Infinite Menus, Copyright 2006, OpenCube Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Thanks for listening to WLAD 800 AM
Check Out The New WLAD.COM!
State Headlines

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former Gov. Lowell Weicker has endorsed Mary-Jane Foster for Bridgeport mayor in the race against former Mayor Joe Ganim, a convicted felon.

Weicker told the Connecticut Post Friday that the ``idea of electing a real felon, that's not Bridgeport.''

A spokesman for the Ganim campaign did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Ganim defeated Foster and Mayor Bill Finch in the Sept. 16 Democratic primary.

Foster, who calls herself an independent Democrat, said she is honored to receive Weicker's backing.

Weicker was an independent as governor and a Republican representing Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. He said he cannot believe Democrats nominated Ganim despite ``so many good people'' in Connecticut's largest city.

The 55-year-old Ganim was mayor from 1991 until he resigned in 2003 after being convicted of receiving kickbacks.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has dismissed charges against a mentally disabled former dishwasher who was convicted of killing his wife's 88-year-old grandmother in 1987 and spent almost 26 years in prison.

Richard Lapointe's conviction was overturned in March, with the state Supreme Court ruling that prosecutors failed to disclose notes by a police officer that suggest the crime occurred when Lapointe had an alibi. He was released from prison in April.

On Friday, prosecutors acknowledged that new DNA testing didn't implicate Lapointe and they didn't have the evidence to go forward with a new trial.

Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander then dismissed the case and told the 69-year-old Lapointe he was free to go.

She also apologized to the family of victim Bernice Martin, saying the justice system had failed them.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut dentist has been granted a probation program and agreed to give up his license in connection with the death of a patient who became unresponsive while 20 teeth were pulled and implants installed last year.

A state judge in Hartford granted accelerated rehabilitation Friday to 46-year-old Rashmi Patel of Suffield, who has offices in Enfield and Torrington. The program allows charges to be erased after probation is completed.

Patel was charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide in the February 2014 death of 64-year-old Judith Gan of Ellington.

State regulators suspended Patel's license, saying he failed to adequately respond when Gan's oxygen levels dropped dangerously low while under conscious sedation. She died at a hospital.

Patel apologized to Gan's family Friday. Gan's daughter said she forgives him.


WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) State police say a Connecticut man survived a one-car crash, left his car and was killed after he was hit by a vehicle.

Police say 43-year-old Marc Warzocha, of Farmington, crashed his 2005 Chevrolet Equinox Wednesday night on the southbound lanes of Route 8 in Watertown.

State police say a preliminary investigation found that Warzocha left the vehicle and walked across the grass median onto the northbound lanes, when a Mercedes Benz struck him. He later died at Waterbury Hospital.

Police say the driver of the Mercedes, Shannon Mazzeo, of Wolcott, did not appear injured.

No charges have been filed.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Federal and local authorities say they've busted up a violent New Haven street gang and charged several members with murder, gun crimes, drug dealing and racketeering.

Federal prosecutors; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and New Haven police announced the charges Thursday against six members of the Red Side Guerilla Brims. Officials said a grand jury indicted the gang members on federal charges Wednesday.

Authorities say the gang is affiliated with the Bloods gang in New Haven, and that its members killed six people and wounded several others in 2011 and early 2012. Four of the six men who were indicted face the possibility of the federal death penalty.

Law enforcement officials have previously arrested several other members of the gang.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials say seven homes and seven businesses were impacted after a century-old Hartford water main broke and gushed water into the air.

Crews responded to the break Thursday afternoon. The intersection of New Britain Avenue and Newfield Avenue flooded around 5 p.m. The 12-inch water main, which was installed in 1907, shot out water for more than two hours and caused significant damage to the roadway before Metropolitan District crews shut down the main Thursday night.

MDC officials say many water lines are old and difficult to inspect because the roads have to be torn up.

The repair is expected to take at least six to eight hours.

It's unclear why the water main broke. MDC officials say they are not blaming the break on the weather.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A new report says a Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a 1-year-old girl last year flunked drug tests in violation of his probation in the months leading up to the killing.

The report by state child advocate's office and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence recommends that probation officials strengthen drug testing policies and police improve how they respond to domestic violence calls.

Thirty-seven-year-old Arthur Hapgood Sr. of Waterbury pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in the killing of 14-month-old Zaniyah Calloway in Bristol in August 2014. He is to be sentenced in January.

The report says Hapgood tested positive for marijuana and PCP while on probation for selling drugs, and police responded to a domestic violence call at his home the day before the killing.


STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut high school is cracking down on dirty dancing.

The Day reports that Stonington High School has instituted a new policy beginning with Saturday's homecoming dance that prohibits ``grinding and other forms of inappropriate dancing and touching.''

Students will be given a warning the first time they violate the policy.

A second offense will result in ejection from the dance.

Students must also dress ``tastefully'' for all dances and if any attire is found to be inappropriate, they will be asked to leave.

All students and their parents must sign the policy in order to buy dance tickets.

Principal Mark Friese says inappropriate dancing discourages some students from attending school events, or leads to parents barring their children from dances.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Court documents show that the mother of a 4-year-old girl found wandering alone in Hartford told police she left her child so she could be paid for sex.

Twenty-two-year-old Shi'day Nicks appeared in court Wednesday on charges of risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and leaving a child under 12 unsupervised.

Officers brought the girl home after receiving a report that she was walking by herself Tuesday morning.

