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2 on joy ride rescued after boat runs aground


CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) Authorities say two individuals were rescued and one was taken into custody by Rhode Island environmental police after a boat they took for a Thanksgiving joy ride ran aground.

Charlestown police were contacted by the Coast Guard for a vessel in distress in the Charlestown Breachway early Thursday. Charlestown Rescue marine units found a 22-foot sport fishing boat that had run aground in Charlestown Pond. It had lost its hydraulic system and steering.

Authorities learned it was taken without the consent of owner Robert Dickau of South Glastonbury, Connecticut. Rescue personnel said the two were out for a joy ride.

The man and woman had mild hypothermia but refused treatment.

Lt. Patrick McMahon says the operator was charged with misappropriation of a marine vessel. The man, who wasn't identified, was released.

Suspect in 2000 sexual assault caught in New York


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) West Hartford police have tracked down the suspect in the sexual assault of a teenager 14 years ago.

Police say 34-year-old Raymond Albert Rodriguez was wanted on two counts of second degree sexual assault.

He was found in New York City and arrested in the Bronx earlier this week.

The alleged assault occurred in 2000 when Rodriguez was 19. The alleged victim was 15 at the time.

He is being held on $75,000 bond as a fugitive from justice. He is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday and it's unclear when he will be returned to Connecticut.

Police seek suspects in gunfire that halted game


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are looking for two suspects following a hail of gunfire that halted an annual Thanksgiving Day high school football game.

The Connecticut Post reports that no one was hit by the five shots fired from an area near the stadium. A bullet pierced a nearby car.

Police believe the shooting was gang-related. Plans are being made to finish the game.

About 1,200 people, including Mayor Bill Finch and his four sons, attended the game. The sounds of gunfire sent many fans fleeing toward Harding High School while both teams retreated to their locker rooms.

Extra police were summoned to the field and they helped evacuate the stadium.

Connecticut orders firm to reimburse investors


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's banking commissioner is ordering a Norwalk investment firm and accountant to reimburse investors at least $7 million.

Howard F. Pitkin announced Wednesday he's issued a cease-and-desist order to Ulysses Partners LLC and James E. Neilsen for allegedly violating state securities law. The Nov. 13 order fines the firm and Neilsen a combined $25,000 and requires they reimburse each affected investor.

Attorney Brian Woolf said Neilsen and the firm have 15 days to ask Pitkin to reconsider. No decision on such a request has been made.

Pitkin's agency determined Neilsen and Ulysses sold unregistered securities to 33 Ulysses investors, the majority Neilsen's accounting clients. Pitkin said the company never made a profit and investors lost millions.

Woolf said Neilsen denies securities were sold. He also denies intentionally committing fraud.

Official results show Malloy won by 28,019 votes


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Final vote totals from this month's statewide election show Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy defeated his Republican rival, businessman Tom Foley, by 28,019 of the nearly 1.1 million votes cast for governor.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office posted the final statewide election results Wednesday on her website.

This year's gubernatorial race was a rematch between Malloy and Foley. In 2010, Malloy defeated Foley by 6,404 votes of 1.1 million cast.

The final election results showed Malloy was particularly strong in the Hartford area's 1st Congressional District and the New Haven area's 3rd Congressional District. Foley bested Malloy in the 2nd, 4th and 5th Congressional Districts.

Malloy received 554,314 votes, Foley 526,295 and petitioning candidate Joe Visconti, 11,456. Visconti withdrew at the end election to support Foley.

Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls


CHICAGO (AP) The Obama administration says more than 462,000 people selected a health plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through HealthCare.gov.

And there's a new sign-up effort tied to shopping malls and Black Friday.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has announced a partnership with Westfield Shopping Centers for setting up insurance enrollment stations at malls in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Washington state.

Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell says 462,125 people chose a health plan during the first week of enrollment in the 37 states that are using the federal site.

Burwell says 48 percent are new customers, including those in Oregon and Nevada. Those states turned over their troubled insurance markets to the federal government.

Cops: Hospital worker accused of rape kept working


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut police say a hospital allowed a nursing assistant to continue working there for three months after a patient reported being raped by him.

 

The Connecticut Post reports that Gonzalo Flores was charged Tuesday with raping a paralyzed male patient in March at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He was already awaiting trial on charges he sexually assaulted another patient in June.

 

An arrest warrant says Flores admitted having other sexual encounters with patients.

 

The affidavit says the hospital's director of safety and security told police he knew about the allegation in March but could not substantiate it.

 

Flores' lawyer declined to comment.

 

Hospital spokeswoman Caryn S. Kaufman said Tuesday that St. Vincent's takes complaints by patients and staff very seriously and investigates all claims.

Broken elevator traps disabled Connecticut residents


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Disabled and other residents are trapped in their six-story building in Connecticut due to a broken elevator that may not be fixed for up to a month.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that the 35-year-old elevator at the Eleanor Roosevelt House in Stamford failed last week. Some residents are canceling Thanksgiving plans and medical appointments, while others have to be carried down the stairs.

Eighty-five-year-old Irene Thompson who has lived on the fifth floor for 23 years says her Thanksgiving may be delivered by volunteers. She had hoped to spend the day with a friend.

Building manager Richard Freeman said Tuesday he is doing everything possible to fix the problem and a contractor is authorized for the work.

The delay is because a control panel system must be ordered and wiring must be custom designed.

Connecticut is gearing up for immigrant licenses


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Thousands of immigrants in the U.S. illegally living in Connecticut can soon begin the process of obtaining a special state-issued driver's license.

 

Starting at noon Dec. 1, immigrants can make online appointments on the Department of Motor Vehicles' website to schedule a written test for a Drive Only License. The General Assembly enacted the program in 2013. It officially begins Jan. 2.

 

Tens of thousands of Connecticut drivers who cannot establish their legal presence in the U.S. or may not have a Social Security number could be eligible.

 

DMV has upgraded old Spanish versions of the written test and driver's manual. It has also created new tests in French, Polish, Portuguese and Italian.

 

The agency has been meeting with immigrant advocacy groups helping prepare people for the process.

West Haven councilman pleads guilty to wire fraud


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A West Haven councilman has pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge, admitting he stole money from the bank where he was employed.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Stephen DeCrescenzo stole $106,000 from customer accounts at the JPMorgan Chase Bank in New Canaan between 2008 and 2011, and tried to hide the thefts by disguising them as cash withdrawals by customers.

Prosecutors say DeCrescenzo also wired funds stolen from a customer account into another bank account for his personal benefit.

DeCrescenzo pleaded guilty to a single wire fraud count in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Monday and resigned from his seat on the West Haven City Council.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 17.

Ex-UConn trustee avoids prison on larceny plea


VERNON, Conn. (AP) A Vernon man who faced up to seven years in prison on prescription drug fraud charges and accusations he moved $73,000 of federal aid into his and others' accounts while working at the University of Connecticut has avoided prison time.

The Journal Inquirer reports that former UConn student trustee Corey M. Schmitt will remain on probation three years following his sentencing last week. He pleaded guilty to attempted larceny and prescription drug fraud-related charges.

The 25-year-old Schmitt must maintain employment, but not at a financial aid office or doctor's office.

An investigation showed he made unauthorized account transfers while working in the school's student financial aid office. It was determined he paid himself $2,200 and moved the remaining money into the accounts of six other students.

Police say the money was recovered.

Suspect says he accidentally strangled girlfriend


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Stamford man says he accidentally strangled his girlfriend last year while trying to keep her calm in the back seat of a friend's car.

