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Cops: Navy seaman assaulted baby in Connecticut


GROTON, Conn. (AP) A 24-year-old Navy seaman in southeastern Connecticut has been charged with inflicting life-threatening injuries on his 2-month-old son.

Groton police arrested town resident Jordan Rittenhouse on Thursday on charges including first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. He's detained on $300,000 bail and is to be arraigned Friday in New London Superior Court.

The baby is being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His condition hasn't been released.

Police say the baby was first treated at a local hospital, where staff members reported the assault to authorities Tuesday after determining his injuries weren't consistent to Rittenhouse's explanation.

Navy officials say Rittenhouse is a student at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton and is originally from Rockwell, North Carolina.

It's not clear if Rittenhouse has a lawyer.

Crash victim was taking pregnant woman to hospital


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Relatives of a woman seriously injured in a fatal crash on Interstate 95 in New Haven say she was pregnant and being taken to a hospital at the time by a friend who died in the wreck.

Beverly Owens told WTNH-TV that her sister, Vera Mercer, remains in very serious condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and her baby daughter was delivered by an emergency cesarean section after the accident Wednesday morning. Owens says the baby is healthy.

State police say Mercer's friend, 53-year-old Gwendolyn Buskey of New Haven, was killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her car and smashed it into another tractor-trailer that was stopped in construction-related traffic. The crash snarled traffic for several hours during the morning commute.

No charges have been filed. State police are still investigating.

Officials: school bus driver had prior DUI arrest


FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials examined a school bus company's records, after one of its drivers was charged with driving drunk with 20 children on her bus and authorities learned she had been arrested before on a DUI charge.

Department of Motor Vehicles inspectors went to the M J Bus Co. Thursday. The New Britain Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1pcplzH ) the DMV questions whether there was a proper background check on the driver.

Police say they arrested 44-year-old Tammy Costello on Wednesday morning after she dropped the children off at a Farmington school.

M J officials say Costello's 2004 DUI arrest wasn't on her driving record.

DMV officials say records show Costello entered an education program that results in charges being erased after the 2004 arrest.

Costello didn't return a phone message Friday.

Police: suspect in cabbie killing in custody


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with the fatal stabbing of a taxi driver in what appeared to be a robbery.

Police are expected to release the suspect's name and the charges against him Thursday.

Authorities say 47-year-old Mahomed Kamal was stabbed multiple times in his torso area and was found on the front lawn of a home Wednesday morning. Officers found his taxi crashed into some trees down the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say they believe there was a violent struggle both inside and outside the cab. Officials believe Kamal was stabbed with a knife, but the weapon hasn't been recovered.

Police say Kamal was a native of Bangladesh and was married with children.

Farmington school bus driver charged with DUI


FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) A school bus driver in Farmington has been charged with driving drunk with 20 students on her bus.

Farmington police say 44-year-old Tammy Costello of Bristol was arrested Wednesday morning after an officer saw the school bus swerve partially off a road. Students also told police the bus hit some curbs. No one was hurt.

Authorities say Costello's blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit for commercial drivers.

Costello was released on bail and is to appear Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court.

Costello didn't immediately return a phone message Thursday. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

M J Bus Co. says it suspended Costello and all its drivers are subjected to random drug and alcohol testing. School officials notified parents about the incident.

Man arrested after 'Russian roulette' death of friend


VERNON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been arrested on weapons and drugs charges after police say his friend died during an apparent game of ``Russian roulette.''

An arrest warrant affidavit released this week and obtained by the Journal Inquirer disclosed details about the death of 38-year-old Armand Cyr in Vernon July 13 and the arrest of his friend, 26-year-old John Dybowski.

The warrant says a friend of Cyr who was video-chatting with him saw Cyr shoot himself in the head in Dybowski's apartment. The friend told police that Dybowski put the revolver to his head and pulled the trigger without incident before handing the gun to Cyr.

Police say they found drugs and guns in Dybowski's apartment.

Dybowski is detained on $100,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Guns found near Hamden playground


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Hamden police say they're trying to determine who hid two handguns near a playground at a child care center a discovery that scared local parents.

Police say a .22-caliber handgun and a 9 mm handgun were found hidden near the Keefe Center Playground as officers worked what they called a ``crime suppression detail'' on Sunday.

Parents of children who attend the day care say they're shocked. They say children could have found the guns and hurt someone.

The discovery came after police say they arrested a New Haven man on weapons charges after they stopped his car and found a loaded .357 Magnum handgun in the engine compartment.

It's not clear if the arrest and the guns at the playground are related.

Raccoon that attacked Connecticut woman had rabies


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut authorities say a raccoon has tested positive for rabies after attacking an 88-year-old woman who mistook it for her cat.

Police say the raccoon attacked the woman at her Hamden home Sunday after following her cat inside the house when she opened a sliding glass door. Officials say the raccoon bit the woman in the face and arm when it climbed onto her couch and she tried to pet it.

The woman was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital and was discharged. Her name hasn't been released. Relatives say she's expected to be OK.

Police responded to the home and killed the raccoon when it charged two officers, who weren't bit.

Authorities say the carcass tested positive for rabies Tuesday at a state Department of Public Health lab.

Man charged in gun thefts in Old Saybrook


OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) Old Saybrook police say they charged a 25-year-old local man with stealing a dozen firearms from a gun shop in town, after an hour-long standoff at his home.

Authorities allege Thomas Russo stole 10 handguns and two high-powered rifles from the Grouse Perch gun shop, whose owner discovered the break-in Tuesday morning.

Police say evidence in the gun shop led them to Russo's home. Police say they found numerous firearms and heroin inside Russo's house after the standoff, which ended without incident.

Russo was charged with burglary, larceny and stealing firearms. He's detained on $750,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Police say they're investigating and more arrests are possible.

Man struck, killed by train in Connecticut


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Rhode Island man has been struck and killed by a privately-owned train in Plainfield.

Authorities tell WFSB-TV that 39-year-old James A. Hawkins III of Coventry, Rhode Island, died Monday afternoon after being struck by the train on privately-owned railroad tracks around Norwich Road.

They say train is owned and was being operated by 44-year-old Donald Hopkins of Plainfield.

Further details were not available. An investigation is continuing.

Man guilty of murder in killing at drive-through


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A state jury has convicted a 20-year-old man of murder for a fatal shooting at a Burger King drive-through window in New Haven.

The New Haven Register reports a Superior Court jury found Quavon Torres of New Haven guilty of murder and carrying a pistol without a permit Monday after three days of deliberations. He is scheduled to be sentenced to up to 65 years in prison Nov. 7.

