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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A teenage girl who operated a boat involved in a fatal accident on Long Island Sound last year has been cited for infractions and fined $150.

Greenwich police announced Friday that they completed an investigation into the death of 16-year-old Greenwich High School student Emily Fedorko, who died after being struck by a boat propeller while tubing on Aug. 6, 2014.

A state prosecutor determined the boat operator, 17-year-old Elizabeth Lewis of Greenwich, would be the only person prosecuted. Police said Lewis was charged with violating boating regulations, having insufficient personal floatation devices while waterskiing and not adhering to rules preventing collisions.

She was issued an infraction complaint ticket with fines totaling $150.

The accident also injured a 15-year-old girl who was tubing with Fedorko.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut officials say a data breach discovered in March at the School of Engineering was criminal in nature.

UConn officials said Friday there's no evidence that data were removed from servers. UConn spokesman Tom Breen says it appears the attack originated in China, based on the malicious software used and type of attack.

UConn is notifying about 200 research sponsors in government and the private sector and is determining how many others need to be notified about a potential compromise of personal information.

The School of Engineering has notified faculty, staff, students, visitors and about 1,800 users of an instant communications tool used at the time. They've been asked to change their passwords because log-in credentials may have been compromised.

UConn says it has implemented further anti-cyberattack measures.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut health officials say mosquitoes trapped in Waterford are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile virus this year.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced on Friday that mosquitoes caught in Waterford on July 20 tested positive for the virus.

Officials are urging people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including minimizing time outdoors between dusk and dawn, wearing long sleeves and long pants while outside and using mosquito repellant.

Six Connecticut residents in Fairfield and New Haven counties were infected with West Nile virus last year. There have been no human cases this year.

West Nile is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Flu-like symptoms can occur. Less than 1 percent of people infected can develop serious neurological illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Twenty-four-year-old Carlton ``C.J.'' Bryan was sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court, where a jury convicted him in May of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory to murder. He had pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Bryan hired his friend Matthew Allen Hall-Davis to kill 21-year-old Shamari Jenkins, who was fatally shot in 2013. The fetus didn't survive.

Prosecutors say Bryan became angry and orchestrated a plan to have Jenkins killed after his efforts to get her to have an abortion failed.

Hall-Davis was convicted of murder and weapons charges and apologized. He was sentenced in May to 70 years in prison.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for two killings in 2006 and 2009 that had been featured on ``cold case playing cards'' that authorities hand out in an effort to get tips on unsolved cases.

Twenty-eight-year-old Hector Torres was sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court.

He pleaded guilty to fatally shooting 20-year-old Derrick Comrie outside of Bulkeley High School in Hartford on Jan. 10, 2006, and killing 28-year-old Luis ``Berto'' Benitez, who was found wounded outside a convenience store in Hartford on Dec. 7, 2009, and died three months later.

Torres was arrested in Comrie's death after authorities got a tip through the cold case playing cards. He was charged in Benitez's killing during a grand jury investigation into organized crime activities.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say they've found a human torso in an abandoned building two weeks after discovering a pair of severed arms and legs elsewhere in New Haven.

State and local police, using cadaver dogs, began searching two buildings that share a parking lot after receiving a tip Wednesday.

Officer David Hartman says the torso was found Thursday hidden inside one of the buildings, which is known as a place the homeless use for shelter. The remains have not been identified.

Police discovered legs and arms at separate locations July 15.

The legs were matched by DNA testing to 54-year-old Ray Roberson, a homeless man who had last been seen in May.

Hartman says police have been told the two arms also likely were Roberson's.


SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) State police have identified two teenagers who were killed when their car went off Interstate 84 in Southington, rolled over and hit a tree.

Troopers said Wednesday that the victims were 16-year-old AnnMarie ``Annie'' Olender and 14-year-old Olivia Fusco, both of Southington.

Authorities say Olender was driving eastbound near exit 32 Tuesday afternoon when the car left the left lane, hit a metal wire guardrail, overturned and struck a tree. Both girls were pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. State police are asking witnesses to call them.

A vigil for the girls is planned for Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Southington High School. Support services also are being offered at the high school and municipal center on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man lost two fingers when the barrel of his ceremonial musket exploded in his hands.

It happened Wednesday night in the driveway of the 39-year-old man's home in Willimantic.

Police say he put too much gunpowder into the weapon, causing the barrel to explode from the wooden stock when it was fired.

The explosion caused him to lose two fingers on his left hand. Family members took him to Windham Hospital.

His identity has not been released.

Police say they are investigating, but no charges have been filed. The weapon was taken to the police department headquarters.


STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A 16-year-old Stratford boy is accused of getting a 9-year-old girl drunk and sexually assaulting her.

The Connecticut Post reports the teen, whose name has not been released, was charged Wednesday with first-degree sexual assault.

Police say the Shelton girl reported the incident to a counselor.

Police say she was lured by the teen into the basement of his home and where he forced her to drink an alcoholic beverage and then raped her.

Police say the teen allegedly showed the girl a knife and told her he would cut off her doll's head if she told anyone.

Police say he has denied assaulting the girl. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.


SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police say two people were killed after their car rolled over on a Connecticut highway and fell down an embankment.