Court documents show Nicks told police that evening she left her daughter alone for hours while she met a man who promised to pay her $230 for sexual favors. She said she is facing eviction.

Nicks is being held on $50,000 bail and is due back in court on Oct. 21. It's unclear if she has a lawyer.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is withdrawing from the city's mayoral race and throwing his support to one-time opponent Mary Jane Foster in an effort to ultimately defeat former Mayor Joe Ganim, who served seven years in prison for corruption.

Finch, a two-term incumbent, lost the three-way Democratic primary to Gamin and has faced obstacles in securing a place on the November ballot.

While Foster also lost the primary, she previously submitted enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate.

Finch said he and his supporters will work to help Foster get elected, saying Bridgeport has ``too much at stake to look backward.''

Foster, the co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish, said she's been encouraged by people across Connecticut to remain in the race and challenge Ganim.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with fatally stabbing a family friend's 1-year-old daughter while under the influence of drugs has pleaded guilty.

The Hartford Courant reports that 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood Sr., of Waterbury, was originally charged with murder, risk of injury to a minor and first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with the death of 14-month-old Zaniyah Calloway in August 2014.

But under terms of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to the murder charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Prosecutors say Hapgood was at the Bristol home of his mother, who was taking care of Zaniyah, when he became violent and stabbed the baby in the abdomen. He told police he had taken illegal drugs, which police said was marijuana that may have been laced with PCP.


DERBY, Conn. (AP) A judge has set a man's bail at $1.5 million after prosecutors say he admitted to ``callously'' shooting his wife to death during an argument.

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Infante, of Shelton, is a flight risk, noting that he drove to the Ohio border before turning around and turning himself in to police.

Prosecutors say Infante admitted to police on Monday that he shot his wife of 27 years, 52-year-old Lisa Infante, Sunday night. Police say the two had been going through a divorce.

Infante appeared in Superior Court in Derby Tuesday afternoon. His next court date is slated for Oct. 8.

Infante's attorney asked that his bail be set at $500,000, noting he did not have a violent history, owned a home in town and had family nearby.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The annual cost to operate Connecticut's bus-only system is rising as transit planners build out the route beyond its Hartford-to-New Britain corridor.

The $567 million CTfastrak operates with a $17.5 million state subsidy for the first year. That's up from $10 million the state Department of Transportation initially projected.

The Hartford Courant reports that the increase is due to added express and feeder services, circulator routes and updated labor costs, all intended to draw more riders.

Transportation Commissioner James Redeker says the initial subsidy projection was an estimate set eight years ago and based on a plan that has since changed.

Critics say the half-billion dollar cost is excessive and could have financed other transportation projects. Construction and other startup costs were financed mostly by the federal government.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman who says she choked her boyfriend to death with a 25-foot extension cord to protect herself has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter.

Twenty-six-year-old Katherine Santiago, of Hartford, claimed self-defense in the December 2013 killing of 27-year-old Marcos DeJesus, her boyfriend of six months. Santiago said she wrapped an electrical cord around his neck after he hit her and pressed a pillow over her face during an argument.

Prosecutors persuaded the Hartford Superior Court jury that she did not justifiably kill DeJesus.

A police warrant shows Santiago and DeJesus were breaking up and that she blamed another woman, who had two children with DeJesus and was pregnant with another child.

The Hartford Courant reports the jury reached a verdict Friday. Her sentencing is set for Nov. 20.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former doctor charged with killing a Yale University physician says he disagrees with a judge's ruling that he's mentally incompetent to stand trial and objects to the possibility that he may be forced to take anti-psychotic medication to make him competent.

Lishan Wang is charged with murder in the shooting death of Dr. Vajinder Toor in 2010 outside Toor's Branford home.

Authorities say the shooting appeared to stem from a dispute Wang had with Toor and other doctors while they worked together at a New York City hospital that led to Wang's dismissal.

Wang was found incompetent to stand trial earlier this month.

Wang in a letter to The New Haven Register says he believes he is competent, and being forced to medicate ``will compromise my mental status'' at trial.


SHELTON, Conn. (AP) A Shelton woman has been found killed in her home and police are looking for her husband.

Officers responded to a Hickory Lane home at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday for a report of a sudden death.

Upon arrival, police found the body of 52-year-old Lisa Infante. Investigators said they discovered the death was a homicide.

Police say Lisa Infante was in the process of divorcing 53-year-old Thomas Infante, and he reportedly shot her during an argument at her home last night.

He initially fled the scene, but turned himself in today.  Infante was charged with murder and ordered held on $500,000 bond for a court appearance tomorrow.


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Police say a family of 11 people is safe after their boat began taking on water in the Long Island Sound.

Rescue crews from the Norwalk Police and Fire Department helped rescue the family from the sinking boat Saturday night.

The boat began taking on water near Shea Island, located about a mile from the shoreline.

The entire family evacuated the boat safely and was taken to Shea Island.

No one was injured, though two children were evaluated for exposure.

Officials say the group was camping and had returned to their boat to head back to shore when it sustained a mechanical issue.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A man has been found guilty of murder in the 2012 death of a 28-year old man who was shot in the head on a sports field in western Connecticut.

A jury found 37-year-old Dequan McKethan guilty of murder Friday afternoon in New London Superior Court stemming from the killing of 28-year-old Darius Bishop. McKethan was also convicted of carrying a pistol without a permit and possession of narcotics.

