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Pit bull suspected in Waterbury attacks is caught


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Waterbury police say a pit bull that attacked a 76-year-old man twice while terrorizing a neighborhood has been captured and faces the possibility of being put down.

Acting Deputy Police Chief Christopher Corbett says authorities found the dog Monday and are seeking approval to euthanize it. Corbett says the pit bull's owner will be fined for allowing the dog to roam and may also face a criminal charge under a local dog ordinance. Police haven't released the dog owner's name.

City resident Leo Forget was attacked by the pit bull on Sunday for the second time in two months while walking his American Eskimo dog. He suffered cuts and bruises and was given tetanus and rabies shots.

Residents say the dog also has attacked a woman and other pets.

Man charged with murder, assault in New Haven


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police have charged an 18-year-old city man with murder and assault in the shootings of two half-brothers in March.

Police Chief Dean Esserman announced Monday that Jeffrey Covington was arrested April 16. Seventeen-year-old Taijhon Washington was killed and his half-brother, 16-year-old Trayvon Washington, survived a gunshot wound to his head but was partially blinded.

The victims' relatives say they're relieved by the arrest, but still living with the pain caused by the shootings.

Police say the Washington brothers had a feud with Covington and several other people. Authorities say reports that the brothers were gang members haven't been confirmed.

Covington is detained on $2 million bail. Officials with the state public defender's office, which is representing Covington, didn't immediately return a message Tuesday.

Conn. inmate gets more time for slashing warden


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut inmate serving 56 years for felony murder has been sentenced to two more years in prison for slashing a deputy warden in the face with a sharpened toothbrush two years ago.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kenyon Joseph pleaded no contest to an assault charge in New London Superior Court on Monday. His release date is now in 2060, when he would be 85.

Joseph said the attack on Deputy Warden Stephen Bates at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution in Montville was part of an effort to get transferred to another prison after he was assaulted by two gang members. Joseph is now at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers.

Joseph was one of three men convicted in a 2001 triple shooting in Meriden that killed a man and injured two others.

School changes traffic pattern after teacher death


HEBRON, Conn. (AP) Officials at a Connecticut school complex are implementing a new traffic pattern in response to the death of a teacher after an accident last month.

The new pattern at RHAM High School and Middle School in Hebron is set to begin Monday. The Journal Inquirer reports that school officials also are planning to add signs, speed bumps and other safety improvements.

Dawn Mallory of Groton, a math teacher at RHAM Middle School, was struck in the middle school parking lot March 14 and died two weeks later. Officials say a parent drove her SUV into a bus-only area by mistake and hit Mallory while trying to back up. No charges have been filed.

Officials say the new traffic pattern will better separate buses from parents dropping off their children.

Woman charged in fatal hit-and-run in Stamford


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 70-year-old woman.

Forty-five-year-old Yolanda McDowell of Stamford was charged Sunday night with manslaughter and evading responsibility after witnesses who saw the accident gave police the license plate number of the minivan that struck the victim shortly before 7 p.m.

Authorities haven't identified the victim. WFSB-TV reports that she was struck while trying to cross a street and was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Witnesses say the minivan struck another vehicle and fled the scene after hitting the woman.

McDowell is detained on $250,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Stamford Superior Court. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

Cops: 73-year-old man shoots neighbor in dispute


ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) A 73-year-old Connecticut man will be appearing before a state judge after being charged with shooting his neighbor three times during an argument on Easter morning.

Steven Sentementes of Ansonia is expected to be arraigned Monday in Derby Superior Court on charges including first-degree assault, burglary, reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm. He's detained on $500,000 bail.

Officials say the victim is recovering from gunshot wounds to both his legs and his buttocks area.

Police say Sentementes barged into his neighbor's home shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, argued with him and shot him. Details of the dispute haven't been released.

It's not clear if Sentementes has a lawyer.

Woman upset by wedding pleads guilty to arson


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A woman has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a Stamford home that belonged to her ex-boyfriend's mother.

Authorities say 34-year-old Felicia Langley of Norwalk set the fire days after discovering that her ex-boyfriend had married her cousin.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that Langley pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree arson. She also pleaded guilty to a third-degree burglary charge for breaking into her old boyfriend's apartment and stealing the dress her cousin was married in.

The fire set in August 2012 caused more than $100,000 in damage.

Langley told detectives that she could not eat after learning of her ex-boyfriend's marriage and became even angrier when the couple would not return her calls and her cousin changed her telephone number.

She faces a year in prison.

Vengeful note left in 2 boys' murder


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children.

The letter described in a police report suggests a vengeful motive for the shootings by 47-year-old Debra Denison. The report was obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request.

Denison picked up 2-year-old Alton Perry and 6-month-old Ashton Perry at a day care center in North Stonington on Feb. 26, 2013, drove to a nearby lake and killed them. Family members said Denison struggled with mental health problems and had attempted suicide several times.

Denison's husband told police that the revolver used in the shootings belonged to him and was left unloaded in their house.

Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast


NEW YORK (AP) A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast.

Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the flu season started in December and peaked by mid-January, and most of the illnesses were swine flu.

But, as happens some years, there's a second wave of a milder flu strain.

Forum on drug abuse hears from recovering addicts


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) People who abused heroin and other drugs described how they quit as officials called for a comprehensive approach to deal with what they called an epidemic and scourge.

Several people spoke at a forum in New Haven on Thursday about their recovery, describing challenges ranging from shame to insurance. But they say they eventually found effective programs that helped them stay clean and end a cycle that would have led to prison or death.

Experts say the stigma associated with drug addiction is a barrier and called for breaking the silence by highlighting the large number of success stories.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal called heroin abuse an epidemic and scourge. He and Sen. Chris Murphy are calling for more money for treatment, stepped up law enforcement and greater education.

Conn. House overwhelmingly passes UTC tax credits


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a $400 million tax credit exchange deal, reached by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration with the state's largest private employer, United Technologies Corp.

Legislation endorsing the tentative agreement reached between the state and UTC passed Thursday on a bipartisan 134-4 vote, with four Republicans in opposition.

It now moves to the Senate for final legislative action.

Malloy applauded the House vote. He said the deal requires UTC to invest up to $500 million to expand its aerospace research and development and manufacturing facilities over the next five years. UTC also expects to invest up to $4 billion in research and other capital spending in the state.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero supported the bill but expressed concerned about the large sums involved.

New Haven teen charged in killing


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man has been charged in the shooting death of a teenager and wounding another youth in March.

Police said Thursday that 18-year-old Jeffrey Covington has been charged with first-degree murder, assault and weapons violations in the shooting death of 17-year-old Taijohn Washington and and the shooting assault of 16-year-old Travon Washington at Lilac and Butler Streets.

