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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - State police say a tractor-trailer parked at an Interstate 95 rest area in Connecticut has been struck by a bullet and troopers want to question a couple in a pickup truck seen nearby.

The bullet struck the driver's side of the tractor-trailer at about 2 a.m. Friday while it was parked at the rest area on the southbound side of the highway in Milford. The driver, a 31-year-old Philadelphia man, was not hurt.

Surveillance video from the area shows a shirtless, heavyset white male, wearing jeans and tan work boots, in the area of the truck at the time of the shooting. He had a white female passenger wearing dark clothing.

The tan Ford Super Duty pickup truck they were in left the area at a high rate of speed.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford's new minor league baseball team won't play a single game in the city this season.

The Eastern League on Friday changed its schedule to move the Hartford Yard Goats' remaining home games to the road.

The Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies moved from nearby New Britain in the offseason and was supposed to open play in a new $60 million stadium in April.

Construction delays pushed back the opening date and led the city in June to fire the developer.

Work on the project was suspended amid an insurance investigation and a lawsuit filed by that developer.

The Yard Goats say season-ticket holders who make trips to Manchester, New Hampshire; Binghamton, New York; Bowie, Maryland; and Trenton, New Jersey, can attend the games for free.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A spokesman for the Connecticut Democratic Party says party officials are cooperating with a federal criminal investigation into whether the party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's 2014 re-election campaign.

Leigh Appleby's comments Friday were in response to a report by The Hartford Courant that Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly's office is convening a grand jury to review the campaign spending.

A spokesman for Daly declined to comment.

At issue is a complaint filed by state Republicans alleging Democrats illegally used contributions from contractors that were earmarked for federal government elections to pay for a mailing benefiting Malloy's campaign.

Democrats last month agreed to make a $325,000 payment to the state to settle the complaint to the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Appleby says Democrats complied with all laws.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a man was critically injured when he was shot three times in Hartford.

Officers arrived at the scene around 12:30 a.m. Thursday and found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.

Sgt. John Miller tells The Hartford Courant there were no suspects as of Thursday. Authorities are investigating.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has ruled that housing officials improperly removed a man from Connecticut's rental assistance program because his name was on the state's sex offender registry.

The state Housing Department issued a regulation in 2012 that made those on the registry ineligible for housing assistance.

But the court ruled Thursday that the regulation cannot be applied retroactively to those who were already in the program.

The ruling, which overturns a lower court decision, comes in the case of Francis Shannon, a legally blind Hartford man who lost his rental assistance in 2013. He had been convicted in 1997 of endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey.

The state argued unsuccessfully that it was not acting retroactively, but was instead denying Shannon future benefits he might receive.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A 19-year-old Bridgeport man has been found guilty of robbing and shooting a paraplegic man last year.

The Connecticut Post reports that Shaquille Andrews was convicted Thursday in Bridgeport of attempted murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree assault. He faces up to 60 years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 15.

Prosecutors say the 36-year-old victim, who's in a wheelchair, was visiting a friend at a housing project on June 2, 2015, when he was confronted in the hallway by Andrews. They say Andrews robbed the victim and then shot him in the chest.

The victim has since recovered. Andrews testified in his own defense and denied robbing and shooting the victim.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Security footage shows Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy bypassed security at a state airport while carrying his son's backpack in November.

The events at Bradley International Airport were reported Thursday by the Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/29ZooLS), which obtained airport security camera footage showing the Democratic governor carrying the backpack through a private corridor to a departure gate.

Malloy and his wife, Cathy, were seeing their 23-year-old son, Samuel, off for a flight. While Samuel Malloy went through a security checkpoint, the governor carried his son's backpack while being escorted by state police through the nonpublic corridor.

Malloy apologized in an interview with the Courant and called it an absent-minded mistake. Airport officials say it violated security rules.

The federal Transportation Security Administration investigated and found no violations.

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state representative has been arrested on a drunken driving charge, more than a year after an arrest on the same charge.

State police pulled over David J. Alexander, an Enfield Democrat, early Saturday on Interstate 84 in West Hartford. A police report says Alexander's vehicle was crossing into the right shoulder.

A message seeking comment was left at Alexander's home. He's scheduled to appear in court July 28.

The 35-year-old Alexander was arrested in February 2015 on a DUI charge. At that time, he apologized and said he'd seek help to overcome struggles with alcohol.

A spokesman for Democratic House Speaker Brendan Sharkey says Alexander is being removed from his committee assignments. He says Sharkey is ``extremely concerned'' and has urged Alexander to get help.

