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2 women accused of trying to rob bank while dressed as nuns

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New Haven woman, NJ accomplice arrested as bank robbery nuns

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Yale's Globetrotting A Cappella Group The Spizzwinks Honors Its Hometown Pledge

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Hartford Cold Case Murder Suspect Faces Judge

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CT Transgender Activist To Be On 'Jeopardy!'

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City officials announce $50K reward to catch killer of New Haven teen

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Man falls to death from New Haven parking garage

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Airport to appeal judge’s decision to keep runway limits
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Tweed-New Haven Airport is planning to file an appeal after a judge ruled against its attempt to overturn a Connecticut law that limits the length of the airport’s main runway. The New Haven Register reports the airport authority voted unanimously to appeal the judge’s ruling during a closed-door executive session Wednesday. The state run airport had previously filed a lawsuit claiming that the law limiting the runway to its current 5,600 feet is threatening existing service and preventing it from attracting more commercial airline flights   Read More ...
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2 women accused of trying to rob bank while dressed as nuns
TANNERSVILLE, Pa. Melisa Aquino Arias, 23, of the Dominican Republic, and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, of New Haven, Connecticut, were actually charged with robbing two banks in New Jersey while wearing head scarves, but law enforcement officials say the two women are also suspected in the attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 28. The Tannersville heist — which reportedly was carried out by two young women wearing black nun’s habits and veils — ended in failure when the perpetrators fled the scene without any money after an alarm was triggered   Read More ...
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Yale boosts transparency by releasing more budget data
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is moving to become as transparent with its budget information as other private universities. The Ivy League school in New Haven, Connecticut, with a $27 billion endowment compiled a 93-page budget overview for the Yale community earlier this year. That was triple the number of pages in last year’s 28-page overview. The Yale Daily News reported (http://bit   Read More ...
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Yale boosts transparency by releasing more budget data
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is moving to become as transparent with its budget information as other private universities. The Ivy League school in New Haven, Connecticut, with a $27 billion endowment compiled a 93-page budget overview for the Yale community earlier this year. That was triple the number of pages in last year's 28-page overview. The Yale Daily News reported that the university's "Budget Book" was the longest and most comprehensive annual budgetary plan in school history   Read More ...
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State investigates allegations of market power abuse
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have launched an investigation into allegations of market power abuse by two of the state's largest energy providers. The Office of Consumer Counsel says the investigation began after university researchers claimed Eversource and Avangrid companies intentionally created natural gas shortages so they could drive up energy rates. The report by university researchers estimates the practice cost utility customers billions of dollars over a three year period   Read More ...
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New Haven woman, NJ accomplice arrested as bank robbery nuns
TANNERSVILLE, Pa. — Two women charged with robbing a pair of New Jersey banks are also suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns. Nineteen-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut, and 23-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias, of the Dominican Republic, appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday. They’re charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey, while one or both wore head scarves   Read More ...
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Women charged with trying to rob banks while dressed as nuns
Nineteen-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut, and 23-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias, of the Dominican Republic, appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday. They are also charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey, while wearing head scarves. The Garfield raid was on September 28 while the Teaneck heist was on Sunday, when the women were arrested   Read More ...
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Hundreds rally for Yale student whose father faces deportation
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds of people took to the streets of New Haven on Tuesday night showing the fight against new immigration policies remains strong. The rally was held in honor of Yale Senior Viviana Andazola Morales whose father was detained last week by ICE officials in Colorado. “She’s absolutely incredible in terms of leadership and academics. She’s been a fabulous friend to have,” said Joseph Zordan, a fellow Yale student   Read More ...
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New Haven woman dressed as a nun arrested for bank robbery spree
