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"BRIDGEPORT -- The present and the future of waterborne fire safety bobbed next to each other at the city pier Wednesday."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The old Engine 10 firehouse on Putnam Street on the city's East Side was state-of-the-art in its day -- but its day was 100 years ago."
"BRIDGEPORT -- What began as a string of Christmas Eve arsons in the Hollow turned into a homicide investigation after firefighters found the body of a man inside a burning home on Madison Court."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A Superior Court jury Tuesday cleared the city and one of its police officers of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man following a chase in 2008."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Two more police officers have been disciplined, including a member of the department's so-called SWAT team, after either failing or refusing to take drug tests. "
"Mayor Bill Finch and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited with the Bridgeport Fire Departments 21 fire recruit trainees on Aug. 29."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The Police Department's Narcotics and Vice Unit is facing possible shutdown after two members of the unit's Tactical Narcotics Team were suspended after testing positive for drug use."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Three city police officers were treated for smoke inhalation after they entered a burning State Street boarding house on Monday night to warn residents to evacuate."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Despite tough economic times, many city employees, especially police officers, took home well-padded paychecks that in some cases were double their base pay as a result of overtime."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A veteran police officer, who just a year ago received one of the Fairfield County Hero Awards for his work in fighting the East Side drug trade, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Every working fire scene is now a site for mock mayday training. Additional incident safety officers are available for night, weekend and holiday fires."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Several hundred people filled the city's Common Council chambers Friday night to greet the newest city police officers."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Two days after a 7-year-old boy was killed in a fire at a Highland Avenue home, the family faced renewed anguish when they returned to the house to find thousands of dollars worth of belongings had been stolen."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Firefighters who arrived at a Highland Avenue home for a house fire early Monday were met by a frantic family, led by a grandmother and mother who couldn't find their 7-year-old boy."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Investigators returned Tuesday to the scene of a fire on Highland Avenue that killed a 7-year-old boy to determine how the blaze began."
"BRIDGEPORT -- One year after recruiting efforts began, Bridgeport is set to hire 20 police officers with the help of a $5 million federal stimulus grant. The grant is administered under the COPS, or Community-Oriented Policing Services program, and will pay for the salaries and benefits of the 20 officers over three years."
"Listen. Pay close attention. Close your eyes and let your ears do their job. Follow these simple instructions and you'll hear it: the sound of ticking."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A Superior Court judge Thursday ordered the city to pay more than $3.4 million to the family of a mother and daughter killed four years ago when their car was broad-sided by a firetruck at a downtown intersection."
"The third report, issued last week, on the circumstances that contributed to the deaths last year of two Bridgeport firefighters was yet another indictment of the operation of the Bridgeport Fire Department."
"BRIDGEPORT ---- A sea of firefighters 400 strong from as far away as Boston, New York and beyond turned out Sunday for the dedication of a granite memorial that will forever honor Lt. Steven J. Velasquez and Firefighter Michel Baik, the two members of Ladder 11 who perished fighting a blaze in the three-story wood-frame house one year ago."
"BRIDGEPORT -- As long as there is a Bridgeport Fire Department, July 24 will always be remembered."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Bridgeport fire officials' failure on nearly every level led to the deaths of two firefighters battling a West Side blaze last July, a federal report has concluded."
"The proposal, anticipated to be approved by the Senate Tuesday or Wednesday, would allow Bridgeport to pay $7 million rather than $20 million in the coming fiscal year into a pension plan covering certain police and firefighters."
"Despite being home to the Times Square car bomber and scores of Sept. 11 victims, Fairfield County emerged as a loser in the latest round of homeland security funding, a snub that is being blasted by regional leaders."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Deputy Police Chief James Honis, who has more than 30 years of service in the department, was placed on paid administrative leave late Tuesday afternoon pending an investigation into an allegation of a serious criminal nature, Police Chief Joseph Gaudett announced in a tersely worded release."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Tim Quinn, the information officer for the city's Police Department, resigned Friday, about a week after he sent the news media a culturally insensitive email suggesting that generic cartoon mug shots of criminal defendants could be created with such names as "Miguel the Murderer" and "Tyrone the Thief.""
"BRIDGEPORT -- The American Red Cross is providing aid Wednesday to 23 residents -- 15 adults and 8 children -- after an early morning blaze on Arctic Street Tuesday."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The latest allegation of racial discrimination within the city's fire department is causing a rift between Mayor Bill Finch, Fire Chief Brian Rooney and a group of current and retired minority firefighters."
"If any group of workers needs to maintain a culture of mutual respect, the men and women who fight fires would seem to be near the top of the list."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The Firebird Society of Bridgeport, which represents the city's minority firefighters, is calling for the firing of a white firefighter the group said used the n-word in conversation last month."
"A judge on Monday granted the accelerated rehabilitation program to a Shelton man accused of pouring a corrosive acid onto his neighbors water supply fittings."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Fire ravaged five Fairfield Avenue businesses, displaced more than a dozen tenants in the heart of the city's Black Rock section Saturday, and brought out more than 200 spectators spread over several blocks to watch the blaze."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The city and its fire department have reached a tentative contract agreement that could result in $1.3 million in taxpayer savings resulting from a hiring freeze, no pay raises for two years, doubled employee health care contributions and the conversion of overtime pay to straight pay for three months."
"HARTFORD -- Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is quietly working behind the scenes in the General Assembly to extend a moratorium and postpone paying as much as $20 million in city contributions for police and firefighter pensions."
"BRIDGEPORT -- William Cosgrove made history Wednesday night when he became the city's first permanent fire marshal."
"WETHERSFIELD -- The state Department of Labor Office of Safety and Health released no additional information Monday on the evidence that led it to cite the Bridgeport Fire Department for five violations of regulations during the July 24 blaze that killed two firefighters."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The families of two fallen firefighters are angry over a state agency's investigation that faulted the city of Bridgeport in the July 24 fire."
"George Bal chooses his words with care. They are deliberate. It's as though he turns over each one, examining its contours and whether it conveys what he wants to convey."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The Bridgeport Fire Department has been charged with five serious state safety violations in the July 24 blaze that killed two firefighters."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Two people were injured while jumping out of a burning building late Tuesday morning in a two-alarm fire at 19 Rockridge Circle."
"BRIDGEPORT -- One man was killed and dozens made homeless after a Saturday afternoon fire erupted inside a Fairfield Avenue rooming house, officials said."
"For the first time in the city's history, the examination process will require all applicants to obtain a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test certification, dated June 1, 2010 or later, issued by the State of Connecticut Fire Academy."
"In the event of a disaster affecting the region, individual municipalities are responsible for providing shelter if needed."
"HARTFORD -- A Bridgeport fire captain who was terminated in the wake of the city's global-positioning-system scandal of 2007, has won a victory in his attempt to regain his job."
"BRIDGEPORT -- When Sgt. Charles Paris became president of the police union last fall, he discovered 10-year-old plans to construct a police memorial in front of police headquarters on Congress Street."
