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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Demonstrators and Black Lives Matter activists gathered in front of the New Haven Police Department headquarters to protest a 27-year-old man's arrest at a liquor store over the weekend.

The New Haven Register reports ( ) Jeffrey Agnew Jr. alleges that he was assaulted by officers Saturday night after he had what he claims was a nonviolent, nonthreatening dispute with a clerk at a Whalley Avenue liquor store.

Agnew says he initially cooperated with police following the incident only to be beaten and arrested by three officers. He has been charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with police.

A police press release announcing Saturday's arrest stated that Agnew refused to be taken into custody and became violent with the officers.

Chief Dean Esserman declined to comment on Agnew's allegations.


VERNON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man's drastic response to a long wait for the bathroom has led to criminal charges.

Officers were called to a Vernon apartment complex at about 3 a.m. Sunday for reports that a highly intoxicated man fired a gunshot indoors.

Police say the 22-year-old Shawn Cummins was at a neighbor's apartment when he grew restless while waiting for the bathroom, pulled out a 9 mm handgun and fired a round into the closed bathroom door. He left and allegedly fired another shot into an outside wall. No one was injured.

Cummins faces several charges including unlawful discharge of a firearm. He was held on $20,000 bail pending arraignment Monday. Police say he had a firearms permit.

It could not immediately be determined if he had a lawyer.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - One of Connecticut's longest-serving prosecutors is retiring after a 46-year career that included winning death sentences against two men in one of the state's most infamous crimes - the 2007 home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters.

New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington is leaving the post he has held since 1978 effective June 1. He became a state prosecutor in 1972 after two years as a prosecutor in Washington, D.C.

The 73-year-old Dearington says the job was about helping people, not just putting away the bad guys.

Dearington convinced juries to impose death penalties against Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEF'-skee) and Steven Hayes for the home invasion killings in Cheshire. The state later abolished capital punishment, leaving the two men to serve life sentences.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's budget problems have worsened once again.

New state revenue estimates, revealed Friday evening by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director, show the current fiscal year is projected to end June 30 about $256 million in deficit. That's up from a $141.4 million estimate released just last week.

Meanwhile, the projected budget deficit for next fiscal year, which legislators and Malloy are struggling to fix before Wednesday's legislative adjournment deadline, has grown to $960 million, up from $922 million. In January, the deficit for 2016-17 was projected to be $570 million, but income tax and other revenue collections have steadily worsened.

Ben Barnes, Malloy's budget director, said the new figures mean the fixing the deficit "got a little harder."

The new revenue projections were agreed upon by the governor's and legislature's budget offices.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Those who attach weapons to drones in Connecticut could soon face a serious criminal penalty.

A wide-ranging bill that cleared the House of Representatives on a 131-14 vote Friday creates a new class C felony for using weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles. It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

A similar proposal died last year due to inaction. The debate was reignited this year after a college student in Clinton posted videos online of a drone-mounted handgun firing rounds into the woods and a flying flamethrower lighting up a spit-roasting Thanksgiving turkey.

The bill, which now awaits Senate action, also creates a new crime for launching or landing a drone near a correctional facility. The bill also allows law enforcement to use drones in certain circumstances.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Malloy administration says changes in Connecticut's drug laws have cut in half the number of people in jail awaiting trial for simple drug possession.

The state Office of Policy and Management says there were 83 people in pre-trial detention Wednesday on drug possession charges in Connecticut, down from 166 in October.

Mike Lawlor, the state's undersecretary for criminal justice policy, says that's because bails have been much lower since the crime was reclassified on Oct. 1 from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Lawlor says the idea is that people arrested for possession need treatment, not prison.

Those still in prison after being sentenced for possession also is down, from 341 in October to 277. Lawlor says most of those were sentenced for crimes committed before the law changed.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is moving closer toward requiring public and private colleges and universities in the state to adopt clear policies regarding student consent to sexual activity.

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 138-7 in favor of legislation requiring affirmed consent to be the standard in determining whether someone has agreed to sexual activity. Affirmed consent is described as an "active, clear and voluntary agreement by a person," or "yes, means yes," according to the bill's proponents.

Under the bill, this affirmative consent can be revoked at any time during the sexual activity.

Rep. Gregg Haddad, a Democrat from Mansfield, says most colleges and universities in the state already have similar policies, but he says it's important that all schools adopt the same standard.

The bill now moves to the Senate.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A 64-year-old Bridgeport man is facing a sentence of more than 50 years in prison after being convicted of repeated sexual assaults on his young granddaughter.

The Connecticut Post reports a six-member jury found Joseph Burroughs guilty of first-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and four counts of risk of injury to a minor on Thursday.

The victim, now 9 years old, testified during the three-day trial that Burroughs sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions beginning when she was 5 years old.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Ann Lawlor praised the jury for their hard work to "reach the appropriate verdict."

Burroughs spent five years in prison after he was convicted of manslaughter with a firearm in 1989.


MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - A jury has cleared six Connecticut police officers of allegations that they conducted an illegal body cavity search on a man in 2011.

The federal civil rights suit was decided Thursday.

The suit filed in 2013 by Derrick Bryant, who had been held on drug charges. He alleged Meriden police performed a cavity search in a station holding cell without a warrant. Under state law, a warrant is required for police to search body cavities other than the mouth.

The officers maintained they never did a cavity search and simply removed drugs they found in Bryant's buttocks.

The officers' lawyer tells The Record Journal "fine officers who were publicly defamed have been vindicated."

Bryant's attorney says she's "dismayed" by the verdict but has not yet decided whether to appeal.


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say four teachers at a Connecticut elementary school were hurt trying to control a rampaging 10-year-old student throwing tables and chairs inside a classroom.

