.
BRIDGEPORT - She was trained to help people but police said Ayanna Woodward didn’t even pause to see if the 80-year-old man she struck with her car was all right before leading police on a chase.
The 29-year-old Woodward, a certified nursing assistant, was arraigned Monday for allegedly killing David Hadden with her car while driving drunk.
BRIDGEPORT - A local man, who police said fled to Florida after fatally shooting another man in a Madison Avenue restaurant last September, is back in the Park City.
Douglas Rivas, 34, who is charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm and illegally firing a firearm, was brought before Superior Court Judge William Holden.
After reviewing police reports, the judge ordered Rivas held in lieu of $1 million and continued the case to May 16.
BRIDGEPORT -A Monroe woman, who police said let her 10-year-old drive her car while she recorded it for Facebook, was granted a probation program Friday.
Lisa Nussbaum, 38, of Meadow Brook Drive, let out a loud sigh of relief and promised she would never do it again after Superior Court Judge William Holden granted her accelerated rehabilitation.
Smart Rating: 88.20Genre: ActionStarring: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance TowersDuring the Civil War, Col. John Marlowe (John Wayne) is tasked with leading a Union cavalry division to raze a Confederate railroad depot. Marlowe faces further challenges as a result of his frequent disagreements with the regiment's surgeon, Maj. Henry Kendall (William Holden), and the presence of Miss Hannah Hunter (Constance Towers), a Southern belle who overhears Marlowe's secret plans and is brought along to prevent her from spreading the word.
BRIDGEPORT - A large crowd filled the courtroom at Golden Hill Street Friday as 19-year-old Tikhari Morton was arraigned Friday for fatally shooting a local teen and wounding a Stamford man last month.
Meanwhile, questions still abound why the shooting, which happened in a quiet North End neighborhood, occurred in the first place.
BRIDGEPORT - A city police officer was arraigned Wednesday on assault charges for allegedly beating a city resident following a car collision in September.
Davon Polite, a member of the force four years and the newly elected president of the department’s minority officer organization, The Guardians, stood before Superior Court Judge William Holden.
Polite, 30, is charged with second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.
BRIDGEPORT - He was just helping a buddy steal three pounds of marijuana but ended up shooting the dealer in self defense, police said Jovanne Brown confessed.
“I didn’t mean to do that to the (expletive), I was just there to make sure nothing bad happened,” police said Brown told them.
On Monday morning the 21-year-old Brown was arraigned before Superior Court Judge William Holden for fatally shooting 26-year-old Michael Watkins.
BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport Hospital physician pleaded not guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a male patient who went to him to see him for a heart exam.
Police said Dr. Louie Gangcuangco, instead of listening to the man’s heart, grabbed hold of his penis and pinched his nipples. The doctor then asked the patient if he wanted to go out to Red Lobster.
The 29-year-old Gangcuangco shifted from one foot to another as he stood before Superior Court Judge William Holden Thursday morning.
BRIDGEPORT - The family of an accused kidnapper went berserk, smashing a window in the Golden Hill Street courthouse Thursday after a judge refused to reduce the defendant’s bond.
Judicial marshals rushed to corral a man, identified as the brother of the defendant, Miguel Torres, as he smashed the window in the courthouse door only to find themselves blocked by a line of screaming family. The smasher, meanwhile, escaped, fleeing down Golden Hill Street.
BRIDGEPORT — City Council members have threatened to punish the Library Board over its recent decision to fire Library Director Scott Hughes.
There was even an online petition circulated — signed by 295 people — to totally purge the board and start from scratch.
All of that tough talk amounted to nothing last week, when the council reappointed two of Hughes’ most vocal critics — Board Chairman Jim O’Donnell and Superior Court Judge William Holden — to three year terms.
BRIDGEPORT - Police rescued a mother and her five children they said had been held in a cold basement for more than two days with no food and water.
The man police said held them there, a 42-year-old worker at a local Olive Garden with a history of violence, was later arrested outside the house.
Marlo Macklin, 42, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree assault, first-degree strangulation and five counts of risk of injury to a child.
BRIDGEPORT - Two local man wanted in connection with a grisly Massachusetts home invasion-murder, are refusing to be returned to the Bay State for trial.
During a hearing Monday in Superior Court here Ramon Milan, 37, and Jose Crespo-Rodriguez, 32, refused to waive extradition.
Superior Court Judge William Holden continued the case to Jan. 3 for a hearing.
Today in History for November 16th
BRIDGEPORT — Months short of his 10-year anniversary with the city, Library Director Scott Hughes is out of a job.
His bosses — the Library Board — voted 4-1 Wednesday to fire Hughes, who has been on probation since February because of alleged poor performance. He earns $116,000.
“I regret, perhaps, we didn’t do it before,” said William Holden, a reference to the past few months that the board has spent negotiating and sparring with Hughes and hand-wringing over his fate.
BRIDGEPORT - A 39-year-old school bus driver was being held in lieu of $200,000 bond after he was charged Monday with raping a 5-year-old girl.
Ricardo Julien, of Higgins Avenue, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child.
“The facts of this case are extremely disturbing,” Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told Superior Court Judge William Holden as Julien stood nearby, showing no emotion.
BRIDGEPORT - A National Guard soldier was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he picked up at the Danbury Fair mall.
After surrendering to police, 21-year-old Christopher Wright appeared before Superior Court Judge William Holden in uniform Monday afternoon.
He was charged with second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child. The judge ordered Wright held in lieu of $75,000 bond.
BRIDGEPORT - It was a happy ending for a Monroe Massage therapist when a jury Wednesday found him not guilty of sexually assaulting a female client.
“My client has been living with this for two years, maintaining his innocence,” said Tina Sypek D’Amato, who represented the therapist, 60-year-old Bruce Smith. “He lost his business, his license, it was a nightmare but the jury did the right thing, they made the right decision.”
BRIDGEPORT - For the second time in a month a Danbury man, charged with the murder of his teenaged daughter in Massachusetts, waived extradition Friday.
New Bedford law enforcement officials are very eager for the return of Walter DaSilva for prosecution there but they wanted to make sure everything was done just right.
BRIDGEPORT -A city woman was arrested Monday after police said she bit her boyfriend’s pinky finger off following an argument.
Regine Volcan, 34, a certified nursing assistant, was charged with second-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.
During the arraignment hearing Tuesday, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Dunn told Superior Court Judge William Holden that Volcan may argue a self-defense claim however, he said there is no evidence of that at...
BRIDGEPORT - Sometimes even hardened court personnel can be surprised.
Neftali Lugo had just been sentenced Thursday afternoon to three years in prison by Superior Court Judge William Holden on larceny a probation violation charges when Lugo asked the judge if he could speak to his mother who was sitting in the spectator section behind him.
The judge granted his request.
The 24-year-old Lugo turned, told his mother he was sorry and then, to the shock of...
BRIDGEPORT - A long-distance trucker, who police said stopped in the city to buy some drugs, ended up running over his dealer.
Lorenzo Doke, 33, was brought back from New York where police said he fled following the crime.
Doke was charged with first-degree manslaughter and evading responsibility with a motor vehicle and was ordered held in lieu of $400,000 bond by Superior Court Judge William Holden.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on July 2, police found the body...