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A New York Mother Vanished In The Middle Of A Divorce And Custody Battle

Petra Loretta MuhammadFacebook - David Hoovler Orange County DA. Petra Loretta Muhammad, raised by various relatives, lived in her homeland of Grenada until she was a teen. When she was fourteen, Petra moved to Trinidad, and at the age of 22, she met William Jackson. When she was 24 years old, she moved to the United States and married William. William converted to Islam and changed his last name to Muhammad, and as his wife, Petra carried the last name, Muhammad. Then 30-year-old Petra was a student at the State University of New York Orange (SUNY) in Newburgh, New York. She was pursuing a degree in diagnostic imaging with plans to become an x-ray technician. Petra worked part-time as a cashier and was about to sign the lease on her apartment. Petra had been married for four years to William Muhammad, who she was divorcing. The couple lived in a home owned by William's parents at 35 Schneider Avenue. William was also under investigation for allegations that he abused their young son. Petra had an order of protection against William. The Herald Times-Record reports in February 2005, that she told a judge that her husband hit her in the face. William threatened to kill her, pushed her, and locked her and their son out of their home. She said William disabled the phones to prevent her from calling for help, reports the Times Herald-Record. The protection order prohibited William from harassing Petra. According to Bronx News 12, William filed for custody of the couple's 3 1/2-year-old son in the middle of the divorce. Four months later, Petra Muhammad vanished.
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Three wounded in two weekend Newburgh shootings

NEWBURGH – A man and woman from Beacon were both shot at 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 and at 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, the 26th, a 17-year-old Newburgh boy was shot in the back. Newburgh City Police said the Beacon residents arrived at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital with gunshot wounds early Saturday. The female victim was shot in the foot and the male victim had been shot in the calf. Both are 23 years old.
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Seymour cop files lawsuit alleging unfair treatment

SEYMOUR — A Seymour cop has filed a lawsuit saying he’s being unfairly threatened with demotion and prevented from taking a promotion exam. In the lawsuit, the officer, Phoumareth Phouangphiarith, says he has been a sergeant for more than two years, beginning in October 2019, when he was promoted in an acting capacity when another sergeant went on leave, according to the lawsuit.
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Army awards Stratford’s Sikorsky Aircraft $2.3 billion contract for fleet of Black Hawk helicopters

STRATFORD — The U.S. Army awarded Sikorsky Aircraft a $2.3 billion contract Sunday for dozens of combat helicopters, the company announced. For the five-year contract, the Stratford-based company will deliver 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters. It will have the option to make 255 total aircraft potentially worth up to $4.4 billion, Sikorsky’s parent company Lockheed Martin said in a news release.
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Lamont touts state minimum wage increase in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — Friday is the end of the work week, and it is also the day when workers will start seeing an extra few bucks in their paychecks. The state’s minimum wage is set to increase Friday from $13 an hour to $14. The increase is a result of a 2019 state law mandating a phased-in $15 minimum wage by 2023. According to the state’s Department of Labor, the wage increases will affect an estimated half-million workers by 2024.

Metro-North announces expansion of service in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The President of MTA Metro-North Railroad Catherine Rinaldi announced that new train schedules will go into effect on Sunday, July 10 and the MTA will add additional trains systemwide. “As more riders return to the system, more trains return as well, Metro-North is adding trains at key times which allows […]

New Canaan Man Launches ‘Beka Tennis Academy’

Beka Sikharulidze had already criss-crossed the United States—and much of the world—before settling in New Canaan this summer with his wife and their two sons. A singles and doubles tennis champion in his native Georgia in eastern Europe, Sikharulidze had moved to Los Angeles and founded Beka Tennis Academy in 2001. An actor as well as a tennis professional, he returned to Europe before the COVID-19 pandemic to direct and star in his own movie, “From Life To Life,” and then came back in 2021 to operate his academy in Florida for one year before moving up to New Canaan.

Kay Parker Jex, 93

Kay Parker Jex on May 18, 2022, loving wife, mother, grandmother and accomplished attorney, passed away peacefully at age 93 surrounded by family. Kay was born on July 27, 1928 to Frank and Edna (Madeleine) Parker in Eggertsville, a hamlet of Buffalo, NY. She lived in Buffalo, NY and later Dayton, Ohio with her parents, and siblings Ann and Peter. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan Phi Beta Kappa, was Valedictorian of the class of 1950, and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Kay married John (Jay) M. Jex on December 26, 1955 and they raised the family in New Canaan, Conn. She received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. Her illustrious and industrious law career spanned a remarkable 48 years, and she continued to practice until the day before she died.

“The King of Hopewell Pizza”: New Pizzeria Open in the Hudson Valley

They say when your ears are ringing, it means someone is talking about you. For me, it means someone is talking about a new pizzeria. I grew up in the Hudson Valley, but before moving back to the area in 2021, I've been living in different places across the United States for the past decade. Every time I relocated, I would try, and inevitably fail, to find pizza that lived up to the kind I used to wolf down in my hometown. Was I a snob? No, I'm just a New Yorker with standards. That's why a recent Facebook post in the East Fishkill Community group caught my eye.

New Canaan offensive lineman Ned Brady arrives at West Point

Ned Brady left for West Point at 4:30 a.m., on Monday, the recent New Canaan graduate on his way to start Army basic training and fulfill a long-time dream of military service. There’s a lot happening on day one, officially known as R Day, the “R” standing for reception....

Westport Police: Unlocked Doors Allowed Thieves to Steal from Cars Saturday

This past Saturday (6/25/22), the Westport Police Department investigated several motor vehicle burglaries, which occurred during the late afternoon and early evening hours. In all cases of vehicles being entered, which resulted in thefts, the doors were unlocked. Traditionally, this type of crime was committed during the overnight hours. However, Westport and other communities are now seeing this activity at varying times of the day.