The 10 most-read articles of 2021 cover a wide range of local news. The first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic saw traffic on New Canaanite exceed 2.2 million views, up more than 5.5% from 2020.
Here they are, headlines and ledes:
10. Health Director: New Canaan Woman’s COVID-19 Complaint About Local Restaurant Unfounded (Jan. 3) “Municipal health officials said a New Canaan woman’s complaint last month that a restaurant downtown had been violating COVID-19-related rules was determined to be unfounded. According to a complaint that Tucker Murphy lodged with New Canaan’s highest elected official, the White Buffalo bar and restaurant was ‘not following the Sector Rules’ on the night of Friday, Dec.
Police on Tuesday brought a charge of murder against the 77-year-old man who fatally shot his wife at their Down River Road home in May. Albert Kokoth already was in jail on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree assault with a firearm and illegal discharge of a firearm in connection with the May 6 shooting of Margaret Kokoth. During their investigation, authorities recovered three separate gunshot slugs—two found during an autopsy, in the victim’s torso and head, and a third in the ceiling of the Kokoths’ home, according to a press release issued by the New Canaan Police Department’s public information officer, Lt. Jason Ferraro.As
“Based on this evidence and additional information gathered during the investigation it was determined initial claims by Kokoth of an accidental shooting were not supported,” the press release said. Asked about the case, Kokoth’s lawyer, Stamford criminal defense attorney Mark Sherman declined to comment on case specifics but said in an email that “this is a very tragic and sensitive case which is only in its beginning stages.”
Sherman said he expects to make a decision on whether to go forward with a probable cause hearing by the next court date in September. The New Canaan Police Investigative Section is leading the Kokoth investigation, with assistance from the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad, who processed the crime scene.