The crash happened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday in Southington.

Witnesses told police that a Hyundai Accent was moving eastbound on Interstate 84 and flipped down an embankment.

Crews retrieved the vehicle and temporarily blocked two eastbound lanes.

No other cars were involved.

The two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man accused of brutally assaulting a woman earlier this year has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and strangulation.

The Hartford Courant reports 43-year-old James Polk, of South Windsor, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors Tuesday.

The agreement required him to plead guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count each of kidnapping and strangulation in exchange for a 28-year prison sentence. He could have faced up to 75 years.

Police say Polk attacked and raped a woman in East Windsor in March whom he met at a club.

Police say that when they confronted Polk, who was armed with a knife, he slit his throat.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 2.


STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) An 81-year-old Stratford man has been charged with public indecency, accused of performing a sex act with some shrubbery.

Police tell the Connecticut Post they arrested Wallace Berg Monday after a neighbor showed them a video he took of a naked Berg in the bushes outside Berg's home.

Police say the neighbor told them he confronted Berg who then stopped the indecent behavior, covered himself with a grill cover, apologized and went into his house.

Berg was charged with public indecency and second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is due in Superior Court on Aug. 5.

He did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday from the Associated Press seeking comment.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Stamford woman found dead after a fire in her home apparently set the blaze.

Authorities were called to the North Stamford home at around 7:30 a.m. Monday.


Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn says the woman's brother who lived nearby found smoke in the home and found the woman in a second-floor room.


Hohn tells the Stamford Advocate that evidence shows the woman set the fire before succumbing to smoke inhalation.


He says investigators searched the residence and removed several items indicate she meant to take her own life.


Her name has not been released.


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been arrested after allegedly using counterfeit money at food shops in West Hartford.


Sgt. Samuel Ferrucci says police received reports at around 2 p.m. Sunday that a fake $100 bill had been used at a bakery.

Police then received similar reports from two other shops.


Investigators determined the money had been used at six businesses. They believe the goal was to buy low-cost items and receive real money as change.


Police say they found and confiscated the suspected counterfeit bills.


Police arrested 20-year-old Jason Hayle and 21-year-old Shawn Hayle, of Hartford. They also arrested 20-year-old Andrew McLeod, of Brooklyn, New York, and an unnamed juvenile.


The three adults are facing charges including conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny. It's not immediately known if they have lawyers to comment.


UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — In the competition for the biggest spenders, casinos are known to pull out the stops with comped hotel rooms, meals and rebates for a percentage of their losses.


But some dealers say efforts to satisfy and retain the players go much further, with casinos tolerating abuse and extending courtesies that test the integrity of the games.


Glen Costales is a pit manager at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino. He says in recent testimony that premium players get away with more than average players including late bets at table games.


Mohegan Sun's president says the casino provides incentives to its most valuable guests but it does not tolerate anything that compromises the integrity of the games.


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) A Willimantic man is accused of fleeing the scene of a car crash and leaving his injured girlfriend behind.

The two-car crash happened at around 2:45 p.m. Sunday in Willimantic. Police say 53-year-old Albert Hawley fled the car on foot and left his injured girlfriend in the passenger seat.

Police say they found Hawley was hiding in a nearby apartment complex.

His girlfriend was taken to Windham Hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Her identity has not been released.

Two female occupants in the other car were uninjured.

Hawley was charged with failure to drive right, operating without a license and evading responsibility.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Thirty-two people have been displaced by a fire that ripped through an apartment building in Hartford.

Fire officials say firefighters rescued numerous people from the 3-story, 18-unit building after the fire broke out around 1:20 p.m. Sunday. Two residents were taken to the hospital for evaluations. No firefighters were reported injured.

Officials from the fire department, city health and human services department and Red Cross relocated 25 adults and seven children.

The fire marshal's office says the fire was accidentally caused by an unattended candle.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Two men were killed in separate weekend shootings in Bridgeport.

Police say 39-year-old Kendall Willis was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car on Staples Street Sunday afternoon after being shot in the head.

The Connecticut Post reports Willis had a criminal history of dealing drugs in the Trumbull Gardens housing project.

That shooting came less than 24 hours after a 33-year-old man was shot to death outside the restaurant where he worked. Police say Derrick Hill died at the scene Saturday night outside the Rootsman Kitchen on Park Avenue.

The restaurant's owner, 50-year-old Dennis Hines, was struck in the buttocks by a stray bullet. Police say he was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made in either shooting.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford authorities say a suspect in a stolen minivan rammed into police cruisers and damaged at least six other vehicles during a chase that ended in a crash and the suspect in custody. Two officers and two citizens were brought to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says the suspect stole the minivan in the North End on Friday afternoon after the driver got out to talk to someone. Officers spotted the stolen vehicle and chased the suspect, who rammed cruisers and other vehicles before crashing at Main Street and Mahl Avenue.

Foley says a third officer may have suffered a minor injury.

The suspect's name hasn't been released. Foley says the man wasn't hurt, and he will be facing numerous charges.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Navy sailor has been indicted on allegations he illegally retained photos he took with his cell phone of classified areas and equipment inside a nuclear attack submarine based in Connecticut.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said Friday that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport indicted 28-year-old Kristian Saucier of Arlington, Vermont, on charges including unauthorized retention of defense information and obstruction of justice. The two charges combined carry up to 30 years in prison.