"This was one emergency call that firefighters at Fire Station 2 on Jennings Road in Fairfield were glad to receive."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Moments after the official swearing-in of the city's new police chief Monday afternoon, Mayor Bill Finch grabbed Joseph Gaudett Jr. by the shoulder."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Frankie Estrada, Jr., Adrian and Russell Peeler, Aaron Harris, Quinne Powell, Edwin Sanchez, Luke Jones -- the names read like a who's who of the city's biggest and baddest drug dealers."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The family of a city woman and her three children, who died in a fire in their West Side apartment in November 2009, claim their deaths were the result of the negligence of city officials, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A veteran police lieutenant was fired and four other officers were suspended up to a year without pay for conspiring to cover-up a drunk-driving hit-and-run crash involving one of the officers."
"BRIDGEPORT -- One month after a stubborn blaze prompted the city's Condemnation Board to order demolition of the former Remington Arms plant on Barnum Avenue, city officials are scrambling to find the funds to take down the buildings."
"SHELTON -- Police seized a dozen containers of cleaning compounds, automobile fluids and chemicals including three gallons of Muriatic acid from a Bridgeport firefighter's shed Sept. 5 after viewing a video allegedly showing he poured something onto a neighbor's main water line."
" DERBY -- The appearance was brief. But the warning was stern."
"WATERBURY -- A dropped glove, an unrelated death and an eyewitness account enabled Waterbury police to charge the Bridgeport police arson chief and the godfather to her daughter with torching the cop's personal car for personal gain -- $16,654.78 in insurance proceeds."
"SHELTON -- Ask people in the Woodland Mobile Home Park what kind of neighbor Edward Voccola is, and several respond "Jekyll and Hyde;" "wanna be cop" and "a problem resident.""
"SHELTON -- Police arrested a veteran Bridgeport firefighter after he allegedly was videotaped pouring a toxic acid onto his neighbor's water supply fittings in the Woodland Mobile Home Park as a result of an apparent ongoing dispute."
"Kimberly Biehn, 41, a veteran police detective who is also a member of the Police Department's Identification Unit, was arrested by Waterbury police and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree arson, fraud and insurance fraud."
"Formal demolition of the building was set to begin at 7 a.m. Monday morning with a large crane that is being brought over from Long Island, N.Y. At 9:30 a.m. city officials will be meeting at the site."
"A total of 2,500 bikers, many of them firefighters and police from throughout the region, gathered for the 10th annual event."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The city must train and return police officials to supervise its Emergency Communications Operations Center now staffed by civilians, according to a ruling by the state Board of Labor Relations."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The Board of Fire Commissioners on Wednesday will review the pension requests for Marianne Velasquez and Laurie Baik, the widows of two city firefighters who died nearly one month ago fighting a blaze in the city's West Side."
"The city of Bridgeport suffered a great loss when two of its Bravest -- Lt. Steven Velasquez and Firefighter Michel Baik -- died in the line of duty during a fire on Elmwood Avenue."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Nearly two weeks after two city firefighters died battling a fire in an illegal third-floor apartment on Elmwood Avenue, the investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths remains in full swing and is likely to continue for weeks."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The spouses of two firefighters who died in a blaze on Elmwood Avenue on July 24 would be the first beneficiaries of an indefinite tax abatement established through a city ordinance enacted in 2007."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Lt. Steven Velasquez was remembered as a "superhero" who would never shrink from a challenge, however dangerous, at his funeral Friday morning in St. Augustine Cathedral on Washington Avenue."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Police and fire officials on Wednesday were finalizing plans meant to avoid gridlock on city streets and Interstate 95 Friday with thousands of people expected to descend upon the city for the funerals of two fallen firefighters, as well as the annual Gathering of the Vibes."
"BRIDGEPORT ---- Gov. M. Jodi Rell Tuesday morning personally consoled -- with hugs and handshakes -- 16 members of the Ocean Terrace firehouse, who are still trying to come to grips with the loss of two or their own."
"It has been the summer of the siren in Bridgeport, the whoops and wails of vehicles with officers, medics and firefighters racing to calamities of staggering frequency."
"FAIRFIELD -- Dennis Eannotti arrives at the firehouse on Reef Road to start his shift. The first thing he does is go over to the rack and his turnout gear -- hat, pants and coat."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Lt. Steven Velasquez and Firefighter Michel Baik were on the third-floor of the wood-frame home at 41 Elmwood Ave., checking for hot spots and making sure there were no people in the smoldering blaze."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The third-floor apartment where two firefighters lost their lives battling a blaze Saturday was not a certified living space and had likely not been inspected by fire officials in many years."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Michel Baik always lived to serve others. But two years ago, he took his service to a new level."
"BRIDGEPORT -- For Lt. Steven Velasquez, one of two firefighters who died in an Elmwood Avenue fire Saturday, nothing was as important as being the best at three things: the roles of father, husband and firefighter."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Lt. Steven Velazquez and Firefighter Michel Baik were on the third-floor of the wood-frame home at 41 Elmwood Ave., checking for hot spots and making sure there were no people in the smoldering blaze."
"BRIDGEPORT -- On what was perhaps the most stifling night of what has been one of the most torrid summers in memory, neighbors congregated on their stoops, streets and sidewalks Saturday evening to discuss what has been the deadliest day for the Bridgeport Fire Department in anyone's memory."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A new sick and injury leave policy for the city's police department will wait another month, after more questions came up during a discussion Tuesday night at a meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Year after year at Christmastime, the same people are struck by illness."
"In his summary judgment, Judge Chatigny held that City officials presented overwhelming evidence establishing that both Morales and Hernandez were terminated for valid, performance related reasons wholly unconnected to their Hispanic ancestry, as they had claimed in their suit against Rooney and six other city officials."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A middle-aged woman is in critical condition following a dramatic leap from a fourth-floor window to escape the fire that gutted her East Side apartment Thursday afternoon, fire officials said."
"City unions are again scrambling to figure out ways to avoid layoffs and balance the city's budget, while the Bridgeport Education Association crosses its arms and refuses to play."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The family of a city woman and her three children who died in a fire in their West Side apartment last November filed notices Wednesday they intend to sue the city and the Bridgeport Housing Authority for negligently causing the deaths."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Discontent is festering in the city's police and fire departments as each tries to adapt to a new dispatch system that some say is working well and others call a mess."
"The city has combined its emergency dispatch centers under one roof at 581 North Washington Ave. and switched to a full civilian staff with help from a federal grant, hoping to increase efficiency, save money and update an antiquated system."
""We think this is a great idea. It's going to save lives by giving us the chance to install new smoke alarms and replace outdated batteries," said Fire Chief Brian Rooney."
"A federal appeals court Tuesday allowed a group of white Bridgeport police officers to be heard on a proposed order to settle a 32-year-old racial discrimination case brought by black officers against the department."
"It's Tiana Black's fault."
"Fleming contends the apartment's five ionization smoke detectors didn't begin sounding until the air in Black's apartment -- Unit 205 of Building 12 at the public housing complex -- was virtually unbreathable."
"BRIDGEPORT ---- The Fire Department has promoted one lieutenant to the rank of captain, 19 pumper engineers to the rank of lieutenant and 11 firefighters to the rank of pumper engineer."
"BRIDGEPORT -- From 1867 to 1970, the Remington Arms manufacturing complex on the city's East Side was among the busiest ammunition factories in the world, employing as many as 17,000 workers at times."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A stubborn blaze heavily damaged a vacant factory Sunday night that fire officials say is the site of many previous fires."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A city police sergeant is awaiting a decision by the police commissioners on whether he can retire on disability after city attorneys and council members agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against him and the city."