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LEBANON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut town is facing a legal quandary over plans to expand a library located on a historic, mile-long green, that hasn't changed much since the days when French troops camped there during the Revolutionary War.

The town of Lebanon needs to show a deed to secure grants that would help pay for the $5.8 million project, but it turns out, it doesn't own the land.

According to documents that date to 1705, the green belongs to the ``heirs and assigns'' of 51 original proprietors, the 17th and early 18th-century investors in the property.

Town historian Alicia Wayland says that's probably about 10,000 people and it would be impossible to locate all of them and have them sign over the deed to the town.

Officials are considering hiring a lawyer to explore other options.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Authorities have identified the off-duty police officer who was one of two people found dead inside a Connecticut home.

State police identified the officer as 37-year-old Hallock Yocher, a 10-year veteran of the Waterbury Police Department. Police haven't released the name of the other victim pending notification of family.

Police were called to the Waterbury home around 5 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a disturbance. Responding officers found Yocher and the other victim unresponsive inside the home.

Police say the individuals knew each other and there's no threat to the community. Police haven't elaborated on the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

No further details were provided. The incident remains under investigation.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to her role in defrauding Medicaid out of about $1.6 million.

The Republican-American reports that 61-year-old Patricia Lafayette of Torrington entered the plea Monday to health care fraud in federal court in Bridgeport.

Court documents say Lafayette was charged as part of an investigation that revealed Medicaid was billed for psychotherapy services that were either performed by unlicensed individuals or not performed at all.

Authorities say Lafayette and Anne Silver, a marriage and family therapist, created false bills for therapy to collect payments from the federal system from 2011 until 2015.

Silver pleaded guilty last year and is awaiting sentencing. A sentencing date hasn't yet been scheduled for Lafayette.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a Bridgeport man who at first appeared to be a good Samaritan for offering to take in a stranger during a winter storm is charged with raping the woman.

Jefferson Sumpter was charged Tuesday with first-degree sexual assault, strangulation and unlawful restraint. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Police tell the Connecticut Post the woman took a train from Guilford to Bridgeport on Feb. 1, 2015 to visit a friend, but because of the storm was unable to get back to the train station for the return trip.

Police say she went to a diner to wait out the storm where she met Sumpter, who offered to take her in. Investigators say when they got to his home he raped her.

Sumpter has denied raping the woman.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut union leaders are taking steps to try and help more than 1,000 laid-off state employees get their jobs back.

The union SEIU Healthcare 1199, New England, is launching a television ad campaign Wednesday. The first 30-second spot features a woman with cerebral palsy named Jenny who needs a special computer to communicate. She says the only state employee who knows how to customize the device was laid off May 3. She urges the governor to re-hire the staffer and others.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Schneider says the union is highlighting the ramifications of the job cuts, made to help balance the state's budget.

Connecticut AFSCME Larry Dorman says his union has short- and long-term plans to restore services and get employees re-hired. Grievances and labor complaints have already been filed.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say officers responding to a report of shots fired found a loaded shotgun hidden in a children's playscape in Hartford.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says the gun was located Sunday on the eastern side of Pope Park. It contained three live, 12-gauge shotgun rounds.

Officers had responded to a report of two gunshots fired in the area. No victims were found.

Foley says officers talked to witnesses who say they saw someone flee the area, but police weren't able to find the person who last had the gun.

The investigation continues.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Officials in Connecticut say emergency dispatchers used their personal cellphones to return 911 calls after the statewide emergency telecommunications system went down.

State police say there were no reports of delayed responses stemming from the blackouts. Spokeswoman Kelly Grant says AT has resolved the issue but it's unclear what caused the outage.

Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew says 911 service was interrupted twice on Friday night. New Haven, Guilford and Wethersfield were among several other cities and towns affected.

Grant says 911 communication in all 12 state police barracks were also out.

Drew says dispatchers picked up the phone but couldn't talk to callers, so they used their own phones. He says the city probably missed about five calls during the outages.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A California man has been sentenced to prison for a mortgage loan modification scheme that defrauded homeowners in Connecticut and other states.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says 33-year-old Aria Maleki, of Santa Ana, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Bridgeport to nine years in prison. Maleki pleaded guilty March 22 to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Maleki and others operated a series of California-based companies that falsely purported to provide home mortgage loan modifications and other debt relief services in exchange for upfront fees ranging from approximately $2,500 to $4,300.

Prosecutors say more than 1,000 homeowners suffered losses totaling more than $3 million through the scheme.

Daly thanked federal and state law enforcement partners in New England, New Jersey, California and Oklahoma for investigating.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man was killed after he was struck by a brick thrown at a car he was riding in.

