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Stamford Advocate Police News

Stamford High School student killed in motorcycle crash on Lockwood Avenue, police say
05/18/2024

A 17-year-old Stamford High School student was killed in a motorcycle crash on Lockwood Avenue Friday night, officials said

Man rejects 40-year sentence offer in fatal Stamford bar stabbing from 2020
05/17/2024

Samuel Zapata-Herrera refused a 40-year sentence offer from the state on Thursday, meaning his case will go to a pretrial scheduled for June 27.

New Canaan firefighters battle blaze on Oak Street, chief says
05/17/2024

New Canaan Fire Chief Albert Bassett said crews battled a blaze at a home on Oak Street late Thursday morning.

Judge: Former CT student accused of fraud can return to Darien home, attend brother’s graduation
05/13/2024

A judge will allow Matthew Bergwall to stay with his mom in Darien while he searches for new apartment and attend his brother's Fairfield University graduation.

Stamford Man pleads guilty, sentenced to 4 years in 2021 shooting where no one was hurt
05/09/2024

Brandon Jones was initially charged with attempted murder, but pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal attempt at first-degree assault.

Judge orders re-arrest of NY man in Stamford slashing case
05/08/2024

A Superior Court judge ordered a New York man re-arrested on Tuesday after he was a no-show at a hearing in a Stamford slashing case.

Stamford Advocate Local News

Stamford High School student killed in motorcycle crash on Lockwood Avenue, police say
05/18/2024

A 17-year-old Stamford High School student was killed in a motorcycle crash on Lockwood Avenue Friday night, officials said

Cannabis use in dispensary parking lot? Some Stamford residents say it's a problem; owners disagree.
05/18/2024

Some residents have complained of consumption outside Curaleaf, which has sold cannabis for recreational use in addition to medical use since late January 2023.

Man rejects 40-year sentence offer in fatal Stamford bar stabbing from 2020
05/17/2024

Samuel Zapata-Herrera refused a 40-year sentence offer from the state on Thursday, meaning his case will go to a pretrial scheduled for June 27.

New Canaan firefighters battle blaze on Oak Street, chief says
05/17/2024

New Canaan Fire Chief Albert Bassett said crews battled a blaze at a home on Oak Street late Thursday morning.

Stamford Board of Reps censures Weinberg for ‘Animal Farm’ reference, other 'insensitive' remarks
05/16/2024

Stamford's Board of Representatives narrowly voted to censure Carl Weinberg for abrasive behavior, but recommended all members take sensitivity training.

Stamford English Learner teachers rally against plan to restructure department
05/14/2024

The Stamford Board of Education is set to vote on their budget — which may include the restructuring of the English Learner department — on Tuesday night.

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PGA Championship golfer accused of ignoring cop directing traffic, dragging him on median
05/17/2024

Scottie Sheffler was arrested on charges including assault after allegedly driving into a median to get around a crash scene, ignoring a cop and dragging him several feet

Ohio PD officer killed in ambush used last breaths to warn colleagues of danger
05/16/2024

“Officer Jacob Derbin is a hero. He did everything right," Euclid Police Department Chief Scott Meyer said

K-9 dies 'a happy boy' after suffering seizure while performing demonstration at elementary school
05/16/2024

K-9 Eli, described as a “brave, selfless dog," served with the Elizabeth Township Police Department since 2016

BWC: Thieves carrying cash register attempt to shuffle past Seattle officers, are arrested
05/16/2024

One suspect was detained immediately, while the other fled from officers before being found and arrested in a parking lot

BWC: NYPD cops jump onto subway tracks to save rider as train approaches
05/18/2024

“There was an oncoming train rapidly approaching the station,” the NYPD tweeted. “Officers sprang into action and without hesitation pulled him off the tracks"

Wash. State Patrol hires first transfer officer class under new law allocating funds to quicken training
05/18/2024

The 2023 law set aside money to expedite training for Washington State Patrol recruits who are already certified law enforcement officers

Public Safety Labor News

Court Reverses Decision Granting Retired Firefighters’ Retroactive Pension Adjustments
05/10/2024

IAFF Local 1148 represents firefighters in the City of Meriden, Connecticut. The parties were bound by a CBA spanning July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2015. The parties exercised a wage reopener provision in the final year of the contract. Those wage negotiations reached impasse, and interest arbitration h

Officers Were Not Speaking On Matter Of Public Concern In Joining Privacy Lawsuit
05/10/2024

James Taylor and Sheldon Scott were police officers in South Bend, Indiana. Taylor began in 1993 and was promoted to detective in 2005. He received numerous disciplinary actions, warnings, and reprimands throughout his career for an assortment of issues – mostly report writing. Scott began working a

Arbitration Award Upheld, Granting Disability Benefits To CO
05/10/2024

Justin Kerschner began working as a Corrections Officer in 2012, most recently at the State Correctional Institution at Frackville, Pennsylvania (SCI-Frackville). Kerschner was a member of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA), which maintained a collective bargaining agree

LEOSA Trumps NJ Statute Limiting Retired Officers’ Carry Rights
05/10/2024

The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) is a federal statute which sets forth requirements for qualified retired law enforcement officers to concealed-carry firearms throughout the United States. LEOSA specifically provides that “notwithstanding any other provision of the law of any State or

Criminal Charges Quashed Against Deputy After Detainee Died In Custody
05/10/2024

Ryan Chapman is a Deputy in the Caddo Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office (CPSO). In March 2021, CPSO received a tip about the whereabouts of Chad Deloach, a wanted felon with an active arrest warrant. Chapman and two other deputies arrived at the location where Deloach was said to be hiding and saw

Police Officer’s First Amendment Retaliation Claim Fails
05/10/2024

Stanley Mason worked as a police officer with the City of Waco, Texas Police Department for about 25 years until his resignation in 2019. Beginning in 2016, he hosted a Facebook Live broadcast, and later a radio blog, called “Behind the Blue Curtain,” covering topics related to policing. In June 201