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Grandmother charged with leaving child in car

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A 59-year-old grandmother has been charged with leaving a 3-year-old unattended in a car in Stratford.

Police say they found the child asleep in a car seat outside a pool supply store at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a complaint.

Police say the child was not injured. They say air was blowing in the car, but the windows were up and the engine was turned off.

Rosanna Sinatra of Stratford told officers she had run into the store for about 5 minutes and did not want to disturb the sleeping child.

She was issued a summons for leaving a child under 12-years-old unsupervised in a motor vehicle. She is due in court July 29.

Sinatra's phone number is not listed and attempts to reach her Thursday were not successful.

Prosecutor won't charge officer in beating

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford prosecutor has rejected a request from Enfield's police chief for an arrest warrant that would have charged one of his officers with assaulting a suspect.

Hartford State's Attorney Gail Hardy, in a letter to Chief Carl Sferrazza, says she did not find that the force used by Officer Matthew Worden during the April 1 arrest rose to the level of criminal conduct.

Worden was accused of striking 24-year-old Mark Maher of Windsor while taking him into custody during an April 1 disturbance at a local boat launch.

Maher is charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Hardy noted that Officer Worden stopped using force after Maher had been handcuffed.

Wordon remains on paid administrative leave while the department completes an internal affairs investigation.

Man injured in Columbia home invasion

COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) Police say a Columbia man is recovering from injuries suffered in an overnight home invasion.

Police say they were called to a home on Oakwood Lane shortly after 2 a.m. by a man who told them two masked intruders had attacked him.

Police say the man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a head injury. It was not immediately clear if anything was taken from the home.

No arrests have been made.

Police say roommate with hand gun stopped attack

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Police say a resident of a New London home, armed with a handgun, stopped an early-morning attack on his roommate.

A 15-year-old, whose name has not been released, was charged with breaking into the home on Crystal Avenue just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the teen, who was armed with a knife and gun, assaulted a resident in a first-floor bedroom.

They say that attack awakened the upstairs roommate, who came downstairs armed with a handgun and confronted the teen.

Police say the attacker complied with an order to remain still until officers arrived.

He faces charges including burglary and assault.

Police say the victim of the attack declined medical treatment.

Remains of man found in Waterbury woods

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) An autopsy is planned on the badly decomposed remains of a man found in a wooded area of Waterbury.

Police say the body was discovered Tuesday morning behind a home near the end of a dirt road off Denver place after neighbors reported a foul odor.

Police say they have no idea who the middle-aged man was, how he died or how long his body had been in the woods. They say it appears the remains have been there at least several days.

They say the area, near some scrap yards and a housing project, is frequented by transients.

The remains were sent to the Chief State Medical Examiner's Office in Farmington, where an autopsy was expected to take place Wednesday.

Hartford firefighter charged with trespassing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An off-duty Hartford firefighter has been charged with breach of peace and trespassing after a woman told police he walked into her apartment and refused to leave.

Police say 44-year-old Lamont Freeman did not know the woman and was apparently intoxicated when he entered her home on Barbour Street on Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m.

Freeman does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

He is due in court on Thursday.

New London puts off vote on school superintendent

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London's Board of Education has postponed a planned vote to approve the contract for its new superintendent of schools.

The board, in a press release, says it cancelled Monday's meeting to allow members time clarify Terrence Carter's recent statements about his credentials.

Carter has been accused of referring to himself as a doctor in numerous documents and publications. He is scheduled to receive his doctorate next month from Lesley University in Massachusetts.

The Day of New London also reports that Carter filed for bankruptcy protection in two states, but reached settlements with his creditors in both cases.

The board says it will hold a private conference call with Carter Thursday evening and has rescheduled its vote for immediately after that meeting.

Stonington state senator seriously injured in fall

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A state senator from Stonington is in serious condition at a Rhode Island hospital after falling from an outside staircase at his home.

Stonington Police told The Day of New London newspaper that a neighbor witnessed 52-year-old Andrew Maynard fall from a ``significant height,'' landing on a sidewalk. The incident happened at about 2:39 a.m. on Monday morning.

While the fall appears to have been an accident, police said the matter remains under investigation.

Maynard, the Democratic co-chairman of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, received public, bipartisan well-wishes from Senate leaders as well as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney.

Besides Stonington, Maynard's district includes Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling and Voluntown.


Several sources said Maynard was in a coma Monday.

Man helping turtle is attacked by dog

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) A Hamden man has been mauled by a dog while trying to help a turtle cross a local road.

Police say the restident, whose name has not been released, stopped his car on Evergreen Avenue last Tuesday and was trying to get a large turtle out of the road near Whitney Avenue when he was attacked by a longhaired black Labrador.

Police say the man suffered serious bite wounds to a forearm and a leg. He was taken by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Police did not release his condition.

Police are trying to identify the dog, who ran off, and its owner. They say the animal was wearing a collar.

Conn. Woman arrested on I-684 on drug charges

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) New York State police say a passenger in a car pulled over for speeding was found to be carrying 85 pills of the painkiller Oxycodone.

After stopping the car on Interstate 684, police say a search revealed the passenger, Johannie Cruz of Waterbury, Connecticut, had marijuana and painkillers on her.

The Journal News says the 25 year old was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

The car's driver, Mildred Betancourt, also of Waterbury, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs. She also was charged with speeding and unlicensed operation.

The arrests occurred Friday afternoon.

The women were arraigned in Bedford Town Court. Cruz was held in Westchester County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Waterbury store clerk shot in neck

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A 19-year-old Waterbury man faces arraignment on an attempted murder charge, accused of shooting of a clerk at a city market.

Police say Tony Dupre walked into the Bucks Hill Market just before 11 a.m. Sunday, shot the 61-year-old clerk in the neck and stole money from the cash register.

The shooting was captured by the store's surveillance camera and police say Dupre made no attempt to hide his identity.

He was arrested after being spotted walking on a nearby street shortly after 1 p.m. Police say they subdued him with an electronic stun gun.

Police say the clerk, whose name has not been released, is in serious condition with a bullet lodged in his spine.

Dupre was scheduled to appear in Superior Court Monday morning.

Malloy seeks $3 million for century-old rail span

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Governor Dannel P. Malloy is seeking to borrow $3 million in state bonds to fix a railroad bridge in Connecticut that blocked commuter rail traffic in May and June.

The governor said Sunday the money for the Walk Bridge used by Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak will be for maintenance projects while the state works to replace the span.