Police say three men were riding in Bridgeport around 8:40 p.m. Saturday when a group of people they were passing began throwing rocks and a brick at the car, smashing the windshield and passenger's window.

Forty-one-year-old Edy Morales of Bridgeport was hit in the head by the brick. He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Police say it's unclear what prompted the crowd to start throwing rocks.

The death marks the city's fourth homicide this year.

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say the death of an infant earlier this year in Connecticut has been ruled a homicide.

Fairfield police say an investigation has been launched into the March 22 death of 4-month-old Adam Seagull of Shelton at an unlicensed home day care.

His death was initially ruled an accident from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy says there had been no signs of trauma and the baby had not been sick.

Toxicology reports showed high levels of Benadryl in the infant's system. An autopsy concluded the baby died from acute diphenhydramine intoxication.

No criminal charges have been filed. Lyddy says the investigation is ongoing.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a body was found in the Connecticut River in Middletown over the weekend.

Lt. Richard Davis says a kayaker noticed the body around 2:15 p.m. Saturday floating near the bank of the river between the Arrigoni Bridge and Harbor Park. Crews recovered the body shortly after.

It's unclear how long the body had been in the river. Davis says authorities are investigating the man's death. His identity is being withheld pending the notification of his family and an autopsy.

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STERLING, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police are investigating the death of a 9-month-old girl in the rural town of Sterling.

Officers responded to a home day care at around 11:45 a.m. Thursday on a report of an unresponsive baby.

The unidentified baby was taken to Backus Hospital in Norwich, where police say she was later pronounced dead.

Police say the death doesn't appear to be a criminal incident. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A former housing director in West Haven has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for accepting bribes.

Fifty-six-year-old Micheal Siwek was sentenced Friday. He had pleaded guility in September, 2014 to a bribery conspiracy charge and one count of tax evasion.

Prosecutors say Prosecutors say Siwek took more than $1.5 million in bribes from 2007 to 2012 in return for awarding business and contracts with the Housing Authority.

In addition to his prison term, U.S. District Judge Michael Shea ordered Siwek to pay $1.5 million restitution and $363,000 in back taxes.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) Westport police say two young men looking for Pokemon in the prayer garden of a local Roman Catholic church instead came across a naked woman who was vandalizing the property.

Police tell the Connecticut Post the men were playing smartphone game ``Pokemon Go,'' which led them into the garden of St. Luke's Church on Wednesday.

They say the naked woman in the garden had pulled lights from the ground, overturned a statue and benches and was throwing garbage from her car into a baptismal pond.

Police were called. The woman, identified only as a 40-year-old Bridgeport resident, was taken to a local hospital for observation. She was not arrested.

Church officials say the damage to the garden can be repaired.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been acquitted of murder and first-degree assault charges in the shootings of two teenage brothers two years ago.

The New Haven Register reports that the New Haven jury also found 21-year-old Jeffrey Covington not guilty Thursday of conspiring to commit murder.

This is the case's second trial. A deadlocked jury had led to a mistrial in the October 2015 prosecution of Covington for the March 24, 2014, shooting that killed 17-year-old Taijhon Washington and injured his then-16-year-old brother, Travon, in New Haven.

The jury had convicted Covington of carrying a pistol without a permit. They were unable to agree on the murder charge. Covington received a 10-year prison sentence.

Covington's attorney says prosecutors failed to show Covington had motive to shoot the brothers.

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who prosecutors say killed his 86-year-old mother and lived in their home with her dead body for several months has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

A three-judge Superior Court panel in New Britain ruled Thursday that 61-year-old John Waszynski of Wethersfield is not guilty by reason of mental disease or illness. He was ordered committed to a state psychiatric hospital for further evaluation.

The panel is scheduled to reconvene Oct. 6 to decide whether Waszynski should be committed to a mental hospital.

Waszynski was charged with murder in May 2014 after Krystyna Waszynski's decomposed body was found by police conducting a wellness check in the home they shared in Wethersfield. Court documents say Waszynski confessed to fatally choking her in December 2013.

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WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) State police say a Connecticut fire chief has died in a single-vehicle car crash.

Police say Easy Granby Fire Chief Peter Ahlstrin was driving east on Route 20 in Windsor at about 10:40 p.m. Thursday when his pickup truck went off the road, struck the wire rope railing and rolled down an embankment.

The 29-year-old Ahlstrin was ejected from the vehicle and pinned underneath it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

The department on its Facebook page posted: ``Rest easy Chief, we'll take it from here.''

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A local TV meteorologist in Connecticut has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

State police say 33-year-old Justin Goldstein of WTNH-TV in New Haven was arrested Wednesday.

