FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Fairfield officials say a second woman has died in an early morning house fire.
Firefighters say they responded to the blaze on Crane Street at about 1 a.m. Monday and pulled a woman and her adult daughter from a second-floor bedroom. Both victims were taken to Bridgeport Hospital.
Authorities say one of the women died before arriving at the hospital, and the other died later in the morning. The women's names are being withheld until officials notify relatives. Officials say the mother appeared to be in her 50s and the daughter in her 20s.
Fire marshals are on the scene trying to determine what caused the fire and whether the home had smoke detectors. Officials believe the blaze started on the first floor.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The family of a man who died after apparently falling into a trash compactor at New London's transfer station has notified the city that it intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The notice filed with the city clerk's office this week lists as possible defendants the city, the Public Works Department, its director and manager of solid waste and recycling.
The Day reports that the notice says the city's negligence or recklessness includes a failure to properly monitor the dumping area, failure to provide proper barricading of the area, failure to follow safety protocols and failure to provide an emergency shut-off.
PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) Police in Plymouth are investigating the death of a pony after its dismembered remains were found in trash bags on the side of a road.
Authorities say the remains were discovered Wednesday by prison inmates who were cleaning up the area along Route 262 as part of a work release program.
Police say they do not know how the animal died and have asked for the public's help in identifying the animal.
Assistant Police Chief Robert Wright told the Republican-American that it appears the bags with the animal's remains were thrown from a vehicle because no footprints were found.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) A survey to be issued soon to female sailors across the Navy is designed to measure the level of interest in serving aboard submarines.
The responses will help guide the work of a panel led by Groton, Conn.-based admiral charged with developing options for integrating the undersea force.
The Navy reversed a ban on women in submarines in April 2010, and female officers are already serving on some submarines.
The panel led by Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Perry is developing options for the integration of enlisted ranks as early as 2016.
A Navy spokesman, Lt. Timothy Hawkins, said the propensity for women to serve is one issue the panel is exploring along with others including modifications that might be required to the submarines and possible changes in recruiting.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A former Fermi High School junior varsity boys' basketball coach who resigned following his arrest in Windsor Locks in a prostitution sting has been granted accelerated rehabilitation for first offenders that could erase the charge against him.
The Journal Inquirer reports that a Springfield, Mass., detective charged in the same sting also applied for the program.
John F. Norris was granted accelerated rehabilitation in Enfield Superior Court. He must perform 50 hours of community service.
Norris' lawyer called it a ``dark moment in his life.''
The Valentine's Day sting led to the arrest of 11, including Norris and Springfield police detective John Wadlegger of Agawam, Mass. All were charged with patronizing a prostitute.
Wadlegger filed an application for the accelerated rehabilitation program on Monday. A hearing is scheduled March 31.
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) A 17-year-old father has charged with manslaughter in the death last year of his infant daughter in Connecticut.
The teenager was returned to Connecticut on Wednesday following his arrest in Columbia, S.C., where he had moved with family members after his daughter's death in Clinton. His name was not released because of his age.
The 8-week-old girl died last March after police responded to a report that she was not breathing. She died a few days later at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Medical staff told police that the infant had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
The teen waived extradition proceedings in South Carolina and is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond at a juvenile detention center in Hartford.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former Waterbury police detective has been sentenced to five months in prison for obstructing a tax investigation.
Forty-two-year-old Robert Liquindoli pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in New Haven.
Federal prosecutors say Liquindoli obtained fake documents to support deductions he claimed on his tax returns after he learned in 2011 that the Internal Revenue Service was investigating his accountant. They say he lied about having documents to back the claims.
Liquindoli was ordered to pay $4,490 in restitution. In addition to the prison time he faces five months of home confinement after his release, followed by seven months of supervised release.
The tax preparer, Thomas Thorndike, pleaded guilty to tax offenses in 2012 and was sentenced to six years in prison.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man who invited strippers to his home while his wife was at work has been arrested after police said he assaulted one of the women.
Marlon Powell was charged Tuesday with assault, threatening, risk of injury to a minor and impairing the morals of a minor. He was held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
The Connecticut Post reports that police say they responded to a call of a disturbance and found a woman bleeding from a large cut on her right arm. She told officers she refused sex with a man who lived in the house.
Police say the 35-year-old Powell explained he was babysitting his 7-year-old son while his wife was at work and visited a strip club.
It was not known Thursday if Powell is represented by a lawyer.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A spokesman for Connecticut Light Power has downplayed a utility executive's comment that it's considering charging property owners who refuse tree trimming if an outage is found to have been caused by falling limbs.
The New Haven Register reports that Kenneth Bowes, vice president for energy delivery service, told the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority on Tuesday that the utility plans to hold customers responsible for what he called ``tree-trimming refusals.''
