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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut teenager has been arrested in connection to a high-speed crash involving two stolen cars that killed a 15-year-old girl and critically injured a 13-year-old boy.

Authorities say a 16-year-old Waterbury boy was driving a stolen car, lost control and crashed into a utility pole on Wednesday morning. The two passengers were ejected from the car.

The car was then hit by another vehicle police say was stolen from Plymouth, and both drivers allegedly fled the scene in a third vehicle.

Officials say 15-year-old Sajenae Winfrey was pronounced dead on arrival.

The other passenger, who remains unidentified, was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

The Waterbury driver was arrested Wednesday night and charged with manslaughter, evading responsibility and larceny.

Police are investigating and say more arrests are expected.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A New London man has been arrested in connection with an incident at a city middle school in April when a student accidentally fired a gun in a bathroom. No one was injured.

Authorities say 39-year-old Richard Velazquez turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and risk of injury to a minor.

Police say an 11-year-old boy took a gun that Velazquez illegally possessed into Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School on April 29 and it accidentally fired when he was showing it to friends. Officers arrested the boy, whose name wasn't released because of his age, and he also was suspended from school.

Velazquez is detained on $150,000 bail. His response to the allegations isn't known. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Lewis Rome, a former state Senate Republican leader and prominent GOP figure for six decades, has died. He was 81.

Rome died Wednesday evening, his Hartford law firm said. A cause of death wasn't immediately available Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised Rome for dedicating his career to public service. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said Rome's leadership in higher education leaves a legacy for students and his work in the community improved health care in the region.

Rome also served as chairman of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees and unsuccessfully challenged Democratic Gov. William O'Neill in 1982. He led state Senate Republicans in the 1970s.

Sen. Len Fasano, the current Senate Republican leader, said Rome ``exemplified all of the critical qualities of leadership: decency, patience and selflessness.''

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say Hartford man who was on probation has been arrested after being found in an ice cream truck with a 13-year-old boy.

Tylon Jarrett of Hartford allegedly told police he was someone else when they stopped him on Wednesday. But that person was wanted by police, and Jarrett was taken into custody.

The 36-year-old was eventually identified and charged with criminal impersonation and interfering with an officer.

Jarrett is serving 16 years of probation for sexual assault. Police say he not allowed contact with anyone under 16.

The boy told investigators that he was training Jarrett to work as an ice cream truck driver.

Jarrett is being held on $10,000 bond and is due in court next Wednesday . It is not clear if he has an attorney.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A 33-year-old man who admitted he drove the gunman away from a fatal shooting at a Norwich bar in 2012 has been sentenced to the two years he already has served in prison.

Steven Velez was sentenced Wednesday in New London Superior Court to time served on a charge of hindering prosecution.

Velez's sentence was handed down a week after David Grant was sentenced to 47 years in prison for manslaughter after firing into a crowd at the now-closed Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar on June 24, 2012.

Velez testified in March that that Grant told him he fired at a rival drug dealer who was standing on the back deck of the bar.

Grant killed a bystander, 45-year-old Donna Richardson of New London and injured another woman.

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NEW YORK (AP) The U.S. government is suing to stop Electrolux from buying General Electric's appliance division, saying the combined company would dominate sales of kitchen appliances to customers like home builders, property managers, hotels, and governments.

General Electric Co. says it will defend the sale in court and aims to complete the $3.3 billion deal this year.

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a District Court in Washington, D.C., to block the sale. It says GE and Electrolux, the owner of the Frigidaire brand, have been competing for decades to sell appliances like ranges, cooktops, and wall ovens.

The agency says Electrolux would eliminate a major competitor if it buys the GE division, and Electrolux and Whirlpool would be the only major companies selling appliances to many customers.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut prosecutors say they won't appeal a Hartford judge's ruling that ended the prosecution of a man accused of hosting a teenage drinking party that led to the death of a high school student.

The Hartford Courant reports a Superior Court judge in May dismissed most of the charges against 51-year-old Paul Sibiga, of Marlborough, that included reckless endangerment and permitting minors to possess liquor.

Police had said a teenager left a party in woods Sibiga owns in Marlborough. He lost control of his car and went off the road near Hebron, killing Paige Houston, a passenger.

Tolland State's Attorney Matthew Gedansky says that after prosecutors researched the issue, they concluded that it was unlikely they'd succeed with an appeal.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are defending two officers shown on a cell video striking a suspect repeatedly with a baton.

Police say the video of Detective Brian Salkeld and Officer Robert Fogg shows only a small part of their confrontation Sunday with 34-year-old Samuel Bryant.

Police say Bryant fought with police who stopped him after witnessing him drink from an open container. They say Bryant broke Salkeld's nose, and did not respond to being shocked with a stun gun.

Police say he was carrying a knife and cocaine.

The video shows one officer holding Bryant in a bear hug while the other strikes him in the legs and tells him to get on the ground.

Bryant, who faces charges including assaulting an officer, is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

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NIANTIC, Conn. (AP) A third correction officer has been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate inside Connecticut's prison for women.

Police say 34-year-old Kareem Dawson turned himself in Tuesday to face one count of second-degree sexual assault.

Forty-seven-year-old Jeffery Bromely, of Niantic, and 44-year-old Matthew Gillette, of Groton, were charged earlier this year and have since been fired.

All three worked in the same unit at the York Correctional Institution.

Police began investigating after a 28-year-old former inmate told them she had sex with several guards while being housed in a unit for participants in a drug program.

The Correction Department says Dawson is being placed on administrative leave. A phone call to a number listed for Dawson seeking comment Wednesday went unanswered.

He is due in Superior Court on July 16.

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police say more than 20 people have been arrested in eastern Connecticut in connection with a three-month narcotics investigation.

Willimantic Police Corporal Stanley F. Parizo Jr. said Monday that 23 people have been arrested in the last two weeks. He says police seized more than $5,000 in cash and varying amounts of cocaine, heroin and K2, a synthetic marijuana substance.

Police say they staggered the arrests to avoid drawing attention to the investigation, which they dubbed ``Operation Thread City Round Up.''

Most of the people arrested are facing heroin or cocaine possession and sales charges.