He's also charged with promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

Police say an investigation began last month after video files of suspected child porn were downloaded from Goldstein's internet account. Federal, state and local authorities say they found child porn on computers and other devices seized at Goldstein's home in Hamden.

The 33-year-old Goldstein is free on $200,000 bond pending a July 26 court date.

WTNH has suspended Goldstein over the charges. His biography no longer appears on the station's website, and his social media accounts have been shut down.

It's unclear whether Goldstein has a lawyer.

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GROTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police say they've seized more than 60 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $3 million following a traffic stop.

State police say they stopped two vehicles that were weaving in and out of traffic on Interstate 95 on Wednesday in Groton.

During the stop, troopers say they found cocaine packaged in two cardboard boxes in the trunk of one of the vehicles.

Troopers say the driver of the car, Arnulfo Hiciano, told them the boxes weren't his and that he was traveling with the other vehicle that also was stopped.

Hiciano and the other driver, Giovanni Carmona, were taken into custody. No attorney information was immediately available.

The Rhode Island men are each being held on $100,000 bond and are scheduled to appear on Thursday in New London Superior Court.

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ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a man working for a New Hampshire contractor has died while working at a Connecticut business.

Rocky Hill police Sgt. Steve Morgan says officers responded to Children Family Dentistry and Braces just before 3 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a man stuck in a small crawlspace. The dental office is one of several businesses in the business plaza.

Police say a worker for Hudson, New Hampshire-based Barlo Signs, which had been hired to do repairs on the building's exterior, became unresponsive while working inside the cramped space above the dentist's office.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not made public.

The cause of death remains under investigation by the state medical examiner.

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LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut teenager who paralyzed a man when he shot him over a "trivial disagreement" at a house party has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Republican-American reports that 18-year-old Dante Fanali was sentenced Tuesday in connection with the shooting in Goshen last August that put 27-year-old Alfredo Castillo, of Torrington, in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

The Stamford teen had pleaded guilty in April to first-degree assault and evidence tampering.

Prosecutors say the dispute started when Fanali taunted Castillo. Castillo then tossed a pizza box and Fanali pulled a gun. He pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't fire. He pulled the trigger again, hitting Castillo in the neck.

Castillo was forgiving in court, saying "I can't say he is a bad person."

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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police have arrested a third man in connection with the theft of a semi-automatic rifle and bulletproof vest from a trooper's cruiser.

James Lee, of New Haven, was arrested Wednesday at New Haven Superior Court. The 19-year-old was already in custody and was being arraigned on unrelated charges.

Two other men were arrested last week on several weapons charges stemming from the March theft. Authorities say they expect several more arrests.

The cruiser was parked outside the trooper's Milford home and was one of several vehicles in the area that were burglarized. Burglars broke into the cruiser's trunk, where the AR-15 rifle was stored. The weapon was later recovered.

Lee is being held on bond. He's due in court Thursday.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is struggling to win support for a program to help fellow ex-convicts find jobs.

The City Council this week set aside a proposal to commit $50,000 for a program to encourage employers to hire ex-offenders.

Ganim spokesman Av Harris said Wednesday that the proposal has potential to make Bridgeport a national model and the mayor is confident he can reach an understanding with the council.

Ganim served as mayor of Connecticut's largest city for more than a decade before going to federal prison for seven years for public corruption. He mounted a comeback bid and was elected again last year.

The Connecticut Post reports that City Council members said Ganim has not provided enough details for his second-chance initiative.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Yale University has asked the state not to pursue criminal charges against a former worker who destroyed a stained-glass window depicting slaves in a cotton field.

Corey Menafee, who is black, told reporters outside New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday that he probably shouldn't have broken the window last month, but he found the image disturbing.

The window was inside Calhoun College, named for former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an ardent defender of slavery during the 19th century. The college's name has been the subject of protests by students who want it changed.

The 38-year-old former dining hall employee was in court Tuesday facing a felony charge of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge.

Yale says Menafee resigned. It says it already planned to remove the window.

 

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut psychiatrist and her husband have agreed pay $400,000 to settle a civil lawsuit alleging they orchestrated a scheme to submit false claims to Medicaid.

Attorney General George Jepsen said Tuesday the settlement agreement was approved last week by a Hartford Superior Court judge.

Prosecutors say Dr. Ashwini Sabnis and her husband, Saurav "Sam" Mohanty, submitted false claims for services that were not provided and claims that were "upcoded," meaning the provider knowingly uses a higher-paying code on the claim form.

Prosecutors say Sabnis and Mohanty then retained and concealed the resulting overpayment from January 2010 through at least July 2012.