Spokesman Mitch Gross said later that the Northeast Utilities subsidiary discussed the issue internally and is ``nothing more.''
At a public hearing later, Shirley McCarthy, chairwoman of Branford's Tree Commission, called CL&P tree-trimming practices barbaric.
Susan Bradford, a Bethany resident, said the utility's trimming crews were overzealous and mutilated 13 spruce trees on her property last June.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Some of the officers who command major cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard are meeting this week at the Coast Guard Academy in New London
About 50 commanders and officers who will take command of some of the cutters this summer met Wednesday in groups to discuss sexual assault prevention, readiness issues and development of junior officers.
The Day of New London reports it's the first meeting of its kind at the academy. The cutter commanders more typically gather in Washington or headquarters for the Atlantic and Pacific areas.
The academy's superintendent, Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz, urged officers to spend time with the cadets who work on their ships in the summer to help encourage them to pursue careers on cutters.
The conference ends on Friday.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London has raised the minimum wage for municipal employees and contractors.
The Day of New London reports that in a 6-1 vote on Monday, the City Council raised the wage to $10.10 an hour for about 40 seasonal workers at recreation department programs. Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio says it will cost about $13,250 a year.
He says it's a nominal impact to do the right thing.
Councilor Martin Olsen cast the sole vote against raising the minimum wage, which he called ``fluff.'' He says it will require an increase in New London's budget.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and President Barack Obama are pushing for an increase to $10.10 an hour. Obama is scheduled to visit New Britain on Wednesday to highlight the issue.
The minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.70.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) The author of an award-winning book about death called ``How We Die'' has died in Connecticut. Dr. Sherwin Nuland was 83.
His daughter Amelia Nuland says he died of prostate cancer Monday in Hamden. She says he told her he'd built such a ``beautiful life'' and wasn't ready to leave it but wasn't scared.
Sherwin Nuland was born in New York and taught medical ethics at Yale University. He was critical of the medical profession's obsession with prolonging life when common sense would dictate further treatment is futile. He wrote nature ``will always win in the end.''
``How We Die'' was published in 1994 and won a National Book Award. In it Nuland describes how life is lost to diseases and old age. It helped foster national debate over doctor-assisted suicide and end-of-life decisions.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Bridgeport has been captured in New York City.
U.S. marshals arrested Jose Miguel Torres on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Torres is expected to be returned to Connecticut and charged in the killing of 27-year-old Pablo Aquino last July 24.
Torres was identified as a suspect immediately after the homicide and was considered armed and dangerous.
No details were available Wednesday morning.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A 17-year-old Waterbury boy has been charged with killing his mother after an argument over the use of her car.
Police say Elijah Johnson was arrested on a murder charge Sunday after DNA evidence matched him to evidence taken from the fingernails of 44-year-old Kacy Austin on Jan. 21.
The Republican-American reports that a psychiatrist who had spoken with boy's father told police the teen had confessed. The psychiatrist said the boy told his father the death was accidental and occurred while the two were fighting after she denied him use of the car.
Johnson had reported finding his mother dead after arriving home from a weather-related dismissal at Sacred Heart High School.
Defense attorney Mark Lee declined to comment on Tuesday. His client is being held on $1 million bond.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A West Haven woman has sued the nightclub where her daughter was fatally shot last year, claiming its negligence was at least partly to blame.
The New Haven Register reports Celeste Robins Fulcher accuses Funn House Productions, owner of Key Club Cabaret in New Haven, of allowing the suspected shooter to remain in the club after he was disorderly and disruptive. She's seeking monetary damages of more than $15,000.
Fulcher's daughter, 26-year-old Erika Robinson of West Haven, was shot and killed Oct. 26 inside the club.
Adrian Bennett is charged with one count of murder and other charges.
Benjamin Proto, the club's lawyer, told The Associated Press on Tuesday the club had more than adequate security with eight guards, surveillance cameras and a police officer outside. He questioned why Bennett isn't being sued.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Movie cinema executives are urging lawmakers to oppose a bill that would establish a maximum decibel level inside Connecticut theaters.
Joseph Masher, the chief operating officer for Bow Tie Cinemas, said Tuesday his company has not heard complaints about loud films or movie trailers since it installed digital equipment. Rather, he said they received complaints about two films not being loud enough for customers.
The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering a bill that would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. A decibel is a unit used to explain the intensity of a sound wave.
Masher said Bow Tie sets the sound slightly under the industry standard of 85 decibels. He also said managers check each movie and preview before they're shown.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man is in custody after police say he left his 2-year-old daughter alone in his idling car and she put the vehicle into drive, smashing it into parked cars.
