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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they believe an ongoing dispute led to the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man at a local bodega.

Police say the victim was shot several times in the torso at about 11 p.m. Tuesday at the store on Maple Avenue.

The victim's name has not been released and no arrests had been made Wednesday morning.

The homicide is the fourth in the city in the last two weeks.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 23-year-old Connecticut faces the possibility of life in prison after a jury convicted him of felony murder, robbery and conspiracy.

The Hartford Courant reports a Superior Court jury returned its verdict Tuesday afternoon against Tyquan Turner. He has been in jail since 2013.

Turner was acquitted of a second murder charge in the killing of 25-year-old Miguel Rodriguez in July 2013, but the felony murder conviction carries the same penalty.

Twenty-three-year-old Lorenza Christian is also charged in Rodriguez's killing. He's awaiting trial.

After Rodriguez was shot, his attackers took a custom-made gold chain and medallion from his neck which featured the Disney character Scrooge McDuck.

Turner's sentencing is scheduled for July 21.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Two people have been hospitalized after a police cruiser they were in hit another car and crashed into a Chinese restaurant.

Witnesses tell the Connecticut Post the cruiser was driving in Bridgeport Tuesday afternoon with its siren off. They say it swerved to avoid hitting a small gray sedan but hit the car anyway. The car then jumped the curb and smashed into the metal gates of a closed Chinese takeout restaurant.

Fire officials say both the male officer and the passenger of the gray car were taken to local hospitals with injuries that aren't life-threatening.

City officials didn't say if the cruiser was speeding.

The gray car didn't appear to have much damage.

The names of those involved in the accident were not immediately available.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say a teen escaped a Memorial Day shooting with only a minor head wound.

Police say they 15-year-old boy told them he was cutting through a yard on Lilac Street at about 1:30 p.m. Monday when he heard a gunshot.

He was struck in the forehead, and suffered what police describe as a graze wound.

He was treated and released from Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police say the teen gave them only ``vague'' answers to their questions and told them he did not see the shooter. No arrests have been made.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say a man stabbed an acquaintance and then jumped to his death from the ninth floor of an apartment building near Yale University.

Authorities were called to the Taft Apartments on College Street at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the suspect stabbed 21-year-old Alexander Michaud and then jumped from the building. Officials say the suspect fell six stories onto a third-floor terrace.

The name of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of his family. Police say Michaud is in stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Authorities haven't released details of what happened before the stabbing and jump.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London police say a 4-year-old and a teenage girl were injured when someone opened fire outside a high-rise apartment building.

Witnesses reported seeing two men shooting toward a courtyard at the building on Crystal Avenue just before 10 p.m. on Monday.

The teen was struck in the upper arm and a 4-year-old suffered what police describe as a graze wound.

Both were taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police say it appears the shooters were aiming at someone else.

No arrests have been made.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An effort to extend workers' compensation coverage to Connecticut police officers suffering from mental injuries has cleared a key hurdle after years of defeat.


The state Senate voted 25-11 early Friday morning in favor of legislation to cover job-related mental health injuries that did not arise from a physical injury. But the proposal also encompassed another bill that extends workers' compensation coverage to certain firefighters who acquire various forms of cancer.


The decision to combine those two new mandates on cities and towns into one bill has prompted the state's largest organization of municipalities to fight the legislation in the House of Representatives.


The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities plans to unveil a radio campaign next week urging lawmakers to kill the bill, saying it's too costly for local taxpayers.


EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) — State police have arrested a Portland man in connection with a home invasion and assault at an East Hampton horse farm that nearly killed his mother-in-law.


Troopers charged 28-year-old Matthew Frick on Thursday evening with aiding and abetting to a first-degree assault and other crimes.


Authorities say Frick's mother-in-law, 58-year-old Lisa Rader, suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack last September at White Birch Farm.


Rader told The Hartford Courant the attacker hit her in the head with a pot and struck her 41 times with a fireplace stoker. She suffered facial nerve damage and had screws implanted in her left arm and hand.


Frick posted $250,000 bail and was arraigned Friday in Middletown Superior Court. His lawyer didn't immediately return messages Friday. A phone listing for Frick couldn't be found.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two former Wesleyan University students have pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges related to on-campus overdoses that sent 11 people to hospitals one weekend in February.


21-year-old Zachary Kramer, of Bethesda, Maryland, and 22-year-old Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, appeared Friday in federal court in New Haven. Each was released after the judge set bond at $250,000.


Kramer and Lonergan were among five Wesleyan students arrested previously on state charges in connection with the overdoses. The university says all five were expelled.


The drug was presented as Molly, a name for the euphoria-inducing stimulant MDMA. But authorities said testing revealed the drugs actually contained AB Fubinaca, a synthetic cannabinoid.


Kramer and Lonergan face charges including distribution of AB Fubinaca and conspiracy to distribute MDMA and AB Fubinaca.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) An 82-year-old Stamford woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $80,000 from a friend with medical and physical disabilities.

The Stamford Advocate reports that Dorothy Mead entered her plea to first-degree larceny and faces up to two years in prison when sentenced.

Citing Mead's age, Stamford Superior Court Judge Gary White said he may give her a suspended sentence depending on the pre-sentence report.

White says an order of restitution was granted, giving the victim or her heirs a way to retrieve the money.

Authorities say Mead used the unidentified victim's bank accounts to deposit money made from the sale of the victim's condominium, withdrew the money in cash and checks to pay credit card bills.