The 118-year-old rotating bridge was stuck in the open position twice recently, disrupting the busy commuter rail system between Connecticut and Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Sen. Bob Duff and Reps. Chris Perone and Bruce Morris say that when the bridge fails, it affects more than 141 Metro North and Amtrak trains, inconveniencing 125,000 commuters. The three lawmakers represent Norwalk.

The governor is chairman of the Bond Commission, which is set to meet Friday.

UConn settles sex assault lawsuit

STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut has settled a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.

The school has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million, including $900,000 to a former UConn hockey player who said she was kicked off the team after reporting she had been raped by a male hockey player.

The Associated Press obtained settlement documents in advance of a planned Friday announcement by the university and plaintiffs.

The school did not admit any wrongdoing, saying in the court papers that it entered the settlement ``solely for the purpose of avoiding the expense and inconvenience of litigating disputed claims.''

The U.S. Department of Education continues to investigate Title IX complaints filed by the plaintiffs and other women.

Director charged in theft from Hartford nonprofit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A woman who ran a now-defunct community nonprofit in Hartford has been charged with stealing $205,000 from the agency.

The Chief State's Attorney's office announced Friday that Karen Lewis of Windsor has been charged with larceny. She was released after posting a $150,000 bond and is due in court on July 28.

Prosecutors say the 57-year-old stole the money using a debit card from the South Arsenal Neighborhood Development Corporation, then tried to disguise the thefts as loans.

SAND operated economic and community development programs in Hartford's North End before being dissolved at the end of 2010. Lewis had resigned a year earlier.

She did not immediately respond Friday to a telephone message seeking comment.

Ex-major leaguer Offerman denies assault claims

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former major leaguer Jose Offerman says he didn't swing his bat at two other players or cause their injuries in scuffle during a 2007 minor league baseball game in Connecticut.

Offerman testified Friday at a civil trial in federal court in Bridgeport. He's being sued for allegedly attacking two Bridgeport Bluefish players after being hit by a pitch during a comeback bid with the Long Island Ducks.

The lawsuit says catcher Johnathan Nathans suffered a head injury when Offerman charged the mound and swung his bat. He's suing Offerman and the Ducks for $4.5 million.

Offerman was charged with felony assault after the incident but was granted a probation program that resulted in the charges being dismissed.

Offerman played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and other teams during a 15-year career.

Teacher accused of using grade threat for sex

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Stamford High School English teacher is accused of threatening to fail a student if he broke off their sexual relationship.

Danielle Watkins of Norwalk turned herself in to police Thursday. She is charged with sexual assault, sale of marijuana and risk of injury to a minor.

Police say the 18-year-old student came to them in June and described how the 32-year-old teacher had provided him with drugs and sex since last September. Police say she also gave marijuana to a 15-year-old.

Police say they recovered 2,000 text messages, including nude photos sent to the teen's phone. .

Watkins posted $100,000 bond and is due in state Superior Court in Stamford on July 31. She has an unlisted phone number and attempts to reach her Friday morning were not successful.

Norwich man pleads guilty in baby's death

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A 23-year-old Norwich has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shaken-baby death of a 13-month old toddler he had been babysitting.

Michael Rios faces 14 years in prison under his plea bargain when he is sentenced on Sept. 29.

Prosecutors say Rios fatally injured Madison Reid on May 2, 2013 while watching the baby for her mother, who had gone to work.

Rios took the girl to Backus Hospital in Norwich and she was flown from there to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. She died the next day after undergoing emergency brain surgery.

Members of the child's family appeared in New London Superior Court Thursday wearing pink T-Shirts that read ``Madison Matters.''

Connecticut man missing 6 years found on LI

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) A Connecticut man reported missing six years ago has been reunited with his family after a police officer found him wandering on Long Island's East End.

Police said Thursday that the officer bought Euripides Cruz lunch after finding him in Southampton on July 10.

They say then, acting ``on a hunch,'' the officer searched his name on the Internet.

He found Cruz was reported missing from Waterbury, Connecticut, July 8, 2008.

Veronica Cruz told Newsday her uncle is schizophrenic and a former heroin user. The family believes he traveled to New York in part because of voices he heard in his head.

Police believe the 60-year-old Cruz had been going from town to town on Long Island for much of the time he was missing.

Milford man accused of sexually assaulting teens

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A 64-year-old Milford man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

Police say Jamie Vega has been charged with first-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Police say he was arrested after an investigation into an April complaint from the family of the children.

Vega is being held in lieu of $90,000 bond and is due in court on Aug. 12. It was not clear Thursday if he has hired an attorney.

McDonald's workers report mother DUI at drive-thru

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) A 28-year-old Massachusetts woman has been charged with drunken driving after workers at a McDonald's told police she came to the drive-thru window intoxicated with a toddler in her car.

Police say Michelle Dion of Springfield was arrested at the restaurant Wednesday night. She was held overnight in lieu of a $1,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges of driving under the influence and risk of injury to a minor.

The 2-year-old child was released into the custody of relatives.

The state Department of Children and Families is investigating.

Trooper pleads guilty in theft from dying motorist

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state trooper has pleaded guilty to charges he stole cash and jewelry from a dying accident victim.

The Connecticut Post reports 45-year-old Aaron Huntsman entered a guilty plea Wednesday to charges of larceny and tampering with evidence under the Alford Doctrine. That means he does not agree with the state's case, but concedes there is enough evidence to secure his conviction.

Prosecutors say Huntsman, a 19-year veteran of the state police, was caught on video from his cruiser's dashboard camera stealing a gold chain and $3,700 from 49-year-old John Scalesse as the motorcyclist lay dying on Sept. 22, 2012.

Scalesse was fatally injured when his motorcycle crashed on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield.

Huntsman faces 18 months in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3.

Suspect in police shooting pleads no contest

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A Deep River man has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a shootout that left an alleged accomplice dead and a state trooper wounded.

The Middletown Press reports that 26-year-old Sebastian Award faces up to 13 years in prison after entering a plea deal on Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court.

Award, who had been charged with 13 felonies, pleaded no contest to assault, conspiracy to commit robbery and engaging police in pursuit.

State police say Award and 24-year-old Jonathan Alvarado of Deep River robbed a motel in Old Saybrook on April 8, 2013 and led police on a chase into Westbrook that ended with a crash and shootout.

Award and State police Detective Scott Wisner were wounded. Alvarado, who fired the shots at police, was killed.