Prosecutors said Bishop was taken to the Charles Long Sports Complex in Bozrah to be executed on Sept. 25, 2012. The motive for the murder was unclear.

McKethan rejected a plea agreement of 40 years in prison and now faces more than 60 years. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 20.

McKethan told state police he had bought marijuana from Bishop.


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a mentally ill woman stabbed a victim multiple times in the head in what appeared to be a random attack outside a Connecticut drug store. The victim survived.

Authorities say a 27-year-old woman left a CVS in West Hartford at about 1 a.m. Friday when the other woman stabbed her in the head several times with a 8- to 10-inch knife. The victim was treated at a hospital and discharged.

Fifty-eight-year-old Gloria Drummer of West Hartford was charged with first-degree assault and breach of peace. She was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and was later arraigned in Superior Court. A judge set bail at $100,000.

It wasn't immediately clear if Drummer is represented by a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.


MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a baby was among several people who were injured in a four-vehicle wreck on Route 15 in Meriden.

The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. Friday on Route 15 north near the merge with Interstate 91. Details on exactly how many people were hurt and how serious their injuries are haven't been released. Several were hospitalized.

The northbound lanes of both Route 15 and Interstate 91 were closed during the response and cleanup. Only the right lane of Route 15 northbound remained closed late Friday afternoon.

It's not clear what caused the accident. State police are investigating.


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State police charged a 16-year-old boy with sexually assaulting a woman in a commuter parking lot in East Hartford, only hours after he was arrested in connection with a home invasion and sexual assault in the same town.

Authorities announced the charges in the commuter lot case Friday. His name wasn't released because of juvenile offender laws.

State police say a woman was sexually assaulted in the early morning hours of Sept. 3 in the commuter lot off Route 15. Another woman was sexually assaulted by a suspect who broke into her East Hartford home on Sept. 19.

The teen was charged Thursday with attempted murder and sexual assault in both cases.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police have made an arrest in connection with the city's 23rd homicide of the year the shooting of a man found near the federal courthouse and City Hall.

Twenty-seven-year-old Anthony Christiana of Hartford was charged Thursday with murder, conspiracy and gun crimes in the Aug. 31 killing of 32-year-old William Prieto at his apartment building on South Prospect Street. Police say the motive was drugs and money.

Christiana is detained on $1 million bail. His lawyer didn't immediately return a phone message Thursday.

Police say Prieto died of multiple gunshots to his upper torso.

Christiana has several drug-related convictions and several pending drug cases.

Hartford has 26 homicides this year the highest total in all of New England including Boston.


ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) A former Hebron school superintendent accused of stealing about $15,000 from the town has pleaded guilty.

Sixty-four-year-old Eleanor Cruz, of Essex, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of larceny in Superior Court in Rockville.

Cruz was accused of using a school system credit card at high-end restaurants and online retailers, as well as to buy groceries, gasoline and gardening supplies. She left Hebron in December 2012 to become superintendent in Plymouth.

Tolland County State's Attorney Matthew Gedansky says he's seeking a three-year sentence suspended after one year.

Cruz's lawyer says he's confident she would have been exonerated, but that the financial cost and possible imprisonment of up to 20 years were too risky.

Cruz is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Fire officials say four firefighters in Connecticut were hurt after the engine they were in was hit by a car pulling out of a driveway.

Waterbury Fire Chief David Martin says the firefighters were headed to a report of smoke in a condo complex between around 8 p.m. Thursday night when the car T-boned the fire truck.

Martin says one of the firefighters was treated for a broken hand. All four were taken to St. Mary's Hospital with minor injuries. People in the car also suffered minor injuries but were not hospitalized.

Both the fire engine and the passenger car sustained heavy damage. The engine had to be towed.

Police are investigating the crash.


LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut residents are facing charges for allegedly putting three children in the trunk of a car for a drive.

Police say 34-year-old John David Harvey and 19-year-old Adrianna Nordin, both of Torrington, were stopped at a convenience store earlier this month when customers called police after seeing three children climb into the trunk, which was then shut behind them. Two children were 10 and one was 8. They were unharmed.

The Republican American reports with five people already in the vehicle for a roughly 20-mile drive to Waterbury, there was no room in the car for the children. Harvey's lawyer says his client made a ``bad decision.''

The defendants are charged with risk of injury and breach of peace. Both are free on $1,000 bond.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a construction worker is in critical condition after he was hit by a brick that fell from a former office supply building in Hartford.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says the worker was taken to Hartford Hospital on Wednesday for treatment.

Crews were called to the Hartford Office Supply Company building around 11:30 a.m. Firefighters say the worker was found lying unconscious on the ground.

Officials with The Maggiore Cos., which is renovating the building into apartment units, say the brick fell from the parapet of the four-story building and cracked the worker's hard hat. It is unclear how the brick became dislodged. They say work on the $36 million rental conversion is expected to resume Thursday.

Detectives and Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The court-appointed receiver for the Amistad says plans are to transfer ownership of the ship to the nonprofit Discovering Amistad on Nov. 1, but the sale price does not come anywhere close to covering the previous owner's debt.

Attorney Katharine Sachs says she regrets that the $315,000 selling price of the schooner will not cover the $2.2 million in debt that Amistad America still owes to a collection of small businesses, banks and individuals.

The Day reports that while it cost $2.5 million to build the Amistad at Mystic Seaport in 2000, a marine surveyor found that the current market for such a ship was soft.