Administrators at the Timothy Dwight School called police at about 1 p.m. Wednesday asking for assistance with a student who was having behavioral issues.

Police say one teacher had a bruised leg and was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. A second teacher was taken to a doctor by a friend before officers arrived on the scene.

Two teachers declined medical attention.

No students were hurt. The 10-year-old boy was released to his parents' custody.

School administrators did not comment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut high school history teacher chosen as the National Teacher of the Year says she was surrounded by poverty, drugs and violence as a child but imagined other possibilities for her life with help from educators.

Jahana Hayes teaches at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury.

The honor by the Council of Chief State School Officers was announced Thursday. Hayes will be recognized by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old Hayes grew up in a Waterbury housing project and became a teenage mother while still in high school. She says the influence of her own teachers taught her that a school's job sometimes overlaps with the job of parents, and she wants her students to know there are no dead ends.


LEBANON, Conn. (AP) A fire at a Connecticut egg farm that killed an estimated 80,000 chickens was likely caused by an overheated electric motor.

Fire Marshal Scott Schuett said the official cause of the fire Tuesday at Kofkoff Egg Farms in Lebanon will likely remain undetermined, but it appears to have started in a motor that powers conveyor belts that move chicken waste, food, water and eggs in and out of the coops.

No people were reported injured in the blaze, which drew about 125 firefighters from 25 departments across the region.

Schuett says the blaze was limited to one of the farm's 13 roughly 32,000-square foot coops.

A blaze at the same farm 27 years ago to the day killed 216,000 chickens. That was also ruled an accident.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the 2013 death of a 72-year-old man known as the ``Grandpa of Capitol Avenue'' in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reports Qaavon Foster pleaded guilty Tuesday under the Alford Doctrine to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery in the death of David Roman.

The Alford plea means that Foster doesn't agree with the state's evidence but he acknowledges there's enough to warrant a conviction.

Prosecutors say Foster, then 17, and another teen shoved Roman off his bicycle on Madison Avenue on Sept. 13, 2013. Roman struck his head on the pavement and was on life support for months before dying in August 2014.

Judge Robert Devlin said he would sentence Foster to serve 12 years in prison on June 17.


SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a black bear was killed after it was struck along Interstate 84 in Southington.

The Record-Journal reports the bear was hit in the eastbound lanes of the roadway between Exit 32 and 33 on Tuesday, but no vehicle was found at the scene.

Troopers moved the bear to the shoulder so it wouldn't block traffic. Representatives from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were called in to remove it.

DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain says the male bear was estimated to be around 2 years old and weighed approximately 170 pounds. It wasn't tagged.

The bear's corpse was taken to a DEEP biologist for study.

A state Department of Transportation official said this type of accident is uncommon for the area.


LEBANON, Conn. (AP) - Thousands of chickens have died in a fire at a coop in Connecticut that belongs to a major egg producer.

The Hartford Courant reports at least 80,000 chickens were killed in the blaze Tuesday at Kofkoff Egg Farms in Lebanon.

No farm workers or firefighters were hurt.

The company has operations in Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin and Lebanon, and is the largest egg producer in New England.

More than 100 firefighters from towns in the eastern part of the state responded. Water tank crews shuttled water to help put out the flames.

The Courant reports the farm has millions of birds producing eggs, and a fire there in 1989 killed 216,000 chickens.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's highest court has ruled that lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers aren't prohibited by an exemption in liability law, bolstering the case of a smoker who got cancer and won a $28 million judgment against a tobacco company.

The decision was released Monday. The Connecticut Supreme Court was asked to decide the issue by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, which is considering R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s appeal of the award.

Norwich, Connecticut, resident Barbara Izzarelli sued the Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based company in 1999 after surviving laryngeal cancer. She smoked the company's Salem Kings cigarettes for 25 years.

The lawsuit alleged R.J. Reynolds manipulated nicotine in cigarettes to get nonsmokers addicted and smokers to smoke more.

R.J. Reynolds argues such lawsuits are barred by state liability law.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford's minor league baseball team is still dealing with problems at its new home.

Almost a month into the season, Eastern League President Joe McEacharn says he won't set an opening day until he knows the team's delayed and over-budget $65 million stadium is ready for play.

Recently, the league determined that the 317-foot distance from home plate to the right-field fence is too short.

Officials decided to solve that problem by putting a net above the fence, increasing the height needed to hit a home run from 12 feet to 25 feet.

Adding to the indignity, police are investigating an incident in which someone jumped from a car to push over a man dressed as Chompers, a Yard Goats mascot.

The team is an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) The former pharmacy supervisor of the University of Connecticut's Student Health Services faces 173 charges for allegedly forging prescriptions and ordering items through the pharmacy for his personal use.

Michael Olzinski was charged last week and is free on $30,000 bond pending a May 2 court appearance. No defense lawyer was listed in online state records.

Police started investigating after an April 2015 internal audit found that many items ordered by the 46-year-old Olzinski were missing from inventory, including prescription drugs.

Police say the investigation revealed that Olzinski forged order logs and fraudulently filled prescriptions for his own use.

The audit and investigation found that Olzinski billed insurance companies for approximately $34,000 in phony prescriptions and cost UConn about $40,000 in missing items.

Olzinski retired in 2015.


TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) - Fire officials say a structure housing a church and preschool in Trumbull appears to be a "significant loss" after it was severely damaged by a weekend blaze.

Firefighters were called to Blessed Lamb Preschool and Blessed Assurance Prayer Community on White Plains Road around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. No one was in the building at the time and no injuries were reported.

Crews from Trumbull and Monroe arrived to encounter heavy flames on the roof and rear of the building. They battled the blaze for just short of two hours before it was considered under control.