"BRIDGEPORT ---- The number of people left homeless by an early morning fire Sunday in the city's Hollow neighborhood now stands at 18, Red Cross officials said Monday."
"The first signs of the bedbug invasion at the Station 15 firehouse on Evers Street came about two months ago, city firefighters said."
"Now, a watchdog group of residents that has tried to look into the tragedy contends that city officials and the Bridgeport Housing Authority have all but ignored their requests for information, as well as their suggestions."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A day before he abruptly left his job as Stratford's human resources director, Edmund Winterbottom began a new job at a familiar place -- Bridgeport City Hall."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A man died early Monday when a fire broke out in a ninth-floor apartment at 2370 North Ave., officials said."
"A former police officer seriously injured in a crash, which he claimed was caused by his partner driving negligently in a high-speed chase three years ago, will receive nearly $500,000 from the city."
""It is possible, and highly probable in this case, that the detector did not go off until there was so much smoke that she wouldn't be able to see your hand in front of your face," Fleming said, referring to Tiana Black, the 22 year-old mother of the three children. "That's why she didn't get out.""
"BRIDGEPORT -- Twins Khadijah and Khalisa Ford, 15, didn't expect Santa to come knocking on the back door of their second-story Madison Avenue walk-up at suppertime earlier this week."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Wendy Rudolph, whose cousin Tiana Black perished with her three small children last month in a fire at the P.T. Barnum housing complex, told the Board of Education Monday there has been such an outpouring of support that the funeral and all related expenses have been fully paid."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The settlement between the city and 12 white firefighters who were bumped down the promotional list when a test was re-scored last year will cost the city more than $100,000 -- a price tag some call relatively cheap."
"BRIDGEPORT ---- Mayor Bill Finch, acquiescing to complaints from a citizens' group investigating the fire at the P.T. Barnum Apartments that claimed the life of a young mother and her three children, has agreed to open future meetings of his own task force on fire safety to the public."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The town of Fairfield has filed a claim against the city for reimbursement to cover the cost of repairing a Fairfield firetruck struck by a Bridgeport police cruiser last month."
"Settlement of the Bridgeport lawsuits filed was announced Tuesday, after lawyers representing the white firefighters said this summer that their position was bolstered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that favored white firefighters in New Haven who had made similar arguments."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Mayor Bill Finch said Monday the city will ask the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for money to pay for installing fire sprinklers throughout the P.T. Barnum Apartments public housing complex, where a family of four perished in a blaze three weeks ago."
"BRIDGEPORT ---- A standing-room-only crowd of about 1,000 people packed Mount Aery Baptist Church on Thursday as distraught relatives, friends and neighbors paid their last respects to the young family of four that perished in a fire last Friday at the P.T. Barnum Apartments public housing complex."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A fire-safety program for students at Longfellow School will begin Monday, and state Rep. Don Clemons will push for a legislative review of the state building code as officials consider ways to prevent tragedies like the Nov. 13 fire that claimed the lives of a young mother and her three children at the P.T. Barnum Apartments housing complex."
"BRIDGEPORT ---- The former president of the Bridgeport Firebirds, which represents the city's black and Latino firefighters, said Wednesday that upper-floor apartments at the P.T. Barnum Apartments public housing complex are unsafe in the wake of a fire there last Friday that claimed the lives of a young mother and her three children."
"Bridgeport Police Capt. Lynn Kerwin was sworn in as the departments assistant chief Monday night in the City Hall council chambers. She was one of 17 officers to be promoted at the ceremony."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The smoky fire that killed a mother and her three young children early Friday at the P.T. Barnum Apartments public housing complex ignited on the kitchen range, officials said Monday, with one fire commander calling the deaths particularly tragic because "nobody" should have died in what he called a "minor" fire."
"Slowly, and quietly, firefighters walked down to unit 205, carrying flower bouquets that they added to the growing tribute to Tiana Black and her three young children, killed in a fire early Friday morning. "
"BRIDGEPORT -- Lynn Kerwin may be too modest for her own good."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Tiana Black's kids were happy."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A mother and her three children died early this morning in a fire that swept through their unit at the P.T. Barnum Apartments public housing complex in the city's West End."
"BRIDGEPORT ---- Only one door leads in and out of the upper units at the P.T. Barnum Apartments, and in the wake of the Friday blaze that claimed the lives of a young mother and her three children, some residents of the public housing complex contend those dwellings are potential fire traps."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The first evidence and testimony in the case against five officers suspended last month for unspecified reasons will be heard by police commissioners in December, despite pleas by the cops' lawyers to wait until after Jan. 1."
"BRIDGEPORT -- There wouldn't be as much freedom for city officials to stonewall judges -- or anyone else -- requesting public records under a measure introduced Monday."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A civilian police dispatcher threatened to deliberately mishandle emergency calls when he was taken into custody at a city nightclub, police said."
"Just when it seemed like things were getting a little dull in Bridgeport, City Hall fought back with a late summer rally."
"The fire marshal's office has been dispatching fire inspectors to neighborhoods with the task of enforcing the state fire code, Deputy Fire Marshal William Cosgrove said."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Weeks before Civil Service Director Ralph Jacobs was fired, city blogs buzzed with rumors that the personnel director would likely be canned for not playing nice with the Finch administration."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A settlement may be imminent in three federal cases involving 12 white firefighters who claim their rights were violated when the city rescored a lieutenant's exam and then promoted from the new list while an appeal was pending."
"For the first time, the Bridgeport Police Department has started random drug testing of officers."
"NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A dozen white firefighters in Bridgeport are hoping that a recent Supreme Court decision in favor of their counterparts in New Haven will boost their own discrimination complaint against Connecticut's largest city."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A Cityview Avenue family credits a free smoke detector for alerting them to an early-morning fire Monday, rousing them from sleep and helping them to escape their home unscathed."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The city firefighter ticketed last month for reckless driving has a history of public disturbances and erratic behavior, according to police and court records in three area towns."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Acting Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. told the six police officers sworn in to higher ranks on Wednesday that they should consider themselves "mini-chiefs" in their areas of influence."
"Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that New Haven unfairly denied promotions to white firefighters because it feared being sued by minorities who scored poorly on tests will set new standards for hiring and promotions, some legal experts said, and may have a dramatic impact on a similar case involving Bridgeport."
"Complaint over exam rescoring splits Bridgeport's bravest along racial lines"
"BRIDGEPORT -- A dozen white firefighters claim they were frozen out of a lieutenant promotion after the city rescored and reranked an eligibility list because the exam discriminated against black and Hispanic candidates."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A 19-year city fire lieutenant terminated in July 2007 for shoving a captain at a fire scene has returned to work under a decision by state labor arbitrators."
"Michael Candela, like all Bridgeport firefighters and like most of the rest of us, did not get a bonus last year."
""It's our intent to make sure the public understands that it's their sacrifice and hard work that's going to balance the budget," Finch said during a brief event at the Fire Department's headquarters on Congress Street."