West Hartford Police arrested 33-year-old Oscar Chicas on Saturday and charged him with risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on $15,000 bond.
It was not known Monday if Chicas is represented by a lawyer.
Authorities say Chicas' daughter was left in a running car and managed to put the car into drive. The car struck two other vehicles, causing minor damage.
The girl was not injured. Police say the state Department of Children and Families was notified and the girl was left with her uncle.
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) Litchfield schools are surveying students in an effort to better understand youngsters.
The Republican American reports the anonymous ``Profiles of Student Life'' survey is set for March 13. Litchfield is the latest area school district to survey students.
Torrington has issued one on bullying and Waterbury has twice issued the same survey about to be given in Litchfield.
In Litchfield, a sample survey includes questions about gender identity, drugs called by their street names, sexual activity and whether a student has ever carried a knife or gun.
Justin Roskopf, a senior survey specialist, said the intent is to determine the development of young people and if they are engaging in risky behavior.
Litchfield Schools Superintendent Deborah S. Wheeler said the Board of Education is trying to understand the extent of drug and alcohol use.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Nearly one year after a consent decree over gender equity in women's sports was approved, Quinnipiac University is finding it will cost more than $5 million reached in settlement.
The New Haven Register reports that new teams, such as women's rugby and golf and maintaining an indoor and outdoor track and field team, are costly. Lawyers' fees, paying members of the volleyball team and paying ``referee'' wages also are running the university's spending into the millions.
Quinnipiac would not comment.
The consent decree is in force until June 30, 2016.
It says the cost to the university will be $625,000 to upgrade women's team coaches' salaries and ensure the school provides athletic needs such as equipment, transportation and medical services, among other necessities.
Other costs include $1.9 million in plaintiff attorney fees.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A man has been sentenced to 53 years in prison for shooting a Meriden convenience store owner to death in a case that sparked debate about the state prison system's early release programs.
Frankie Resto was sentenced Friday in New Haven Superior Court for the June 2012 killing of 70-year-old Ibrahim Ghazal. The 38-year-old Resto pleaded guilty to murder and robbery charges in November.
The case spurred a debate about a prison program that allows inmates to earn credits toward early release with good behavior. Resto was released from prison two months before the killings after finishing a six-year sentence for another robbery. He had earned 199 early release days.
Critics of the ``risk-reduction'' credit program have been calling for its repeal.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) An attorney for a University of Connecticut faculty member facing discipline for his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against a colleague says his client was unfairly singled out for criticism by an investigative report.
UConn has given notice that it intends to fire former fine arts dean David Woods for failing to take appropriate action after learning of the misconduct allegations against music professor Robert Miller, who is also facing dismissal.
Attorney Stephen Bacon said Friday that the report appeared designed to place blame on Woods despite his client's efforts to resolve issues surrounding Miller.
The report released Wednesday on the independent investigation found that UConn officials including Woods knew as early as 2003 that Miller had been accused of misconduct with children. Miller was suspended last year. He has not been charged with a crime.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The newest member of the Connecticut Senate has been sworn into office.
New Haven state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield took the oath on Friday, days after being elected to represent the Senate's 10th District. He fills the seat that was vacated by Toni Harp, who was elected mayor of New Haven in November.
Holder-Winfield on Friday submitted his letter of resignation as representative of the House of Representatives' 94th District, which includes parts of New Haven and Hamden.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy now has until March 10 to issue a Writ of Special Election to choose Holder-Winfield's successor. That special election must be held 46 days after the writ is issued.
NEW YORK (AP) A Connecticut man who says he was injured on New York City's Citi Bike has filed a $15 million lawsuit against the bike-share operator.
Ronald Corwin, of Westport, Conn., says he flipped over the bike after his front wheel hit a low barrier installed next to the bicycle docking station on Oct. 25.
His attorney says the 73-year-old now suffers from traumatic nerve palsy that left him unable to smell or taste.
The lawsuit claims Corwin didn't see the concrete barrier because it blended with the road.
The lawyer told the Daily News the 56th Street barrier now has a coat of orange paint.
The city's contract with Citi Bike's operator makes the operator's insurance company responsible for any lawsuits and protects the city from claims.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A 72-year-old substitute music teacher in Connecticut is denying an indecent exposure allegation, saying it was a wardrobe malfunction instead.
Michael Luecke was arraigned Thursday in Stamford Superior Court on charges of indecent exposure, risk of injury to a child and breach of peace. He posted $10,000 bail and declined to comment.
Police say another teacher caught Luecke lying on a hallway floor and masturbating at Westhill High School in Stamford on Wednesday morning. Police say they confirmed the allegation by reviewing surveillance video.
Authorities say Luecke told them the waist clip on his pants wasn't working properly and he had to lie down to clasp his pants.