Prosecutors say Torres shot 59-year-old Donald Bradley 10 times during an argument in Bradley's car in the drive-through lane in July 2012.

Bradley's widow and other relatives say they're glad the trial is over and justice was served.

Torres' lawyer had argued that there was no forensic evidence linking Torres to the shooting and others could have shot Bradley.

Officials remain at scene of New Haven pub fire


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Firefighters are continuing to put out hot spots at a New Haven pub that went up in flames and has been declared a total loss.

Delaney's Restaurant Tap Room on Whalley Avenue caught fire Monday evening and emergency crews worked through the night into Tuesday morning to put out the blaze. Officials believe the fire started in the basement, but the cause remains under investigation.

Authorities say two firefighters were brought to hospitals with smoke inhalation. They're expected to be OK.

Delaney's owner Peter Gremse says he got everyone out of the century-old building after he discovered sparks in an electrical box. He says the fire wiped out 15 years of his life he spent running the pub.

Authorities say 10 residents of the building lost their homes.

Delay in DMV website snags immigrant licenses


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A delayed start in a state motor vehicles website is causing confusion among some immigrants over how to seek Connecticut driver's licenses.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that the Department of Motor Vehicles was to launch a website in September where applicants could make applications.

The launch was delayed until December to make sure the website could handle the large number of anticipated applicants. DMV officials said as many as 200,000 immigrants may apply for licenses.

Immigrant groups are organizing to help avoid scams and prepare immigrant motorists to register for licenses.

The General Assembly and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy enacted legislation last year allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. The idea was to make it easier to register cars and obtain insurance.

Conn. candidate seen falling short for ballot


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto says he likely has failed to collect enough signatures to get onto the ballot as a petitioning candidate for governor.

He said on his website Saturday that his campaign has identified a significant number of signatures that were inappropriately or illegally rejected by local officials. Still, he says he will probably fall short of the 7,500 valid signatures required for the ballot.

He said his campaign would not likely succeed even if it went to court to overrule local actions.

Pelto has been a critic of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, especially his education policies. He denies wanting to be a spoiler and help Malloy lose.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced last week that gun rights advocate Joseph Visconti has qualified for the ballot.

Cops: Connecticut woman used kids to help shoplift


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman is accused of using her children to help her shoplift more than $450 worth of goods from a department store.

Norwalk police charged 40-year-old Shazia Zahid of Stamford on Saturday with misdemeanor larceny and felony risk of injury to minors. Bail was set at $5,000 and she was ordered to appear Sept. 3 in Norwalk Superior Court.

Police say Zahid went into a Kohl's store Saturday with her 2-year-old son and three daughters, ages 6, 7 and 8.

The Hour of Norwalk says a police report said Zahid stashed items in a baby stroller and placed adult-size shoes on the feet of her daughters in a shoplifting attempt.

Inmate at Connecticut women's prison dies


EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials say the death of an inmate at the state women's prison appears to have been a suicide.

Authorities say a guard found 40-year-old Sherri Clarke of New Britain in her cell with something tied around her neck Thursday morning at York Correctional Institution in East Lyme. Guards tried to revive her, but she was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Officials say she was the only inmate in the cell at the time.

Correction Department and state police officials are investigating. An autopsy is planned.

Clarke was serving 25 years for felony murder. She and her boyfriend, Michael Labarge, were convicted of killing a man to steal his drugs in 2009 in New Britain and cutting his body into 15 pieces. Labarge is serving life in prison.

Sacred Heart student struck by car, injured


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating an accident in which a university student was struck by a car and seriously injured while crossing a street in Bridgeport.

The female student from Sacred Heart University was struck around 1 p.m. on Friday across from a sorority house where she lives.

The university said the student, a junior, was being treated at St. Vincent's Hospital.

Bridgeport police spokesman William Kaempffer told the Connecticut Post the woman was in critical condition. The driver involved in the accident was cooperating with police.

Navy submarine group disbands in Groton ceremony


GROTON, Conn. (AP) A Navy submarine group based in Groton has been formally disbanded after 49 years.

A ceremony Friday aboard the attack submarine USS Missouri marked the end of Submarine Group 2. The submarines in Virginia and Connecticut that had been under its command will now report to the commander of the Navy's Atlantic submarine force, based in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy says the change will streamline the command-and-control structure and bring East Coast attack submarines in line with the way command is structured on the West Coast.

The people who staffed 45 military and civilian positions for the group have been reassigned.

The group's top officer, Rear Adm. Kenneth Perry, is retiring after 32 years of active-duty service.

Former Connecticut Lt. Gov. Fauliso dies at 98


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Former Connecticut Lt. Gov. Joseph Fauliso has died. He was 98.

Current and former state officials on Thursday mourned the passing of Fauliso, who also served as a Hartford alderman, municipal court judge and state senator. He died on Wednesday.

Fauliso was president of the state Senate when his friend, then-Gov. Ella Grasso, resigned on Dec. 31, 1980 due to illness. After then-Lt. Gov. William A. O'Neill became governor, Fauliso was automatically elevated to lieutenant governor, a job he held until 1991.

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman served as Senate majority leader with Fauliso. He recalled his ``inspiring oratory,'' adding how it was ``exceeded only by his deep and abiding commitment'' to Connecticut.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Fauliso ``a mentor, a model and a mensch,'' the latter a Yiddish term for someone with integrity.

Prosecutor: No criminal charges in Irene aid fraud


ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) Connecticut prosecutors say they won't pursue criminal charges against state employees and others who fraudulently obtained emergency food stamp benefits designated for people affected by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Deputy Chief State's Attorney Leonard Boyle told the New Haven Register that prosecutors' offices don't have enough resources to handle dozens of criminal cases involving the fraud, all of which involved less than $1,000 of aid.

More than 1,000 state employees and thousands of other citizens applied for benefits from the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after Irene.

State officials say 170 state employees were disciplined for receiving benefits to which they were not entitled, including 97 workers who were fired. All but four of the firings, however, were later overturned in arbitration.

Mother of slain child looking for answers


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut mother whose 1-year-old daughter was stabbed to death this week says she's devastated and searching for answers.

Shakyia Clay says she's frustrated that police haven't told her the details of how her daughter, Zaniyah Calloway, was killed Monday at a relative's home in Bristol.

Clay says she also doesn't understand why someone would stab a child in the stomach. Clay says a female relative at the home was babysitting Zaniyah and her 3-year-old son.

