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Experience an issue in Metro-North worker's death


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Documents from federal investigators show managers at Metro-North Railroad questioned the experience of a trainee who reopened a track without proper approval shortly before a track foreman was killed in Connecticut last year.

The Journal News reports Stephen Neville, deputy chief of train operations, told the National Transportation Safety Board that after three months on the job, the trainee received ``unacceptable,'' ``barely acceptable'' and ``fair'' in an evaluation. He said scored ``good'' in some categories.

He said two rail traffic controllers didn't believe the trainee would succeed and with more time might handle slower areas.

Track foreman Robert Luden was killed May 28, 2013, in West Haven. The rail traffic controller and his supervisor were suspended.

Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan said the trainee was not hired and his supervisor assigned to a desk job.

School garden honoring stabbing victim dedicated


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Friends and school officials have dedicated a garden to the memory of a Milford high school student who was fatally stabbed.

The garden of purple flowers, wooden benches and a heart sculpture was dedicated Wednesday at Jonathan Law High School in honor of Maren Sanchez. The 16-year-old student was killed at the school in April.

Another student, 17-year-old Christopher Plaskon, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The New Haven Register reports that principal Fran Thompson told students, staff and family at the dedication that Maren remains very much a part of the daily lives of students and school staff.

The garden is at the top of a hill that overlooks the softball field. Sanchez was manager of the girls' softball and swim teams.

Governor announces Ebola website for information


Governor Dannel Malloy has announced that the State of Connecticut has launched a website to keep residents informed regarding the Ebola virus.

The website is ct.gov/ebola and there will be a link to it on all homepages of all state agencies.

The Gov. says many  residents have questions and concerns. so they felt it was important to create a localized site where information will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

9 Ct. residents are under quarantine due to the possibility they may have the ebola virus. They include the two Yale Researchers who returned from Liberia recently and SIX members of a West Haven family who returned from West Africa.
 

Governor Malloy convened a Unified Command Team (UCT) to ensure statewide coordination in the ongoing emergency management efforts.  That team is in the process of conducting a review of municipal and state agency inventories of Personal Protective Equipment.

 

 

Ex-Pequot chairman appeals embezzlement conviction


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An attorney for the former Mashantucket Pequot leader convicted of embezzling from the tribe has told a U.S. appeals court that his client was blocked from preventing key evidence at trial.

Michael Thomas, a former chairman of the tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino, began serving an 18-month prison sentence in January.

The Day of New London reports that a defense attorney argued Tuesday before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Haven that Thomas was kept from putting on a proper defense by the trial judge's decision to bar certain lines of argument. For instance, Thomas could not argue he had a history of reimbursing personal expenses that he charged to a tribe-issued credit card.

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

Administrators seek special probation in sex case


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut school administrators are seeking a special form of probation on charges they failed to report a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student.

Stamford High School principal Donna Valentine and assistant principal Roth Nordin on Tuesday asked a judge to accept them into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program for first-time offenders. Defendants who successfully complete the program have their criminal records expunged.

The two are accused of violating a law that requires school officials to report any suspected relationship between and adult and a student.

Prosecutors say they knew of the relationship between an 18-year-old and 32-year-old Danielle Watkins of Norwalk, who was charged in July with sexual assault. Police say Watkins gave the student drugs and sex and threatened to fail him if he told anyone.

Sex offender MD denied hearing to get license back


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) The state Medical Examining Board has denied a hearing on a request by a Greenwich doctor who is a registered sex offender in Connecticut and New York to reinstate his Connecticut medical license.

The Greenwich Time and Connecticut Health I-Team report that the state Department of Public Health objected to giving a hearing to Clifford A. Berken.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Berken, a doctor of internal medicine and gastroenterology, was arrested in New York in 2008.

He pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges by the Westchester County District Attorney's office in New York that he engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old boy.

He was sentenced on a charge of attempting to disseminate indecent material to a minor.

Latest Q Poll out on Governors Race


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's race for governor remains tight and many voters appear to dislike both major party candidates, according to a new Quinnipiac  University Poll.

The survey released Wednesday shows Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with 43 percent of the support of likely voters. Republican Tom Foley has 42 percent, while conservative petitioning candidate Joe Visconti has 9 percent.

An Oct. 8 poll showed Malloy with 43 percent, Foley with 43 percent and Visconti with 9 percent.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said Foley's favorability rating ``continues to tumble.'' For the first time, more voters have a negative view of him than a positive one. Malloy's favorability rating is slightly worse, however.

The telephone survey of 1,010 likely voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Gun supporters blast Malloy in TV ad


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The gun industry is running TV ads attacking Gov. Dannel Malloy over Connecticut's gun-control law enacted last year.

A  one-minute commercial produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group near Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six educators were killed has debuted on cable networks.

The ad says Malloy caricatures the industry as greedy and being willing to allow mentally ill people to own guns.

Malloy stood by comments he made last year in a CNN interview in which he said the gun industry wanted QUOTE ``to sell as many guns to as many people as possible even if they're deranged.''

State employees travel restrictions


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State employees are being asked to avoid nonessential travel to countries experiencing outbreaks of Ebola. Employees who have visited certain countries must follow protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including monitoring their health for 21 days if they were in an area with an Ebola outbreak, and taking their temperature.

Man pleads guilty in Connecticut campus gun scare


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to weapons charges stemming from a gun scare last year at the University of New Haven.

Authorities say William Dong, a former UNH student, pleaded guilty Friday to illegal importation of a semi-automatic Bushmaster that he had in his car and illegal possession of pistols that he brought onto campus.

State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor in Milford said the plea agreement calls for a mandatory minimum of two years in prison, followed by five years of probation. Sentencing is set for Dec. 19.

The campus was locked down for more than four hours Dec. 3, 2013, as police arrested Dong and searched the school grounds.

Police say they found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings about the Colorado theater shooting at Dong's home.

Police ID New York man shot after bus stabbings


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police have released the identity of a man who slashed two passengers during a box-cutter rampage aboard a tour bus on Interstate 95 before he was fatally shot by a trooper in Norwalk.

Police said Friday he was 32-year-old Ye Hua Jian of New York City's Chinatown neighborhood.