The thefts were not suspected until May 2008 and Mead was arrested in December 2010.


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) The lawyer for an Orange man accused of fatally beating his mother last year has indicated he intends to pursue an insanity defense.

The New Haven Register reports that 23-year-old Timothy Granata's lawyer has filed a notice that his defense will argue he has a ``mental disease or defect.''

Granata made a brief court appearance Thursday.

He pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the July death of 58-year-old Dr. Claudia Granata in the family home.

The prosecution has received two defense reports on Granata's mental health. The state must decide whether to agree with defense experts' conclusions or get its own team.

Granata was arrested the day of the slaying. He was found competent to face legal proceedings Dec. 29 after a competency evaluation.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A former state correctional officer whom authorities suspected of raping several women in Hartford and New Britain has pleaded guilty to four sexual assault charges and faces 15 to 40 years in prison.

Thirty-one-year-old Kelvin Grisales agreed to a plea bargain Thursday in New Britain Superior Court. He is set to be sentenced Aug. 13.

Grisales was charged last year with sexually assaulting a woman in Hartford. Authorities say he was linked to another assault in Hartford and two more in New Britain through DNA testing. Police would eventually charge Grisales with more than 20 crimes including sexual assault and kidnapping.

Grisales was a guard at the Hartford Correctional Center. He was placed on administrative leave after he was first arrested and was later fired.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Officials are praising the actions of a New Haven mother who reported her teenage son and a friend for having a sawed-off shotgun.

Police say the mother became concerned Monday evening when she overheard part of a ``disturbing'' phone conversation her 17-year-old son was having. The mother told police her son left the house carrying a duffel bag.

The boy said clothes were in the bag. But police say his mother felt something firm about a foot and a half in length.

The mother then alerted police to her son's whereabouts.

After finding the weapon, officers took the 16-year-old friend into custody. He was charged with possession of a shotgun and second-degree larceny.

The 17-year-old son was charged with possession of a shotgun, interfering with police and third-degree trespassing.


FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Former motocross champion Doug Henry has been charged with public indecency in Connecticut, where police say he exposed himself to two female construction workers.

The 45-year-old Henry was pulled over Tuesday afternoon in the western Connecticut town of Harwinton, several minutes after he passed the construction site in Farmington.

Police say he acknowledge exposing himself to the workers.

A phone call to his home in Torrington seeking comment Thursday morning went unanswered.

Henry is a member of the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame and a three-time AMA Pro Motocross champion. He became paralyzed from the waist down in a March 2007 crash and began racing adaptive snowmobiles in 2010.

Henry was released after posting a $2,500 bond is due in court on May 26.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut lawmakers are attempting to update the state's anti-voyeurism law to include other practices, including so-called revenge porn.

Rep. William Tong said ``technology has enhanced and enabled new forms of crime and criminality.''

Voyeurism is currently a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Under a bill that cleared the House of Representatives unanimously early Wednesday, voyeurism would become a Class C felony when the victim is under age 16 or the offender has various prior convictions.

A Class C felony is punishable up to 10 years in prison.

The bill, defines revenge porn and upskirting as voyeurism offenses. Revenge porn involves disseminating intimate pictures without the other person's permission. Upskirting refers to photographing the view up a woman's skirt.

The bill awaits Senate action.


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut state trooper was sentenced to 12 .5 years in prison in the October 2014 arson of his brother's Haddam home.

Judge David Gold also handed Ronald Carlson two five-year sentences for burglary and criminal mischief, which will run concurrently with the arson sentence.

Police say Carlson was upset over a disputed $2.3 million family inheritance and had been planning the arson for seven years.

Tom Carlson said in court Tuesday he will never forget the face of the ``man I shared a childhood bedroom with'' charging up his driveway as flames ripped through his Candlewood Hill Road home.

Carlson, who defended himself, said his actions were not logical, but acts of vengeance.

Judge Gold told Carlson his life had been a ``miserable failure'' before sentencing.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they recorded 17 shots fired in attack that took the life of a 17-year-old.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley says officers responded to Irving Street in the city's North End at about 9 p.m. Tuesday after the Shot-Spotter system alerted them to the gunfire.

Police say they found the 17-year-old in a white sedan with a gunshot wound to the head.

He died Wednesday morning at Saint Francis Hospital.

His name was not released.

Police say they don't know what led to the shooting and had made no arrests Wednesday morning.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A state prosecutor says four Bridgeport police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man who authorities say pointed a gun at police during an undercover operation.

Litchfield State's Attorney David Shepack's report on the use of deadly force against Carnell Williams was released Wednesday.

Shepack said Williams pointed a loaded revolver at police as officers went to arrest him and other occupants of a car during an undercover gun purchase in November 2013. Williams was shot five times and died from one of the wounds, and a woman driving the car was shot in the face but survived.

Shepack said Officer Everton Walker and Detectives Christopher Borona, Sean Ronan and James Borrico were justified in shooting at Williams because he threatened the officers' safety.


SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) Southington police say someone has been placing pornographic photos on lawns and in mailboxes around town.

Police say at least 20 photos, believed to be torn from magazines, were found in the last week at homes on 11 roads and one resident reported finding a pornographic DVD.

Police some of the images had expletives or racial slurs written on them. At least one was found near an elementary school and another near a school bus stop.

Police have made no arrests and say at this point they have no suspects.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A 22-year-old father has been charged with manslaughter in Connecticut after an autopsy showed there was a high level of alcohol in the system of his 5-month-old son.