Police say an investigation uncovered evidence which identified Covington as the lone shooter.

Covington was being held on a $2 million bond. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Police Chief Dean Esserman says the department is ``committed to the families of our community with the hope that we have brought justice and relief to these grieving families.''

Rifle seized after squirrel shooting in Milford


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say they found an unregistered assault rifle and three large-capacity magazines in the home of a Milford man accused of shooting a squirrel.

The New Haven Register reports that James Toigo has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and possessing large-capacity magazines.

Police officers were directing traffic in the area when they say they heard a gunshot.

Toigo was taken into custody after police said he shot the squirrel. Nielsen said the assault rifle was not used in the shooting.

He was released and is due back in court May 13.

Toigo's phone number is unlisted and it wasn't known Thursday morning if he's represented by a lawyer.

Bridgeport grocer accused of food stamp fraud


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport grocer has been charged with buying food stamps from customers and using the money to buy bulk merchandise.

Aslam Khawaja tells the Connecticut Post he was trying to help poor people in the community.

He was charged Wednesday with larceny by defrauding a public community, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities say that from March through December 2013 Khawaja paid cash to 128 customers for their food stamp benefits at 50 cents to a dollar of benefit. He's accused of using the benefits to buy $45,000 in bulk merchandise, including 1,200 cases of Red Bull energy drinks he sold at his store.

Undercover officers patronized the store several times with food stamp cards.

Khawaja posted $100,000 bond and is due to be arraigned April 22.

Abuse allegations detailed against ex-priest


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a former East Windsor priest sexually assaulted a teenage parishioner, making the boy remove his clothes for his paychecks and causing him to seek hospital treatment for the abuse.

The Journal Inquirer reports that according to an arrest warrant unsealed in Enfield Superior Court on Tuesday, the Rev. Paul Gotta was charged on March 31 with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Police say the incidents occurred between January 2012 and February 2013.

His lawyer did not immediately return a call Thursday morning seeking comment.

Police say the abuse contributed to the boy's willingness to participate in illegal activities for Gotta such as buying ammunition online and illegally buying guns.

Gotta is free on a $100,000 bond and due back in court May 13.

Man charged with assaulting infant daughter


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A man has been arrested and charged with assaulting his 2-month-old daughter who is hospitalized in critical condition.

Hartford police say 32-year-old Marcus Rooks of Manchester was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. His bond was set at $1 million.

Police were called to a home in Hartford on Monday afternoon with a report of an unresponsive baby. The infant girl was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say Rooks had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Hartford on a third-degree assault charge.

It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Metro-North officials to meet with Conn. commuters


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut commuters expect to hear from Metro-North officials about the commuter railroad's 100-day improvement plan.

The executives, including the senior vice president of operations, were scheduled to address the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council on Wednesday during the group's monthly meeting. Open to the public, the 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the South Western Regional Planning Agency in Stamford.

The council said Metro-North's improvement efforts and operational issues will be discussed. Metro-North President Joseph has said the railroad's priorities are to operate safely, communicate better and restore performance.

The commuter council is an independent state board that acts as an advocate for Metro-North commuters. Chairman Terri Cronin said ``getting back to meaningful dialogue with Metro-North on rail performance'' is a critical element of the council's duties.

Father, son plead not guilty to child porn charges


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A father and son have pleaded not guilty to possession of child pornography.

The Day of New London reports that 25-year-old Brian Faford and 57-year-old Donald Faford, both of East Lyme, were free on $75,000 bonds after their appearance in court in New London on Tuesday.

Police say the elder Faford told detectives he had found pornography on his son's computer account and saved it to his own account.

Police say computers seized from the home contained hundreds of images and videos of suspected child pornography.

At his lawyer's request, Brian Faford is permitted by the judge to use a word processing program for school and use his mother's computer to access two websites needed for his coursework.

The computer is subject to searches by the probation department.

Connecticut man accused sending sex photos


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a?27-year-old Westport man sent photos of himself having sex with his ex-girlfriend to her new husband.

The Hour of Norwalk reports that Steven Krasilovsky was arraigned on a charge of second-degree harassment in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday.

Krasilovsky's lawyer, John P. Thygerson, said the unidentified woman filed a civil restraining order against Krasilovsky who could not fight the order because he was in Israel at the time. When he returned to the United States, Krasilovsky had the restraining order voided and his ex-girlfriend filed a police report.

Thygerson said the alleged victim is seeking relief in criminal court when she failed in her civil lawsuit.

He says Krasilovsky denies any criminal conduct.

Police say the explicit photos were provided as evidence.

Conn. 'knockout game' bill clears committee vote


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A key legislative committee is moving along a bill that would increase criminal penalties for sucker-punch attacks, despite some lawmakers questioning whether the legislation is needed.

The revamped bill, which passed the Judiciary Committee on a 31-10 vote Monday, would impose a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence for those who intentionally cause serious physical injury, and without provocation, knock someone unconscious by striking a victim in the head.

The legislation would also require any violator age 16 or 17 to automatically be transferred to adult court. A judge could later send the case back to juvenile court.

Proponents said the bill sends a strong message to assailants who attempt to knock out random victims with a single punch that such behavior won't be tolerated.

The bill moves to the Senate.

Cyanide poisoning in suicide shuts neighborhood


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Fairfield fire officials say a man who committed suicide by drinking potassium cyanide prompted a hazardous materials alert that shut part of a neighborhood.

Assistant Fire Chief George Gomola told the Connecticut Post that the unidentified man left a note warning first responders. He locked the house and went to bed before swallowing the poison.

A portion of the neighborhood was shut Monday night, but neighbors were not in danger.

Fairfield police were notified at about 6 p.m., but the identity of the caller was not disclosed.

Friends who were concerned they hadn't heard from the man found the house locked.

Gemola and Assistant Police Chief Chris Lyddy said first responders called for support from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's hazardous materials team.

Health woes vex neighbors of tire warehouse fire


TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A tire fire in Torrington that stopped burning more than a week ago has led to health concerns among local residents.

The Toce Brothers Co. warehouse fire began April 3 and was extinguished the next day. Water from fire hoses cascaded along the road containing bits of rubber.

More than 1 million gallons of water and hundreds of gallons of foam extinguished the fire.

The Republican-American reports that debris were strewn along the curb, around storm drains and filled in crevasses. Roads were coated with what looked like black paint.

Health officials say residents do not face significant health or environmental risks especially if they take all reasonable steps to clean their property.

Pamela Colucci says her dog's paws were black and sticky after a recent walk.