The Connecticut Post reports that Cesar Martinez was arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court Monday for manslaughter.

Guy Soares, Martinez's lawyer, said the police report ``lends credence'' to Martinez's version of what happened. He said 23-year-old Brenda Hernandez had kicked out the car's back window and Martinez was trying to stop her from injuring herself.

Soares argued that there was no scientific proof as to the victim's cause of death.

Judge Maria Kahn replied that it indicates the cause of death was neck compression.

State police said Hernandez was strangled and had been bruised and scratched.

Bond of $250,000 was set and the case was continued to Dec. 12.

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Louis Chenevert, the chief executive officer of aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies Corp., is retiring abruptly after six years and will be succeeded by the company's chief financial officer.

The Hartford-based conglomerate announced the change of leadership this morning. It promoted CFO Greg Hayes to the top job.

Chenevert steered United Technologies' $18.4 billion purchase of aerospace parts maker Goodrich Corp. in 2012. It was the industry's largest deal and gave the company a stronger presence in the aerospace industry.

Chenevert iinformed the board of directors of his retirement as chairman and CEO effective immediately.

Edward A. Kangas, lead independent director, has been elected non-executive chairman of the board.

The 54-year-old Hayes has been with United Technologies for 25 years and has been hief financial officer for the past six years.

Manufacturer seeks state OK to sell new vehicle


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) The maker of a new vehicle called the Slingshot is meeting with state motor vehicles officials to discuss whether they may sell the three-wheeler in Connecticut.

The Republican-American reports that Polaris Industries says the Slingshot, a reverse tricycle with two wheels in front and one in back, is a motorcycle. It doesn't meet the state's definition of a motorcycle and currently may not be sold in Connecticut.

A meeting set for Monday at the state Department of Motor Vehicles will include Connecticut retailers who say customers have put down deposits for the vehicle.

Ernie Bertothy, a spokesman for the Department of Motor Vehicles, says state officials want to come up with a solution.

The base price of a Slingshot is $19,999 with the premium model selling for $23,999.

UConn law professor charged in prostitution sting


SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) A University of Connecticut law professor was among six men arrested on charges of patronizing a prostitute.

Ronald Murphy of Farmington was arrested Friday at a Southington motel.

Police say he also was charged with interfering with police after he tried to flee.

UConn says he's on paid leave and his access to the law school campus has been restricted.

Following complaints, police have been cracking down at local motels. Murphy was arrested as part of the second sting operation.

Murphy did not return a phone call from the newspaper and it wasn't known Monday if he's represented by a lawyer.

He won a landmark $4 million verdict in 2009 in a lawsuit under state dram shop laws against a Plainville bar accused of continuing to serve an intoxicated man who later killed someone while driving.

Reports: Connecticut faces 3 years of deficits


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Budget offices for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are predicting Connecticut could face budget deficits over the next three fiscal years.

State legislators were briefed Friday on the state's projected fiscal health.

Karen Buffkin, deputy secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, said Medicaid, debt service and state employee and retiree health care among some of the biggest costs driving the budget shortfalls. OPM predicts approximately $1 billion deficits in each of the next three fiscal years. The typical budget is about $20 billion.

Buffkin contends the state will balance this year's budget, which is $99.5 million in debt so far.

While Malloy has made spending cuts and imposed hiring slowdowns, legislative Republicans contend the problem is worse and a special session is needed next month.

Norwalk schools chief heads to New London schools


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Norwalk's schools superintendent has been appointed head of New London's school district.

Manuel J. Rivera will resign his Norwalk job on Jan. 31.

Rivera, a native of New London, said he made the decision to ``come back home'' and make a difference in New London.

Rivera took over as superintendent for Norwalk Public Schools in July 2013. He was previously superintendent in Rochester Public Schools, where he began his career in education.

With an enrollment of about 11,000 students in 19 schools and an annual budget of about $168 million, the Norwalk district is about four times the size of New London.

More extensive drills follow USS Miami fire


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Firefighters at Maine's Portsmouth Naval Shipyard train regularly for industrial blazes, but mandates after a huge submarine fire call for an annual drill that's more extensive than anything done before.

The investigation that followed the USS Miami blaze in May 2012 found that federal firefighters didn't train for complex and lengthy fires requiring assistance from community firefighters.

That's no longer the case at Navy shipyards.

The Navy says Portsmouth Naval Shipyard firefighters proved their capabilities during a January drill that tested the ability of sailors, federal firefighters and neighboring responders. There now will be one of those drills each year, in addition to other training.

Navy spokesman Lt. Tim Hawkins said the outcome of the January drill wasn't a huge surprise, since same firefighters dealt with the real thing on the USS Miami.

Murphy calls for overhaul of Connecticut elections


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is calling on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly to overhaul the state's elections system, saying recent problems at the polls highlight the need for professionalization and accountability.

The Democrat called it ``inexcusable'' to have breakdowns, such as polling places in Hartford not opening on time. He said they ``provide a rationalization'' for those who choose not to vote.

A former state senator, Murphy said Connecticut is past the point of incremental reform and needs comprehensive changes. He said the ``balkanized'' election system where autonomous local registrars run elections with little state oversight has ``resulted in major problem after major problem.''

Av Harris, a spokesman for Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, said her office welcomes Murphy's comments and agrees reforms are needed.

State: Jobs growth continued for 8th month in Oct.


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Labor Department says employers added 3,600 jobs last month, the eighth monthly gain this year as the state continues its jobs recovery from the worst recession in decades.

The state said Thursday that the unemployment rate of 6.4 percent was unchanged from September.

Employment in the state has grown by 23,000 jobs over the year. Connecticut has recovered 87,900 jobs, or nearly 74 percent of jobs lost during the March 2008 to February 2010 downturn.

The state says Connecticut's jobs recovery has extended 56 months and has averaged about 1,570 jobs a month since February 2010.

Education and health services led the jobs gains, followed by trade, transportation and utilities.

A loss of 1,300 government jobs was the largest number among sectors where jobs disappeared.

New Britain seeks help for winter homeless shelter


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel Malloy has told New Britain officials he'll do what he can to help the city find money for an emergency winter shelter for the homeless.

But soon after the meeting Thursday, he said the city would likely have to rely on a ``cobbled together'' plan for funding. The New Britain Herald reports that the governor cited charities and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He says the state makes some money available but that it would have to be ``cobbled together.''

Mayor Erin Stewart said Malloy made no promises about getting $137,000 in annual funding that was cut by HUD.

New Britain used the money to open an overflow shelter for people living on the streets who didn't have access to two year-round homeless shelters.

Tribal police make arrest in casino chips theft


UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Tribal police in Connecticut have charged one of two suspects linked to the theft of $7,000 of gambling chips from a casino customer before punching the patron during his escape.

Mohegan police arrested Niren J. Davis of Norwich at an appearance Tuesday in Danielson Superior Court. The 33-year-old Davis was in court on unrelated weapon and narcotics possession charges.

Police charged Davis with accessory to third-degree robbery and accessory to third-degree larceny. He was held on a $25,000 bond, and it wasn't known Thursday if he's represented by a lawyer.

Police said they also have obtained an arrest warrant for 28-year-old Jorge Morales in connection with the Friday robbery.

Police said they identified the two men as suspects within 48 hours of the alleged theft after reviewing surveillance video and distributing photos.