Under the terms of the settlement, Sabnis and Mohanty did not admit liability.

 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut pastor is facing charges after police say he sexually assaulted a minor who was a member of his church and choir.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/29BEWt9) 59-year-old Walter Williams, of Northford, was arrested Monday. He's charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of fourth-degree sexual assault and related crimes.

Police say the victim's mother contacted authorities after discovering text messages between her daughter and Williams on her daughter's phone. The victim told police at least two of the assaults took place at Walk of Faith Church of Christ, in New Haven, where Williams is the pastor.

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VERNON, Conn. (AP) - State police say three adults and three children were injured when a truck hit a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 84 in Connecticut.

Police say the truck driver was trying to change lanes Sunday afternoon in Vernon when he hit the SUV next to him. The truck pushed the SUV sideways and both cars went off the highway's right shoulder. The truck rolled down an embankment.

Police say the driver of the SUV, 45-year-old Marion Terry, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, suffered minor injuries. She was taken to Hartford Hospital. An 11-year-old and two 14-year-old girls were taken to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center with minor injuries.

The truck driver, 70-year-old Manuel Santos, and his passenger, both of California, were hospitalized with minor injuries.

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EXETER, R.I. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Community College of Rhode Island student in Exeter.

Police say 26-year-old Jeremy Filippo of Voluntown, Connecticut, turned himself in Sunday. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death resulting in the crash that killed 20-year-old Christian Costigan of Exeter.

Police say Costigan was walking with friends on the north shoulder of Route 165 on Friday night when he was struck. He died at the hospital.

The college says Costigan was studying music.

Filippo allegedly fled the scene toward Connecticut after the crash.

He was released Sunday on $10,000 bond. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

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HARWINTON, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut man lost part of his arm in a fireworks incident during a private, unlicensed fireworks show.

Crews responded to a Harwinton home around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Emergency workers took a 28-year-old man to the hospital for treatment.

Police say the Waterbury man's left arm was amputated below the elbow by a piece of metal shrapnel.

Authorities are investigating.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police say a horse was found wandering on Interstate 91 after kicking out the door of its trailer and falling onto the highway.

Troopers responded and alerted the animal's owners who had continued on their way. Police say the horse had a few cuts and scrapes but appeared to avoid more serious injury.

The horse was found around 1 a.m. Thursday after drivers reported seeing it in the Cromwell area.

The owners were about 40 miles away in Stratford when they were notified by police. They retrieved the horse.

 

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MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (AP) - An amusement park in Connecticut says it ejected a spectator who charged the stage during a magician's performance after the entertainer made a joke about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The Greenwich Time reports Jim Sisti, of Beacon Falls, had been performing on Saturday at the Lake Quassy Amusement Park Waterpark in Middlebury when a child told him she liked tacos.

Sisti says he made a quip alluding to Trump's rhetoric on Mexicans, prompting an angry spectator to stand up, run at the stage, and begin a vulgar tirade as several children were on stage.

Sisti says 100 spectators attended the show and many began "catcalling."

A park spokesman confirmed the unidentified spectator was ejected following the incident. The man wasn't banned from future visits.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - UConn President Susan Herbst says her top managers have agreed to forego some bonuses that have come under fire from state lawmakers during a tight budget year.

In a letter to lawmakers and the governor Friday, Herbst says she believes the move will have a negative impact on the school's ability to hire top-level staff in the future, but believes it is "necessary in order to move forward."

The school says the give-backs include $40,000 from Richard Orr, the school's general counsel, $45,000 from Rachel Rubin, Herbst's chief of staff and $13,000 from Laura Cruickshank, the school's chief architect and master planner.

State Senator Dante Bartolomeo (D-Meriden), the Senate chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, called the move a reasonable resolution of the situation.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and getting her pregnant.

The Connecticut Post reports that 29-year-old William Mejia-Alas is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of first-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child.

Authorities say the suspect and girl lived in the same apartment building. The girl told police that Mejia-Alas would come up from his first-floor apartment to her family's second-floor apartment under the guise of keeping an eye on the girl while her mother worked. Police say they had sex multiple times.

Mejia-Alas denied sexually assaulting the girl in an interview with police, saying she constantly asked him to have sex.

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VOLUNTOWN, Conn. (AP) State police say a man was killed when his motorcycle hit a deer and lost control in Connecticut.

Police say 37-year-old Peter Kozlowski of Griswold was heading east on Route 138 in Voluntown around 5:10 a.m. Thursday when his motorcycle hit the animal and veered into the westbound lane.