Authorities say Saucier was a machinist's mate from 2007 to 2012 aboard the USS Alexandria based at the Navy submarine base in Groton.

Saucier was arrested May 28 and posted $100,000 bail.

His lawyer, Derrick Hogan, said Saucier denies all the allegations and will plead not guilty Monday. Hogan accused prosecutors of distorting the facts.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Lawmakers and activists supportive of a $15-an-hour minimum wage see momentum building in Connecticut, especially for certain lower-wage workers.

The two chairmen of the General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee this week cheered a recommendation from a wage board in neighboring New York to phase in a $15 minimum wage for workers in larger fast food chains. Rep. Peter Tercyak (Ter-see-AHKH') said it's something that can and should be done in Connecticut.

State lawmakers recently included language in a budget-related bill that created a new low-wage worker advisory board that will advise the Department of Labor on issues facing employees, including wage rates needed for an economically stable living standard.

Connecticut's minimum wage is currently $9.15 an hour. It's scheduled to climb to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former fire chief in Connecticut has been found guilty of using town money to pay for his private electrical business and personal expenses.

A federal jury in New Haven Thursday convicted 47-year-old Paul Perrotti, of Middlebury, of two of three counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Perrotti was arrested last year on charges that he embezzled more than $70,000 from Middlebury while serving as the fire chief to operate his business from 2011 to 2013. He pleaded not guilty.

Officials say Perrotti wrote checks to employees, to his company's vendors for supplies and to third parties that would give money to him.

Perrotti's attorney says they will appeal the verdict.

He's facing up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced on Oct. 29.


NEW YORK (AP) Anthem is buying rival Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion that will create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million patients in the U.S.

The deal comes just three weeks after the insurer Aetna bid $35 billion for Humana in a buyout frenzy that will transform five massive U.S. health companies into three even larger ones.

Shareholders of Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Connecticut, will receive $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 shares of Anthem stock for each of their shares. The companies put the total value at $188 per share. The deal is targeted to close in the second half of 2016.

Anthem, based in Indianapolis, has pursued Cigna aggressively for months.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut prison inmates have been charged with murder in connection with a 2010 shooting that took the life of a 30-year-old New Haven man.

Kenneth Homas was found shot twice in the neck near the intersection of Orchard and Charles Streets on April 10, 2010.

Police say a lengthy investigation led to felony murder charges Thursday against 34-year-old Nathan ``Lizard'' Johnson and 24-year-old Errie ``Buck'' McClendon.

Johnson, who previously lived on Orchard Place, is currently serving a 70-year sentence after being convicted in a 2011 robbery and shooting that left a man paralyzed.

McClendon is serving an 8-month sentence for selling drugs and was due to be released next month.

Bond for both men was set at $750,000.


FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Authorities say they have found the body of a Connecticut man in the Farmington River.

Fire officials began searching the river near Tunxis Mead Park at around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Police say they received reports that a man in his early 20s was swimming with his friends and went underwater.

Rescuers recovered the body at about 8:30 p.m.

A medical examiner was on scene to conduct an investigation. Officials say the victim was not wearing a life jacket.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man was arrested after his 4-year-old son was found wandering along the side of a road.

Police say the boy walked nearly three quarters of a mile from his house in Waterford to a road in New London where he was found around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The boy told police he could not wake his father, 28-year-old Phillip Rahilly, who was allegedly asleep at the house.

Police say Rahilly arrived at the scene after they contacted the boy's mother.

Police say Rahilly told them he had been looking for the boy for 20 minutes, but had not contacted police.

He was charged with risk of injury to a minor and is being held on $75,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney.


MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say it should take about a week to receive the results of DNA tests on severed limbs and arms found last week near a city train station.

The New Haven Register reports samples from the legs and arms have been sent to the state forensic lab in Meriden, which is conducting mitochondrial DNA testing.

Those tests can link the DNA to any maternal relative.

Police say they don't know if the limbs are all from the same body or if they are dealing with multiple victims.

Two legs were located near the State Street train station on the morning of July 15. The arms, which did not have hands attached, were located in a plastic bag later that day.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A university in Connecticut says one of its professors told a teenager it was a terrible idea when the student described rigging a drone with a handgun.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether 18-year-old Austin Haughwout of Clinton violated its regulations after he posted online a video that shows shots being fired from a drone in a wooded area.

Central Connecticut State University spokesman Mark McLaughlin said Wednesday the student mentioned to an engineering professor this summer that he was planning to put a weapon on a remote-controlled aircraft.

McLaughlin says the professor, Edward Moore, strongly discouraged the student, and that the drone wasn't related to a class project.

Haughwout's father told WFSB-TV last week that his son created the drone with a CCSU professor.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 36-year-old Hartford man has been charged with attempted robbery and assault after being shot outside a city bakery.

Police say Marcus Torres attempted to snatch the tip jar from Barranquitas Mini Bakery on Tuesday morning, but could not because the jar had been bolted to the counter.

