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Malloy: Trump address designed for supporters, not nation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says President Donald Trump's inaugural speech was designed for his supporters, not the entire country.

In attendance at Friday's ceremonies, the Democrat said the address was "a speech that was designed for, at best, 48 percent of the folks who voted" in the November election.

Malloy, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, tells The Associated Press he wants to work with the administration. He's urging the new Republican president to "stop being a candidate and become our president," which he says "means a heartfelt attempt to be the president for all."

An active supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton, Malloy was critical of Trump during the campaign. In turn, Trump called Malloy "a bad governor."

Malloy is participating in the Women's March in Hartford on Saturday.


Toddler found wandering on busy street; mom charged

WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) - Police have charged the mother of a 3-year-old girl who was found wandering alone in the middle of a street in Wolcott.

WFSB-TV reports that cars stopped on the road Thursday afternoon to help the toddler, who was wearing only a diaper and a shirt.

The child's mother, 24-year-old Kaila Lanfair, told police her daughter had been asleep when she went into a bathroom. When she heard cars screeching to a halt outside the home she looked outside and saw the girl in the road.

Lanfair said her front door has childproof knobs and she doesn't know how her daughter got out.

Police say Lanfair is charged with risk of injury to a minor.

The investigation is continuing.


Police: Man found dead near mall may be hit-and-run victim

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a 61-year-old man whose dead body was found near a Connecticut mall this week is the apparent victim of a hit-and-run.

Police say Kim Weeks, of New London, was found Thursday morning neat the Crystal Mall in Waterford.

It is believed that he was struck by a vehicle either Wednesday night of early Thursday.

Lt. Dave Burton says police have identified and seized a blue Toyota Sienna minivan that may have been involved.

No names have been released.

The death remains under investigation.


Malloy budget office projects surplus for current year

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director is estimating Connecticut will now end this fiscal year with a surplus.

In a letter released Friday to the State Comptroller, Ben Barnes credited "strong collections over the past few months" from the corporation tax for the projected $23.3 million surplus in the general fund, the state's main spending account.

The budget is also benefiting from the state's recent $31.5 million share from a nationwide settlement with Moody's credit rating agency.

However, Barnes says revenues from the state sales tax "continue to underperform our monthly targets" and projected income tax revenues have been revised downward.

For much of the year, deficits have been projected for this fiscal year. The new fiscal year, which begins July 1, is estimated to be $1.5 billion in deficit.


Town leaders: official accused of sex assault should resign

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - Town leaders in Greenwich are calling for the resignation of a local official charged with groping a woman.

The Board of Selectmen issued a statement Friday saying Christopher von Keyserling should resign from the Representative Town Meeting. The three board members said the 71-year-old von Keyserling has damaged Greenwich's reputation.

Von Keyserling did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday.

The Greenwich Time reported Friday that von Keyserling has temporarily stepped aside from the post in the aftermath of his arrest.

He was charged with misdemeanor sexual assault Jan. 11, accused of pinching a 57-year-old woman in the groin area at a town-owned medical care center.

He told police the incident was meant as a joke and he apologized. His lawyer says it wasn't sexual in nature.


Guilty plea by man in $3M Connecticut jewelry heist

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty for his role in a kidnapping and the theft of about $3 million worth of merchandise from a Connecticut jewelry store.

Timothy Forbes, of Allentown, entered his plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

Federal prosecutors say the 35-year-old Forbes was one of five men involved in the April 2013 heist.

Four of the men broke into a Meriden apartment, bound the four occupants, and forcefully brought two of them to the Fairfield jewelry store where they worked. There they met Forbes. After they stole about $3 million worth of watches, jewelry and loose diamonds, Forbes served as the getaway driver.

Forbes faces life in prison at sentencing, scheduled for April.

The other four defendants have already pleaded guilty.


Cops: SUV reported stolen prior to crash that killed 3

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Police say a speeding SUV that went airborne and crashed into a tree in Massachusetts, leaving three people dead, was reported stolen in Connecticut days earlier.

A fire department spokesman says one person died at the scene in Springfield on Tuesday night. Police say a second person died at a hospital Tuesday night and another died Wednesday morning.

Names are being withheld until their families can be notified. The victims were described as two females and a male between 17 and 20 years old.

Two others who were in the vehicle remain hospitalized in critical condition.

Police say the SUV had been reported stolen in Milford, Connecticut on Saturday.

Authorities say the vehicle was traveling more than 60 mph when it crashed. The street's speed limit is 30 mph.


Man admits heroin distribution after overdose death

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - An East Lyme man is facing up to two decades in prison after admitting he provided heroin to another man who fatally overdosed in a running vehicle last summer with a young child in the back seat.

The Hartford Courant reports 25-year-old Christopher Stevens pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin in New Haven federal court on Wednesday. His sentencing is scheduled for mid-April.

Federal prosecutors say authorities identified Stevens after investigating a June overdose death in East Lyme.

Authorities say Stevens met the man at his home. The man received heroin shortly before his fatal overdose.

The medical examiner's office determined the man died from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. It's 50 times more powerful than heroin.


First piece of 6-state National Wildlife Refuge is in NY

DOVER, N.Y. (AP) The first piece of a new National Wildlife Refuge spanning six states has been established on 144 acres donated by The Nature Conservancy in New York's Hudson Valley, 70 miles north of New York City.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge will be located on non-contiguous land in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. The first section, in the Dutchess County town of Dover, was announced Wednesday.

The federal agency plans to work with willing landowners to acquire up to 23.4 square miles of shrubland and young forest that provide habitat for New England cottontails, monarch butterflies, American woodcock and other species of concern.

The Nellie Hill Preserve in Dover has been managed by The Nature Conservancy for 25 years.


Man gets 18 months for severing man's leg in drunken crash

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to drunken driving and other charges in connection with a car crash last year that severed a man's leg.

The Record-Journal reports that 32-year-old Danny Perez was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison.

The New Britain man pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine, which means while he disagrees with some evidence he acknowledges there is enough for a conviction.