Police had said he wasn't carrying identification and wasn't known to the 20 other passengers. The bus was headed Tuesday night from New York City to the Mohegan Sun casino in southeastern Connecticut.

Police said he stabbed a man and a woman with a box cutter on the bus, and also cut himself. The bus pulled over in Norwalk.

Hearst Connecticut Media reported that investigators had been consulting law enforcement around the country to try to determine his identity.

Toddler dies after Connecticut armored truck crash


GRANBY, Conn. (AP) Police say a 14-month-old Connecticut boy has died of injuries he received last week in a crash between his father's car and an armored truck.

Granby Police Capt. William Tyler said Thursday that Landon Ayers died at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He had been listed in critical condition after the Oct. 9 crash.

Tyler said the boy's father, 24-year-old Kevin Ayers of East Granby, remains in stable condition at Hartford Hospital.

Police said Ayers was driving eastbound on Route 20 in Granby when his car was in a head-on crash with a westbound armored truck. The truck driver and a passenger were not seriously injured. Some money was spilled from the truck, but police said it was all recovered.

Tyler said Thursday no charges have been filed in the crash, which is still being investigated.

Mother charged in trash bin disposal of newborn


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An 18-year old woman has been arrested for allegedly disposing of her dead newborn boy in a trash bin in East Hartford.

Police arrested Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor and concealment of a delivery. Police say they found the body of her newborn child in the trash in August.

Police have been investigating the death and disposal of the baby since August and working with the medical examiner to determine what happened.

Police say they were tipped off by Connecticut Children's Medical Center doctors who said she showed signs of having given birth but did not have a newborn.

Bond for Sotomayor-Cruz was set at $500,000.

It was not known Friday if she has a lawyer.

Yale student tests negative for Ebola


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday ordered all hospitals in Connecticut to test their preparedness to handle potential Ebola cases by next week, so state officials can see if their procedures are up to standard.

 

Malloy also established a command team to act as a central authority to deal with any Ebola cases in the state. The team is led by Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewell Mullen and includes officials from state agencies for public safety, education, prison and environmental protection.

 

Last week, the governor declared a public health emergency to prepare. The order gave Mullen the authority to quarantine people who officials believe have either been exposed to or infected with Ebola.

 

Mullen used that authority Thursday for the first time for a patient at Yale-New Haven Hospital who was isolated Wednesday night after developing a fever shortly after returning from Liberia, although hospital officials already had segregated the patient and were following protocols set by federal health officials. Tests for Ebola came back negative.

 

The patient was one of two doctoral students at Yale University who were in Liberia from mid-September until last week, helping government officials set up a computer system to track Ebola. Yale officials said the students didn't have any contact with Ebola patients but did have contact with a person who later contracted the disease.

 

One of the team's responsibilities, Malloy said, will be to make sure that first responders and hospital personnel are properly trained to deal with potential Ebola cases.

 

The moves come amid a continuing outbreak of Ebola in western Africa, where the death toll is nearing 4,500, and growing concerns about the disease spreading in the U.S. Three people in the U.S. have tested positive for Ebola. Two nurses in Dallas contracted the virus after caring for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease.

 

"I want everyone to know, from the nurses in our emergency rooms to our first responders and our law enforcement personnel, we will provide whatever resources we have at our disposal so that they can do their critical work and perform it safely," Malloy said.

 

Dr. Mary Cooper, quality director at the Connecticut Hospital Association, said all 28 hospitals in the state that the association represents already have completed an Ebola preparedness checklist recently issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She welcomed the governor's order for drills and said hospitals have been preparing for potential Ebola cases for weeks.

High school coach charged over video seen by kids


MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) A high school varsity girls soccer coach tells police he intended to send a video to his girlfriend, but mistakenly sent it to the players.

The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports that Jeffrey M. Sirois at E.O. Smith High School was arrested earlier this month on charges of risk of injury to a child, breach of peace and obscenity.

The arrest warrant says the 57-year-old Sirois of Lebanon intended to send the video to his girlfriend, but accidentally sent it to a Snapchat group of his soccer players who are juveniles.

Five players attending the high school in Storrs said they viewed the video.

Sirois is free on a $100,000 bond and is due back in Vernon Superior Court Oct. 28.

It was not known Thursday morning if he's represented by a lawyer.

Task force to review cases of 3 missing girls


VERNON, Conn. (AP) -- Prosecutors have established a task force to take a new look at what happened to three girls who disappeared decades ago from the same area of eastern Connecticut.

 

Prosecutors and police on Thursday announced a Tolland County Cold Case Task Force.

 

The state is offering $150,000 in rewards for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the disappearance of Lisa White, Debra Spickler and Janice Pockett, who vanished between 1968 and 1974. White and Spickler were 13 when they were last seen, and Pockett was 7.

 

Authorities also will take up the case of skeletal remains of a woman in her 40s or 50s found last year, but police say they have no reason to believe they are linked to the other three cases.

Yale New Haven Hospital treating possible Ebola patient


Yale-New Haven Hospital officials say they admitted a patient late last night  for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms. 

The statement from the hospital says they have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point.

Yale health officials say they are working in cooperation with City, State and Federal health officials.

There are reports its one of the two Yale Researchers who just returned from West Africa .  . 

This is one of the same researchers who officials decided not to have quarantined when they returned from Africa on Monday.


The researchers had gone to study the ebola virus in Africa.
 

New Haven man sues over mistaken police raid claim


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man is suing the city and police over claims officers mistakenly raided his home and tied him up for two hours last year when they were instead looking for a neighbor.

The New Haven Register reports Joseph Adams also accuses city police officers of mocking him for being gay, injuring him and damaging his apartment. He filed suit in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit names the city of New Haven, the Police Department, Chief Dean Esserman and unidentified police officers.

City spokesman Laurence Grotheer said New Haven officials will respond ``at the appropriate time.''

Attorney Max Rosenberg of Stratford, who represents Adams, said police offered to fix the damage to his client's apartment the next day, but failed to follow through.

He says Adams was never charged or incarcerated.

Groups object to Democrats' election law inquiry


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The State Elections Enforcement Commission and an election reform group are objecting to the Connecticut Democratic Party using money raised for federal races to pay for a mailer benefiting Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election.