Police say Torres got into a physical altercation with bakery employees and was shot in the leg by one of them. That man, who has not been charged with a crime, told police he thought Torres was reaching for a weapon.

Torres was taken to Hartford Hospital where he was treated and released into police custody.

He was held overnight on a $100,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of attempted robbery and assault.


TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) Fire officials say a Connecticut man was rescued after he became impaled on a ladder more than 10 feet in the air while cutting a tree.

Long Hill Fire Department officials say the Trumbull man was trimming a tree Tuesday night when he became trapped between two large limbs and impaled his leg on a ladder. He was suspended about 13 to 15 feet in the air.

It took rescuers nearly two hours to free the man, who officials say was conscious during the ordeal. Trauma doctors were also called in to help.

He was taken to a hospital for further treatment


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Quinnipiac University has filed a lawsuit against the town of Hamden after the zoning board denied its appeal of a finding that the school has violated a zoning deal for its York Hill dormitory project.

The New Haven Register reports when Quinnipiac was given zoning approval in 2007, one stipulation was that the school provide one bed for every undergraduate student. The university has not done so, but argues it has followed the spirit of the rule by providing a bed for every student who wants one.

The school says many students prefer to live off campus. Town officials counter that one bed for every student means one bed for every student.

The lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court asks to reverse the ZBA's decision and waive all fines relating to the violation.


CLINTON, Conn. (AP) An 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been jury-rigged with a handgun.

The FAA says it is investigating whether Austin Haghwout of Clinton violated its regulations, which prohibit the careless or reckless operation of a model aircraft.

Haughwout's father told WFSB-TV last week that his son created the drone with the help of a Central Connecticut State University professor.

The FAA says it is working with Clinton police, who are also investigating. Haughwout has not returned telephone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Haghwout made news last year when police charged a woman with assault after she confronted him about flying a drone at a state beach.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a bullet pierced the wall of a New Haven hotel and hit the headboard above a guest's bed when a spray of bullets struck the building.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Premier Hotel and Suites. Police say a hotel security guard reported hearing an argument between a group of men and women followed by gunfire.

Police say no one was hit by gunfire, but a bullet went through a hotel wall and narrowly missed the head of a sleeping guest. A resident's car and a state Department of Children and Families van were also struck.

Witnesses told police that they saw a group of three to five men running away from the gunfire, along with a small white car with several women inside.



MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A man accused of throwing his infant son off a bridge and into the Connecticut River has made his first court appearance, with his attorney asking for more time to prepare for a pre-trial hearing.

The judge on Tuesday continued Tony Moreno's case to Sept. 15.

Public defender James McKay requested a waiver of the time limit to hold a probable cause hearing, which will determine if there is enough evidence to bring the murder case against the 21-year-old Middletown man to trial.

Moreno has been held in a state Department of Correction medical unit under suicide watch since jumping from the Arrigoni Bridge into the Connecticut River in Middletown on July 5, shortly after police say he threw 7-month-old Aaden Moreno off the bridge.

He spoke only briefly in court, indicating he understood his attorney's request.


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a 3-year-old girl was taken to a hospital after she was found wandering through a Connecticut town crying for her mother.

The child was found in Hamden around 3:15 a.m. Saturday. She was spotted by a neighbor who took the child inside her home and called police.

Police say no one was at the girl's home at the time. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment. Her identity has not been released.

The Hamden Police Department Special Victim's Unit and the state Department of Children and Families are investigating.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state Supreme Court has ruled a judge was within her rights to bar testimony about the unreliability of eyewitnesses from a robbery trial.

Attorneys for Stanley Williams wanted to present testimony from a memory expert during his 2010 trial to support Williams' defense that he was misidentified as the suspect in the robberies of a Waterbury liquor store and clothing outlet in 2009.

But Superior Court Judge Juliett Crawford ruled that because one of the witnesses had recognized Williams as a regular customer, the testimony would not be relevant.

The high court, in a 6-1 decision on Monday, ruled the judge acted properly and had a right to use broad discretion in deciding what evidence is not relevant or would not be significantly helpful to the jury.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A 20-year-old New Haven man has been critically wounded in a shooting at a city gas station.

Police say Donald Keys was shot in the head shortly after 8 a.m. Monday near the door of the Sunoco Gas Station and convenience store on Foxon Boulevard.

Police say Keys was in critical but stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital and was able to talk to medical personnel.

Police say those at the scene were cooperating with police, but no one could provide a description of the shooter or any getaway vehicle.

The shooting led to traffic backups during the city's morning rush hour. Roads near the crime scene remained close through Monday morning.


NEW YORK (AP) Lockheed Martin is buying Black Hawk helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 billion.

Lockheed Martin Corp. said Monday that it plans to add Sikorsky to its mission systems and training unit.

United Technologies Corp. announced in June that it planned to shed Sikorsky, either through a sale or spinoff. The aerospace and building systems conglomerate wants to focus on high-technology systems and services for the aerospace and building industries.

Aside from Black Hawk helicopters, Sikorsky makes presidential helicopters. Sikorsky helicopters have also returned astronauts home after they splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at the end of their space travels.

The deal is targeted to close by the end of the year or in 2016's first quarter.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling for an emergency meeting between state and Hartford officials to discuss the increasing number of homicides in Connecticut's capital city.