Police say they are still working to secure arrest warrants.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Both the House and Senate have approved a measure on excessive use of force by police. Lawmakers also approved a bill that includes provisions of Governor Dannel Malloy's so-called Second Chance Society -- reclassifying drug possession as a misdemeanor instead of a felony and providing offenders the opportunity to be evaluated for drug dependency.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut House of Representatives passed some late changes to the new Democratic state budget that had drawn criticism from major corporations because of tax increases on businesses and others.

The Hartford Courant reports the House approved the measure by 78 to 65, with 8 members absent early this morning. Two House Democrats, David Alexander of Enfield and John Hampton of Simsbury, joined with Republicans in voting against the measure.

The approval comes after the state Senate passed the budget-related bill on a narrow 19-17 vote Monday night.

Both General Electric and Aetna threatened to leave after the budget bill narrowly passed on June 3.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are asking for help finding a 64-year-old man accused of trying to sexually assault a child.

Police say Jose Santos Pedraza lured the preteen boy into his apartment. They say the child escaped after Pedraza attempted to sexually assault him.

Police say Pedraza, who is already in the state's sex offender registry after being convicted of similar offenses in the past, fled after the incident.

He is facing charges of attempted sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. A judge has set a bond of $250,000 should he be taken into custody.

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ORANGE, Conn. (AP) State police have arrested the drivers involved in a road rage incident that ended last week with a shooting and a slashing on Interstate 95 in Orange.

Police say 39-year-old truck driver Jesus Izaguirra of Hidalgo, Texas is being held on $500,000 bond after being charged with assault, attempted assault and reckless endangerment. They say 33-year-old Juan Calderon of Orange, who was driving a passenger vehicle , is being held on $250,000 bond, facing charges including attempted murder.

Police say Izaguirra slashed Calderon in the face after their vehicles pulled off the highway Thursday night. They say Calderon then got out of his car and shot Izaguirra.

Both were taken into custody after being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital and are due in court today.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State lawmakers will consider rolling back some tax increases they approved earlier this month as they return to the Capitol for a special session.

The session is scheduled for Monday .

Lawmakers are returning after weeks of vocal criticism from businesses about the approximate $1.5 billion in tax increases included in the two-year, $40.3 billion budget that narrowly passed with only Democratic votes.

Votes are expected Monday on two budget-related bills that roll back some of the taxes, including a tax on computer and data processing. The revisions also include an additional $15 million in each year for hospitals. Some facilities have threatened to close clinics and lay off staff because of cuts in state funding to hospitals.

Other bills will be also considered.

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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Criss Angel's rescue of an escape artist trapped in a glass cage filled with water was no illusion.

Angel and Spencer Horsman were rehearsing for opening night of ``The Supernaturalists'' at an eastern Connecticut casino when Horsman became trapped in the cage dangling above the stage and Angel went to his aid.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that Horsman is recovering from the Wednesday accident.

And President and CEO Felix Rappaport of Foxwoods Resort Casino says in a statement that the show will go on.

Rappaport says the opening night show was rescheduled from Thursday to Friday because the safety of the cast and crew is the priority.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut jury has found two Bridgeport cardiologists liable for a Shelton man's death and ordered them to pay his widow more than $2.4 million.

The Connecticut Post reports the Bridgeport Superior Court jury determined Friday that doctors Kevin Lenhart and Charles Landau were negligently responsible for 61-year-old Wesley Wirth's death.

Witnesses testified Wirth was brought to St. Vincent's Medical Center complaining of chest pain and dizziness in May 2009. Doctors determined Wirth's EKG was normal and discharged him. Wirth returned to the hospital with chest pains a few hours later, but again was discharged.

Wirth died of a heart attack later the same month.

The lawsuit claimed Lenhart and Landau incorrectly interpreted Wirth's EKG and stress test reports. The doctors' lawyers didn't immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.

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ORANGE, Conn. (AP) Police say a road rage incident that involved a shooting and a slashing on Interstate 95 has sent two people to the hospital.

A passenger vehicle and tractor trailer were on I-95 northbound near exit 40 in Milford Thursday night when the incident began.

The passenger vehicle exited at exit 41, while the tractor-trailer pulled over. Police say the unidentified tractor-trailer operator left the truck and ran up to the driver's side of the passenger vehicle.

The tractor-trailer operator struck the unidentified passenger vehicle operator with an unknown object, causing a laceration to his face.

The passenger vehicle operator got out of his vehicle and shot the truck driver while chasing him.

Both were treated at Yale-New Haven hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say charges will be determined as detectives investigate.

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SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say an anonymous donor has put up $40,000 for a reward in the unsolved killing of an insurance executive who was stabbed to death while jogging.

Simsbury police announced the reward Thursday for information leading to the conviction of the killer of 54-year-old Melissa Millan, who was found dead along a road in November. The medical examiner determined she died from a stab wound to the chest.

Millan was a mother of two and a senior vice president at Mass Mutual.

Police said Thursday that there are no suspects, but investigators are continuing to follow leads.

No new information about Millan's death was released.

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Workplace safety officials are investigating an accident involving a saw that killed a construction worker at a southwestern Connecticut airport.

The Connecticut Post reports that the worker was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford after a gasoline-powered saw he was using kicked back and caused a fatal injury to his neck.

The worker has been identified as 57-year old Antonio Simoes of Naugatuck. A spokesman for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch says the man was an employee of Manafort Brothers Construction in Plainville.

The accident happened during a $17 million construction project at the airport that includes runway improvements. The airport was closed after the accident, but resumed operations about two hours later.

Bridgeport and Stratford police and inspectors from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

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AVON, Conn. (AP) Police are looking for clues after a woman told them she was sexually assaulted while running on a popular trail near Hartford.

Police say the victim was running on the Rails to Trails path in Avon around noon Thursday when a man grabbed her from behind. She says he dragged her off the path and sexually assaulted her.

Investigators say the man has a goatee and stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall. Police say he was wearing sunglasses, a black shirt, a reflective vest and a baseball cap.

Authorities have not identified a suspect.

Avon police are increasing patrol officers along the trail and the surrounding area to protect residents.

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COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) Two teens have been charged with breaking into a Connecticut convenience store after police found them in a dumpster behind a Dunkin' Donuts.

