From the archives -- bounty hunter tracks Kelly
Updated 8:17 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
25 years ago
Feb. 19, 1988: It has been one year since a former Darien honor roll student jumped bail before he was to stand trial on two rape charges.
Police in Darien and Leadville, Colo., -- where rape suspect Alex Kelly was last known to be living -- have halted their search. But a New York bounty hunter says he's on the 20-year-old's trail.
"He's going to make a mistake," said bounty hunter Philip Dole. "People who stay out that long feel no one is looking for them."
Dole began searching for Kelly in August, after Gov. William O'Neill authorized a $20,000 reward. Dole said he has fresh leads and expects Kelly to be arrested by the end of the year.
Kelly, former co-captain of the Darien High School wrestling team, was to appear in court Feb. 18, 1987, for jury selection. When Kelly failed to appear, Judge Martin Nigro ordered that he be rearrested and that his $200,000 bond be forfeited.
Kelly is accused of sexually assaulting, kidnapping and threatening two high school girls, one from Stamford and one from Darien, four days apart in February 1986 after giving them rides home from parties.
Two months before the trial, Kelly moved to Leadville and began working in a fast food restaurant.
50 years ago
Feb. 20, 1963: A Stamford man who couldn't swim went to the aid of a 5-year-old Cos Cob boy after the boy fell through the ice at Mianus River, in Stamford, south of Westover Road, but the thin ice crumpled, and both died.
The victims, whose bodies were recovered by scuba divers from the Greenwich Police Department, were Thomas Charlesworth, 5, of Azalca Terr., Cos Cob, and Taylor Graham, 24, of 29 Orchard St., a Stamford Hospital employee.
Mrs. Robert S. Wylie, 37, of Mianus Road, Cos Cob, mother of two young children, was the first to go to the aid of the young boy, according to Dets. Eugene Struzik and Anthony Scalise. She jumped into the water after him.
She had her arm around the boy, holding his head above the water, when Graham and James Porter, 27, of West 290 Main St., also employed at the hospital, came too close to the edge of the ice in their attempt to help, and the ice broke under them.
Mrs. Wylie then lost her grip on the boy and he sank out of sight, police said.
After lifting Mrs. Wylie partially on to the ice shelf, Porter dived several times in an effort to find his friend and the boy, but his efforts were unsuccessful.
100 years ago
Feb. 17, 1918: George B. Christison, a veteran of the Civil War, and for many years a well-known resident of Stamford, died at his home, 72 West Broad Street.
His record during the Civil War was highly credible. He entered the service Aug. 15, 1862, as a private in Company B, Seventeenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.
On July 1, 1863, he was wounded at Gettysburg by a gunshot in the left knee and also had the misfortune to fall into the hands of the enemy, suffering imprisonment at Libby Prison, Belle Isle and Richmond. On Aug. 25, 1863, he was paroled at Richmond, and on Oct. 2 of the same year, he was exchanged.
Mr. Christison was born Aug. 11, 1828, in New York, and was left an orphan at the age of 11. Soon afterward, he went to Stratford to reside, and in 1845, he removed to Stamford, where he learned the shoemaker's trade, and for some time worked as a journeyman.
Compiled by Dieter Stanko, assistant city editor