The bike was then struck by a car driven by 53-year-old Mary Ketchel of Warwick, Rhode Island and another vehicle driven by 39-year-old Sherrie Whitford of Exeter, Rhode Island.

Kozlowski was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say neither Ketchel nor Whitford appeared to be injured.

The incident is under investigation.

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a couple trying to escape a storm was injured after lightning hit a nearby tree at a West Haven beach.

Officials say the couple was walking on Oak Grove Field Thursday when they got caught in the rain. The man and woman received an energy transfer when they walked by the tree that was struck.

Police say the victims were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition. They weren't immediately identified.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - Police have arrested a Connecticut school bus driver on charges she allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student who rode her bus.

Twenty-seven-year-old Wendy Valero of Middletown turned herself in Tuesday on a warrant charging her with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Police say Valero was a driver for DATTCO when she met the boy who had rode her bus for about three years.

Authorities say she arranged to bring the boy to her home where she allegedly exposed herself to him and engaged in sexual activity in June.

DATTCO says they removed Valero from service when they learned of the investigation. It's unclear if Valero has an attorney who can comment on the charges.

She's due back in court July 19.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Officials say two dogs that mauled a Connecticut woman to death last month have been euthanized.

The New Haven Register reports that New Haven Animal Control Officer Joseph Manganiello confirmed the two American bulldog mixes were humanely euthanized Wednesday.

The dogs had been quarantined after attacking 53-year-old Jocelyn Winfrey on June 20 in New Haven. Winfrey succumbed to her injuries a week later at the hospital.

The dogs' owner, Hamilton Hicks, has not been charged in the incident. The Yale Medical School resident psychiatrist is on leave from the school and is facing unrelated charges.

The city has said the dogs were properly registered and vaccinated, and there were no prior complaints against them.

Alder Brian Wingate says he plans to explore possible ordinance changes addressing dogs and dog owners.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State officials say new individualized care plans, treatment and case management will be available for survivors of child sex trafficking in Connecticut.

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz and Office of Victim Services Director Linda J. Cimino announced the new services on Wednesday.

Youth will receive assistance for a minimum of nine months under the expanded services, and staff will be available around the clock to respond to emergencies. These services will be provided by the nonprofit group Love146, which has offices in New Haven.

State officials expect that 50 to 60 survivors will receive services during the 2017 fiscal year.

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police are warning drivers to watch out for bears after a motorist struck one on Interstate 84.

Police say the bear was hit Tuesday morning on the eastbound side of I-84 in New Britain. The driver had left the scene when troopers arrived.

Police are advising drivers that hit bears, deer or other wildlife to call police and not exit their vehicle.

Police say the state Department of Energy Environmental Protection was at the scene. The bear was killed and taken away.

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut man accidentally shot himself in the leg while dancing.

And to add insult to injury, the Stratford man is now facing criminal charges.

Police tell The Connecticut Post they responded to a home in town on Sunday for reports of gunfire. Officers found 32-year-old Kiel Helenese holding a bloody rag on his right leg. He told officers he had been dancing with some friends at a holiday party when a pistol on his right hip went off.

He was treated at the hospital.

He was also charged with possession of a loaded gun while under the influence of alcohol, unlawful discharge of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment. He is free on $1,000 bond. He could not immediately be reached.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - The mother of a 7-month-old baby whose father is charged with throwing him to his death from a Connecticut bridge is planning to sue the state.

WFSB-TV reports that 19-year-old Adrianne Oyola's attorney is asking the claims commissioner for the right to sue the state. Connecticut law requires permission to be granted.

She claims that the state Department of Children and Families was negligent and could have done more to save the life of her son, Aaden Moreno.

The baby's father, Tony Moreno, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges for allegedly throwing the boy from Middletown's Arrigoni Bridge in July 2015. The child's body was found two days later by a canoeist.

The state agency didn't comment on the suit.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's insurance commissioner says nonprofit insurer HealthyCT needs to be placed under state supervision to protect the company's 40,000 policyholders.

Commissioner Katharine Wade said Tuesday HealthyCT's financial condition is unstable. The Wallingford-based Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan, or CO-OP, has been ordered to stop writing new policies.

The state's health insurance exchange will stop selling HealthyCT coverage.

Wade says the decision to issue an order of supervision was not taken lightly. She says it was done to protect policyholders and "make certain that their claims will be paid under the terms of their policies."

HealthyCT was formed in 2011 to participate in the Affordable Care Act. But it has struggled like some other CO-OPs to attract enrollees.

HealthyCT CEO Kenneth LaLime says policyholders will be covered through their policy periods.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Board of Regents for Higher Education in Connecticut has a new chairman.