"NEW HAVEN -- A federal judge penned the beginning of the end of more than 25 years of court oversight of the Bridgeport Police Department when she granted it autonomy for the next 18 months."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Police officers are working overtime to make up for deep staff reductions in the Police Department's records room."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A knotted rope found Jan. 15 in Fire Department Headquarters that was mistaken for a noose was really a slipknot used to hold a door closed."
"BRIDGEPORT -- There are things Doree Price won't do -- like ski the black diamond trails. But one thing that doesn't faze her is taking on the management of the new combined 911 dispatch center in a city that fields 100,000 emergency calls a year."
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"BRIDGEPORT -- In the early 1990s, provisional Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Petrucelli ran the Fire Department's administrative side with ledgers and paper checks."
"BRIDGEPORT -- A new police contract that defers raises for two years and contributes $824,000 toward reducing this year's $20 million deficit has won final approval from the City Council."
"Santa Claus came to seven Luis Munoz Marin School students two days early as firefighters dished out Christmas cheer at the fire station on Bridgeport's Boston Avenue Tuesday night."
"Bridgeport residents learned how the police are using crime statistics and computer software to better respond to problems in Bridgeports neighborhoods during a recent community forum."
"BRIDGEPORT -- People with criminal records would have a better shot at getting city jobs under a proposed policy change that would make the criminal background portion of the Civil Service application a separate question."
"BRIDGEPORT -- They're separated by 3,200 miles of ocean, but they have nearly as much in common as a pair of socks."
"The reason for the hold on layoffs appears primarily attributable to union and civil service rules, and the mayor's apparent lack of knowledge about both."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Was it a parting shot or a mistake?"
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"BRIDGEPORT -- Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. had a long first day on the job Wednesday."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Deputy Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr., a married father of two, is now in charge of a second family: the Bridgeport Police Department."
"BRIDGEPORT -- With the approach of Oct. 24, the last day on the job for 15 police officers laid off by Mayor Bill Finch, both the police union president and several members of the Board of Police Commissioners are suggesting alternative ways to close the city budget's ballooning deficit."
"The rookies will earn about $42,000 a year to start, and join 432 other uniformed officers."
"BRIDGEPORT -- In what fire officials say has become a dangerous and chronic problem, two more fires broke out over the weekend at the historic and sprawling former Remington Arms complex."
"BRIDGEPORT--A raging fire consumed an abandoned house on West Avenue shooting bright orange flames as high as 50 feet in the air which forced firefighters and police to evacuate nearby residents close down two streets and detour traffic at 8:45 p.m. Saturday."
"SHELTON -- A city resident with a long resume of firefighting experience, but no connection to the city's department, has been named chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Three days after announcing a second round of citywide layoffs, Mayor Bill Finch on Thursday finally released the names of the 31 employees given their pink slips this week."
"Police, fire, and EMS officials representing Fairfield and other nearby towns marched down the Post Road to St. Thomas Aquinas Church this past Sunday to participate in the 6th Annual "Blue Mass." "
"BRIDGEPORT -- A two-alarm fire at a fully-occupied, six-family home at 515 Gregory St. early Thursday left at least 15 people homeless."
"BRIDGEPORT Fire Inspector Nicholas Novia, recently fired on departmental charges that he failed to make inspections and falsified reports, last night lost his appeal to the city's Board of Fire Commissioners to keep his job."
"BRIDGEPORT The city is re-establishing the job of assistant police chief, an administrator whose goal will be to help cut the huge overtime piled up by the department."
"The mayor has also ordered the Police Department to cut in half the nearly $9 million in overtime paid last year. The Fire Department, which also spends millions on overtime, is also being asked to cut back."
"BRIDGEPORT After more than two decades as an elections moderator for the city and four years as chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners, Thomas L. Kanasky had enough."
"BRIDGEPORT A recently promoted Fire Department captain was suspended for a day for allegedly sexually harassing a female colleague."
"BRIDGEPORT Construction workers ruptured a natural gas main at Fairfield Avenue near Ellsworth Street Thursday night, closing down the road for nearly two hours and snarling both automobile and train traffic."
"BRIDGEPORT Fire Marshal Bruce Collins has been issued a written warning, more fallout from the chief's investigation into the Fire Marshal Division that has sparked the termination of six fire inspectors."
"BRIDGEPORT Police and fire officials Wednesday continued to investigate the firebombing of an East Side business that has a towing contract with the city."
"BRIDGEPORT In the wake of a city police officer's arrest in Ansonia on charges of pistol-whipping and kidnapping a female colleague, a member of the Board of Police Commissioners wants the issue of fraternization between officers examined."
"BRIDGEPORT The Police Department has been caught in a "perfect storm" of fiscal, management and legal problems, but the department must, and will, continue to protect and serve, Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood said Wednesday."
"BRIDGEPORT Nearly half the Bridgeport Police Union Local 1159 has voted "no confidence" in Chief Bryan T. Norwood and Mayor Bill Finch."
"BRIDGEPORT Police officers racked up nearly $9 million in overtime last year, contributing to the city's fiscal year-end budget deficit of a whopping $19 million."
"Bridgeport police Officer Andre Orbegozo allegedly was armed with a gun and wearing gloves and a bulletproof vest as he waited for his ex-girlfriend to arrive at her home before kidnapping her at gunpoint, States Attorney Kevin Lawlor said Thursday."
"BRIDGEPORT Fire Capt. Nicholas Novia, a former fire inspector, has been fired after officials, using evidence gathered by global positioning satellite units in fire marshal vans, accused him of failing to carry out assignments."
"NEW HAVEN The power to administer, assign and discipline his officers will be returning to Bridgeport's police chief for the first time in 25 years this fall."
"From the Wood Avenue firehouse, it took seven minutes for the two companies to respond to a fast-moving blaze at 2345 Fairfield Ave., where a husband, wife and their 1-year-old son died of smoke inhalation."
"Leonard Alterio, a 43-year-old member of the Bridgeport police department, punched the off-duty officer who found him in a local park shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, according to court records."
"BRIDGEPORT An elderly city woman, who died after the car her daughter was driving hit a fire truck died last year, filed suit today against the city and the fire truck driver."
"After 18 years working as the city's harbor master, which included drafting plans about waterfront development and, more recently, homeland security issues, Savino has one thing in mind for his retirement, effective June 27."
"The firefighters based at Ocean Terrace nicknamed "7-11" because of the numerals designating the units officially moved back in Friday, according to Capt. Luis Rivera Jr., a Fire Department spokesman."
"BRIDGEPORT The woman who died in an early Friday morning fire in her Saunders Avenue home was desperately reaching for her keys to open the locked door when she died, fire officials said."
"BRIDGEPORT A man rescued his bedridden 76-year-old neighbor after a fire broke out in her Cottage Street apartment bathroom Monday evening."
"BRIDGEPORT Just three months after a major fire gutted a section of the historic and sprawling former Remington Arms complex, a Sunday blaze ripped through the upper stories of another long vacant brick building at the Helen Street site."
"No, this was not a horrible nightmare just part of "Fire Ops 101," an event designed to give politicians and media people like me a taste of life as a professional firefighter."
"BRIDGEPORT The days will turn sultry before the Ocean Terrace firehouse, closed since December, will return to full operation."
"BRIDGEPORT The American Red Cross Mid-Fairfield County Chapter Sunday night was assisting 11 persons displaced from their three-family apartment house at 723 Wood Ave. during a morning fire."