Jorge Chiclana of Bridgeport was arrested Monday after a yearlong investigation into the death of the boy, who was not breathing when emergency workers responded to a 911 call from his Norwalk home on May 16, 2014.

Police say post-mortem toxicology tests eventually revealed the high blood-alcohol level.

Authorities tracked down Chiclana at a motel in Stratford, where he was arrested on Monday.

He was unable to post a $75,000 bond, and it's not clear if he has hired a lawyer. He was due in Superior Court on Tuesday to face charges of second-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The ex-wife of Harlem Globetrotters legend Meadowlark Lemon is suing the basketball star for allegedly skimping on child support payments.

The Connecticut Post reports Willie Lemon Campbell and her son, Jonathan, have filed suit in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They're seeking $250,000 they say Lemon never paid them in child support.

Campbell says Lemon was ordered to give up their family house and pay $2,500 a month in child support in their 1977 divorce settlement. The suit says the house was remortgaged by Lemon and he stopped child support payments after one year.

Lemon says he's confused by the lawsuit and will contest the matter in court. He played forward for the Globetrotters for 23 years,

The case was originally scheduled to be heard Thursday, but has been pushed back to August.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A lawyer for Stamford High School principal Donna Valentine says she will fight a recommendation that she be fired.

Valentine served as principal when police say English teacher Danielle Watkins had sex with one of her students and provided him and another boy with marijuana.

Superintendent Winifred Hamilton recommended Valentine's dismissal, accusing her of failing to report suspicions about Watkins to state officials and police.

Attorney Mark Sherman tells The Advocate newspaper that Valentine will request a hearing by an impartial arbitrator, who would make a recommendation on her employment to the Board of Education. If the board votes to fire Valentine, she can appeal the decision in state Superior Court.

Valentine pleaded not guilty Oct. 2 to criminal charges of failing to alert authorities.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Authorities are investigating after a body was pulled from the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport in front of dozens of people enjoying the weekend weather, including families with children.

The Connecticut Post reports that police were alerted to the body at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a waterfront park along Knowlton Street.

The male was wearing an orange shirt, blue jeans, boxers, tan belt and a baseball cap.

Police say there was no sign of trauma on the body and a cause of death has not yet been determined.

The man's name has not been made public.


MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) A 16-year-old Norwich boy died after his homemade go-cart flipped during a crash in Montville.

State police say Christopher Smith was riding near Caroline Drive Sunday afternoon when to go-cart rolled over several times.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for funeral expenses, and had received almost $900 in donations by Monday morning.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A third Connecticut school administrator is facing the possibility of being fired in connection with a teacher-student sex scandal.

The Advocate newspaper reports that Stamford officials announced Friday that Stamford High School Assistant Principal Angela Thomas-Graves was placed on administrative leave, a first step in termination proceedings.

Authorities accused the administrators of failing to report and mishandling the case of teacher Danielle Watkins, who is serving five years in prison for sexually assaulting the student.

School Superintendent Winifred Hamilton announced earlier this week that former Stamford High School Principal Donna Valentine and another assistant principal would be fired. Both were arrested and sentenced to a probation program. Another school official was allowed to resign and a fifth official was suspended.

Thomas-Graves didn't immediately return a phone message Friday night.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials at a Connecticut high school who reviewed 150 dresses in a crackdown on racy prom attire say just six show too much skin for Saturday's dance.

Shelton High School outside New Haven made national headlines when an official announced over the intercom last Friday that dresses that were backless, showed midriff or had cutouts on the side would be considered inappropriate and not be allowed at prom.

After an outcry from students and parents, students were invited to submit photos of their dresses to a committee of seven female staff members for a thumbs up or thumbs down decision.

School district spokeswoman Ann Baldwin says some students whose dresses were rejected are getting material added to them, while others have indicated they will wear other dresses.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A police detective has testified that authorities found no evidence in the home or car of a man charged in the bludgeoning deaths of three people in East Hartford in 2010.

East Hartford Detective Christina Johnson was the final defense witness to testify in the trial of 50-year-old Brett Bednarz, who's charged with murder in the deaths of his mother, 74-year-old Beverly Therrien, and two house guests.

Closing arguments and deliberations are scheduled for Monday in Hartford Superior Court.

The Hartford Courant reports Johnson testified Friday that no evidence linking Bednarz to the killings was found in his Manchester apartment or his car. But a state DNA expert testified Thursday that DNA found on crumpled bathroom tissue at the crime scene most likely came from Bednarz, the Journal Inquirer reported.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford firefighter who said he feared a man he shot while off-duty last month has been charged with felony first-degree assault in connection with the incident.

City police arrested 54-year-old Donald Brown of Hartford on Thursday. He was charged in the April 24 shooting of 31-year-old Lascelles Reid of Simsbury outside a Hartford home. Police say Reid, who is married to Brown's cousin, has not fully recovered from the torso wound.

Brown retired May 1 after 25 years with the fire department. He told police he shot Reid because Reid charged at him. Police say Brown legally owned the handgun.

A judge set bail at $150,000.

Brown's response to the allegations isn't known. No one answered phone listings for him Thursday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.


STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Police in Stratford say they are looking for a serial flasher.

Police say a man has approached at least three women in and around the Stratford Center historical district in the last week and exposed himself to them.

Police say on at least one occasion, the man followed his victim.

All of the incidents have occurred at night. Police have not released a description of the man, but say it appears they are looking for just one person.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Advocates in Connecticut are rallying against the planned deportation of a U.S. Army veteran who came to the United States from Peru as a teenager.