Stamford principals get probation in sex case


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A state Superior Court judge has approved a probation program for two Stamford High School principals on charges they failed to report a sexual relationship between a teacher and student.

The Advocate of Stamford reports principal Donna Valentine and assistant principal Roth Nordin said in court Wednesday they should have called the state Department of Children and Families and apologized for failing to do so.

Stamford State's Attorney David Cohen said school officials are part of a ``bureaucratic culture'' he said puts the district's reputation ahead of children's safety.

Cohen said the district called its lawyer instead of calling state child welfare officials as required by state law.

Lawyers said the two school administrators are expected to soon return to work. They have been suspended with pay.

Records: Amistad debt totals more than $2 million


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Court papers say Connecticut's official flagship, the Amistad schooner, has outstanding debt totaling more than $2 million.

The Day of New London reports that the organization's former executive director, Greg Belanger, says he is owed $139,000 in back pay and repayments of loans to three members of its Board of Trustees.

Mystic Seaport says it is owed more than $45,000 for work and services it provided for the schooner Amistad over six years, former captains and crew members and several small businesses and organizations.

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

The organization that operates the ship has lost its nonprofit status for failing to file federal tax returns and is now in the hands of a state receiver.

2 ex-mayors trade accusations of Rock Cats' loss


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Two former mayors of New Britain are exchanging accusations over who's at fault for the New Britain Rock Cats' move to Hartford.

The New Britain Herald reports ex-Mayor Timothy O'Brien said the baseball team said former Mayor Timothy T. Stewart ``made them very unhappy.''

O'Brien reacted to a letter Rock Cats General Manager Tim Restall recently wrote to Mayor Erin Stewart saying that the past administrations have ``brought us to where we are today.''

Restall later told Stewart in an email that he made reference to more than one city administration.

Tim Stewart said O'Brien has been unable to accomplish much. He said his relationship with the team during his eight years in office was always good.

The minor league team announced in June it will move to Hartford in 2016.

 

Housing chief charged with sex assault on guest


NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The chairman of the North Haven Housing Authority board has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a male guest at a party at his home.

The New Haven Register reports that Ralph W. Cook IV was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint.

The 49-year-old Cook is held in lieu of $250,000 bail. He has served as chairman, a voluntary job, at the Housing Authority for four years.

Police said Cook forced the guest to have sex with him at his home in October 2013. Police investigated for a year.

Cook is due to be arraigned Wednesday at state Superior Court in Meriden.

A number listed in Cook's name was not working Wednesday morning and it was not immediately known if he's represented by a lawyer.

Police say home invasion faked to hide robbery


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Chaplin woman has been arrested on accusations she fabricated a home invasion to cover up her alleged theft of money.

Angela J. Pearl is charged with falsely reporting an incident, larceny and criminal mischief.

Police said officers responded to a report of a home invasion Sept. 30 in Plainfield. Police found a bedroom window smashed, the house ransacked and a woman and child unharmed.

Police say the home invasion was staged and that the 40-year-old Pearl planted items of evidence and smashed the window.

Authorities said Tuesday a subsequent investigation found that Pearl set up the scene to steal cash from the home.

She's being held on a $25,000 bond pending arraignment in Danielson Superior Court Wednesday. It's not known if she's represented by a lawyer.

Connecticut OKs higher electric generating rates


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut regulators have approved higher rates to generate electricity for residential and business customers of two utilities.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announced Monday its approval of higher standard service rates proposed by Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating. The cost of natural gas has been rising due to limited pipeline access.

The six-month rate takes effect Jan. 1.

For customers of CL&P a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities, the residential generation rate increases to 12.6 cents per kilowatt hour from about 10 cents. A customer who uses an average 700 kilowatt hours would pay $88.40 a month, up about $18.

UI's residential generation rate will increase to 13.3 cents per kilowatt hour, from 8.7 cents.

The natural gas price increases underlying the request already have been posted in contracts purchased under state oversight.

Ex-treasurer of gun club begins prison sentence


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The former treasurer of a gun club who was convicted of embezzling more than $32,000 has begun serving a six-month prison sentence.

The Bulletin reports that Roxanne Henderson of Groton faced up to a year in prison after agreeing in September to a deal in which she pleaded guilty to larceny.

The plea was made under the Alford Doctrine in which she disagrees with the prosecution's version but admits evidence could convict her at trial.

New London Superior Court Judge Hillary Strackbein said she could not give Henderson a suspended sentence because she had not made any restitution to the Quaker Hill Gun Club.

Authorities say that between February and September 2012 Henderson wrote 48 checks to herself totaling $31,745 payable to her as well as a $600 check payable to cash.

Warrant: Ex-Boy Scout leader cited suicide


THOMPSON, Conn. (AP) Police say a former Boy Scout leader threatened to kill himself after being told by police of molestation allegations made by several boys under his supervision.

The Bulletin reports that the arrest warrant says David Kress, who was arrested last month on three charges of employing a minor in an obscene performance, told a state trooper in March he could help himself ``by putting a bullet in his head.''

The 52-year-old Kress is accused of sexually assaulting several boys in his troop from 1989 to 1999 while serving as a Scout leader for Troop 66 in Thompson. Police said Kress provided the victims with alcohol and pornography before molesting them,

The boys ranged in age from 10 to 16 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Suspects still at large after boy is shot in face


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are asking for the public's help in finding suspects after a 13-year-old boy was shot in the face.

Police say the boy's injuries aren't life-threatening. Authorities say he's being treated at a local hospital for injuries to his left cheek and the back of his neck.

The victim told officers that someone in a car opened fire at him shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday as he was walking on Blue Hills Avenue near Harold Street in the North End. The teen was conscious and alert after the shooting.

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

Woman's body found on Metro-North right-of-way


SOUTH NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Metro-North Railroad says a woman was apparently struck by a New York-to-Connecticut train and her body was found on the rail line's right-of-way in South Norwalk.

Sal Arena, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said Monday morning that an engineer on the train headed to New Haven from Grand Central Terminal reported that it struck debris at about 12:35 a.m. Workers inspected the tracks and did not find anything.

The woman's body was found during another check by track workers about an hour later.

Arena said she appears to have been in her late 20s or early 30s. She was not identified.

The morning commute into and out of New York City was not affected.

Police seek driver in hit-and-run that killed 2


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Police have identified the motorist suspected of fleeing the scene as two people lay dying.

Police are offering a $500 reward for help finding 32-year-old Felicia Burl who is suspected of being at the wheel of a 2002 Nissan Altima that ran a red light on the Greenwich-Stamford line and slammed into a station wagon.

Judith Andriulli, a passenger in the station wagon driven by her husband, Anthony, died hours after being cut from the car by firefighters. She was 70.

Anthony Andriulli sustained numerous broken bones and was treated at Stamford Hospital.

Nixon Henry of Stamford also was killed. The 50-year-old Henry was in the passenger seat of his car and was ejected through the windshield.

Police believe Burl freed herself from the wreckage and fled on foot.

Man charged in Connecticut Navy base confrontation


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Investigators say a man involved in a shooting at a gate outside the Navy's submarine base in Connecticut lunged at one police officer with a knife and then stabbed another in the thigh before an officer opened fire.

The defendant, Gary Ray Brunache, appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Hartford on the charge of assaulting a federal officer. He did not enter a plea and his attorney declined to speak with reporters.

Federal authorities say an officer fired approximately three shots at Brunache but he was not hit by any of the rounds.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service says Brunache told them that he walked from his home in Norwich to see his brother on the base in Groton and became agitated when police denied him entry.