"BRIDGEPORT A Superior Court judge yesterday threw out the Police Department's latest detective promotional list, ruling it has an adverse impact on African-Americans and violates federal law."
"BRIDGEPORT A former fire inspector from the city Fire Marshal Division has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation."
"BRIDGEPORT More than 14,000 free smoke detectors have been installed in city homes since 2005, but to Fire Chief Brian Rooney, that's not enough."
"BRIDGEPORT An early-morning fire at a West Side duplex left about 10 people homeless today."
"BRIDGEPORT Fire officials have won permission from the Zoning Board of Appeals for extended use of a trailer to house firefighters on Ocean Terrace while repairs are completed on the firehouse."
"BRIDGEPORT Four city fire inspectors have been fired after a lengthy investigation showed they spent workdays visiting friends, taking care of rental properties and spending time at home and doughnut shops."
"BRIDGEPORT An ad for a city Fire Department captain might read: a successful candidate must command firefighters, run into burning buildings and, when not busy outside, make sure paperwork gets done on time."
"BRIDGEPORT City and state officials gathered Monday near the Beardsley Park site where four people drowned last July 4 to confirm previously announced plans to use state money to pay for safety measures."
"BRIDGEPORT A fire damaged a press at the Connecticut Post's printing plant at 600 State St. shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday."
"On Friday, the 23 recruits in the Bridgeport Fire Department's latest firefighter class got a taste of some of the less glamorous parts of the job not found in children's books."
"BRIDGEPORT City police officers better keep a good supply of dog biscuits on hand these days the department's canine force is growing."
"BRIDGEPORT An East Side apartment house manager is being called a hero today after he pushed a burning plow truck away from the complex."
"BRIDGEPORT Former and current firefighters and local parents had mixed reactions Thursday to the city's handling of the emergency closure of the Ocean Terrace fire station last year, at a hearing down the street at Longfellow School that got emotional at times."
"BRIDGEPORT Frank Gerardi, one of five city fire inspectors who allegedly used his department minivan for personal business, has been fired."
"Although Sherwood said the city has "overstocked the pond," meaning it is hiring more firemen than actually needed to fill vacant positions, he said having more on the payroll would decrease overtime. He said expected retirements and resignations would quickly erase any surplus in the number of firefighters."
"BRIDGEPORT The Ocean Terrace fire station closed suddenly late last year for emergency repairs just before an intense, fatal fire hit a nearby home could re-open in six weeks, Fire Chief Brian Rooney told about 20 residents of the Black Rock neighborhood Wednesday night."
"BRIDGEPORT A Monday afternoon fire that struck an eight-bay garage on the East Side destroyed several cars in the structure."
"BRIDGEPORT One woman was seriously burned and nine others in two Vietnamese families were left homeless when a fire erupted at a Wood Avenue home early this morning."
"Heavy smoke and flames consumed the top floor of the Helen Street facility, which has been vacant for more than 10 years."
"BRIDGEPORT A smoky fire Wednesday gutted a section of the historic factory complex that once housed the sprawling Remington Arms operations."
"BRIDGEPORT U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, says the city's Board of Police Commissioners is not doing enough to support Police Chief Bryan Norwood's efforts to reform and improve the department."
"BRIDGEPORT Amavi Sodjen was apparently lighting a kerosene heater in his second-floor apartment at 230-232 Salem St. when it burst into flames early Friday, according to city Fire Marshal Bruce Collins."
"BRIDGEPORT Tape recordings of emergency dispatcher calls last July 4 after four people in a van plunged into Bunnell's Pond at Beardsley Park have been released."
"On July 5, a day after four people drowned in a minivan at Beardsley Park, a second water tragedy befell the city."
"BRIDGEPORT On the night of the Fairfield Avenue fire that claimed three lives last month, Josefina Castro and her family were awakened by their 7-month-old puppy's barking."
"BRIDGEPORT Departmental hearings against two city fire inspectors facing termination for allegedly using their work minivans for personal business will proceed after a Superior Court judge rejected their argument that the Global Positioning System units in their new municipal vehicles violated the state's electronic-monitoring law."
"The City Council approved $2 million in bonding Monday for repairs to the Ocean Terrace firehouse, which was closed temporarily about a week before a Dec. 7 fire killed three people in nearby house."
"BRIDGEPORT Equipped with all the comforts of home, a 60-foot trailer was put in service Wednesday as temporary quarters for four firefighters assigned to Engine 7 of the Ocean Terrace Fire Station."
"BRIDGEPORT The City Council on Monday approved $500,000 in emergency funds to repair a sagging fire station on Ocean Terrace."
"BRIDGEPORT The city has offered temporary shelter to one of the fire companies displaced when their 245 Ocean Terrace fire station was closed in early December for emergency repairs for a collapsed floor."
"BRIDGEPORT Something was wrong with the fire station on Ocean Terrace, forcing it to be closed for repairs in early December."
"BRIDGEPORT Two of 29 cadets training to become city firefighters have felony convictions, but the city is prohibited from excluding them under Civil Service Commission policies."
"BRIDGEPORT The spirit of Christmas infusing efforts to help two boys orphaned after a Dec. 7 fire on Fairfield Avenue won't cease after Dec. 25."
"BRIDGEPORT The man's hat was red and trimmed in white. He came bearing gifts, but the man and his helpers arrived not by sleigh but aboard a Bridgeport firetruck."
"BRIDGEPORT Michael J. Dos Santos used to be a banker, and Kenneth C. Fortes and Bobby G. Jones used to be firefighters."
"BRIDGEPORT Dominick Carfi finally got the job that he's been doing for 2 years."
"With renewed attention on the critical role smoke detectors can play in the aftermath of the Dec. 7 fire on Fairfield Avenue that claimed three lives, fire officials are promoting a local program that provides free detectors and installation to any Bridgeport resident."
"BRIDGEPORT The embers of the Fairfield Avenue fire that killed a father, mother and infant son last week have cooled, but questions still smolder over whether coincidence or mismanagement hampered firefighters' response to the tragedy."
"BRIDGEPORT In his eulogy for the father, mother and child who died in a horrific fire last Friday, Monsignor Aniceto Villamide asked mourners this morning why the poor suffer more frequently from house fires."
"BRIDGEPORT Investigators on Saturday demolished a single-family West End house in an attempt to track down the cause of a Friday morning fire that killed three people."
"BRIDGEPORT A mother, still clutching her infant son, with her husband at her side, all died Friday as an early-morning inferno engulfed their home and two other multi-family houses in the West End, leaving 22 people homeless."
"BRIDGEPORT A man described by authorities as a "person of interest" in Thanksgiving Day arsons that damaged a church and two houses in the city's West End has two prior arson convictions in Ohio."
"BRIDGEPORT A man described by authorities as a "person of interest" in Thanksgiving Day arsons that damaged a church and two houses in the city's West End, has two prior arson convictions in Ohio."
"BRIDGEPORT Fires believed to have been set one after the other early this morning in a West End neighborhood damaged three buildings, including the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church."
"BRIDGEPORT After a battery of tests and 13 weeks of training, rookie city firefighter Chris Vega learned a lesson that his classes never gave him."