Police say the victim, 35-year-old Benjamin Ariza, of Meriden, was standing between two vehicles on the night of Feb. 16 when Perez crashed into the rear of one of them, pinning Ariza. His left leg was severed in the crash while his right leg was severely injured.

Police say Perez's blood-alcohol content was well above the legal limit to drive.


Owner of Connecticut spa faces prostitution charges

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - The owner of Connecticut day spa located across the street from town hall and close to a police station is facing prostitution charges.

Hamden police said Monday that 55-year-old Jianwei Zhang, owner of the Kismet Day Spa, was arrested last week and charged with engaging in and permitting prostitution on the premises.

The Randolph, Massachusetts woman was detained on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Jan. 27.

Capt. Ronald Smith said in a release that police started investigating after they received information that prostitution had been occurring at the site.

No one answered the phone at the spa.


Bobcat that jumped on woman, scratched 2 others is killed

EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a bobcat that jumped on a woman and scratched two other women trying to help her in Connecticut has been shot and killed.

The attack happened Tuesday in a greenhouse in Colchester.

The three women were treated at a medical center.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it's rare for bobcats to attack people, but when they do, rabies is often the cause.

The bobcat was taken to the state health lab for a rabies test.

The greenhouse is on the property of The Caring Community, a social service provider for residential and day programs.


Cleanup efforts complete at ex-industrial site in Waterbury

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Officials say they've finished the environmental cleanup of a former industrial site in Waterbury.

The Republican-American reports construction on a new home for the city's Department of Public Works is expected to begin in the spring at the former MacDermid industrial complex.

Director of Purchasing Rocco Orso says they've received bids for the last construction trades needed for construction. He expects a cost projection in about two weeks and estimates construction will take about a year and a half.

The city referred questions about the cost and success of the cleanup to the Waterbury Development Corp. Attempts to reach the city's semipublic development arm weren't immediately successful.

WDC previously projected it would cost $20 million to raze part of the structure, renovate it and add new space.


Man pleads guilty in 2015 death of victim shot in 2009

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2015 death of a man originally shot outside a barbershop in 2009.

The Connecticut Post reports that 28-year-old Eric Brown pleaded guilty last week in the shooting and death of Dan Rauso.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Shelton man walked outside after getting a haircut at a Bridgeport barbershop in December 2009 and was shot by two men during a robbery.

Rauso survived the shooting but was left a quadriplegic. He died in December 2015.

Prosecutors say an autopsy showed he died as a result of complications from the shooting.

Police think Brown was the shooter. He pleaded guilty just before his trial was scheduled to start.

Brown faces a 10-year prison term when he is sentenced March 31.


Attorney: Greenwich official will deny sex assault charge

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) -- The lawyer for a Greenwich official says his client will plead not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman last month following a disagreement at a town-owned senior facility.


The Greenwich Time reports 71-year-old Chris von Keyserling, a member of the Representative Town Meeting of Greenwich, was arrested last week in connection with the Dec. 9 incident.


Court documents say a worker at the Nathaniel Witherell Home went to her office when a brief political discussion with von Keyserling became acrimonious.


Police say von Keyserling, of Cos Cob, inappropriately touched her when she tried to leave.


Von Keyserling faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge. He's expected in court next week.


His attorney, Phil Russell, says the incident wasn't sexual in nature and says the charge stems from a "jocular" moment.


State Supreme Court to hear appeal in newlywed killing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The case of a man convicted of killing his wife of just three weeks in 2009 is heading to the state Supreme Court.

Justices are scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether Chihan Eric Chyung should get a new trial.

The 53-year-old Chyung was convicted of murder and manslaughter in 2014 in the fatal shooting of 46-year-old Paige Anne Bennett in their Norwich home. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. A judge dismissed the manslaughter conviction, saying Chyung couldn't be convicted of two homicide charges for one act.

Chyung testified his 9 mm pistol fired accidentally while he argued with Bennett.

His appeal says the jury verdicts convicting him of murder and manslaughter were conflicting. He says murder is an intentional act and manslaughter is a reckless act.


10 dogs dead after house catches fire in South Windsor

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) Several dogs are dead after a house burst into flames in South Windsor.

Firefighters arrived at a single family home on Sunday night and found the roof engulfed in flames.

WTNH-TV reports the resident wasn't home when the blaze broke out but later arrived and told emergency workers her 10 dogs were trapped inside.

South Windsor firefighters and an engine company from Manchester took a half-hour to get the fire under control and several hours to completely extinguish it.

WTNH-TV says the dogs couldn't be saved.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. There were no other injuries.


Woman charged in scissors killing faces arraignment

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death with scissors is facing a court arraignment.

Samantha Wheeler is set to be arraigned Tuesday in the section of Hartford Superior Court that handles the most serious cases. She's charged with murder in the killing of 43-year-old Myron Sanborn in East Hartford last February.

An arrest warrant affidavit says Wheeler told police that Sanborn stabbed himself. She said they were arguing at the Madison Inn motel and she was going to leave, but Sanborn told her he would harm himself if she left.

The affidavit says Wheeler told police Sanborn then went into the bathroom, came out with an injury a short time later and asked her to call 911.

Police say the evidence shows Sanborn's injuries were not self-inflicted.


PETA offers $5K reward in case of abandoned pit bull

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An animal cruelty prevention group is offering a $5,000 reward for anybody who comes forward with information that leads to a criminal conviction in the case of a pit bull found abandoned inside a wire crate in East Haven.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the dog is now recovering at a shelter but authorities have not determined who left the animal inside the crate.

Animal control officers on Tuesday found the dog in the crate beside trash cans in freezing temperatures. PETA says the dog did not have food or water and was left to starve or freeze to death. The organization is urging anyone with information about the dog to call the East Haven Animal Shelter.


Yale provides more details of alleged sexual misconduct

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Lawyers for Yale University are providing more details of the alleged sexual misconduct that led to the expulsion last year of basketball captain Jack Montague.