'Choose Your Own Adventure' author, Conn. native Montgomery dies


WARREN, Vt. (AP) An author of the popular children's book series ``Choose Your Own Adventure'' has died in Vermont. Raymond Almiran Montgomery was 78.

Montgomery's wife says he died Nov. 9 at home in Warren.

Montgomery grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Williams College. He also attended Yale.  He was passionate about education and believed interactive fiction was critical to reluctant readers.

The ``Choose Your Own Adventure'' series features interactive game books set in places around the world, in outer space and under the sea. It was published by Bantam Books and later by a company Montgomery and his wife co-founded. His last title was ``Gus vs. The Robot King,'' released in September.

The series sold more than 250 million copies around the world between 1979 and 1999.

8-year-old rescued from Hartford apartment fire


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Hartford fire officials say firefighters have rescued an 8-year-old girl from a burning three-story apartment building in the city's South End.

 

Fire department spokesman Lt. Raul Ortiz tells WVIT-TV Friday night that the girl is being treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Police said the firefighter who rescued her and a police officer outside the home were being treated for smoke inhalation but aren't seriously hurt. No major injuries have been reported.

 

The fire was reported at about 7:30 p.m. in the building on Hamilton Street near Zion Street. It spread to porches of nearby building but was contained there.

 

Firefighters were still working at about 9 p.m. to get the primary fire under control.

 

Smoke was seen for blocks and Hamilton Street was closed near the fire for emergency vehicles.

State officials seek meeting for Frontier troubles


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials have asked state regulators to set a meeting for consumers to confront Frontier Communications about problems with the transition from AT Internet, cable and phone service.

Frontier took over the landline, Internet and UVerse cable TV systems from AT in a $2 billion deal.

The New Haven Register reports that Attorney General George Jepsen's office said it's fielded 130 complaints. He and state Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz are seeking the meeting with the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission.

Paul Quick, Frontier's senior vice president and general manager for Connecticut, said the company welcomes the opportunity to provide information to the public and officials about the AT transition.

A spokesman for the regulatory agency said staff will make recommendations to the commissioners who will decide on a meeting or other action.

Police: Jewelry store robbery suspect kills self


NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) Police say a suspect in a smash-and-grab robbery at a New Canaan jewelry store a year ago committed suicide when he mistakenly believed police were closing in.

The Connecticut Post reports that police said Thursday that Ralik Hansen shot himself in Brooklyn Oct. 31 after a delivery person knocked on his door and he believed it was the police about to arrest him.

The 28-year-old Hansen was wanted on federal charges and considered armed and dangerous. He faced a federal indictment in April, but remained at large.

Police also said two other men were indicted in connection with the Nov. 6, 2013, robbery. Their alleged roles were not detailed, although one also is sought in connection with the theft of $700,000 worth of watches from a Cartier store in New York.

2 officers wounded at Connecticut Navy base


GROTON, Conn. (AP) Authorities say two Navy civilian police officers have been wounded while confronting a knife-wielding man at a Connecticut base.

Navy officials say an officer guarding the submarine base in Groton Thursday night fired shots at the man who allegedly had tried to enter through a pedestrian gate.

Authorities say one officer was injured by the ricochet of bullets. The second officer suffered a minor stab wound to the leg. Both have been treated and released from a local hospital.

Officials say the suspect has been taken into custody. He was not injured. His name has not yet been released.

The investigation is ongoing.

Greenwich prep school warns of underage drinking


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) The headmaster of a Greenwich boys' prep school says two students were suspended and others were disciplined for a party where alcohol was served.

Tom Philip, headmaster of Brunswick School, wrote to parents about the disciplinary actions.

Greenwich Time reports that Brunswick officials have declined to comment.

The party occurred several weeks ago at a Greenwich home and was attended by Brunswick students and students from other local schools.

Philip said all Brunswick students at the party acknowledged they were aware alcohol was served and that unspecified cellphone images had been taken at the party.

He said Brunswick officials have not been given access to the photos.

Philip said school officials have investigated another party where alcohol also was served.

Ex-principal acquitted of larceny in treats sales


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A former grade school principal has been acquitted of larceny charges on accusations she raised more than $10,000 for personal use by selling treats in the school cafeteria and organized fundraisers to finance a nonexistent parent-teacher organization.

The Republican-American reports that a Waterbury Superior Court judge dismissed charges Wednesday against former Hopeville Elementary School Principal Maria Moulthrop for lack of proof.

Her lawyer says she'll pursue a federal civil rights suit against officials. She says they sought a conviction on their slush fund accusation because they couldn't prove accusations that Moulthrop cheated on test scores.

A request for comment could not be left with the school superintendent's office, which was not open early Thursday morning.

A September 2011 report said Moulthrop and former reading teacher Margaret Perugini were behind testing irregularities.

State threatens fines over New Haven fire data


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) State fire officials have ordered New Haven to submit required reports on fire information or face fines.

The New Haven Register reports that state Fire Marshal William Abbott has said the city has yet to submit an incident report for 2014.

City Chief Administrative Officer Michael Carter said Wednesday he and other city officials are completing quarterly reports. He says he's working with the state Fire Marshal's office to comply with state rules by the end of the year.

Carter did not disclose how much in fines the city may be forced to pay.

State law requires reports to be filed not less than every three months.

Waterbury Texting Sentence in Motorcyclists Death


In Waterbury...A judge has sentenced a 25-year-old woman to two years in prison on a manslaughter conviction after she caused an accident while texting that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.

Stephanie Clavell was sentenced yesterday in Waterbury Superior Court in connection with the June 2013 accident that killed 53-year-old Terrence Doyle.

Clavell told Doyle's family she is truly sorry for their loss.

Doyle wasn't wearing a helmet. He sustained a brain injury, compound fracture of his leg and a fractured hip. He died three days later.

Cl and P Requests Rate Increase Again


BERLIN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's largest utility has asked state regulators to approve a rate increase in response to natural gas pipeline problems pushing up prices.

Connecticut Light and Power has asked the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to allow it to raise its standard service rate, which is the power generation option available to residential and business customers.

CL said the spike in electricity prices is due to constraints in natural gas pipelines delivering natural gas to New England.

The proposed average rate for CL Standard Service would increase to about 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, from about 10 cents. An average monthly residential bill would rise to about $87 from $70.

The rate would become effective Jan. 1.

CL has a separate request to raise $232 million to upgrade equipment following destructive storms and toughen systems.

Staff suspended after inmate hospitalized


NIANTIC, Conn. (AP) Six staff members at the York Correctional Institution have been placed on administrative leave after a prisoner was hospitalized with an undisclosed medical issue.

Correction Department spokeswoman Karen Martucci issued a statement Thursday say the suspensions include four department employees and two workers employed by Correctional Managed Health Care.

She says they are under suspension because of ``significant concern over their actions with regard to an offender's medical needs,'' but would not elaborate.

The Day of New London identified the inmate at 36-year-old Amy Rolon of Hartford, who is awaiting trial on prostitution and larceny charges.

She is in fair condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Greenwich cafeteria worker held on theft charge


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Greenwich public school cafeteria worker has been arrested on accusations he stole thousands of dollars in lunch money from students and failed to appear in court.

James Harris faces third-degree larceny charges in connection with the alleged theft of nearly $10,000. Hearst Connecticut Media reports he turned himself in to police Wednesday on a warrant.

