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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) An 86-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting a Bridgeport girl has been spared prison time, but was barred from Cape Verde where had been living.

The Connecticut Post reports that Joseph Livramento was sentenced Friday to a five-year suspended sentence and three years' probation. Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin cited his age and ill health.

In a statement to Devlin, the victim and her mother asked that he prevent Livramento from returning to Cape Verde off the coast of Africa where they now live.

The girl, who was assaulted at age 7, is now 14. She said she is disgusted Livramento was not jailed.

His lawyer argued that Cape Verde can accommodate Livramento and the girl. The judge ordered Livramento to stay away from Cape Verde during his probation.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut environmental officials say they closed hiking trails at a Burlington wildlife area after a hiker reported that a bear approached her.

Dennis Schain, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Friday the agency closed trails at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area.

He said the agency set a trap and will euthanize the bear if wildlife biologists get the opportunity. The bear is about 1-1/2 years old and weighs 150 pounds.

Video taken by the hiker shows the bear had previously been tagged by agency staff.

Schain says the bear followed the hiker and circled her when she stopped walking. He says the bear's behavior is unusual because the animals generally don't approach people.

The trails are closed until further notice.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The first results from Connecticut's new standardized Smarter Balanced exams appear mixed. While more students than expected are excelling at English language arts, the scores show a need for improvement in math.

While the math scores matched state estimates, Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell said Friday there's ``significant room for improvement'' and announced a new council to assist teachers.

This year, the Smarter Balanced tests replaced the Connecticut Mastery Test and Connecticut Academic Performance Test for students in grades 3 through 8 and 11. About 267,000 students took the test and schools have been eagerly awaiting the scores.

Results show more than 55 percent of students are meeting or exceeding the achievement level for English and about 39 percent for math. Officials have warned the scores would look lower than previous test scores.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials say smoke from an electrical malfunction has caused the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center to be evacuated and 30 patients to be relocated at the facility.

The Courant reports that fire officials say the malfunction caused smoke to go into a vent in the emergency room around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. There was no actual fire.

Hospital spokeswoman Fiona Phelan says the patients have been moved to other parts of the hospital. She says the hospital's power is affected and backup generators are being used in some areas.

The emergency room is expected to reopen by early Friday.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford man who was driving drunk and hit and killed man in March faces seven years in prison.

The Hartford Courant reports that Luis Acosta on Thursday was found guilty after entering a plea under the Alford doctrine to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle. While he did not agree with the prosecution's case, he did not walk to risk a longer prison sentence at trial.

Authorities say the 37-year-old Acosta swerved around stopped traffic, ran a red light, and struck 38-year-old Frankie Morales as he walked out of a market. Morales died a short time later.

Prosecutors say Acosta's blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was .34, more than four times the legal limit to drive.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials say an out of control vehicle was responsible for an explosion and subsequent fire at an East Hartford gas station.

Police say the incident started around 11:40 a.m. Thursday when a car was rear-ended at a nearby intersection and was sent hurtling through a Wendy's restaurant parking lot before crashing into a Main Street gas station.

The vehicle collided with the middle pump at the Phillips 66 gas station, sparking an explosion that sent flames high into the sky.

A witness says the driver of the vehicle may have accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake following the initial impact.

No injuries were reported.

Ernie Hutt, owner of a nearby restaurant, called the incident the ``Miracle on Main Street.''


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Fairfield dance instructor has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female student.

John Sadowski pleaded guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to children.

The Connecticut Post reports that the judge said he would consider a two-year prison term when the 26-year-old Sadowski is sentenced Nov. 6.

Authorities say the victim had been taking lessons from Sadowski since she was five. Recently, the girl's mother discovered a sexual text message from Sadowski on her daughter's cellphone.

Police says the defendant's cellphone had 500 texts exchanged between the two, many of them sexual in nature.

When police questioned the girl they said she acknowledged that Sadowski had inappropriately touched her twice.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut baby sitter charged in the death of a 19-month-old boy has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter.

The New Haven Register reports that 29-year-old Kinjal Patel entered a plea under the Alford Doctrine. That means she does not agree with the state's case, but concedes there is enough evidence to secure her conviction. She will serve 14 years in prison.

Police say Patel told detectives she was baby-sitting the child on Jan. 16, 2014, when she became angry with the boy and pushed him in the face, causing him to fall backward and strike his head.

The boy died days later. His death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt force.

Patel's lawyer says his client didn't intend to harm the child. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Authorities in Connecticut are searching for a man who they say took a young girl from her bedroom and sexually assaulted her earlier this month.

Police say the girl was sleeping in her bed in a New Britain home on August 16 when a man entered a bedroom she shared with two other children through an unlocked window.

Police say the man took her outside, touched her inappropriately and then brought her back home.

After an adult in the home realized what happened, police were notified. But they say the suspect is still on the loose. He is described as being between 20 and 50 years old and light-skinned with a dark beard, dark eyes, short hair and an accent.

New Britain police and the Connecticut Forensics Laboratory are investigating.


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man charged in a hit-and-run is also accused of operating a drug factory in a motel room.

Shawn Kornichuk of New Britain was arrested Monday after police say he struck a 53-year-old man in Wethersfield and fled the scene. The victim sustained serious injuries to his left arm.

Police found the 23-year-old Kornichuk at a room at the Motel Six along with a small amount of marijuana and marijuana plant material in the room.