In a letter sent Friday to Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Malloy said the state will provide additional assistance to the city during this ``difficult time.'' However, the governor said state officials would like to discuss the city's current strategy to fight violence and understand how it would use the additional resources.

Segarra on Thursday evening released a letter requesting three additional state police detectives, three additional inspectors from the Chief State's Attorney's Office and additional parole and probation staff.

A fatal shooting early Tuesday of a man outside his home marked the city's 17th homicide. There were 19 in total last year in Hartford.


BERLIN, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a 15-year-old Connecticut boy has died from injuries he suffered last weekend when a teenage relative shot him with a pellet gun.

Police say the boy died Thursday, four days after the 17-year-old relative shot him in Berlin (BUHR'-lihn).

Police Chief Paul Fitzgerald says the teenagers' names are not being released because of their ages. No charges against the 17-year-old relative have been announced.

Authorities say the investigation continues. No other information has been released.


CLINTON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut authorities say a video showing a drone firing a handgun in the woods has prompted investigations by police and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Clinton police say the 14-second YouTube video was posted by 18-year-old town resident Austin Haughwout. He's the same teen who made news last year by posting a YouTube video showing him being assaulted by a woman upset about him flying a drone at a state beach.

WFSB-TV reports Haughwout's father said his son created the drone with a college professor as part of a project, after making sure he wouldn't break any laws.

Police say it appears no state laws were broken. FAA officials say they're trying to determine if aviation regulations were violated.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dan Malloy says new statistics show Connecticut is ``moving in the right direction'' in efforts to reduce crime.

The administration announced data showing a decline in new arrests and jail admissions during the first six months of 2015, compared with the same period last year.

Total statewide criminal arrests were down 9.3 percent during the first six months of 2015 compared with 2014. Meanwhile, the overall inmate population dropped 3.2 percent compared with July of 2014, according to Malloy's office.

Last week, the Department of Correction announced it was closing 204 jail beds at the Bridgeport Correctional Center.

Malloy, a Democrat, predicts further improvements because of his Second Chance Society legislation, which attempts to give nonviolent criminals more opportunities to reintegrate into the community.


WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) State police say traffic was snarled during part of the morning rush hour on Interstate 95 in West Haven because of a naked man on the highway.

State police say they responded to a call for a medical assist on the southbound side of the highway near exit 42 at about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police say they found the naked man sitting on his car by the side of the interstate.

Police blocked off the highway for a time and traffic was only getting by on the right shoulder.

Police say the man was taken into custody and was expected to be transported to a medical facility for evaluation.


Governor Dannel Malloy will be on hand today at the NAACP's national convention in Philadelphia as President Barack Obama makes a speech pressing for reforms of the federal criminal justice system. Malloy's office says the president's proposals are expected to reflect some of the initiatives contained in Malloy's Second Chance Society proposal.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a 32-year-old man has died after he was shot multiple times in Hartford.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Thursday near an apartment building in the area of New Park Avenue.

Police say an unknown number of assailants fired multiple shots at the unidentified man.

He was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he died of his injuries. No one else was injured.

No arrests have been made, but police believe the man may have been targeted.

The shooting marks the city's 16th homicide.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Conditional release has been granted to a man committed to a state hospital after being acquitted by reason of insanity of fatally bludgeoning his wife and captured on 911 audio tape.

David Messenger will live at a Hartford mental health treatment center.

The state Psychiatric Security Review Board approved a plan Friday with several conditions. Ellen Lachance, executive director of the review board, says Messenger will be restricted to a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and maintain outpatient treatment.

A state prosecutor opposed expanded travel and the victim's family has been against additional privileges.

Messenger fatally beat his wife, Heather, with a board and a fireplace poker in 1998 while their 5-year-old son watched. He was acquitted in 2001 by reason of mental disease or defect.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's Department of Correction says it is closing part of a prison in Bridgeport in response to a decline in the inmate population.

The 204-bed unit known as the Fairmont Building is expected to be closed by the end of this month.

It is part of the Bridgeport Correctional Center, a high-security facility that houses about 950 inmates. It opened in 1958 and houses people awaiting trial in addition to convicted offenders.

The Correction Department said Friday it has enough open beds elsewhere to distribute inmates to other prisons around the state.

The department says there are 16,064 people incarcerated in the state system, a number that is down more than 360 from this time last year.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A maintenance worker at a Hartford nursing home was hospitalized after inhaling fumes from accidentally mixing chlorine and acid.

The unidentified man was conscious and responsive after the incident, which occurred Thursday morning in the pool area of Avery Heights senior living community. He was transported to Hartford Hospital in stable condition.

Deputy Chief David Serpliss says the man was working with pool chemicals outside when a cloud formed from the accidental mix. Smoke-like fumes still rose from the 55-gallon barrel hours after the accident.

Firefighters remained on location until state environmental officials neutralized the chemicals.

Avery Heights President Patrick Gilland says the incident occurred because the facility hired a different pool chemical vendor who uses a different color coding system.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A former Navy seaman in Connecticut who was charged with inflicting life-threatening injuries on his infant son has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The Day reports 25-year-old Jordan Rittenhouse, of Groton, was sentenced Thursday in New London Superior Court.