Jorge Luis Salcedo of Glastonbury was notified this week of his pending removal after completing a prison sentence. He has two convictions for driving under the influence and pleaded guilty in a 2003 case in which he spat on a police officer.

Activists gathered Thursday outside the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to protest the removal of Salcedo, whose wife and daughters are American citizens.

Supporters say Salcedo has post-traumatic stress syndrome from his service and was honorably discharged after eight years in the U.S. military.

Salcedo is in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His lawyer plans to appeal the deportation order.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford's top prosecutor has concluded that a city police officer was justified in fatally shooting a suspect in a 2013 stabbing.

Hartford State's Attorney Gail Hardy released her report Wednesday following an investigation into the death of 52-year-old Jesus Espinoza.

Police say Espinoza was shot once in the chest on March 15, 2013 after he lunged at Officer Richard Cotto with a box cutter, coming within inches of the officer's stomach.

Cotto and another officer had confronted Espinoza in his bedroom after being told he was responsible for stabbing another man during an argument that had erupted during a game of dominoes.

Witnesses say the officers identified themselves as police before kicking in the bedroom door and ordering Espinoza to drop his weapon.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The remains of a woman an inmate was convicted of killing have been identified as one of seven victims found buried in the woods behind a Connecticut shopping center.

Police announced Wednesday they've confirmed the remains are those of Nilsa Arizmendi. Investigators found her remains and those of three other people last month in the area of New Britain where three partial skeletons were found in 2007.

William Devin Howell is serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter in Arizmendi's slaying. Arizmendi was last seen in his van in Connecticut, where he had been doing odd jobs.

Authorities say they believe one person was responsible for all seven deaths. Howell hasn't been charged in the other six deaths.

A lawyer who represented Howell in the manslaughter case has declined to comment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Republican leaders of the General Assembly are voicing anger over comments made by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who said GOP opposition to part of his Second Chance Society legislation could be racist.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides on Wednesday called it ``shameful and vile'' of Malloy to call people who disagree with him racist.

The governor was commenting on news releases issued by some Republican lawmakers, who've criticized a bill that would change the state's drug-free school zones, which impose higher penalties and often encompass entire urban areas.

Malloy said to treat people living in those cities differently is ``patently unfair and ... if not racist in intent, is racist in its outcome.''

Klarides, who stopped House debate, said she's ``sick and tired of his name-calling and his bullying.''


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven resident Bulent Ozalp is one unlucky landlord.

The New Haven Register reports Ozalp's rental property on Winchester Avenue has been hit by vehicles careening through the Webster Street intersection three times in the past three years.

City Transportation, Traffic and Parking Director Doug Hausladen confirmed Tuesday that a crew will soon begin work on a $3,000 reflective barrier in front of Ozalp's property.

Hausladen says the barrier was approved last fall. But work couldn't begin until the ground had sufficiently thawed.

Ozalp hopes the barrier will help keep him from perpetually having to rebuild the house's facade.

City Engineer Giovanni Zinn also confirmed plans to install an additional raised crosswalk on Webster Street at the road's intersection with the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.


STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A nurse at an assisted-living center in Stratford has been charged with stealing prescription narcotics from patients and replacing their pills with over-the-counter drugs.

The Connecticut Post reports that 39-year-old Jaime Fitcher of Seymour was arrested after police found prescription drugs in her car on Monday.

They say Fitcher told them she replaced drugs meant for patients at the Lord Chamberlain nursing and rehabilitation center with over-the-counter Tylenol and Claritin.

She faces numerous charges including cruelty to persons and illegally obtaining narcotics and is free after posting $25,000 bond.

Fitcher could not be reached for comment Wednesday. She does not have a listed phone number and it is not clear if she has hired an attorney.


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) Enfield's board of education has voted to remove armed guards from inside the town's public schools.

The Hartford Courant reports the board voted 5-3 on Tuesday night to end a memorandum of understanding that would have kept the guards for another two years.

The move reverses a decision by the town council, which had voted 6-5 on April 20 to continue the program.

The town instituted the program two years ago in response to the December 2012 killings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The council estimated it would cost $782,800 to continue it during the 2015-16 school year.

The 21 guards currently working in Enfield schools will remain through the end of the school year and several private schools have voted to retain the program.


NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) Police say a 12-year old girl has died after she fell into the Naugatuck River.

Rescuers spent nearly two hours searching for Jada Ivory, who lost her balance and slipped into the water around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Ivory was perched on a rock with some friends at Linden Park when she fell. Police say no adults were with the children.

Officials say rescuers pulled Ivory from the water about a half-mile from where she fell in. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Karen Smith, Ivory's grandmother, says Ivory had only been swimming for about a year.

It's unclear how long she was underwater before emergency personnel were called to the scene.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Hartford police officer arrested for his involvement in a fatal crash while on-duty has been acquitted.

A New Britain jury cleared Officer Taikwon Dudley of all charges Monday.

Hartford police charged the 35-year-old with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, traveling unreasonably fast and running a red light after investigating the July 13, 2012 crash.

Police found that Dudley was driving 57 mph on Woodland Street in response to a call. They say he ran a red light before crashing into the passenger side of 50-year-old Anthony Mansfield's car.

Mansfield was seriously injured and died a week later.

Mansfield's estate has filed a pending suit against the city, police department and Dudley.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Testimony in the trial of a Manchester man charged in the slayings of his mother and two house guests in 2010 has started.