Kornichuk was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of marijuana and other offenses. He was held on $25,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney.


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's Department of Motor Vehicles is temporarily suspending services at its four photo driver's license centers in order reassign workers to reduce wait times at larger branch offices.

The DMV has been dealing with long lines and wait times after a temporary shutdown earlier this month for a major computer upgrade.

Beginning Aug. 11, the deadline for people whose licenses, registrations or ID cards are expiring was extended to Oct. 10.

People needing to renew or get a duplicate license or ID card can also go to AAA offices, and many license and registration services are available online.

The four centers that are temporarily closing usually operate Wednesdays and Fridays in Derby and Middletown, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Milford.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 27-year-old Connecticut man will serve time in prison for a 2014 stabbing assault that the victim says left him permanently scarred.

The Hartford Courant reports 27-year-old Edward Walker pleaded guilty in June to first-degree assault for stabbing 37-year-old Nicholas Delguidice 13 times. He will serve six and a half years in prison.

Prosecutors said Walker stabbed Delguidice at a home in Manchester. Walker claims he stabbed Delguidice out of self-defense after Delguidice allegedly charged into the house and assaulted him. He says his intentions were not to harm him.

Delguidice said in court that the stab wounds caused his lungs to collapse and he hasn't been able to work since. He says the stabbing has ``ruined his life.''

Walker's lawyer says he did ``what was necessary to survive.''


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The owner of the Mystic Pizza restaurant made famous in a 1988 film has been sentenced to one year in prison for tax evasion and concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in income.

The U.S. attorney's office says 49-year-old John Zelepos of North Stonington, Connecticut, was sentenced Monday to prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in March to tax evasion and financial structuring offenses.

Prosecutors say that between 2006 and 2010, Zelepos diverted more than $330,000 from Mystic Pizza's profits into his personal bank accounts and those of family members. They say he then filed false tax returns to hide the income.

Mystic Pizza has become a tourist attraction since Julia Roberts starred in the movie about the lives of three waitresses working at the small-town pizza parlor.


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A former teacher at a Connecticut high school is facing charges for allegedly taking ``upskirt'' photos and videos of female students.

Former Brien McMahon High School languages teacher David Marchetti was charged last week with voyeurism and risk of injury to a minor.

The Hour reports that according to court records, school administrators and police received complaints from students at the Norwalk school in May that the 30-year-old Marchetti had been seen taking cellphone photos and videos from an ``upward angle from the bottom of shorts and skirts.''

Marchetti was placed on administrative leave May 5. He resigned June 30.

Marchetti's lawyer says it would be premature to jump to any conclusions and voyeurism cases are challenging.

Marchetti is free on $25,000 bond and is due in court Friday.


MIAMI (AP) Police say a tattoo of a musical clef symbol and the name ``Danei'' led to the arrest of a 21-year-old North Miami man accused of killing a 73-year-old housemate by cracking a hot metal frying pan over his head.

The Miami Herald reports a U.S. deputy marshal spotted the tattoo when he pulled alongside Danei Washington Gordon as he rode a bicycle in Hartford, Connecticut, on Aug. 19. Federal agents had been searching for Gordon in Hartford.

Marshal's service inspector Barry Golden says Gordon gave agents a fake name, but the tattoo gave him away.

Miami-Dade detectives flew to Hartford to question Gordon, who's awaiting extradition to Florida. It's not known whether he has an attorney.

He faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Neville Smith.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport's latest gun buyback has taken 127 weapons off city streets.

The no-questions-asked program was held in the Police Department's Community Services Division, with the city paying $200 for a working handgun, $100 for rifles and up to $400 for an assault-style rifle.

Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. tells The Connecticut Post ( that every gun turned in is a gun that won't be used in a crime and won't fall into the hands of a child.

Mayor Bill Finch says more than 1,000 guns have been turned in since the occasional program started in 2012.


DERBY, Conn. (AP) Fire officials say a woman has died in a fire at a multi-family home in Derby.

The fire started at around 7 a.m. Sunday. WTIC-TV reports firefighters discovered the flames when they came to the location on Derby street for a car accident.

The three-story building was evacuated and the fire was put out by 9 a.m.

State police identified the woman as 48-year-old Nilda Ruiz.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An attorney for a man charged with killing a 23-year-old Hartford woman says the two had a sexual relationship.

Bloomfield and Hartford police say 59-year-old Robert Graham, also of Hartford, was arrested Friday night in connection with the death of Tashauna Jackson. Graham was found hiding in his attic.

Graham's lawyer said police found him hiding because Jackson's family had threatened him.

Family and friends found Jackson's body behind a butcher shop on Aug. 18. Police said it appeared someone had tried to conceal her body.

He was ordered held on $2 million bond Monday morning and is due back in court on Sept. 14.

The Hartford Courant reports he was previously imprisoned in connection with the stabbing death of a teenager in 1983.


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut-based firearms maker Colt Holding Co. is asking a bankruptcy judge to approve payments totaling $2.5 million for nine top executives.

The Hartford Courant reports the bonuses would be paid if an executive is fired, resigns because of reduced pay under future owners or moves. The bonuses would be paid if the company reaches a certain profit before January.

The West Hartford-based company is trying to eliminate $350 million in debt to creditors.

The company also is seeking to drop a provision in a union contract for production workers to keep current compensation through the contract's end in March 2019.