Both the SEEC and Common Cause of Connecticut said Tuesday they've submitted formal comment to the Federal Election Commission, which has been asked by the state Democrats to issue an advisory opinion on whether the mailer can be considered ``federal election activity'' because it is part of a get-out-the-vote effort.

The party has separate state and federal campaign accounts. Connecticut law imposes restrictions on the state account, including a ban on state contractor contributions.

SEEC officials accused the Democrats of trying to circumvent the state's campaign financing law, passed in the wake of a corruption scandal.

Police: Man stabbing people on bus fatally shot


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a man who was stabbing passengers on a casino-bound tour bus on Interstate 95 in Connecticut has been fatally shot by state police.

State Police Lt. Paul Vance says the unidentified man began attacking passengers late last night. The bus driver flagged down a trooper at a construction site.

Vance says the suspect was acting aggressively toward the trooper and was shot when he refused to drop his weapon, a ``cutting instrument.''

He died at a hospital. Two people were stabbed and another person suffered non-life threatening injuries after being accidentally shot by the trooper. The trooper wasn't injured.

The bus, carrying about 24 passengers, was headed from Chinatown in New York City to a Connecticut casino.

The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed late Tuesday night, and were reopened early this morning.

Toddler killed in crashes in SE Connecticut


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a 2-year-old boy was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Waterford.

The car in which Dacari Robinson was riding Sunday slowed with traffic that backed up due to previous accidents. Witnesses report that a truck driven by Gerard Dube of Swansea, Massachusetts, struck the car and two other vehicles. The 58-year-old Dube was not injured.

Robinson, of Meriden, was in a child safety seat. Police said Monday he was declared dead at the scene.

Two adults and a 9-year-old child in the car were injured and taken to a hospital.

About a half-hour later, six cars and a tractor-trailer were involved in an accident nearby on I-95. Police say seven people were taken to area hospitals.

Police said one passenger was unresponsive.

Police seek to tie Bristol man to 11 burglaries


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Police hope to charge a Bristol man accused of two residential burglaries with another 11 earlier this year.

The Bristol Press reports that police believe Luis Cantre broke into as many as 13 homes late at night or during the early morning hours. Detectives say all the break-ins were within a few miles of his home and marked by a similar way of entering.

Cantre was charged with burglary and larceny in connection with one break-in. Police said they found his fingerprints on several windows, including the one that was used to get inside.

The 28-year-old Cantre was found in a stolen car and charged with larceny and interfering with an officer.

A phone listing could not be found for Cantre and it was not known Tuesday if he's represented by a lawyer.

Police: Thief posed as Connecticut wedding guest


WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are looking for a man they say posed as a guest at a Connecticut wedding reception and stole gifts from the bride and groom.

They say the man fled the Longshore Inn in Westport on Saturday night with a birdcage filled with wedding cards, many apparently containing cash for the couple.

Police used dogs to try to track the man. They recovered the empty birdcage.

The wedding crasher was seen on video surveillance cameras. Police have released screen grabs in the hope somebody might recognize him.

2 killed in crashes in southeast Connecticut


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Three multi-vehicle crashes on Interstate 95 in southeast Connecticut have left two people dead and several injured.

State Police tell The Day of New London one crash involved a tractor-trailer truck and three cars at 7:05 p.m. Sunday near in Waterford. A passenger died and others were seriously injured.

At 9:35 p.m. another crash involving seven vehicles, including a tractor trailer, left one person dead and others seriously injured. State Police said they had not determined whether the person who died was a passenger or driver.

A crash at 4:30 p.m. in Old Lyme involved a tour bus and four passenger vehicles. State police said 15 people were transported to the Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook for minor injuries.

A portion of the southbound highway remained closed early Monday morning.

Greenwich Democrat quits race for state House seat


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Democratic candidate fending off sexual harassment allegations has abandoned his campaign for a seat in the General Assembly.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that Marc Abrams said Friday he quit for the good of his family. He insisted the allegations he harassed and discriminated against two female employees while a partner at a New York hedge fund are false.

Abrams was challenging seven-term Republican incumbent Livvy Floren.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey urged Abrams to step aside and said he did the right thing.

The 44-year-old Abrams is a defendant in a 2010 lawsuit filed in New York by two women alleging that he and his brother, Russell, had a history of sexual advances and abusive and threatening behavior.

Democrats have not won a state House seat in Greenwich since 1912.

Experts say chemically-laced drugs rising in Conn.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Health care and social workers say hospitalizations are on the rise for people smoking a chemically laced potpourri, sometimes sold as ``Spice,'' or ``Scooby Snax.''

The Day of New London reports local emergency medical service providers who have known about the range of effects from synthetic marijuana, sometimes marketed as K2, report a similar increase.

Dr. Oliver Mayorga, chairman of emergency medicine at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital says effects of the drug are unpredictable based on who's using it and the difference in the drug's chemical makeup.

He says what could act a sedative for one person can have the opposite effect on others, leaving them ``extremely agitated, violent and confused.''

He compared the effect on some users to someone using PCP, also known as angel dust.

Decomposed body found in New London


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A state worker cutting grass near an Interstate 95 on-ramp in New London has discovered a body.

State police say the decomposed body was found Friday in a wooded area on Huntington Street near the ramp.

An employee of the state Department of Transportation who was doing some mowing near the highway found it.

Police did not say whether the remains were of a male or female. The body was expected to be removed to the medical examiner's office in Farmington for an autopsy.

Conn. oil dealers to sue over gas expansion plan


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut oil dealers are suing the state over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews.

The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which represents about 600 oil companies, filed the lawsuit Friday in Hartford Superior Court. It accuses the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of violating state environmental laws to push through Malloy's massive energy plan.

The oil dealers are demanding that officials conduct an environmental impact study or determine that a study is necessary under state law.

Oil dealers have bitterly complained about Malloy's plan to connect about 280,000 customers over 10 years, saying the state is favoring utilities over family-owned firms.

Trooper gets prison in theft from dying motorist


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut state trooper has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for stealing cash and a gold crucifix from a dying accident victim.