The Stamford resident is under house arrest and was ordered to stay away from children. He's due back in court March 27.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police will be targeting tailgating motorists on highways in an effort to reduce accidents and what they call ``aggressive driving habits.''
Troopers say the campaign called ``Stop Tailgating, You're Too Close'' will run throughout March on limited-access highways in the areas of Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Middletown and Old Saybrook. That includes interstates 84, 91, 95 and 691 and routes 8, 9 and 15.
State police say tailgating is an aggressive driving behavior and the leading cause of accidents.
Authorities say about 40 percent of all accidents in central Connecticut last year were caused by drivers following others too closely.
Tailgating carries a $132 fine in the state.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) President Barack Obama is expected to visit Connecticut next week to push for an increase in the minimum wage.
A post on Governor Dannel Malloy's Twitter account says Obama will be in Connecticut next Wednesday for a ``Raise the Wage'' event.
Few details on the presidential visit have been released. White House officials said Obama will attend an event in the Hartford area.
Obama and fellow Democrats, including Malloy, are seeking an increase in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.
Malloy and other governors met with Obama at the White House on Monday to discuss the president's economic policies. After that visit, Malloy and Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal got involved in an on-camera partisan argument in front of the West Wing.
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) Parents in East Windsor are concerned and looking for answers after several teenagers overdosed on drugs.
A 14-year-old local girl died Sunday of what police believe was a heroin overdose, and three students were taken to a hospital this week after parents say they took the anti-depressant Xanax. One of the three teens was treated in intensive care but is expected to survive.
Several parents expressed concerns about the overdoses at a town Board of Education meeting Wednesday night and questioned whether enough is being done to prevent drug abuse.
The board has scheduled a community meeting on March 11 to discuss drug abuse.
School Superintendent Theresa Kane says she's working with police to station a school resource officer at the high school, but that may not happen before September.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- An independent investigation has found University of Connecticut officials knew of sexual abuse allegations against a music professor a decade before taking action.
Scott Coffina, a former White House counsel and assistant U.S. attorney, presented his findings Wednesday to the school's Board of Trustees.
His investigation finds that the professor, Robert Miller of Mansfield, engaged in misconduct, including parties involving alcohol with students at a house he had in Vermont.
The investigation also finds that some school officials knew Miller had been accused of abusing children. None of the key officials cited in the report still work in those positions at UConn.
Miller has not been charged with a crime. He has not commented on the allegations and has been on leave since the allegations came to light last summer.
TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) A Trumbull police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl he met in a police cadet program for high school students.
State police arrested 44-year-old William Ruscoe on Monday night on three counts of sexual assault and one count of witness tampering.
The girl told police she was in the Trumbull Police Explorers program and was 17 last fall when Ruscoe sexually assaulted her at his home in Trumbull. An arrest warrant says the assault involved forced inappropriate touching.
Another teenage girl told police that she and Ruscoe exchanged explicit messages including nude photos after meeting at a cadet camp in Hartford in 2012.
Ruscoe posted $50,000 bail. Ruscoe's lawyer says he expects Ruscoe to plead not guilty at his March 5 arraignment in Bridgeport Superior Court.
STERLING, Conn. (AP) Parents in a small eastern Connecticut town say they're upset and demanding action by local officials after a man went to a school to pick up his great-grandson and took the wrong child home.
The 5-year-old boy's mother and other parents criticized school officials in Sterling during a local Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.
The boy's mother, Angela Stone, says the incident happened Friday afternoon at Sterling Community School. She says her son refused to get out of the man's car at his home, and the man's wife noticed the mistake. The man drove the boy back to the school.
Stone called school officials incompetent and said they should be disciplined.
School Superintendent Rena Klebart acknowledges mistakes were made and says officials are making changes to prevent similar incidents.
ASHFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police have announced that a trooper has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his cruiser on Route 44 in Ashford last week.
State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance told The Bulletin of Norwich that 43-year-old David Lavoie was off-duty when he crashed his cruiser early Wednesday morning. Lavoie works out of the Troop C barracks on Tolland and has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.
Lavoie suffered a minor injury and the cruiser was heavily damaged in the one-car accident. He is free on $500 bail and is to appear in Danielson Superior Court on March 5.
It's not clear if Lavoie has a lawyer. A message seeking comment was left at a phone listing for a David Lavoie on Tuesday.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown's half-brother has pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.
Authorities say 47-year-old Bruce Brown stopped boaters off the Connecticut coast after commandeering one owner's boat and declared it a U.S. Coast Guard vessel.
Brown pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Bridgeport to two counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer and one count of falsifying a military discharge certificate.
Brown was originally charged by state police after the incident last August.
A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned.