The restructuring officer says the promised payments would be an incentive for key employees to do bankruptcy-related work and not quit before the company emerges from bankruptcy.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a former software company payroll manager has pleaded guilty to fraud charges related to her theft of nearly $1.7 million from a software firm.

Authorities say Penny Roy pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in New Haven to tax and wire fraud charges. Court documents and testimony say the 44-year-old Wethersfield resident used her job as payroll manager to insert her own bank account information into the profiles of other employees.

The U.S. attorney's office says Roy processed fraudulent expense reimbursements and payroll payments in the other employees' names, with the payments made to her bank account. She was fired after the company discovered fake expense reimbursements she processed in her name.

She's faces up to 23 years in prison at sentencing Nov. 17.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The State Elections Enforcement Commission will investigate former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim's campaign for his old job after a city resident complained he did not sign a petition for Ganim's candidacy.

The Connecticut Post reports the panel unanimously approved Friday an investigative subpoena to the Ganim campaign.

Ganim's team says the campaign worker who collected the signature and other pages was fired July 28. R. Chris Meyer, a lawyer for Ganim's campaign, said ``a possible bad apple'' may have signed the voter's name.

Ganim is seeking a comeback after serving seven years in prison for corruption. He's challenging Mayor Bill Finch, who narrowly won the endorsement of local Democrats July 21 in his bid for a third term.

The Ganim campaign said it's checking to determine if other names were fabricated.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 64-year-old man was arrested after police say he threatened to send a bomb to a business in downtown Hartford.


Police say they received a report around 4:50 p.m. Thursday that a caller repeatedly asked an insurance specialist at Access Health Care for the address of the Prudential Financial building.


Police say when the specialist asked what the Hamden man wanted to send, he said "a bomb" and then hung up.


Investigators responded to the scene and used the specialist's account records to identify the man as Gary Leiderman.


Police have charged Leiderman with first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He is being held on a $75,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney.


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Police say they are investigating seven drug overdoses within a 24-hour period in Willimantic.


Four overdoses happened Thursday and three took place on Wednesday. Police say one victim remains in the hospital and the other six have been treated and released.


Authorities say six of the overdoses were from synthetic marijuana. The cause of the seventh overdose wasn't given.


Police Cpl. Stan Parizo, Jr. warns that there are "acute medical complications" associated with the use of synthetic marijuana, an illegal, street-level drug.


Police are urging anyone with information about the use, sale or source of the drug to contact them.


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man authorities say stabbed his mother with a fireplace poker and mutilated her body with a hunting knife has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for up to 60 years.


A three-judge panel on Thursday committed Robert Rankin, of Deep River, to the maximum-security Whiting Forensic Institute where he will receive treatment, saying he was a danger to himself and others.


The panel in June found Rankin not guilty by reason of insanity in the December 2013 slaying of his mother, 45-year-old Margaret Rohner.


Doctors testified that Rankin is schizophrenic and has experienced severe psychosis.


The Hartford Courant reports that Rankin said Thursday that he misses his mother and thinks about her all the time.


Rankin's attorney said he supports the judges' recommendation "100 percent."


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Officials say the body of a 24-year-old man was recovered from a pond in Connecticut.

Authorities responded to a 911 call just after 3 p.m. Wednesday saying that a man had jumped into an illegal swimming hole in Middletown and didn't resurface.

Middletown South Fire District Chief Robert Ross says the man was in about 30 feet of water for little over an hour before rescuers pulled him out.

Ross says the man was unconscious and taken to Middlesex Hospital. His condition is not known.

Ross says the area ``is not a safe place'' and it was extremely challenging to recover the swimmer.

The victim's identity has not been released. Middletown police are investigating the incident.


FORT BENNNING, Ga. (AP) A pilot of attack helicopters who competed in triathlons and a wilderness enthusiast who became a military police officer because it was the closest she could get to a combat job are the first women to finish the Army's elite Ranger School.

In a joint statement, their families say 25-year-old 1st Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, and 26-year-old Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, are ``just like all the soldiers'' graduating this week from the grueling two-month Ranger course.

Griest and Haver are ``happy, relieved, and ready for some good food and sleep'' before they line up Friday at Fort Benning alongside 94 male soldiers who also earned the coveted black-and-gold Ranger tab to adorn their uniforms.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Two high-level heroin dealers from Bridgeport have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.

The Connecticut Post reports that 24-year-old Ivan ``Remo'' Diaz, and 38-year-old Jose ``Domi'' Mercano, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to multiple counts of sale and conspiracy to sell narcotics. Both men are from the Dominican Republic.

Police say when they raided an apartment on Central Avenue they seized more than eight pounds of heroin ready for sale and more than a pound of cocaine. Police say the men were responsible for much of the heroin being sold on Bridgeport streets.

Prosecutors say they will recommend Mercano serve eight years and Diaz 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London police are investigating the shootings of three people that appear to be related.

Officers responding to a 911 call at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday found one victim in a parking lot near the Nowhere Cafe. The victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the upper left thigh.

A second victim arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest and was transferred to the Yale-New Haven Hospital. A third victim showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his back and abdominal area and was also transferred to Yale-New Haven.

No names were released.

Police are asking anyone who knows anything about the shootings to contact them.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a 3-year-old girl in Connecticut was critically injured after a car ran over her in the driveway of her home.

It happened around 10:16 a.m. Tuesday in Stamford.