Police charged 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood of Waterbury with murder in the killing. Authorities say Hapgood was Zaniyah's uncle and the stabbing occurred inside Hapgood's mother's home during an argument, while Hapgood apparently was high on drugs.

Hapgood is detained on $2.5 million bail. His public defender declined to comment on the allegations.

Visconti qualifies to appear on Connecticut ballot


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gun rights advocate Joseph Visconti has qualified to appear as a candidate for Connecticut governor on the November ballot.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday that Visconti and his running mate, Chester Harris, reached the threshold of 7,500 signatures of registered voters needed to appear as petitioning candidates. Visconti had originally sought the Republican Party's nomination but did not receive enough delegate support at the May convention to qualify for the primary.

Merrill's office has not yet announced whether former Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Pelto of Mansfield submitted enough qualified signatures to also appear on the ballot.

Visconti, a West Hartford contractor, originally announced his candidacy about 16 months ago, the same day Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a wide-ranging gun control measure into law.

Rocks Cats pay taxes, avoid stadium eviction


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The New Britain Rock Cats have avoided potential eviction from their baseball stadium by paying more than $164,500 in property taxes.

Team owner Josh Solomon gave a check for the taxes to New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart yesterday. The stadium straddles the New Britain-Berlin line, and Solomon's check reimbursed New Britain for taxes it paid to Berlin on the Rock Cats' behalf.

New Britain was paying $30,000 a year in lieu of taxes for the Rock Cats' stadium to Berlin. But after the team announced in June that it will move to Hartford for the 2016 season, Stewart said the city would no longer help the team with taxes owed to Berlin.

The team had been given until September first to pay the taxes or face the possibility of eviction.

Hartford police probing officer's use of stun gun


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is pledging a thorough investigation of a police officer's use of a stun gun on a city teenager, whose family calls the use of force unnecessary.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says the officer shot 18-year-old Luis Anglero with a stun gun Tuesday afternoon as police were breaking up an unruly crowd. Foley says Anglero was a ``clear aggressor and agitator.''

Surveillance video shows the officer shooting Anglero after the teen stopped advancing toward the officer and put his hands down. Relatives say the teen fell, hit his head and appeared to have a seizure.

Anglero is being treated at Hartford Hospital. Police charged him with interfering with police and breach of peace.

A police report identified the officer as Detective Shawn Ware, who didn't immediately return messages Thursday.

Charges dropped against man in police assault case


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A state judge has dismissed assault charges against a man who is accusing Enfield police of beating him up with excessive force and arresting him for no reason.

Enfield Superior Court Judge Howard Scheinblum dropped charges against 25-year-old Mark Maher of Windsor on Tuesday. He was charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest April 1 at the Enfield boat launch, where he said he was hanging out with friends and not doing anything wrong.

Police said they were investigating possible drug use. Police cruiser video shows officers forcing Maher to the ground and Officer Matthew Worden punching Maher.

Worden is on paid leave pending an internal affairs investigation. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against him.

Maher has filed a brutality complaint and plans to sue Enfield police.

Cops: New York man kidnaps, rapes Connecticut teen


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A 26-year-old New York man has been charged with kidnapping, raping and trying to strangle a Connecticut teenager he had been dating, after they argued in text messages and phone calls.

Police in Port Chester, New York, say they arrested Johanny Chavez on Monday, after his 19-year-old girlfriend went to Greenwich, Connecticut, police with the allegations.

The teen told police Chavez abducted her from her home in the Riverside section of Greenwich on Friday and took her to his home in nearby Port Chester, where she alleges he raped and tried to strangle her. She said she escaped Saturday.

Chavez was arraigned in court Tuesday and remains detained in New York. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Greenwich police say they also are investigating and may file charges.

Officials believe Bridgeport fire was arson


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport officials say they believe a large fire at the vacant former Remington Arms gun factory was the work of an arsonist.

The blaze burned through the top two floors of the five-story brick building on Tuesday. No injuries were reported. Firefighters spent the night at the factory making sure no hot spots flared up.

Fire officials say they suspect arson because two fires broke out at the complex at about the same time, including the one in the five-story building and another smaller fire down the street.

The factory complex that shut down in the 1980s has been the scene of many fires over the years.

Officials are trying to determine if embers from Tuesday's fire started a blaze at a nearby home. Ten people were displaced.

Man charged in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old niece


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his 1-year-old niece while babysitting.

Authorities responded to a home in Bristol shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday and encountered a resident running toward them carrying a child with a severe laceration to her stomach. Officers performed CPR on the girl, who later died at a hospital.

Police say the girl was Zaniyah Calloway. An 11-year-old child also was in the home but wasn't injured.

The girl's uncle, 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood, of Waterbury, is being held on $1.5 million bail on charges including murder, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. He's expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

The motive for the slashing isn't clear.

Cops: janitor sexually assaulted women at rehab


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a man charged with sexually assaulting three women at a drug rehabilitation center told investigators he had a ``lust problem'' and succumbed to ``temptation.''

Forty-year-old Rafael Cartagena of Bridgeport was charged Saturday with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Police say the assaults were reported in June by staff members at the New Prospects Program center run by the nonprofit Recovery Network of Programs. The center treats men and women with drug addiction and psychiatric disorders. A judge later signed an arrest warrant for Cartagena, alleging he sexually assaulted three clients at the facility.

Cartagena is detained on $450,000 bail and is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Sept. 9.

Judge OKs light sentence over campus lockdown


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has approved accelerated rehabilitation for a former Central Connecticut State University student who triggered a campus lockdown and massive police response.

The rehabilitation program approved in New Britain Superior Court on Monday for David Kyem is for first-time offenders and can result in charges being dismissed after a probation period.

Kyem pleaded not guilty in February to misdemeanor charges, including breach of peace. He caused a furor by wearing a Halloween costume with a sword and BB gun last Nov. 4.

Officials locked down the school for three hours and police SWAT teams responded.

Police said Kyem told them he went to Halloween parties and wore the costume while returning to the campus because he didn't want to carry it and all its accessories.

Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash


ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington.

Police say Christopher Powers was off-duty at the time of the accident Friday night. Police say Powers failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to drive right.

He and a passenger in the car he's accused of hitting after failing to negotiate a turn were treated and released from hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

Powers was released on a $500 bond and his police authority has been suspended.

He's due in court on Aug. 25.

Bridgeport mother charged with stabbing man


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a city woman intervened in a fight involving her son and stabbed a man several times.

Officers responded to a fight off Madison Avenue on Sunday afternoon and arrested three people.