Scott Brown has said he was estranged from Bruce Brown, who has a different mother. The Republican lost the Massachusetts seat in 2012 to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Nearly 1,000 Connecticut inmates have illegally left halfway houses early since 2009, but state officials are defending the early release program.
WTNH-TV reports that 8 percent of prisoners who walked away from halfway houses early during the past five years never returned and remain at large. Many inmates are released into halfway houses before their prison sentences are up, including some violent offenders.
The state does perform unannounced inspections at halfway houses, which are run by nonprofit companies. Last year, the state shut down three halfway houses after finding prisoners didn't have jobs as required and other problems.
Correction Department Commissioner James Dzurenda says halfway houses help reduce crime recidivism. He says it's nearly impossible to stop walkaways, but the inmates were within six months of release anyway.
ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut prosecutor says his office is investigating a complaint of possible ``financial improprieties'' involving the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association.
The Journal Inquirer reports that Tolland County Chief State's Attorney Matthew C. Gedansky made the statement Friday as former Fire Chief Joseph Carilli appeared in court on sex assault charges. Gedansky declined to provide details.
Carilli rejected a plea agreement that would have called for a 12-year prison sentence, followed by 10 years of special parole.
He is charged with sexual assault, risk of injury, tampering with a witness and other offenses related to allegations he had a sexual relationship with a junior department member that began when she was 15.
Carilli has said nothing happened while the girl was underage, and that he was never in a position of authority over her.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a 30-year-old woman shot in the head and arm in Hartford is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.
Investigators say the woman was alert and conscious when officers arrived on the scene on Albany Avenue around 2 p.m. Sunday. She was listed in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital and police say the bullet is lodged in her brain.
The shooting is being investigated by Hartford Police and Major Crimes Division detectives.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating what they call an untimely death after a man's body was found in a Meriden hotel room.
The unidentified man, who appeared to be in his mid-40s, was found dead on Sunday in a room of the Meriden Inn.
The cause of death has not been determined. The body will be turned over to the medical examiner.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A high school boys' basketball coach in Enfield has resigned after being arrested in an alleged prostitution sting.
Fifty-three-year-old John Norris was the coach of the Fermi High School junior varsity boys' basketball team. He was one of 11 men charged with soliciting prostitution on Valentine's Day by Windsor Locks police in an undercover sting dubbed ``Operation Cupid.''
Norris resigned from the coaching job earlier this week.
He told the Journal Inquirer that he made a bad decision. He said he wasn't asked to resign as coach, but he stepped down because he didn't want to be a distraction or a bad example for the team.
Norris wrote in his resignation letter to Enfield's athletic director that he believes he will be cleared of the criminal charge.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An East Hartford firefighter was critically injured when he stepped onto a snow-covered skylight and fell two stories into a parking garage while looking for a woman who had jumped off a bridge over the Connecticut River.
Witnesses told WTNH-TV that the woman landed on thin ice on the river Thursday and firefighter James Silver was trying to get to her from a building that overlooks the river when the freak accident happened. The woman didn't survive.
Silver is reported to be in critical condition at Hartford Hospital.
Witness Ginny Apple told the TV station that Silver was walking on a restraining wall along the river bank when he stepped on a skylight covered with snow. She says he fell into a parking garage staircase.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging Connecticut property owners to clear their roofs of the snow that has piled up this winter to prevent potential collapses.
Several roofs have collapsed across the state after a series of snowstorms. Malloy says weather forecasters are predicting an active storm pattern to continue over the next few weeks, and he's pressing homeowners, businesses and governments to clear roofs before more snow and rain hit.
The governor has directed the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to send memos to all state agencies and municipalities asking them to assess snow buildup on public buildings and agricultural facilities and to remove snow if necessary.
Malloy also is urging neighbors of elderly and disabled people to help them with roof clearing.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say they arrested 12 men and a woman during drug raids targeting two prominent gangs in a neighborhood near Interstate 91.
Police say the arrests came after undercover officers conducted sting operations and bought drugs from nearly two dozen people, most of whom were members of the Playboys and 88 Boys gangs.
Police say the raids targeted the Foxon Hill area off exit 8 of Interstate 91, because of a high-level of gang-related drug selling and violence.
Authorities say they searched one apartment and seized 8 grams of crack cocaine, 60 bags of heroin, $1,400 in cash and a West Haven Police Department portable radio, which was set to the New Haven police channel.
Police prepared arrest warrants for 21 people and say more arrests are pending.
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) South Windsor police have identified two men who died after one of them raised a dump truck bed into overhead electrical wires.
Police Chief Matthew Reed says 55-year-old Lloyd Folsom Jr. and 22-year-old Connor Betts were electrocuted Wednesday on the property of Folsom's construction company.
