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Oh, Deer — They’re More Likely to Be in Your Headlights This Time of Year

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It’s autumn and deer collisions in Connecticut occur with wild abandon! That’s because love is in the air for our deer friends during deer mating season. An AAA Northeast crash data analysis has found 72% of deer crashes generally occur outside daylight hours, especially during the 5 to 7 p.m. commute. (more…) Continue Reading →

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How to Protect the Elderly from Scams: Tips from the Federal Trade Commission

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The FTC just sent a report to Congress called Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019. The report suggests steps to take to help protect older consumers from fraud. But the evidence also shows a thing or two everyone else can learn from them. Check out the sometimes surprising findings in this year’s report. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mysterious Frauds, Part II: $48 Somehow Taken From a Victim’s Credit Card

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Like the Darien woman who told police last week that she didn’t know how someone in Florida could have cashed a check against her bank account, a Darien man, the next day, told police he didn’t know how a $48.18 Grubhub delivery to someone in Westport was made using his credit card. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Darien Friends, Public Officials Rally Around Scott Hapgood: Call for His Safety and Fair Treatment

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In front of Town Hall and before almost 100 friends and supporters rallying there with signs and frequent applause, elected officials on Monday repeated demands to keep Scott Hapgood, charged with manslaughter in Anguilla, safe when he’s there and treat him fairly in the judicial proceedings against him. (more…) Continue Reading →

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State Police Seize 420 Pounds of Marijuana in UHaul Stopped on Interstate 95 in Darien

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State police say they seized 420 pounds of pot from a UHaul truck troopers stopped on Interstate 95 on Friday, according to various news accounts. “Troopers from Troop G stopped a truck on I-95 in Darien,” state police tweeted. When something didn’t smell right, the big dogs were called in.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Stealing Your ID by Stealing Your Phone’s Account: How to Avoid the SIM Swap Scam

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If your cell phone is your go-to device for checking your email, paying your bills, or posting to social media, you’re not alone. So imagine that your cell phone suddenly stops working: no data, no text messages, no phone calls. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Fraudulent Bank Account Opened, Used to Steal More Than $10,000 From Darien Victim

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A Darien man who checked his bank account online on Saturday, Oct. 12 found charges and transfers that he didn’t make. In 16 fraudulent transactions, $10,492.52 was removed from his account into a new account and a credit card, both opened in his name at the same bank. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Police: 19-Year-Old Kicked Door Open in Domestic Dispute, Charged With Disorderly Conduct

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In a heated argument with someone on Sunday afternoon, a 19-year-old Darien man kicked open a bedroom door to further confront that person, who then called police, Darien police said. The teenager was issued a misdemeanor summons charging him with disorderly conduct, and police told him not to have further contact with the victim before the man appeared in court the next day. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Police: DUI for Man, 33, After He Drives Car Into Rocks by the Side of the Road

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A 33-year-old driver with passengers in his car drove through an intersection and into a pile of rocks just at about 9:13 p.m., Sunday, while he was intoxicated, police said. There were two passengers in the car with him; nobody was harmed. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Police: Woman, 34, Charged After Not Supervising Boyfriend’s Two Children, Ages 3 and 8, in Neighborhood

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After a 3-year-old girl was seen walking a dog near the intersection of Noroton Avenue and West Elm Street, and her 8-year-old brother on a bicycle in the neighborhood, their father’s girlfriend was charged with leaving them unsupervised, police said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Police: Drive Carefully Near Tokeneke School on Saturday During Pumpkin Carnival, and Here’s Where to Park

Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival 10-12-17
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Because of the expected crowds and traffic surrounding Tokeneke School during the annual Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival this Saturday, Darien police have issued a traffic advisory and pointed out where extra parking is available. Police said you can’t park on Old Farm Road, where the entrances to the school are located, nor on private streets in the Tokeneke Association. (more…) Continue Reading →

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