Fire officials say it appears that the blaze originated on the outside rear of the structure. The Trumbull Fire Marshall's office is investigating the fire's cause.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A 20-year-old Connecticut man is facing charges after authorities say he tweeted out a bomb threat during a Donald Trump rally Saturday.

Connecticut State Police say the U.S. Secret Service contacted them Saturday afternoon after they say Sean Morkys posted on Twitter, "Is someone going to bomb the trump rally or am I going to have to?"

Police say that tweet was followed by another warning a friend to have his family members leave the rally so they wouldn't get hurt.

The Republican presidential hopeful appeared in Bridgeport, Connecticut, yesterday.

Authorities tracked the tweets to a Waterbury home, where they found Morkys. After determining he didn't pose an immediate threat, he was taken into custody and released on $25,000 bond.

No one answered a phone call to the Waterbury home. Morkys hasn't responded to a separate request for comment.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The University of Connecticut's Torrington campus is headed to the chopping block.

The university's Board of Trustees is set to vote Wednesday in favor of a recommendation to close the satellite campus.

UConn President Susan Herbst has said the move is necessary because of $31 million in proposed state budget cuts and declining enrollment in Torrington. The branch has just 88 full-time students.

But the move is opposed by municipal leaders in northwestern Connecticut, who say the school is abandoning its students in that part of the state.

UConn says it will work to place current students in Torrington at the university's main campus in Storrs, its branch campus in Waterbury or at other state schools.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The presidential candidates are stepping up visits to Connecticut before Tuesday's primary.


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign announced Friday the Democratic candidate will appear on the New Haven Green for a rally on Sunday with REM frontman Michael Stipe, and at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford for a rally on Monday.


Republican Donald Trump will return to the state Saturday for two rallies. The first will be held at Crosby High School in Waterbury. The second will be held at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport.


Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign said the former Secretary of State will campaign Saturday in New Haven and hold a public event on Sunday in Bridgeport. No further details were provided


GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich told Connecticut residents on Friday he's seeing signs some Republican presidential primary voters in states that already voted may have second thoughts about supporting front-runner Donald Trump and now want him to be to the party's nominee instead.


"These polls that show turnarounds and people having buyer's remorse are very interesting," Kasich told reporters following a town hall meeting at Glastonbury High School's gymnasium that drew more than 1,000 people.


He pointed to new polling that shows more New Hampshire primary voters now support him than support Trump, who won that state back in February.


Kasich urged the crowd to help him win some of the state's 28 delegates at Tuesday's primary so he can have greater standing at the national convention in July.


"No one is going to have enough delegates, and we're all going to learn about how we pick a president, and I think it will be very interesting," Kasich told the crowd. "Make sure that you get out and vote and allow me to win delegates in the district in which you live so I can go to the convention in a strong position."


Connecticut is one of five states holding presidential primaries on Tuesday. A Quinnipiac University Poll shows Kasich trailing Trump 48 percent to 28 percent, with 19 percent supporting Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Kasich receives more support from younger voters, 18- to 44-years-old, compared with Trump and Cruz. The poll's margin of sampling error is 3.4 percentage points.


State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, chairman of Kasich's campaign in Connecticut, predicted the state could ultimately prove very helpful to his candidate, who has the backing of many of the state's top Republicans past and present.


"Connecticut for the first time in a long time will matter in the presidential primary," Hwang said. "I think if he doesn't win, he will make a strong showing and he will finish a strong second ahead of Cruz. And the reality is it will be an opportunity to get to the convention."


Hwang said Connecticut Republicans can relate to Kasich's record as governor of Ohio. He credited Kasich with protecting the state's social safety net while addressing a massive budget deficit. Connecticut's new fiscal year is projected to be nearly $1 billion in the red.


"He took over a state and in four years turned it around, crated jobs, balanced the budget as he has done in Congress," Hwang said. "This is not just a person who talks about what he's going to do, he has done it, and he has done it in a manner that the state of Connecticut - in its current fiscal crisis - can completely relate to."


Kasich's campaign is trying to capitalize on that message, announcing Friday it will run its first television ad in Connecticut touting his record as a governor and former member of Congress.


Friday night's town hall was the second Kasich has held in Connecticut. He relayed the story of his life and spoke about the need for the country to rally together to solve its problems. He made no mention of the shootings in rural Ohio that left eight members of a family dead. He later told reporters that if he's needed he will leave the campaign trail and return home.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A second person living in Connecticut has been diagnosed with Zika virus.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health on Friday says a man in his 40s tested positive for the virus by health officials in New York City.

The man is in his 40s and developed a rash a day after he returned from a trip to the Caribbean. No other symptoms were reported.

The man's name has not been released.

Gov. Dannel Malloy urged people who have traveled to a region affected by Zika and pregnant women to contact a doctor if they are concerned about their symptoms.

More than 300 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States. Eight of them were sexually transmitted.


NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) Two men are in custody after an attempted robbery at a Newington convenience store turned into a hostage situation.

Police say a clerk triggered a silent alarm at a 7-Eleven on Willard Avenue just after 2 a.m. on Friday.

Responding officers found two men inside the store holding the clerk at gunpoint.

Police say one of the men was armed with a shotgun and the other had a handgun.

A SWAT team was called in and the store was surrounded.

Police say the men, whose names were not immediately released, began waving a white towel after about an hour and surrendered.

No shots were fired, but the clerk was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a minor head injury.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police in Hartford are investigating after Chompers, the mascot for minor league baseball's Hartford Yard Goats, was knocked down after leaving an event in the city.

Jeff Dooley, the team's director of broadcasting and media relations, says a prankster ran over Chompers Wednesday night after the mascot was leaving the Connecticut Science Center.

The Yard Goats and Hartford police confirmed that the incident occurred in Hartford's Main Street area, not in New Hampshire where the team was playing.