Thirty-six-year-old Janel Moore was arrested on assault charges after police say she got involved in the fight and stabbed a man, who is expected to survive. Her son was charged as a juvenile offender.

Police say another person was arrested for damaging a vehicle during the fight.

A phone listing for Moore couldn't be found Monday. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

Police didn't say what sparked the fight.

Flag near Mystic drawbridge stolen, again


MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) A group in Mystic is trying to prevent thieves from stealing a large American flag that flies near the drawbridge in the center of town, after it was stolen again over the weekend.

John Kennedy, president of the Mystic Flag Committee, told The (New London) Day the flag was stolen Saturday night. It's the second theft of the flag in three months and the fifth larceny overall.

Kennedy says the latest theft was ``more egregious'' because the flag was at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Ronald Patterson Jr. of Bridgeport, a Connecticut National Guard member killed in a highway crash Aug. 7 in Rye, New York.

Kennedy says a new flag will go up in a few days and the Flag Committee will meet this week to discuss anti-theft measures.

Connecticut launches tax help video in Spanish


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut has launched a video to help Spanish-speaking residents navigate state tax forms.

Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan makes the introduction to the nearly 13-minute video in Spanish. A Spanish-speaking woman takes over to walk taxpayers through state tax forms. The video demonstrates how to electronically file a state sales and use tax return.

He says business owners ``cannot comply with state tax laws if they don't understand what is expected of them.''

Spanish-speaking residents represent about 15 percent of Connecticut's population, and nearly 14,000 Hispanic-owned businesses are in the state.

The idea for the video emerged from a task force established to evaluate the state's communications policies. It's the first of what Sullivan says he hopes will become numerous Spanish-language video tutorials.

Teens charged with painting swastikas in Stratford


STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Police have charged two 14-year-olds with painting swastikas and racist graffiti on a vacant home, trees and signs in Stratford.

Police Capt. Paul DosSantos says the teens both face a criminal mischief charge. One of them also was charged with a hate crime.

Their names are not being released and the cases are being handled in Juvenile Court.

Police say the graffiti also included other Nazi symbols and the letters ``WP,'' apparently an abbreviation for ``White Power.''

It was discovered by residents last month in a one-block area near the intersection of Wilcoxon Avenue and Charleton Street.

Charity barred from Massachusetts fundraising


BOSTON (AP) A judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring a Connecticut-based veterans' charity from collecting donations in Massachusetts after the state attorney general's office filed a lawsuit alleging it used deceptive fundraising practices.

The attorney general says Plainfield, Connecticut-based Focus On Veterans Inc. solicited donations in Massachusetts without the proper permits and falsely stated that the money raised would help Bay State veterans.

The complaint filed last week alleges that Focus On Veterans failed to register and submit annual financial filings as required by Massachusetts law.

Authorities say the charity raised funds outside businesses in Boston, Plainville, Shrewsbury and Uxbridge.

A message left for the director of the charity Friday was not immediately returned. Focus On Veterans says it provides housing, transportation to medical appointments, and scholarships to veterans.

Man charged with helping Bristol killing suspect


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A West Hartford man has been charged with helping a friend accused of murder flee a party in Bristol where a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death in January.

Bristol police arrested 23-year-old Anthony Johnese early Friday morning on charges including second-degree assault, hindering prosecution and reckless endangerment.

Joseph Klett was fatally stabbed at the house party, and 26-year-old Joshua Daniels was charged with his murder.

Police say Johnese hit a man in the head with a liquor bottle as the man tried to help Klett, and he later drove Daniels to North Carolina where both men were arrested after a car chase.

Johnese posted $50,000 bail. A phone listing for him couldn't be found, and it's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Daniels has pleaded not guilty.

Victims in Connecticut motorcycle crash identified


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say two New Hampshire residents were the victims of a motorcycle crash on Interstate 84 near Hartford that caused a major traffic jam during the Thursday afternoon rush hour.

Authorities say 43-year-old Brenda Goodwin was killed and 46-year-old Mark Goodwin was injured when their motorcycle hit the back of a car after traffic came to an abrupt stop in the eastbound lanes in West Hartford shortly after 3:30 p.m., and a car behind them struck Brenda Goodwin. Police say the victims lived in Atkinson, New Hampshire.

Authorities say Mark Goodwin's injuries are not life-threatening. Both Goodwins were wearing helmets.

No charges have been filed. The accident remains under investigation.

Police closed the eastbound side of the highway for about three hours, tying up traffic for several miles.

Man charged in post-Sandy burglary spree


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A man charged with going on a burglary spree in the New York City suburbs after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 now faces a long list of similar charges in Connecticut.

Twenty-three-year-old John Tully of Greenwich, Connecticut, recently was charged with a series of burglaries and lootings in Greenwich and Fairfield in the days after the storm hit.

The Greenwich Time reports Tully was arrested on the Greenwich charges last week. He was charged in the Fairfield break-ins July 30 after being released from a New York prison, where he served time for burglaries in Rye, New York.

Tully's lawyer didn't immediately return a phone message Friday.

Police say Tully and another man facing charges stole cash, electronics and other goods from homes and businesses in Fairfield and Greenwich.

2 charged with sex trafficking of minors in Conn.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal grand jury in Connecticut has indicted two people on sex trafficking charges involving several minors.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said Wednesday that 25-year-old Wellington ``Jamal'' Brown, a Jamaican citizen who lived in Hartford, and 21-year-old Sheena Dume, formerly of Stratford and Greenwich, face sex trafficking charges involving five minors.

The indictment says Brown and Dume conspired to recruit, entice, harbor and transport the victims for sex acts from June 2013 to last February. They were arrested in Glen Burnie, Md., on July 30 after being indicted, and they remain detained.

Dume's lawyer declined to comment Thursday. Brown's lawyer didn't immediately return messages.

The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison.

Minor earthquake reported in Connecticut


DEEP RIVER, Conn. (AP) Some residents in southern Connecticut say they were awoken by their homes shaking, and the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a minor earthquake.

The Geological Survey says a 2.7-magnitude quake was recorded in Deep River shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. No injuries or damage have been reported.

State police say they received several calls from people who said their homes shook briefly Thursday morning.

Small earthquakes aren't uncommon in Connecticut and the rest of the New England. Last December, a 2.1-magnitude quake was recorded in Groton in southeastern Connecticut.

New London mayor declares water emergency


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has declared a state of emergency and says some parts of city could lose water for several days because of a leaking underground water main that workers are rushing to fix.