An 18-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy were charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary and criminal mischief Wednesday morning.

Police responded to a burglary alarm at On The Go in Coventry on Wednesday and found a shattered plate glass window.

Police say they knew what the burglars looked like after watching surveillance footage. Police then saw two suspicious people matching descriptions of the burglars at a Dunkin' Donuts. Police say they fled, but were found in a dumpster behind the building.

They have been released and are due back in court.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A 37-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after nearly killing another person with a baseball bat.

The Stamford Advocate reports Judge Richard Comerford said during sentencing ``this is not the Wild West'' and instructed Guatemalan immigrant Rodolfo Calete-Morente to follow the country's laws.

Police say the victim was harassing Calete-Morente and his wife nearly two years ago. She owed the victim about $150.

Prosecutors say Calete-Morente hit the victim in the back of head with a baseball bat or something similar as the victim rode away on a bicycle.

The victim survived his serious injuries but spent about two weeks in a coma.

Calete-Morente's lawyer says they were afraid to call police since they had lived in the country illegally for about 13 years.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A former state deputy motor vehicles commissioner has pleaded guilty to child endangerment in exchange for an eight-year prison term.

The Republican-American reports Victor Diaz was accused of repeatedly molesting a girl beginning when she was 11.

The 36-year-old Diaz faced 13 charges, including several sexual assault counts. They were reduced to one count of risk of injury to a minor as part of a plea deal that spares the girl from testifying.

Diaz must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

He resigned his Department of Motor Vehicles post Sept. 9, hours after the girl was visited by detectives following up on the complaint.

Diaz pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which means he doesn't agree with all facts presented, but agreed he'd be found guilty at trial.

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TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) Police chased a stolen vehicle through several Connecticut towns at reported speeds of 100 mph until it ended with a crash on the Merritt Parkway and the suspect in custody.

State police say the chase ended Tuesday morning after the car and a Trumbull police cruiser crashed on the parkway in Trumbull. No one was injured. The stolen car also collided with another vehicle on the parkway before the final accident.

The car was reported stolen in Westchester County, New York.

 

25-year old Rafael Vasquez of Bridgeport has been charged with reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, evading responsibility, driving without a license, larceny, criminal damage to a motor vehicle, interfering with an officer, and assaulting an officer.

The chase went through local streets and state highways in Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford and Trumbull. State police say they initially tried to stop the car in Norwalk.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a drug-related robbery of another man who was fatally shot despite offering no resistance.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shea in Hartford imposed the sentence Tuesday on 24-year-old Johnnie ``Jeezy'' Jefferson, who pleaded guilty in November to causing the death of Dawayne Cobb through the use of a firearm.

Prosecutors say Jefferson and Trumaine Hearst robbed the 24-year-old Cobb of about two ounces of marijuana in October 2012. Authorities say Hearst fatally shot Cobb, who didn't resist the robbery.

Hearst pleaded guilty to the same firearm charge and is serving a 28-year prison sentence.

Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. says the case sends a clear message that gun violence won't be tolerated in Bridgeport.

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Republicans have picked a 36-year-old political consultant to head the party.

J.R. Romano, a Trinity College graduate from Derby, was elected to the two-year post, edging out state Sen. Joe Markley of Southington and John Pavia of Easton, a business executive and former fundraising chairman for the state GOP.

Supporters say Romano will bring new energy to the party. Cromwell Mayor Enzo Faienza says Romano will kick-start the Republican Party.

Republicans hold no statewide offices in Connecticut and the state's congressional delegation also is all-Democratic.

Romano has been state coordinator for Americans for Prosperity, a group that promotes lower taxes and smaller government. He also was a licensed financial adviser.

The party's most recent chairman, Jerry Labriola Jr., has held the post since 2011. He ruled out another term.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill into law that creates a multi-step process for possibly opening a new tribal casino along the Connecticut border.

Malloy's office announced Monday he signed a bill allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to issue a request for proposals, or RFP, from municipalities interested in hosting one satellite casino to compete with the planned MGM Resorts casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Tribal officials have said they would like to locate the facility along the Interstate 91 corridor in north central Connecticut.

The tribes' RFP will be posted on the Department of Consumer of Protection's website for interested communities to review. The tribes own and operate Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resorts Casino and say a jointly run facility will help protect those jobs.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Firefighters in New London saved two lives over the weekend by administering the opioid reversal drug Narcan to suspected heroin overdose victims.

Fire Chief Henry Kydd says the department's ambulances responded to two separate calls Saturday regarding one semi-conscious victim and another unconscious victim.

The Day reports firefighters completed training on how to administer Narcan at the end of February.

Firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians have been training with Narcan since a state law was passed to diminish the civil or criminal liability of its administration.

Kydd says every ambulance and fire engine carries the medicine and crews have used it more than a half-dozen times.

The number of heroin-related overdose deaths in Connecticut increased by more than 86 percent between 2012 and 2014.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say they declined to charge a father who brought a gun to his child's elementary school graduation because he made an honest mistake and had no criminal intentions.

Another parent alerted police when she saw the man had a gun holstered on his waist Monday morning at the graduation ceremony at the Lincoln Bassett School. Authorities say the man was cooperative and had a valid pistol permit.

The man told police he didn't want to leave the gun in his vehicle, so he kept it on him.

New Haven police say it's a crime to both bring a gun onto school grounds and to leave a weapon unattended in a vehicle. They say the man should have secured the weapon at home before going to the school.

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police are seeking the public's help in solving a series of burglaries at churches in Willimantic.

Police said Sunday there have been five church burglaries in the city since June 5.

The burglaries have all taken place overnight, and different means of getting inside have been used. No suspects have yet been identified.

The police department is increasing patrols in and around the city's 23 churches.

Police said anyone with information may contact them confidentially.

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a 12-year-old boy and two others have been injured this weekend in Connecticut after two separate motorcycle crashes.

The Hartford Courant reports both accidents occurred in West Hartford. Police say 17-year-old David Robles was driving Friday night with 12-year-old passenger Miguel Knight, both of West Hartford, when the motorcycle collided with a car. Robles and Knight were thrown off the bike onto the pavement.