Dooley says a car drove by the mascot, stopped and someone ran out and pushed him down. The man inside the suit, who wasn't identified, wasn't injured.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says he wouldn't characterize the incident as an attack, but police are still looking into the matter.


ORANGE, Conn. (AP) A 69-year-old Connecticut man and his 23-year-old son are facing a total of 75 charges in connection with a string of home burglaries.

Police say John Connelly, and his son, Michael Connelly, both of New Haven, have been connected to seven burglaries in Orange in February and March in which police small but valuable items including jewelry and watches were stolen, then sold.

Police say the Connellys were linked to the burglaries after they were pulled over on March 4, allegedly with drugs in their vehicle which they intended to sell.

Between the pair, they face 75 charges, including larceny, drug offenses and criminal mischief.

Both are being held on bail in excess of $100,000 pending a May 2 court appearance. It's not clear if they have a lawyer.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers are attempting to cut back on single-use plastic and paper bags in the coming years.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 29-2 in favor of a bill that would require retailers and supermarkets to work toward a 33 percent reduction in the distribution of disposable bags by 2021.

The bill would also require the increased use of recycled material in these bags over time.

Lawmakers in previous years have proposed outright bans on disposable plastic bags. These proposals have failed in the General Assembly.

Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., the co-chairman of the legislature's Environment Committee, calls the latest bill a "historic agreement" between the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, the Connecticut Food Association and the state.

The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for final legislative action.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A city firefighter has been placed on unpaid leave after her arraignment on charges she assaulted her child.

Hartford fire Chief Reginald Freeman said in a statement Wednesday that 34-year-old Aarvah Quinonez was placed on administrative leave without pay until further notice.

Quinonez was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree assault, third-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor. Police allege that Quinonez hit her child with a belt and choked the child. The Department of Children and Families notified police of the alleged abuse in February.

Quinonez has been with the department since June 2011. She was initially placed on administrative leave with pay following her arrest.

Quinonez was held on bond. She's due back in court Thursday.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State police are investigating after a trooper shot at a suspected car thief in Hartford.

No one was struck by gunfire.

Police say the vehicle was reported stolen in Greenwich, and was tracked via the vehicle owner's cellphone to Hartford at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

As the car got off Interstate 84, troopers tried to stop it, but the driver rammed a police cruiser.

At that point, at least one trooper opened fire. The driver was arrested after crashing at Sigourney and Park streets.

Kevin Feliciano, of Hartford, was arrested. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Two state troopers were treated and released from a hospital for minor injuries.

The shooting remains under investigation.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut residents are registering to vote in record numbers as the presidential primary approaches.

Secretary of State Denise Merrill says 76,685 people registered to vote between Jan. 1 and April 18.

The largest block, 36,607, registered with the Democratic Party. Another 23,182 registered as unaffiliated, and 16,896 registered as Republican.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by a 51 percent to 42 percent margin in the Democratic primary, with 6 percent undecided.

Among Republicans, 48 percent support Donald Trump, 28 percent back Ohio Gov. John Kasich and 19 percent support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

The margin of error for the GOP primary is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. It's 3 percentage points for the Democratic primary.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut says a student has reported that she was sexually assaulted on campus over the weekend.

The school sent an email to students on Tuesday saying the student reported she was assaulted on April 16.

The student told UConn officials she was assaulted by as many as three people in the room of a person known to her. The alleged assault happened in a residence hall on campus.

The school says it has offered support to the victim.

No further details were immediately released.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A former hospital official is accused of forcibly administering enemas to at least four men and secretly photographing dozens more.

The Connecticut Post reports 62-year-old Barry Barkinsky, of Stamford, was arraigned Tuesday on four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and 10 counts of voyeurism.

A man reported to police in December that Barkinsky had sexually assaulted and photographed him while he was enrolled in the EMT course at the Bridgeport Hospital nursing school in 2013. Barkinsky was his instructor and the hospital's emergency manager.

Police say Barkinsky turned over 2,181 photographs he had secretly taken of at least a dozen nude men while he was performing a medical procedure on them.

Hospital officials say they fired Barkinsky after learning about the investigation.

Barkinsky's attorney declined to comment outside court.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Senate president says legislation authorizing fantasy sports is unlikely to pass after the Connecticut attorney general said it could jeopardize the state's slot machine revenue-sharing agreement with the two federally recognized Indian tribes.

Attorney General George Jepsen said in a letter released Monday there's a "high degree of uncertainty" as to whether daily fantasy sports are games of skill or games of chance. If the latter, Jepsen says they could violate the agreement if played on a device considered a video facsimile.

The Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans have exclusive rights to operate video facsimile games in exchange for providing the state with 25 percent of the revenues.

Democratic Senate President Martin Looney says the bill is unlikely to pass given the "substantial risk" it presents to the agreement.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut teenager who was forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer says a new mass has been found in her lungs.

Eighteen-year-old Cassandra Callender of Windsor Locks disclosed the news Saturday on her Facebook page. She tells The Associated Press that she is "moving forward with alternative treatments."

She had been in remission after undergoing five months of forced chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma when she was 17. She had argued she didn't want to poison her body with chemotherapy.

Her case went to the state Supreme Court, which ruled in January 2015 that Connecticut's Department of Children and Families wasn't violating her rights.

She was released from the hospital last April.

She is now legally able to make her own treatment decisions.


NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) Officials say a New Britain police officer fired his gun in the process of taking a suspect into custody following a pursuit that ended with an accident in Newington.

Police have charged 35-year-old Rodney Kincaid with operating a motor vehicle under suspension, reckless driving, engaging officers in pursuit and drug possession in connection with Monday's chase.

New Britain officers attempted to pull over Kincaid on East Street around 6:20 p.m. but he instead led a chase into Newington. He was arrested after crashing at the intersection of Main Street and East Robbins Avenue.