Finizio says the problem was discovered Thursday morning and sections of the city could run out of water in several hours. He says the city uses about 7 million gallons of water a day, but now is losing water at a rate of 10 million gallons a day.

Finizio says residents and businesses may see their water pressure drop or lose water completely. He says the problem also is affected parts of neighboring Waterford.

The mayor says it could take up to two days to repair the leak.

Cops: driver in school accident had been drinking


HEBRON, Conn. (AP) State police say a woman charged in a car accident outside RHAM Middle School in Hebron that killed a 65-year-old teacher had alcohol in her system that morning.

An arrest warrant affidavit released this week says 50-year-old Elizabeth Everett of Hebron had a blood-alcohol level of 0.07 just under the legal limit of 0.08 when she was tested after the March 14 accident. Math teacher Dawn Mallory died two weeks later.

State police say Everett dropped off her son at school that morning and accidentally drove into a bus-only area, then struck Mallory while backing up her SUV. Everett is charged with felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and unsafe backing.

Everett didn't immediately return a phone message Wednesday. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

Baby found dead in trash can in East Hartford


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) East Hartford police say they're investigating the death of a baby found in a trash can.

Officers found the baby's body in a trash bin outside a home Tuesday night. Police say they went to the house after a doctor called them to report that an 18-year-old woman who was evaluated at Connecticut Children's Medical Center showed signs of having given birth.

Police haven't released other details, including whether anyone was arrested and how old the baby was.

The baby's body was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Farmington for an autopsy.

Bridgeport Rep. Christina Ayala, Ernest Newton lose in primary


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport state Rep. Christina Ayala won't be returning to the General Assembly for a second term after some legal problems.

Ayala lost the Democratic primary in the 128th House District Tuesday. Unofficial totals showed Chris Rosario winning with 467 votes. Dennis Bradley was second with 176 votes, while Ayala got 136 and Teresa Davidson received 106. Rosario will face Republican Ethan Book in the November general election.

Ayala was fined $350 for a hit-and-run car accident shortly after winning the 2012 Democratic primary for the House seat. She later got into a fight with her boyfriend and faced domestic violence charges, which were dropped after she completed counseling.

State officials are investigating whether Ayala broke elections laws by using a false address.

Former state senator and convicted felon Ernest Newton II is not returning to the Connecticut General Assembly.

The Bridgeport Democrat lost Tuesday's primary to Bridgeport Board of Education member Andre Baker. Newton was the party's endorsed candidate for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Newton left the state Senate after pleading guilty in 2005 to federal extortion and campaign-finance felonies. He served a five-year prison sentence.

In 2012, Newton first attempted a political comeback, running for his old state Senate seat. But he lost in a three-way primary to then-Rep. Andres Ayala Jr.

Newton pleaded not guilty in 2013 to state charges alleging he filed false documentation to obtain more than $80,000 in public campaign funds for his failed state Senate run. He has denied the charges.

 

Foley wins Republican nod for Connecticut governor


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Greenwich businessman Tom Foley on Tuesday won the Republican primary for governor, setting up a rematch with Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, who narrowly defeated him four years ago.

 

Foley, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush, defeated Senate Minority Leader McKinney, a 16-year veteran of the General Assembly from Fairfield, according to unofficial returns late Tuesday.

 

Even during the primary campaign, Foley focused heavily on the record of Malloy, who defeated Foley by just 6,404 votes out of 1.1 million votes cast in 2010 to win his first term as governor.

 

Foley has criticized Malloy for agreeing in 2011 to raise taxes by $2.6 billion over two years to help cover a projected $3.3 billion budget deficit he inherited and promoting what Foley considers to be anti-business policies, such as mandatory paid sick leave. Foley has dismissed various tax credit, grant and loan programs for employers as "giveaways" and "corporate welfare."

 

Foley received the state GOP's endorsement at a convention in May and was considered the favorite. He has never held elected office but argues his business experience makes him the best candidate to run state government efficiently and attract investment to the state.

 

The wide-ranging Connecticut gun control law passed after the December 2012 school shootings in Newtown figured prominently in the primary campaign. McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has defended his work to help craft the bipartisan legislation. Foley has avoided outlining specific concerns with the law but says he disapproves of restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.

 

Foley said at a debate last weekend that he would support the Democrat-controlled General Assembly if it decided to revisit the law but would not initiate such legislation given the makeup of the legislature.

 

Foley cast McKinney as a political insider and career politician.

 

"I represent a change in direction," Foley said at a debate last weekend. "I'm not a career politician. I'm not an insider. I'm not part of the problem."

 

McKinney accused Foley of being short on specifics when it came to his public policy proposals.

 

McKinney, the son of the late U.S. Rep. Stewart McKinney, a Fairfield County Republican, proposed eliminating state income taxes on those who make less than $75,000 a year, saying middle-income earners have been hurt the most by Malloy's policies.

 

Foley has called for a 0.5 percent reduction in the state's 6.35 percent sales tax and a review of the state's tax structure.

 

Foley, after spending more than $10 million of his own money on the 2010 race, announced in June that he would use Connecticut's public financing program to fund this campaign. He said his decision was prompted by changes in state election laws, such as new restrictions on donors.

 

Since the 2010 race, Foley and his wife have become parents to twins, who are now 2 years old. Foley also has a son from a previous marriage.

Plymouth mulls future of schools boss after arrest


PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) The Plymouth Board of Education is set to consider the future of its schools superintendent following her arrest on a larceny charge at her previous job in Hebron.

The Republican American reports that Eleanor S. Cruz arrived at work Thursday after her arrest. She was told to not to return until the school board met.

The Hebron Board of Education accused Cruz of misusing a district credit card and other charge accounts throughout 2012. Hebron officials say Cruz spent $5,095 in school money for personal reasons, or in error, and $9,133 in unauthorized expenses in 2012.

John Gesmonde, Cruz's lawyer, said most of the accusations are unsubstantiated and much of the spending was permitted.

Cruz was released on bond and will be arraigned in Rockville Superior Court on Aug. 26.

State police investigating fatal motorcycle crash


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) State police are seeking witnesses as they investigate a motorcycle accident in Middletown that killed a Watertown man.

Troopers say 24-year-old Jamell Harrell lost control of his motorcycle on the Exit 10 on-ramp to Route 9 near the Haddam line Sunday afternoon. Authorities say Harrell hit a metal guardrail and was thrown onto the southbound lanes.

He was flown by helicopter to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

State police say it's not clear what caused the crash, and they're asking witnesses to call the Westbrook barracks.