The 37-year-old Harris also faces charges for missing scheduled court appearances related to a 2012 driving infraction when police said he was driving with a suspended license.

Harris' bond was set at $25,750.

Police say Harris took cash over several years from students at the cash register for his own use, sometimes dollars and cents at a time.

Foxwoods sees new mall as competition for visitors


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Foxwoods Resort Casino says the mall it's building will ratchet up the competition for gamblers and shoppers being lured by Massachusetts.

Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council that runs Foxwoods in eastern Connecticut, said the $120 million Tanger Outlets will set Foxwoods apart. He says casinos planned in Massachusetts will be ``spectacular,'' but will not offer shopping.

Mashantucket and Foxwoods officials offered a tour of the mall construction site Thursday. They estimate the outlet center will draw 3 million to 4 million more people a year.

The opening is set for May 21, 2015.

Stores will include Nike, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store and several others.

Massachusetts awarded the first resort casino licenses Thursday to Wynn Resorts in Everett and MGM Resorts International in Springfield.

2 plead guilty in theft of $50M prescription drugs


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Two Florida residents have pleaded guilty in a 2010 Connecticut warehouse theft that prosecutors say involved $50 million to $100 million in prescription drugs.

Forty-two-year-old Yosmany Nunez of Southwest Ranches and 41-year-old Alexander Marquez of Hialeah each pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of transportation of stolen property. They face up to 10 years in prison at sentencing in February.

Prosecutors said Nunez, Marquez and three others broke into an Eli Lilly Co. warehouse in Enfield and stole thousands of boxes of pharmaceuticals. It was believed to be the largest such theft in Connecticut.

Prosecutors said Marquez drove the drugs to Florida, and the group stashed them in Miami-area self-storage units. Some of the drugs were recovered.

Two others have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

Feds discuss plans for aging northeast rail line


NEW YORK (AP) Federal transportation officials are sharing details of long-term plans for the aging Northeast Corridor rail line.

The corridor experiences regular delays on Amtrak between Washington, D.C., and Boston and on regional rail lines such as New Jersey Transit, due to 100-year-old infrastructure and crowded tracks.

At an open house Wednesday in New York, the Federal Railroad Administration laid out its vision for expanding service and making existing service more efficient. Proposals under consideration range from integrating schedules and fares for Amtrak and regional rail lines, to building a second rail line to carry trains at speeds up to 220 mph.

Many of the plans factor in a new tunnel and tracks under the Hudson River, a project that was halted four years ago by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Plymouth suspends finance director over town funds


PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) Plymouth Mayor David V. Merchant says the town's finance director has been suspended on allegations he misappropriated town money.

Merchant would not say how much money Finance Director David Bertnagel is suspected of misappropriating. He says the alleged misappropriations have occurred since October 2013.

Merchant said he was made aware last Friday of a possible misuse of money in the finance department and the town is hiring an auditing firm and will contact law enforcement.

The mayor said officials confronted Bertnagel with the allegations and asked for an explanation. Officials were not satisfied with his responses, which the mayor said did not make sense.

The newspaper reported that Bertnagel did not return calls for comment.

Police have taken Bertnagel's computer as part of the investigation, which is continuing.

Foley concedes defeat to Malloy in Connecticut


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Republican Tom Foley on Wednesday conceded defeat to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the Connecticut governor's race, a bruising and expensive rematch of the 2010 contest in a state where many voters remain unhappy with the economy and the Democrat's tax increases.

 

After telling supporters on election night that he had probably lost, Foley send an email message to supporters saying they came close but Malloy had won. He said his campaign fared better in cities than he did in 2010 when he first lost to Malloy, but lost ground elsewhere because of what he called "relentless negative advertising."

 

"I regret that I will not be able to deliver the dream you and I share for restoring pride and prosperity in Connecticut," Foley said.

 

Foley spoke to Malloy on Wednesday afternoon by phone and offered his congratulations, according to Malloy campaign spokesman Mark Bergman.

 

With 95 percent of precincts reporting on Wednesday afternoon, Malloy was leading with 50.5 percent of the vote, compared to 48.5 percent for Foley.

 

The race had been among a handful of gubernatorial battles in the country where national Republicans saw an opportunity to oust an incumbent Democrat. Outside groups for and against the governor pumped millions of dollars into a barrage of negative television ads.

 

In 2010, Malloy defeated Foley, a Greenwich businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, by 6,404 votes out of 1.1 million cast.

 

Malloy, 59, came under attack during this campaign for raising taxes by $2.6 billion over two years to help close a $3.6 billion deficit. Foley, 62, repeatedly accused Malloy of making Connecticut unfriendly to business.

 

Malloy's campaign focused heavily on Foley's record as a businessman, accusing him of putting profits ahead of people when he ran two companies. Malloy often dropped in references to Foley's yacht and mansion, criticized him for not paying federal income taxes for several years and claimed he was out of touch with the concerns of everyday voters.

 

The governor's personality became an issue in the race, with Foley casting Malloy as a know-it-all with a "prosecutorial personality."

 

The governor told voters, in essence, that he may be prickly but he gets things done. Malloy pointed to legislative achievements such as a minimum-wage increase and his leadership through several major storms and the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

Among the outside groups that poured money into the race were opponents and supporters of the gun control law that Connecticut adopted in 2013 after Sandy Hook. Foley had criticized the law as too burdensome on gun owners. In the final days of the campaign, gun rights advocate Joe Visconti, who ran as an independent as failing to get the GOP nomination, threw his support to Foley.

 

Some of the attacks in the race were bitterly personal. In one debate, Foley brought up an investigation by prosecutors into Malloy, the former mayor of Stamford, and whether city contractors received preferential treatment in return for doing work on Malloy's house. Malloy was ultimately cleared.

 

In the same debate, Malloy brought up Foley's past arrests, including one for an episode in which his wife accused him of trying to drive her and their son off a road in 1993 amid a protracted divorce and custody battle. Foley denied the accusation.

 

"I never drove my wife off a road," Malloy told reporters after the debate.

 

Elsewhere in the state, Democrats retained control of all five congressional seats.

 

Meanwhile, Democrat George Jepsen won his second term as attorney general, defeating Republican Kie Westby of Southbury and Green Party candidate Stephen Fournier of Hartford.

 

Connecticut's General Assembly will soon have a Kennedy among its ranks. Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late Massachusetts U.S. senator, won the 12th state senatorial district along the state's shoreline. He defeated Republican businessman Bruce Wilson Jr. Additionally, House Republicans reported expanding their ranks by at least 10 seats, for a total of 64 - the largest caucus in years. Democrats will still retain control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

 

The results of a statewide ballot question about changing the state's constitution to ease voting restrictions remained uncertain. If approved, state officials would be allowed to consider early voting options including expanded use of absentee ballots and voting by mail.

Body of woman found in Hartford apartment


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The body of a 45-year-old woman has been found inside a Hartford apartment.

Hartford police say they were sent to the apartment on Hanmer Street just after 1 p.m. Monday to conduct a well-being check, and found the body of the woman inside.

The department's major crimes unit is investigating, and Lt. Brian Foley says the department is treating the case as a suspicious death.

The woman's name has not been released, and Foley says the cause of her death is not known. The body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Farmington for an autopsy.

Police: Woman coerced teen into prostitution


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Norwich woman is accused of helping force an Albany, New York, teen into prostitution in Connecticut.

Brittany White is accused of two counts of promoting prostitution and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted at a trial.