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A New Haven woman is behind bars in New Jersey, accused of going on a bank robbery spree with another woman, and police say they did it while dressed up as nuns. Police said 19-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez and her accomplice hit two banks in New Jersey over the past few weeks, wearing nun outfits while doing so. Police believe they are responsible for a third robbery in Pennsylvania as well   Read More ...
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Hillhouse’s Driver Safety program also giving teens chance to chase dreams
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State investigation into alleged natural gas price manipulation
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The State is investigating serious allegations brought to light by the Environmental Defense Fund, alleging that Eversource and Avangrid reserved more natural gas for their home heating customers than they needed, and passed the costs onto customers. Elin Katz with Consumer Counsel said, “The report alleges that because of this practice natural gas prices were unnecessarily high during this cold spell and because natural gas is the primary feed stock for electric generation that in turn raised electric prices   Read More ...
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Bankruptcy lawyer gets prison for cheating clients of $3.4M
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut bankruptcy attorney who swindled millions of dollars from his clients has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison. Seventy-year-old Woodbridge resident Peter Ressler pleaded guilty to wire fraud, embezzlement from a bankruptcy estate and bankruptcy fraud. The New Haven Register reports Ressler misappropriated $3.4 million from dozens of clients. It says he used the money for living and business expenses, trips to Florida and multiple boats   Read More ...
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Bankruptcy lawyer gets prison for cheating clients of $3.4M
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut bankruptcy attorney who swindled millions of dollars from his clients has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison. Seventy-year-old Woodbridge resident Peter Ressler pleaded guilty to wire fraud, embezzlement from a bankruptcy estate and bankruptcy fraud. The New Haven Register reports Ressler misappropriated $3.4 million from dozens of clients. It says he used the money for living and business expenses, trips to Florida and multiple boats   Read More ...
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Yale's Globetrotting A Cappella Group The Spizzwinks Honors Its Hometown Pledge
Five decades before the Beatles and Stones, Yale University in New Haven gave us the Whiffenpoofs and the Spizzwinks — two iconic, all-male singing groups that continue to perform. "We were like the joking spoof of [the Whiffenpoofs]," says Spizzwinks member and business manager Nick Massoud, a Yale junior from Westport. "When you think of the troupe of kind of a goofy men's a cappella group, we are the original goofy men's a cappella group   Read More ...
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Hartford Cold Case Murder Suspect Faces Judge
A 39-year-old former Hartford resident charged Friday with a 2003 murder on Main Street has hired a well-known criminal defense attorney from New Haven. Rafael Ortiz, 39, who was charged by investigators from the Chief State’s Attorney’s cold case squad, has hired William Dow of New Haven, whose past clients include former Gov. John G. Rowland. Until his arrest on the murder charge, Ortiz was serving a drug-dealing sentence in a New York prison   Read More ...
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CT Transgender Activist To Be On 'Jeopardy!'
Fran Fried, a well-known member of the Connecticut transgender and journalism communities, will compete as a contestant on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Fried announced the news on her Facebook page and it was quickly shared by dozens of her friends and supporters, including Cafe Nine in New Haven, which is having a viewing party that night   Read More ...
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2 women charged in Garfield, Teaneck bank robberies
NEWARK -- Two women who allegedly posed as customers appeared in federal court Monday on charges they robbed a Garfield bank last month and tried to rob a second bank a few weeks later, Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said in a statement. A 19-year-old from New Haven, Connecticut, Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, and 23-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias of Passaic walked into the Spencer Savings Bank Sept   Read More ...
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Bridgeport, New Haven push on in pursuit of Amazon
BRIDGEPORT — Perhaps they’re taking their cues from the 1973 New York Mets. You know, with Tug McGraw, the Met’s closer, rallying his mates with “Ya Gotta Believe” and Manager Yogi Berra telling the press “It’s ain’t over till its over.” On Monday afternoon, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp announced they are pressing forward with a joint proposal to lure Amazon and its second national headquarters, along with 50,000 jobs, to “Bridgehaven   Read More ...
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City officials announce $50K reward to catch killer of New Haven teen
Related Coverage NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The New Haven police department officially announced Monday that a $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Tyrick Keyes. New Haven Police Department Police Chief Anthony Campbell said, “For anyone who has any information even the slightest information that may break this case, we are asking that you reach out to us   Read More ...