The driver of the car was not injured and police described Robles and Knight's injuries as significant and non-life-threatening.

Police say on Saturday night, they responded to another motorcycle crash in which 33-year-old Thomas Hinman, of Burlington, collided with the car driven by 23-year-old Richard Casiello, of North Reading, Massachusetts.

Hinman sustained injuries to his left leg.

Investigations for both incidents are ongoing.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Health insurer Cigna has rejected a $47 billion offer to be acquired by its larger rival, Anthem.

Cigna's board says the proposal is inadequate and not in the interests of its shareholders, according to a letter released Sunday by Cigna, which is based in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The letter outlined several objections to the deal.

Anthem has had talks with Cigna about a deal since last year. After failing to reach agreement on earlier proposals, Indianapolis-based Anthem went public with its latest offer on Saturday.

Anthem's latest offer was a cash and stock deal that amounted to $184 for each Cigna share, or about 18 percent more than Cigna shares closed on Friday.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Inspectors with a national architectural engineering firm have rappelled down Waterbury's iconic clock tower as they document repairs it may need.

The Republican-American newspaper reports the workers from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates spent part of Thursday hanging along each face of the 240-foot tower. They also have used drones to take a look at the tower's walls, identifying cracks and gaps in the masonry.

The newspaper is housed in the former railroad station that includes the tower. It hired the architectural engineering firm after an employee, using high-powered binoculars, noticed spalling on the upper level bricks.

The 109-year-old tower was last renovated 20 years ago.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The majority Democrats in the Connecticut House of Representatives are hiring an outside media consultant to review the caucus' communications operations.

Hartford-based McDowell Jewett Communications will conduct an evaluation and ``provide counsel on how to improve the distribution of information to the public,'' according to a written proposal provided Friday to The Associated Press.

The firm is requesting a $15,000 fee. Gabe Rosenberg, the House Democrats' communications director, said the money will come from the caucus' state-funded budget.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said, ``periodically it is helpful to evaluate our communications efforts.'' He said the firm's two principals, Duby McDowell and Stephen Jewett, are people the caucus has worked with in the past.

The House Democrats currently have a media staff of 10 people, in addition to five digital staffers.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's rainy day fund is being used to cover a lingering $115.7 million deficit in the current fiscal year budget.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget secretary announced Friday the deficit in the state's General Fund improved by $49.2 million from last month's estimate. He said it was due largely revenue improvements.

Ben Barnes said any remaining deficit will be ``extinguished via transfer from the Budget Reserve Fund'' as part of closing out the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Malloy made three rounds of mid-year budget cuts to fix the deficit. In April, he said it was too early to say whether the rainy day fund was needed.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides criticized Malloy for saying there wouldn't be a deficit, saying none of his predictions have come true.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former nurse's aide has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting five male patients at a Connecticut hospital.

The Connecticut Post reports that 54-year-old Gonzalo Flores entered the pleas Thursday in Bridgeport Superior Court. He faces 12 to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 4.

Flores was fired from St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport after the allegations surfaced. He was originally accused of sexually assaulting seven patients since late 2011, but the statute of limitations ran out for two of the cases.

A hospital spokeswoman said after Flores' court appearance that St. Vincent's officials remain saddened and disappointed with Flores' actions, and patient safety is their highest priority.

The hospital is facing $100 million in lawsuits by people who said they were sexually assaulted by Flores.

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BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's medical examiner says the death of a Branford man who was shocked by a police a stun gun was a homicide.

State police say 41-year-old David Werblow became uncooperative and ignored officers' requests during a reported disturbance outside his home on March 15.

State police say a Branford officer used a stun gun to ``gain control'' of Warbelow, who later died at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The State Medical Examiner report says Warbelow, who was schizophrenic, suffered ``sudden death'' during a psychotic episode during an altercation that included electronic shock and a restraint.

Waterbury State's Attorney Maureen Platt will determine if the use of force was justified. A report is not expected for several months.

Sixteen people have died in Connecticut after being shocked by police stun guns since 2005.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say they are investigating how a naked woman came to fall from a second-story balcony.

Police tell the Connecticut Post the woman was seen dangling from the balcony on Fairfield Avenue at about 6 p.m. Thursday before falling.

Police say she got up and then fell to the ground again. An ambulance was called, but police could not say if she suffered any significant injuries.

The woman's name has not been released. No charges had been filed Friday morning.

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WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP) State police say they are investigating whether the dismembering of a dead calf, parts of which were found scattered across campus at Woodstock Academy, was part of a prank.

Eighteen-year-old student Avery Rollins of Brooklyn, Connecticut, has been charged with breach of peace.

Police say others may also have been involved.

Police say the calf died in a traffic accident earlier in the week. It's head was found on the top of a basketball hoop in the student parking lot Wednesday and other parts were later discovered at other locations on the private school's campus.

A message seeking comment was left at a phone number listed for the Rollins family in Brooklyn.

Rollins is free after posting a $1,000 bond and is due in court later this month.

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VERNON, Conn. (AP) A 27-year-old Connecticut man is heading to prison after another man killed himself while the two were playing Russian roulette last July.

John Dybowski was convicted Tuesday of criminal possession of a firearm, making a false statement to police, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence. The Hartford Courant reports he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Prosecutors say they could not find a way to hold Dybowski responsible for the death of 38-year-old Armand Cyr, who shot himself in the head.

Tolland State's Attorney Matthew Gedansky told the judge Dybowski and Cyr were using heroin when the pair began to play Russian roulette with a .38-caliber revolver.

An arrest warrant says a friend was video-chatting with Cyr and saw him shoot himself in the head inside Dybowski's apartment.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Greenwich man is going to jail after pleading guilty to attempted murder in a baseball bat attack on his wife in their Greenwich mansion.

The Stamford Advocate reports 56-year-old Michael DeMaio was sentenced to nearly eight years in jail Wednesday for hitting Diane DeMaio multiple times in the head and face with an aluminum baseball bat. The attack left her in a coma with a severely fractured skull and brain damage.

Michael DeMaio asked his wife to forgive him and apologized for his actions in state Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Diane DeMaio told her husband, who was unemployed at the time of the attack, that she wanted a divorce after 30 years of marriage.