Police say the child's 32-year-old mother had parked her car in front of the house and was unloading her two children and groceries when the car started rolling backward.

The vehicle ran over the child before her mother was able to put it into park. Police say the woman's 20-month-old son was in the car.

The 3-year-old was taken to Stamford Hospital with injuries considered to be life-threatening and was later airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police say the incident remains under investigation.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut gynecologist was fined for mistakenly performing a hysterectomy on a patient he didn't know was pregnant.

Dr. Jonathan Foster, of Waterbury, was ordered to pay $5,000 Tuesday by the state Medical Examining Board.

Foster performed a laparoscopic hysterectomy, a procedure that removes the uterus, on the woman at Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury in January 2011.

A consent order Foster signed in July says he failed to detect the patient's pregnancy before the operation.

The order says he relied on the patient's belief that she wasn't pregnant. While he did perform a urine pregnancy test, the order says the result couldn't be determined either way.

Foster didn't contest the board's findings and waived his right to a hearing, which means he accepted the terms to keep his license.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A bank robbery suspect has died two days after being shot by a Connecticut state trooper and a Manchester officer following a high-speed chase through three towns.

State police announced Monday that 53-year-old Christopher Anderson of Hartford died from his injuries Sunday evening at Hartford Hospital. An autopsy is planned.

Authorities said Anderson robbed a First Niagara bank in South Windsor on Friday and led officers on a pursuit through Manchester and into Bolton. Police say he crashed on Route 44 in Bolton and got out of the car with a weapon in his hand.

State police say a stun gun didn't work on Anderson, who was then shot by Trooper Brian Contenta and Manchester Officer Layau Eulizier as he approached them with the weapon.

The shooting remains under investigation.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut transportation department says a highway contractor will compensate motorists for damage to their cars as a result of a highway lane opened before asphalt dried.


Agency spokesman Kevin Nursick says a subcontractor took responsibility for the mistake Monday on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge between Groton and New London.


Nursick said he is phoning motorists who have emailed the state agency. The subcontractor's insurance company will compensate motorists with damaged cars. He said red tape will be minimal.


The $7 million pavement preservation project started months ago in the New London, Groton and Waterford areas.


Nursick said a quarter-inch of asphalt was applied to three lanes on the north side of the bridge. Two lanes dried, but the third was reopened before it was cured, leaving vehicles splattered.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A national fraternity at Yale University is headed to trial in the case of a 2011 crash that killed a woman and injured two others.

Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity were driving to a tailgating event for a Nov. 19, 2011 Yale-Harvard football game in a U-Haul truck carrying kegs when the driver lost control.

Police say Brendon Ross accelerated into a crowd of pedestrians before hitting another truck. Graduate student Nancy Barry was killed and two others, including Sarah Short, were seriously injured.

A Waterbury judge last week ruled in favor of Short and Barry's family, who filed a lawsuit against the fraternity in 2013.

The suit seeks to hold the fraternity fully responsible for Ross's actions.


BOLTON, Conn. (AP) State police have identified a 53-year-old bank robbery suspect shot by a trooper and a Manchester officer after a high-speed car chase.

Police said Christopher T. Anderson, whose last known address was Hartford, remains hospitalized on Saturday.

Police say the suspect robbed a First Niagara bank in South Windsor on Friday and led officers on a pursuit through Manchester and into Bolton. He crashed on Route 44 in Bolton and got out of the car.

Police say Manchester Officer Jason Wagner shot the man with a stun gun, but he pulled the probes out of his body. State police said Trooper Brian Contenta and Manchester Officer Layau Eulizier fired shots at Anderson when he approached them with what appeared to be a box cutter.

Contenta is on administrative duty during the investigation, under department policy.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Authorities say two people were shot after a rap concert in Connecticut.

Police say it happened Saturday night after rap artists Future and Fabolous's performance at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

Police say a 23-year-old woman was shot in the leg and a 27-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound in his arm.

It is believed that the victims were not the intended targets in the shooting.

Police say an investigation is ongoing and they are following several leads.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are looking for a man who they say stole a car while a 5-year-old girl was sleeping inside.

Sgt. Ian Powell says police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle early Sunday morning.

An unidentified woman said she was sitting in the passenger's seat of her family's vehicle when a man entered the car, forced her out, and fled. She said her daughter was sleeping in the backseat during the carjacking.

Powell says someone later reported that the vehicle had stopped and dropped the child off on a sidewalk. An ambulance responded to check on the condition of the child.

Police later found the car but did not find the man.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court this week found the death penalty no longer meets society's evolving standards of decency, a state constitutional ruling that legal experts say could be influential nationwide.

Thursday's decision came months after Nebraska passed a law outlawing capital punishment, one of seven states to ban executions in the past decade.

Kevin Barry, a Quinnipiac University law professor who has written extensively on the death penalty, says he believes the U.S. Supreme Court will look closely at the Connecticut decision when it decides whether to take on the issue this fall.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that swept through an abandoned factory in Waterbury and burned for more than 12 hours.

The blaze at the former Bristol Co. factory began Thursday night and firefighters remained on the scene Friday. The 310,000-square-foot building dates to the 19th century and produced instruments that measured electricity, heat and liquid volume.

Fire Chief David Martin says the fire destroyed the floors in the five-story building and left the walls vulnerable to collapse.