During the apprehension, one New Britain officer fired his gun at the scene. The suspect was not injured.

It's unclear if Kincaid has an attorney who can comment on the charges.


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - Police say a 43-year-old man has been struck and killed in Greenwich by a vehicle that then left the scene.

The victim was struck at about 11 p.m. Sunday on East Putnam Avenue by Hillside Road. The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Police say evidence found at the scene identified the vehicle as a 2006 or later Mercedes Benz ML350 with damage to the right side of the front grill.

The color of the car is uncertain.

The death remains under investigation.


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - Norwalk police have reopened an unsolved 1975 homicide.

Police said Monday on their Facebook page that 74-year-old William Booker was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 6, 1975, with a single bullet wound in his chest.

His son, Ernest Booker, found the body.

The bullet was recovered from Booker and sent for ballistic examination and comparison against possible firearms, but no match was made.

Police say several items in the apartment were processed for latent prints, but again no matches were made.

Police announced that the evidence will be reviewed for possible re-submission to the State Forensic Laboratory for ballistic, latent print, and DNA examination to see if any new leads can be developed.

Anyone with tips can also call police.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The top federal prosecutor for Connecticut is holding a meeting this week with Muslim and Sikh community leaders to discuss issues of concern to their communities.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly's meeting on Wednesday will also include civil rights prosecutors and the local FBI for a discussion of civil rights law.

It's part of more than a dozen events that the Justice Department has scheduled over the coming weeks to address a backlash against Muslims, Arabs and other minorities following extremist attacks in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino, California.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the events underscore the department's "ongoing commitment to safeguard the civil rights of every American."


GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police say two people have been arrested after a dispute in a McDonald's drive-thru lane turned into a food fight.

Authorities say Avon resident Stephen Nardi and Bloomfield resident Jocelyn Harrell got into an argument Thursday evening at a McDonald's in Glastonbury. Police say they got out of their vehicles, threw food at each other and assaulted each other.

Police didn't say what prompted the fight.

Nardi and Harrell were charged with misdemeanor assault and breach of peace. They were released on promises to appear in Manchester Superior Court on April 27.

Phone listings for Nardi and Harrell couldn't be found. It's not clear if they have lawyers who could comment on the allegations.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Police have charged a West Haven teenager with threatening to kill a Stratford girl after she declined his request to be his prom date.

Eighteen-year-old Trevon Malik Avery was arrested Friday on charges including threatening, harassment and breach of peace. The Connecticut Post reports that a judge ordered Avery under house arrest, except when he has to go to school.

Police say Avery sent the 17-year-old girl threatening texts - including one with a picture of him pointing a gun - after she broke up with him and declined his prom invitation Thursday.

Police say Avery told them he was only joking and the gun wasn't real.

In 2014, a Milford teenager fatally stabbed a 16-year-old girl at their high school after she refused his prom invitation.


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Department of Motor Vehicles is dropping the private vendor it has used to help overhaul the agency's computer system.

DMV spokesman William Seymour said Friday the agency notified 3M it is exercising a contract option and won't proceed with the third phase of the project.

The DMV is still exploring options for the third phase, which involves modernizing the licensing system. Seymour said the DMV is still holding 3M accountable for fixing bugs in the current system, which involved modernizing vehicle registrations.

A 3M spokesman says the St. Paul, Minnesota-based company values its relationship with Connecticut and remains committed to meeting its obligations to DMV.

The DMV has been plagued by long wait times, erroneous vehicle registration cancelations and other problems since the upgrade was launched last summer.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A former student at a Connecticut boarding school says that more than 30 years ago, he buried a coffee can of pornographic photos that would help prove a teacher sexually abused youngsters.

Lawyers descended on the Indian Mountain School with shovels last fall in an unsuccessful effort to find the material. They may return and dig some more when the ground thaws this spring.

The teacher under suspicion is now dead. The ex-student says the teacher took sexually explicit photos of students.

A school spokeswoman says an independent investigation is continuing.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Preliminary estimates show Connecticut's unemployment rate in March increased slightly from February, despite 300 new non-farm jobs.

The new, seasonally adjusted rate of 5.7 percent announced Thursday marks an increase of two-tenths of a percentage point from February.

Andy Condon, director of the Department of Labor's Office of Research, said while the rise in the unemployment rate was "unexpected," there are still "some positive aspects to the move."

He pointed out how the uptick in the unemployment rate occurred in a growing labor force. He say that means it was driven by more people entering the labor force looking for work rather than a decrease in the number of people who are employed.

Condon said job growth is occurring, but not fast enough to employ those entering the market.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials say they have eliminated sites in East Windsor and Willington for a proposed new state police firing range after opposition from lawmakers, local officials and town residents.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and other officials announced the move Thursday.

Officials say the existing firearms training center in Simsbury along the Farmington River is unusuable part of every year because of flooding, and erosion there is worsening.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and Department of Administrative Services are continuing to evaluate several other sites for a new firing range, including ones in the eastern Connecticut towns of Canterbury, Voluntown, Griswold, Hampton and Sprage.

Officials previously eliminated a site in Glastonbury.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police in New Haven are searching for a high school student who allegedly brought a handgun to school after a dispute.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. Wednesday when police say there was an argument or fight among students at the New Light High School, a public alternative high school.

Police say the student in question left the school after the fight broke up and threatened to return. A school security guard later reported to school officials and police that the student had in fact returned and was apparently armed with a handgun.

Police say the student made it onto school grounds, but not inside the building. Officers were notified at around 2 p.m. and maintained a presence at the school until dismissal was completed.


GROTON, Conn. (AP) - Police in Groton are investigating after two residents of the southeastern Connecticut town died from overdoses within a 12-hour span.