Montague has asked for an injunction that would allow him to return to school.

His lawsuit alleges a Title IX officer brought a complaint despite being told the woman did not believe Montague heard her when she tried to end their sexual encounter.

Yale, in a filing opposing Montague's request, says the woman made it clear she did not want to have intercourse, and that when finished, Montague apologized.

The school says the panel adjudicating the case did not believe Montague's version because of his "selective memory and his shifting recollection with respect to how he obtained consent."

Montague does not face criminal charges.


Police arrest 19-year-old in death of missing dirt biker

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 19-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of a dirt biker who went missing the day after Christmas.

Police say Kevin Weismore of Sterling was taken into custody Friday after he led police to the body of Todd Allen in a wooded area near Weismore's home.

Weismore, who police say knew Allen, is being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if he had hired an attorney.

Police say Allen had been stabbed multiple times.

Allen, known as TJ, went missing on Dec. 26. Two friends reported the Sterling man sent text messages saying he had fallen from his motorcycle and hurt his leg.

A massive search turned up nothing.


More than 3,000 pounds of mislabeled chicken soup recalled

LYNN, Mass. (AP) - Federal officials say a Massachusetts company is recalling more than 3,000 pounds of chicken soup due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The federal Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Kettle Cuisine's 24-ounce cups of "Mom's Chicken Soup" with a "use by" date of Feb. 17 is actually Italian wedding soup with meatballs.

The recalled items were sent to Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Health officials say the soup's unlabeled ingredients are known allergens and could harm those who consume them.

The products have the establishment number "P-18468" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

There haven't been any confirmed reports of allergic reactions to the mislabeled soup.

The Lynn company didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.


Newington woman charged with DUI in fatal crash found dead

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Police say a woman charged with driving under the influence in a fatal crash last year has been found dead in her Newington home.

Chief Stephen Clark says 34-year-old Katell Gunning was declared dead on Wednesday.

The medical examiner's office says further study is necessary to determine exactly what caused Gunning's death.

Gunning had been restricted to her home since she was arrested in October.

Police say Gunning admitted to using cocaine and about 10 bags of heroin hours before crashing an SUV into the back of a pickup truck on Interstate 91 in Windsor Locks. The truck rolled and struck a guardrail, killing 46-year-old Kevin Dutra of Colchester.

Police say Gunning subsequently drove to a Wal-Mart store in East Windsor.


Connecticut governor, DGA chair to attend Trump inauguration

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, says he will attend next week's presidential inauguration even though his ``first inclination was to decline'' the invitation.

An active surrogate for Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign, Malloy noted Friday how President-Elect Donald Trump was not his preferred candidate or that of most Connecticut voters.

And while Malloy says Trump's recent conduct hasn't ``assuaged my grave concern that he intends to fundamentally lead this nation in the wrong direction,'' the Democrat contends ``compassionate and reasoned voices'' shouldn't shrink away ``be they Democrat, Republican or independent.''

Malloy was an outspoken Trump critic during the campaign, describing him as having ``fascist tendencies.'' Trump took political shots at Malloy during a Connecticut rally, calling him a ``bad governor.''


Greenwich GOP charged with sexual assault for allegedly pinching woman in groin area

A Greenwich Republican has been charged with sexual assault for pinching a woman in the groin area.  The Greenwich Daily Voice reports that 71-year old Christopher von Keyserling was arrested in Greenwich Town Hall on Wednesday.  On December 8th, von Keyserling and a 57-year old woman spoke briefly about politics and she told him  "it was a new world politically" and he had to educate his fellow politicians. 


The warrant says he allegedly replied "I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct".  After further back and forth, he allegedly called her a lazy, bloodsucking union employee. 


The warrant says the woman said "(expletive deleted) you" and walked into her office, followed by von Keyserling, who was looking to talk with her co-worker.  According to the warrant, the woman and her co-worker left.  As  she walked by, he allegedly pinched her in the groin area.  The Daily Voice reports that he allegedly said to the woman "it would be your word against mine and nobody will believe you".


Von Keyserling was told to not have any contact with the woman and to stay away from the town facility until he was contacted by the facility's executive director.  The Daily Voice reports that Police say surveillance camera footage is consistent with the sequence of events described by the complainant.


Man gets federal prison in bogus opioid prescription scheme

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man has been sentenced to 4 .5 years in federal prison after admitting to his role in a scheme to sell more than 80,000 pain pills obtained through bogus prescriptions.

Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Alejandro ``Pun'' Prosper was also sentenced Tuesday to four years of supervised release.

Prosper pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess oxycodone, an opioid prescription painkiller. Eleven individuals are charged in the scheme.

Prosecutors say the group used the personal identifying information of medical practitioners to create fraudulent prescriptions.

So-called ``runners'' then filled the fraudulent prescriptions at pharmacies. Their information was kept on file and used to create other fraudulent prescriptions.

Prosecutors say Prosper bought large amounts of unlawfully-obtained oxycodone and sold the pills to his own customers, along with other narcotics.


School probing ex-head after learning of sex assault reports

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) A private boarding school in western Massachusetts is investigating possible misconduct by a former headmaster after a Connecticut boarding school said it uncovered credible sexual assault reports about him from the 1960s.

The Republican reports the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut said Tuesday an internal investigation revealed credible reports that Robert Ward sexually assaulted and made advances toward students from 1960 to 1965.

Ward served as Dean of Students at Amherst College from 1968 to 1973.

He was the head of Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts from 1972 to 1979. Ward died in 1986.

Williston officials say the school has retained an independent investigator and is asking alumni for testimony about possible misconduct.

The investigation comes after an unidentified Williston teacher resigned in 2015 after admitting to sexual misconduct.


Ex-TV meteorologist pleads guilty to child porn charge

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) A former meteorologist at a Connecticut television station has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

The Record-Journal reports that 33-year-old Justin Goldstein pleaded guilty last week to second-degree possession of child pornography.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Goldstein has agreed to serve three years of a 10-year sentence, followed by 10 years of probation.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 17. Goldstein remains free on $200,000 bond.