The Bulletin reports that White took the 17-year-old girl to Mohegan Sun twice for the purpose of meeting men for sex.

A neighbor told police she saw the girl outside White's house. Police say the youngster was crying and told the neighbor she had been sexually assaulted. The girl told the neighbor she could not use a cellphone, leave the house or use her Facebook page.

White is free on $100,000 bail.

A message was not immediately returned Wednesday morning and it was not known if White is represented by a lawyer.

A look at the top races on Connecticut's ballot


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The governor's race tops the ballot in a Connecticut election that also features contests for five U.S. House seats, statewide offices including treasurer and attorney general, and many offices in the state legislature. Here are some of the races to watch:

 

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GOVERNOR'S RACE

The rematch between Republican Tom Foley and Gov. Dannel Malloy is shaping up as another dead heat. Malloy, a Democrat, is hoping that an eleventh-hour rally led by President Barack Obama in Bridgeport, the state's biggest city, will help give him the edge as it did in 2010, when he defeated Foley by 6,404 votes out of 1.1 million cast. Foley, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush, is seeking his first elected office. Prominent Republicans including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have campaigned on the Greenwich businessman's behalf as the GOP aims to retake a governor's office it had held for 16 years before Malloy was elected.

 

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A HOT RACE IN THE 5TH DISTRICT

The hottest congressional race is in northwestern Connecticut, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is trying to hold off Republican Mark Greenberg and win a second term. National Democrats like their chances: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has canceled its television advertising in the district, diverting $500,000 for ads in Iowa for the last two weeks of the election there.

 

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DEMOCRATS SEEK ANOTHER SWEEP OF HOUSE RACES

Incumbent Democrats face Republican challengers in all five U.S. House districts for Connecticut, which hasn't had a GOP delegate in Congress since U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays lost his 2008 bid for re-election. Pollsters say Democrats have a good chance at keeping their lock on the delegation. In addition to Esty, the incumbent representatives are Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney and John Larson.

 

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TED KENNEDY JR. MAKES FIRST BID FOR PUBLIC OFFICE

Another Kennedy has entered the family business. Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. senator and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, is running for a seat in the Connecticut state Senate in his first bid for elected office. Kennedy, a 53-year-old environmental lawyer, is challenging Republican Bruce Wilson Jr., a 50-year-old former chief executive of a medical manufacturing company, for a vacant seat representing the 12th District along Connecticut's shoreline. Kennedy had been mentioned in 2012 as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, but he said it made more sense to seek the relatively low-profile office in the Connecticut district where he has lived for about 20 years.

 

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WILL CONNECTICUT'S LAST DRY TOWN GIVE UP ON PROHIBITION?

The affluent bedroom community of Bridgewater is deciding whether to give up at last on Prohibition. A ballot question asks voters in the western Connecticut town of 1,700 people whether restaurants should be allowed to serve alcohol. Bridgewater is taking up the issue for the first time since 1930s because two developers proposed opening restaurants as long as they could serve alcohol. Some in town say they like the bragging rights that come with being the state's last dry town, but others including the first selectman say allowing alcohol sales could bring a much-needed boost in a town where the average age has risen above 50.

 

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BALLOT QUESTION

The only statewide ballot question asks Connecticut voters whether they want to amend the state constitution to open the door to more early voting options. Approval would give state lawmakers and the governor new authority that could lead to multiple voting days at the polls and expanded use of absentee ballots. It also would remove voting restrictions that currently prevent having all voting done by mail or online. Supporters of the proposal say it will increase voter turnout, but opponents say it would give too much power to state officials to make changes to voting methods.

Connecticut polls busy, some problems reported


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Polling places in Connecticut were busy and problems with paper ballots were reported in some areas Tuesday morning as voters chose candidates for governor, Congress, the state legislature and other offices.

 

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was asking a state judge Tuesday to extend voting hours in Hartford, where multiple polling places didn't receive printed ballots in time for the 6 a.m. start of voting. Malloy said the problem caused him to vote about 35 minutes late and may have discouraged others from casting ballots.

 

Malloy's Republican challenger, Tom Foley, said there was no legitimate reason to extend voting hours in the capital city.

 

Problems also were reported in a few other towns including Wolcott, where one polling place briefly ran out of ballots.

 

Judicial Branch officials said a state judge and staff would be working late Tuesday to handle any election-related problems.

 

Officials and candidates had said they wanted to avoid any election problems such as those in Bridgeport in 2010, when voting was disrupted because officials didn't order enough ballots.

 

The contest between Malloy and Foley is a rematch of 2010, when Malloy won by 6,404 votes out of 1.1 million cast. It took several days of recounts that year before Foley conceded.

 

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday gave Malloy a slight lead over Foley, a Greenwich businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland. However, that lead was within the survey's margin of error, prompting both major party candidates to campaign in the final hours of what has been a tight and contentious race.

 

Officials with the secretary of the state's office said polling places were very busy Tuesday morning. A steady stream of voters flowed into a polling station in the Hartford suburb of Glastonbury, including retired engineer George Carlson, 75, who voted for Republicans.

 

"Taxes. They're too damn high," he said, adding he was moving to the South because Connecticut is too expensive. "That's how bad it is. I'm outta here. I've been here all my life and I resent that."

 

Lifelong Democrat Andrea Grant, a state worker, said it was important to her to keep Democrats in charge, partly because of their history in the civil rights movement.

 

"Democrats are more progressive, more open to changes for the good of everyone, the middle class, the poor," she said.

 

Besides governor, Connecticut voters are choosing candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, the state legislature and state constitutional offices including attorney general, secretary of the state, comptroller and treasurer.

 

There also is one statewide ballot question about changing the state's constitution to ease voting restrictions, which would allow state officials to consider early voting options including expanded use of absentee ballots and voting by mail.

 

Much of this year's gubernatorial campaign has focused on Connecticut's economy. While Malloy contends the state has turned a corner and the job picture has improved under his leadership, Foley claims the Democrat's policies, including higher taxes he proposed, have slowed the state's economic recovery and stymied job growth.

 

The election is considered one of the most negative races for governor in the country, according to an analysis conducted by Wesleyan University. Millions of dollars from outside groups, including the Republican Governors' Association the Democratic Governors' Association and gun-related organizations, has flowed into the race, often funding critical ads.

 

Both Malloy and Foley participated this year in the state's public campaign financing system and their spending has been limited to about $6.5 million apiece.

 

Conservative petitioning candidate Joe Visconti also is on the ballot for governor, but he announced over the weekend that he was throwing his support to Foley and urging his supporters to do the same.

 

Polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

NY troopers arrest man for trying to eat DWI test


PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A 40-year-old man is facing multiple charges after New York state police say he tried to eat his DWI test results.

Troopers say Kenneth Desormes, of Greenwich, Connecticut, was stopped for speeding on Interstate 95 at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. After speaking with him, the troopers determined he was intoxicated and arrested him.

Desormes was transported to the state police barracks in Tarrytown to be processed. Troopers say when his breathalyzer tests results were printing, Desormes grabbed the paperwork and tried to eat it.

Desormes is charged with driving while intoxicated, obstructing governmental administration, and criminal tampering.

Troopers have not released information as to whether he was remanded to jail, released with an appearance ticket, or released on bail or bond.

New York man killed helping motorist on Interstate-95


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say an 18-year-old New York man has been killed as he helped a disabled motorist on Interstate 95 in Stamford.