Michael DeMaio also received a 12-year suspended sentence and five years of probation.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut woman has lost her bid for a new trial in a murder-for-hire case that landed her in prison for life and was depicted in books and TV shows.

 

A Rockville Superior Court judge on Tuesday rejected arguments by former lawyer and Ledyard resident Beth Carpenter that her lawyers made mistakes at her trial, according to a court ruling obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

 

Carpenter, 51, was convicted of murder and conspiracy in 2002 for plotting with her lover and boss, Haiman Clein, to kill her brother-in-law, Anson "Buzz" Clinton. Carpenter and her parents believed Clinton, a one-time exotic dancer, was abusing his 3-year-old stepdaughter, who was Carpenter's niece.

 

Clein ended up being the star witness against Carpenter at her trial, testifying that it was Carpenter's idea to kill Clinton. He said he was in love with Carpenter and believed her niece was being abused, so he hired and paid Mark Despres to kill Clinton.

 

Despres gunned down Clinton in East Lyme in 1994. He initially admitted that he was paid $5,500 for the hit, but later recanted.

 

Clein was an admitted cocaine user, and Despres was a drug dealer and one of Clein's clients. Both were convicted in the plot. Clein is serving 35 years in prison, and Despres is serving 45 years.

 

Insisting that she had nothing to with the plot, Carpenter maintained that Clein planned the killing without her knowledge because he loved her and wanted to impress her.

 

Carpenter fled to Ireland after the killing. She was arrested there in 1997. To secure her return to Connecticut, state prosecutors had to agree to not seek the death penalty, because Ireland does not allow capital punishment.

 

Carpenter's lawyer, Norman Pattis, said on Wednesday that he planned to take the case to federal court. The state prosecutor who handled Carpenter's appeal didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

 

Carpenter filed a petition seeking a new trial in 2012. Superior Court Judge Samuel Sferrazza heard testimony over several days and ruled Tuesday that Carpenter did not prove her allegations that her trial attorneys, Hugh Keefe and Tara Knight, were ineffective at trial.

 

Carpenter's arguments included that Keefe and Knight failed to advise her to consider taking a plea bargain and failed to preserve for appeal the trial court's denials of her motion for a change of venue.

 

At least two books have been written about the case, "Murder: A Family Affair" by Ernest Dorling and "Lethal Guardian" by M. William Phelps. It also has been the subject of several television true crime shows including "Snapped" on the Oxygen network and "Mugshots" on truTV.

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SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) Police say a thief broke into a gym locker near Hartford, stole car keys and drove off with a car.

South Windsor Lt. Scott Custer says he believes the suspect walked outside the South Windsor LA Fitness with the car keys, activated the car's parking light and drove off with the 2010 Lexus ES350 Tuesday morning.

Police say someone forced open at least three lockers at The Edge in Hamden a few hours later stealing cash and electronics.

Police tell WTNH-TV the thieves hit the same LA Fitness last week as well, cutting locks off of lockers while people were working out.

Police are looking into whether they're connected and are keeping officers wearing gym clothes in unmarked cars at the gym.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Twenty-nine people have been charged with federal crimes related to the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in Hartford.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the charges came in an investigation into drug and weapon trafficking and acts of violence by the Los Solidos gang in the city's South End.

Authorities say they seized 24 firearms, about $74,000 in cash, four pounds of crack cocaine, four pounds of powder cocaine, two pounds of heroin, 7,000 bags of packaged heroin, 10 pounds of marijuana and four vehicles.

A grand jury returned indictments in the case last week. Most of the defendants were arrested Monday, while two remain at large.

The charges were announced by the FBI, U.S. attorney's office and Hartford police.

Investigators hope continuing investigations will break gang strongholds in Hartford.

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VERNON, Conn. (AP) Police have identified human remains found years ago in a wooded area using DNA.

Carol Shapiro was 43-years-old when she went missing on Aug. 31, 2007 from her apartment in Manchester, Conn., police said Monday.

Her skeletal remains were discovered by a Vernon resident in a wooded area on West Street near the intersection of South Street in March 2013.

At the time, forensics investigators extracted a DNA profile from the remains but found no match on state and national databases.

Authorities eventually learned of Shapiro's case from Manchester police and collected DNA from family members to positively identify her.

They say the medical examiner's office has been unable to determine a cause of death but they don't believe foul play was a factor. They say Shapiro's family has requested privacy.

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A lawsuit claims administrators at a middle school near Hartford allowed an autistic student to be sexually assaulted and then tried to cover it up.

WVIT-TV reports the lawsuit was filed Monday against the West Hartford Board of Education claiming the district allowed a student to bully, sexually assault and harass a 13-year-old autistic student at King Philip Middle School.

The suit says administrators promised to separate them after a 2013 incident, but continued to let the boys in the locker room unsupervised. It claims the child tried to sexually assault the other for weeks until doing so in November.

The suit says the school then tried to cover up the negligence and deny responsibility.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's governor has directed that the state flag be lowered to half-staff on the Capitol building in Hartford in honor of Waterbury's late acting deputy police chief, Christopher Corbett.

The flag is to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Corbett was found dead in his parents' home in Waterbury last week and the Chief Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a suicide. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday he joins police officers throughout the state in morning Corbett's loss.

Corbett joined the department in 1997. He became a captain in 2010 and was named the acting deputy chief in 2013. He also served as commander of the department's detective division and as the department's spokesman to the media.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) United Technologies says it will separate its Connecticut-based Sikorsky Aircraft business as it exits the helicopter business.

The Hartford conglomerate says it will focus on high-technology systems and services to the aerospace and building industries. It says a decision on selling or spinning off Sikorsky will be made by the end of the third quarter.

United Technologies has previously said Sikorsky didn't fit with plans for long-term growth.

Excluding Sikorsky, United Technologies expects 2015 earnings per share of $6.35 to $6.55 on sales of $58 billion to $59 billion. With Sikorsky, earnings per share are expected at $6.55 to $6.85, from $6.85 to $7.05.

United Technologies expects 10 cents to 20 cents per share of separation costs and a 10-cent per share decline in Sikorsky operations due to oil and gas market weakness.