Goldstein worked for WTNH-TV in New Haven. He was suspended after his arrest in July. A station executive says he no longer works there.

Police started investigating after video files of suspected child porn were downloaded from Goldstein's internet account. Authorities say they found child porn on computers and other devices at Goldstein's Hamden home.

His lawyer did not immediately return a voicemail Thursday.


Police seek suspect in connection to stolen SWAT gear

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut have obtained an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly stole SWAT gear.

Milford police are pursuing 26-year-old Justin Parsell in connection with the theft of an assault rifle and tactical gear. Police say Bridgeport Police Sgt. William Simpson left his car unlocked outside of his Milford home on Jan. 3 when the SWAT weapon was stolen.

Parsell's handprint was found on the inside windshield of the car.

The gun and gear were later recovered.

The Connecticut Post reports Parsell is believed to be travelling with an 18-year-old Milford girl named Madison Krieder who was recently reported missing.

Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said Simpson has been placed on restrictive duty pending an internal investigation.


Deer rescued from frozen Connecticut river is euthanized

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) - A deer that was rescued from a frozen Connecticut river has been euthanized because it suffered severe injuries.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says Tuesday that the deer hadn't moved much since being rescued from the Farmington River Monday. It had been chased there by coyotes.

An environmental conservation officer took the deer to a local veterinarian, who determined that it had a broken shoulder and jaw, among other injuries, and was too badly hurt to be saved.

The deer had tried to pull itself out of the water but ended up toward the river's edge and became stuck with its legs split. Video shows a rescuer crawl onto the ice and throw a sheet over the deer's head. Both are pulled back to the riverbank.


Trial begins for man charged with throwing baby off bridge

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of a Connecticut man charged with throwing his 7-month son off a 90-foot-high bridge.

The selection process in Tony Moreno's trial started Tuesday in Middletown Superior Court. Evidence is expected to begin in early February.

The 23-year-old Middletown man pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the July 2015 death of his son, Aaden.

Police say Moreno threw his son off the Arrigoni Bridge over the Connecticut River between Middletown and Portland and then jumped off himself after arguing with the boy's mother.

A judge interviewed more than a dozen prospective jurors Tuesday. He dismissed people who said had family, work, child care or health issues.

No jurors were chosen. The selection process is set to resume Wednesday.


2 drivers get probation in 2015 crash that left boy, 8, dead

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two drivers have each been sentenced to a year of probation stemming from an April 2015 crash that left an 8-year-old East Hartford boy dead.

The Hartford Courant reports 32-year-old Hawa Pabai pleaded no contest on Monday to evading responsibility. Twenty-five-year-old Joel Oviedo-Garcia pleaded guilty to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.

Pabai was driving in East Hartford when a ball rolled into the road. She told police she stopped because she thought a child would follow it.

Oviedo-Garcia's car crashed into the back of Pabai's SUV. The SUV was sent onto the sidewalk and ran over Carlos Hernandez Jr., who died of injuries.

Pabai exited the SUV and ran away.

Pabai and Oviedo-Garcia have apologized. The judge also sentenced each to complete 50 hours of community service.


2 degrees for price of 1: Schools offer free grad training

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - At least one university is dangling tuition-free professional graduate degrees as a way to entice applicants at a time of lean budgets and intense competition.

The University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, made the pitch this week. It announced that undergraduates studying business management and accounting will be able to qualify for a fifth-year master's degree with no additional tuition.

University President Rhona Free says officials hope whatever they lose in graduate tuition they will more than make up for by attracting more undergraduate students.

At Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, about 20 percent of graduating seniors take advantage of tuition-free fifth-year master's degrees in areas including finance, management and public administration.


Rescuers save deer trapped on frozen Connecticut river

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) - A deer has been rescued after being trapped for hours on a frozen river in Simsbury.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says coyotes chased the deer onto the thin ice covering the Farmington River.

Animal Control Officer Mark Rudewicz says the deer had to pull itself out of the water at one point on Monday. It then moved toward the edge of the river and became stuck with its legs split.

Members of an animal rights group tossed dirt onto the ice to help the deer get its footing.

Video shows a rescuer later crawl onto the ice, throw a sheet over the deer's head and hold tightly to the animal as both are pulled back to the riverbank.


Ex-Mansfield schools superintendent pleads guilty to theft

VERNON, Conn. (AP) The former superintendent of schools in Mansfield is facing up to two years in prison after pleading guilty to bilking thousands of dollars from taxpayers by receiving bogus mileage reimbursements.

Sixty-six-year-old Frederick Baruzzi pleaded guilty to larceny late last week under the Alford doctrine, which means he doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there's enough evidence for a conviction.

Baruzzi's sentencing is scheduled for late March.

State police say Baruzzi claimed to have driven nearly 96,000 miles over a two-year period while on the job.

He was paid nearly $32,000 in mileage reimbursement for the 2012-13 school year and nearly $22,000 in reimbursement the following school year.

Baruzzi resigned in January 2015. Police say he later admitted to falsifying his mileage reimbursement requests and said he repaid about $71,000.


Police: Woman crushed by car door in Connecticut

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police say a woman apparently crushed by her vehicle's door has died.

Police are investigating but say there are no known witnesses to the death that was reported at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Police tell The Hour of Norwalk the woman apparently was standing outside her vehicle when it rolled forward, causing her door to come in contact with a parked car. As her vehicle moved forward, the door apparently was pushed closed, crushing her. A woman walking past noticed that the victim was pinned between the driver's-side door and the vehicle's body.

That passer-by summoned three men she saw nearby, who freed the victim. They told police the car's engine was running and the transmission was in drive.

The victim's name has not been made public.


Skakel asks court to reconsider reinstating conviction

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's lawyers have asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to reinstate his murder conviction in a 1975 killing.

The court ruled 4-3 on Dec. 30 that a lower court was wrong when it ordered a new trial for Skakel in 2013. But the justice who wrote the majority decision left the court recently.