Authorities say it appears Betts raised the truck bed into the electrical wires by accident while trying to clear snow out of the back, and Folsom was electrocuted when he tried to help Betts. Betts worked for Folsom Construction.
Both men were taken to hospitals after utility crews shut off power to the area.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A man wanted in connection with a Connecticut killing has been captured in New York City.
Authorities say U.S. marshals and New York City police arrested 28-year-old Keith Delvalle in Co-Op City in the Bronx on Wednesday. Police in New London, Conn., have a warrant accusing Delvalle of murder in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jesus Pinero last August.
Delvalle, whose last known address is in New London, is being detained in New York City pending extradition to Connecticut. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
Connecticut authorities say Pinero, the father of a 4-year-old boy, died of multiple gunshot wounds after someone opened fire at him on Aug. 29 in New London.
Police haven't released details about a motive.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) A 21-year-old Manchester man is held on $2 million bail in connection with a January fire in which a woman's body was found.
Steven Durdek Jr. was arrested Friday. He appeared Tuesday in Manchester Superior Court on charges of murder, felony murder, arson, burglary and evidence tampering in the Jan. 18 apartment fire where 56-year-old Sarah Kelloway was found dead.
The medical examiner's office says Kelloway died from blunt force head trauma.
WFSB-TV reports an arrest warrant says Durdek's DNA was found at the scene and on the body, and police believe he sexually assaulted the victim. Police said he told a friend he lost control during the burglary of a stranger. Police said Durdek denied the allegations.
Kelloway's family and friends attended Tuesday's hearing. Two of Durdek's friends tell WFSB they're shocked by the allegations.
TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Torrington woman has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend in the city's first homicide since 2008.
Twenty-four-year-old Tosha Strahan is scheduled to be arraigned in Bantam Superior Court on Wednesday, which would have been victim David Vazquez's 26th birthday. Strahan was held on $350,000 bail after being arrested Tuesday, a day after Vazquez's funeral.
Police allege Strahan stabbed Vazquez to death with a kitchen knife at their apartment in the early morning hours of Feb. 9. Authorities say the stabbing was a family violence incident, but they haven't released details of what exactly led to the killing.
Witnesses told police the couple argued after returning home from a bar.
Strahan's lawyer didn't return messages seeking comment.
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The Veterans Administrations' Inspector General's Office has cited the VA Connecticut Healthcare System hospital for an array of problems including unsanitary operating room conditions and high worker absenteeism.
The agency issued an inspection report of the West Haven hospital Tuesday, after at least one unannounced visit.
Officials say there were poor cleaning procedures for the operating room and they found equipment from surgeries the day before left on the floor and the trash not emptied.
The report says the hospital didn't have enough cleaning staff, and 19 percent of the cleaning staff is absent on an average workday.
The West Haven VA released a statement saying many of the problems were corrected before inspectors left the hospital and it will continue making improvements at the center.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Federal prosecutors want a man convicted in a failed 2001 shoe bomb plot to testify at the July sentencing of two British citizens who pleaded guilty in Connecticut to supporting terrorists through websites.
Prosecutors say the man is expected to testify that Babar Ahmad sent him to Afghanistan to train for violent jihad and that he ultimately moved on from Ahmad and came under the mentorship and training of al-Qaida members who prepared him for the plot to bring down an airplane.
Prosecutors didn't name the man they want to testify, but his description matches that of Saajid Badat, who was convicted in London in a plot to down an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes.
Ahmad's attorneys object to the testimony.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Police in eastern Connecticut say they arrested a man wanted in Puerto Rico in connection with an attempted murder and abuse case.
Norwich police say they worked with Puerto Rican authorities to find 24-year-old Pedro Salcedo, who was on San Juan police's list of most-wanted suspects.
Salcedo was arrested Monday during a traffic stop in Norwich. He was detained on $1.5 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Norwich Superior Court. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
Authorities say Salcedo was visiting friends in Norwich.
San Juan police have an arrest warrant accusing Salcedo of attempted murder with a gun, conjugal abuse, aggravated conjugal abuse of a minor and other crimes.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport landlord is facing a potential life prison sentence for killing a tenant in a dispute over rent money.
The Connecticut Post reports that 41-year-old Jimmy Cunningham is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court to up to 65 years in prison.
Cunningham had boasted that he'd be acquitted of murdering 32-year-old Daniel Speller, the father of a 6-year-old girl. But a jury convicted him of murder in August, despite his self-defense claim.
Police say Speller was fatally shot in August 2012 after an argument on the front porch of a house where he rented an apartment from Cunningham.
Authorities say Cunningham drove away with Speller's body in a cooler rack on the back of his Hummer and was arrested while trying to dump the body.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Bridgeport company that wants to open a methadone clinic in Waterbury has an extensive record of violations with the state Department of Public Health.