Board member Matt Fleury will replace Nicholas M. Donofrio, who stepped down July 1 after serving four years on the board.

Fleury is the president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. He has served on the board since its creation in 2011, including as chairman of the finance and infrastructure committee, as a member of the executive committee and as part of various presidential search committees.

Donofrio says he's proud of his tenure on the board. He calls Fleury a trusted colleague.

The board governs four state universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College, an online school.

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SHELTON, Conn. (AP) - A New York man is facing charges after police say he sexually assaulted two women while massaging them at a Connecticut spa.

Police on Tuesday arrested 53-year-old Kim Hyung, of Fresh Meadows. He's charged with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of practicing massage therapy without a license.

Police say a 38-year-old woman reported May 6 that Hyung had assaulted her during a massage at Coco Spa in Shelton. On May 28, a 36-year-old woman reported to police that Hyung had assaulted her during a massage at the spa.

Investigators learned that Hyung does not have a license to practice massage therapy.

He's being held on $15,000 bond.

Hyung's lawyer told WVIT-TV outside of court Tuesday that it's important that people understand there's a presumption of innocence.

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A 6-year-old girl was transported to the hospital after being pulled from the water at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. Emergency dispatchers say crews were called to Burr Pond for a possible drowning around 6:30 p.m. Torrington Fire Chief Gary Brunoli says when crews arrived the child was already out of the water and conscious and breathing.

 

A good samaritan sitting on a park bench saw the girl needed help and pulled her from the lake . He then gave her CPR till help arrived. She was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for evaluation and is expected to recover. This is the same location where a 4-year-old drowned on June 26. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has banned alcohol at the park for 90 days because of public safety concerns

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State Comptroller Kevin Lembo says it appears Connecticut will close its books for the fiscal year with a nearly $316 million deficit. Lembo's announcement Friday echoes an estimate previously released by the governor's Office of Policy and Management.

 

He also says the deficit figure for the fiscal year that ended Thursday could be adjusted. He'll release a final unaudited report on Sept. 30 and a final audited report by Dec. 31. OPM Secretary Ben Barnes has said the state will spend much of its rainy day fund to offset the shortfall. That would leave less than $100 million in the state's reserve account, a situation that prompted concerns this week from Moody's credit rating agency.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro says Connecticut will receive a $320,564 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help response to the Zika virus. The money will help the state track Zika, coordinate the state's response and help affected families. Connecticut officials have been monitoring Zika since February.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut has revoked an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby, saying he engaged in conduct ``incongruent'' with the values of the University.

 

Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to revoke the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts given to Cosby in 1996. Officials said it was the first time UConn has revoked an honorary degree. A spokesman for Cosby declined to comment.

 

The 78-year-old comedian faces allegations that he drugged and molested dozens of women over five decades. He is charged criminally in connection with allegations by one woman and faces lawsuits by others, including a number of women in Massachusetts. He has denied the allegations. More than two dozen colleges and universities around the country have rescinded Cosby's honorary degrees or are considering doing so.

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He's back ..U Conn's Mac and Cheese Kid

 

The so called Mac and Cheese kid from UCONN in Storrs - is in trouble with the law again. Last year Luke Gatti was taped delivering a drunken rampage in the cafateria about a food request before lashing out at a school official and then taken in to custody. Last month Gatti was in Boca Raton Florida and arrested for attacking a police officer. No further information available. What is confirmed is that Gatti is no longer a student at UCONN.

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The University of Connecticut wants nothing more to do with Bill Cosby. The University’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday, is expected to revoke the honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree it bestowed on the entertainer in 1996.

 

It will be a first for UConn, which has never taken back an honorary degree before.

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State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police responded to a report of a dead alligator in the Connecticut River, north of Hartford.

 

As a result of the investigation it was determined that it was not a live alligator that died, it was a stuffed alligator.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven officials are declaring a public health emergency after nearly 20 people overdosed on tainted heroin or cocaine and at least three died in the city and surrounding towns.

Officials issued the warning Friday. They said there have been up to 16 heroin or cocaine overdoses in New Haven since Thursday and several more in surrounding communities.

Two people died in New Haven and at least another died in another town. Officials said the numbers will likely rise.

Police are trying to determine if the powerful painkiller fentanyl or another substance is responsible.

State health officials said they're sending 700 doses of the overdose reversing drug Narcan to New Haven.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the situation is dangerous and the state is working to address the overdose problem.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police have killed a gray fox after they say it attacked a Stamford woman and chased a family.

The Stamford Advocate reports the woman was walking with her toddler Thursday when she saw what looked like a small dog. When she realized the animal was a fox and was following her, police say she grabbed her son and began walking away.