Skakel's lawyers are asking that a new justice be confirmed or that a lower court judge be elevated to the court temporarily before the court hears the motion to reconsider that was filed Friday.

Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing Martha Moxley in Greenwich in 1975 when they were teenage neighbors. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He was freed after the 2013 ruling.


Owner of truck that caused fatal pileup ordered back to jail

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The owner of a dump truck that caused a fiery wreck that killed four people at the bottom of Avon Mountain in 2005 is back in jail after being charged with violating his probation by using cocaine.

The Hartford Courant reports 81-year-old David Wilcox, of Newington, was detained on $100,000 bail after appearing in court Friday. Officials say he failed several drug tests.

The former owner of American Crushing and Recycling was sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter and other crimes. Authorities say he knew the truck had bad brakes and tried, after the crash, to reinstate insurance on his company's trucks.

The truck's brakes failed on Route 44 down the 500-foot-hill and caused a 20-vehicle wreck in Avon.

Wilcox's lawyer says his client denies using cocaine.


Malloy: "Everything has to be on the table" for budget talks

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says "everything has to be on the table" when he and state legislators negotiate a new budget over the coming months that attempts to address Connecticut's latest deficit challenges.

But the Democrat stressed to reporters Friday that he's not pushing for higher taxes, even though he didn't rule them out.

Malloy says "that's absolutely not what I'm leading with."

Malloy says he's likely the most fiscally conservative governor the Connecticut press corps has covered.

The governor will unveil a proposed two-year budget next month. During his State of the State address Wednesday, he said he'll propose additional spending cuts and changes to the state education aid formula for cities and towns.

Also Malloy says his administration has been meeting with state employee unions about possible concessions.


Yale planning to take over New Haven needle exchange program

Yale University is planning to take over the city of New Haven's drug needle exchange program, which was among the first in the country and became a national model for reducing HIV transmission.

Yale is considering a contract with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to take over the program, which began in November 1990 and ended Dec. 31. It's not clear when the Ivy League school will decide on the proposal.

But drug users in New Haven will continue to have access to clean syringes through the community health care van that has been operated by Yale's School of Medicine since 1993.

City officials ended the program for several reasons, including expected new mandates by the state for needle exchanges to offer more services including health care and counseling.


New Britain police release new detail about cold case victim

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Police in New Britain are asking for the public's assistance in solving a 26-year-old cold case after releasing a new detail about the unidentified victim of the 1991 homicide.

Capt. Thomas Steck on Thursday said the woman found shot in the head on Oct. 11, 1991 had a "distinct peg-shaped tooth" that sat directly to the right of her two front teeth. Police hope that the new insight will stir someone's memory and help identify the victim.

Surveyors found the woman's decomposed body not far from railroad tracks in the Hartford County city. Since then, law enforcement has been unable to positively identify the woman.

The victim is described as a white or possibly Hispanic woman with straight black hair that stood 5-feet-5 and was 25 to 30 years old.


Man found dead in Maryland woods had been Coast Guard cadet

Authorities say a Maryland man whose death is under investigation by homicide detectives was a former U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet who was disciplined in 2014 after a sexual-assault investigation involving a female cadet.

Following the disciplinary action against him, Alexander Stevens went home to Frostburg and enrolled at Frostburg State University. University spokeswoman Elizabeth Medcalf said Thursday that he attended last fall, majoring in engineering, but had not enrolled for the spring semester.

Police say the 24-year-old man was found dead on a logging road near the Savage River State Forest on Wednesday morning after he was reported missing by a woman who had walked out of the woods.

Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley says the body showed signs of trauma. He says investigators have questioned the woman.


2 school bus crashes reports in snowy Connecticut

AVON, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut reported a pair of accidents involving school buses as a steady snow fell across much of the state.

Police in Avon says two students as well as the driver were in a school bus that rolled onto its side on Bayberry Hill Road on Friday morning. There were no reported injuries.

Manchester police said a school bus knocked down a pole in the area of East Center Street. The driver was the only person on board and reported minor injuries.

Both accidents remain under investigation.

Snowfall was light across the state with no more than couple of inches in most places.


Would-be fire truck thief caught after turning on siren

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A 63-year-old West Haven man has been charged with attempted larceny after fire officials say he tried to steal one of their trucks.

Police say Wayne Gagne was caught after getting into the parked truck Wednesday evening, turning on the siren and attempting to drive off.

The truck was parked on Main Street, where firefighters were responding to a medical call.

Police say the firefighters, who were inside a nearby house, heard the siren and ran to the truck. Police say they pulled Gagne from the vehicle and held him until police arrived.

Gagne, who also was charged with possession of a knife, was being held pending a court appearance in Milford. It was not immediately clear if he had hired an attorney.


Police: Toddler in stroller struck by motorist in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police say a 2-year-old girl was critically injured when she was struck by a car while being pushed in a stroller across the street in New Haven.

A woman was crossing Goffe Street with the toddler when they were hit by a motorist around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The girl was reportedly ejected from the stroller and landed in the street.

Police say a passing ambulance stopped at the scene and paramedics began treating the child before taking her to Yale-New Haven Hospital. She remains in critical condition at the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit.

The woman, who police presume was the girl's mother, was not injured in the crash.

Police say the driver remained at the scene and is cooperating. No criminal charges have been filed as of Wednesday night.


Cops: Suspect in chase, theft posted bail with bogus bills

MILLBROOK, N.Y. (AP) -- A Connecticut man is in a New York jail after authorities say he stole two vehicles, led police on a chase on an upstate highway and used counterfeit money to post his bail.


State police say a man in Millbrook in Dutchess County told troopers Monday night that someone had stolen his motorcycle. Troopers later spotted a stolen van that matched the description of the suspect's vehicle.


Police say the driver refused to pull over and drove south in the northbound lanes of the Taconic State Parkway, where he collided with an East Fishkill police vehicle. The driver stopped the van and attempted to flee on foot before being captured.