Brett Bednarz's trial on three counts of murder, home invasion and violation of a protective order began Monday.

Police found the bodies of his mother, 74-year-old Beverly Therrien, as well as 53-year-old Michael Ramsey and 60-year-old Pamela Johns on Nov. 25, 2010 in East Hartford.

Officer Tara Hewins testified Monday she found an unlocked rear sliding door, stepped into the house and saw blood on a hallway wall. Hewins described finding the three bodies.

Police say the victims suffered massive head injuries. The murder weapon was never recovered, but police believe it was a drywall hammer.

Bednarz has pleaded not guilty.

Testimony is expected to continue today.


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Residents in another Connecticut town have found messages reading ``White Lives Matter'' at their homes.

Fairfield police Lt. James Perez says someone delivered the messages to several homes in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood around noon on Saturday.

Perez says the messages were written on white paper and placed in plastic bags weighted with small rocks. Fairfield police detectives are investigating.

He said no suspects have been found and no one has claimed responsibility.

The same messages in rock-weighted plastic bags have been found over the last two weeks in Westport, East Haven and Milford.

The messages first appeared in Connecticut during unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The slogan ``Black Lives Matter'' has been used around the country in protests of police shootings of black men.


WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police have arrested a West Haven man in connection with a shooting outside a city bar that left a woman with a shotgun wound to her face.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting around 2:50 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Campbell Avenue and Noble Street.

Sgt. David Tammaro says Edward Corradino was charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, two counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment, first-degree assault and related charges.

Tammaro says the 47-year-old Corradino had a confrontation with the victim inside Kelly's Bar and was shot as she left. She was transported to the hospital and has been stabilized.

Corradino is being held in lieu of bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) An attorney for a Waterbury man who pleaded guilty to drug and weapons crimes is seeking to have his conviction thrown out after the arresting officer was fired.

Attorney Ioannis Kaloidis tells the Republican-American newspaper he believes the August 2012 police report filed against 24-year-old Michael Green was ``full of lies.''

Arresting officer Ryan Cubells was fired last year after police say he was recorded during an FBI intestigation making racist comments and bragging about abusing suspects.

At the time Cubells, was serving a 25-day suspension at the time for kicking a restrained African-American suspect.

Green had pleaded guilty to charges filed after police say he ran from a drug deal to an apartment, where officers found marijuana plants growing on the back porch.


BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Connecticut man fatally shot by police after a carjacking and chase in New York's Hudson Valley.


State police say 35-year-old Michael G. Murphy of West Simsbury carjacked a vehicle at knifepoint in the Dutchess County city of Beacon at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.


Troopers say Beacon police chased Murphy to a point near Exit 11 on Interstate 84 where he got out of the vehicle, ran through woods and crossed the highway.


Police say he was confronted by officers and shot when he threatened them with a large knife.


State police are leading the investigation into the shooting and are asking witnesses to contact them. Prosecutors say a grand jury will review the circumstances, routine procedure in a killing involving police.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he wants lawmakers to pass his version of legislation that would ensure transportation revenues are spent only on transportation projects.


With the General Assembly set to adjourn in three and a half weeks, the Democratic governor told The Associated Press that he thinks it's time to resolve the issue and pass his so-called "lockbox" bill, which is awaiting action in the House of Representatives.


A similar bill awaits action in the Senate. But that legislation includes an escape clause allowing the legislature, by a three-fifths vote in each chamber, to use Special Transportation Fund money in an emergency.


Rep. Tony Guerrera, co-chairman of the Transportation Committee, says he supports Malloy's bill and plans to call it up for a vote in the House soon.


WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man charged with leading federal agents on a car chase in West Haven that ended with a crash that injured seven children on a school bus.


Police told the New Haven Register that 35-year-old Nathan Minervini of West Haven was arrested Thursday. Authorities say he's wanted in Vermont on heroin charges.


Police say Minervini fled Drug Enforcement Administration agents Thursday morning and crashed into the school bus and a parked car. The seven children's injuries were minor.


Vermont officials took custody of Minervini after he appeared Friday in New Haven federal court. Details of the Vermont case weren't released.


Authorities say Minervini will face charges in the chase and crash.


Minervini's response to the allegations isn't known. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut parents and guardians who want their children exempted from immunizations for religious reasons must submit a letter each year to the child's school, under a bill that has cleared the House of Representatives.

The legislation requires the letter to be ``acknowledged'' by an official, such as a town clerk. An earlier version of the bill required the letter be notarized.

The controversial proposal, the subject of numerous emails to lawmakers, cleared the House on an 86-56 vote Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.

Rep. Vincent Candelora called the new process ``insulting'' to parents who want to protect their children from vaccines.

But Rep. Matt Ritter said an increasing number of religious exemptions are a public health concern. He said parents need to consider the seriousness of their decision.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state issued more than 1,800 drivers licenses in the first three months of a program that allows people living in the state illegally to obtain driving privileges.

The Republican-American reports the program has also resulted in 9,100 learners' permits and the department has scheduled nearly 46,000 appointments for testing.

The legislature's budget office included the numbers in its analysis of a DMV request to shift funding within its budget to complete the program.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the law two years ago, but it did not go into effect until Jan. 1. It permits individuals living in Connecticut to obtain drivers' licenses without having to provide legal documentation of their immigrant status.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man faces 15 years in prison after police say he stole a car and fled with the owner clinging to the roof.