Investigators suspect that heroin laced with fentanyl was responsible for at least one of the deaths.

Police say officers were alerted to the first death around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after a group of drivers reported an unresponsive male passenger.

Lt. John Varone says first responders administered a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses to the 25-year-old victim, but he was pronounced dead at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

The second victim, a 47-year-old woman, was pronounced dead shortly after first responders arrived on-scene around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Varone says it's too early to tell if the deaths are connected to several other fatal overdoses that occurred across Connecticut over the weekend.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police have arrested a former Hartford Public Schools official who resigned last week after being accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a minor.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says 57-year-old Eduardo Genao was charged with felony risk of injury to a minor on Wednesday.

Genao had worked for the school system since 2005, most recently as executive director of compliance before stepping down in the midst of a police investigation.

Mayor Luke Bronin's office says Hartford police investigated allegations that Genao carried on an inappropriate text message relationship with a girl who wasn't a student in the city.

The school system has faced criticism for its handling of the situation after a tipster came forward with the allegations in March.

An attorney representing Genao couldn't be reached for comment.


ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police reports say the victim of an unsolved homicide reported to authorities that someone stuffed rags in the tailpipe of her car less than three months before she was shot to death at her Ellington home.

Connie Dabate was found dead and her husband, Richard, was found wounded on Dec. 23 when authorities responded to a burglary alarm at their home. Officials say their sons, ages 6 and 9, were in school at the time. No arrests have been made.

Connie Dabate called police Oct. 2 to report finding rags in the car tailpipe, according to state police reports obtained by The Hartford Courant. A week later, her husband reported to police that someone damaged his car windshield.

No one has been charged with the vandalism.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal jury has ruled in favor of a former New Haven Police Academy recruit who sued the city and a former officer for age discrimination and emotional distress.

The New Haven Register reports the jury awarded nearly $65,000 to 54-year-old Ronald Gaul after determining that the city had intentionally discriminated against him because of his age.

The suit claimed that Gaul was subjected to intense discrimination by former officer Robert Strickland and was terminated from the academy in August 2012 due to his age. The jury did not find that Strickland's actions were intentional.

At trial, Gaul presented evidence of medical issues he suffered following the ordeal and proof that police officials within the department wanted him terminated because of his age.

This story has been corrected to show that a federal jury issued ruling, not federal grand jury.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man has admitted to firing the shots that killed a 34-year-old man and wounded his younger brother in the culmination of bad blood between two families.

The Connecticut Post reports 40-year-old Efrain Rivera pleaded guilty Monday under the Alford doctrine to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, first-degree assault and a weapons charge.

The Alford plea means that Rivera doesn't agree with the state's evidence but he acknowledges there's enough to warrant a conviction. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced on June 17.

Prosecutors say Rivera's shooting of Miguel Martinez and his younger brother Jose stems from a longstanding feud between the Rivera family and the Martinez brothers.

Rivera surrendered himself to police and turned over the gun used in the shootings.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld the sexual assault conviction of a man who authorities say participated in the gang rape of a prostitute, in a case that tested limits to cross-examining rape victims.

Justices ruled Monday in the appeal of Chywon Wright, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for the 2008 rape in his hometown of Waterbury.

Connecticut's rape shield law bars or limits evidence of a victim's prior sexual conduct, with certain exceptions.

Wright argued that a judge wrongly prevented his lawyer from questioning the victim about her offer to have sex with multiple men on the day of the rape.

The Supreme Court ruled that although the judge violated Wright's constitutional right to confront witnesses, the error wasn't significant enough to affect the jury's verdict.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Haitian national has been convicted in the June 2015 killing of a Connecticut woman shortly after his release from prison.

A jury in New London on Monday found 41-year-old Jean Jacques guilty of murder in the stabbing death of 25-year-old Casey Chadwick in her Norwich apartment. Her body was found in a closet in her apartment.

Jacques spent more than 15 years behind bars after he was found guilty of attempted murder in Norwich in 1996 but wasn't deported when he was released from prison.

Attorney Chester Fairlie is working with the family on an investigation into the immigration policy that allowed Jacques to stay in the country after he was released from prison.

Jacques faces up to 60 years behind bars when he's sentenced on June 6.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Governor Dannel Malloy's budget office says layoff notices have been issued to approximately 165 state employees in the first round of job cuts to help balance Connecticut's budget.

The Office of Policy and Management confirmed unionized and non-unionized workers at the Departments of Children and Families and Mental Health and Addiction Services received pink slips Monday.

The laid-off DCF workers include staff at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown. The DMHAS layoffs stem from various program closures and reduced hours for mobile crisis programs.

Malloy has said up to 2,000 layoffs may be necessary. The new fiscal year that begins July 1 is estimated to be as much as $933 million in deficit.

Malloy is expected to release a revised state budget today that he says will cover the entire $933 million deficit. The tax and spending plans approved by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly last week were based on January's deficit estimate, which was $570 million.


WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A 44-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his wife in a dispute in their West Haven condominium.

Carlos Abraham Pinedo has been charged in the death of 38-year-old Catherine Pinedo.

Police say she was found dead by Saturday afternoon after officers responded to a 911 call of a disturbance in the residence at the Colonial Ridge Condominiums.

Police have so far declined to say how Catherine Pinedo died. They say Carlos Abraham Pinedo remained on scene and cooperated with investigators.

He's being held on a $2 million bond and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Superior Court in Milford. A police spokesman said he did not know who Pinedo's lawyer was.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A bail bondswoman is facing sentencing for shooting her boyfriend to death in West Hartford in what she insists was an act of self-defense.

A Hartford Superior Court jury convicted Angela Grasso of Plainville in February of manslaughter, but acquitted her of murder. Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, when she faces up to 40 years in prison.