Large crowds cheer UConn champion basketball teams


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Huge crowds have turned out for a downtown Hartford victory parade celebrating the national championships won by the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams.

Cheers grew louder as the truck carrying the UConn band approached in the parade Sunday. By the time the men's and women's basketball teams went by the crowds were ecstatic.

Men's coach Kevin Ollie waved from the front of a parade truck while guard Ryan Boatright held up a hand displaying the No. 1 sign.

The UConn men's team beat Kentucky for the national title April 7, and the women's team defeated Notre Dame for its record-breaking ninth championship.

UConn is the only school to win the men's and women's Division I basketball championships in the same year, which they accomplished in 2004.

'Combative' suspect dies after police use stun gun


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State Police say a 22-year-old suspect in custody for an alleged domestic dispute has died after police tried to subdue him with a stun gun.

Police say Jose Maldonado of Manchester was arrested early Sunday morning after East Hartford police responded to a complaint of a dispute. Police say he damaged a vehicle occupied by a family including two adults and three children. Police say one adult was injured by broken glass.

Police say Maldonado was combative and resisted arrest. He was taken to East Hartford Police Department for booking on charges of risk of injury to a minor, assault and resisting arrest.

Police say he again became combative and was subdued by a stun gun. Police say he seemed to suffer medical distress. He died at Hartford Hospital.

State Police are investigating.

Missing man's family appeals defamation award


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The family of a Waterbury man who has been missing for the past decade is going to the state Supreme Court to fight a nearly $53,000 defamation lawsuit judgment.

The New Haven Register reports that relatives of William ``Billy'' Smolinski Jr. are appealing a ruling last month by the state Appellate Court. The court upheld a lower court ruling ordering the family to pay damages to Smolinski's former girlfriend, Madeleine Gleason of Woodbridge.

Gleason sued Smolinski's mother and sister in 2006 alleging they harassed her, defamed her and falsely accused her of involvement in Smolinski's disappearance. Gleason and Smolinski broke up just before he disappeared in 2004.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Smolinski's mother, Janice Smolinski, says her court appeal involves First Amendment and victims' rights.

Connecticut ex-governor pleads not guilty


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut ex-governor John G. Rowland has pleaded not guilty to charges that he broke federal laws in pursuit of consulting roles with campaigns for the U.S. House in 2010 and 2012.

Rowland, who served a prison sentence in a corruption scandal that led to his resignation 10 years ago, appeared in court Friday. A federal judge in New Haven set bond at $250,000 and scheduled jury selection for June 10.

Rowland's attorney said he is eager for trial to begin.

Rowland faces charges including falsifying records in a federal investigation. With convictions on all charges, the maximum prison term is 57 years.

Rowland was a rising Republican star before he resigned. He was friends with former President George H. W. Bush and had been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate.

State police investigate infant death in Putnam


PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police are investigating the death of an infant in Putnam.

Police say someone called 911 before dawn Friday from a private home and reported the infant was unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel provided treatment but the child was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

State Police Major Crime detectives interviewed witnesses and the office of the chief medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

The child's identity was not immediately released.

Bush gets ovation from Connecticut Republicans


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Former Florida governor and possible presidential candidate Jeb Bush says Republicans need to present a ``hopeful, optimistic'' vision to voters, restoring opportunities for social mobility and reforming immigration laws.

Bush's speech garnered a standing ovation from 800 Connecticut Republicans who turned out Thursday for the state party's annual fundraising dinner, named after his late grandfather.

Bush remarked about making headlines on his immigration stance. He says he sees no conflict among enforcing the nation's laws, believing in the rule of law and ``having some sensitivity to the immigrant experience.''

Hanging over the event was news former Connecticut Republican Gov. John G. Rowland (ROH'-lund) was indicted on charges he tried to hide his role in a congressional campaign. Party Chairman Jerry Labriola says Rowland hasn't been involved with the party for a decade. Rowland can't be reached for comment.

Connecticut woman accused of theft as health aide


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Norwalk police have arrested a Stamford woman on larceny and identity theft charges on accusations she used her sister's identity to get a home health aide job and stole thousands of dollars from an elderly patient.

The Hour of Norwalk reports that Maria Dorissaint was held without bond Thursday.

Police say the daughter of an elderly man complained about fraudulent activity in her father's financial accounts. The unidentified woman said someone opened a credit card in her father's name and used it at a supermarket. In addition, $5,000 was charged to the man's credit card.

It was not known Thursday if Dorissaint is represented by a lawyer.

She previously pleaded guilty to larceny, credit card theft and other charges. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison and five years of probation in January 2013.

Connecticut House backs campus assault measure


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Legislation overhauling how college and university officials in Connecticut respond to sexual assault and violence on campus has unanimously passed the House of Representatives.

The vote Thursday was 144-0.

The legislation requires reporting of sexual violence at an institution of higher education and greater details in a campus crime report. The report must include each incidence of intimate partner violence reported to the local or State Police or college or university.

It also requires schools to establish Sexual Assault Response Teams that include counselors, police, faculty and others.

A federal lawsuit claims the University of Connecticut reacted to reports of sexual assaults on its main campus in Storrs with deliberate indifference or worse. UConn denies the accusation.

The measure now heads to the state Senate.

Man gets 35 years in prison for killing deli clerk


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A 34-year-old man apologized for shooting a deli clerk in West Haven to death during a 2011 robbery before being sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Marquis Pettway of New Haven was sentenced Wednesday in Milford Superior Court for the killing of 22-year-old Mohamed Bilal ``Billy'' Altinawi at a family-owned deli on Route 1. He pleaded guilty to murder in January.

Authorities say Pettway shot Altinawi point-blank in the face with a shotgun and made off with about $2,500, cigarettes and stamps.

The New Haven Register reports that Pettway apologized in court to Altinawi's relatives and friends. He said he can't change what he did and doesn't deserve mercy. Altinawi's relatives said they were devastated by his death.

Two co-defendants await sentencing on robbery charges.

Ex-medic pleads guilty in ambulance sex assault


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former paramedic has pleaded guilty and will serve 3.5 years in prison for sexually assaulting a drunk, unconscious woman in an ambulance in Hamden.

Fifty-one-year-old Mark Powell of North Haven pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court. He's set to be sentenced June 10.

Prosecutors say Powell and another paramedic with American Medical Response responded to a party in Hamden early Christmas morning in 2011 to treat an unconscious and intoxicated 22-year-old woman who fell and hit her head while dancing.

The woman told police she woke up in the ambulance and Powell was touching her in a sexual way.

The New Haven Register reports that Powell will serve 10 years of probation after prison and have to register as a sex offender.