Rittenhouse pleaded guilty in May to two counts of risk of injury to a minor in exchange for a 20-year prison term suspended after eight years.

Authorities say he inflicted 29 bone fractures and multiple lacerations on the boy. Rittenhouse told police that he was under a lot of stress and had squeezed him multiple times.

Prosecutors say the child, who was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital, has made a full recovery.

Rittenhouse told the judge that what he did was inexcusable.


GROTON, Conn. (AP) Police in Groton say a man who fled from police and U.S. marshals when they attempted to serve a warrant has been taken into custody.

Lt. John Varone told The Day of New London  that shots were fired and authorities are investigating who fired them.

Varone said officers attempted to serve a warrant on the man in Navy housing but he jumped out of a second-story window and fled. He said the unidentified suspect is a convicted felon.

Several roads that were closed in the area during the search have since been reopened.

Residents were urged to shelter in place and wait for police to safely evacuate from their homes before the man was detained.

State police and officers from several nearby towns participated in the search.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A trial is beginning Thursday in U.S. district court in New Haven for a former Middlebury fire chief charged with embezzling more than $70,000 from the department.

Paul Perrotti is accused of using department operating accounts to pay for personal expenses and for expenses associated with his private electrical contracting business. Prosecutors say Perrotti also submitted invoices to the town for expenses incurred by his business and used a fire department debit card to make purchases for business-related items.

Perrotti has maintained he is innocent.

FBI agents raided the firehouse in May 2014 and seized computers and financial documents.

Perrotti had been chief of the volunteer department beginning in 1997.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man admitted fatally throwing his infant son from a bridge then jumping into the river below.

Tony Moreno was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno. The boy's body was pulled from the Connecticut River on Tuesday night.

Moreno was arraigned at Hartford Hospital, where he's been treated since firefighters rescued him Sunday night. His bail was set at $2 million.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and other officials attended a community vigil for the baby in Middletown last night. People lit candles outside the South Green gazebo, and left stuffed animals and balloons. The Middletown Press reports Aaden's aunt read a letter written by his mother that read she'd lost her son but ``gained a guardian angel.''


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A 44-year-old man has been fatally shot inside a home in New Haven.

The man was found dead Wednesday night after someone called 911 to report the shooting. Police say the shooting appears to be related to a domestic dispute.

Police say they're interviewing a person of interest, but have not filed any charges. They've also recovered a weapon.

Authorities have not released the names of the victim or the person of interest because a child is involved in the investigation. They say the child was not hurt, and is not a suspect.

The investigation is ongoing.


ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) Police say a man was found dead after a fire broke out at a Connecticut house.

Crews arrived at a house in Ansonia at around 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday and found the residence engulfed in flames.

Fire officials say a woman who lived there told them that her male companion was still inside the home and unable to escape.

His body was found after firefighters extinguished the blaze. Authorities didn't immediately identify him.

It's unclear what caused the fire.

The state Fire Marshal's Office, Ansonia fire marshal and Ansonia police are investigating the incident.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man who was critically injured after being shot last weekend has died.

Garnett Henry, of Hartford, was pronounced dead at around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the 43-year-old and another Hartford man were at a basement party Sunday when shots were fired. Henry was hit once in the chest.

Police have ruled the death a homicide.

Police say they are still investigating the incident. No one has been charged.

Henry's death marks Hartford's 15th killing this year.


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (AP) The charges keep piling up for a Connecticut man accused of stealing a police car and ramming four cruisers during a wild chase in northern New Jersey.

Authorities say 22-year-old Sereymanta Kong is charged with injuring four officers, the latest being a sheriff's officer who guarded him at a hospital.

The Record newspaper reports Kong allegedly injured the officer, who was knocked to the ground while a nurse tried to give Kong medication.

The chase began Sunday afternoon when Kong stole the SUV of a woman who stopped to help as he was lying in the street.

After police gave chase, Kong somehow was able to steal a police cruiser. He was caught in Paramus.

He's being held on about $1.3 million bail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A man has been shot several times at the Bridgeport housing complex where 9 people were shot last month -- one fatally.

A police spokesman says 26-year-old Courtney Frasier is in stable condition after he was shot early this morning.

Spokesman Brett Broesder says a weapon was recovered but police have not detailed what happened.

The June 11 shootings have not resulted in any arrests, but police have increased patrols in the area.


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Police say the search for a 7-month-old boy in the Connecticut River is now a recovery operation.

The baby, Aaden Moreno, was reported missing Sunday night when his father, 22-year-old Tony Moreno, jumped from a bridge into the river. The search extended into Monday as police spoke with family members and visited homes where they believed Moreno may have taken the child.

Police say Moreno called a family member late Sunday, saying he would jump from the Arrigoni Bridge. That person contacted police and said a baby could be heard in the background.

Moreno was pulled from the water by firefighters and is hospitalized in stable condition. Police say charges are expected.


NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford man has been convicted of aiding his brother in the murder of a man who was shot and killed in a charter school parking lot.

The Hartford Courant reports a Superior Court jury Monday found 39-year-old Quan Soyini guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory to murder.