The Connecticut Post reports that 45-year-old Aaron Huntsman apologized at his sentencing Friday and said he isn't the same man he was at the time of the 2012 accident. His attorney said alcoholism was to blame for the 18-year police veteran's lapse in judgment.

Huntsman pleaded guilty in July to larceny and evidence tampering under the Alford Doctrine. That means he doesn't agree with the state's case but concedes there is enough evidence to convict him.

Prosecutors said Huntsman was caught on his cruiser's video camera stealing the crucifix and $3,700 from 49-year-old John Scalesse, who lay dying after his motorcycle crashed in Fairfield.

Developer convicted of arsons, lawyer suspended


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven developer has been convicted of hiring someone to set fires in the city in 2008 and 2009.

The New Haven Register reports a jury found 49-year-old Angelo Reyes guilty of second-degree arson and conspiracy on Wednesday.

Reyes lawyer also is in trouble.

Superior Court Judge Jon C. Blue suspended defense attorney John R. Williams' law license for 20 days for twice disclosing to the jury that Reyes had been acquitted of charges in a federal trial related to the same fires.

The key testimony in the case came from Osvaldo Segui Jr., who told jurors that Reyes had hired him to set two fires.

Reyes' sentencing has been set for Jan. 8. He faces up to 70 years in prison.

New Haven police exchange gunfire with suspects


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police are searching for a car with Pennsylvania tags after exchanging gunfire with a passenger in the vehicle.

Police tell the New Haven Register plain-clothed detectives were responding to a report of a shooting on Judson Avenue at about 10 p.m. Thursday when two suspects fled in the silver Dodge Charger.

Police say during their chase a passenger fired shots at the detectives and one of the officers returned fire.

Police say they don't believe anyone was injured in the shootout.

Witnesses told the newspaper they heard four to five shots fired.

Guard stable after attack at Cheshire prison


CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) A prison guard is recovering from a puncture wound to the neck after an attack at the Cheshire Correctional Institution.

State police say they were called to the prison yesterday to investigate the disturbance.

Police say their preliminary investigation indicates the inmates were walking down a hallway when they began to get verbally abusive to a guard who was escorting them. They say additional corrections officers came to the scene, and one was stabbed in the neck with a sharp object.

That guard and another were sent to Waterbury Hospital. Prison spokeswoman Karen Martucci says the second guard had minor injuries and was not stabbed.

She says both inmates involved were immediately transferred to a maximum security facility.

The names of those involved has not been released.

Exonerated prisoner appointed to parole board


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who was freed after spending two decades in prison on wrongful murder and rape convictions has been appointed to the state parole board.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed Kenneth Ireland and four others to paid positions on the Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday.

Ireland was imprisoned at the age of 18 and released in 2009 at age 39 after DNA tests proved another man fatally beat 30-year-old mother of four Barbara Pelkey in Wallingford. He currently is seeking up to $8 million from the state under Connecticut's wrongful incarceration law.

Ireland, of New Britain, has been working as a bookkeeper.

Malloy also appointed Joy Chance of Bloomfield, Rufaro Berry of Hamden, Patricia Thomas Camp of Bloomfield and Terry Borjeson of Newington to the parole board.

Police: man robbed after making online date


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Hamden police say a man was attacked and robbed at his home during an arranged meeting with an 18-year-old woman he met on an online dating site.

WVIT-TV reports the man told police he invited the woman to stop by his apartment late Tuesday, and at some point she unlocked his front door for two male accomplices.

While the woman and the resident were in his bedroom, two other men came in and hit the victim on the back with a tire iron.

Police said the woman took several items including electronics, and fled with her accomplices. Police said one of the men jumped off a 25-foot-high balcony.

Police said when they arrived around 1 a.m. Wednesday the victim was treated for injuries to his back, nose and finger. He declined to go to a hospital.

State drops felony charges against ex-TV newsman


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Prosecutors have withdrawn felony charges against former WCBS news anchor Rob Morrison accused of calling his estranged wife more than 100 times over Memorial Day weekend, violating a protective order.

The 46-year-old Morrison was arrested in June by Darien police and charged with a felony for allegedly violating a judge's order and harassing Ashley Morrison.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that Morrison pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of breach of peace.

As he left Stamford Superior Court Tuesday, Morrison said he wants to move forward and taking the case to trial would not benefit his son or wife who now lives in Florida.

Morrison was arrested in February 2013 on charges he threatened and choked his wife. Threatening and breach of peace charges were expunged from his record in April.

Officials name firefighter killed in Connecticut


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials say a Hartford firefighter who died battling a house blaze was a six-year veteran who was married with a daughter. Three other firefighters were injured.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra on Wednesday identified the firefighter as 48-year-old Kevin Bell of Hartford. Officials said he was the first city firefighter to die in the line of duty in four decades.

Segarra says the injured firefighters are 29-year-old Jason Martinez, 34-year-old Colin McWeeny and 51-year-old Kevin Burke. Martinez, of Manchester, is in critical but stable condition at the burn treatment center at Bridgeport Hospital.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire on Tuesday night in the city's North End. Residents of the home got out safely.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Bell's memory.

Poll: Connecticut governor race is a dead heat


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut's race for governor is a dead heat.

The survey of 1,085 likely voters, released Wednesday, indicates Republican businessman Tom Foley no longer holds a lead over Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

When asked whom they'd support if the election were today, 43 percent said Malloy, 43 percent said Foley and 9 percent said petitioning candidate Joe Visconti. A Sept. 10 Quinnipiac Poll gave Foley a six-percentage point lead over Malloy.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said Malloy has cut into Foley's lead among men while improving his own lead among women.

But Schwartz said the survey found voters are not overly fond of any of the candidates.

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

Coast Guard sector issues new Ebola protocol


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) One U.S. Coast Guard sector says it will contact ships that have recently been to Ebola-affected countries to ask whether passengers have symptoms of the virus before they're allowed into port.

It issued a bulletin to the maritime community in Long Island Sound, which includes parts of New York and Connecticut, on Monday. The bulletin describes protocols being put into place due to Ebola. A spokesman at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington says he's unaware of other sectors taking similar action.