Police say the driver, 24-year-old Jaquan Rosado of Bridgeport, Connecticut, later posted $700 cash bail using counterfeit $100 bills.


Connecticut woman charged with musing GoFundMe account

LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) Police have charged a Connecticut woman they say set up a GoFundMe page to help the family of a little boy who drowned in a swimming pool but kept some of the money for herself.

Bonni Ojeda, of Ledyard, is charged with multiple counts of larceny.

Police say the 34-year-old Ojeda set up the GoFundMe page to cover the funeral costs of the 4-year-old boy, who drowned in August. The drowning was ruled an accident.

Authorities allege Ojeda withdrew thousands of dollars from the account, but only forwarded some to the boy's family, and kept the remainder for her personal use.

Ojeda was released on a $3,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 19. A number for Ojeda could not immediately be located.


Official: 4-month-old puppy found dead, emaciated in box

WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) - Officials say a dead puppy was found in a box along a popular Wolcott walking trail.

Animal Control Officer Roslyn Nenninger tells WFSB-TV a man stumbled upon a box covered in a garbage bag on Friday while searching for fishing lures at Scoville Reservoir.

Nenninger says a 4-month-old pit bull was dead in the box and appeared extremely malnourished.

Police say they believe the dog was left between Thursday evening and Friday afternoon.

An animal autopsy will be performed to determine how it died.

Nenninger tells the Republican American police have collected evidence, including a cigarette butt, and will pursue charges.


7-year-old boy found wet, confused, alone in Meriden

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Meriden woman is facing charges after her wet and cold 7-year-old son was found wandering alone.

Police Sgt. Darrin McKay says a good Samaritan found the boy inside an apartment building at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and took him to the police station.

He was soaking wet, cold and upset, and police said it was clear he had been outside.

Police fed, dried, and warmed the child while looking for his parents.

His mother, identified as 34-year-old Yadira Morales, was found about an hour later. She said her son was sleeping when she left to go to an all-night store. She was charged with risk of injury to a minor and second-degree reckless endangerment. She'll be arraigned later Tuesday. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

This story has been changed to correct that the boy is 7 years old, not 8 as police at first said.


Police searching for woman suspected of robbing 2 banks

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut are searching for a woman who robbed a Woodbridge bank and may have robbed another bank last month.

Sgt. A.J. Cappiello says the woman wearing a coat, hat and white scarf wrapped around her face so only her eyes were visible entered the People's United Bank around 3 p.m. Monday and gave a teller a note demanding cash. The woman didn't show a weapon. She fled the bank with about $2,000.

A police search of the area came up empty.

Police are investigating whether the woman also robbed a West Haven bank last month. The suspects in both robberies were of the same build and wore similar clothing.

People's is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the suspect.


Police: 1 dead, 1 hurt after car overturns, lands in brook

PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Moosup woman was killed and her husband was hurt after the car they were in overturned and went into a brook in Plainfield over the weekend.

The crash happened just before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Police say the vehicle became nearly completely submerged and two occupants were trapped.

Officers and fire crews worked to remove the occupants by partially overturning the vehicle.

Police say passenger Lisa Caruso was unresponsive and taken to a hospital. The 48-year-old was later declared dead.

Police say the 57-year-old driver, Michael Caruso, was hospitalized with injuries that aren't considered life threatening.

An investigation is ongoing.


Cops ID woman fatally shot at busy Hartford intersection

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police have identified a 28-year-old woman who was shot to death at a busy Hartford intersection.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says Luz Rosado of Hartford was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest early Sunday. She later died.

Foley says a police officer saw a man standing by a car window pull out a gun during an argument and shoot into the car.

Officials say the officer ordered the suspect to drop the gun but the suspect got into another parked car, jumped out and ran off. The officer apprehended him after a foot chase.

Ulises Robles of West Hartford faces charges including murder. It wasn't immediately known if Robles has an attorney.


2 killed in crash following Connecticut carjacking, chase

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Two men suspected of a carjacking in Connecticut were killed when the stolen car crashed into a synagogue following a police chase.

New Haven police say the two suspects claimed to have a handgun and took the victim's 2005 Toyota Highlander around 12:15 a.m. Monday. The victim was not injured.

A little more than an hour later an officer spotted the stolen car, called for backup, and began pursuing the suspects.

The stolen car crashed into the Congregation Beth El Keser Synagogue.

The suspects' names have not been released. New Haven police say the investigation has been turned over to the Connecticut State Police and the state's attorney's office.


Murder victim's brother shocked by Skakel ruling

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The brother of Martha Moxley says he's "a little shocked'' that a Connecticut court has reinstated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction in the 1975 killing of his sister.

But John Moxley called the 4-3 ruling Friday by the state Supreme Court the right decision.

The majority of justices rejected a lower court ruling that Skakel's trial lawyer didn't adequately represent him.


Moxley's mother, Dorthy Moxley, who's in her mid-80s, added, "This is the way it should be. I am very, very happy. It is sinking in, and I could not be more excited, more pleased."

It was unclear if Skakel, now 56 years old, will be sent back to prison or allowed to remain free if he appeals or asks the high court to reconsider.


Skakel's lawyer said he was reviewing the ruling and had no immediate comment.


Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, was convicted of murder in 2002 and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in the killing of Moxley, who was bludgeoned with a golf club, in Greenwich when they were both 15 years old and neighbors.  His cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been a top advocate and this year released a book that argued he's innocent.

But he was freed in 2013 after a judge ruled his trial lawyer made a series of mistakes.  The court found, in part, that Skakel's trial lawyer failed to argue that Skakel's brother could have been responsible for the crime and failed to present a key alibi witness for Skakel.


Tommy Skakel's attorney has said his client had nothing to do with the slaying.


Trial lawyer Michael Sherman had defended his work.


Search for missing dirt biker suspended over the weekend

STERLING, Conn. (AP) Connecticut state police have temporarily suspended the search for a dirt biker who disappeared Monday after texting his girlfriend that he had fallen off his motorcycle and hurt his leg.