The replica of a 19th century slave ship seized by African captives is a symbol of America's early anti-slavery movement.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) New data show Connecticut police are still stopping black and Hispanic drivers at disproportionately high rates.

Researchers at Central Connecticut State University released the new information Tuesday, under a state law aimed at preventing racial profiling.

The data from traffic stops made by all police agencies in the state from Oct. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015, show that 14 percent of the drivers were black and 12 percent were Hispanic. The U.S. Census Bureau says about 8 percent of Connecticut's population is black and 9.7 percent is Hispanic.

The percentages of traffic stops of minorities are slightly higher than those from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014 the first full year that motor vehicle data was collected under a new system.


SHELTON, Conn. (AP) An attorney has entered a not guilty plea for a 57-year-old Connecticut teacher accused of taking a 17-year-old student out to dinner and trying to kiss her on the lips.

WFSB-TV reports George Perduta, a former Shelton High School math teacher, faced a judge Tuesday morning on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Police say he and the female student went out to dinner in April and he asked her about her relationship status, which made her uncomfortable. The girl said Perduta tried to kiss her after dinner.

Shelton school officials say he resigned from his job in May and from his position on the Berlin Board of Education.

Defense attorney Diane Polan called the arrest a ``tremendous waste of judicial resources.''

He is due back in court in November.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who spent 13 years in prison for killing his wife and dumping her body in a river is back behind bars for violating terms of probation by going to Canada.

Luis Castelare was sentenced on Tuesday to five months in prison and three years of special parole.

Authorities say the 65-year-old Castelare illegally walked into Canada from New York in March even though he was not supposed to leave Connecticut.

The Connecticut Post reports that Castelare told the judge he could not find work in the U.S. and was ``under stress from poverty and being homeless.''

Castelare confessed to police in Arizona in 2002 to killing his wife in Stratford nine years earlier. He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in her death.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Police say it appears that an accident may have caused a 2-year-old city boy to suffer burns over 50 percent of his body.

The boy is said to be in stable condition at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston and investigators say his parents are ``cooperating fully'' with them and the state Department of Children and Families.

The exact nature of the accident was not disclosed.

The Day reports that an ambulance went to a city home late Sunday morning after a report that the boy was having trouble breathing. When the ambulance personnel arrived, they determined the child was suffering from first- and second-degree burns to approximately half his body.

He was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital and later airlifted in critical condition to Boston.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 67-year-old Hartford man charged with stabbing his nephew to death has been held on $1 million bail.

Jose Colon was arraigned Monday in Superior Court.

The Courant reports that police responded to an apartment last Thursday where they found Colon with minor injuries to his head and hands, and his nephew, 55-year-old Roberto Perales, unresponsive in a bathtub.

Both men were taken to the hospital where Perales died.

Police say the men fought and Colon used a kitchen knife to stab Perales four times. A roommate told police Perales was put in the tub to wash his wounds.

Colon's court-appointed lawyer asked that her client be placed on medical watch and undergo detoxification in jail because she was not able to have a meaningful discussion with him.


PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) Police say a mother and one of her children are dead after their family car crashed into the front porch of a Connecticut home and landed on its side in the driveway.

Police say the mother and two young boys became trapped in the crash around 6:30 p.m. Monday in Plymouth.

Officers and bystanders freed the children. Firefighters cut off the roof of the car to extricate the mother. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

One of the children was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he died. Police say the other boy was taken to Waterbury Hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition.

The family members have not been identified and the children's ages haven't been released.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating after a 2-year-old boy was found in a Connecticut residence with life-threating burns to half his body.

Police say an ambulance was sent to the New London residence Sunday morning after a report that the boy was having trouble breathing. Emergency responders determined he was suffering from first- and second-degree burns.

He was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and later airlifted in critical condition to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Massachusetts. The hospital specializes in treating burns on children.

Police say detectives are trying to determine if the incident was accidental or criminal. They say several people have been interviewed and that the residence was searched.

The New London County State's Attorney's Office and the state Department of Children and Families have been alerted.


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) East Hartford police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with a burglary and sexual assault at a local home.

A woman told authorities that a young man broke into her home early Saturday morning, sexually assaulted her and stole a .38-caliber gun. She called police at about 6:30 a.m. after the suspect fled. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released.

Police said on Monday morning that the suspect was arrested on unrelated charges and remains detained. Authorities say they also recovered a stolen registered firearm.

The suspect's name has not been released.

Police are still investigating.


CLINTON, Conn. (AP) A Killingworth man has been charged with driving drunk with a 9-day old baby in his vehicle.

Police say 25-year-old Amado Dilone was approaching a sobriety checkpoint on Route 81 in Clinton at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he tried to flee.

Police tell The New Haven Register his vehicle came to a sudden stop near the checkpoint and then backed up, hitting the car behind. He then made a U-turn and fled. Officer pursued and stopped him a short distance from the checkpoint.

Authorities say the infant was not properly restrained.

Dilone faces several charges including operating under the influence, operating with a suspended license, and transporting a child under the age of 4 without a proper restraint system. He was held on $5,000 bail.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) St. Mary's Health System has announced plans to join Trinity Health, the Roman Catholic hospital system that also is merging with Hartford's Saint Francis Care.

The organization, which operates 86 hospitals in 21 states, said it will invest $100 million over five years in Waterbury.