"BRIDGEPORT A hangman-type noose a symbol of racist lynchings that sparked controversy in Stratford and elsewhere nationally over the last several months was discovered Wednesday under a black police officer's patrol car."
"The department's supervisors were gathered Thursday night in City Hall for the department's first "Town Meeting.""
"Lou Tibor can tell the difference between each one of the 800 firetrucks he keeps in his basement."
"Reader Comments posted for Conn Post article "Fire inspectors' vehicle use questioned""
"BRIDGEPORT Four of the city's nine fire inspectors were placed on paid administrative leave Friday after officials said an investigation of their workdays revealed they were conducting personal business while on the clock."
"BRIDGEPORT The Police Department's Mobile Command Center, almost as big as a city bus, was carrying precious cargo when it arrived at headquarters at noon Friday."
"BRIDGEPORT The former Mechanics & Farmers Bank building, a downtown landmark being used as a movie set this week, was damaged in an early-morning fire."
"BRIDGEPORT Workmen attempting to bring more electricity into the area abruptly shut down power to natural gas users Monday afternoon after they ruptured a four-inch pipe on Barnum Avenue."
"Contract OK'd for city firefighters"
"BRIDGEPORT Florence Johnson is used to taking in people who have nowhere else to go."
"BRIDGEPORT One hundred thirty members of the city's Firefighter Union have approved a five-year contract proposal from the city, after the last contract expired three years ago."
"BRIDGEPORT More than 200 police officers nearly half of the of the city's men and women in blue turned out this afternoon to give a fellow officer, stricken with cancer, a chance to ride in one of the department's new Dodge Charger cruisers."
"BRIDGEPORT Earl King Jr., a rookie city firefighter now in training, went from a college student to bagging crack cocaine for the Adrian and Russell Peeler Jr. drug gang."
"BRIDGEPORT Seventy-nine firsts were celebrated Wednesday as city police officers started their 79 new Dodge Charger cruisers."
"BRIDGEPORT Three of four firefighters in a deadly July 31 crash between their ladder truck and a car downtown have returned to work."
"BRIDGEPORT Wilbur Chapman, a former chief of Bridgeport police who left the job amid controversy, is the new second-in-command of the New York City Police Department."
"BRIDGEPORT Mayor John M. Fabrizi was seeing red this morning intense, dazzling red in fact, fire engine red as he climbed into the cab of a shiny new pumper truck just acquired by the city."
"BRIDGEPORT Mayor John M. Fabrizi was seeing red Thursday morning intense, dazzling red in fact, fire engine red as he climbed into the cab of a shiny new pumper truck just acquired by the city."
"BRIDGEPORT A fleet of new police vehicles, customized for the city's canine unit, was rolled out Tuesday."
"BRIDGEPORT A pickup truck loaded with pool chemicals collided with a small car and a parked minivan on Bridgeport's East Side early Tuesday morning, forcing the evacuation of about 50 people."
"BRIDGEPORT The Board of Police Commissioners has terminated two officers and suspended a third in the wake of closed-door disciplinary hearings over the past several months."
"BRIDGEPORT An elderly woman was killed and another critically injured Tuesday when their car and a fire ladder truck collided downtown in a T-bone accident."
"BRIDGEPORT The crash between a car and firetruck that claimed the life of a city woman and seriously injured her mother remained under investigation Wednesday."
"BRIDGEPORT Ramon Jimenez always smiled, even when he brought doughnuts and coffee to firefighters battling a 3 a.m. blaze in the middle of winter."
"BRIDGEPORT Electricity likely started the fire early Tuesday that heavily damaged the interior of the Wood Avenue Market near Iranistan Avenue."
"BRIDGEPORT - A homeless man was severely injured late Saturday afternoon in a suspicious fire that destroyed two houses on Gregory Street."
"BRIDGEPORT Three provisional assistant fire chiefs became the real thing Wednesday night."
"BRIDGEPORT Fire Lt. John Macnicholl has been fired for pushing a captain while fighting a fire March 1 on Laurel Avenue."
"BRIDGEPORT Carla Remele, Martin Vince and Bobby Jones know about punishment."
"BRIDGEPORT More than 30 people were left homeless and a firefighter rescued Saturday from an intense fire that destroyed a multi-family apartment building on Stillman Street."
"BRIDGEPORT A firefighter escaped serious injury Saturday afternoon after the roof of a burning building he was standing on collapsed."
"BRIDGEPORT A standoff between police and a man in a house on Seaview Avenue ended at 10:30 p.m. Thursday with no injuries reported."
"BRIDGEPORT City police now have a home away from home as a top-of-the-line mobile command center hit the streets Thursday."
"Phil Reeves, a 1976 Wilton High School graduate, will be the grand marshal for the Memorial Day parade and ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. in Wilton Center on Monday, May 28."
"BRIDGEPORT Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood gave "challenge coins" as holiday-season gifts to his officers small, gold medallions he says recognize hard work while boosting morale."
"BRIDGEPORT One of two city police officers recently accused of drinking while on duty has been the subject of 25 civilian complaints during six years on the force, according to personnel records."
"BRIDGEPORT A city firefighter who officials say was videotaped working for his family's masonry company while on sick leave last December has been fired."
"Mayor John M. Fabrizi has proposed a $461.5 million budget for upcoming fiscal year 2007-08 that would lower the tax rate by 1.2 percent."
"East Side community activist Paul Barnum said a new firehouse on Boston Avenue symbolizes the revitalization of the East Side."
"BRIDGEPORT A Fire Department lieutenant was placed on paid leave following a dispute with a captain at a fire scene last month."
"BRIDGEPORT The number of people homeless after a three-house fire late Tuesday is up to 24, including seven children, while the city Fire Marshal's Office investigates the cause of the blaze."
"Fairfield, CT Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Bridgeport Fire Department a $240,000 Fire Grant."
"Bridgeport's Fire Department has been awarded a $240,000 federal grant for new turnout gear."
"Who's who on the Democratic Town Committee"
"BRIDGEPORT A fire late Wednesday ignited the roof of a South End building containing kerosene and propane tanks, capping off a night of three small fires throughout the city."
"BRIDGEPORT Police are preparing warrants to charge a city man in the Jan. 12 fire at the Miamogue Yacht Club that destroyed and damaged 26 boats and caused about $1 million in property damage."
"BRIDGEPORT A slight odor of smoke was the first sign of trouble."
"Back in Bridgeport after being cut by the Redskins, Clemons was told by Clark to take the Fire Department exam. In 1975, he was one of only two blacks to take the test."
"BRIDGEPORT Several foreign-born college students fled with suitcases to escape a small fire Monday in their rented Gregory Street house."
"Bridgeport Firefighter Matthew Deysenroth clears debris and any remaining embers from an attic window of a house on Gregory Street in Bridgeport Monday."
"HARTFORD A Freedom of Information hearing officer on Thursday ordered the State Police to allow her to review 66 pages of documents from the investigation of the 2005 fatal shooting of a Bridgeport man."
"BRIDGEPORT A fire that may have been set swept through the Miamogue Yacht Club's boat yard shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, destroying or badly damaging 26 boats."
"BRIDGEPORT The state won't block demolition of the landmark East End home known as Eagle's Nest, clearing the way for the dilapidated Logan Street building to be torn down as soon as Monday."