The Coast Guard says the policy applies to vessels that visited affected countries within their last five ports of call.

The Obama administration is considering whether to institute extra screening at airports to check passengers coming from Ebola-stricken countries. It has said it won't halt travel from those countries.

Lawyers' fees debated in action against mayor


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former East Haven official says the town should not pay for the defense of Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. accused of sexual harassment by a former Town Hall secretary.

The New Haven Register reports that Maturo's lawyer, Hugh Keefe of New Haven, is paid by the town. John Conway, a Wallingford lawyer, is representing the town and will be paid by the town.

The ex-secretary filed a sexual harassment complaint, saying she was subjected to a hostile work environment and was sexually harassed by Maturo.

Paul Hongo, who was deputy director of town affairs for former Democratic Mayor April Capone, said Maturo, a Republican, should be told the town will not be financially liable if he is found culpable.

Town Attorney Joseph Zullo said East Haven has backed its employees in past lawsuits.

Parolee accused of string of Conn. robberies


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Waterbury police have linked a 25-year-old parolee to seven robberies in a few days, beginning with his alleged theft of a late model Audi.

The Republican-American reports police found Kevin Savage hiding in an attic crawlspace Friday. They say they had coordinates broadcast from a GPS device attached to his ankle.

Authorities say Savage robbed a Cheshire bank, a sandwich shop in Naugatuck, a Watertown gas station and tried to rob a check-cashing store in Waterbury. Naugatuck police said Savage also is a suspect in two other robberies and Waterbury police say he admitted to robbing a gas station.

Savage was arraigned Monday in Waterbury Superior Court, where he was held in lieu of bonds totaling more than $700,000. He was represented by a public defender and didn't enter a plea.

City official faces ouster over niece's hiring


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The New Britain Civil Service Commission has voted to fine Mayor Pro Tem Suzanne Bielinski $2,500 and recommends her removal from office over the hiring of her niece as the Common Council's administrative supervisor.

The Herald of New Britain reports that the commission recommended to again post the job of administrative supervisor, which is held by Jessica Gerratana. A majority of the five-member panel made the recommendation, but members would not say what the vote was because it was in executive session.

The office of Corporation Counsel may uphold the recommendation, modify it or overrule it. Bielinski may appeal in Superior Court.

Bielinski would not comment until speaking with her lawyer.

Bielinski, sister of state Sen. Terry Gerratana, was part of the interviewing but recused herself from the final vote.

Cause of death after stun gun unknown for 4 weeks


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The state office of the chief medical examiner has performed an autopsy of a man who died after New London police used a stun gun twice in eight hours, but a cause of death won't be known for four to six weeks.

The Day of New London reports that the medical examiner's office did an autopsy Sunday on 31-year-old Lashano Gilbert.

Connecticut State Police are investigating the death of the medical school graduate from the Bahamas.

New London officers arrested Gilbert for an attempted carjacking at about 7 p.m. Friday. City police say they were forced to use a stun gun on Gilbert when he resisted arrest Friday evening and when he attacked officers at the police station Saturday morning.

He died Saturday morning.

New Haven suspect in murder pleads to manslaughter


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A suspect about to go to trial on a murder charge in a shooting death three years ago has accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for 28 years.

The New Haven Register reports that Shaquan Armour pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in connection with the shooting death of Lee Mitchell.

Eleven jurors had been selected. But after discussions with his public defender, Armour decided against risking going to trial and possibly receiving a much longer sentence.

Public defender Thomas Ullmann said he had a viable self-defense case on murder but his client could have been convicted on that charge.

He said the 28-year sentence is not a slap on the wrist

Reports of campus sex crimes climbing


BOSTON (AP) New England's largest colleges reported about 40 percent more sexual assaults last year when compared to 2012, an increase experts attribute to heightened awareness of the problem and more victims coming forward.

Reports of ``forcible sex offenses'' climbed to 289 last year, up from 206 in 2012, according to a Boston Globe review of data that colleges provided in annual federally mandated reports released last week.

The issue has received increased attention from the Obama administration.

Alison Kiss, director of the Clery Center for Security On Campus, says the numbers show that students are coming forward and reporting crimes and ``ending that culture of silence.''

Specialists also believe the spike in reporting may be because colleges are becoming more thorough and transparent in collecting and disclosing sexual assault data.

State AGs looking into JPMorgan data breach


NEW YORK (AP) The attorneys general of Illinois and Connecticut will look into a breach of JPMorgan Chase's computer servers.

The office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says it will investigate the breach and will work with the office of Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. Jepsen's office says it has been in touch with JPMorgan since the breach was first disclosed.

JPMorgan Chase Co. said Thursday that the breach compromised customer information pertaining to roughly 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. It says there is no evidence that the breach included account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers or dates of birth. It also noted that it has not seen any unusual customer fraud stemming from the data breach.

JPMorgan Chase is the largest U.S. bank in terms of assets.

Enfield fires officer accused of excessive force


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) An Enfield police officer who was accused of using excessive force during an arrest in April has been fired.

Police Chief Carl Sferrazza says the decision to dismiss Officer Matthew Worden came after a thorough investigation of the events surrounding the arrest of 25-year-old Mark Maher on April 1.

A police cruiser video shows three police officers forcing Maher to the ground and Worden punching him as he was pinned down. Maher told police he was doing nothing wrong when police asked to search him and a friend at a local boat launch.

Maher was charged with assault on a police officer and interfering with police, but a judge later dismissed those charges.

Hartford's state's attorney reviewed the case and declined to file any charges against Worden.

Dad pleads guilty to assault in child abuse case


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A father has pleaded guilty to assault in what authorities called the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen.

The Connecticut Post reports that Daquon Gomillion faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12.

Prosecutors say his 5-year-old boy was beaten repeatedly with a cord during an extended period of time and a portion of an ear is missing.

John Leventhal of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital said the child has extensive scarring over most of his body and the scars are too numerous to count.

The 23-year-old Gomillion pleaded guilty Thursday to assault and risk of injury to a child under the Alford Doctrine, which means he doesn't admit his guilt but concedes there is a good chance he could be found guilty if he went to trial.