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a driver was either under the influence or suffering from a mental condition when he hit 15 vehicles near New Haven.

Authorities say the man was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck hit a parked car behind American Legion Hall Saturday afternoon in West Haven. They say he then hit several other vehicles on Main Street.

Numerous drivers were treated for minor injuries. Police did not specify how many people were injured and did not identify the driver.

The pickup driver was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

Authorities say an investigation is ongoing and charges may be filed.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) State officials are investigating a playground accident at a Bridgeport school in which a kindergartener was returned to her classroom with an arm broken in two places.

Interim Schools Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz says the state Department of Children and Families is investigating the playground supervision and the nurse's response. Hearst Connecticut Media reports that the investigation was triggered by the girl's mother.

The five-year-old broke her arm during recess on June 4 and her mother was not notified until her grandmother picked her up at the end of the school day.

The girl's mother said no one at the district took responsibility for not contacting her.

Elizabeth Petrocelli, the district's nursing supervisor, said the nurse asked the child if she wanted to return and she said `yes.' "

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday called on lawmakers to scale back some of the tax increases his administration helped negotiate in a new state budget that prompted some major employers, including General Electric Co., to discuss moving out of Connecticut.

 

The Democratic governor unveiled his so-called budget improvement plan, which rolls back nearly $224 million in tax increases over two years.

 

The two-year, $40.3 billion budget agreement, reached between the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly and Malloy's administration, increases taxes by about $1.5 billion. The revenue would help replenish some of the cuts to social services that Malloy originally proposed and help cover a projected two-year, $2.5 billion deficit. Many of those tax changes affected businesses, prompting an unusual public outcry from the corporate community.

 

Malloy still praised the plan, which dedicates a small portion of the state's sales tax to transportation improvements and local property tax relief. However, he said he heard the complaints.

 

"It's a budget we should be proud of, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't continue to listen to the voices of Connecticut when it comes to improvements that we can make in this historic progress," Malloy said.

 

Democratic leaders did not publicly sign off on Malloy's plan. House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said they'll take the proposal "under advisement." Legislators are returning this month for a special session to take up budget-related and other unfinished bills. No date has been set.

 

Republicans urged Malloy to veto the bill, promising to help him prevent a potential Democratic veto override. Canton Sen. Kevin Witkos, the second-highest ranking Senate Republican, said Malloy's plan only offers a "Band-Aid approach."

 

"It doesn't do enough," Witkos said. "We need to have the governor veto it and bring us all in."

 

Under Malloy's plan, proposed sales taxes on car washes and non-metered parking would be scrapped.

 

The plan also reduces proposed tax increases on computer, data processing and Web services, capping them at the current 1 percent. Additionally, a proposal requiring companies with a presence in Connecticut and other states to pay taxes based on net income would be deferred to Jan. 1, while the state's tax credit cap for corporations would be raised from 50 percent to 55 percent. That still would mean a financial hit for firms. Companies investing in research and development currently can use 70 percent of the credit to reduce tax liability.

 

In a written response, GE said: "The governor and the legislature should do the right thing for small and large businesses and the citizens of Connecticut to improve the economic vitality of the state."

 

Aetna Inc., which also suggested it might leave the state, indicated the proposed changes are a positive sign.

 

"While the Connecticut business climate continues to be very challenging, this announcement is a step in the right direction," Aetna said.

 

The Travelers Companies Inc., which publicly criticized the Democratic tax package, said it is pleased Malloy listened to the business community and proposed changes.

 

Malloy is asking lawmakers for authority to cut state spending up to 1.5 percent across the board, not ruling out cuts to municipal aid. Malloy said he's open to legislators deciding where to make cuts to cover the tax increase-rollbacks.

 

Joe Brennan, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, said he's pleased Malloy offered changes. He met with Malloy Friday morning to discuss association members' concerns about the tax increases and their hope that state spending would be cut further.

 

"On balance, I think we're pleased that we're talking about these things instead of just talking about companies relocating out of state, because we were seriously, seriously concerned about an exodus of good-paying jobs out of state," Brennan said.

 

Malloy has not yet signed the budget bill. He said his proposed changes could be included in the budget-related bills that need to be approved during the special legislative session.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's Supreme Court has ruled the state Department of Children and Families was justified when it fired a former social worker who was charged with of manslaughter in the death of her own foster child.

Suzanne Listro's union appealed and sought to get her job back after she was acquitted in the 2008 death of 7-month old Michael Brown Jr.

Police had accused her of shaking the child. She said the boy had fallen from a bed.

The court upheld the ruling of an arbitrator, who found that Listro was at least negligent in caring for the child and her actions made her unemployable at an agency responsible for the care and welfare of children.

A message seeking comment was left Friday for Listro's attorney.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) The Chief Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a top Waterbury police official a suicide.

The medical examiner's office on Friday said Acting Deputy Police Chief Christopher Corbett died of a single gunshot wound to the head and determined the death was a suicide.

The 40-year-old Corbett was found dead in his parents' home in Waterbury Thursday morning.

Corbett joined the department in 1997. He became a captain in 2010 and was named the acting deputy chief in 2013. He also served as commander of the department's detective division and as the department's spokesman to the media.

Police Chief Vernon Riddick Jr. says department personnel are shocked and coping with pain and grief.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is adding some more stops to his upcoming overseas trip.

His office announced Thursday the governor will attend meetings in Ireland and Germany, in addition to his two-day visit to the International Paris Air Show.

Malloy is scheduled to arrive in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday. He is scheduled to meet with executives from Air Lingus, an Irish airline, to discuss the possibility of adding a direct flight from Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut to Dublin.

After attending the Paris Air Show on Sunday and Monday, Malloy is scheduled to visit Berlin. Malloy's office said the governor was invited by the Vera Institute of Justice to meet with German criminal justice officials, tour a prison and discuss his proposed Second Chance Society legislation.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano has been granted a hearing to determine whether he received ineffective counsel during his federal child-sex trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill has ordered the hearing to determine whether attorney Andrew Bowman informed Giordano of a plea deal that would have capped his federal prison sentence at 15 years.