Asbestos may be in the pipes and floor tiling. A 1993 inspection showed the property's soil may contain PCBs, cadmium, chromium, copper and lead. Groundwater also is suspected to be contaminated.

State environmental officials told the Republican-American in Friday that they hadn't been called to the factory site.


BOLTON, Conn. (AP) BOLTON, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a Connecticut State Police trooper and a Manchester officer shot a bank robbery suspect when he threatened them with what appeared to be a box cutter after a high-speed car chase.

Police say the man robbed a First Niagara bank in South Windsor on Friday and led officers on a pursuit through Manchester and into Bolton. The man's name and condition haven't been released.

Authorities say the man crashed on Route 44 near Route 6 in Bolton and got out of the vehicle. Police say the Manchester officer shot the suspect with a stun gun, but he pulled the probes out of his body.

Officials say the officer and trooper opened fire on the man when he approached them with what appeared to be a box cutter.


FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police say a construction worker in Connecticut was electrically shocked while repairing a ruptured water main.

It happened Thursday afternoon in Farmington. Police say the Barber Utilities employee pierced an underground electrical line while digging a hole as part of repairs to the water main.

Police say his co-workers pulled him from the hole, but he never lost consciousness and walked to the ambulance on his own.

He was taken to John Dempsey Hospital with unknown injuries. His identity has not been released.

The Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.


LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Torrington man has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Robert Doyle was also sentenced in Litchfield Superior Court to serve seven years of special parole in connection with the July 2014 assault.

The Republican-American reports that the 27-year-old Doyle at first denied the charged but then agreed to a deal to avoid trial.

Authorities say Doyle assaulted the girl during a party at which the victim drank alcohol.

The victim's parents said in court that they have seen a change in their daughter. She used to be outgoing and happy, but is now introverted and her school work has suffered.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's attorney general has proposed selling the replica of a historic slave ship to a nonprofit in order to pay its $2.2 million debt.

The Amistad, the state's flagship for nearly 15 years, has been docked in New London since April. A judge Wednesday approved the cancellation of a trip to New Haven this fall and authorized the ship's receiver to spend up to $4,000 for repairs.

Attorney General George Jepsen proposed selling the state-subsidized ship for $315,000 to Discovering Amistad Inc. in the hopes that it will preserve its educational mission.

The replica of a 19th century slave ship seized by African captives is a symbol of America's early anti-slavery movement.

New London Mayor Daryl Finizio says he hopes the new owners will keep the vessel in the city.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Three years after Connecticut abolished the death penalty for any future crimes, the state's highest court on Thursday spared the lives of all 11 men who were already on death row when the law took effect, saying it would be unconstitutional to execute them.


The ruling comes in an appeal from Eduardo Santiago, whose attorneys had argued that any execution carried out after repeal would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Santiago faced the possibility of lethal injection for a 2000 murder-for-hire killing in West Hartford.


The Connecticut Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, agreed with his position.


"Upon careful consideration of the defendant's claims in light of the governing constitutional principles and Connecticut's unique historical and legal landscape, we are persuaded that, following its prospective abolition, this state's death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose," Justice Richard Palmer wrote for the majority.


"For these reasons, execution of those offenders who committed capital felonies prior to April 25, 2012, would violate the state constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment."


The ruling means the 11 men on the state's death row will no longer be subject to execution orders. Those inmates include Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, who were sentenced to die for killing a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire.


The repeal had eliminated the death penalty while setting life in prison without the possibility of release as the punishment for crimes formerly considered capital offenses.


Santiago was sentenced to lethal injection in 2005 for the murder-for-hire killing of 45-year-old Joseph Niwinski. But the state Supreme Court overturned the death sentence and ordered a new penalty phase in 2012, saying the trial judge wrongly withheld key evidence from the jury regarding the severe abuse Santiago suffered while growing up.


The ruling came just weeks after lawmakers passed the death penalty repeal.


Assistant Public Defender Mark Rademacher argued any new death sentence would violate Santiago's constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. He said it would be wrong for some people to face the death penalty while others face life in prison for similar murders.


He told the court that Connecticut had declared its opposition to the death penalty and it wouldn't make sense to execute anybody now.


Senior Assistant State's Attorney Harry Weller had argued there were no constitutional problems with the new law, and death-row inmates simply face a penalty under the statute that was in effect when they were convicted. He also argued that the court could not repeal just part of the new law.


Connecticut has had just one execution since 1960. Serial killer Michael Ross was put to death 2005 after winning a legal fight to end his appeals.


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) The parents of a 15-year-old Connecticut boy who killed himself in 2013 are suing Greenwich schools and town government, saying local officials failed to adequately address the years of bullying their son suffered.

Anna Izabela Palosz and Franciszek Palosz filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court.

The Greenwich Time reports that the parents accuse school officials of failing to follow mandatory anti-bullying policies that would have protected their son, Bartlomiej ``Bart'' Palosz. They say officials didn't investigate the bullying or discipline the bullies.

The family says they hope the lawsuit prompts Greenwich officials to improve how they respond to bullying and students in need.

School officials referred questions about the lawsuit to the town attorney, John Wayne Fox, who didn't immediately return messages Wednesday.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a Bridgeport man was hospitalized after he was shot multiple times on his porch.

It happened at around 10:53 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Stratford and Newfield Avenues.

Police say they arrived at the scene and found 39-year-old Abdul Nelson with gunshot wounds to his legs and hand. He told police he was sitting on his front porch when he heard gunshots. He says he is not sure where they came from.