3 gamblers suing Foxwoods for $3 million


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Three gamblers have filed a lawsuit against Foxwoods Resort Casino alleging the eastern Connecticut casino failed to pay them more than $1.1 million that they won in a table game in 2011 and didn't give them back a $1.6 million deposit they put down to cover any losses.

The Day of New London reports the gamblers filed the lawsuit in federal court in New Haven July 31, seeking $3 million in damages. The plaintiffs are Chinese nationals Cheung Yin Sun of Las Vegas and Long Mei Fang and Zong Yang Li of Los Angeles.

The lawsuit says Foxwoods officials didn't pay the men because they believe the gamblers cheated.

The men say they won nearly $1.15 million playing mini-baccarat using a legal card-monitoring practice.

Guardsman killed in New York crash identified


RYE, N.Y. (AP) Connecticut National Guard officials have identified a soldier who was killed and another who was injured in a crash on Interstate 95 southbound in Rye, New York.

Officials say 43-year-old Staff Sgt. Ronald Patterson Jr. of Bridgeport died and 31-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Kayla Anne Downey of Shelton was injured when a National Guard truck and a car crashed at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The truck landed upside down on the highway shoulder.

The driver of the car also was injured.

Patterson and Downey were transporting training material to Fort Dix, New Jersey.

The National Guard said Patterson and Downey were members of the Guard's 192nd Engineer Battalion based in Stratford, Connecticut. Both soldiers served in Iraq and received awards and decorations.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Prosecutors appeal new trial for Kennedy cousin


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut prosecutors say a judge was wrong to grant a new trial last year to Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, rejecting as ``foolish'' his conclusion that Skakel's trial attorney should have focused more on Skakel's brother.

Prosecutors filed an appeal Friday with the state Supreme Court seeking to reverse a ruling by Judge Thomas Bishop. The judge ruled that Skakel's trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted of fatally bludgeoning Martha Moxley in Greenwich when they were both 15.

Bishop says Skakel likely would have been acquitted if the defense focused more on Thomas Skakel, an early suspect in the case.

Prosecutors say highlighting Thomas Skakel's relationship with the victim would have bolstered their argument that Michael Skakel killed Moxley in a jealous rage.

Judge Judy, Connecticut lawyer settle lawsuit


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Television's Judge Judy and a Connecticut personal injury lawyer she sued for allegedly using her image in TV ads without her permission have settled the case.

Judith Sheindlin said Friday that she and Hartford attorney John Haymond ``reached an amicable resolution of their claims against each other.''

She filed a lawsuit in federal court against Haymond and his firm earlier this year, saying they had used her image without authorization in spots that falsely suggested she had endorsed the firm. Haymond countersued, alleging her false claims hurt his business.

The settlement terms weren't disclosed. Sheindlin had sought some $75,000 in damages. She had said any settlement she won would benefit the ``Her Honor Mentoring Program.''

Sheindlin is a retired Family Court judge who has starred in the show ``Judge Judy'' for 18 years.

State Police name Trooper struck, injured on I-91


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut State Police have released the name of a trooper who was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on Interstate 91 in Hartford.

 

Authorities say Trooper Michael Quaglioroli was hit Thursday evening after he stopped to help a driver who was trying to remove a truck bed liner that fell from his vehicle onto the highway. The driver also was struck.

 

Authorities said Quaglioroli's cruiser was parked in the center lane with the emergency lights on.

 

Quaglioroli is being treated at Hartford Hospital for head injuries and multiple fractures. His condition wasn't immediately available. The other man was in stable condition at another hospital.

 

Quaglioroli has been on the force for eight months.

 

The driver who struck the two men hasn't been charged.

Alleged catalytic converter thief nabbed by police


WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) An East Haven man suspected in a string of catalytic converter thefts in and around Westport has been arrested.

Westport police say Clifford St. Arnault was seen driving a truck around 11:30 a.m. Thursday through several parking lots around the Saugatuck train station. Police stopped him and found he had several recently cut catalytic converters and a reciprocating saw, along with motorcycle parts and motor vehicle tire rims.

St. Arnault was taken into custody and charged with larceny and possession of burglary tools. Police say he is suspected in several other catalytic converter thefts. His bond was set at $5,000.

He couldn't immediately be reached at a telephone listing in his name.

Westport detectives are continuing the investigation with the help of surrounding departments.

Police: Man exposes himself at Hartford park


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford man has been charged with public indecency after police say he exposed himself at a public park with children nearby.

Hartford police said the incident took place around 5 p.m. Thursday at Colt Park. Authorities said several individuals reported seeing 39-year-old Rustam Suleymanov exposing himself and masturbating in the park, in clear view of children.

He was arrested and charged with public indecency, risk of injury to a minor, breach of peace and public drinking.

Suleymanov was being held on a $25,000 bond. He's expected to appear in court on Friday.

Thieves make off with hundreds of ears corn


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Police say thieves have made off with hundreds of ears of corn from two farms in Connecticut.

WTNH-TV reports that workers at Green Acres Farm in Bristol went to pick corn to sell at a market Sunday and discovered that the stalks had been all but picked clean.

Sales manager Whit Betts estimates thieves took a few hundred ears of corn at a value of $1,200. He says only underdeveloped ears were left behind, and that those are too small to sell.

Police reported another farm was hit last month. They said 153 ears of corn were stolen from Anderson Farm Field in Wethersfield.

A father and son have been charged in that case.

Hiker injured after falling 15 feet


CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) A 20-year-old hiker was injured after falling 15 feet while hiking in the woods in Cheshire. He was airlifted to the hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening.

Police said the incident happened Wednesday evening at Roaring Brook Falls. Emergency crews who responded to the scene rescued Spencer Hackett from of the woods and took him by ambulance to a LifeStar helicopter.

He was airlifted to Hartford Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Wednesday night.

16 year-old Greenwich High Student killed in boating accident


Police today are expected to release the identity of the 16-year-old Greenwich High School student killed in a boating accident that also seriously injured another 16-year-old girl.

Authorities say the girls had been tubing Wednesday in Long Island Sound near Greenwich when they were struck by the propeller of the boat towing them. Two other girls, also 16, were operating the boat.

One of the girls died at the scene off Greenwich Point Park. The other had a soft-tissue leg injury that required extensive stitching, but she was expected to recover.

Authorities were still investigating what they called a tragic accident.

The superintendent of Greenwich schools said the girl who died was a rising junior. Police are expected to release her name today after family had time to notify extended relatives.

Cops: 16-year-old dies after accidental shooting


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a 16-year-old has died after being accidentally shot in the face by a man who was pointing a gun in his direction.