Soyini's brother, 36-year-old Kunta Soyini, is already serving a 35-year-prison term for the shooting death of 25-year-old Chimar Gordon.

Prosecutor John Fahey says Quan Soyini helped his brother hunt down Gordon on the day of the murder. He says Gordon had robbed Quan Soyini a month earlier.

Defense attorney William Gerace argued that his client played no role in the killing.

Quan Soyini faces up to 80 years in prison when he's sentenced in September.


EASTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a man was killed and two others were seriously injured after three motorcycles crashed on a Connecticut highway.

Kenneth Oliva, of Norwood, Massachusetts, died Sunday after his motorcycle collided with another bike on Route 44 in Eastford.

Police say the 68-year-old was traveling west toward a curve when he ran into 26-year-old Nicholas Romitti, of Vernon, who was heading east. Both were thrown from their bikes.

Police say 66-year-old Philip McManus, also of Norwood, was also heading west, got caught up in the accident and was ejected from his motorcycle.

Oliva was taken to Hartford Hospital where he died from his injuries. McManus and Romitti were taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center.

The accident is currently under investigation.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Communications between members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority between scheduled meetings are off-limits to the public in legislation approved by the General Assembly.

The Journal Inquirer reports the agency regulating electric and gas utilities and water companies said its communications were becoming difficult because of requests citing the Freedom of Information Act.

The three commissioners said they decide ``complex, legal and technical matters'' and discussions at public meetings can take hours.

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information President Jim Smith said many small towns have three-member governing boards and still comply with Freedom of Information requirements.

Rep. Timothy Ackert of Coventry, the Energy and Technology Committee's ranking House Republican, said transparency remains the objective and it's not affected by the new exemption.


A Silver Alert has been issued for 7-month-old AAden Moreno, who police believe was with his 22-year-old father when he jumped from the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown late last night in a suicide attempt.

The child has been reported missing. State and local police and firefighters have been searching for the child overnight and all morning.

the 22 year old father of  Middletown, called someone around 11:45 p.m., threatening suicide, and that person called police to say Moreno was despondent and threatening to jump from a bridge into the Connecticut River.

The search operation will continue until AAden is located. Divers and search boats are STILL in the water.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they arrested four people who robbed a package store and led officers on a high-speed chase into Newington and West Hartford.

Authorities say officers saw a man in a mask and another with a duffel bag leaving a South End package store Thursday night. The suspects fled in a car.

Police say officers chased the suspects through the South End and into Newington and West Hartford. Officials say the suspects' car stopped in West Hartford and they were arrested.

Police lodged robbery and weapons charges against 22-year-old Nolan Evans, 23-year-old Traistyn George, 21-year-old Jose Montanez and a 14-year-old juvenile. All are from Hartford.

Evans, George and Montanez were detained on bail. It wasn't immediately clear if they had lawyers who could comment on the allegations.


VERNON, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut State Police say they arrested a North Carolina man and a teenage girl after discovering what appeared to be a "mobile meth lab."


Troopers found a van Thursday in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Vernon, about 18 miles northeast of Hartford. Police were responding to a report that a man and 17-year-old girl had not arrived at their destination.


Authorities say they discovered chemicals commonly used to make methamphetamine in the van. Police lodged drug charges against 24-year-old Shang Clevenger of Salisbury, North Carolina, and the girl, who wasn't identified because of her age.


Clevenger and the girl are detained. It's not clear if they have lawyers who could respond to the allegations.


The "Breaking Bad" television series featured a meth lab in a recreational vehicle.


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man initially pulled over for speaking on his cell phone while driving and failing to signal was carrying more than a pound of cocaine in his car.

Hydar Husman, of Bloomfield, was stopped Thursday in West Hartford and police say they could smell marijuana when they approached his car.

Police say a search of his vehicle found 1 pound, 2 ounces of cocaine, a quarter ounce of marijuana and more than $2,000 in cash.

The 42-year-old was charged with varying narcotics possession charges, failure to signal a lane change and driving while using a hand held phone.

It was not known if Husman is represented by a lawyer.

Federal court records show he served 12 years in prison for aiding and abetting the importation of more than 500 grams of cocaine.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut teenager has been arrested in connection to a high-speed crash involving two stolen cars that killed a 15-year-old girl and critically injured a 13-year-old boy.

Authorities say a 16-year-old Waterbury boy was driving a stolen car, lost control and crashed into a utility pole on Wednesday morning. The two passengers were ejected from the car.

The car was then hit by another vehicle police say was stolen from Plymouth, and both drivers allegedly fled the scene in a third vehicle.

Officials say 15-year-old Sajenae Winfrey was pronounced dead on arrival.

The other passenger, who remains unidentified, was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

The Waterbury driver was arrested Wednesday night and charged with manslaughter, evading responsibility and larceny.

Police are investigating and say more arrests are expected.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A New London man has been arrested in connection with an incident at a city middle school in April when a student accidentally fired a gun in a bathroom. No one was injured.

Authorities say 39-year-old Richard Velazquez turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and risk of injury to a minor.

Police say an 11-year-old boy took a gun that Velazquez illegally possessed into Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School on April 29 and it accidentally fired when he was showing it to friends. Officers arrested the boy, whose name wasn't released because of his age, and he also was suspended from school.