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Surviving the frost on Monday night
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The weirdest part about October is that our temperatures have been so warm that we haven’t really had the chance to talk about a widespread frost freeze for much of the state. Monday night is the first night that a frost may end up happening. News 8’s Sam Kantrow went out to Paradise Nursery in Hamden to find out which of your plants will make it, and which ones might not survive the night   Read More ...
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Author Mark Allen Baker talks about his new book, “Connecticut in World War II”
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — During World War II, Connecticut was transformed into a fighting machine. The book, “Connecticut in World War II” tells the story of how we accomplished the task. The author Mark Allen Baker focuses on the homefront; on what the civilian population was doing while our armed forces were engaged in war abroad. There are more than 200 pictures that provides an eye-witness account to life here in Connecticut during World War II   Read More ...
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News 8’s Ann Nyberg takes a pie in the face to help renovate the space
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Life Haven shelter for women and children in New Haven has introduced a unique way to help raise funds to create a community room at the shelter. Life Haven is asking people to “take a pie in the face to help renovate the space”; and News 8’s own Ann Nyberg answered the call Monday. The organization’s goal is to raise $20,000 to create and furnish a community room at the shelter on Ferry Street   Read More ...
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Amazon looking to hire in New Haven area
The event drew so many people, they were turning them away. Roy Nixon of New Haven has been practicing his mock interview skills, so he was ready when asked what he could do for Amazon. “Be a good asset in the company and showcase the skills that I have,” Nixon said. The job recruitment event went on all morning at the Workforce Alliance American Job Center in Hamden   Read More ...
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Connecticut Red Cross volunteers help victims of Northern California fires
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Connecticut Red Cross volunteers are helping the victims of the Northern California wildfires. The volunteers are setting up cots and blankets for the victims and for Red Cross helpers. There are 150 Red Cross volunteers sleeping at the Sebastopol community center. Volunteers are loading emergency response vehicles with baby formula, water and food. Many of these volunteers helped out hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Texas   Read More ...
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Benefits of drinking natural tea
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A nice cup of tea on a chilly fall day can be nice, but how about a cup of locally made tea with healthy benefits. Stacey Wood and David Soule from Whole Harmony stopped by the station to talk about the benefits of their hand crafted artisan teas. The teas that were sampled: For more information on Stacey, David and their Whole Harmony products click here   Read More ...
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New Haven police to announce reward in teen’s killing
Related Coverage NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven police say they will be announcing a $50,000 reward and other investigation updates in the unsolved killing of a 14-year-old boy in July. Police Chief Anthony Campbell is scheduled to make the announcement Monday with relatives of victim Tyrick Keyes. Police say Tyrick was shot multiple times by a masked gunman on Bassett Street around 9:30 p   Read More ...
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‘Teen Driver Safety Week’ kicks off to encourage safe driving habits
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A push to keep young drivers safe on the road. ‘Teen Driver Safety Week‘ is a campaign to remind parents and young drivers just how important it is to practice safe driving habits. This week is about reminding young drivers and parents of young drivers just how important safe driving habits are for them and for everyone else on the road, too   Read More ...
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Fundraiser held in New Haven for Puerto Rico hurricane relief
Related Coverage NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Puerto Rico is still in need of help, and a fundraiser in New Haven on Sunday is doing its part. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp continues to address the need for relief efforts to hurricane victims. The island is still without much of its power. So far, there have been at least $85,000 raised for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico   Read More ...
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Fundraiser being held for burned down New Haven business
Related Coverage NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven bar destroyed by a fire last month is hoping to continue rebuilding and be back up and running by Christmas if enough money is raised at a fundraiser on Sunday. Trinity Bar, an Irish pub on Orange Street, was completely destroyed back on Sept. 1 after a fire ripped through the entire building   Read More ...
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Capitol Report “After Hours”: 94.9 FM’s Lee Elci joins the panel