But authorities say the fox kept chasing her until she kicked it in the head and hid from it in a FedEx truck. Capt. Richard Conklin says the woman had a scratch or bite on her ankle and eventually went to a hospital.

Police say a family in the same neighborhood also reported an aggressive fox. Police found the animal and shot it.

It's being tested for rabies.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State officials say they've found a way to ensure thousands of needy Connecticut families will still receive a child care subsidy.

The Office of Early Childhood announced Friday that instead of cutting off coverage to existing families who didn't meet new eligibility rules, the program will be closed to new applications for low-income working parents as of Aug. 1.

New applicants who qualify as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients, former TANF recipients from the last five years and certain 18- and 19-year-old parents will remain eligible for the child care subsidy.

The office originally planned to toughen eligibility for the state's Care4Kids program due to changes in federal block grant funding rules. The office estimated 4,500 families representing about 6,100 children would no longer be eligible on July 1.

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut have arrested a woman they say held up a doughnut shop at gunpoint and a man who allegedly pedaled her away from the scene on a bicycle.

A worker at a Willimantic Dunkin' Donuts called 911 at 3 a.m. Thursday to report that he had been robbed by an armed woman who was whisked away on a bike.

Officers with a police dog searched the area and found a fake gun and a man with a bicycle in an alley. The woman was found in a trash can.

Kiara Wilson is being held on $150,000 bail on charges including robbery. Daniel Henderson is being held on $100,000 bail on charges including conspiracy to commit robbery.

Both face arraignment Friday. It could not be determined if they have lawyers who could comment on the accusations.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Legislative leaders are blasting the University of Connecticut for moving forward with raises for its senior staff despite the state's budget problems.

The school says the raises, approved in 2013 and 2014, are meant to bring the salaries of top staff in line with those at peer institutions.

But House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden), House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Seymour) and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) say going forward with the pay increases is tone deaf given large-scale state layoffs and budget cuts that have led to tuition hikes at UConn.

UConn President Susan Herbst is on track to receive $194,500 in raises and bonuses this year under her contract.

The university's general counsel, chief architect and Herbst's deputy chief of staff all are receiving raises this year.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two developers have been charged with allegedly pocketing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars meant to redevelop Hartford's Dillon Stadium and lure a new professional soccer franchise to the Connecticut city.

James Duckett and Mitchell Anderson face 26 federal counts, including conspiracy and fraud.

Prosecutors allege the Connecticut residents had been contracted by the city but never paid subcontractors and used city money for personal and other purposes.

Hartford ultimately cancelled their contract and filed civil suit. The Major Arena Soccer League dropped the proposed team -- Hartford City FC -- before a game was played.

Anderson was released on a $100,000 bond after appearing in New Haven federal court Thursday. His lawyer didn't immediately comment. Duckett is expected to appear in Las Vegas federal court Friday.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Officials in New Haven have declared a public health emergency following a string of overdoses linked to a batch of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

Officials say more than a dozen overdoses were reported on Thursday. City spokesman Laurence Grotheer says that at least one overdose was fatal.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.

Deputy Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana tells the New Haven Register the city has a "critical" shortage of the overdose reversal medication naloxone - also known by the brand name Narcan.

Fontana says Mayor Toni Harp's office is working with police, fire and health officials to address the emergency.

He says officials will meet on Friday to discuss how to combat the emergency.

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PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Plainfield police say a 7-year-old girl found in her family's swimming pool has died.

Isabella Costanzo was found submerged in the above ground pool by her mother around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. She was taken to an emergency medical center where she was pronounced dead.

Police say Isabella had been playing in her room when she apparently wandered outside.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Plainfield police remind residents that town regulations require installed pools to have an audible alarm system and a self-latching, self-closing gate system.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office says 724 positions have been eliminated so far from Connecticut's executive branch of government and more layoffs are expected.

The figure announced Wednesday by the Office of Policy and Management does not include cuts in higher education positions. It does include the jobs eliminated at many other state agencies, from 139 at the Department of Children and Families to one at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Meanwhile, the state's judicial branch said last week it had eliminated 239 permanent full-time employees so far and released 61 temporary employees.

The policy management office says there will be more job cuts to help balance the state budget.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police have identified a construction worker who was killed after being struck by a backhoe at a construction site in New Haven.

Authorities say crews from West Haven-based Pereira Sons Construction were working on a sewer line on Boston Post Road along the West Haven border Tuesday afternoon when 56-year-old Donald "Cary" Smith was hit by the equipment.

The Bethany man was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says the cause of death was blunt trauma of the head, torso and lower left extremity.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

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