"BRIDGEPORT Two women carrying a white powder that police believe was salt sparked a hazardous-material emergency at Police Headquarters on Congress Street Thursday afternoon."
"BRIDGEPORT Craig Kelly felt the sting of racism at an early age, growing up in Father Panik Village, which was then a sprawling public housing complex on the city's East Side."
"BRIDGEPORT Seven people were left homeless when a fire raced through a second-floor apartment Friday in a house in the city's Hollow neighborhood."
"BRIDGEPORT City officials say they will ask the state Historic Preservation Council for permission to tear down the former home known as the Eagle's Nest."
"BRIDGEPORT Police Officer Douglas Bepko, facing firing in the alleged assault on his girlfriend Nov. 3, is being charged with another violation of department policy."
"BRIDGEPORT Three people were left homeless when a Friday morning fire heavily damaged their Willow Street home."
"BRIDGEPORT It may be true that it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness, but a Coleman Street woman could be forgiven a harsh word or two after the cigarette lighter she used to illuminate a search for her cat under the bed accidentally set it ablaze late Monday."
"BRIDGEPORT Four city police officers marched into a small East Side market two years ago."
"BRIDGEPORT The city's firefighters, without a union contract for nearly 2 years, have rejected a proposed four-year pact that would have increased health insurance premiums and co-payments while granting 2 percent and 3 percent annual raises."
"BRIDGEPORT What's black and white and can go from zero to 60 mph in about seven seconds?"
"BRIDGEPORT The Police Department's Detective Bureau and other offices will be moved from Congress Street headquarters temporarily while asbestos is cleaned from the facility and renovations continue."
"Erected in 1992 when Bridgeport was dubbed "the murder capital of Connecticut," the yellow arches are symbols from the city's turbulent struggle to control violent crime more than a decade ago."
"BRIDGEPORT Two-thirds of the Police Department's fleet of 109 cruisers has broken down from age and overuse, hampering crime patrols in the city."
"BRIDGEPORT A police detective whose addiction to painkillers led to involvement with a big-time city drug dealer will be spending 45 months in federal prison."
"BRIDGEPORT A city man allegedly set fire to his estranged wife's bed before he was arrested following a short car chase Saturday evening."
"The 16-member, all-volunteer group of city police officers marches in 10 to 12 parades a year, but at any moment can be summoned for funerals for city officers."
"BRIDGEPORT Two firefighters were injured and four adults left homeless when fire raced up a wall in a balloon-frame home in the city's Hollow section late Tuesday, causing $100,000 in damage."
"BRIDGEPORT - Seven city residents who claim they are the victims of a former police officer's rampage through a South End housing complex have filed a civil rights lawsuit against him, the city and the Police Department."
"One of Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood's top goals is to have the police department build a better rapport with the public."
"BRIDGEPORT Engine Co. 3 at the Wood Avenue fire station is in line for a $390,000 fire engine."
"BRIDGEPORT Her name is or rather was Wanda. She was 36 years old. She worked for a bail bonds company."
"BRIDGEPORT The city leads the pack among Connecticut's 169 municipalities and two tribal nations in eligibility for federal homeland security aid, according to a list released late last month by the state."
"BRIDGEPORT As 380 police officer candidates who passed an agility test face a written exam in about two weeks, the Police Department also plans to fill spots for two deputy chiefs and several detectives."
"BRIDGEPORT One person was injured and 13 people, including four children, were left homeless when fire heavily damaged an East End apartment building Sunday morning."
"Wonders in Bridgeport never cease."
"BRIDGEPORT Mayor John M. Fabrizi addressed a variety of problems facing the city during an "Ask the Mayor" session Thursday, the first such session since he admitted last month that he used cocaine while serving in office."
"BRIDGEPORT- Gloria Brown's neighbors pounded their fists on the front door of her Hollister Avenue home. Then they kicked it hard."
"BRIDGEPORT Joan Nobriga is moving to another apartment."
"BRIDGEPORT An attic bedroom fire that may have been sparked by an electrical short, forced seven men to move from a multi-family home Monday evening."
"The other day, I had to go to the emergency room."
"BRIDGEPORT - A fire that raced through the second floor of a duplex on Jackson Avenue early Saturday left two families homeless and caused about $50,000 damage."
"Bridgeport's new fire chief may have to put out some fires in his department as he settles into the job."
"BRIDGEPORT Police Officer Barry Jones never expected to have to play the role of firefighter."
"BRIDGEPORT Nearly 34 years after he joined the Bridgeport Fire Department, Brian P. Rooney has climbed the ladder to its top job."
"BRIDGEPORT Several white firefighter candidates, already suing the city over the Fire Department's hiring practices, are trying to get three probationary firefighters disqualified from the job, claiming alleged city charter violations."
"BRIDGEPORT A kitchen fire caused about $100,000 damage to a 2-story Bennett Street home Wednesday, and killed a dog left on the second floor."
"BRIDGEPORT A family of four was forced from their Cape Cod-style home in the North End early Monday morning by an electrical fire that swept through the second floor and attic, causing an estimated $35,000 in damage."
"BRIDGEPORT The death of a city woman five weeks ago in a Ridge Avenue apartment fire, which also claimed the lives of her 2-year-old daughter and father, eventually could help spare others a similar fate."
"BRIDGEPORT Health-care costs for municipal employees would be paid out of a fund created solely to handle such expenses under a plan presented to the City Council on Wednesday."
"BRIDGEPORT Carmen Maldonado had just gone to pay the rent on her condominium unit at Coachlight Square, off Vincellette Street, Monday afternoon."
"BRIDGEPORT More than 19 people, including former Board of Education member Joan K. Nobriga, were left homeless after a fire raced through 19 units in Coachlight Square on Vincellette Street on Monday afternoon."
"BRIDGEPORT A mother with asthma was hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation Friday after fire broke out on the third floor of her Helen Street apartment building."
"BRIDGEPORT A fire of unknown origin swept through a house under renovation on West Avenue Thursday."
"BRIDGEPORT A proposed ordinance will require that a public hearing be held before any city fire station or engine company be closed."
"BRIDGEPORT Four firefighters suffered minor injuries and about a half-dozen people were left homeless when a Friday morning fire raced through the attic of a multi-family home on Harral Avenue."
"BRIDGEPORT Two groups representing the city's black firefighters are demanding that provisional Fire Chief Brian Rooney resign and step down as candidate for chief because of a recent fire that killed a mother, her father and her daughter."
"BRIDGEPORT Javis Holliday lost his daughter and granddaughter in a fire last month. This week, the same fire claimed his life."
"BRIDGEPORT A contract for Bryan T. Norwood, appointed last month as the city's next police chief, was unanimously approved by the City Council Monday."
"BRIDGEPORT Sixteen people, including nine Hispanics and five blacks, have been hired as city firefighters a class of recruits that a minority firefighter group called "history in the making.""
"BRIDGEPORT - Provisional Fire Chief Brian Rooney is among three finalists for the department's top job."
"BRIDGEPORT More than 200 people gathered Tuesday in Mount Aery Baptist Church to say farewell to a mother and her young daughter who died in a fire in the South End last week."