Police say principal knew of teacher's sex crime


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut high school principal and assistant principal have been charged with failing to report a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student.

Stamford police Thursday arrested Stamford High School principal Donna Valentine and assistant principal Roth Nordin.

State law requires school officials to report any suspected relationship between and adult and a student.

Valentine's attorney, Mark Sherman, says the charges are only accusations and don't reflect the principal's long commitment to the safety of her students.

The teacher, Danielle Watkins of Norwalk, turned herself in to police in July to face sexual assault and other charges.

Police say an 18-year-old student told police the 32-year-old teacher had provided him with drugs and sex for months and threatened to fail him if he told anyone.

2 state agencies spar over revoked pistol permit


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The commissioner of the state's Public Safety Department has sued the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and a Derby man appealing the return of the man's pistol permit.

Scott Lazurek was a security guard whose permit was revoked by West Haven police in June 2013 when he refused to show his permit.

The New Haven Register reports that a charge of interfering with a police officer was dismissed in July 2013. The prosecutor said Lazurek ``was just stubborn.''

The state firearms permit examiners reinstated Lazurek's permit, saying he was a ``suitable person.''

The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection filed suit in September to appeal the reinstatement, saying the permit examiner's decision was inconsistent with precedent and law.

Lazurek says he's looking forward to having the state explain what he did wrong.

Father charged with cruelty in 'timeout' for son


LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) A North Canaan man has been charged with cruelty to his son after state police say he locked the 12-year-old child in a bulkhead leading to the basement as a timeout.

The Republican-American reports that Andrew Fallon was ordered Thursday to have no contact with his son, who's living in Florida with his aunt. Bond was set at $25,000.

The 46-year-old Fallon is charged with cruelty to persons, unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a child.

Police say Fallon locked the boy in an area between metal doors that lead to a basement and the locked basement door. Fallon told his sister the space was designed as a ``timeout'' zone for the boy to avoid misbehavior.

His lawyer, Michael Sconyers, did not immediately return a call Friday morning seeking comment.

Body washes ashore in Westbrook


WESTBROOK, Conn. (AP) State police are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that washed ashore in a beachfront neighborhood in Westbrook.

Troopers blocked off the Grove Beach area Wednesday morning as a state police Major Crime Squad team responded to the scene.

Police identified the woman as 72-year-old Carolee Bentley, who had home addresses in both Westbrook and White Plains, New York.

The body was found on the beach in a neighborhood of shorefront homes along a private road.

It's not clear how she died.

Connecticut man accused of tossing dog from car


ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) Authorities in New Jersey have accused a Connecticut man of forcing a dog out of a moving vehicle on the Garden State Parkway, resulting in its death.

Authorities issued 65-year-old Timothy Yowell of Bristol, Connecticut, with animal cruelty.

The Union County Prosecutor's Office says Yowell was driving on the parkway in Clark on Sept. 11 when the dog was forced from the car. The prosecutor's office says the rear of Yowell's car hit the dog before it was fatally struck by a second vehicle.

Assistant Prosecutor Jill O'Malley says Yowell did not stop and left the area. A tag was recovered indicating that the dog belonged to Yowell.

A conviction carries a prison sentence of 3 to 5 years.

Bank robber using assault rifle draws 9 years


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A bank robber who used an assault rifle in his heist has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

The Republican-American reports that Robert Jervis brought a Colt AR-15 rifle with him when he entered the bank last September and ordered customers to the floor.

Following a tip, police found Jervis the next day. Police recovered the rifle, cash from the bank and heroin.

The 29-year-old Jarvis pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of narcotics, breach of peace and violating his probation.

Two employees from the bank appeared in Waterbury Superior Court for Jervis's sentencing Wednesday, saying the robbery was terrifying. The teller who handed over the cash said she feared being shot.

Jervis was apologetic but Judge Roland Fasano said the robbery seemed to be more about intimidating people, rather than money.

Principal: Players were subjected to racist slurs


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A school principal says members of his high school's football team were subjected to racist taunts from among a group of adults in an eastern Connecticut town where his team had just played an away game and lost.

New London High School principal Tommy Thompson says a fight broke out after fans in Plainfield used the N-word in taunts against the players, called them ``monkeys'' and told them to ``get back in their cages'' when the players were heading to their buses Friday.

Two former Plainfield high school students were charged with breach of peace in connection with the fight.

Plainfield Police Chief Michael Surprenant says no one interviewed by police Friday mentioned the slurs, but he says the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

Police: Copper theft leads to man's electrocution


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Police say a Waterbury man has been electrocuted while trying to steal copper from a closed public housing complex.

The Republican-American reports authorities found bolt cutters that Jose Ortiz was using to strip wiring from a transformer box. The bolt cutters were soldered to the box.

Police say a hat, socks and shoe were nearby. The 48-year-old Ortiz was taken to Waterbury Hospital at 10 p.m. Sunday, wearing a shoe that matched the other found at the housing site. Authorities don't know who took him to the hospital, where he was declared dead.

Police don't believe Ortiz stole anything before he cut into the wrong wire. Housing officials say the empty building has been robbed repeatedly in recent months.

Housing authority Chairman James Lawlor says the building has been stripped.

Family plans 1-year memorial in DC shooting death


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The family of a Stamford woman who was fatally shot in her car in Washington, D.C., will protest on the one-year anniversary at the site where she was killed.

The Advocate of Stamford reports Valarie Carey said her family is seeking a ``fair and unbiased'' federal investigation into the Oct. 3, 2013, shooting death of her sister, Miriam Carey.

Prosecutors who investigated the incident that put the Capitol on lockdown concluded that officers from the Secret Service and the Capitol Police did not use excessive force and did not have the criminal intent required for a prosecution.

Valarie Carey said her family will head to Washington on Friday with supporters and friends. The gathering is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Garfield Memorial Circle on 1st Street in Washington.

Norwich man draws 14 years in toddler's death


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Norwich man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shaken-baby death of a toddler has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Michael Rios was sentenced in New London Superior Court Monday to the maximum term he agreed to in a plea deal. He was babysitting his girlfriend's daughter in May 2013.

Rios' sister and father asked the judge to reduce his sentence.