The Connecticut Post reports Carlos Vidal Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to larceny and assault charges.

Prosecutors say the victim witnessed Vidal stealing his car May 17, 2013 and jumped onto the roof to stop him.

They say Vidal drove at a high speed for about six blocks before crashing into another car and then a house.

The victim was flung from the car, suffered a broken neck and later needed to have his arm amputated.

Police say while fleeing, Vidal stopped to kiss a woman who had come outside to view the crash scene.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 10.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut Department of Social Services official who manages state fraud and waste investigations is facing a federal wire fraud charge, stemming from false information he allegedly submitted for a personal mortgage modification.

Lynwood Patrick Jr. of East Hartford was arrested Wednesday at his home.

DSS said it's cooperating with federal authorities and conducting its own investigation. Patrick, a state employee since 1999, was placed on administrative leave.

Patrick is Director of Investigations for DSS's Office of Quality Assurance. He coordinates and conducts investigations into waste and fraud involving the state's Medicaid, Care4Kids, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance and Connecticut Energy Assistance programs.

Federal investigators said Patrick fabricated state paystubs and lied about his assets to qualify for a mortgage modification.

A home number listed for Patrick was not in service.


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police have charged an East Hartford woman in connection with a fatal-hit-and-run accident that killed an 8-year-old boy last month.

Eight-year-old Carlos Hernandez was struck on Burnside Avenue on April 16 when witnesses said two cars were involved in a chain collision.

Police said Wednesday that 30-year-old Hawa Pabai has been charged with evading responsibility and driving without a license. It's not immediately known if she has an attorney who could speak for her. She is to appear in Manchester Superior Court on June 1.

Police said other people may also face charges as the investigation of the crash continues.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) More than 30 lawsuits have been filed against Metro-North Railroad over the May 2013 derailment in Bridgeport, Connecticut, than left more than 70 people injured when two commuter trains going in opposite directions collided.

Passengers and crew have until May 17, the two-year anniversary of the accident, to bring legal action.

The Hartford Courant reports five lawsuits have been filed in the past week, all alleging that Metro-North's negligence in failing to properly maintain the tracks led to the derailment.

Investigators concluded the derailment was the result of a cracked joint bar, used to join two sections of rail. They said the problem may not have been visible from a vehicle used to inspect the tracks just two days before the accident.

Metro-North has declined to comment on the lawsuits.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A 50-year-old New Haven man has been charged with murder and arson after police determined that his 56-year-old friend died before a fire that consumed his apartment in January.

Demetrius Robinson is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond. He is due back in court on May 19.

Police say they originally believed the victim, Willie Evans, died of smoke inhalation. The state medical examiner ruled the case a homicide after finding Evans was strangled.

The Jan. 23 fire was contained to Evans apartment on Warren Street.

Police say Robison served 15 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter in an unrelated homicide in New York.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A University of Bridgeport women's soccer player has been charged with assaulting a teammate over what police say was a perceived snub at an awards ceremony.

The Connecticut Post reports that Danielle Puddefoot is accused of head-butting a teammate in a dorm room on April 30 following the team's annual sports awards banquet.

Police say the 22-year-old senior from Slough, England, was upset after not receiving an award and confronted teammates at a post-banquet party.

The injured teammate was treated at a hospital for swelling on the right side of her face and two black eyes.

Messages seeking comment from Puddefoot and the soccer team were left Wednesday with the school's sports information director.


MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) A Manchester man faces numerous charges after police say he fired a shot that went through the wall of a neighbor's apartment.

Police say they began investigating after the neighbor found the bullet hole Tuesday in her children's bedroom, which is adjacent to the apartment rented by 36-year-old Nicholas Ibsen.

Police later stopped Ibsen as he was driving on a nearby street. Police say they found drugs in his car, and a stolen .38-caliber gun in his apartment.

Police say he admitted accidently firing the weapon on Monday. His neighbors were not home at the time.

Ibsen was being held Wednesday in lieu of $250,000 bond pending his arraignment on drug and gun charges.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Greater Waterbury Health Network has reached an agreement to sell Waterbury Hospital to a Los Angeles-based company.

Darlene Stromstad, the health network's chief executive officer, tells the Republican-American newspaper that officials signed a letter of intent on Friday to sell its assets to Prospect Medical Holding Inc.

She says Saint Mary's Hospital was not invited to join the deal.

Terms of the agreement have not been released.

It comes five months after Tenet Healthcare Corp. backed out of deal to acquire Waterbury, Saint Mary's, and three other hospitals in the state.

Prospect owns 13 hospitals and 40 clinics and outpatient centers in California, Rhode Island, and Texas.

Waterbury Hospital has 176 beds and an operating budget of $270 million.


WINDHAM, Conn. (AP) Willimantic police say they are dealing with a batch of tainted synthetic marijuana that has sent about a dozen people to the hospital since Monday.

Corporal Stanley Parizo, Jr., a police spokesman, says they began receiving calls at about 8 a.m. Monday of people exhibiting psychotic behavior after smoking the drug.

He says about a dozen had been sent to Windham Hospital as of Tuesday morning with extremely high blood pressures and temperature of up to 106 degrees.

He says police suspect the drug may have been laced with the hallucinogenic PCP and have sent samples to be tested. He says they are trying to track down the source of the pot.


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) A fatal traffic accident shut down Interstate 95 northbound in Fairfield, causing lengthy delays during the morning rush hour.

State police say two cars collided just after 3 a.m. in the center lane near Exit 23, sending one of the cars into the woods.