UConn sorority suspended on hazing allegations


STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut officials have suspended a sorority on allegations that men were hazed at an off-campus apartment complex last month.

UConn suspended the Delta Zeta sorority on Wednesday pending an investigation of claims that men were forced to drink alcohol, eat dog treats, paint their bodies, wear women's underwear and take alcohol shots off each other's bodies at the Mansfield Apartments on March 7.

The sorority is banned from hosting or participating in any sorority chapter activities until the school's investigation is complete.

The Delta Zeta national and UConn chapters didn't immediately return messages seeking comment Thursday.

Another UConn sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were suspended in March and remain under investigation because of hazing allegations.

Transgender juvenile sent to Conn. women's jail


EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) Connecticut prison officials say they're detaining a transgender juvenile at the state women's jail, after a judge transferred custody of the teen from the Department of Children and Families to the Department of Correction.

The Correction Department says the juvenile was sent to the York Correctional Institution in the Niantic section of East Lyme. Officials told The Day of New London that it's the first time a transgender juvenile has been detained at a state adult prison.

Prison officials are not naming the teen.

Authorities say the juvenile was sent to the prison under a state law that allows judges to transfer custody of juvenile delinquents from the DCF to the Correction Department when they are deemed dangerous to themselves and cannot be safely held by the DCF.

School bus driver in crash cited for tailgating


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) State police have cited a school bus driver for tailgating after an accident on Route 8 in Bridgeport that sent 13 high school students to the hospital.

Troopers say 59-year-old Kevin Jones of Trumbull was driving a school bus that rear-ended a flower company truck Tuesday morning. The bus was carrying students from Bunnell High School in Stratford.

The Connecticut Post reports that 13 students ages 14 to 17 were taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. Eight other students on the bus weren't hurt.

Jones couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday. A phone listing for him couldn't be found and it's not clear if he has a lawyer.

The driver of the flower company truck was cited for having an unregistered vehicle.

Feds say man spoke of radio-controlled plane bombs


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Federal officials say they've arrested a Moroccan national in Connecticut who expressed interest in using radio-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office says 27-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fathi was arrested Monday by the FBI on immigration-related charges.

Fathi is charged criminally for allegedly staying in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa expired after flunking out of Virginia International University. Authorities are still investigating alleged statements that he intended to carry out bombings.

The FBI says Fathi spoke on recorded conversations about a desire to bomb an out-of-state school and a federal building in Connecticut. The exact locations weren't released.

Fathi is detained without bail. His public defender declined to comment Tuesday.

UConn students celebrate national championship


STORRS, Conn. (AP) Ecstatic UConn fans have been celebrating the Huskies' men's national basketball title on the campus in Storrs, Conn. -- breaking street lights, smashing at least one campus window and overturning furniture inside the student union.

Campus police report they made 30 arrests by 1:30 a.m. and a school spokesman says more were expected, with a lot of the arrests alcohol-related.

He says no serious injuries were reported and most of the property damage was minor.

The men's team plans to return to Gampel Pavilion for a pep rally at 5 p.m. today, followed by another viewing party as the undefeated UConn women play for their ninth national title against Notre Dame in Nashville. One freshman says the energy is like nothing he's never felt and as he put it, ``we're going to do this all again tomorrow.''

 

Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all those Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.

Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies' 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun's retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season.

They came back strong in coach Kevin Ollie's second season, and the Huskies (32-8) went all the way to their fourth overall title.

Kentucky (29-11), with five freshmen starters, never led in the championship game.

The Wildcats missed 11 of 24 free throws, while the Huskies were perfect on 10 tries.

 

Connecticut's experienced backcourt made Kentucky's guards look like, well, freshmen in the national championship game.  Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright outplayed the Harrison twins from start to finish in a 60-54 victory Monday night.

Napier, a senior who was a role player on UConn's last title team in 2011, had 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Junior Ryan Boatright added 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Together, they were simply too much to handle for the Wildcats (29-11).

Many thought it would be the other way around, with brothers Aaron and Andrew Harrison carrying the Wildcats to a second title in the last three years.

But the twins were mostly missing in the tournament finale at AT Stadium.

UConn (32-8) dominated early, withstood a big charge late in the first half and made all the clutch plays down the stretch of a 60-54 victory that made Kevin Ollie the first coach since Michigan's Steve Fisher in 1989 to win a national title in his first NCAA tournament as coach.

Shabazz Napier, the dynamic senior point guard, led the way as he almost always does, finishing with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists to bookend his career with national titles.


Napier has been selected the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four after getting 22 points and six rebounds in Monday night's NCAA championship game.  Napier as a freshman won a national title on UConn's 2011 team led by another star guard in Kemba Walker.  He ends his stellar career as the leader of the 2014 championship squad.

Boatright was his best on college basketball's biggest stage.  Capping a difficult year that included the death of his cousin, Boatright scored 14 points.  Boatright fought through grief after his cousin, 20-year-old Arin Williams was killed in January and fought off the doubters in the NCAA tournament.

In the title game, Boatright helped UConn jump out to a 15-point lead in the first half and hit a big step-back jumper down the stretch to win a national title.

Now Boatright must take a step back and look at his future, which could include the NBA.

Ted Kennedy Jr. to run for Connecticut Senate


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Ted Kennedy Jr. is expected to announce he's running for the state Senate in Connecticut.

Two people briefed on the decision said Monday the son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts will announce Tuesday evening he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the 12th Senatorial District. They spoke on condition of anonymity because Kennedy wants to make the announcement.

Kennedy is 52-year-old health care lawyer who lives in Branford and has been mentioned as a possible political candidate for years. He said last month he was considering running for the seat and would announce his decision within two weeks.

The 12th District is represented by Guilford Democrat Edward Meyer, who is retiring. The seat represents Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford.

Metro-North eyed for storm-resilience projects


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut is seeking $600 million in federal transportation funding to help pay for more weather-resilient Metro-North Railroad projects that will survive fierce storms.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday the state will match federal money with $200 million. Projects call for improving and replacing equipment and public works along the New Haven line.

Congress and the Obama administration made $3 billion available for 11 states affected by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Connecticut is applying for $603 million for the New Haven Line, which is owned by the state Department of Transportation and operated by Metro-North.

The state is requesting $349 million to help cover the cost of a bridge replacement project in Norwalk and $245 million to replace communications and signaling along the Connecticut section of the New Haven Line.

3 people injured in afternoon shooting in Hartford


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Three people who were shot while walking on a Hartford street in broad daylight are recovering from their injuries while city police look for suspects.