Witnesses near the scene told police they heard three or four shots and saw a vehicle speeding away.

He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital with injuries not considered to be life threatening. The shooting remains under investigation.


SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) The family of a teen who died in a fire after a Southington man threw a firecracker into her bedroom has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Kristen Milano's family filed the suit against the owner of the apartment where the fire started for allegedly failing to install a screen on Milano's window the family claims they repeatedly asked for.

The suit also names the town of Southington and its fire departments as defendants.

Eric Morelli was sentenced last month to seven years in prison for the death of 19-year-old Milano. Morelli told police he went to the apartment hoping to awaken Kristen's brother.

Her brother and his aunt managed to escape the flames. Milano died of smoke inhalation.


MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) A Norwich man is dead after a motorcycle accident in Montville.

Police say 27-year-old Brendan George Thomas was driving on Route 32 just south of New London Turnpike at about 7 p.m. Tuesday when he apparently lost control, struck a curb and was thrown from his bike.

Thomas was taken to the William W. Backus Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a man narrowly avoided injury after his car was shot up in Hartford.

The Hartford Courant reports the shooting happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the man was standing near his car in a parking lot and noticed another man 15 feet away. The second man aimed a gun in his direction and started firing.

Police say the victim dove to the ground as bullets flew. His car was damaged, but he was not injured. Police recovered three shell casings and one projectile from the scene.

It's not yet clear if the shooter was aiming at the car or the man.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man convicted of molesting a boy for over five years and giving him a sexually transmitted disease has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Ronald Smith of Bloomfield was sentenced Monday in a Hartford court. The 48-year-old was convicted in June of two counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of fourth-degree sexual assault and other charges.

Prosecutors say the boy received a ``life sentence'' when he was infected with herpes. The assaults took place in Hartford, Windsor and Windsor Locks from when the boy was nine until he was 13.

The boy's mother defended Smith, her former boyfriend, in court, saying that she didn't think he did anything to her child.

The judge also sentenced Smith to a lifetime registration as a sex offender.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman who disembowled her husband with a decorative sword at the West Hartford hookah lounge they ran has pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and avoided prison.

The Courant reports that Najeh Frihi pleaded guilty Monday under the Alford doctrine, meaning she disagreed with the state's allegations, but did not want to risk being found guilty at trial and get sent to prison sentence.

Authorities say Frihi's husband, George Ayoub, suffered abdominal wounds, including punctures to his liver, pancreas and spleen. He spent a week in the hospital.

Prosecutors say they agreed to the deal because neither wants to testify against the other and Ayoub does not want to see Frihi go to prison.

The assault occurred April 22 at the 1001 Arabian Nights Hookah Lounge.


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) The family of a woman killed by a Metro-North train in Connecticut is challenging a state medical examiner's ruling that her death was a suicide and is planning its own investigation.

The Chief Medical Examiner's Office ruled Monday that the death of 28-year-old Tamar Louis at the Cos Cob station in Greenwich on Friday was a suicide.

Metro-North officials say the Stamford resident was sitting on the platform dangling her legs over the edge and dropped her purse on the tracks, then was hit by the train when she went to get her purse.

The Louis family's lawyer, Mark Sherman, told Hearst Connecticut Media that the family is questioning the ruling and will conduct its own review.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is still investigating Louis' death.


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a postal worker has been seriously injured after he was run over by a box truck at a U.S. Postal Service processing facility in Connecticut.

Police said 52-year-old Glen Ford was walking in the parking lot of the Wallingford facility on Saturday afternoon when he was knocked down and run over by a truck trying to back up to a loading dock.

Ford was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital after the 5 p.m. accident.

No charges have been filed against the truck driver, 46-year-old Joseph Gallo of West Haven, who remained at the scene. The truck is registered to a postal service contractor, FMP Transport LLC of East Haven.

State and local police are investigating along with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


HADDAM, Conn. (AP) Officials say two people were injured by a power boat propeller in Connecticut.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain says a man and a woman jumped off the boat to swim in the Connecticut River and were struck by a propeller when another person drove it toward them at around 6 p.m. Sunday in Haddam.

Six people were on board.

Schain says the 23-year-old woman suffered severe cuts to her lower extremities and was taken to Hartford Hospital where she is in stable condition.

The man, who is the owner of the 26-foot power boat, had minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Environmental Conservation police charged the driver with first-degree reckless operation of a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.


MARLBOROUGH, Conn. (AP) An 18-year-old Marlborough man is in the hospital with serious abdominal injuries after an unknown object that had been thrown on a bonfire exploded.

State police say Robert Hill and several other teenagers were gathered at a bonfire at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday when the object, contained inside a plastic bag, was placed in the fire.

The explosion sent fragments flying, some of which struck Hill. No one else was hurt.

Hill was treated at the scene by EMTs and then was flown to Hartford Hospital.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.


COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) One person has died and another is hospitalized after a car and dump truck collided head-on on Route 6 in Coventry.

Police say the crash happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of South Street and created traffic problems for several hours.

Authorities say the driver of the car was flown by helicopter to Hartford Hospital and pronounced dead. The truck driver was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The drivers' names haven't been released.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Coventry police are seeking witnesses to the accident.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut high school English teacher who had a sexual relationship with a female student has been sentenced to three years in prison and must register as a sex offender.