Giordano, a Republican who lost the 2000 election for U.S. Senate to Sen. Joe Lieberman, is serving a 37-year sentence after being convicted in 2003 of federal charges including violating the civil rights of two girls ages 8 and 10 by sexually abusing them while he was mayor.

Bowman has submitted an affidavit saying he verbally informed Giordano of the plea deal.

No date for the hearing has been set.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Nine people were shot at a Connecticut housing complex Thursday morning, including a man who died and a woman who was struck while taking a bath when a bullet pierced the wall of her apartment.

 

The shots were fired in a parking lot at the Trumbull Gardens Apartment Complex in Bridgeport where a group had gathered at about 1 a.m., said Bridgeport police Captain A.J. Perez.

 

"They were all just hanging out having a good time, talking to each other, and all of a sudden all hell broke loose," Perez told reporters.

 

A man in his 40s was killed. An elderly woman was struck in the back by a stray bullet while in her bathtub, Perez said.

 

Six men and three women were taken to hospitals.

 

Bridgeport Hospital spokesman John Cappiello says one person was treated there and released and two others were in fair condition Thursday morning. The other victims were in serious but guarded condition at St. Vincent's hospital and several were undergoing surgery, police said.

 

Perez said they believe multiple shooters and weapons were involved. No suspects had been identified early Thursday, but police were pursuing several leads, he said.

 

The housing complex, located in the north end of Connecticut's largest city, has been a frequent scene of violent crime.

 

Police have said much of it stems from disputes between rival gangs and from heroin and cocaine dealers who operate from inside the housing complex.

 

Authorities have responded by increasing patrols in the area. In 2013, The Connecticut Post reported that police had parked a large police van at the entrance to Trumbull Gardens for use as mobile command center.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Hartford woman is in serious condition after a fire that left 13 people homeless at a city apartment building.

 

Fire Capt. Helene Lynch says firefighters found flames coming from the side of the building on Sigourney Street Wednesday afternoon and pulled a 22-year-old woman from her burning apartment.

 

Lynch says the woman was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center where she is being treated for smoke inhalation.

 

Firefighters used a ladder to rescue another woman from the building. She was treated at the scene.

The fire was put out within minutes of firefighters arriving.

 

The cause and origin of the blaze are being investigated.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Dunkin' Donuts has purchased the naming rights for the new stadium being built in Hartford to house the Double-A baseball team that is moving from New Britain.

 

City, team and company officials announced Wednesday that the stadium will be known as Dunkin' Donuts Park when it opens next April.

 

Officials refused to disclose the terms of the deal. But under its agreement with the city, the Yard Goats baseball team, the Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will get the first $50,000 from the stadium naming rights. The team and the city divide the remaining money.

 

The city had projected it would make $225,000 annually in naming revenue.

 

The deal includes putting the Dunkin' Donuts logo and name on prominent signage and mowing the logo into the outfield grass.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say an officer in Hartford shot a man with a knife following a foot chase.

Police Chief James Rovella says the unidentified man was shot at least once in the torso Tuesday night and taken to Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He is in stable condition.

Officers were sent to the area around 8 p.m. after a report of a disturbed person.

Police say the man refused to put down a knife he was holding. An officer deployed a stun gun before shooting the man.

Rovella says the State Police would be investigating the case.

The officer who shot the man was also taken to the hospital to be evaluated. That officer has not yet been identified.

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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Milford officials have closed a middle school for the day as police investigate what they call a ``low credibility'' threat.

School Superintendent Elizabeth Feser sent an email to parents saying West Shore Middle School will be closed on Wednesday to ensure everyone's safety.

Officials haven't disclosed the nature of the threat. Some parents say it was made on Instagram.

Feser says police are trying to determine who made the threat.

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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut House Speaker Brendan Sharkey says Quinnipiac University needs new leadership because the private school in Hamden has not seriously addressed underage drinking and loud parties by students living in residential neighborhoods.

The Hamden Democrat lives near Quinnipiac and told WVIT-TV on Tuesday that school trustees should remove John Lahey as president.

The New Haven Register reports Sharkey said at a neighborhood meeting Monday that residents were further frustrated by an online video showing Lahey joking at a huge neighborhood party in April. Lahey has apologized for making light of a serious problem at the party.

A Quinnipiac vice president said in a statement Wednesday that school officials are not responding to personal attacks against Lahey. School officials say they're working with Hamden officials to address the problems.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they arrested 17 protesters who blocked a major downtown street while calling for changes to the justice system, schools and housing.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered near the Old State House and blocked traffic during the Monday afternoon rush hour, causing traffic jams. Police say the protest was peaceful and only those who blocked the street were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Rally organizers say it was in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that has grown in response to the killings of unarmed black men by police.

Moral Monday Connecticut planned the protest. Leaders say they were making a public statement about black people being oppressed and killed by government systems.

Organizers posted on Facebook that all the protesters who were arrested have been freed.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut special education teacher accused of sexually assaulting several students is criticizing the justice system after a judge dismissed all charges against him.

Robert Schmitt of Hamden told the New Haven Register after the charges were dismissed Monday that teachers are at risk of being unjustly accused by students, being quickly prosecuted and immediately judged guilty by the public.

Schmitt was charged with sexual assaulting several students two years ago, when he was a teacher at the MicroSociety Magnet School in New Haven. A jury acquitted him in April in one student's case, and a jury recently was picked in another student's case.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Patrick Clifford dismissed all charges pending against Schmitt after a prosecutor said it would be difficult to prove the allegations.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut Department of Social Services official who managed state fraud and waste investigations has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for submitting a mortgage application with bogus information.

Lynwood Patrick Jr. of East Hartford entered the plea Monday in federal court in Bridgeport and faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Aug. 31.

The 39-year-old Patrick was the director of investigations for the Social Services Department's Quality Assurance Office. He was fired after his arrest in May.

Prosecutors say Patrick submitted a mortgage modification application for property he owns in East Hartford that included fabricated pay stubs and false information about how much money he had in bank accounts.

Patrick remains free on bail. His lawyer didn't immediately return a message Tuesday morning.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A technology that allows police to remotely detect gunfire is going to cover a third of New Haven.

Police Chief Dean Esserman tells the New Haven Register ShotSpotter will cover five square miles by October more than tripling its current coverage.