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On this week’s Capitol Report “After Hours,” radio host Lee Elci from 94.9 FM’s “Lee Elci Show” joins the panel! Elci stopped by to discuss President Trump supporters in Connecticut who he believes are fed up with the government. Related Content: Legislative leaders say real progress made, Malloy scolds for missing another deadline. The radio host also shares his listeners’ thoughts on the state budget stalemate   Read More ...
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4 ways to motivate your student
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Parents out there know how hard it is to motivate your kids, especially when they get older.Parents out there know how hard it is to motivate your kids, especially when they get older so what if we told you there were a couple easy things you could do that can actually get them going. Michelle Sagalyn stopped by the station to talk about the ‘4 ways to motivate your student   Read More ...
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Police investigation in New Haven
A police investigation is underway in New Haven. The investigation is taking place in the area of Hamilton and St. John Street near the Score's Gentleman's Club. New Haven Police have taped off the area near the club and are still investigating what happened. Stay updated with Eyewitness News as more information becomes available.   Read More ...
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New Haven Officer Struck by Car
A New Haven police officer was struck by a car while investigating a shooting early Sunday morning. Police were at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Saint John Street investigating after a female was grazed by a bullet. The shooting victim was transported to the hospital. While on scene investigating, an officer was struck by a car. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries   Read More ...
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Former New Haven-based bankruptcy attorney sentenced for embezzlement, fraud
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A former New Haven-based bankruptcy attorney is now behind bars for admittedly stealing nearly $3.5 million from his clients. A judge on Friday sentenced 70-year-old Peter Ressler of Woodbridge to more than five years in prison. Investigators said Ressler had several strategies to scheme his clients out of money, including requiring clients who were seeking a Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 reorganization to deposit funds, and said that the money would be held in trust   Read More ...
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How to handle a multi-dog household
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you currently have one dog, and are thinking of possibly getting another. Experts say you should think carefully before grabbing that leash. Richard and Vicki Horowitz from Bark Busters along with a special guest and co-founder of Bark Busters, Sylvia Wilson stopped by the morning show to talk about what families can do before getting another dog   Read More ...
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Family-friendly things to do this weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s the time of year for apple picking, pumpkin carving, and frightening fun. If you’re looking for things to do with the whole family this weekend, here are some ideas: If your kids are old enough for something scary, the Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for all of October. Parking and tickets will cost a family of 4 well over a hundred bucks, but if you want to be spooked by professionals, this is the place to go   Read More ...
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Treating Babies in Opioid Withdrawal at Yale-New Haven Hospital
Nationwide and especially in New England, a growing number of babies are going into opioid withdrawal right after they are born. "The number of babies who have gone through this around the country has quintupled over the last 10 to 15 years," said Dr. Matthew Grossman, the quality and safety officer at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. "So the babies are born, they’ve been exposed to the opioid throughout the pregnancy and when they’re born they no longer get it   Read More ...
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California family stays in Connecticut to avoid wildfires
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Armond Patrino and his wife live in Napa about a mile away from where the fires are burning. They left California to stay with their daughter in Connecticut until it is safe to go back. Patrino said, “Everybody had to bug out so quickly there was lack of communication with the cell towers going down, hopefully most of those people are in shelters   Read More ...
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Adopt A Dog Month: Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter has dogs to adopt
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — October is adopt a dog month. Each year, nearly 670,000 dogs are euthanized in the nation’s shelters. American Humane Ambassador Jean Shafiroff to tell us how you can adopt a dog. We have four dogs from the Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter. Three handlers are Karen Marchione, Leo Taylor, and Tina Marino. Jaime is about 10 months old   Read More ...
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Cruisin’ Connecticut – Roll Up Your Sleeves at the New Haven Chalk Art Festival
Related Coverage Andrea Casey is this year’s featured, local artist. The West Haven native got her start in an unlikely way: I worked at Starbucks and my managers said “we want you to do the menu” because they knew I was an artist. So I was like “OK I’ll do it.” So I didn’t even go by what they wanted me to do   Read More ...
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