Under the merger plan, St. Mary's, Saint Francis Hospital, Sisters of Providence Health System, Mercy Hospital in Springfield and several other smaller hospitals will form Trinity Health New England.

The group would be run by Christopher Dadlez, the current chief executive at St. Francis.

The deal for St. Mary's still requires approval from regulators and the Catholic Church.

Hospital officials declined to say how many jobs might be lost in the merger.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Motorists are about to get a break as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on Interstate 95 in New Haven opens to traffic.

Known as the Q Bridge, it's scheduled to open about eight months ahead of schedule.

Construction of the main span bridge was completed in July and four lanes of the southbound bridge are scheduled to open the week of Sept. 28.

The bridge, which spans the Quinnipiac River, is a key part of an 18-year, nearly $2 billion Interstate-95 improvement program in the New Haven Harbor area.

The bridge has five lanes and two full shoulders in the northbound and southbound directions. The original span was built in the late 1950s and is among the most heavily traveled of the Northeast corridor between New York and Boston.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The nation's highest-ranking military officer listed as missing in action is receiving honors in his birth state of New Mexico more than 70 years after he mysteriously disappeared.

The city of Roswell hosted a series of events for Brig. Gen. Kenneth Walker, an officer who helped create an air plan to defeat Hitler in World War II.

Walker and his crew from California, New York and Texas went missing after a mission over eastern New Britain Province, New Guinea, in January 1943. Their remains were never found.

The now-closed air base in Roswell was later renamed after Walker in 1948.

Walker's son, Douglas Walker of New Canaan, Connecticut, was in Roswell for the dedication of a new Walker Air Force Base historical marker.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) An arrest warrant says an East Coast drifter admitted to fellow inmates that he killed six women and a man in Connecticut 2003, and he drove around with one of the dead victims in his van for two weeks and slept next to the body.

The warrant was released Friday after 45-year-old William Devin Howell was arraigned on multiple murder counts in New Britain Superior Court. Victims' relatives cried in the courtroom.

All the victims' remains were found behind a strip mall in New Britain, about 12 miles southwest of Hartford. Police say Howell also raped three of the women.

Howell is already serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter for killing one of the victims.

The warrant says Howell told his cellmate he had a ``monster'' inside of him.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A judge has ruled that 85 members of a Yale University fraternity face trial in a lawsuit brought by the families of two victims of a crash during tailgating events before a football game against Harvard in 2011.

The New Haven Register reports that Judge Kari Dooley at Superior Court in Waterbury previously had ruled that the national fraternity is a party to the suit

Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity were driving to a tailgating event in a U-Haul truck carrying kegs when the driver lost control, and accelerated into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring two. The suit was filed by the family of the woman who died and one of the women injured.

The suit seeks to hold the fraternity responsible for the driver's actions.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man is facing 18 years in prison for his role in a killing that police solved by tracking a gold chain and medallion featuring the Disney character Scrooge McDuck.

The Hartford Courant reports 24-year-old Hartford resident Lorenza Christian pleaded guilty Thursday under the Alford doctrine to robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Under the plea, Christian is not admitting guilt but acknowledges the state probably has enough evidence to convict him.

Police charged Christian and another man in the killing of 25-year-old Miguel Rodriguez, who was shot on July 13, 2013.

Police found that his medallion of Scrooge McDuck had been sold to a shop within 30 minutes of the shooting.

Christian is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 5.


NEW YORK (AP) European telecommunications and cable company Altice has agreed to buy New York cable operator Cablevision for $17.7 billion, including debt.

Altice announced the deal Thursday morning before European financial markets opened. Cablevision says the family-controlled company considered the time right for new ownership.

The move is part of Netherlands-based Altice's aggressive expansion in the U.S. It announced a $9.1 billion deal for Suddenlink, a smaller cable company based in St. Louis, in May.

Altice expects to finance the deal with $14.5 billion of debt at Cablevision plus cash from both companies. Altice hopes to complete the deal in the first half of next year, though it remains subject to regulatory approval.

Cablevision is focused in the greater New York City area, including its News 12 operation, and has 3.1 million customers.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Ex-convict and former mayor Joseph Ganim is declaring victory in the Democratic primary in Bridgeport.

Ganim is attempting a political comeback after serving seven years in prison on a 2003 corruption conviction.

With official results still pending Ganim told supporters Wednesday night that he had defeated incumbent Mayor Bill Finch. The two men are expected to face off again in the November election to decide who will lead Connecticut's biggest city.

Ganim was sentenced to prison for steering city contracts in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in expensive wine, custom clothes, cash and home improvements when he was mayor.

He has the support of the police union, which has clashed with Finch over staffing levels.

Finch has led Bridgeport since 2007 and touted recent development projects on the campaign trail.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A 32-year-old Connecticut man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl and attacking her mother when she confronted him has been sentenced to six years in prison and 20 years of probation.

The Day of New London reports Patrick Heath Jr. pleaded guilty in New London Superior Court to risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct in connection with the March 2014 incident. He was sentenced Tuesday.

Court documents show Heath molested a 4-year-old girl he knew and pointed a loaded shotgun at her mother's head when she confronted him. Records state he attempted to strangle her and drove toward her at a high speed as if he was going to run her over.

Heath was later captured in the woods in Columbia after a daylong manhunt.


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Attorneys in Connecticut say they're trying to close a dog euthanasia hearing to protect the privacy of a woman who police say was mauled by two dogs.