Police: Caregiver stole from Stonington couple

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A caregiver at a Stonington retirement community faces charges she stole from an elderly couple, and used their credit card to pay for phone calls from her imprisoned boyfriend.

The Day of New London reports 32-year-old Yadira Farias was arraigned Monday on larceny and credit card theft charges.

She is being held in lieu of $49,000 bond and has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Police say Farias stole up to $100,000 in silver, jewelry and other items from the couple at the Stone Ridge retirement community. Police say she also racked up more than $3,100 in credit-card charges, including $600 to pay for her boyfriend's prison phone calls.

The couple told police they began noticing missing items shortly after Farias began working for them in December.

UConn's AD sees need for student-athlete stipends

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- UConn's athletic director says he opposes the idea of unions for college athletes, but sees the need to provide students on athletic scholarships with additional money.


Warde Manuel, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, also says he doesn't believe schools should be allowed to profit from the likeness of a specific athlete "in perpetuity."


The NCAA this spring adopted changes to allow unlimited meals and snacks for athletes after then-UConn guard Shabazz Napier told reporters at the Final Four that he sometimes went to bed hungry because of NCAA rules.


Manuel says he supports that change and would like to see the governing body also consider giving all athletes what used to be called "laundry money" to help cover expenses that go above tuition, room and board.

Lawyer: Connecticut can't handle transgender teens

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A lawyer for a teenage transgender girl says she should be removed from the custody of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families, because he says the agency isn't equipped to treat her or other children in similar situations.

Attorney Aaron Romano says he will ask a juvenile court judge this week to oversee the 16-year-old girl's care.

The move comes after the girl was relocated over the weekend from a psychiatric center to the state's detention center for juvenile boys. The move came after DCF officials say she assaulted another youth and an employee at the treatment center. The girl previously was detained at the state women's prison after similar assault allegations, drawing protests from human rights activists.

DCF officials declined to comment on Romano's allegations.

Woman arrested at Mohegan Sun with son's ashes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a Bridgeport woman has been arrested at the Mohegan Sun casino carrying the ashes of her dead son.

The Connecticut Post reports Raisa Gonzalez faces charges including larceny and conspiracy.

Police say she was found inside the casino in Uncasville Sunday with an urn containing the ashes of the 8-year-old boy, who had died in Puerto Rico and been cremated at the Luz De Paz Funeral home in Bridgeport.

Police say a surveillance video at the funeral home shows Gonzalez taking the remains and running from the funeral home.

Feds OK higher water temperature for Millstone

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's nuclear power plant has won permission to use warmer water from Long Island Sound for cooling at the second of its two units.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the new rules for the Millstone 3 nuclear power plant in Waterford on Monday. The agency approved a similar request for the Millstone 2 unit in April.

The approval allows an increase in the water temperature limit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, from 75 degrees.

Millstone 2 shut for nearly two weeks in August 2012 because the water was warmer than the limit.

Water is used to cool key components of the plant and is discharged back into the Sound.

A spokesman for the plant, owned by Dominion Resources Inc., said Millstone has not had to exceed the temperature limit this year.

Suspect arrested in shooting captured on video

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Stamford man has been arrested on charges he sprayed gunfire into a crowd outside a downtown Stamford nightclub, injuring five in a chaotic scene captured on video.

Police say none of the injuries early Sunday morning was life-threatening.

Dayron Wills was charged with five counts of first-degree assault and held on $1 million bond. It was not known if the 22-year-old Stamford man is represented by a lawyer.

Police in the area heard the gunshots at about 1:30 a.m. and found that four men and a woman were shot.

The video taken on a mobile phone by someone standing near the shooter is dark and blurry. The gunman can be seen firing his weapon dozens of times into the crowd as people flee for cover.

Woman charged at teen party in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Fairfield woman has been arrested after police she set up a drinking game for teenagers attending a party at her house last week.

Police have charged 41-year-old Maria Flores with permitting minors to possess alcohol and breach of peace.

The Connecticut Post reports one teen was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport for treatment after being found intoxicated during Thursday night's party. Others were found playing the game beer pong in the backyard of Flores' home.

Police say she admitted setting up the game.

Flores was released on a promise to appear July 21 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Bridgeport man accused of stabbing woman, self

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a 37-year-old Bridgeport man is in critical condition after attacking a woman with a knife and then stabbing himself.

Police tell the Connecticut Post the man attacked the woman inside a home on Marion Street Sunday night.

She suffered a head wound and defensive wounds to her hands, but is expected to recover.

Police say the man fled to the third floor of the home when police arrived and was later found with a self-inflicted stab wound.

Police have not released the identities of those involved.

Rabid kitten found in Derby, bites 2 people

DERBY, Conn. (AP) A kitten found wandering on a road in Derby has tested positive for rabies, but not before biting two people.

Animal Control Officer Karen Lombardi tells the New Haven Register the kitten was found on Hickory Road Wednesday and brought to a veterinarian in Shelton.

She says friend of the person who found the kitten and the vet both were bitten, and two other workers at the Shoreline Veterinary Hospital were exposed to the disease.

Deborah Horvath, assistant director of the Community Health Services Division of Naugatuck Valley Health District, says all those who had contact with the kitten were referred to their health providers for assessment and treatment.

Rabies is fatal if not treated.

The kitten was euthanized.

Hartford dumps public financing plan for stadium

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford officials say they have dropped a $60 million public financing plan for a minor league baseball stadium and will seek private investment instead, following criticism by city residents about the cost to taxpayers.

Mayor Pedro Segarra announced the change Friday. He said the planned move of the New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford in 2016 has sparked interest in redevelopment around the stadium site and $60 million in bonding is no longer needed.

City officials didn't elaborate on the planned public-private stadium partnership. Segarra says the city is seeking proposals from property developers and construction managers for the partnership, and he expects revenue generated by the redevelopment to help pay for the stadium.

Rock Cats officials have agreed to sign a 25-year lease if the city builds a stadium.

Ex-Bush lawyer convicted of trying to kill wife

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A former White House lawyer in both Bush administrations has been convicted of attempted murder and other charges in the beating of his wife at their Connecticut home.

A jury Friday found John Michael Farren guilty of all charges stemming from the 2010 attack on Mary Margaret Farren. Prosecutors say that two days after she served him with divorce papers, he choked and beat her with a flashlight until she lost consciousness.

Farren wasn't allowed to use a mental health defense, but disputed the seriousness of the charges.