Police say they got a call for a shooting around 7 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Killingly. They found a boy unresponsive in an upstairs bedroom. He was taken to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say 22-year-old Kyle Carney of Killingly had been pointing a rifle in the boy's direction when it accidentally discharged.

Carney was taken into custody and charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment. He's being held on a $500,000 bond and was due to appear in court Wednesday.

The victim's name hadn't been released as of Wednesday morning.

Police: Store clerk shoots, kills armed robber


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say a clerk shot and killed a man who was trying to rob his store, not long after his brother reported an armed robbery in a different store.

Police went to the Ave. Mini Mart around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday after the owner reported a man with a rifle tried to rob him. While they were there, police got a call from the owner's brother at their other store. He reported a man had tried to rob him and that he had shot him.

Officers went to Nino's Market and found the suspect shot in the chest.

The suspect was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His name hasn't been released.

Police said they recovered the weapon used in the robbery.

No charges have been filed in the shooting.

Thieves make off with hundreds of ears corn


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Police say thieves have made off with hundreds of ears of corn from two farms in Connecticut.

WTNH-TV reports that workers at Green Acres Farm in Bristol went to pick corn to sell at a market Sunday and discovered that the stalks had been all but picked clean.

Sales manager Whit Betts estimates thieves took a few hundred ears of corn at a value of $1,200. He says only underdeveloped ears were left behind, and that those are too small to sell.

Police reported another farm was hit last month. They said 153 ears of corn were stolen from Anderson Farm Field in Wethersfield.

A father and son have been charged in that case.

Ex Hartford detective spared prison for theft


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A former Hartford police detective has been spared prison for stealing nearly $30,000 in gun permit fees.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 40-year-old Tishay Johnson of Windsor was sentenced Monday in federal court in Hartford to six months home confinement. Johnson, who pleaded guilty in May to theft, also was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and make full restitution.

Prosecutors say Johnson administered the Hartford Police Department's concealed weapons permit program. Authorities say between October 2009 and January 2014, Johnson embezzled $29,426 that had been paid in connection with permit applications by altering checks and money orders to make it appear that the checks and money orders were payable to him.

He resigned from the police department in January and says he's being treated for gambling addiction.

Manager sentenced in missing firearms case


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The 54-year-old general manager of a gun manufacturer in Deep River has been sentenced to probation for violating federal firearms laws.

The Connecticut U.S. attorney's office said Robert Brinkerhoff, of Tri-Town Plastics, was sentenced on Monday. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of failing to file a theft or loss report and one count of making false statements in a theft or loss report. Both are misdemeanors.

The judge prohibited him from working in a firearms-related business for 90 days.

Prosecutors say Brinkerhoff initially failed to report 23 missing firearms to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. When he did report them, he failed to tell the agency that he knew they had been falsely listed by employees in company records as ``scrapped.''

The investigation is ongoing.

Man uses pepper spray, wheelchair to steal Rolex


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police are seeking a man who they say employed pepper spray and the guise of needing a wheelchair to steal a $27,000 Rolex watch from a mall jewelry store.

Police say the incident happened Saturday afternoon at Sidney Thomas Jewelry.

Surveillance footage shows a man in a wheelchair approach a glass case for help. A clerk shows him some watches, and he puts one on.

He then pushes back his wheelchair, knocking into a second clerk. Police say he sprayed the woman with the pepper spray, before getting up out of the wheelchair and running toward the door. He also sprayed a security guard with pepper spray on his way out, knocking him down.

Police say they have fingerprints from the wheelchair. The man also left behind his hat.

71-year-old shoots neighbor after alleged attack


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say a 71-year-old man has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault in connection with the weekend shooting of his neighbor.

Police said they got a call Sunday morning from Anthony Anamasi, who reported he had shot someone who had tried to attack him with a knife. Anamasi said he had gone back to his apartment to wait for police.

When they got to the apartment building on Donna Drive, officers and emergency personnel found 23-year-old Leroy Brown in the front hallway with a gunshot wound to the side of his head.

Police said Brown was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. The hospital had no information on him Monday morning.

Anamasi was cooperating with investigators.

Man charged after falling asleep while cooking


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man was charged with reckless endangerment after falling asleep with food cooking on the stove with his 5-year-old daughter in the house.

The Willimantic Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at an apartment on Valley Street Saturday evening and saw smoke coming from a window.

Police said responders could see a girl inside trying to wake someone up on the couch. The door was locked so they forced their way in. There was food smoking on the stove.

Police say 29-year-old Christopher Adams appeared to be intoxicated.

The girl wasn't injured.

Police arrested Adams on charges of risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. He was being held on a $20,000 bond and was due in court Monday.

Police: Man charged after road rage incident


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Bristol police say a man in a vehicle with two children took out a gun and threatened another driver in what they called a road rage incident.

Police say 42-year-old Brett Cutler of Wolcott was on Barnes Highway Sunday when he yelled at another driver, then took out a gun and pointed it at him.

Cutler told The Associated Press Monday the other driver had been driving dangerously. He said he told him at a stoplight to stop it. He said the driver continued to drive aggressively, as if he were going to knock into his vehicle.

Cutler said he shouldn't have taken out his gun.

Cutler faces charges of reckless endangerment, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree threatening. He posted a $10,000 bond.

Police said Cutler had a gun permit.

Blumenthal: support building for sex assault bill


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal says bipartisan support is building for his proposed federal legislation that attempts to combat campus sexual assaults.

There are currently four Republican co-sponsors of the bill, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But Blumenthal said Friday he spoke with fellow senators Thursday night and believes other Republicans and Democrats will sign on.

Blumenthal is hopeful hearings will be held in September and the bill could pass the Senate before the end of 2014. He said there are efforts to take up a similar bill in the House of Representatives.

Under the bill, colleges and universities will be required to identify confidential advisers help sexual assault victims. Minimum training standards for on-campus staff would also be imposed. Schools could face financial penalties for not complying with certain requirements.

Foxwoods: Tribal police new authority, MA land buy


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) The police department for the tribe that owns and operates Foxwoods Resort Casino has gained new authority under an agreement signed with the state of Connecticut.

Police for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation can now exercise law enforcement powers, including at Foxwoods, and the department agrees to recognize and enforce state law under the memorandum of understanding announced Friday.

By winning authority to carry out tasks typically reserved for state troopers, the Mashantucket Pequots reduce the need for state agents at the casino where their salaries have been covered by the tribe.

State officials say troopers will maintain a presence at the casino and will be called in as needed to investigate major crimes.