Authorities say the victims were walking on Main Street in the North End when they were shot shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday. Their names haven't been released.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says the victims' injuries aren't life-threatening.

Police haven't released any information on suspects or leads. The police department's Major Crimes Division and Shooting Task Force are investigating.

Man shot in face in Bridgeport expected to survive


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a man shot in the face over the weekend is expected to survive.

Police say the man was wounded in a drive-by shooting on Ogden Street at about 2 a.m. Sunday, but his injuries aren't life-threatening. He's being treated at Bridgeport Hospital.

The victim's name hasn't been released.

Police say the shooter sped away in a pickup truck. More details on the suspect and the truck haven't been disclosed.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Bridgeport police.

Trinity student assaulted by purported camera crew


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are looking for a group of men that purported to be a film crew and assaulted a Trinity College student while she was walking on a city street.

Two female students say a man on a bicycle with a camera and three men in a pickup truck with a camera in the back approached them Saturday afternoon and asked if they wanted to be filmed. They say one of the men groped one of the women and grabbed her arm, but she was able to get away.

Police say the women got the truck's license plate number and reported the incident to campus security.

No arrests have been announced. Anyone with information about the men is urged to call Hartford police or Trinity College security.

2 men foils woman's attempt at drowning in Meriden


MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Police say efforts by 20-year-old woman commit suicide by driving her car into Hanover Pond in Meriden were foiled by two men who smashed out car windows and rescued her.

The rescuers were acquaintances who were previously in the car with the woman when she entered the water early Saturday.

Authorities say the woman is receiving psychiatric treatment and is safe at this time. Her name is being withheld.

Police say the incident occurred near Camp and Meadow streets.

Jeb Bush to headline Conn. GOP fundraiser


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is starring at the Connecticut Republican Party's 36th annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner.

Bush is among a crowded field of prospective 2016 presidential candidates. He is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the event scheduled for Friday at the Stamford Hilton Hotel.

Bush is the grandson of the late Prescott Bush Sr. of Greenwich, a former U.S. senator from Connecticut.

Tickets to the dinner cost $250 per person, while tickets to the photo reception cost $2,500 per person.

Two-time U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is expected to receive this year's Prescott Bush Award. GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola called McMahon, the former CEO of WWE, ``a tireless advocate for Republicans.''

11-year sentence for official who stole from town


LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) The former finance director for the small Connecticut town of Winchester has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for stealing from the town.

Henry Centrella Jr. pleaded guilty in January to larceny charges stemming from the theft of more than $2 million.

Centrella apologized for betraying the town's taxpayers at the sentencing hearing Friday in Litchfield Superior Court. Judge James Ginocchio told Centrella that he faces a long, hard road to redemption.

Centrella was the town's finance director from 1982 until he was fired last year.

The theft that took place over several years had such an impact on the town that officials say it had to impose a tax increase that cost the average taxpayer about $300.

Man gets 70 years in prison for `depraved' murder


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A 25-year-old West Haven man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing another man in front of his family in New Haven.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Elpedio Vitale imposed the prison time Thursday on Derrick Bouknight in the shooting death of 27-year-old William Baines IV in October 2010. A jury convicted Bouknight of murder and weapons charges in January.

Baines was shot as he sat on a porch with relatives. Prosecutors say Bouknight was upset because Baines had fought with his friend over a $100 debt.

The New Haven Register reports that Bouknight apologized to Baines' family during the sentencing, after distraught relatives of the victim read emotional statements.

The judge said the ``chilling callousness'' of the shooting was ``stunning in its depravity.''

Police: boy who died in Putman choked on cereal


PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) State police say a 2.5-year-old Putnam boy who died last month appears to have choked on some cereal, after his father's girlfriend locked him and his toddler brother in a bedroom and went to a methadone clinic in Willimantic.

The father's girlfriend, 32-year-old Renee Peterson of Putnam, was arraigned Thursday in Danielson Superior Court on charges including cruelty to persons, risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. An arrest warrant affidavit that was released provided details on what happened to the boy.

The boy's father, 30-year-old David Mahan, was arrested in Douglas, Mass., on Wednesday and is expected to be extradited back to Connecticut to face the same charges as Peterson.

Petersen is detained on $125,000 bail. Her public defender says she didn't intend to harm the boy.

16-year-old boy shot in New Haven dies at hospital


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head has died at a local hospital.

Authorities say Torrence Gamble died at 3:15 a.m. Friday after having been rushed into surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Police say he lived in New Haven and attended Riverside Academy.

Officer David Hartman says the police department has nothing to report about a suspect or suspect vehicle. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call New Haven police.

Medics and police officers found Gamble unresponsive on Daggett Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. Thursday while responding to a 911 call about a single gunshot and a shooting victim.

UConn reports bomb threat to Admissions Building


STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- The University of Connecticut is asking people to avoid campus as police investigate a bomb threat called into a building that houses the school's primary admissions office.

 

UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz says the Tasker Building was evacuated Thursday morning immediately after someone phoned in a bomb threat at about 9:30 a.m. University officials also told people in other parts of the Storrs campus to shelter in place and urged anyone traveling to campus to stay away.

 

State police were checking the building with a bomb-sniffing dog and talking with the employee who took the threatening call.

 

Reitz says the search hasn't turned up anything suspicious so far.

Conn. jail guard convicted of assaulting inmate


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A jury has convicted a state correctional officer of misdemeanor assault for beating an inmate in front of other guards and prisoners two years ago at the New Haven Correctional Center.

Thirty-seven-year-old Diaab Amin of North Branford is set to be sentenced May 23 to up to one year in prison on the third-degree assault conviction. The New Haven Register reports the Department of Correction also fired Amin.

Jurors in New Haven Superior Court deliberated for less than an hour before finding Amin guilty.

A state police investigation found that Amin in July 2012 sucker-punched and beat 33-year-old William Laden, who was jailed for a domestic assault. Troopers say four months before the assault, Laden punched Amin in a parking lot fight in Meriden in an alleged drug dispute.

Complaint accuses Yale in 33 animal deaths


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An animal rights group is accusing Yale University of negligence in the deaths of 33 animals in research laboratories and wants federal officials to fine the school at least $60,000.

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW filed a complaint Monday with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Ohio-based group's executive director, Michael Budkie, told the New Haven Register that Yale isn't following basic animal treatment guidelines.

Yale spokesman Tom Conroy says the school properly self-reported the animal deaths and its programs meet or exceed federal standards.

Government documents show the lab incidents included a dog dying when an oxygen tank malfunctioned, 17 hamsters dying after a lab worker failed to perform a morning assessment of the animals and 15 mastomys, which are rodents, dying after being given an oral vaccine.

