Louisiana man extradited to Connecticut, facing charges in violent machete attack at Bridgeport high school campus

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – A man extradited from Louisiana now faces charges in connection with a violent machete attack at a Bridgeport high school last summer. Gerald W. Valle, 22, was arrested in Pine Prairie, Louisiana, and flown back to Connecticut to confront the allegations surrounding the incident at Central High School in June 2023. Police were alerted to the assault at around 8:15 p.m. on June 18, 2023, at the high school. Upon arrival, they …

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Bridgeport Facility Explosion Investigation and Safety Clearance Update: Expected to Take Weeks

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – An investigation is underway into the explosion at the Tradebe facility in Bridgeport that occurred on Friday afternoon. Multiple agencies are working to determine what chemicals are involved and how the explosion happened. Local and state officials are assuring residents that the area is safe. According to the Bridgeport Fire Department, the blaze was quickly controlled and fueled by a “low grade oxidizer.” Residents were initially advised to evacuate or shelter in …

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Explosion Investigation and Next Steps in Bridgeport Community Safety

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is currently assessing the aftermath of a recent explosion and is in discussion of the next steps to be taken. The incident, which occurred on Friday, has prompted city officials to address concerns regarding the cause of the explosion and the safety of the area for residents. Mayor Joe Ganim expressed dismay at the situation, deeming the explosion as unacceptable and emphasizing the need to prevent such …

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Bridgeport Mayor Calls for Regulatory Reform After Explosion at Tradebe Environmental Services

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Following a recent explosion at Tradebe Environmental Services on Cross Street, Mayor Joe Ganim is pushing for regulatory reform on certain types of facilities near residential areas. The explosion, which occurred on Friday, triggered a large blast after a driver opened a valve while delivering about 4,000 gallons of “low-grade oxidizer.” It led to several smaller explosions, leaving three people injured. Two of the injured have since been released from the hospital, …

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