The Republican-American reports that in dozens of unannounced inspections state Department of Public Health agents found repeated violations by New Era Rehabilitation Center clinics in Bridgeport and New Haven between 2004 and 2013. These included unclean conditions, safety violations, failure to follow reporting procedures, lack of treatment plans for patients and haphazard hiring.
The state has begun reviewing the company's operations.
New Era's chief medical officer said in an email that the violations had nothing to do with quality of patient care. She says several violations were due to repairs being done while Department of Public Health officials inspected the facilities.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The number of deaths from heroin overdoses in New London and Norwich doubled in 2013 over the previous year
The Day of New London reports that the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says at least 20 combined deaths — 10 in each of the two cities — in 2013 were caused by heroin or heroin and a mix of other substances such as alcohol and cocaine.
At least five people died of heroin overdoses in each city in 2012. Other overdose deaths may have been partly caused by heroin but are attributed to "multiple drug toxicity" without specific drugs cited.
Jack Malone, executive director of the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, blames the soaring rates of addiction to opioids, which are mostly prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin.
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A Springfield detective is among 11 men who have been arrested in a Valentine's Day prostitution sting.
Police say John Wadlegger has been placed on desk duty pending an internal investigation by Springfield police. The 42-year-old Wadlegger was arrested on Friday by Windsor Locks police.
It was not known Sunday if he's represented by a lawyer and he does not have a listed phone number.
Connecticut authorities said Saturday that Wadlegger and the other men were charged with soliciting prostitution.
Police launched "Operation Cupid" by placing an ad on an Internet site that offers sex for money and set up a meeting at a motel in Windsor Locks.
Police are trying to crack down on criminal activity in motels along the Route 75 business district near Bradley International Airport.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge says she found no ethical violations by prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder case, but she did impose a formal gag order to protect the ex-New England Patriot's right to a fair trial.
Hernandez's attorneys had accused the state of allowing leaks and prejudicial out-of-court statements. They also sought a gag order from Judge Susan Garsh.
They claimed the prosecution orchestrated a "publicity stunt" last year when Miami Dolphin Michael Pouncey was served with a subpoena after a game at Gillette Stadium. Prosecutors denied that and say they have leaked nothing.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.
Garsh's order, entered Thursday, demands both sides take "reasonable precautions" against prejudicial disclosures and says prosecutors must investigate any reports of leaks.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's two tribal-owned casinos are reporting declines of more than 8 percent in slot machine revenue.
Foxwoods Resort Casino saw revenue fall 8.9 percent last month compared with January 2013, and Mohegan Sun had a decline of 8.3 percent. Revenue is the share of wagers the casinos keep.
The total slot revenue was $37.1 million in January at Foxwoods and $43.2 million at Mohegan Sun.
Foxwoods president and chief executive officer Scott Butera says weather has continued to be a factor but the casino is beginning to see more consistency in the numbers.
The two casinos, which contribute 25 percent of their slot revenue to the state of Connecticut each month, face intense competition in the Northeast as more casinos are being planned and built.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are receiving thousands of petitions from residents who want to expand the state's so-called "bottle bill" to include more beverage containers.
On Friday, the environmental advocacy group ConnPIRG delivered more than 4,000 petitions and Valentine's Day candy.
The General Assembly's Environment Committee is currently considering a bill that would add bottles and cans containing teas, sports drinks and juices to the list of returnable containers. Currently, the law requires cans and bottles of beer, soda and water to be returned for a 5-cent deposit.
ConnPIRG also wants lawmakers to consider adding wine, liquor bottles and nips to the law.
Additionally, ConnPIRG has called for increasing the handling fee paid to recyclers to 3.5 cents. It's currently 2 cents for soda and water and 1.5 cents for beer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A lingering winter storm has prompted a second-straight day of school closings, flight cancellations and reduced Metro-North rail service in Connecticut.
The National Weather Service expects the snow to end Friday morning.
The agency reports that 14 inches of snow fell in Fairfield, while parts of northwestern Connecticut saw 11 inches of snow and the Hartford area got up to 10 inches.
Schools in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven are among those closed Friday.
Bradley International Airport north of Hartford reports nearly 30 flight cancellations, while Metro-North reduced service to a Saturday schedule.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered non-essential, first-shift state employees to report to work an hour late Friday.
Several highway accidents have been reported.
The Weather Service says Connecticut could see several more inches of snow Saturday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Critics of a plan to introduce keno terminals in Connecticut say they are happy to see Gov. Dannel P. Malloy indicate a willingness to reverse course.
Malloy said Wednesday it was not his idea to bring the bingo-style game to the state and suggested he would sign a bill to repeal the legislation if one reaches his desk.