Man gets 3 years in prison in Conn. pot bust


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A New York man busted with 315 pounds of marijuana in Connecticut has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Fifty-six-year-old Oves St. Orbin Wright of Massapequa on Long Island was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in October to a marijuana distribution conspiracy charge.

Authorities say Wright and Kevin Dunbar of Manchester, Conn., were caught in May of last year receiving a shipment of 315 pounds of marijuana in Enfield and driving it to a storage facility in East Hartford. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents discovered the pot while searching a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 in western Texas near Sierra Blanca, and authorities set up surveillance on the drugs.

Dunbar has pleaded guilty to the same charge as Wright and awaits sentencing.

New effort to promote autism awareness launched


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A hospital executive is showcasing a new effort to promote awareness of autism.

Lynn Ricci, chief operating officer at Hospital for Special Care in New Britain and Hartford, will unveil Spectrum of Kindness, an online community and resource, on Wednesday.

Spectrum of Kindness was established to help promote better understanding of caring for children with autism spectrum disorder. It's intended to share accounts of autism.

Advocates are gathering at the Judiciary Room in the Capitol.

The U.S. government's estimate of autism has increased to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years. Health officials say the new number may not mean autism is more common.

Much of the increase is believed to be from a cultural and medical shift, with doctors diagnosing autism more frequently.

Cadet accused of sex abuse faces hearing in Conn


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London is holding a hearing in the case of a cadet accused of sexually abusing a classmate in September.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at the Academy in what officials say is a pretrial investigation similar to a civilian grand jury to determine how to dispose of the case. The investigating officer could recommend that the case be dismissed, dealt with administratively or referred for trial by court-martial.

No verdict or sentencing is handed down.

The charges involve allegations of abusive sexual contact, housebreaking and unlawful entry.

The cadet was not identified.

The only cadet ever court-martialed at the academy, Webster Smith, was tried in 2006 and convicted on extortion, sodomy and indecent assault charges.

Conn. school bus driver charged with sex assault


WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A school bus driver in West Haven has been charged with sexually assaulting a student on his bus several times.

Fifty-one-year-old Alan Demand of New Haven was arrested Monday on charges including second-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact and unlawful restraint. He was detained on $50,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Milford Superior Court.

Police say Demand sexually assaulted the student a number of times between October and December last year. Authorities say he also had numerous cell phone conversations with the student and sent sexually explicit texts to the student.

Officials say Demand immediately was suspended from his school bus driver job when the allegations arose.

It's not clear if Demand has a lawyer.

Suspended Conn. priest charged with sex assault


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A suspended Connecticut priest charged in a federal firearms and explosives case has been arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a minor.

The Rev. Paul Gotta was arrested Monday by East Windsor police on seven sexual assault charges. Police say the assaults took place over the span of a year beginning in January 2012.

Gotta is detained on $100,000 bail. His lawyer didn't immediately return a message Tuesday.

Gotta was administrator of St. Philip and St. Catherine churches in East Windsor when the Archdiocese of Hartford suspended him last year when the sexual assault allegations surfaced.

He also was arrested by federal authorities last year on charges including illegally transferring a gun, ammunition and explosive material to a juvenile. Jury selection in that case is set to begin in May.

Woman charged with DUI in Conn. storefront crash


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman accused of plowing her car into a convenience store at a speed of up to 70 mph and injuring four people has been charged with drunken driving and other crimes.

Thirty-one-year-old Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina of Bridgeport was charged Monday with driving under the influence and reckless driving, among other things.

Police say Chavarria-Medina was exiting Interstate 95 in Fairfield on March 24 when her car smashed into five vehicles outside a Cumberland Farms store and crashed into the storefront. Four people were hospitalized. Police say it's lucky none of the injuries was life-threatening.

Authorities say Chavarria-Medina's blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Chavarria-Medina posted $5,000 bail. There is no phone listing for her and it's not clear if she has a lawyer.

UConn police: celebration wasn't a riot


STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut students set newspapers on fire, ``crowd-surfed'' and threw a variety of objects in a large campus celebration after the men's basketball team's win in the NCAA tournament, but police say it wasn't a riot and no serious injuries were reported.

A large crowd gathered near Gampel Pavilion and the Student Union on Sunday afternoon after the Huskies beat Michigan State 60-54 to get to the Final Four. Police arrested a person for setting newspapers on fire.

Police broke up the crowd amid the burning newspapers. The student newspaper, The Daily Campus, reports some people got hit with projectiles including beer cans and basketballs, but no one was seriously hurt and no property was damaged.

UConn plays Florida in the Final Four on Saturday.

Conn. teacher struck by SUV at school dies


HEBRON, Conn. (AP) A Hebron middle school teacher who was struck by a vehicle outside the school has died.

The family of Dawn Mallory announced on Friday the death of the seventh-grade teacher.

Mallory, of Groton, was critically injured after being struck in the RHAM Middle School parking lot in Hebron on March 14 by a parent who was dropping off children and backed into her. She was 65.

Authorities say Elizabeth Everett of Hebron was driving her sport utility vehicle through the parking lot when she mistakenly entered a bus loading and unloading zone.

The crash has remained under investigation. No charges have been filed.

Mallory, a math teacher, taught for more than 30 years.

Fatal I-95 wreck in Fairfield under investigation


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police are trying to determine why a 27-year-old woman was weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds on Interstate 95 in Fairfield before she crashed into a tractor-trailer and died in a fiery wreck.

Troopers say Yvonne Sokol was driving erratically Sunday morning when her car struck the truck and burst into flames in the northbound lanes near Exit 22. Authorities say Sokol was trapped in her mangled car under the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was in her car, and the truck driver wasn't hurt.

The accident caused major traffic backups on the highway for several hours.

Conn. governor announces plans to run again


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday he will seek a second term, formally entering a contest that already has several Republican candidates challenging the Democrat's handling of taxes and the economy.

 

Malloy's campaign opened with a fundraising email signed by "Dan," the nickname Malloy used when he ran in 2010. As governor, he prefers to be called Dannel.

 

While Malloy was expected to run again, his announcement came as somewhat of a surprise because he has previously said wouldn't reveal his decision until lawmakers adjourned their session on May 7. Malloy, 58, said some of the criticism he's heard from his Republican competitors prompted Friday's announcement.

 

"I'm looking at some of the things that other candidates are saying and I want to be ready to hit the ground in May when the session is over," he said at a news conference that's traditionally held after the monthly State Bond Commission meeting. "So raising campaign funds and getting everything, all the ducks in a row, is going to take some amount of time and so I thought we should get the job going."