A dispatcher at the Danielson state police barracks tells The Bulletin of Norwich the search for 18-year-old Todd Allen of Sterling stopped around 4:30 p.m. on Friday. It's scheduled to resume Monday.

Police say Allen was last seen Dec. 26 on his dirt bike, which he often rode on trails in Sterling and neighboring Coventry, Rhode Island.

Police expanded their search Friday into nearby Killingly, using a state police helicopter and search and rescue dogs.

Authorities say they tried to call Allen's cellphone and determine its location, but it appears to be either off or its battery is dead.


2 dead, 2 injured in shooting after Meek Mill concert

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say two are dead and two injured after a shooting outside a Connecticut theater late Friday night following a concert.

A Wallingford police spokeswoman tells the Record Journal that officers responded to reports of shots fired outside the Oakdale Theatre after rapper Meek Mill performed. Officers found two dead and say the other two with non-life-threatening injuries were taken to hospitals.

Police haven't released the names and ages of the four victims.

The spokeswoman says no one is in custody. Authorities didn't immediately release information on suspects or vehicles.

Lt. Cheryl Bradley says the show had just ended and the Oakdale was closing when the shooting occurred. Authorities haven't linked violence to the performance or the rapper.

Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, was recently under house arrest after violating probation for the fourth time in eight years.


Court reinstates Kennedy cousin Skakel's murder conviction

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A divided Connecticut Supreme Court has reinstated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's conviction in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, rejecting a lower court ruling that his trial lawyer didn't adequately represent him.

The state's highest court on Friday released its 4-3 ruling.

Skakel's lawyer said he was reviewing the ruling and had no immediate comment.

Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing Moxley in Greenwich, where they were teenage neighbors. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

But he was freed in 2013 after a judge granted him a new trial. The court found, in part, that Skakel's trial lawyer failed to argue that Skakel's brother could have been responsible for the crime and failed to present a key alibi witness for Skakel.


State investigating after teen in foster care fatally struck

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Two state agencies are investigating the death of a teenager struck by two cars in Naugatuck last week after exiting a car driven by his foster mother.

Fourteen-year-old Michael Shore was hit by a northbound vehicle and a southbound vehicle on state Route 8 on Dec. 22. He died at the scene.

The Hartford Courant reports the Child Advocate's Office and the Department of Children and Families are investigating.

Officials say preliminary information indicates the boy may have been angry or upset when he exited the car.

They say the Southington boy had been a ward of the state, living in a therapeutic foster home. His foster parents were trained to offer a higher level of care.

The state Child Fatality Review Board could order a deeper investigation.


Ex-student charged with cyberattack on school's internet

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut juvenile has been charged with launching cyberattacks against a school's internet service in connection with outages that happened in 2015 and earlier this year.

Shelton police say the former Shelton High School student, whose name and age haven't been released, was arrested Thursday on a charge of computer crimes in the third-degree. He's due in juvenile court on Friday.

Police say that between November and December 2015 and March and April 2016, a cellphone application was used to launch daily Distributed Denial of Service, or DDOS, attacks against the school district's internet service, disabling it citywide. The cyberattacks send a large amount of information to overwhelm the servers.

Police say the phone was traced to the teen.

The school has installed software to prevent future attacks.


Vandals cause up to $10,000 in damage to Preston church

PRESTON, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating after vandals broke into a Preston church and caused as much as $10,000 in damage.

The Rev. Ted Tumicki, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic church, tells The Day of New London that the vandalism occurred sometime between Christmas Day and Wednesday morning, when the damage was discovered.

He says the vandals shattered glass in the side entrance door, damaged the door to the sacristy, broke the Easter candle and two pedestals, and smashed the statue of St. Catherine. A cross that sat on the tabernacle was also stolen.

Tumicki says the vandalism will not affect the church's regularly scheduled services.

Anyone with information about the damage is asked to call state police.


Stonington couple charged with injuring 5-week-old daughter

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- A Stonington couple has been charged with injuring their 5-week old daughter.


Police say 24-year-old Katrena Aiello and 21-year-old Cody Brown were charged last week and their arrest warrants were released on Wednesday.


Aiello is being held on $500,000 bond on charges including second-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. Brown has been released on $50,000 bond on charges including risk of injury to a minor and tampering with evidence.


Police say they started investigating after the baby was brought to the hospital earlier this month with broken bones, bruises on several areas of her body and liver inflammation. She has since been released from the hospital and is living with relatives.


Aiello and Brown denied hurting the baby in interviews with police, even blaming Aiello's 5-year-old son.


Police: 6-year-old boy hurt in Christmas Day crash dies

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- State police say the 6-year-old boy seriously injured in a Christmas Day crash on Interstate 91 in North Haven has died.


Police on Thursday identified the victim of the Sunday crash as Noah McCoy, of Meriden.

Police say Noah was in a pickup truck heading north at about 8:30 a.m. Christmas Day when it slid off the highway, rolled over several times, and ended up on the southbound side of the highway.


He wasn't wearing a seat belt and was ejected.


The vehicle was being driven by a 23-year-old Meriden woman. She, along with boys ages 11 and 13, suffered minor injuries.


Investigators have said a patch of black ice may have caused the vehicle to flip.


The crash remains under investigation.


Police: 10,000 oxycodone pills seized during traffic stop

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) State police say a West Haven man has been arrested after troopers found 10,000 oxycodone pills valued at $200,000 from his vehicle after a traffic stop.

Troopers stopped the truck around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 95 in Milford after spotting vehicle violations. A police dog alerted officers to drugs in the vehicle. A search revealed a bag containing the oxycodone, an opioid.

Police say 30-year-old John Carlos Torres was arrested after a brief chase. He was turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. State police say the DEA will be filing criminal charges against him.

It could not be determined if Torres has a lawyer.


Police: Man's body found above bar; suspected homicide

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Police are investigating after a body was discovered in an apartment above a bar in Waterbury.