The Connecticut Post reports 49-year-old Glenn Mishuck was sentenced Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court, about two months after he pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree sexual assault.

Mishuck was arrested in 2013 after police said he had a five-month sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl when he was a teacher and she was a student at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield. Another woman accused Mishuck of having a relationship with her when she was a student at Stamford High School in the mid-1990s, but he wasn't charged.

Mishuck apologized for his actions Friday.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A new report says a Hartford firefighter killed in a house blaze last October became entangled in furniture and couldn't get out of the building, while firefighters did not hear a lieutenant's mayday call.

The report released Friday by the fire department's Board of Inquiry also said there was a failure to search the room where firefighter Kevin Bell was trapped.

Bell was the first city firefighter in 40 years to die in the line of duty. The medical examiner's office concluded he died because his tank ran out of air. Three other firefighters were injured in the blaze on Blue Hills Avenue.

Fire officials said Friday that they have addressed the mayday call problem.

State police and federal workplace safety officials are still investigating the fire.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The U.S. Department of Education has signed off on Connecticut's plan to relieve thousands of high school juniors from having to take an unpopular standardized test.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday that federal authorities have approved the waiver his office submitted seeking to replace the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment, or SBAC exam, with the SAT.

The change will take effect in the 2015-2016 school year.

The General Assembly recently passed legislation that would swap the tests. Lawmakers said they heard complaints from students, parents and teachers about the large amount of standardized testing being conducted in the state, especially among 11th grade students.

About 85 percent of Connecticut students already take the SAT.

Malloy's office said it sought federal approval for the swap last fall to mitigate over-testing.


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Bagpipers played and emergency responders lined a procession route as a PATH subway car that withstood the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center was escorted to its new home at a Connecticut museum.

PATH Car 745 was formally donated to the Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven on Thursday. The car was parked in the PATH station under the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The car was found relatively unscathed during the recovery effort 19 days after the attacks. It is expected to go on display at the museum this weekend.

The Port Authority of New York New Jersey says the subway car is among 43 artifacts from 9/11 that have been collected by 35 organizations in Connecticut.


GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials say mosquitoes in six Connecticut towns have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Department of Public Health officials said Thursday that the mosquitoes were trapped in Darien, Guilford, New Haven, Stamford, West Haven and Waterford from July 20-29.

Dr. Phillip Armstrong, a medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, says the number of infected mosquitoes and the number of infected towns are both increasing.

Officials are urging people to use insect repellant and empty standing water in and around their home.

There have been no reports so far this year of people or horses with mosquito-borne illnesses.


BOISE, Idaho (AP) An Idaho woman who mailed a loaded handgun that discharged within the package while being handled by a U.S. Postal Service employee has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Forty-seven-year-old Tami Dee Bachart of McCall also on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boise was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service, pay $3,400 in restitution and a $1,000 fine.

Bachart pleaded guilty May 12 to mailing injurious articles and causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson says Bachart mailed a Ruger Blackhawk .357-caliber revolver in December to Connecticut. But at a processing center in Springfield, Mass., it fired when an employee picked it up.

The employee wasn't seriously injured but sought medical attention for ringing ears and stinging hands.


ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) Police say a man was shot in the chest outside of a mini-mart in New Haven County.

It happened at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of North Main Street and Fourth Street in Ansonia.

Police say they found the victim lying on the ground near the Ansonia Mini Market.

Police say the victim, who was shot in the chest and torso, was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Authorities are investigating.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut principal who was suspended and then resigned after she was caught on camera dragging kindergarten children down a hallway may lose her teaching certification.

The state Department of Education began hearings Wednesday in Hartford on Carmen Perez Dickson's bid for certification after her application was denied.

The Bridgeport woman was seen on videotape dragging kindergarten children down a corridor in the Tisdale School in February and March of 2012. Staff also accused her of hitting children.

She was suspended in November 2013, and later resigned.

Dickson's lawyer has said her actions were appropriate for the situation and the school board makes physical force an option when necessary.

The Connecticut Post reports that the hearing continues today, with attorney Donal Collimore serving as hearing officer.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) MGM Resorts is suing top Connecticut officials, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, claiming the law he signed that could lead to a third tribal casino in the state is unconstitutional because it gives Connecticut's tribes preferential treatment.

The casino company, which plans to open a facility in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, filed the complaint on Tuesday.

Besides Malloy, the complaint names Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris as defendants.

Both the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, who own and operate casinos in eastern Connecticut, want to open a jointly run facility near the Massachusetts border to compete with MGM's planned casino.

In its complaint, MGM said it is ``ready, willing and able'' to compete with the tribes to develop a new casino in Connecticut.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating a shooting in Hartford that happened blocks away from where an anti-violence event took place.

Police say a 27-year-old man was shot multiple times in the North End area on Tuesday night.

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

The shooting occurred the same night as events for National Night Out, a movement meant to increase community and police relations to reduce violence.

Hartford police's major crimes unit is assisting in the investigation.


STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police say an infant was delivered by emergency cesarean section after the expecting mother died in a single-car crash on Interstate 95.

It happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday in Stonington.

Police say 26-year-old Alexandra Brown of Niantic was driving southbound on I-95 when her car went off the road, struck a guardrail and rolled.

Police say she was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.

Brown was pronounced dead at Westerly Hospital in Rhode Island.