The Advocate of Stamford reports Derian Garaicoa-Ortega, of Glen Cove, New York, was helping a woman whose car broke down near exit 6 on Saturday. A car driven by Jose Lopez-Rodriguez of Mamaroneck, New York, struck the disabled car, sending it into Garaicoa-Ortega.

Four other people were injured at the scene.

Garaicoa-Ortega was declared dead at Stamford Hospital.

Lopez-Rodriguez and two pedestrians also were taken to Stamford Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

State Police said no enforcement action has been taken and the case is being investigated.

Police: Firefighter accidentally shoots man


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Hartford firefighter accidentally shot a man in the face and has been placed on administrative leave.

Police responded to a shooting at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday. Police said 25-year-old Justin Wood of East Hartford was showing Jose Medina a handgun when it accidentally discharged. Wood has been a Hartford firefighter since 2012.

WTNH-TV reports the 28-year-old Medina was listed in stable condition at Hartford Hospital. His injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Medina, who is a Hartford resident, was shot in the left cheek and the bullet hit his jaw and broke it and got lodged in the back of his neck.

There are no charges or arrests. Police are investigating.

New Q Poll Has Malloy Ahead Of Foley


The latest Quinnipiac University poll released Monday  morning shows Gov. Dannel  Malloy leading Republican challenger Tom Foley in a one-on-one race by 3 percentage points.

The poll of likely voters does not include petitioning candidate Joseph Visconti of West Hartford and shows that 7 percent of those surveyed are still undecided in the final hours before Tuesday's election.  11 percent of voters said they still might change their minds.

Douglas Schwartz, the poll director. says contrary to conventional wisdom, independent candidate Joe Visconti's last-minute exit from the governor's race doesn't look like it will help'' Foley.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

The survey was taken starting last Tuesday and ended yesterday .  The poll was already well underway when Visconti suddenly announced yesterday  in Brookfield that he was getting out of the race and endorsing Foley.

UBS to stay in Connecticut through 2021


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says financial services giant UBS has committed to remaining in Connecticut through 2021.

 

The Democrat announced Friday that UBS and the state have amended their partnership agreement. It provided UBS with a $20 million loan that was fully forgivable if the company maintained 2,000 jobs for five years. Under the amended arrangement, the same $20 million loan will be forgiven, but the percentage of forgiveness will be based on the number of jobs retained annually, through 2021.

 

Economic Development Commissioner Catherine Smith said if the number of jobs declines, a portion of the loan must be repaid. She called the new formula "a win-win proposition."

 

Malloy recently cast doubt that UBS, with offices in Stamford, would keep the 2,000 jobs through the end of 2016.

Ex-Norwich man convicted of arson in 2011 fire


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A state Superior Court jury has convicted a former Norwich man of arson for a fire that injured two firefighters, displaced 10 people and caused $400,000 in damage to a Norwich apartment building.

But jurors found Marwan Chankar not guilty of attempted murder of a tenant who evicted him shortly before the 2011 fire.

Attorney Theodore Koch, who represented Chankar, said he was disappointed by the guilty verdicts. He said the jury's decision convicting his client of arson and criminal mischief, but not of attempted murder was strange.

Chankar faces up to 25 years in prison on the first-degree arson conviction and five years on a first-degree criminal mischief conviction when he is sentenced Jan. 8.

He is already serving a 58-month sentence on an accessory to robbery conviction.

Court upholds conviction of ex-Pequot chairman


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Mashantucket Pequot chairman who was found guilty of embezzling more than $100,000 from the tribe.

Michael Thomas began serving an 18-month prison sentence in January. His tribe owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut.

Thomas had argued to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that his trial was not fair because he was blocked from preventing certain evidence. For instance, Thomas could not argue he had a history of reimbursing personal expenses that he charged to a tribe-issued credit card.

But the appeals court on Friday said the contested evidence was not relevant and introducing it could have led to confusion for the jury.

Thomas was convicted of running up more than $100,000 in illegal charges.

2 human skulls found at Stamford transfer station


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Stamford police are investigating the discovery of two human skulls at a garbage-processing station.

 

Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn (home) says the skulls were found Thursday afternoon at a transfer station along with books on Satan and witchcraft.

 

Hohn said Friday that the skulls are at the state medical examiner's office for further examination. He said it remains unclear where the remains came from, how the people died and how their remains ended up at the transfer station.

 

The skulls were found by a worker who was sifting through the refuse. Authorities later confirmed the skulls were human.

Milford student back in school after Ebola ban


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Milford schools and the father of a 7-year-old girl barred for three weeks because of Ebola fears have agreed to the youngster's return, three days day earlier than planned.

 

A lawyer sued earlier this week on behalf of the third-grader and her father, claiming unjustified fear prompted the decision to keep her out of class.

 

Schools superintendent Elizabeth Feser and the girl's father, Stephen Opayemi, say the lawsuit was settled.

 

The child was to return on Friday. She had been told to stay home for 21 days, the incubation period for Ebola, after returning Oct. 13 from Nigeria for a family wedding.

 

Feser had said her actions were a good-faith response to a public health issue and in the best interest of all students.

Margarine truck driver in parkway crash ticketed


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) -- A Florida trucker accused of crashing into an overpass while using a Connecticut-New York parkway restricted to cars faces several New York traffic summonses.

 

Greenwich Time reports the truck driven by Ishad Knight of Miami on Tuesday carried liquefied margarine. He disregarded signs and hit the overpass at the Connecticut line with New York, police said.

 

Knight's GPS device failed to note the parkway's restrictions and overpass, police said.

 

"He told us he relied on Google maps on his cellphone. What he should be using was a commercial-grade GPS," said Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O'Leary.

 

Knight, 29, was not injured. But the truck caught fire, liquefied margin covered the roadway and commuters were delayed for hours as northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway were shut through the evening.

 

Westchester County police issued four tickets to Knight. The trucker was unlicensed because his Florida license was invalid, police said. He also was ticketed for disobeying several warning signs.

 

And he was given a ticket for driving a truck on the parkway despite its passenger car restriction and driving a too-tall vehicle on the parkway, police said.

 

Knight does not have a listed phone number and it wasn't known Friday if he's represented by a lawyer.

 

O'Leary said Westchester County will seek repayment of police overtime and towing companies and cleanup businesses also are expected to bill the trucking company.

Bail denied for convicted former NBA player George


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme has been denied bail by a federal judge in New Jersey.

Tate George has been jailed since his conviction last fall on four mail fraud counts. His motion to be released on bail was denied by U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper on Wednesday.

George starred for the University of Connecticut and played for the New Jersey Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The U.S. attorney's office contends George persuaded pro athletes and other victims to invest in a purported real estate opportunity. Prosecutors say instead of buying the real estate he'd touted he used the money to pay off earlier investors and to cover personal expenses.

George accuses the government of prosecutorial misconduct. He has filed to have his conviction reversed.

UConn Waterbury receive $1 million endowment


MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (AP) A $1 million gift from a physician and his wife to the University of Connecticut will help faculty develop curriculum.

The Republican-American reports that the gift from Dr. David Reed and his wife, Joan, will fund the Reed Fellowship.

Reed said the fellows will share teaching techniques in workshops for UConn Waterbury faculty and teach for a semester in Waterbury. The first fellow will be selected in the spring.

Growing up in Naugatuck, Reed attended school at UConn's campus when it was at the former Begnal School in Waterbury. He hopes the fellowship will benefit students who cannot afford to attend college far from home.