The Republican-American reports police found the body of the man, believed to be in his late 50s, around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers had arrived at the residence after firefighters were called there to deal with a possible water leak from a second-floor apartment.

Police have classified the case as a homicide because they suspect the man's injuries weren't self-inflicted. They also suspect that more than one person may have been in the apartment.

Police say no one has been taken into custody as of Tuesday.


Police identify Connecticut teen killed in pedestrian crash

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) - State police have identified the teenager who was struck and killed by a car in Naugatuck last week.

Fourteen-year-old Michael Shore, of Southington, was hit by two vehicles, one traveling northbound and the other southbound on Route 8 at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both of the drivers were unhurt.

State police are asking any witnesses to the crash to contact Troop I in Bethany.


Police: Bus driver fell asleep while driving 30 students

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) -- A Shelton school bus driver has been arrested after police allege he repeatedly dozed off while driving a bus full of students.


Paul Pixley was charged Tuesday with 30 counts of risk of injury to a minor and several driving offenses. The 55-year-old Derby man was held on $75,000 bond and is due in court Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.


Police pulled over the bus Dec. 16 after getting reports that it was swerving.


Police say officers didn't find any children on board but detectives determined there had been 30 students. The students apparently got off at earlier stops.


The Shelton Public School District says Pixley will never drive for the district again.


Fire destroys at least 12 condominiums in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven officials say at least 12 homes were destroyed when a fire raced through a condominium complex.

Firefighters responded to the Harbour Landing complex at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. At least two people were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In addition to the 12 destroyed condos, officials say several other homes were left with water and smoke damage.

Fire officials believe the blaze started in the roof of one of the condos.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The American Red Cross is helping affected families with temporary housing and other needs.


Police: No one hurt when several bullets hit Stamford home

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say no one was hurt when a Stamford home was hit by several bullets after shots were fired in the area.

The Advocate reported Monday that Sgt. Adrian Novia says three different residents called 911 to report hearing gunshots in the neighborhood on Saturday night. Officers arrived and found that several rounds had struck a home on Seaton Road. No one was hit.

Novia says officers haven't located any suspects.

The incident remains under investigation.


7 arrested after brawls at Connecticut mall

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - Police have charged seven people in connection with a series of fights at a Connecticut mall that took officers from several departments to control.

The fights that erupted Monday evening at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester were among several brawls involving mostly youths reported at malls around the country.

Manchester police say men ages 20 and 19, as well as boys ages 16, 15, and 14, and a 15-year-old girl are facing charges including trespassing, breach of peace, and interfering with an officer.

Police say what started as a disturbance involving eight to 10 teens escalated into a "chaotic situation" and several fights.

One officer was assaulted but did not require medical attention. There were no reports of weapons being used, and no evidence the fights were gang-related.


Census: Connecticut loses population for 3rd straight year

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show Connecticut losing population for the third year in a row.

The Hartford Courant reports the state, with about 3.6 million residents, lost 0.2 percent of its population from July 2015 to July 2016. Nearly 30,000 more people left Connecticut during that period than moved in.

According to the Census Bureau estimates, the state was among eight that lost population in 2016.

Neighboring Massachusetts saw a population gain of 0.4 percent, while New York showed a slight loss.


Manchester house blaze leaves man critically injured

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - Fire officials say one man was hospitalized with severe burns and three people were displaced after a Christmas Eve fire at a Manchester duplex.

Fire Chief Don Moore says the blaze was reported around 4 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters arrived and found the victim outside the home.

Police say the man was taken to Hartford Hospital and then airlifted to Bridgeport Hospital in critical condition.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents. Investigators are working to determine what sparked the flames.


Authorities: 6-year-old ejected from car, seriously injured

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a 6-year-old was seriously injured after he was ejected from a pickup truck he was riding in on Interstate 91 in North Haven.

Fire Chief Paul Januszewski says the boy's mother lost control of her truck and it rolled over multiple times on Sunday morning.

Police say the Meriden woman and her two children, ages 13 and 11, were all wearing seatbelts and sustained minor injuries. The boy wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe a patch of black ice may have caused the vehicle to flip over.

The crash remains under investigation.


Vigil marks anniversary of Ellington mom's unsolved slaying

ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) - More than 100 friends and neighbors of a slain Ellington woman gathered for a candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of her unsolved killing.

It was two days before Christmas last year when 39-year-old Connie Dabate was found dead from multiple gunshots inside her home. Nobody has been arrested and no suspects have been named.

People gathered at a park gazebo on Thursday night listened to songs and told stories about Dabate.

Dabate's husband, Richard, was found wounded when authorities responded to a burglar alarm at the couple's Ellington home shortly after 10 a.m. on Dec. 23. State troopers also said there was smoke in the home.

The couple's sons, ages 9 and 6, were in school at the time.


Connecticut prisons officials investigate death of inmate

NIANTIC, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut prisons officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a woman being held for allegedly violating a protection order.

A Department of Correction spokesman says 32-year-old Monica Piette, of East Haddam, was found in her cell at York Correctional Institution in Niantic at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday by a guard on routine patrol with a ligature around her neck. She was the only inmate in the cell at the time.

She was taken to a New London hospital and was pronounced dead on Thursday night.

She had been at the prison since Dec. 16 on $92,500 bail.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death.


Discarded pistol found in Stamford city vacuum truck

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a discarded gun was found in a Stamford city vacuum truck.

The Advocate reports Sgt. Simon Blanc says police were called Wednesday after a worker performing inspection and maintenance work on the truck found the weapon.

Police say the semi-automatic pistol was wedged inside a small cage at the top of the truck's capacity cylinder.

The truck cleans about 10 catch basins a day. A catch basin is a sieve-like device at the entrance to a sewer. It stops matter that could block up the sewer.

Between 13,000 and 15,000 storm drains in Stamford are cleaned biannually.

City officials told police it's impossible to determine where the gun was sucked up.

Officials say police will test to see if the gun has been used in any shootings.


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