The judge allowed Farren to be absent during his trial after Farren said he wouldn't be able to handle the stress. But he was in the courtroom for the verdicts. He faces up to 50 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 11.

Error leads to drops from health care system

HARTFORD, Conn (AP) Computer problems with Connecticut's health care exchange have led to some customers being dropped by their insurance carriers.

Access Health CT. chief executive Kevin Counihan says the computer system problems may have affected about 5,800 customers who enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

He says the problem led to discrepancies in how much customers were told they owed, and how much the insurance carriers were expecting to receive. That led to some cancellations for insufficient payments.

Counihan says the issue had to do with the calculation of federal subsidies for those customers.

The agency plans to begin calling affected customers on Friday to help them resolve their issues.

He says a computer system fix should be completed by next week.

Police say woman was selling heroin on Craigslist

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) A man and woman from Uncasville have been charged with using the popular Internet site Craigslist to sell heroin.

Police tell the Norwich Bulletin they received an anonymous tip that led them to contact 18-year-old Alexis Chidester online and set up a drug deal.

They say she and 28-year-old Thomas Birbeck arrived Thursday at the predetermined location in Norwichtown with several hundred dollars worth of prepackaged heroin.

Both were charged with possession with heroin and possession with intent to sell. They were released on bonds of $25,000 and are due in court on July 24.

Neither Birbeck nor Chidester has a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Friday morning.

Man charged with sending nude photos to girls

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) A 25-year-old Guilford man is accused of using social media to have sexually explicit conversations with children and send nude photos of himself to those girls.

Jason Murphy was charged Thursday with using a computer to entice a minor, risk of injury to a minor and misrepresentation to entice a minor.

Police tell the New Haven Register that Murphy used the Kik Messenger service to exchange photos and attempt to meet the girls.

Murphy has been in custody since March after being arrested on a sexual assault charge involving a 13-year-old. Police say they are still investigating his activities and expect more charges to be filed.

He is being held in lieu of $650,000 and is due in court on July 21.

Connecticut woman granted probation in drone case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Westbrook woman charged with assaulting a teenager who was using a drone to film above Hammonasset Beach has been granted a special form of probation.

Andrea Mears had been charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace after an investigation into the May 12 encounter.

A video posted by 17-year-old Austin Haughwout showed Mears calling him a pervert, striking him and ripping his shirt.

Haughwout, of Clinton, told reporters he had been using the remote-controlled drone to get footage of the landscape from about 50 feet above the beach when he was confronted by Mears.

Mears on Wednesday was granted Accelerated Rehabilitation. The charges will be erased from her record is she successfully completes two years of probation.

Waterford man charged again with kids in car

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A 60-year-old Waterford man who was charged this week with leaving his two children in a hot car had been arrested in January on drunken driving charges with the same children in the vehicle.

A bail commissioner told Judge Kevin McMahon Wednesday that John Morgan was placed into an alcohol diversion program after his DUI arrest.

He was arraigned Wednesday on charges of risk of injury to a minor. Police say the children, ages 6 and 9, were found sweating and red-faced in a car with the windows rolled up on Tuesday.

Morgan's attorney, Dean Golembeski, says Morgan had left the car for less than five minutes, and the air conditioning had been running before he turned the car off.

Morgan was released after posting a $45,000 bond.

End set for state oversight of New London schools

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The state Board of Education plans to end its oversight of New London schools next year.

The Day of New London reports Special Master Steven Adamowski presented a report to the board Wednesday detailing improvements in student achievement and the district's finances since he was appointed in June 2012.

He recommended one more year of state oversight.

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor says the board plans to release the city from its supervision by July 1, 2015.

City Board of Education President Margaret Mary Curtin said she supports the decision.

The city's Board of Education recently appointed a new superintendent, who will take charge of the district on Aug. 1.

Prosecutor: Trooper justified in shooting

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A state trooper has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Salem man who had just set fire to his own home.

New London State's Attorney Michael Regan released his report Tuesday on the June 2013 shooting of Robert Bergeson by Trooper Patrick Hawes.

The Day of New London reports the prosecutor found that Hawes reasonably believed his life was in danger when the 59-year-old Bergeson began charging at him with something in his hand.

The item turned out to be a piece of wood. Hawes shot Bergeson three times.

Police say Bergeson had just been released from prison after serving 30-days for harassment and had told his ex-wife he would burn down the house so she could not get it in their divorce settlement.

Tenet adds Saint Mary's to acquisition plans

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Tenet Healthcare, which already is seeking to purchase a majority share of Waterbury Hospital, has announced plans to acquire Saint Mary's Hospital as well.

Chad Wable, Saint Mary's president, tells the Republican-American newspaper the two hospitals would remain independent, but would share resources and services.

Tenet is a Dallas-based hospital chain with 79 acute-care hospitals and 189 outpatient facilities in 16 states.

It is also seeking to acquire Bristol Hospital and Healthcare Group, and the Eastern Connecticut Health Network, which includes Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals.

Saint Mary's 19-member board of directors unanimously approved the proposed acquisition last week. The financial terms have not been released.

The sale of the Catholic hospital requires state and federal regulatory approvals and canonical approval from the Vatican.

Bridgeport treatment worker facing drug charge

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say the assistant director of a drug treatment center drove one of his clients to a drug deal.

The Connecticut Post reports that 30-year-old Emille Jones, an assistant director of Connecticut Renaissance, was charged Monday with conspiracy to possess narcotics.

He was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Police say Jones gave a 31-year-old woman money Monday and drove her to buy crack. Police were conducting a surveillance operation and arrested Jones at the scene on Thompson Street. The woman told police Jones had often taken her to buy drugs and would give her money in exchange for sex.

Jones did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment Wednesday, and a message at Connecticut Renaissance said his voice mailbox was full.

Milford teacher charged with assaulting student

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Milford police say a high school teacher accused of restraining a student by the neck during class has been charged with assault.

Police said Monday that 32-year-old Mark Ruzbarsky of Milford was charged with assault and breach of peace. He was released on a promise to appear and is due in court on July 29.

Kathy Bonetti, spokeswoman for the school district, says Ruzbarsky still works for the district. He teaches math at Jonathan Law High School.

Police say on Feb. 24 they received a complaint regarding an incident between a teacher and student. They say an investigation led to the arrest of Ruzbarsky.

Police say the 15-year-old male student suffered minor injuries.

It's not known if Ruzbarsky has an attorney. A message left on a possible number for him was not immediately returned.