Officers will now be able to receive ShotSpotter information directly to their phones as text alerts. They plan to use that information to investigate shootings within 48 hours of happening.

New Haven has utilized ShotSpotter over the last six years and has spent nearly $50,000 annually on the technology. That number is expected to grow to $220,000.

Esserman says he believes the technology's expansion will be fully operational within three months of July 1.

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) The operators of the Oakdale Theater are going back before the town's Planning and Zoning Commission in an attempt to find a compromise that would allow it to continue holding concerts.

A lawyer for the town last week said the municipal government can't grant the theater an exemption to a noise ordinance, because the allowed decibel levels in the area are controlled by state law.

Neighbors had obtained a cease-and-desist order, complaining that concerts held in the dome section of the theater create too much noise.

The theater has said it cannot afford to soundproof the building.

The zoning board on Monday night will consider a permit request that would allow for events under the dome and to change the noise conditions of the permit.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say the body of a missing 24-year-old Stamford man has been found after he was reported missing last year.

Stamford Police say they found the body of Paulino Mendoza Sunday afternoon next to the boat docks at Cove Island Park.

Mendoza appears to have been submerged for a long period of time, which police say makes it difficult to determine his cause of death. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Mendoza was reported missing by his family on December 28 after not returning home for four days. Relatives said he was out with friends and was last seen Christmas Eve near Willowbrook and Cove roads.

Police say Mendoza immigrated to Stamford from his native country of Guatemala. He lived and worked in Stamford for several years.

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DANIELSON, Conn. (AP) A police report says an 8-month-old Connecticut girl whose parents are charged in her death was given a potent sleeping pill in her bottle the night before she died.

The details are in an arrest warrant affidavit released Friday in the case of 28-year-old Justine Barber and 32-year-old Kevin Hartshom Jr., both of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The couple used to live in Brooklyn, Connecticut, where the baby died in February.

The affidavit says Barber and Hartshom regularly gave their children sleep medication, including the night before the baby died.

Barber is charged with manslaughter and Hartshom with negligent homicide. They were arraigned Friday in Danielson Superior Court.

A judge set their bails at $125,000 and placed them under suicide watches. A bail commissioner said the couple have mental health problems.

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a United Express flight from New Jersey has landed safely at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport after the pilot extinguished a small fire in the cockpit.

Officials say the Dash 8 turboprop commuter plane took off from Newark and landed before 1 p.m. at Bradley, which is about 15 miles north of Hartford.

The plane was carrying 36 passengers and three crew members.

State police Sgt. Shane Hassett says Bradley was the plane's destination.

No one was injured. The passengers were evacuated from the plane and bused to the terminal.

It wasn't immediately clear what may have caused the fire. The National Transportation Safety Board says it is aware of the incident and is investigating.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A schizophrenic Connecticut man who viciously killed his mother with a fireplace poker and knife has been found not guilty by reason of insanity and will be committed to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

The Hartford Courant reports a three-judge panel in Middletown Superior Court reached the verdict Friday against 24-year-old Robert Rankin.

Rankin was charged with murder in the December 2013 killing of his 45-year-old mother, Margaret Rohner. Police said Rankin attacked Rohner with a fireplace poker and knife, leaving her eviscerated body in her Deep River home.

Rankin's lawyer said his client believed he had to hurt his mother because she was an alien and was taking power from him.

Rankin is being treated and evaluated at the state Whiting Forensic Division psychiatric hospital in Middletown.

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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Greenwich police are urging residents to take precautions amid a series of burglaries in one of Connecticut's most affluent towns.

Police Lt. Kraig Gray says eight homes have been burglarized within the last month and four homes were hit over the last weekend.

Gray said Thursday that police have adjusted their patrol patterns to address the increase in burglaries, which have occurred during daylight hours and overnight.

Residents are urged to enlist neighbors to watch property when they go on vacation and give their homes a ``lived in'' appearance to make them less attractive targets.

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A 33-year-old New Jersey man has been charged with vandalizing a Roman Catholic Church in Torrington.

Police say Shumel Pollen of Rockaway, New Jersey entered St. Francis Church on Main Street Thursday morning, tipped over statues, candle holders and plants and did other damage.

Police say Pollen ran from the scene after pulling a fire alarm, but was found a short time later at a local hotel.

He is charged with desecration of property, criminal mischief and breach of peace. He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond and could not be reached for comment.

Police say church officials told them Pollen was in the church garden screaming just before the vandalism, and told a priest he wanted to be left alone to pray.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say a man called 911 to report that his cat attacked him and was being so aggressive that he and his wife couldn't get back into their home for nearly four hours.

Mohammed Lokman called Stamford police just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. He said the nearly 8-pound cat attacked his leg and bit him late Tuesday night.

Lokman and his wife then went outside. He told a dispatcher that when they tried to get back in, the cat was waiting behind the door in an aggressive manner. The couple ended up sitting in their car for a while.

The couple was able to get back inside after the 911 call. Police advised them to stay away from the cat the rest of the night.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Following are some bills that passed or failed in this year's session of the Connecticut General Assembly. Most still await the governor's signature:

 

Passed:

- Allows school districts to no longer require 11th graders to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium or SBAC test.

 

- Bans the purchase or sale of encapsulated alcohol.

 

- Requires local registrars of voters to be certified and undergo training. Bill includes process for removal.

 

- Allows immigrants brought illegally to U.S. as children to receive in-state college tuition rates after two years instead of three years at a Connecticut high school.

 

- Requires school districts to add instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to middle school or high school health and safety curriculum.

 

- Creates two-step process for Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes to possibly open a satellite tribal casino.

 

- Allows limited bow-and-arrow hunting on private property on Sundays.

 

Failed:

- Allowing physicians to provide life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.

 

- Creating a moratorium on the state's education commissioner from approving more charter schools.

 

- Requirements that the University of Connecticut Foundation adhere to state open government laws.

 

- Regulations for ride-sharing companies like Uber.

 

- Requiring people who have a restraining or protective order against them to surrender their firearms and ammunition within 24 hours of being notified of the order.

 

- Allowing Tesla Motors to open three stores in Connecticut to sell directly to consumers.

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