 

The state Republican Party seized on the return of Malloy's nickname in a message on Twitter: "We don't need a new name, we need a new governor."

 

Several Republicans have already announced their intentions to challenge Malloy. The list includes Malloy's 2010 foe, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley; Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton; Senate Minority Leader John McKinney; Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti; Avon Attorney Martha Dean; and former West Hartford Town Councilman Joe Visconti.

Republican Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. predicted Malloy will have a difficult challenge winning another term, given the state of Connecticut's economy.

 

"Unfortunately for the governor, the numbers don't lie: Connecticut's economy is among the worst in the nation, our unemployment rate remains significantly higher than the national average, and hundreds of thousands of Connecticut families are struggling to make ends meet," Labriola said. "Under Gov. Malloy, we have gone in the wrong direction. As many states are enjoying real economic recovery, Connecticut continues to lag far behind."

 

Malloy contends the state is on the right path economically, and he takes credit for fixing some of his predecessors' mistakes.

 

In a Quinnipiac University survey of 1,878 registered voters conducted between Feb. 26 and March 2, 48 percent said they approve of the job Malloy is doing as governor while 45 percent disapprove. When asked if Malloy should be re-elected, 45 percent said yes while 46 percent said no. Meanwhile, 60 percent of registered voters said Malloy has strong leadership qualities, while 35 percent disagreed. The survey had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

 

The governor said Friday he intends to participate again in the state's public campaign finance system. He must raise $250,000 in contributions of $100 or less in order to qualify. Ultimately, he can receive at least $1.25 million for a primary and $6 million for the general election.

 

Malloy does face a potential primary challenge. Lee Whitnum, a former U.S. Senate and House candidate from Greenwich, recently announced on her website that she planned to seek the Democratic party's endorsement at the May 16 state convention.

 

Malloy's announcement came a day after he signed legislation increasing Connecticut's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2017. Connecticut became the first state to pass legislation that sets the minimum wage at the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.

 

Malloy mentioned the minimum wage in his fundraising email, as well as efforts to address Connecticut's budget problems, saying, "we've made a lot of progress since 2011, but I'm not satisfied. We have more work to do."

Student with bullets prompts Conn. school lockdown


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A school in East Hartford was locked down for an hour after officials discovered a student was carrying bullets.

Police were called to the Woodland School on Friday morning after the discovery and searched the school. Officials say the student had several bullets for a handgun, but no gun was found.

Officials put the school in lockdown shortly before 8 a.m. as a precaution under security procedures. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 9 a.m.

Principal Helene Marchese sent a message to parents saying all students were safe and never in danger.

Marchese and police didn't say whether the boy was disciplined or arrested.

The Woodland School's website says it serves students in kindergarten through Grade 12 who require a ``smaller more structured, nurturing environment.''

Manchester police make arrest in motel assault


MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Manchester police have arrested a man in connection with an assault at a motel that left the victim with life-threatening injuries.

Twenty-year-old Lorenzo Hernandez of no certain address was charged with first-degree assault and burglary and held on $500,000 bail Thursday. He was to be arraigned Friday in Manchester Superior Court.

Police and medics were called to the Manchester Inn on Tuesday after a house cleaner found an unconscious man in a room he was renting. Authorities say the 47-year-old man was brought to Hartford Hospital.

Police didn't release the victim's name or give an update on his condition Friday.

Detectives say Hernandez apparently knew the victim and the assault wasn't random.

It's not clear if Hernandez has a lawyer.

Man gets 10 years in prison for Conn. fatal crash


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a fatal wrong-way crash on Route 8 in Naugatuck.

A Waterbury Superior Court judge on Thursday sentenced 34-year-old Edmundo Mendieta, who authorities say was drunk when he drove his van northbound in the southbound lanes and crashed into a car in April 2012.

The wreck killed 24-year-old William Baer Jr. of Beacon Falls and seriously wounded a passenger in his car, Sara Chmielewski of Stratford.

Police say Mendieta's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit for driving. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault with a motor vehicle and driving under the influence.

The Republican-American of Waterbury reports that Judge Roland Fasano said it was an injustice that Mendieta survived the deadly mayhem he created.

Hartford prison guard charged with sex assault


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A state correctional officer is accused of ordering a woman into his SUV at gunpoint and sexually assaulting her in Hartford, but he says the sex was consensual.

City police charged Kelvin Grisales with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, threatening and weapons charges Thursday, after the woman reported that Grisales raped her in his vehicle.

Police say Grisales told them the woman flagged him down and asked for a ride, and the two had consensual sex. Grisales told police that the woman then demanded $60 for the sex and threatened him, so he pulled his son's BB gun on her.

Grisales works at the Hartford Correctional Center and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Grisales is detained on $500,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Mother arrested after boy found wandering in Conn.


WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut authorities arrested a Florida woman after her 3-year-old son was found wandering on a street wearing only a diaper and blanket in cold temperatures.

Police said the boy was found in West Haven on Thursday morning, and officers later found his mother sleeping nearby in a dirty motel room with three other children under 12. State officials took custody off all four children.

Thirty-year-old April Pardy of Jacksonville, Fla., was charged with felony risk of injury to a minor and allowing an unsupervised child in a public place. She is detained on $5,000 bail. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

Police say the motel room was littered with garbage, old food and dirty diapers. They say they also found a dog and a ferret in the room.

Conn. man charged in police chase last year


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut have charged a 39-year-old man in connection with a year-old police chase that spanned 20 miles across the state line into New York on Interstate 95.

Manuel Vidal of Bridgeport is accused of ramming several police cruisers and injuring four police officers during the afternoon chase on March 22, 2013 before he crashed into a New York state trooper's car and was arrested in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Vidal was arraigned Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court on numerous charges including assaulting police officers and reckless driving. He had been in police custody in New York on charges there and recently was turned over to Stamford police.

Connecticut State Police also intend to charge Vidal.

Vidal is detained on bail. His public defender didn't immediately return a message Thursday.

Man charged in Hartford bar shooting


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police have charged a city man with firing a gun inside a North End bar that is now closed after multiple shootings and stabbings in recent months.

Thirty-five-year-old Johnny Lawrence was arrested Wednesday on charges including unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and reckless endangerment. He's detained on $300,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

No one was injured in the March 14 shooting inside the Cleveland Cafe. Police say they found nine spent shell casings in a bar area and in the floor. Authorities believe the shooting spurred from a fight between two women.

Officials say workers at the bar never reported the shooting to police.

Police say the bar has closed at the owner's discretion.

State police investigate death of child in Conn.


PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State police are investigating the death of a 2 .5-year-old child in Putnam.