Authorities say the 29-year-old Grasso shot 23-year-old Jose Mendez in the head on April 9, 2014, as he was driving them in his car.

A police report says Grasso told authorities that Mendez repeatedly threatened to kill her and her family as they were driving, after accusing her of cheating on him. The report says Grasso said she believed shooting Mendez was her only chance to save herself and her family.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut women's basketball team has been feted with a victory parade through downtown Hartford following its unprecedented fourth consecutive NCAA tournament championship.

Senior forward Breanna Stewart was among the star players that addressed the crowd Sunday. But Coach Geno Auriemma, who had been expected to speak, wasn't in attendance because he was ill, according to organizers.

Hartford Police estimated some 20,000 supporters were in attendance.

Some Husky fans showed up as early as 7 a.m. to stake out a spot.

The day began with a parade stepping off from the Connecticut State Capitol building at 1 p.m. It led to a rally in front of the XL Center, where the Huskies play some of their home games.

UConn defeated Syracuse 82-51 in the championship game April 5.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former state marshal and one-time high sheriff of Fairfield County has been sentenced to spend a year in prison for his role on a scheme to make money off cars that were seized from delinquent Bridgeport taxpayers.

The Connecticut Post reports that Charles Valentino was also sentenced to probation yesterday.

The 68-year-old Valentino had previously agreed to plead guilty to three of 39 charges of second-degree forgery and criminal impersonation.

The judge said in one case, a woman who owed $500 in back taxes had her car towed, and the only ones who made money were Valentino and the towing company.

Prosecutors say Valentino forged legal documents and continued presenting himself as a marshal even he had been forced to resign for alleged perjury.

He apologized in court.


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a student celebration turned destructive at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut after a victory by the men's hockey team in the NCAA playoffs.

Police who responded to the campus Thursday evening said 800 students had gathered and several were climbing on trees and breaking tree limbs.

Hamden police arrested two students and charged them with first-degree criminal mischief. Both are due in Meriden Superior Court later this month.

The students were celebrating a win over Boston College in the Frozen Four.

Quinnipiac plays North Dakota today for the national championship.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Testimony has begun in federal court in Connecticut in a trial over whether an insurance company was wrong to refuse to reimburse the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford more than $1 million for payments church officials made to settle sexual misconduct cases involving priests and minors.

The case is one of many around the country in which insurance companies have balked at paying claims related to lawsuits over priest sex abuse.

The Hartford archdiocese is suing Interstate Fire and Casualty. The archdiocese alleges the insurer breached its contract by refusing to cover payments church officials made in four abuse cases after the company reimbursed them previously in other abuse settlements.

Testimony began yesterday in federal court in New Haven.

A lawyer and a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based insurance company declined to comment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut lawmakers have passed a proposed tax package that expects to raise about $9.5 million from fantasy sports to help balance the state's deficit-plagued budget.

A Democratic tax package cleared the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee 30-to-21. It would impose an 8.75 percent surcharge on total entry fees fantasy sports operators collect.

The bill, which needs approval from the full legislature, also requires the state to adopt regulations for fantasy sports.

Like the spending package approved Wednesday, this bill is based on January revenue estimates when Connecticut's deficit was $570 million. It's now at least $900 million.

The bill repeals sales taxes on coin-operated car washes, baby diapers and feminine hygiene products while reducing taxes on luxury goods, boats and ambulatory surgical centers over time.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former meat cutter at a Whole Foods in Westport is suing the grocery chain for allegedly firing him after he complained to higher-ups that the store was selling tainted meat.

The Connecticut Post reports the $15 million lawsuit, filed by 44-year-old Angel Figueroa in Bridgeport Superior Court, claims that Figueroa was fired one day after filing a complaint against Whole Foods with the local health department.

Westport-Weston Health District officials confirmed that the office inspected Whole Foods' Westport location in response to Figueroa's complaint on Jan. 20 but no violations were found.

The lawsuit alleges staff members were not following accepted hygienic practices and that the store knowingly sold spoiled meats.

Spokesman Michael Sinatra says Whole Foods ``vehemently denies the allegations.''


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A New York City woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in the sex trafficking of two teenage girls.

Kaya Walters was also sentenced in federal court to six years of probation.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Walters and Edward Thomas recruited the 16- and 17-year-old girls and held them at a Milford hotel.

While the younger girl escaped from a window after several hours, the older girl continued to work for about a month, turning over all the money she earned in prostitution to Thomas. When the girl attempted to leave, Thomas forcibly restrained her.

Thomas was previously convicted and sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.

Walters pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police are attempting to figure out how a portion of New Haven woman's finger was bitten off earlier this week in the city's Wooster Square neighborhood.

Officers were dispatched to a home on Warren Street around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday and found the 44-year-old woman missing the tip of her left thumb.

Police spokesman Officer David Hartman says the woman appeared to be intoxicated and refused to cooperate with officers investigating the matter.

Hartman says police obtained the detached portion of the woman's thumb and she was transported to a local hospital. An update on her condition wasn't immediately available.

Police say it's unclear who bit off the woman's finger.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Westport-based developer has filed suit against the city of New London and the Renaissance City Development Association alleging breach of contract.

The Day reports River Bank Construction Limited Liability Company filed the lawsuit to attempt to recover more than $2 million the company claims it spent in developing plans, obtaining permits and approvals for their Village on the Green project in 2013.

The 104-unit residential development never materialized after the RCDA refused to turn over about 6-and-a-half acres of land designated for the $20 million project following a dispute over financing.

River Bank owners Irwin and Robert Stillman claim they were prepared to self-finance, but the RCDA ``added terms and conditions not contained in the Development Agreement.''

Attorneys representing the city and RCDA declined to comment on pending litigation.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford Public Schools spokesman has announced that a longtime school official has resigned from his post amid a police investigation.