Police say she was nine months pregnant. The baby was delivered at the hospital and then taken to Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Police say the infant was in critical, but stable condition Tuesday night.

The crash is under investigation.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A woman charged with hiring a hit man to kill her ex-husband during a child custody dispute in Connecticut has been sentenced to five years of probation in a plea deal.

Thirty-nine-year-old Tiffany Stevens was sentenced in Hartford Superior Court on Monday, eight months after a jury deadlocked in her attempted-murder case. The hit was never carried out.

The former Bloomfield resident pleaded guilty to a reduced felony charge of inciting injury to persons. Stevens now lives on New York's Long Island.

Police in Simsbury say Stevens paid a handyman $5,000 to kill her ex-husband, Eric Stevens, but the handyman didn't carry it out.

Despite the attempted-murder charge, a state family court judge never revoked Tiffany Stevens' custody of her daughter.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The owner of a West Hartford hookah lounge pleaded no contest to second-degree assault in connection to charges that he and his wife attacked each other with an ornamental sword.

The Hartford Courant reports a judge sentenced 47-year-old George Ayoub to a five-year suspended prison sentence and a three-year conditional discharge as part of a plea agreement Monday.

Police say Ayoub was found bleeding inside 1001 Arabian Nights Hookah Lounge in April and his wife, 24-year-old Najeh Frihi, was found down the block with wounds to her shoulders and hands. A large sword was found at the scene.

Authorities say Ayoub suffered massive lacerations to his abdomen. His lawyer says that ``he nearly died.''

The case against Frihi is expected to be resolved on Aug. 10.


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a man and woman are dead from apparent gunshot wounds in East Haven.

WTIC-TV reports authorities responded to the home on Foxon Boulevard just before 10 p.m. Monday after they were approached by a man expressing concern for a relative inside.

When they arrived, the two victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say at this time it appears to be an isolated incident and there is no need for residents to be concerned.

The victims' identities are being withheld until immediate family members are notified.

State police are investigating.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has suspended a Hartford attorney for impersonating a fellow lawyer 11 years ago.


The Hartford Courant reports the judge said Joseph Elder violated the rules of professional conduct by misrepresenting himself and not correcting that misrepresentation.


In 2004, police prevented a man from entering his home while they awaited a search warrant. After talking with Elder over the phone, the man went into his house anyway, following a fracas with police. When police called the number, they said Elder identified himself as Wes Spears, another Hartford lawyer.


Police unsuccessfully sought an arrest warrant for Spears and sought disciplinary action against him until they discovered it was Elder, not Spears, on the call.


Elder said Friday he plans to appeal his yearlong suspension and may also file a complaint against the courts.


GOSHEN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a Torrington man.


Detectives arrested the teen on Sunday after an investigation into the shooting of 27-year-old Alfredo Castillo in Goshen around 2:30 a.m. Castillo's injuries are non-life threatening.


The youth is charged with assault, possession of a firearm and other offenses. He's being held at the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center until a court appearance on Monday. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man who apparently drowned in a creek after getting into a fight outside a restaurant early Saturday morning.


Bridgeport city spokesman Brett Broesder said the body of 42-year-old Wayne Bentley, of West Haven, was recovered from Ash Creek behind Chubby's Bar & Grill, which is located on the Bridgeport-Fairfield City line.


He said on Sunday the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.


Bridgeport Police received a call around 1:15 a.m. Saturday regarding a fight between two people. Both apparently fell into the creek.


Authorities said the other person involved in the fight fled the scene. Broesder confirmed police are still looking for that individual.


Anyone with information is asked to call Bridgeport police at 203-576-1311.


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A teenage girl who operated a boat involved in a fatal accident on Long Island Sound last year has been cited for infractions and fined $150.

Greenwich police announced Friday that they completed an investigation into the death of 16-year-old Greenwich High School student Emily Fedorko, who died after being struck by a boat propeller while tubing on Aug. 6, 2014.

A state prosecutor determined the boat operator, 17-year-old Elizabeth Lewis of Greenwich, would be the only person prosecuted. Police said Lewis was charged with violating boating regulations, having insufficient personal floatation devices while waterskiing and not adhering to rules preventing collisions.

She was issued an infraction complaint ticket with fines totaling $150.

The accident also injured a 15-year-old girl who was tubing with Fedorko.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut officials say a data breach discovered in March at the School of Engineering was criminal in nature.

UConn officials said Friday there's no evidence that data were removed from servers. UConn spokesman Tom Breen says it appears the attack originated in China, based on the malicious software used and type of attack.

UConn is notifying about 200 research sponsors in government and the private sector and is determining how many others need to be notified about a potential compromise of personal information.

The School of Engineering has notified faculty, staff, students, visitors and about 1,800 users of an instant communications tool used at the time. They've been asked to change their passwords because log-in credentials may have been compromised.

UConn says it has implemented further anti-cyberattack measures.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut health officials say mosquitoes trapped in Waterford are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile virus this year.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced on Friday that mosquitoes caught in Waterford on July 20 tested positive for the virus.

Officials are urging people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including minimizing time outdoors between dusk and dawn, wearing long sleeves and long pants while outside and using mosquito repellant.

Six Connecticut residents in Fairfield and New Haven counties were infected with West Nile virus last year. There have been no human cases this year.

West Nile is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Flu-like symptoms can occur. Less than 1 percent of people infected can develop serious neurological illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis.


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