Former UConn dean responds to allegations

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A former dean of fine arts at the University of Connecticut says he was instructed not to seek the termination of a music professor accused of sexual misconduct.

David Woods has responded to an independent report issued in February that asserted he didn't do enough after learning of the allegations against Robert Miller.

Miller was accused of having inappropriate contact with children and students. He retired in May, hasn't been charged with any crime and has declined to comment.

Woods, in a rebuttal sent to members of the school's Board of Trustees, says he informed top university officials of the alleged misconduct and was advised by their attorneys not to pursue firing Miller.

Woods has asked the state claims commissioner for permission to file a defamation lawsuit against the state.

Elderly couple crashes car into fence outside ER

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) An elderly couple has been treated at Bridgeport Hospital's emergency room, after crashing their car into a fence just outside its door.

The Connecticut Post reports the couple, whose names have not been released, were not planning a trip to the hospital at the time of Monday morning's accident.

The car had been travelling toward Boston Avenue when it went off the road and became lodged at the top of the iron fence, above a handicapped ramp in front of the emergency department.

Dr. Rock Ferrigno, the chief of the department, says the man and woman were taken the few feet into the emergency room, examined and then released.

Hospital spokesman John Cappiello says damage was limited to the car and the fence.

Man stuck and killed on New Haven street

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police are trying to identify a man killed at the intersection of Ella Grasso Boulavard and Whalley Avenue.

Police tell WTNH-TV they believe the man was in the crosswalk when he was struck by a car at about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

They say the car had a green light and there were no skid marks on the road. They say the driver had not been drinking, stopped after striking the man and is assisting police in their investigation.

No charges have been filed.

Camera found hidden in bathhouse at Hammonasset

MADISON, Conn. (AP) A small camera hidden in a towel hook has been found inside a bathhouse at Hammonasset State Beach in Madison.

Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says police were alerted to the device Saturday by a man using a bathhouse at Hammonasset's campground.

Police searched the park for similar devices, but did not find any others.

They say it is not clear when the device was placed in the bathhouse or what it may have recorded.

No arrests have been made.

Ex-cop faces sentencing for possessing child porn

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A former East Hartford police officer is facing sentencing for possessing child pornography.

Andrew W. Nielsen of South Windsor is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Hartford.

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.

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

Ex-school aide quits over sex registry disclosure

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former school aide who says he is wrongly listed on a Texas registry as a sex offender has resigned his jobs on Bridgeport's Ethics Commission and South End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone.

Mack Henry Allen Jr., who quit Thursday, has become caught up in a widening state and local probe into how his former employer, Family Urban Schools of Excellence, staffed Dunbar School. He says he's become a distraction.

Family Urban School of Excellence, or FUSE, is a private charter school management company.

The Connecticut Post reports that Allen said he never hid his background. But he did not list a guilty plea to ``accessory to attempted rape'' that he said a Los Angeles public defender persuaded him to make when he was 13.

Allen said he did not commit the crime.

Conn. law cuts sulfur content in home heating oil

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Oil heat businesses say a new Connecticut law that sharply cuts sulfur content in home heating oil will reduce costs for consumers.

Beginning July 1, the sulfur content of home heating oil in Connecticut dropped to 500 parts per million from 3,000, an 84 percent reduction.

By July 1, 2018, the sulfur content of home heating oil will fall to 15 parts per million.

Chris Herb, president of Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which represents 600 family-run home-heating oil companies in Connecticut, said the new fuel content limits will save consumers money in annual maintenance costs for home heating equipment.

The reduced sulfur content also is expected to lead to a drop in sulfur dioxide, which will cut air pollution.

Other jurisdictions, such as Maine and New York City, already have cut sulfur content.

Connecticut's business climate a campaign issue

hARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Whether Connecticut is friendly to business is a key issue in this year's governor's race.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy contends things are improving. And despite concerns about the state's mandatory paid sick leave law, affected businesses are thriving.

Malloy's two Republican challengers claim Malloy has not done enough to help businesses grow jobs and has worsened the situation by his actions, such as increasing taxes and backing paid sick leave. They've been pointing to various reports from groups that rank Connecticut at the bottom of the 50 states for business friendliness.

While Malloy says Connecticut has grown 55,000 private-sector jobs since he took office, jobs lost in the recession have not been fully recovered.

Conn. woman charged with leaving child in car

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) Orange police have arrested a mother accused of leaving her 3-year-old son in a car as she was grocery shopping.

Police charged Nathalie Stonier of Shelton on Thursday with risk of injury to a minor.

Police responded to a supermarket after receiving a 911 call about the child left in the car. Police say Stonier came out of the store when she saw police arrive.

Her husband, Rick Stonier, said she's an ``incredible mom'' who made a mistake.

He says police and the media are on heightened alert after a Groton man was accused of leaving his 6-month old daughter in an unlocked car on Tuesday and a Georgia man who's been accused of intentionally killing his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV.

Stonier said his wife is ``obviously regretful.''

Clinton speech cost UConn Foundation $250,000

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut is defending its decision to have former U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton speak on campus in April for a fee of more than $250,000.

University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz says no taxpayer or student money was used to bring Clinton to UConn. She says it's unfortunate and unfair that some talk show hosts, columnists, and critics on social media have linked the speech to a recent 6.5 percent tuition hike at the school.

The April 23 appearance was part of the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum, which is funded by the UConn Foundation through a private donation from the Fusco family. The foundation says that under the terms of the donation, the money can only be used to bring scholars, leaders, and policy-makers to speak at UConn.

Feds give Conn. another year on education changes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut has been given another year by federal education officials to work on school changes, including teacher and principal evaluation.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it approved a February request by Connecticut officials to extend for one year a waiver from some provisions of No Child Left Behind. Waivers also were granted to Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, South Dakota and Virginia.

Federal education officials said Connecticut's waiver has helped schools improve student achievement and that the waiver may be renewed.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday the waivers have allowed states to be more innovative.

Connecticut's waiver, first announced in May 2012, gives the state more flexibility to spend federal money and it avoids having to declare nearly half the state's public schools as failing.

Author Colum McCann assaulted in Connecticut hotel

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Award-winning novelist Colum McCann has been assaulted in a Connecticut hotel and hospitalized with significant facial injuries.

Police said Wednesday the ``Let the Great World Spin'' author was beaten Saturday night in New Haven. They say witness accounts suggest he may have tried to help a woman in a dispute.

Police say the woman's companion may be the assailant they're seeking.