Pedro Zayas, the district's director of communications, says police informed school officials this week that Eduardo Genao was under criminal investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to an out-of-state minor.

Genao had worked for the school system since 2005, most recently serving as executive director of compliance until his abrupt resignation Tuesday.

Deputy police Chief Brian Foley says search warrants were served Tuesday and evidence in the case was seized.

Foley says the investigation so far has indicated that no students or staff in the Hartford school system were ever in danger.

Genao has not been charged with a crime. He declined requests for comment yesterday.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut Department of Children and Families managers have been fired for failing to remove two young children from the home of a convicted child rapist.

The Hartford Courant reports Leslie Roy and Linda Lukin were fired Monday.

DCF officials say caseworkers didn't remove the 1-year-old and infant after learning of the Plainfield couple's background. The husband was convicted in the 1990s of raping a child. His wife was on the child-abuse registry for a previous DCF case.

DCF's human resources director said in the termination letter that Lukin and Roy didn't recognize the ``serious risk'' in the situation or take immediate steps to ensure the children's safety.

The children weren't harmed. They're no longer in the home.

Attorneys for Roy and Lukin say their clients will appeal.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A convicted drug dealer has denied charges that he kidnapped his 7-year-old son from his ex-wife's Trumbull home last month.

The Connecticut Post reports 43-year-old Rodolfo Revello pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court to second-degree kidnapping, second-degree larceny, violating a protective order and related charges.

Prosecutors say Revello set off a statewide Amber Alert when he kidnapped the boy from his former Unity Road home on March 12 after going out on a drinking binge.

Police say Revello tried to pull his ex-wife's jaw off and began choking her, only to be stopped by his 18-year-old stepson. Revello then allegedly fled the home with the boy, about $500 in cash and some jewelry.

The child was found safe at a relative's home in New York City.


DARIEN, Conn. (AP) State police say a Bridgeport man has died in a fiery crash on Interstate 95 in Darien.

Police say 35-year-old Jimmy Munoz was southbound at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his SUV, first swerving to the left, then swerving to the right just before the Darien rest area.

His vehicle left the roadway into a wooded area where he struck several trees.

The car erupted in flames with Munoz trapped inside.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause remains under investigation.

No one else was hurt and no other vehicles were involved.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been named the recipient of this year's John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his support of the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States after the Paris attacks.

Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg, on Monday credited Malloy with taking ``a stand against the hateful, xenophobic rhetoric'' when some governors and presidential candidates sought a ban on Syrian refugees. He says the Democratic governor could have chosen the politically expedient course and remained silent on the issue.

Malloy also personally welcomed to Connecticut a Syrian family that had been turned away from Indiana.

Malloy is scheduled to receive the award May 1 in Boston.

Former Connecticut Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. received the award in 1992 for ushering in the personal income tax.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Two former Connecticut residents who were deported to Italy have lost their bid to return to the state to testify before lawmakers about how criminal convictions and deportation affect immigrant families.

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford on Friday rejected requests by Arnold Giammarco and Paula Milardo, who immigrated legally to Connecticut in the early 1960s with their families when they were children.

They wanted Bryant to overturn a decision by federal immigration officials who said Giammarco and Milardo didn't need to be in Connecticut to submit testimony and could testify via remote video.

Giammarco and Milardo were deported to Italy several years ago because of separate criminal convictions.

The legislature's Judiciary Committee issued unusual subpoenas to the deportees for them to testify at a hearing this month.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The start of the statewide U-Text, U-Drive, U-Pay campaign to curb distracted driving along Connecticut's roads is underway and will continue through the end of the month.

The Stamford Advocate reports Stamford police Sgt. Andrew Gallagher relishes the opportunity to go undercover in the city to catch drivers violating road safety regulations.

This year Gallagher looked the part of a roadside construction worker, but in the past he's donned other disguises to spot violators and report them to fellow officers on the roads.

Gallagher, who commands the police department's Traffic Enforcement Unit, and four other officers wrote 24 tickets in just the first three hours of the campaign.

Notification of the campaign's launch this year wasn't made public until early Monday morning.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to restrict the types of beverages certain child care facilities can serve young children.

The General Assembly's Education Committee on Monday will consider a bill that would prevent child care centers, group child care homes and early childhood centers from providing drinks that contain added artificial or natural sweeteners.

The prohibition would not apply to milk, flavored milk drinks, yogurt drinks or non-dairy milk drinks.

The bill would also prohibit centers from providing juice to children under age 1. Older children could be served 100 percent fruit juice, vegetable juice or a combination so long as it doesn't include added sugars or sweeteners.

The proposal, which already cleared the Children's Committee, is part of an effort to combat childhood obesity.


MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Police say two people have been arrested after they apparently got into a dispute over crab legs in a buffet line at a Connecticut restaurant.

Police were called to the Royal Buffet in Manchester, Connecticut, on Saturday evening.

Authorities say a woman complained there was a fight and her 21-year-old son suffered a broken tooth and cut lip. Police were told she used pepper spray to keep him from being assaulted further.

WVIT-TV reported the restaurant was temporarily closed while health officials assessed the building's air quality following the pepper spray.

Police say Clifford Knight and Lataya Knight were arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges. It's unclear whether they have attorneys who could comment on their behalf.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police are investigating three shootings and a stabbing in the city over the weekend.

Police responding to the city's gunshot detection system at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday found a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old youth suffering from gunshot wounds in the city's Newhallville section.

The older victim was found near a bus stop with wounds to both legs. The teenager was found in the backyard of a home with a gunshot wound to his thigh. They were both taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

There have been no arrests.

A 21-year-old man was stabbed Saturday night. The victim said he was attacked by a man swinging a knife.

A 28-year-old East Haven man was shot at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday outside a city diner.


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