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Karen Tensa

Managing Editor, Connecticut

Karen has lived and worked in Connecticut for more than two decades. Her professional experience includes more than a decade of work as the news editor at The Advocate in Stamford and reporting and editing stints on the staff of The Hartford Courant, among others. She is dedicated to writing local news, enjoying winter sports and reading nonfiction books.

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  1. Malloy Calls For Ban On Bump Stocks In Connecticut

    Malloy Calls For Ban On Bump Stocks In Connecticut

    Gov. Dannel Malloy's first proposal for the 2018 legislative session would ban the purchase and sale of bump stocks, binary triggers systems, and trigger cranks in Connecticut.“Bump stocks are cheap, they are deadly, and they have no place in our society,” Malloy said. The device, known as a "rate of fire enhancement," was used by the gunman in the deadly mass shooting in Las ...

  2. Still On The Loose: Connecticut State Police Searching For Escaped Inmate

    Still On The Loose: Connecticut State Police Searching For Escaped Inmate

    Connecticut State Police have released a wanted poster as they continue to search for a 25-year-old inmate who escaped from a state prison on Sunday. "Jerry Mercado is wanted for ESCAPE from Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield on 1/7/18," the wanted poster says. Here is a description of the suspect: Name: Jerry Mercado Date of birth: 10/18/1992 Age: 25 Race: ...

  3. New York Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking 120 Pounds Of Pot In Stamford

    New York Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking 120 Pounds Of Pot In Stamford

    STAMFORD, Conn. — A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking over 120 pounds of marijuana to Stamford and selling 40 pounds of it to a local man, prosecutors said. Gustavo Garcia, 29, of Queens, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. He was the second man to plead guilty in the ...

  4. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Throws His Hat In The Ring For Governor's Race

    Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Throws His Hat In The Ring For Governor's Race

    DANBURY, Conn. — It's official: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced Tuesday that he is running for governor, according to the News-Times.Boughton, a Republican, made the announcement at a press conference at a noon press conference at the Courtyard Marriott, the News-Times said.This is third run for governor for Boughton, 53, who is serving a record ninth term as Danbury ...

  5. Moving Up: Danbury Fire Department Veteran Promoted To Captain

    Moving Up: Danbury Fire Department Veteran Promoted To Captain

    DANBURY, Conn. — Lt. Bart McCleary, a 30-year veteran member of the Danbury Fire Department, was promoted Monday to the rank of fire captain. Family members and co-workers along with representatives of many other city agencies, including Mayor Mark Boughton, gathered to in City Hall to congratulate him on his promotion. McCleary brings many years of experience as a firefighter and fire ...

  6. Married 67 years, Fairfield Couple Pass Away Within Weeks Of Each Other

    Married 67 years, Fairfield Couple Pass Away Within Weeks Of Each Other

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Robert L. Seirup Sr. and Joan (Hedin) Seirup of Fairfield, who were married for 67 years, passed away within weeks of each other. Robert L. Seirup Sr., a beloved local teacher and coach, died Dec. 8. His beloved wife, Joan Seirup, died Dec. 31. Joan, who was raised in Bridgeport by Harry and Katharine Hedin, graduated from Bassick High School in 1945 and from the ...

  7. Easton Police Officer Suffers Smoke Inhalation While Rescuing Dog From Fire

    Easton Police Officer Suffers Smoke Inhalation While Rescuing Dog From Fire

    EASTON, Conn. — A veteran Easton police officer suffered smoke inhalation injuries after he entered a burning home in town to rescue a trapped dog, police said.The homeowner called 911 at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, and said that his house was on fire and that he could not control it, police said.The Easton Police and Fire Department, along with numerous other fire departments from ...

  8. Stamford's McDonald Nominated To Be Nation's First Openly Gay Chief Justice

    Stamford's McDonald Nominated To Be Nation's First Openly Gay Chief Justice

    STAMFORD, Conn. – Longtime Stamford resident Andrew J. McDonald will be nominated in the coming weeks to serve as Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Monday.If confirmed, McDonald will become the first openly gay Supreme Court chief justice of any state in the countryCurrent Chief Justice Chase Rogers last year announced her plans to retire from ...

  9. Consumer Reports: Avoid Romaine Lettuce After E. Coli Cases In Connecticut

    Consumer Reports: Avoid Romaine Lettuce After E. Coli Cases In Connecticut

    Food safety experts at Consumer Reports are advising people in the U.S. and Canada to stop eating romaine lettuce after an outbreak of E. coli, including at least two cases in Connecticut.In the past seven weeks, at least 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from E. coli believed to be linked to romaine lettuce. One person in each country has died. In the U.S., the ...

  10. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton To Announce Political Future On Tuesday

    Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton To Announce Political Future On Tuesday

    DANBURY, Conn. — After a snowstorm cancellation,  Mayor Mark Boughton is inviting supporters to attend a "special election announcement" in downtown Danbury where he is expected to launch his campaign for governor. "After a year of exploring a run for statewide office, I have reached a decision on participating in the 2018 election," Boughton said on his Facebook ...

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