The child's mother, grandmother and step-grandfather asked that he draw the full 14 years, which they said is insufficient.

The 23-year-old Rios was sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspended after 14 years, followed by five years' probation. Conditions of his probation forbid Rios from having contact with minors or dating anyone who has minor children without receiving permission from probation officers.

Man acquitted of alleged abuse of adopted boy


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has acquitted a former Glastonbury man of sexually abusing one of nine children he and his former husband adopted through the state Department of Children and Families.

Superior Court Judge Julia Dewey in Hartford found 46-year-old Douglas Wirth not guilty of several sexual assault charges Monday. Wirth's former husband, George Harasz, is expected to go on trial next month on similar charges involving two adopted boys.

Wirth chose a trial before a judge instead of a jury. The Hartford Courant reported that a therapist testified that Wirth's accuser is a pathological liar.

Authorities said in 2011 arrest warrants that two boys, then ages 5 and 15, accused Harasz of sexually assaulting them and Wirth of a lesser sexual assault of the 15-year-old.

Harasz denies the allegations.

Transit report: Crime up in 2014 on Metro-North


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A transit report says crime has risen since last year on Metro North Railroad, but officials of the commuter line and an advocate say riders are safe.

A report released Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says 107 felonies were reported through August compared with 91 for the first eight months of 2013.

The Connecticut Post reports that 29 of the 72 grand larcenies were aboard trains. Five involved shoplifting at stores in Grand Central Terminal and 17 involved the theft of railroad property, including tools and copper.

Spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says most are crimes involving property, not individuals. She says the trains, stations and Grand Central are safe.

James Cameron, head of the Commuter Action Group, says much of the crime is theft of personal belongings, particularly when commuters fall asleep.

Motorist accused of hit-and-run at Durham Fair


DURHAM, Conn. (AP) A motorist accused of drunken driving and striking a pedestrian near the Durham Fair is headed to court.

Police say Deborah Conradi of West Haven struck Julia Rorke of Guilford as she was walking south on Route 17 Saturday night in Durham.

The 53-year-old Conradi is accused of leaving the scene. Other motorists forced her to stop.

Rorke is being treated for injuries at Hartford Hospital.

Conradi is charged with driving under the influence, assault, evading responsibility, and failure to maintain a lane. She's due in court Monday.

She was held in custody on $25,000 bond.

It was not known Monday morning if she's represented by a lawyer.

Milford mulls smoking ban at Little League fields


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Milford's Recreation Department is considering a smoking ban at Little League fields and possibly parks, beaches and other recreation areas.

The New Haven Register reports Director of Recreation Paul Piscitelli says it's an idea, not yet a formal proposal to be brought to the Parks, Beach and Recreation Commission. He says the department has received complaints over the last few years about smoking at ball fields.

Municipal health and recreation officials say it's not just about second-hand smoke, but also about setting an example for youth and reducing litter.

Chris Stan, spokesman for the state's Department of Health, said of the state's 169 municipalities, 12 have smoke-free parks and beaches.

Engineer sues Metro-North over 2013 derailment


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An engineer who was injured in the May 2013 derailment of a commuter train in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has sued Metro-North Railroad. It's the latest of more than 25 lawsuits filed in the derailment.

Steven Bauer of Orange says in his lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court that he suffered serious and permanent injuries. The lawsuit claims Metro-North failed to provide a safe work environment and operated the railroad recklessly. It seeks more than $75,000 in damages.

Spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says Metro-North doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Four of the 28 people who sued Metro-North for injuries have accepted settlements. Terms of the deals weren't disclosed.

An eastbound train derailed May 17, 2013, in Bridgeport and was struck about 20 seconds later by a westbound train. More than 70 people were injured.

Probe of deaths of 3 women prod large reward offer


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Officials are offering a $150,000 reward, the largest ever in Connecticut, for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed three women who disappeared more than a decade ago.

The New Britain Herald reports that a task force of state and local law enforcement officials said Friday that a lone killer was responsible. The women were last seen in 2003 and their remains were found behind a shopping center in 2007.

The task force is leading the investigation into the deaths of 53-year-old Diane Cusack, 24-year-old Joyvaline Martinez and 40-year-old -Mary Jane Menard.

Police on Friday identified Menard as one of the victims.

Bridgeport lawmaker charged with election fraud


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport state Rep. Christina Ayala is facing state election fraud charges, accused of voting in the wrong district.

The 31-year-old Democrat was arrested by inspectors from the Chief State's Attorney's Office on Friday. She was charged with eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations, and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

The arrest warrant alleges Ayla voted between 2009 and 2012 in various Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee elections, a municipal primary election and a state primary election in districts where she didn't reside. The warrant also claims Ayala fabricated evidence about her address.

A message was left seeking comment with Ayala's attorney.

Ayala lost the Democratic primary for the 128th House District in August. Her term ends at the end of 2014.

Navy seeks to adapt training for millennials


GROTON, Conn. (AP) The commanding officer of Groton's submarine school says the Navy is looking for ways to adapt its training for millennials.

Navy Capt. Andrew Jarrett says young people raised in a child-centric culture want and expect relationships with their bosses. He said some junior officers have struggled with Navy ways and he has made mentoring a priority.

Jarrett oversees the training of enlisted sailors and officers as commander of the school at Naval Submarine Base New London.

A 1989 graduate of the Naval Academy who describes himself as a member of Generation X, Jarrett said that while some see millennials' desire for feedback as a weakness it could be a benefit if the Navy embraces it.

He said Friday in a talk with a veterans' group the broader Navy is exploring changes to tailor training for the next generation.

Lawyer convicted of laundering drug dealers' money


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Seymour lawyer has been convicted of money laundering charges and faces up to 40 years in prison.

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier says he will appeal. The 62-year-old lawyer denies knowing Yazdik's money was from drug deals.

His former client, Bruce Yazdzik, testified he made thousands of dollars selling pain pills and needed to launder his cash. The 31-year-old admitted Oxycontin dealer said Crozier helped him legally establish two businesses.

Yazdik, of Waterbury, has been convicted of participating in a drug-trafficking ring.

A prosecutor described Crozier as Yazdzik's ``do everything'' lawyer who went too far.