Sally Reis, vice provost for academic affairs at UConn's Waterbury campus, said tens of thousands of dollars in interest from the endowment will allow the fellowship to continue perpetually.

Man who talked about bombings gets 2 years in jail


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Moroccan man living in Connecticut who authorities say told people he wanted to fly bombs on remote-controlled planes into a federal building in Hartford and into Harvard University in Massachusetts has been sentenced to two years in prison, followed by deportation.

Twenty-seven-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fathi was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in New Haven. The Bridgeport resident pleaded guilty in July to perjury in connection with a bogus refugee application.

Fathi's lawyer says his client was joking and didn't have the means to carry out the bombings, but federal prosecutors say they aren't so sure.

Prosecutors say Fathi's guilty plea to perjury played a role in his avoiding a terrorism charge. They say Fathi filed the false refugee application after his student visa expired in 2009.

Connecticut family sues over school's Ebola fears


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The father of a Connecticut third-grader has filed a federal lawsuit saying his daughter has been unfairly barred from school amid fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while in Africa.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in New Haven, Ikeoluwa Opayemi and her family visited Nigeria from Oct. 2 through Oct. 13. They say when the girl tried to return to the Meadowside Elementary School, she was told she had to stay home until Nov. 3 because of a concern she might have been exposed to the virus.

The family didn't travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia, the three nations associated with the current Ebola outbreak.

It seeks an order allowing the girl to return to school and unspecified monetary damages.

A message seeking comment was left for Milford's school superintendent.

Poll: Connecticut governor's race still deadlocked


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) The latest Quinnipiac University University poll shows the race for governor in Connecticut remains deadlocked.

The poll released Wednesday shows Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tied with 43 percent each of likely voters surveyed. That's little changed from a poll released Oct. 22.

Conservative petitioning candidate Joe Visconti was favored by 7 percent. Six percent were undecided.

The poll conducted between Oct. 22 and 27 found that if Visconti were not in the race, Foley would lead by a statistically insignificant 46 percent to 45 percent.

Poll director Douglas Schwartz cited a wide gender gap. Malloy leads Foley by 17 points among women and Foley is ahead by 17 points among men.

The survey of 838 likely voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Feds: Engineer's sleepiness caused derailment


NEW YORK (AP) -- A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment last year that killed four people and injured more than 70, federal regulators said Tuesday.

 

William Rockefeller's sleepiness was due to a combination of an undiagnosed disorder - sleep apnea - and a drastic shift in his work schedule, the National Transportation Safety Board said. It said the railroad lacked a policy to screen engineers for sleep disorders, which also contributed to the Dec. 1 crash. And it said a system that would have applied the brakes automatically would have prevented the crash.

 

The board also issued rulings on four other Metro-North accidents that occurred in New York and Connecticut in 2013 and 2014, repeatedly finding fault with the railroad while also noting that conditions have improved.

 

"We truly take to heart all the issues that have been stated," Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said. As an example, he said the railroad already has begun a test project on engineer sleep apnea that will be expanded.

 

Asked what had happened to Metro-North in recent years, Giulietti replied: "Our focus on on-time performance versus our focus on safety."

 

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said the report revealed "a horror house of negligence resulting in injury, mayhem and death."

 

"The last thing that should be on the mind of a commuter on Metro-North is whether they're going to survive the commute," U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said.

 

NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart, as well as Schumer and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, criticized the Federal Railroad Administration for failing to order railroads to adopt NTSB recommendations, including a sleep-disorder screening suggestion 12 years ago.

 

The FRA is "much too captive to the industry they are supposed to regulate," Blumenthal said.

 

An FRA spokesman said the agency would respond later.

 

The NTSB had reported Rockefeller's sleep apnea in April, saying tests revealed it interrupted his sleep dozens of times each night. Investigators said Rockefeller told them he had felt strangely "dazed" right before the crash. But until Tuesday, it had refrained from declaring his sleepiness the cause of the crash.

 

It said that less than two weeks before the crash, Rockefeller had switched from a work day that began in late afternoon to one that began early in the morning. The board said that probably compounded his sleep problem.

 

It also noted that the technology known as positive train control was not in use at the time of the crash. Positive train control - another NTSB recommendation on file - can automatically bring a train to a stop if it's exceeding a speed limit. Metro-North has said it is working to install the technology.

 

On the other accidents, the NTSB found:

 

-A May 17, 2013, derailment and collision in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was caused by broken joint bars, which are used to join rails of different sizes. At least 65 people were injured. The board said Metro-North had deferred scheduled track maintenance and lacked "a comprehensive track maintenance program."

 

-A track foreman who was fatally struck by a train in West Haven, Connecticut, on May 28, 2013, was probably due to a mistake by a student rail traffic controller. The controller misunderstood some instructions and canceled the signals protecting the section of track the man was on, the NTSB said.

 

-In a similar accident in Manhattan on March 10, 2014, a worker was killed by a train while trying to re-energize tracks that had been out of service for maintenance. The NTSB blamed the accident of briefings that poorly communicated which part of the track would be safe.

 

-The derailment of a freight train on Metro-North tracks in the Bronx on July 18, 2013, which caused no injuries, was caused by deteriorated concrete ties and other problems compounded by deferred maintenance, the NTSB said.

 

In March, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a stinging report on Metro-North, saying the railroad let safety concerns slip while pushing to keep trains on time. Railroad executives pledged to make safety their top priority.

 

Metro-North is the second-largest commuter rail line in the country. It carried more than 83.4 million riders between New York City and its suburbs last year. The largest commuter line, the Long Island Rail Road, is a sister agency and is benefitting from the lessons Metro-North has learned, Schumer said.

Bridgeport councilman faces harassment complaint


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport City Council member faces a sexual harassment complaint related to his city job.

The Connecticut Post reports that Councilman Richard Paoletto has been placed on administrative leave while the city investigates claims against him by a college intern.

Paoletto, a Democrat, told the newspaper he could not comment because it was a personnel matter.

Paoletto was placed on leave in 2010 as a result of a harassment complaint from an employee. He was suspended without pay for several weeks at the end of the probe.

He also is acting deputy director of housing and commercial code enforcement.

An initial hearing with the city's Office of Labor Relations has been set for Tuesday.

CCSU player charged in fight with girlfriend


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A starting guard on Central Connecticut State University's basketball team has been arrested on accusations he struck his girlfriend while the two were fighting.

The New Britain Herald reports that Kyle Vinales was arrested Friday. He was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

It was not known Tuesday if Vinales, who is from Detroit, is represented by a lawyer.

A spokesman says the school is aware of the matter and Vinales is away from the team. No other details on his status were available.

New Britain police say the woman accused Vinales of striking her in the head.

According to police, Vinales said the woman hit him in the chest and face and he shoved her face against the window of a vehicle.

His next court date is Dec. 5.

Ex-Scout leader charged with child sexual abuse


THOMPSON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a man has been charged with sexually abusing young people over two decades he was a Boy Scouts troop leader in Thompson.

Police said Monday that 52-year-old David Kress has been arrested on three charges of employing minors in obscene performance. Police said Kress turned himself in to troopers in Danielson on Thursday evening and has been released on $100,000 cash bond. He is to appear November 5th in Danielson Superior Court.

State police said alleged victims and witnesses told investigators the assaults took place during Scout events, at Kress's home and places where he was working. The alleged victims were between 11 and 16 years old at the time.

A telephone listed to Kress was not accepting messages Monday night. It's not known who is representing him.

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