Emergency personnel went to a home where a child was reported to be in medical distress just after noon on Wednesday. The child was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead shortly after being admitted.

State Police were asked to investigate by Putnam police and the Windham County State's Attorney. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The child's name has not been released.

Conn. Senate passes higher state minimum wage


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut is moving closer to increasing the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

The Democratic controlled Senate voted 21-14 in favor of the legislation, immediately sending it to the House of Representatives for an expected vote on Wednesday.

Senate President Donald Williams called the bill ``a modest step forward'' to help those who have the least.

But Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, who is running for governor, said businesses cannot afford the proposed increase and jobs would be lost.

An estimated 70,000 to 90,000 people in Connecticut earn the minimum wage of $8.70.

If $10.10 is enacted, as expected, the National Employment Law Project says Connecticut would be the first state to raise the wage to $10.10, the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.

Metro-North to run special train for UConn fans


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Metro-North commuter railroad has added an extra train to bring UConn fans into New York Friday for the school's NCAA tournament game against Iowa State.

The train will leave New Haven at 4:15 p.m. arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 6 p.m.

The Huskies are playing in their first regional semifinal since winning the national championship in 2011. They tip off against the Cyclones at 7:37 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy says he wants to turn the game into a home contest for the Huskies, whose campus is about 135 miles away.

UConn fans have been flooding the secondary ticket market. The cheapest ticket on the StubHub website for Friday games in New York was selling Tuesday afternoon for just under $500.

Ex-officer pleads guilty to possessing child porn


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A former East Hartford police officer has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday that 49-year-old Andrew W. Nielsen of South Windsor pleaded guilty in federal court in Hartford to one count of possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors say Nielsen purchased several DVDs containing child pornography, including depictions of prepubescent minors, from a foreign company and had them shipped to his residence. Authorities say Nielsen was arrested on Nov. 1, 2012, when law enforcement executed a court-authorized search warrant at his residence and seized several of the DVDs he ordered.

Nielsen, who resigned from the police department after his arrest, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced June 18.

Nielsen's attorney, Ryan McGuigan, says the DVDs did not contain sexual activity but were considered child pornography because of lewd material.

Prep school dean dies in Conn. school bus crash


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A dean at a West Hartford prep school has died when her car crashed into a school bus.

West Hartford police say Patricia Rosoff died Tuesday morning. About 20 students on the bus were not seriously hurt.

The car crashed into the bus at an intersection at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. Police say the 64-year-old Rosoff had to be cut out of the vehicle and was taken to a hospital, where she died.

The bus was carrying students to Conard High School. Everyone on the bus was evaluated, but officials say no one appeared to be injured.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

The school, Kingswood Oxford, says on its website that Rosoff was academic dean of humanities.

4 injured when car crashes into Connecticut store


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut authorities say an out-of-control car exiting Interstate 95 in Fairfield crashed into a convenience store, injuring four people and damaging the building and five other vehicles.

Fairfield police say the car was going too fast on the southbound exit 24 off-ramp Monday night. It plowed into several other vehicles and a Cumberland Farms store and gas station at the bottom of the ramp.

Police say a woman driving the out-of-control car and three other people were taken to a hospital. Authorities say their injuries don't appear to be life-threatening. The name of the woman hasn't been released.

Authorities say there is moderate damage to the store, but the gas pumps weren't damaged.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Teen killed, another injured in New Haven shooting


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say one teenager was killed and another was critically injured in a nighttime shooting near a city school, which was closed at the time.

The teens were found wounded near Lincoln Basset Elementary School at about 9 p.m. Monday and brought to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Police say a 17-year-old boy died and a 16-year-old boy is in critical condition.

Authorities say both victims are from Hamden. Their names haven't been released.

No arrests have been announced.

Police say they also responded to a report of a third shooting victim. The person was assaulted but not shot, and authorities are trying to confirm if that person was involved in the shooting.

The teen's death is New Haven's fifth homicide of the year.

Police: Man attempted arson at prosecutor's office


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A man has been charged with attempting to set fire to a prosecutor's office last year in Norwalk.

Authorities say 47-year-old Joseph Stephenson of Stamford is charged with arson, burglary, criminal mischief and interfering with a search warrant. He is currently an inmate at the MacDougall Correctional Institution in Suffield.

An intruder broke into the state's attorney's office at Norwalk Superior Court on the night of March 3, 2013. State police say officers responding to an alarm saw a suspect flee through a rear door and there was evidence that someone tried to start a fire.

He is charged with interference because he allegedly refused to provide a DNA sample after he was identified as a suspect. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Cops: Bridgeport man killed girlfriend, overdosed


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a city man stabbed his girlfriend to death because he believed she was cheating on him and then tried to kill himself with drug overdose.

Authorities say 37-year-old Alejandro Velez is in critical but stable condition at Bridgeport Hospital and will face a murder charge in the killing on Saturday night. It's the city's first homicide of the year.

The victim hasn't been identified.

Velez's sister called police Saturday night to report that her brother was unresponsive and barricaded in their mother's apartment. Officers found Velez unconscious and his girlfriend on a bathroom floor suffering from stab wounds. His mother was in Florida at the time.

Authorities expect to set Velez's bail at $1 million. He has a criminal record that includes drug convictions.

Conn. man facing sex charge in Mass.


BOSTON (AP) A Connecticut man who is accused of traveling to the Boston area expecting to have sex with a minor is headed to court.

Paul Hinkel of Chester, Conn., is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston on Monday on a criminal complaint that he persuaded, induced, enticed or coerced a minor to engage in sexual activity.

The 56-year-old Hinkel was arrested in Watertown last week.

Authorities allege he drove to Watertown to meet with a woman who posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a man who might be interested in a relationship with her minor daughter.

The Craigslist ad was actually placed by undercover Homeland Security Investigation agents.

Hinkel remains in custody pending Monday's detention hearing. It could not be determined if he had a lawyer.

Gun battle erupts in strip Conn. club parking lot


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) More than two dozen gunshots were fired in the parking lot of a Waterbury strip club in one of the largest-scale shootings ever in Waterbury.

The Republican-American reports that Police Chief Vernon Riddick Jr. said he doesn't remember so many shots fired in one incident in his 23-year career.

Police say three people suffered minor gunshot wounds in the early Saturday morning melee. Two men were shot in the ankle and another was shot in the hip. About 150 people were in the bar when a fight broke out shortly after 4 a.m. Bouncers pushed the fight into the parking lot, where the gunshots were fired.

The shooters had fled before police arrived.

Police found 29 shell casings in the parking lot. At least three guns were used.

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