The Bulletin reports Plainfield lawyers along with attorneys for 56-year-old Lynne Denning, of Canterbury, filed a joint motion Tuesday hoping to prevent the public from attending a hearing on whether to euthanize two of the dogs.


The motion states the evidence includes "graphic photos" of the aftermath of the attack. Police say Denning suffered injuries to her face, chest, arms and legs after being mauled in December.


An attorney representing one of the dog owners says he questions if the motion is being filed as a delay tactic or to prevent the public from seeing the evidence.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man has been charged for allegedly leaving his 3-year-old son in his car overnight.


Bridgeport police say 22-year-old Jeffrey Mejias Jr. is free on $20,000 bond on a charge of risk of injury to a child.


Officers responded Sunday after a neighbor noticed a young child crying inside a car.


The child was taken to Bridgeport Hospital where he was cleaned and fed.


The Connecticut Post reports that Mejias told police he was driving home intoxicated with the boy in the car when he got a flat tire. He left the car with the boy inside, walked home and fell asleep.


The boy's mother says she assumed the child was asleep in his room when she got home from work Saturday night.


MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- State police say a 63-year-old Plainville man drove into multiple vehicles and tried to run another driver off the road, and then tried to hit a trooper's vehicle during a chase.


Police in Montville received reports early Tuesday morning that a silver Chevrolet Express van had hit vehicles in town and drove off. A trooper later spotted the van and police say the driver tried to run another vehicle off the road. A chase began and the man then tried several times to drive into the trooper's vehicle.


Troopers finally got the van to stop after deploying stop sticks onto the road. Police say a dog was used after police say he reached for a large knife.


He was charged with nearly a dozen crimes including reckless endangerment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 21-year-old Hartford man who police say confessed to punching a 13-month-old girl to death, now says the girl's mother fatally punched her.

David Brown-Barrett is accused of manslaughter stemming from the death of Tyasia Allen on Sept. 12, 2013.

The Hartford Courant reports Brown-Barrett told a Hartford Superior Court jury on Monday his confession to police was false and that 23-year-old Demi Henry actually delivered the blows. He says he did not want to speak against his then-girlfriend.

Brown-Barrett initially said Tyasia fell off a bed and hit her head.

The state claims he punched the child because he was tired and she would not stop crying.

Henry told prosecutors she did not harm her child.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday. Jury deliberations could begin by noon.


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A New Jersey man has died after accidentally driving a van off a boat ramp in Connecticut.

Greenwich police Lt. Kraig Gray says the accident happened Monday afternoon at the Cos Cob Marina.

The Sound Beach Dive Team found the van about 12 feet under water and pulled the man out. 80-year old Patrick Conroy was taken to Greenwich Hospital and later pronounced dead.

He was the only person in the vehicle.

The death remains under investigation.


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut couple has been arrested in connection with a dog attack that seriously injured a home health care worker.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jenna Allen and 29-year-old Corey Beakey, both of Plainfield, were arrested Monday.

Police say 56-year-old Lynne Denning, of Canterbury, was caring for an elderly patient at their home when two dogs mauled her Dec. 3. She suffered injuries to her face, chest, arms and legs.

Allen is charged with reckless endangerment, possession of a nuisance dog and failure to comply with dog license requirements.

Beakey is charged with reckless endangerment.

Allen's attorney called the timing of the arrest ``dubious'' as a hearing is scheduled Wednesday on whether to uphold an order to euthanize two dogs.

They are due back in Danielson Superior Court on Sept. 28.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut high school teacher accused of taking ``upskirt'' photos and videos of female students has pleaded not guilty.

Court records show Brien McMahon High School administrators and police received complaints from students in May saying 30-year-old David Marchetti was taking cellphone photos and videos from an ``upward angle from the bottom of shorts and skirts.''

He was placed on administrative leave May 5 and he resigned on June 30.

Marchetti, of Greenwich, is charged with felony voyeurism and felony risk of injury to a minor.

The Advocate reports Marchetti entered pro-forma not-guilty pleas through an attorney in state Superior Court in Stamford on Friday.

Marchetti's attorney was not available for comment Friday.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The attorney for a man charged with fatally stabbing a 25-year-old Connecticut woman says his client sustained a head injury while in custody.

The Bulletin reports Public Defender Kevin Barrs told a New London Superior Court Judge on Friday that he needed more time to review police information surrounding the arrest of 40-year-old Jean Jacques.

Federal officials failed to deport Jacques at least three times dating back to 2002. He spent 17 years in prison for a 1997 attempted murder conviction and was released in January.

He was arrested on June 25 and charged with murdering Casey Chadwick in her Norwich apartment. Jacques has not yet entered a plea.

Jacques indicated he was willing to waive the time period for a hearing and due back in court Oct. 22.


STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A teacher at a Stonington elementary school has resigned following two drunken driving allegations in less than a year.

The Board of Education was informed by the principal of the West Vine Street School that Anne Collette had submitted her resignation last week for personal reasons.

Collette taught first grade and has been in Stonington for 18 years.

The Day reports that Collette, charged in connection with a crash on U.S. Route 1 last October, had been charged with driving under the influence in Rhode Island in May as well as reckless driving in Stonington in April after police say she was seen weaving and throwing liquor bottles out her car window.

She pleaded no contest to the Rhode Island charges, but has appealed.

Charges in Connecticut are pending.


WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration has approved plans by 16 states to help give all students regardless of race, ethnicity or economic background -- access to the best teachers.

The Education Department says some states are boosting education preparation programs, while others are providing more mentoring for new teachers.

All 50 states submitted plans as a requirement of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law.

In the first batch of approvals, the department endorsed teacher equity plans by Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Minnesota, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

The department is reviewing plans from the remaining states.

States could lose federal dollars if they don't have adequate plans to address gaps in the distribution of high-quality teachers across school districts.


DOVER, N.H. (AP) The federal government says it can take the New England cottontail rabbit off the list of species under consideration for special protection, thanks to conservation efforts.

The Department of the Interior made the announcement Friday at a farm in Dover, New Hampshire.

The small brown rabbit has been threatened by a loss of habitat in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. It has vanished from Vermont.

It's endangered in Maine and New Hampshire, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had been studying whether to list it under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The cottontail does best in tangled, low-growing shrubs in younger forests. The rabbit's habitat is destroyed when forests mature and large trees replace small ones. Habitats also have been lost to development.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The Stamford firefighters union has objected to a city Democratic Party fundraiser on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Stamford Advocate reports ( that Brendan Keatley, president of the Professional Fire Fighters Union, criticized the timing of the fundraiser on Friday. He said it was in ``horribly bad taste.''

Democratic City Committee Chairman John Mallozzi said it was difficult to accommodate conflicting schedules and that marking the anniversary and conducting political business are not mutually exclusive.

He said he was initially hesitant about the date and that the union's reaction may be related to labor relations problems with the city.

Firefighters have been working without a new contract since June 2009.

The Democrats are raising money for candidates for the Board of Education and two other local boards.


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) State police say paramedics and two troopers delivered a baby boy on the side of a highway in Norwalk.

Ricardo Vilfranche was driving a Toyota Prius on Interstate 95 Thursday morning during rush hour trying to take his pregnant wife to Stamford Hospital. But she went into labor with contractions that were three minutes apart. At about 7:50 a.m. Ricardo told a dispatcher he was stuck in traffic and that his wife was in labor and in pain.

Two troopers and a Norwalk police officer laid her down on a blanket on the side of the highway.

The baby crowned and the troopers started to deliver the boy when Norwalk Fire and EMS arrived. A paramedic finished delivering him about 90 seconds after rushing her into the ambulance.


MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Officials with the Connecticut forensic laboratory say up to 900 sexual assault kits are currently sitting unprocessed in the state's police departments some more than 20 years old.

Director Guy Vallaro told the Hartford Courant that a $1.4 million federal grant announced Thursday will help authorities process the evidence.

Vallaro says the state can now hire a coordinator and technicians to handle the testing. He says the lab has received about half the kits already and that lab workers should be able to retrieve DNA from the kits as long as they were stored properly and not contaminated.

Backlogs of unprocessed sexual assault kits have been a concern across the country. Connecticut's lab is one of 20 in the U.S. that was given money.


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A man accused of throwing his 7-month-old son off a bridge into the Connecticut River has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Police say 21-year-old Tony Moreno threw his son Aaden off the Arrigoni Bridge on July 5. A police affidavit states Moreno called his mother from the bridge asking her to pick up a phone with pictures of the baby and a stroller. Police say he then jumped over the railing into the river once she arrived with his brother and police officers.

Documents show Moreno and Aaden's mother were going through a custody dispute. A judge denied a permanent restraining order against him days earlier.

He appeared Thursday in Superior Court in Middletown. His public defender would not say if Moreno is planning to pursue an insanity defense.


ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) A 33-year-old Connecticut man told police he was headed to traffic court to take care of a speeding ticket when Vermont State Police say they pulled him over for driving over 100 mph.

Trooper Rich Slusser says the West Hartford man was clocked going 112 mph and was weaving in and out of traffic in Royalton on Interstate 89 Wednesday afternoon. The interstate is a 65 mph zone.

He has been charged with excessive speeding and negligent operation.

Slusser says the man was given a citation ordering him to appear in Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction on Oct. 27.

Police say they have stopped about 10 drivers on interstate highways in the last month for going at least 100 mph in 55 and 65 mph zones.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been awarded $2 million after he was shot multiple times by a New London police officer following a chase in which he stole and crashed an ice truck.

Curtis Cunningham was shot four times on Aug. 24, 2011 after a chase through the city that led to a crash. Cunningham was unarmed and standing in the overturned ice truck when the officer yelled for him to drop his weapon. Tests showed Cunningham had PCP in his system at the time.

Attorneys say one of the bullets left Cunningham paralyzed and requiring a wheelchair.

The Day of New London reports that the city council unanimously agreed to its insurance carrier's proposed settlement following a closed-door meeting Tuesday. The city will pay a $25,000 deductible.


SHELTON, Conn. (AP) A 57-year-old Connecticut teacher is facing charges after police say he took a 17-year-old student out to dinner and tried to kiss her on the lips.

Police say George Perduta, a former math teacher at Shelton High School, turned himself in on Tuesday.

Police say he and the female student went out to dinner in April and he asked her about her relationship status, which made her uncomfortable.

The girl told police that after dinner, Perduta tried to kiss her.

Perduta is charged with disorderly conduct and was released on $500 bond.

He did not return calls.

Shelton school officials say he resigned in May.


NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Police have identified a Norwich volunteer firefighter as the victim in a fatal motorcycle accident in southeastern Connecticut.