State Rep. Tony Hwang, a Fairfield Republican, and former U.S. Rep. Robert Steele on Thursday said they welcomed the governor's comments and urged him to push for repeal.
Keno was authorized by the General Assembly in June as part of a deal to balance the state budget. Malloy said this week that keno would help the state's bottom line but he would follow the legislature's lead.
Some state lawmakers have called for repeal.
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man assaulted two teenagers in a home invasion, believing they knocked down a snowman he built in his yard.
Twenty-two-year-old James Knudsen of Clinton was charged with home invasion, misdemeanor assault, burglary and other crimes on Thursday.
Clinton police told The Day of New London that Knudsen forced his way into his neighbor's house, swung a pool stick at the teenagers and punched both of them in the face. The two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, had minor injuries.
Knudsen was detained on $5,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Middletown Superior Court. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A U.S. Postal Service worker has been indicted on charges that he intercepted a package containing cocaine and took it to his home.
Thirty-seven-year-old Edward Hogan was arrested in November as part of an investigation into the use of mail to send drugs from Puerto Rico to the Waterbury area.
Federal prosecutors say Hogan was a customer service supervisor at the main Waterbury post office when he allegedly intercepted the package on Nov. 9. He has been free on $150,000 bond since his arrest.
Authorities say the federal grand jury in Hartford returned the indictment Wednesday on the charge of embezzlement of mail by a postal service employee.
A number listed for Hogan was not in service.
TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) Trumbull authorities say they seized explosives and weapons while raiding a home owned by a retired deputy police chief.
Police told the Connecticut Post they executed a search warrant on Wednesday at a home owned by Gary Golas, who retired recently from the Westport Police Department.
Authorities arrested 39-year-old Eric Rogers, who police say was renting the home from Golas. Rogers was charged with six counts of illegal possession of explosives.
Police say they seized six M-1000 fireworks, several rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from the home. State police took possession of the fireworks. Officials say it appears Rogers legally possessed the rifles, but they're still investigating.
A woman who answered Rogers' home phone this morning has declined comment.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police say they've arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with an attack that left a Stamford High School employee with several broken bones.
Authorities told The Advocate of Stamford that they charged the Stamford Academy student with first-degree assault and other crimes for his role in the unprovoked attack Tuesday afternoon. The boy's name wasn't released because of juvenile offender laws.
Police say four juveniles attacked the 63-year-old victim as he was walking during a lunch break. Police say they grabbed him, slammed him to the ground and punched him in the face. The worker suffered fractures to his back, neck and hand.
Police are trying to identify the other suspects.
Officials are worried the attack was a new game like ``knockout,'' where people randomly assault others.
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) Glastonbury police say a 12-year-old local girl was sexually assaulted by a Hartford man after they met on a smartphone chat application and later got together in person.
Police say they charged 24-year-old Mijael Fabian on Sunday with enticing a minor into sexual activity, risk of injury to a minor and misdemeanor sexual assault. Fabian posted $150,000 bail and is to be arraigned Feb. 26 in Manchester Superior Court.
Authorities say Fabian and the girl met by chatting on the Kik Messenger application. Police say they eventually met in person and Fabian sexually assaulted her.
Police say the girl's mother called them after discovering explicit photos on her daughter's phone.
Fabian couldn't be reached Tuesday. There's no phone listing for him and it's not clear if he has a lawyer.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police are investigating the killing of a city man who was found shot in the head in a hallway of a multifamily home.
Authorities say officers responded to 911 calls reporting gunfire on Kossuth Street and found 22-year-old Kyle Edwards wounded in a first-floor hallway. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police say they don't have descriptions of suspects or vehicles that may have been involved.
Officials say Edwards lived on the second floor of the home.
The killing is New Haven's fourth homicide of the year.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman was charged with attempted murder after police say she tortured her 70-year-old mother for more than three hours.
Forty-seven-year-old Gail Litsky was arraigned Monday in Hartford Superior Court and is detained on $500,000 bail. She's also charged with cruelty to persons, strangulation and assault on a person older than 60.
Police say Litsky went to her mother's home in West Hartford Friday night and assaulted her over a few hours by repeatedly striking her in the face and body, cutting her with a knife and using her necklace to choke her.
Authorities say the assaults stopped after Litsky's teenage daughter called police.
Litsky's mother is being treated at a hospital.
It's not clear if Litsky has a lawyer. She is expected to undergo a mental health evaluation.
2014-03 | 2014-02 | 2014-01 | 2013-12 | 2013-11 | 2013-10 | 2013-09 | 2013-08 | 2013-07 | 2013-06 | 2013-05 | 2013-04 | 2013-03 | 2013-02 | 2013-01