McCann's wife, Allison Hawke, says he's getting dental work and can't comment.

Police say McCann gave information to detectives and they have significant leads they hope will soon lead to an arrest.

McCann is from New York City. He just released the story ``Gone'' through the online publisher and subscription service Byliner. It's his first short story in a decade.

Trumbull man charged with raping children

TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) A 54-year-old Trumbull man is accused of sexually assaulting four children over a five-year period.

Javier Valdovinos was charged Wednesday with first-degree and third-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and unlawful restraint. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond. It was not clear if he has hired an attorney.

The Connecticut Post reports police began investigating Valdovinos after a family friend complained in April that he had sexually assaulted her 12-year-old daughter.

Police say they discovered other victims, a 14-year-old girl, a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. The children say they were assaulted over the last five years.

The boy told police Valdovinos had showed him pornography and later raped him.

Foley qualifies for campaign funds, Malloy gets union backing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, the endorsed Republican candidate for governor, is set to receive more than $1.3 million for his GOP primary campaign.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission determined Wednesday that Foley submitted the required $250,000 in small contributions needed to qualify for the public financing. Foley had submitted his application earlier but was required to provide additional information on certain donors.

Foley will receive $1.35 million for the Aug. 12 primary. He's being challenged by Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. Should he win, Foley will receive $6.5 million for the general election, where he will face Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy.

Also Wednesday, the commission awarded a $406,275 primary grant to Republican lieutenant governor candidate Heather Somers.

Democratic Attorney General George Jepsen qualified for $812,550 for his re-election campaign.


Organized labor is continuing to throw its political support to Malloy, despite the Democrat's 2011 battle with state employee unions over labor concessions.

On Wednesday, Malloy received the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 65,000 workers, including 20,000 active state employees and thousands of retired state employees.

Malloy said he believes state employees have since realized they're in a better position with him as governor compared with unionized state workers in other states.

Malloy has also received the backing of the American Federation of Teachers in Connecticut and the Connecticut AFL-CIO, a labor umbrella organization.

Foley and McKinney, as well as liberal petitioning candidate Jonathan Pelto, have each reported receiving support from rank-and-file union members.

Groton man charged with leaving baby in hot car

GROTON, Conn. (AP) A Groton man has been arrested on child endangerment charges after customers at a New London grocery store discovered a baby alone in a hot car.

Police say 33-year-old Brian Pavao left his 6-month old daughter in the unlocked car Tuesday with a window opened less than an inch while he went shopping.

Police say the child was alone in the car for at least 30 minutes while temperature inside the vehicle climbed to 130 degrees.

The baby girl was taken to a local hospital for observation, but police say she was breathing and alert.

Pavao was charged with risk of injury to a child and is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

Motorist tries to elude police; detective hangs on

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses after he drove off with a police detective hanging from his car door.

Middletown Police say detectives stopped Joseph Nevico of Cromwell Tuesday for motor vehicle violations, but he wouldn't get out of his car and drove off with a detective partly inside.

The detective tried to gain control of the car, but Nevico stopped and then sped forward again. Police say another detective pursued Nevico, who hit two parked cars. He was stopped by an officer in a cruiser who blocked the street. Police say Nevico struck the cruiser.

Nevico and the detective have been treated for minor injuries.

Nevico is being held on $500,000 bond on 11 charges. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Connecticut lawmakers fight Plum Island sale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Members of Connecticut's and New York's congressional delegation are hoping to stop the federal government from selling Plum Island in Long Island Sound.

The contingent is calling on House and Senate appropriations committee leaders to repeal a law compelling the sale.

Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Joe Courtney and New York Rep. Tim Bishop sent a letter asking for repeal of the language, which they call shortsighted. The letter is in addition to a bill offered last year by Blumenthal.

The island has been home to the country's only laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases. A new facility is being opened in Kansas to replace it.

Transgender officer fired in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut city has fired a transgender police officer after its own investigation rejected her discrimination claims.

Francesca Quaranta told The Associated Press on Monday that she believes city officials conspired to fire her because of her sexuality.

Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew said in a termination letter last week to the 47-year-old Quaranta that she failed a fitness for duty evaluation, refused to participate in a second evaluation and rejected the city's repeated attempts to return her to work. The firing was first reported by The Middletown Press.

But Quaranta says police supervisors made derogatory remarks about her and arbitrarily ordered her to change her hairstyle and remove her earrings. She already has a discrimination complaint pending with the state and could file a lawsuit.

New state budget, fracking waste ban take effect

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's revised state budget and a host of new laws, including a temporary moratorium on the storage and disposal of fracking waste, are poised to take effect.

Also on Tuesday, the State Board of Education will be required to begin developing a new concussion education plan. Local school boards will be prohibited from allowing student athletes to participate in intramural or interscholastic sports until the athlete and their parents learn about the new concussion plan.

New legislation creating the CHET Baby Scholars program becomes law. The program, which was part of the new state budget, offers new parents up to $250 for investing in a tax-free college savings account.

Another new law that takes effect Tuesday requires Connecticut colleges and universities to adopt new policies for handling sexual assaults.

Police: Windsor Locks shooting was murder-suicide

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) Police say a couple found dead in a Windsor Locks home were shot in an apparent murder-suicide.

Police have identified them as 51-year-old Stuart and 44-year-old Brigitte Duncan.

Officers responded to the house on Webb Street on Monday afternoon after a relative found the bodies inside a bedroom.

Police said it appears Stuart Duncan used a handgun to shoot his wife to death and then committed suicide. The gun was recovered at the scene.

They say the couple's two children were not home when the shooting occurred. They have been placed with relatives.

Connecticut mother, infant found safe in Arizona

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police say a woman and her month-old baby who went missing and prompted an Amber Alert have been found safe in Arizona.

Authorities say 30-year-old Amirah Alfar and her daughter, Shiloh Gilbert-Alfar, were found in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Monday afternoon, after having disappeared from Torrington.

Officials say FBI agents and local police spotted the mother and daughter leaving a relative's home. Police say the girl was placed in the custody of Arizona child welfare officials and was taken to a hospital for an evaluation as a precaution.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families was supposed to take custody of the child over the weekend, but couldn't find her or her mother. Details of the custody action weren't immediately available.

It's not clear if Alfar will face charges.

Connecticut stops minority drivers at higher rate

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) New data show that Connecticut police pull over black and Hispanic drivers at disproportionate rates when compared with population numbers, but state officials caution the reasons aren't clear.