Velazquez is detained on $150,000 bail. His response to the allegations isn't known. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Lewis Rome, a former state Senate Republican leader and prominent GOP figure for six decades, has died. He was 81.

Rome died Wednesday evening, his Hartford law firm said. A cause of death wasn't immediately available Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised Rome for dedicating his career to public service. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said Rome's leadership in higher education leaves a legacy for students and his work in the community improved health care in the region.

Rome also served as chairman of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees and unsuccessfully challenged Democratic Gov. William O'Neill in 1982. He led state Senate Republicans in the 1970s.

Sen. Len Fasano, the current Senate Republican leader, said Rome ``exemplified all of the critical qualities of leadership: decency, patience and selflessness.''


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say Hartford man who was on probation has been arrested after being found in an ice cream truck with a 13-year-old boy.

Tylon Jarrett of Hartford allegedly told police he was someone else when they stopped him on Wednesday. But that person was wanted by police, and Jarrett was taken into custody.

The 36-year-old was eventually identified and charged with criminal impersonation and interfering with an officer.

Jarrett is serving 16 years of probation for sexual assault. Police say he not allowed contact with anyone under 16.

The boy told investigators that he was training Jarrett to work as an ice cream truck driver.

Jarrett is being held on $10,000 bond and is due in court next Wednesday . It is not clear if he has an attorney.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A 33-year-old man who admitted he drove the gunman away from a fatal shooting at a Norwich bar in 2012 has been sentenced to the two years he already has served in prison.

Steven Velez was sentenced Wednesday in New London Superior Court to time served on a charge of hindering prosecution.

Velez's sentence was handed down a week after David Grant was sentenced to 47 years in prison for manslaughter after firing into a crowd at the now-closed Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar on June 24, 2012.

Velez testified in March that that Grant told him he fired at a rival drug dealer who was standing on the back deck of the bar.

Grant killed a bystander, 45-year-old Donna Richardson of New London and injured another woman.


NEW YORK (AP) The U.S. government is suing to stop Electrolux from buying General Electric's appliance division, saying the combined company would dominate sales of kitchen appliances to customers like home builders, property managers, hotels, and governments.

General Electric Co. says it will defend the sale in court and aims to complete the $3.3 billion deal this year.

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a District Court in Washington, D.C., to block the sale. It says GE and Electrolux, the owner of the Frigidaire brand, have been competing for decades to sell appliances like ranges, cooktops, and wall ovens.

The agency says Electrolux would eliminate a major competitor if it buys the GE division, and Electrolux and Whirlpool would be the only major companies selling appliances to many customers.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut prosecutors say they won't appeal a Hartford judge's ruling that ended the prosecution of a man accused of hosting a teenage drinking party that led to the death of a high school student.

The Hartford Courant reports a Superior Court judge in May dismissed most of the charges against 51-year-old Paul Sibiga, of Marlborough, that included reckless endangerment and permitting minors to possess liquor.

Police had said a teenager left a party in woods Sibiga owns in Marlborough. He lost control of his car and went off the road near Hebron, killing Paige Houston, a passenger.

Tolland State's Attorney Matthew Gedansky says that after prosecutors researched the issue, they concluded that it was unlikely they'd succeed with an appeal.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are defending two officers shown on a cell video striking a suspect repeatedly with a baton.

Police say the video of Detective Brian Salkeld and Officer Robert Fogg shows only a small part of their confrontation Sunday with 34-year-old Samuel Bryant.

Police say Bryant fought with police who stopped him after witnessing him drink from an open container. They say Bryant broke Salkeld's nose, and did not respond to being shocked with a stun gun.

Police say he was carrying a knife and cocaine.

The video shows one officer holding Bryant in a bear hug while the other strikes him in the legs and tells him to get on the ground.

Bryant, who faces charges including assaulting an officer, is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.


NIANTIC, Conn. (AP) A third correction officer has been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate inside Connecticut's prison for women.

Police say 34-year-old Kareem Dawson turned himself in Tuesday to face one count of second-degree sexual assault.

Forty-seven-year-old Jeffery Bromely, of Niantic, and 44-year-old Matthew Gillette, of Groton, were charged earlier this year and have since been fired.

All three worked in the same unit at the York Correctional Institution.

Police began investigating after a 28-year-old former inmate told them she had sex with several guards while being housed in a unit for participants in a drug program.

The Correction Department says Dawson is being placed on administrative leave. A phone call to a number listed for Dawson seeking comment Wednesday went unanswered.

He is due in Superior Court on July 16.


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police say more than 20 people have been arrested in eastern Connecticut in connection with a three-month narcotics investigation.

Willimantic Police Corporal Stanley F. Parizo Jr. said Monday that 23 people have been arrested in the last two weeks. He says police seized more than $5,000 in cash and varying amounts of cocaine, heroin and K2, a synthetic marijuana substance.

Police say they staggered the arrests to avoid drawing attention to the investigation, which they dubbed ``Operation Thread City Round Up.''

Most of the people arrested are facing heroin or cocaine possession and sales charges.

Police say they are still working to secure arrest warrants.


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