"But while the judge said it was clear the 38-year-old Pham had failed to put smoke alarms in the Iranistan Avenue apartment house at which she was the landlord, he concluded she didn't intend to cause the deaths, and gave her a suspended prison sentence."
"BRIDGEPORT The lack of working smoke detectors was blamed Wednesday for the deaths of a mother and her young daughter in a house fire that brought to 10 the number of such deaths in the city in less than a year."
"Bolton, who two years ago unsuccessfully fought the inclusion of felons on the Fire Department's candidate list, has requested that Ramos make public a list showing school employees with felony convictions. Bolton is ranked 192 out of 609 candidates on the fire list."
"BRIDGEPORT The city's Civil Service Commission has suspended debate on whether to hire city firefighters who have felony convictions, while a recently proposed ban is being reviewed in the state Legislature."
"BRIDGEPORT Seeing red over Mayor John M. Fabrizi's closing of a fire company last fall, two City Council members want to block unilateral cutbacks in municipal services in the future."
"BRIDGEPORT Laura and Mario Petroccia gave a little present to the dogs and cats of the city last week."
"BRIDGEPORT Abraham Colon, the sixth-ranked candidate for the city's fire chief, appealed his test scores at the last minute on Wednesday."
"BRIDGEPORT The testing is done. The interviews are over. The background checks are complete"
"BRIDGEPORT The decades-old Police Department headquarters on Congress Street will be partially closed March 1 as the city removes asbestos, slaps on a coat of paint and installs new ceiling and flooring"
"BRIDGEPORT Nicole Smith was impressed with the importance of having smoke alarms in her Spring Street home recently when she passed by the building where four members of a Vietnamese family died in a fire last June."
"BRIDGEPORT A fire battalion chief in Salt Lake City is the top contender to become the city's next fire chief, but Provisional Fire Chief Brian Rooney remains in the running."
"BRIDGEPORT An East Side fire that claimed the life of a 70-year-old woman remained under investigation Thursday."
"BRIDGEPORT Looking very small standing between her lawyers in Superior Court Thursday, Hai Pham in halting English pleaded guilty to negligence in a fatal fire on Iranistan Avenue last June."
"BRIDGEPORT Beyond the breakwater, a brisk winter wind whips a creamy froth atop the iron-gray waves as the Bridgeport Port Authority's new patrol boat lurches and bucks in the restless waters."
"A man was arrested Monday on arson and extortion charges after he was accused of setting fire to a woman's home on Sherwood Avenue, Bridgeport."
"Ernie Newton's rock-bottom, bargain-basement bombast would be hilarious, if it weren't so freakin' sad."
"Repair transmission Engine 7 RFP"
"Every minute of every day she relives the June 13 fire that consumed her home and possessions and killed four of her neighbors in the apartment building at 1647-49 Iranistan Avenue."
"BRIDGEPORT Rinh Thach survived the fire in his West Side home that killed his wife and three children in June. Now he claims the city may be responsible for their deaths."
"WATERBURY -- Michael Maglione wore jeans and a sweater to the office Friday while most other city officials were off for the observance of Lincoln's Birthday. "
Mayor John M. Fabrizi said his administration will closely monitor a projected $7.2 million gap in the current 2004-05 budget.
"WATERBURY -- Bridgeport Fire Chief Michael Maglione was tapped Tuesday to lead the Waterbury Fire Department, which has been without a permanent chief for more than a year. "
"BRIDGEPORT -- A city police officer, facing domestic violence charges in three cities, received a suspended sentence in all cases Friday."
"BRIDGEPORT With more than 2,000 hydrants across the city in need of a paint job, the Fire Department is looking for help from the community to finish the job. "
"The war on terrorism continues in our ports, and the City of Bridgeport is getting some big money to better protect the water."
"BRIDGEPORT A proposal that would have allowed the City Council to approve or deny city jobs to people with violent felony convictions was rejected in committee Tuesday."
"BRIDGEPORT - The ranks of the city's finest will be boosted by an infusion of federal money."
"BRIDGEPORT - Police Officer Gus Castro has a new best friend."
"BRIDGEPORT - State law bars municipalities from imposing a ban on hiring felons solely because of their criminal records, according to the lawyer for a city firefighter candidate with a felony conviction on his record."
"BRIDGEPORT - The city is expected to reverse its controversial decision to end prescription drug coverage for more than 200 retired police officers and firefighters."
"BRIDGEPORT A firestorm erupted Tuesday over the city's decision to eliminate prescription drug coverage for more than 200 uniformed-services retirees."
"Jury selection is slated to start Tuesday in a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by two female city firefighters against the Fire Department, according to the plaintiffs' lawyer, Susan Wallace."
"BRIDGEPORT Earl King Jr., who served a federal prison sentence for bagging crack cocaine for the Peeler drug ring, is among the top 20 candidates to become city firefighters."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Two convicted felons are on the Fire Department's hiring list, sparking criticism from a firefighter group and several firefighter candidates."
"A group of 18 white firefighter candidates who are already suing the Bridgeport Fire Department and the mayor for discrimination claim in a second suit that more city officials and agencies discriminated against them in hiring."
"BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- What has four legs, likes carrots, attends events at the Arena at Harbor Yard and wears a badge?"
"BRIDGEPORT Two female firefighters' sexual discrimination lawsuit against the Fire Department could go to trial by April 1, nearly three years after it was filed."
"BRIDGEPORT - At 49, Fire Inspector Nick Novia is a tanned man with black hair, graying at the sideburns - not the look typically associated with a bluegrass singer."
"BRIDGEPORT - Minority firefighter groups charge that the Police Department's Internal Affairs Division intimidated firefighter candidates during recent background checks, part of the hiring process."
"BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport high school graduate with a learning disability wants a federal judge to void the city's 2002 firefighter exam and the resulting hiring list because he claims the test was not properly read to him and he was not given sufficient time to answer each question. "
"BRIDGEPORT - The judge in the federal sex discrimination lawsuit filed by two female firefighters against the city Fire Department has issued a protective order barring attorneys from publicizing a small number of documents in the case."
"BRIDGEPORT - City lawyers battling a federal sexual discrimination lawsuit against the Fire Department want the judge to bar all sides from publicizing case documents."
"BRIDGEPORT - A Superior Court judge Friday refused to issue an order blocking the Fire Department from fining a firefighter more than $1,000 for violating the department's absence policy."
"BRIDGEPORT -- Fire Chief Michael A. Maglione has the support of Mayor Joseph P. Ganim to stay on the job for another five years."
"Christmas shift presents time to reflect Holiday Heroes; Little things mean a lot to firefighters who have to work the Christmas shift "
"When a young New York City firefighter named Dana Hannon charged into the inferno at the World Trade Center ignited by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, friends say he was thinking only about trying to save some of the thousands of lives at risk"
"TRUMBULL - A Fairfield County organization of black and Latino firefighters is raising questions about the firm the Police Commission hired to help choose applicants for the police force."
"BRIDGEPORT - Tomlinson's, the celebrated hot dog stand that has kept locals' mouths watering more than 50 years, was closed temporarily Wednesday after a small fire damaged the interior."
"Bruce A. Collins, Complainant Docket #FIC 94-143 against Gerald F. Grover, Fire Chief, Bridgeport Fire Department, Respondent February 22, 1995"