Police say 20-year-old Anozine Demonte of Bridgeport, a front-seat passenger in that vehicle, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other people suffered minor injuries.

The highway remained closed for several hours as state police conducted an investigation and traffic was backed up for several miles.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a man is in custody after he allegedly shot two brothers in an argument, killing one of them.

Police say 39-year-old Efrain Rivera is charged with murder, criminal attempt at murder and first-degree assault. He is held on $1 million bond. It is not immediately known if he has an attorney to comment.

Police said the brothers went to Rivera's home to confront him about threats he allegedly made toward them. The shootings happened at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Thirty-four-year-old Miguel Martinez was fatally injured and died at a hospital.

Police said 32-year-old Jose Martinez is expected to survive a wound to the shoulder.


SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) The MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institute in Suffield was in lockdown after what prison officials describe as an assault on a correction officer.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Karen Martucci says 23-year-old Terril Edge, who was serving a three-year sentence for violating a protective order, assaulted the guard at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The guard was treated for non-life threatening injuries and release from a local hospital.

Edge was transferred to the high-security Northern Correctional Institution.

Martucci did not release any details of the incident, which is being investigated by state police.

Martucci says the lockdown will be lifted at the discretion of the warden.


OVENTRY, Conn. (AP) Four female members of a northeastern Connecticut high school crew team were hospitalized after their boat got into an accident on Coventry Lake.

Authorities say a Sea-Doo watercraft crashed into the 56-foot rowing shell belonging to Storrs' Edwin O. Smith High School crew team on Sunday.

Environmental conservation police were called at about 3:15 p.m. The girls were taken by ambulance to Windham Hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is under investigation by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which has jurisdiction on the lakes. The owner and operator of the 14-foot watercraft was unharmed in the accident and is cooperating with police.


WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it has identified three apparent violations from 2011 at the Millstone nuclear power complex in Waterford.

Two of the violations are being considered for escalated enforcement.

An agency spokesman told The Day of New London on Friday that one finding involved a ``willful violation'' regarding changes made to a safety report that left out information, making it ``not complete and accurate.''

Spokesman Neil Sheehan said NRC staff found the violations at Unit 2 during a review of a license amendment request, made by Millstone owner Dominion.

Millstone spokesman Ken Holt called the apparent violations ``historical in nature'' and said they ``do not reflect our current performance.''

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a statement calling the apparent violations ``simply unacceptable'' and urged Dominion to fully cooperate.


LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) A woman has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old Torrington woman.

Heather Birden is accused of stabbing Holly Aeschlimann multiple times during a fight in Torrington on April 17.

The 20-year-old Birden was charged Friday and appeared in Litchfield Superior Court, where was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Birden has been detained since the day of the stabbing on an assault charge in an unrelated case. The Republican-American reports that she is charged with stabbing another teen in the face on Aug. 7 in Winsted.

The Associated Press was unable to reach a lawyer or family representative of Birden for comment.

A vigil for Aeschlimann drew a large number of people to a Torrington park a few days after she was killed.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) Auditors say the National Science Foundation has frozen more than $2 million in grant money to the University of Connecticut after a foundation investigation found two UConn professors used grant money to buy products from their own company.

State auditors John Geragosian and Robert Ward notified Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday about the frozen grants. They also say UConn officials failed to inform auditors about the suspended grants as required by law.

The auditors say the two unnamed professors initiated $250,000 in purchases using foundation grant money to buy 15 acoustic modems from their company, Aquatic Sensor Network Technology.

UConn officials say they would have blocked the purchases if the professors had disclosed the conflict of interest involving their company. UConn denies violating reporting requirements.

The Mansfield-based company hasn't returned a message seeking comment.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A six-person jury needed only a day of deliberations to find a Stamford landscaper guilty of conspiring to hire someone to kill his wife's Greenwich lover nearly five years ago.

The Stamford Advocate reports that Miguel Juarez was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. He now faces up to 40 years in prison when he returns to state Superior Court for sentencing June 30.

Authorities say Juarez put into motion a plan with a former employee, German Zecena, to kill Greenwich resident William Forte, who authorities say was having an affair with Juarez's wife.

A police informant put Zecena in touch with an undercover officer posing as a hit man.

Zecena remains in custody on an attempted murder charge.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 25-year-old Hartford man who recently had a 100-year sentence set aside by the state Supreme Court has been convicted in another murder case.

The Hartford Courant reports that Ackeem Riley pleaded no contest Thursday to being an accessory to murder and guilty to being an accessory to first-degree assault in a 2006 shooting that left one teen dead and another paralyzed from the neck down.

Prosecutors say Riley fired a gun, but they don't know if his shots were the ones that hit 15-year-old Kerry Foster and 14-year-old Cinque Sutherland.

The Connecticut Supreme Court in February overturned Riley's 100-year sentence in a shooting that also occurred in 2006, when he was 17, ruling juveniles cannot be treated the same as adults when being sentenced for violent crimes.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a would-be robber may have shot himself.

The Connecticut Post reports that 24-year-old Alexis Vallejo showed up at the hospital early Thursday with a gunshot wound.

A short time later 45-year-old Napoleon Orellana showed up at the same hospital with a head wound.

He told police Vallejo had entered his car, attempted to rob him, and struck him with a gun. He told police the gun went off, striking Vallejo.

Police recovered a gun from Orellana's car.

Chief Joseph Guadett Jr. says police are seeking arrest warrants in the case, which remains under investigation. Vallejo could not be reached for comment Friday. A listed phone number for him could not be found.


MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Four men have been arrested after a shooting on a Meriden park basketball court that left a 22-year-old man wounded.

Police Sgt. Darrin McKay says Taiyron Cruz was hit in the buttocks and a calf by two shots fired at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Wallingford police Sgt. Michael Forcier says the four suspects were apprehended after a witness followed the car they were in, which later crashed.

Police say Cruz's condition was stable Thursday after being flown by helicopter to a hospital.

Twenty-three-year-old Denzel Byrd and 22-year-olds Joerael Bratten and Teharmon Techer of Meriden and 18-year-old Kyshone Jackson of Waterbury were each being held in lieu of bond Thursday and face numerous charges.

Police say they have not discovered a motive for the shooting.


BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a 69-year-old New Haven man was killed when the minivan he was driving the wrong direction on Interstate 95 crashed head-on into pickup truck in Branford.

Police say Peter Hall was pronounced dead at the scene of the Thursday morning accident, which left a passenger in the pickup seriously injured.

The crash, which tied up traffic on the Interstate for hours, occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes.

Police say 45-year-old Frank Poppa of Casa Grande, Arizona was hospitalized with a serious injury and the pickup's driver, 43-year-old Hopeton Kerr of Bridgeport, had minor injuries.

Police were investigating how Hall came to be driving south in the northbound lanes of the highway.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London police are investigating after someone fired a handgun inside a middle school and left it in a bathroom.

Police say they received a report Wednesday afternoon of a weapon found in a bathroom at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School.

Police were able to determine that the handgun had discharged a shot inside the school.

All of the students were moved to a secure location as officers searched the building.

No other weapons were found. There were no reports of any injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A man has pleaded guilty to charges he held his sister captive in filthy conditions inside their Connecticut home for years.

Fifty-nine-year-old Arthur Gauvin pleaded guilty Tuesday in Milford Superior Court to abuse and cruelty charges. The plea deal calls for him to serve five to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is set for July 9.

Police say they found Gauvin's sister covered in human waste inside her and her brother's home in Seymour last year. Authorities said there was a lock on the outside of her bedroom door, and the room's windows were blacked out with paint. Police say the sister was suffering from diabetes and dementia.

Prosecutors say the woman is doing well now.

Gauvin remains free on bail but is wearing an ankle bracelet for monitoring.


MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) A former Quinnipiac University student has been sentenced to three years of probation for a making a false bomb threat last year on graduation day.

Police say Danielle Shea of Quincy, Massachusetts, made two threats immediately before the ceremony because she was embarrassed about not graduating.

The Record-Journal of Meriden reports that Shea pleaded guilty to second-degree reporting a false incident and two counts of second-degree threatening last week in Meriden Superior Court. Shea also has been ordered to pay $22,100 in restitution to the university.

Police say Shea was not enrolled at the Hamden university despite receiving checks from her family for tuition and called in the threats after her mother learned she was not among the list of graduates.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Authorities working a cold case investigation have found more human remains in New Britain at the site where the bones of three women were discovered in 2007.

Police found the skeletal remains Tuesday behind a Hartford Road shopping center. That's where the partial remains of 53-year-old Diane Cusack, 23-year-old Joyvaline Martinez and 40-year-old Mary Jane Menard were found eight years ago.

It's not clear whether the bones discovered Tuesday belonged to any of the three women. The Chief Medical Examiner's Office will be testing the remains.

A police task force returned to the site last week with cadaver dog and a forensic anthropologist.

Police believe one person killed all three women in 2003. There's a $150,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the killer.


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The owner of a West Hartford fitness club has sued the town and two police officers who he says declined to arrest an employee after she admitted stealing checks from his business.

D'Mario Sowah, a native of Ghana, tells the Hartford Courant that West Hartford police mistreated him when he reported the theft from Akua Ba Fitness and suggested he report it to Hartford police instead. West Hartford police eventually declined to pursue charges, he said, when the employee told them she would make restitution.

Sowah's lawer, Mathew Sorokin, says a promise of restitution is not a defense for larceny.

The town has moved to have the lawsuit dismissed. Assistant Corporation Counsel Patrick Alair tells The Courant that officials believe the officers did nothing wrong.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police have charged a New Haven man with stabbing an acquaintance over a $12 debt.

The New Haven Register reports police were dispatched to Yale-New Haven Hospital on Saturday to speak a 25-year-old man who had been stabbed behind an ear and suffered slash wounds to his back, neck, and shoulders.

The victim told police that Henry Muy had knocked on his apartment door and began stabbing him after he opened it. Muy told officers the victim owed him $12, but he did not remember stabbing him.

Muy was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Police say the victim's injuries are not non-life threatening.

Muy does not have a listed phone number in New Haven and attempts to reach him Tuesday morning for comment were not successful.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A 38-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murdering a mother and son inside their Watertown home in July, 2012.

The Republican-American of Waterbury reports Claude Turner entered his pleas Monday under the Alford Doctrine, acknowledging there was enough evidence to convict him.

He is expected to receive a life sentence for fatally stabbing 58-year-old Donna Bouffard and her 26-year-old son, Michale Perkins.

Turner and his wife were living in the home at the time in exchange for doing chores for Bouffard.

Turner has said he was on drugs at the time.

Judge Roland Fasano accepted a psychological report that found Turner competent to enter the plea.

In March, Turner said during a hearing that Jesus told him those in court would die for what they were doing to him.


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