Federal authorities charged Crozier with conspiracy to commit money laundering after they say he helped Yazdzik invest $30,000 in a failed solar energy company, despite knowing the money had come from drug dealing.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Cops: Student shared pot-laced lollipops with pals


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A police chief in Connecticut says a girl handed out marijuana-laced lollipops to classmates at her high school, and one student was hospitalized.

Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza tells the Journal Inquirer that the Enfield High student acknowledged sharing the tainted lollipops, which were laced with THC, an active ingredient in marijuana. She said she received the candy in the mail from California.

The police chief says a 16-year-old girl was hospitalized overnight Monday after consuming one of the lollipops. But he says the student who brought the tainted lollipops to school denied giving any to her.

Because the student is being charged is a juvenile, she will not be arrested. Sferrazza says she'll instead be referred to juvenile court.

Harford officer cleared in use of stun gun on teen


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the use of a stun gun against a city teenager that prompted demonstrations of protests in which the police chief participated and drew criticism by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

A ruling released by the Hartford Police Department's internal affairs division on Thursday found Detective Shawn Ware was within Hartford police conduct and policies when he used a stun gun on 18-year-old Luis Anglero Aug. 19. Authorities say the officer was responding to an unruly crowd.

Anglero was hospitalized and charged with breach of peace and interfering.

His family said he was obeying Ware's orders when the detective stunned him.

Malloy said the videotaped incident left him ``momentarily sickened,'' which drew a rebuke by the president of the Hartford police union.

Security stepped up along Connecticut rail lines


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's governor has ordered state police to increase their presence along rail lines and at Bradley International Airport.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy said he issued the order Thursday in light of events overseas and out of abundance of caution. He said there is no credible threat against Connecticut and the measures are precautionary.

Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that captive Islamic State militants told his intelligence agents of an alleged plot to attack subways in the United States and Paris.

Malloy's order affects security along Metro-North and Amtrak train lines.

Greenwich man accused of racial slurs over ticket


NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) Police say a Greenwich man who was issued a ticket over a parking spot used racial slurs against an officer and said he was singled out because he's white.

The Advocate of Stamford reports David G. Liebenguth was arrested Sept. 17 on a charge of second-degree breach of peace.

The arrest warrant released Wednesday says the New Canaan parking enforcement officer issued a ticket to Liebenguth after finding his car parked in an unpaid spot.

Police say Liebenguth started an argument became verbally abusive. In a letter to New Canaan officials, Liebenguth accused the officer of harassment.

A call to a phone number listed in Liebenguth's name was not immediately returned Thursday morning.

Liebenguth turned himself in Sept. 17 and was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29.

Lawyer sues New Haven over gun arrest at theater


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A lawyer has sued New Haven and Police Chief Dean Esserman over his arrest two years ago for bringing a gun to a movie theater.

Immigration attorney Sung-Ho Hwang claims that the city, Esserman and four officers violated his state constitutional rights when they arrested him on Aug. 7, 2012. His lawyer says police at the scene knew Hwang was licensed to carry a gun.

He was charged with breach of peace and interfering with officers. The charges were dismissed.

The lawsuit seeks more than $15,000 in damages.

The New Haven Register reports the city attorney's office and Esserman were not reached for comment.

Hwang was waiting for the start of ``Dark Knight Rises'' a few weeks after 12 people were fatally shot at an Aurora, Colorado, theater showing the film.

Foley defends urban plan amid claims it was lifted


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A spokesman for Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley says most of the ideas included in his urban plan came from a public policy think tank he founded.

Democrats are accusing Foley of lifting ideas for his plan, unveiled Wednesday, from Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other sources.

Chris Cooper, Foley's spokesman, said ``borrowing policy ideas from states that have successfully road-tested new policy initiatives is not plagiarism, it's smart.''

Democrats sent an email highlighting passages from Foley's plan that are the same or similar to those in an article about urban crime in Louisiana. Mark Bergman, a spokesman for Malloy's campaign, accused Foley of being ``devoid of a specific thought or idea for urban communities.''

A cap on local car taxes is among Foley's proposals.

Norwalk, Islamic center resolve mosque lawsuit


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Norwalk and an Islamic center have resolved a two-year-old lawsuit over construction of a mosque, with the city paying $2 million and promising to help find an alternate location for the mosque and meeting hall.

The Hour of Norwalk reports that the Common Council unanimously approved the plan Tuesday evening.

Norwalk will pay litigation damages to Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk, buy Al Madany's site and help it find an alternative site.

Al Madany spokesman Farhan Memon called it a good outcome.

Council President Douglas E. Hempstead said council members balanced their fiduciary responsibilities to taxpayers and guarantees of freedom of religion.

Al Madany sued after the Zoning Commission rejected plans for a 27,000-square-foot building. Neighbors said it was too large for the site in a residential neighborhood.

MTA proposes New Haven rail line to Penn Sta.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proposing to extend Metro-North Railroad's New Haven line to Penn Station in Manhattan.

The regional transit agency's $32 billion capital program also proposes to build four stations in the Bronx, buy subway cars, Staten Island Railway cars and buses, improve tracks, signals and other equipment and upgrade bridges.

But the agency says it doesn't have enough money. MTA says it's identified about $17 billion in funding sources that includes money from Washington, bonding and $3 billion in unspecified MTA sources.

MTA says it will work with its partners, including Connecticut and New York, to bridge a $15.2 billion gap.

Metro-North's New Haven line now ends at Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan's East Side. The extension will provide access to the West Side.

Ex-deputy DMV commissioner accused of sex assault


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A former deputy commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles has been charged with sexual assault.

Victor Diaz was arrested Tuesday on accusations of sexual assault involving a victim younger than 16.

The arrest of the former high-level state employee drew a statement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who said the allegations are ``reprehensible.''

The 36-year-old Diaz was charged with 13 crimes, including sexual assault, unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor and employing a minor in an obscene performance. He was held on $750,000 bond after appearing in Waterbury Superior Court.

Diaz's lawyer, Martin Minnella, said he should be released without bond and instead be fitted with a GPS device to track his movements.

Diaz, a Waterbury Democrat and deputy city clerk, resigned his DMV job Sept. 9.

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