Police officers statewide made nearly 304,000 traffic stops from October to April. About 14 percent of the stops involved black drivers and 12 percent involved Hispanics. Census figures show that nearly 8 percent of Connecticut residents old enough to drive are black and 9.7 percent are Hispanic.

The new numbers were compiled by researchers at Central Connecticut State University under a revamped state law designed to prevent racial profiling by police.

State officials say it's too early to draw conclusions from the numbers.

Traffic stop data from all 106 police agencies in the state are expected to be released next month.

2 boats destroyed, 4 damaged in marina fire

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Fire officials say two boats have been destroyed and four others damaged in a marina fire.

Officials say the fire broke out Sunday at the South Benson Marina in Fairfield.

When firefighters arrived, they saw a group of people trapped on a dock by the burning boats. Crews led them to safety.

No serious injuries were reported, but officials say a man who was working on a boat jumped into the water to escape the flames. The man suffered only minor cuts and declined medical care.

Officials believe a spark from an electric cord ignited gasoline vapors on one of the boats.

The estimated value of the two destroyed boats is more than $40,000. The extent of damage to the other boats has not yet been determined.

Missing woman's body found off beach

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) -- Police say the body of a Hamden school administrator has been found at Short Beach hours after state police had issued a Silver Alert that she was missing.


Forty-year-old Amy Golda, fine arts director for the Hamden Public Schools, was found early Friday afternoon. Police said they don't believe foul play was involved but the state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how she died.


Interim School Superintendent Chris Melillo tells WVIT-TV "we are all saddened by the death of Golda who was "a valued member of our community."


Beachgoers said there were people on the beach when the body was seen in the water and lifeguards recovered it.


Michelle Boyce, of Beacon Falls, who was there with her family, told reporters at the scene that the clothed body was floating about 30 feet off the beach.

Court rules teacher's name-calling was abuse

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state Supreme Court has ruled that a New Haven teacher's name calling was enough to justify putting him on the state's central registry of child abusers.

The court Friday overturned an Appellate Court decision that would have removed Nicholas Frank's name from the registry kept by the state Department of Children and Families.

Frank was suspended in 2008 for eight days from his job at an elementary school after it was determined he had teased a student about his weight, referring to him as ``pregnant.''

DCF found the name-calling amounted to emotional abuse, a decision affirmed by the high court.

The registry isn't available to the public, but can be used by some potential employers conducting background checks.

Frank's lawyer said he would not comment until he had read the decision.

Hedge fund calls off plan for move to Stamford

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut-based hedge fund says it is calling off a plan to build a $750 million corporate headquarters in Stamford.

Bridgewater Associates says it made the decision after considering the ``challenges, time, energy, and resources'' that would be involved in completing the project.

Two years ago Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that the state would provide up to $115 million in state aid to support the company's plan to build the new headquarters and create up to 1,000 jobs.

The Westport-based company said in its statement Friday that it is thankful to the governor for his support but it is now exploring other options.

Bridgewater manages about $150 billion in investments worldwide for a variety of clients, including pension funds, university endowments, charities, foreign governments and central banks.

Interstate 84 to close in Southington for weekend

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) Interstate 84 is scheduled to be closed all weekend in both directions in Southington as officials replace two highway bridges.

The state Department of Transportation says the Interstate will be closed between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. on Monday as crews move the 2-million pound bridges into place over Marion Avenue in both the westbound and eastbound lanes.

Construction crews used a technique called accelerated bridge construction, or ABC, building the three-lane bridges next to the highway to minimize the disruption to traffic. They will use special self-propelled transport units to lift and move the bridges into place.

The existing bridges were built in 1963 and about 82,000 vehicles cross them daily.

The state decided to replace them after finding some cracks and exposed reinforcement.

Police: man attacked at bus stop in May has died

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a man attacked at a bus stop in New Haven last month has died.

Police said 66-year-old Francisco Ray died Thursday at Yale-New Haven hospital where he had been in critical condition since he was knocked unconscious by two men on May 30.

Two Waterbury men, 32-year-old Todd Traver and 30-year-old Christopher Lavigne, have been held on $500,000 bail on charges including first-degree assault.

Police said the men could face additional charges based on the outcome of an autopsy on Ray. It's not immediately known who is representing them.

Police said Ray was attacked at a bus stop on Chapel Street near Orange Street by two men who fled on a single bicycle. Witnesses told police, who arrested the suspects a short time later and seized the bicycle.

Agent robbed during undercover operation

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Two men have been indicted on charges they robbed a federal agent at gunpoint during an undercover operation that was designed to get guns off Waterbury streets.

The Republican-American reports that 21-year-old Kevin Rodriguez and 32-year-old Calrissian Smith face numerous federal charges as a result of the June 2 hold up.

Prosecutors say the undercover agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was attempting to buy some crack cocaine as part of the undercover operation when the men demanded his cash.

He complied, giving up $1,300 that was to be used in the drug buy.

Authorities found Rodriguez three days later on Birch Street and found $100 bills in his motel room that matched that stolen money. Smith was arrested later in Virginia.

Mentally disabled man charged with sexual assault

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A mentally disabled 19-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting another disabled student in a bathroom at Harding High School.

Patrick Nolan of Bridgeport was charged Wednesday with first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a child and third-degree abuse.

The Connecticut Post reports the incident occurred last August, on the second day of classes, while other students watched, cheered and shot a video of the assault. Police began investigating after being contacted by the mother of the 16-year-old male victim.

Interim Superintendent of Schools Fran Rabinowitz says as a result of the incident, the school district has made recommendations about increasing supervision of student bathrooms.

The state Department of Children and Families also has been investigating to determine where the teens' supervisors were at the time of the assault.

Brothers plead guilty to series of burlaries

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Two brothers from Old Lyme have pleaded guilty to charges they burglarized homes throughout southeastern Connecticut between 2009 and 2012.

The Day of New London reports 27-year-old Justin Weissinger and 23-year-old Karl Weissinger entered their pleas to larceny charges Wednesday under the Alford Doctrine, which means they don't agree with the prosecutors version of events, but acknowledge the evidence exits to secure their convictions.

Prosecutors say the brothers stole jewelry, precious metals, antiques, guns and other valuables during their burglary spree. Under a plea deal, Justin Weissinger is expected to receive a 9-year prison sentence. Karl Weissinger has agreed to a 3-year sentence.