A similar agreement with the Mohegan Tribe was announced in May.

MGM Resorts International has taken ownership of two historic city-owned properties as it plans to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.  They got a foot in the door in New England at Foxwoods.

City and casino officials confirmed Friday that the Las Vegas-based casino giant closed on the former Zanetti School and the Armory building Thursday. The final purchase price was $3.2 million, or $1.6 million for each building.

MGM proposes to maintain the castle-like facade of the Armory, but the school will be demolished. Both buildings were badly damaged in during a 2011 tornado.

MGM proposes a casino, hotel, shopping and entertainment complex on 14.5 acres.

The project's future remains uncertain as November voters will consider repealing the state's 2011 casino law. MGM was awarded the state's first casino license in June, pending the outcome of the election.

Woman claims mayor exposed himself to her


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An administrative assistant at East Haven Town hall has filed a complaint against the mayor, alleging he exposed himself to her as part of a pattern of sexual harassment.

The complaint against Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. was filed with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities on July 14.

Maturo issued a statement Thursday calling the complaint salacious and full of false allegations. He described the administrative assistant as a disgruntled employee who was on the verge of being terminated.

The woman says the mayor continually made comments about her breasts and exposed himself to her in October 2013.

Her attorney, John Williams of East Haven, says the mayor was warned in front of witnesses by the town's police chief that some of his actions constituted sexual harassment.

Cheshire demolishes trash-filled house


CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) The town of Cheshire has demolished the trash-filled house where a reclusive woman died under the tons of junk she had hoarded over years.

The Republican-American newspaper reports the town has agreed to spend $22,000 on the clean-up effort, which began Thursday with the demolition of Beverly Mitchell's former home on Winslow Street.

Mitchell's body was found in home's basement after a three-day search in June, under debris that had collapsed on top of her. The medical examiner ruled she suffocated.

The town decided to demolish the home and clean the site after health officials declared it a hazard.

Keith Erickson, the owner of Cheshire-based Excavation Technologies, tells the New Haven Register the house was filled from floor to ceiling with garbage, which filled several 40-foot dumpsters.

New London mayor suspends police chief


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London's mayor has suspended the police chief, a day after she filed an injunction seeking to block him from interfering with her job.

Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio on Thursday put Police Chief Margaret Ackley on paid leave pending the outcome of an independent investigation into her conduct.

Deputy Chief Peter Reichard was named acting chief.

Among other thing, Finizio accuses Ackley of trying to undermine contract negotiations with the police union, misrepresenting financial information about the department to the media and deliberately failing to assign officers to Ocean Beach Park on the July Fourth weekend to make a budgetary point.

Ackley asked for a preliminary injunction Wednesday that would bar the mayor from interfering with her duties, until a lawsuit she filed in 2013 over her compensation is adjudicated.

Hartford officer fires shot at suspect


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they are investigating after an officer fired two shots at a carjacking suspect.

Police say no one was hurt during the incident, which occurred Thursday morning on Campfield Avenue near the intersection with Adelaide Street.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says officers were chasing a man on foot after a shot was fired during a carjacking and crash on Broad Street, when the suspect pulled a gun. An officer fired two shots at the man. Nobody was injured.

Police used a dog to help track the man and take him into custody. Police say they also recovered a weapon.

Conn. man gave alcohol to minors later killed in crash


BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) Police are continuing to investigate a crash in Boothbay Harbor that left two teenagers dead.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's office says the teens were in an SUV that was traveling at a high rate of speed when it went off Route 27 early Wednesday morning and struck several trees.

The driver, 19-year-old Casey Dalton of Boothbay Harbor, and a 17-year-old whose name was not released by police were pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's office later said that 21-year-old William Gerardi, of Hebron, Connecticut, had been charged with furnishing liquor to a minor in connection with the crash. Lt. Rand Maker said Gerardi allegedly provided alcohol to the teens prior to the crash.

Investigators had not yet determined whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Bail for Gerardi was set at $5,000.

Waterbury store clerk dies days after shooting


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Waterbury store clerk has died, 10 days after being shot during a robbery.

Police say 61-year-old David Shand died on Wednesday as a result of his injuries, which had left him paralyzed.

He was shot in the neck during an armed robbery while working at the Bucks Hill Market on July 20.

Police arrested 19-year-old Tony Dupre a few hours later after identifying him from a store surveillance video.

They say that video showed him stepping behind the counter, shooting Shand and stepping over him to take money from the register.

Dupre was initially charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and robbery, but police say more charges are likely.

He is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond and is due back in court on Aug. 13.

Minister loses ordination amid larceny charges


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The American Baptist Churches of Connecticut has defrocked a Stratford minister who is accused of larceny.

Rev. Dr. Judy Albeen, the executive minister of the organization, tells The Connecticut Post it has removed the ordination of Robert Genevicz and no longer recognizes him as a minister.

Genevicz has led the Stratford Baptist church for 16 years. That church said Tuesday it stands behind a previous statement that it fully supports Genevicz and desires that he remains pastor of the church.

The 67-year-old is charged with first-degree larceny in the theft of more than $173,000 from a 71-year old member of the church.

He also is being sued by a Trumbull woman who claims he defrauded her 88-year-old mother out of about $200,000.

Police: Greenwich woman threatened housekeeper


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Greenwich woman faces larceny and disorderly conduct charges after police say she threatened her housekeeper with a golf club and stole from the woman during a dispute over perceived property damage.

Fifty-six-year-old Shari Lampart is free after posting $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Aug. 1.

Police tell the Greenwich Time Lampart confronted the housekeeper on June 29 over the woman's job performance and accused her of causing damage to the house in the tony New York suburb.

Police say that as the argument escalated, Lampart grabbed the golf club. They say she later broke into the woman's car and took money from her purse.

Lampart does not have a listed phone number and attempts to reach her Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Hebron woman faces felony charge in fatal crash


HEBRON, Conn. (AP) A 50-year-old Hebron woman has been charged with a felony in a fatal accident that took the life of a RHAM Middle School teacher.

Police say Elizabeth Everett turned herself in Tuesday to face a felony charge of misconduct with a motor vehicle. She also was cited for unsafe backing.

Dawn Mallory died two weeks after being struck by Everett's car in the parking lot of the school in Hebron in March. Police say the 65-year-old teacher fell backward after being struck and hit her head on the pavement.

Police say Everett pulled into a school bus loading zone and was trying to back out when the accident occurred.

A phone message was left Wednesday morning seeking comment from Everett, who is due in Rockville Superior Court on Aug. 12.

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