A Mystic jewler charged with receiving more than $200,000 worth of items stolen by the brothers, is scheduled to enter a plea on July 30.

Fire breaks out at bedding factory in Shelton

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) Four firefighters were injured battling an overnight blaze at a Shelton bedding factory.

Fire officials say the fire broke out at the Latex International building on River Road at about 1 a.m. Thursday.

Crews from Ansonia, Derby, Monroe and Stratford were called to help bring the fire under control.

Fire officials say one firefighter suffered a broken arm and three others were sent to the hospital suffering from heat exhaustion.

Latex International moved to the 208-thousand square foot building in Shelton after a major fire destroyed its Ansonia factory in 2001. The company also survived an arson fire in 1975.

The parent company, Latex Foam International Holdings, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month.

Teen charged in fatal Southington apartment fire

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) A teenager has been charged in connection with a fatal apartment fire in Southington.

Police say they've charged 18-year-old Eric Morelli with one count of first-degree manslaughter and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with Sunday's fire that killed 19-year-old Kristen Milano.

The medical examiner's office says Milano died of smoke inhalation in the fire at the Summer Brook Apartments, and has ruled her death a homicide.

She was found in a second-floor bedroom. Two of her relatives managed to escape.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but witnesses say it was started by someone who threw a firecracker at the apartment as a prank.

Morelli is being held on $150,000 bond.

Funeral services for Milano are scheduled for later this week.

Man sentenced to 50 years for murder outside bar

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) An Ansonia man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for a fatal shooting outside a bar in Derby that authorities say was related to a gang dispute.

Twenty-six-year-old Cordaryl Silva was sentenced Tuesday in Milford Superior Court for the killing of 22-year-old Javon Zimmerman. A jury convicted Silva of murder in April.

Silva shot Zimmerman outside R.J.'s Cafe in Derby in May 2012.

Silva's lawyers argued that Silva feared for his life because Zimmerman's family is part of a drug gang and was responsible for three shootings including two killings.

Silva asked Superior Court Judge Denise Markle to impose the maximum sentence, saying he believes his conviction will be overturned on appeal.

Markle said she hoped the sentence would deter others from seeking vigilante justice.

UConn board approves $1.2 billion budget

STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved an almost $1.2 billion budget for the next fiscal year.


The 2015 budget represents a 4.6 percent increase in spending over 2014 levels and includes a previously approved tuition hike of 6.5 percent.


The budget allows for the hiring of 61 new faculty members, part of a plan approved in 2011 to add almost 300 positions by 2016. School President Susan Herbst said the hiring will make classes more available so more students can graduate in four years.


The cost of attending UConn will go from $23,496 for an in-state student to $24,518. Out-of-state student costs will rise from $42,444 to $44,698.


The school says the plan also includes almost $92 million in university-funded financial aid, much of it targeting low-income students.


Herbst said 86 percent of the school's students will receive some type of financial aid.


"There is a strange thing that goes on in public discourse, where there is a focus on the sticker price of these universities, but not on what students actually pay," she said.


Here are five key details in the University of Connecticut's 2015 fiscal year budget.


REVENUE: The $1.188 billion plan gets 29.3 percent of its revenue ($348.7 million) from the state, while student tuition and fees account for 35.6 percent ($423.8 million). The rest of the money comes from sales and services provided by the school (19 percent), contracts and grants (12.4 percent), private gifts (2.8 percent) and other revenue sources.


HIRING: The school has added 190 faculty members since announcing its hiring push three years ago. The 61 positions in 2015 will include 35 in the fields of science, technology engineering and math. Salary and fringe benefits make up almost 66 percent of the budget, rising from $673 million in 2014 to $717.6 million in this budget.


TUITION HIKE: The 6.5 percent tuition hike was part of the revenue component of that four-year hiring plan. Another 6.8 percent tuition hike is planned for the 2016 fiscal year. The school says the money will reduce the university's student to teacher ratio, which had been 18 to 1 when the hikes were proposed and is now at 16 to 1. The budget anticipates an increase in enrollment of 382 students, from 22,595 undergraduates this year to 22,977 in 2015.


FINANCIAL AID: The $91.9 million in institutional financial aid is up from $85.6 million in 2014 and represents a 116 percent increase from 2008 levels. Herbst said the increase reflects new scholarships for students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields.


HEALTH CENTER: UConn's Health Center has a separate budget that also was approved Wednesday. That $947.1 million plan includes $226.9 million in state aid. Jeffrey Goeghegen, the health center's controller, said the budget cuts some previously planned capital spending to make up about $12.5 million in anticipated operating losses, largely from a change in Medicaid reimbursement. "We are only doing equipment as it breaks and as it's needed," he said.

Southington fire death ruled a homicide

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) The Chief Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a 19-year-old woman in a Southington apartment fire a homicide.

The agency said Monday that Kristen Milano died of smoke inhalation. She was found in a second-floor bedroom after a fire early Sunday morning at the Summer Brook Apartments, while two relatives were able to escape.

Neither the medical examiner's office nor police would say why Milano's death is considered a homicide.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Police declined to comment on witness reports saying the fire may have been started by someone who threw a firecracker as a prank.

No arrests have been announced.

Rare Ferrari damaged in crash on Interstate 95

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A rare Ferrari Enzo sports car has been heavily damaged in a crash on Interstate 95.

State police tell the Stamford Advocate the car was being driven by a technician for Miller Motorcars, a Greenwich-based luxury car dealership, when it crashed on an interstate entrance ramp on Monday morning.

Police say the 650-horsepower car began to fishtail on the northbound entrance ramp, struck the a bridge wall, then spun across three lanes of traffic and crashed into the center divider.

The driver and a passenger escaped serious injury.

Ferrari built fewer than 400 of the cars, which are each valued at more than $600,000.

Michael Fux of New Jersey, a multimillionaire who made his fortune in mattresses, owns this one.

The dealership declined to comment on the accident.

Dog killed by bear in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) A bear attack in Bloomfield has left a dog dead.

Police say the black bear who was with three cubs. attacked the Husky outside a home on Duncaster Road in Bloomfield early Sunday morning.

Gerald Hodgkiss told reporters he rushed his dog Shelby to a veterinarian after the attack, but the dog had a broken neck and could not be saved.

Hodgkiss says the bear and the cubs have been sighted several times in the area, and does not want to see them destroyed.

Police are asking area residents to remove bird feeders, keep all pet food inside and keep trash cans away from the house in a locked garage, shed, or outbuilding if possible.


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