Ledyard Police tell The Day of New London that 37-year-old Eric Retherford was killed Monday evening after his 2010 Harley Davidson crossed the double yellow centerline and hit a Honda CRV head-on on Route 117. Police say he was not wearing a helmet. He was found unresponsive by emergency medical personnel.

The accident is under investigation.

Retherford had been a member of the Laurel Hill Volunteer Fire Department for seven years. Firefighters and family members gathered at the department Tuesday evening to comfort his family.

Members hung black bunting over doors and the department's flag was lowered to half-staff.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A judge has rejected the town of Stratford's claim of immunity from a lawsuit filed by a couple injured in a crash during a high-speed police chase.

Corey and Gina Paternoster were driving with their four children in their vehicle in April 2012 when they were hit head-on by a car being chased by Stratford police.

Paternoster and his wife were injured.

The Connecticut Post reports that a judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss the Paternosters' lawsuit against the town and a police officer.

A lawyer for the Paternosters says chasing a vehicle at 100 miles per hour through heavy traffic is ``highly dangerous.''

The town argued that it couldn't be sued because the officer's actions were protected by the doctrines of governmental immunity for discretionary actions by police.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford deputy fire chief has been suspended after officials say he endangered firefighters under his command.

Fire officials tell the Hartford Courant James McLoughlin was suspended for 15 days without pay on Friday.

Authorities say McLoughlin sent firefighters into a house despite being told not to by an assistant chief.

McLoughlin told investigators he did not receive that information.

Officials say McLoughlin failed to see numerous red flags, including the partial collapse of the front wall, the roof and the internal floor.

McLoughlin was the incident commander at a fire last October in which a firefighter was killed and several others were injured. A board of inquiry found he did not acknowledge another firefighter's mayday call during that fire.


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) An East Haven man has been arrested after police say he led them on a chase in Hamden, struck a police car, kidnapped his passenger, and had drugs in his vehicle.

Police say the suspect, identified as Israel Santiago, fled after officers tried to pull him over for driving erratically at about 6 p.m. Monday.

Police say while fleeing, Santiago vehicle struck a police cruiser.

One officer fired his weapon during the chase. No one was hurt.

When Santiago's vehicle became disabled, he allegedly tried to flee on foot and was arrested.

Police say his passenger asked several times to be let out of the vehicle, but was refused. Officers say they discovered crack cocaine in the vehicle. Santiago is being held on $100,000 bond.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Authorities say one person is dead and the highway was shut down after a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 91 in New Haven.

The crash occurred on the northbound side of the highway at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when a wrong-way car collided with a tractor-trailer.

State police say one person was killed and another was taken to the hospital.

No names were released.

The north side of the highway between Exits 2 and 3 in New Haven was shut down.


LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) Officials say a motorcyclist is dead after colliding head-on with a car in southeastern Connecticut, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.

Fire officials say the crash happened Monday evening in Ledyard at the intersection of state Route 117 and Thomas Road. First responders found both vehicles ablaze, with flames interfering with overheard wires and spreading to nearby brush.

The motorcyclist died on scene. His name was not released.

Both people riding in the car escaped on their own and were taken to the hospital.

Route 117 was closed at Spicer Hill Road on the south end and Rose Hill Road on the north end.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut prosecutors are seeking to re-argue the death penalty before the state Supreme Court, which voted last month to strike it down as unconstitutional.

The Hartford Courant reports the chief state's attorney's office filed a motion Friday to again argue the case.

Justices ruled 4-3 that the death penalty ``no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency.''

Prosecutors seek to strike from the record an opinion by Justice Andrew J. McDonald and now-retired Justice Flemming Norcott who wrote that evidence suggests racial disparities in capital punishment.

Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane and Senior Assistant State's Attorney Harry Weller say that statement amounts to an advisory opinion the Supreme Court is barred from issuing.

Prosecutors say the two justices are repeating an unsupported and ``pernicious accusation.''


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former nurse's aide has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting five male hospital patients over three years.

The Connecticut Post reports that Gonzalo Flores apologized in court Friday and asked for forgiveness.

His lawyer urged Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin for a more lenient sentence. He said Flores accepts responsibility and that by pleading guilty, he spared his victims from testifying.

Flores pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting five patients at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Authorities say the statute of limitations ran out on two other assaults.

The 54-year-old Flores has tested positive for HIV and a lawyer says his client is concerned about his health.

The hospital faces nearly $100 million in lawsuits by the victims. Hospital officials have said Flores was quickly fired.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A former Central Connecticut State University professor has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a student.

Daniel Gula was accused last year of the assault. New Britain police arrested him Wednesday on charges of sexual assault, unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct.

Gula was arrested this week because the victim decided to pursue charges when he resigned rather than be fired, leaving open the possibility he could be hired elsewhere. Fox CT reports that the university asked him to resign.

The student told the university she chose Gula, an adjunct English professor, as a mentor. The two exchanged emails and the alleged assault took place during a visit to Gula's office.

Gula's Hartford lawyer, Salvatore Bonanno, said he's gathering information about the allegations.

A university spokesman declined to comment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut commuters will get a break from road construction over the Labor Day weekend.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday that all construction and paving on state roads and highways will be suspended over the long holiday weekend to help ease traffic congestion.

Construction will be suspended beginning at 6 a.m. Friday and resume at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Only emergency work will be performed.

Malloy said holiday travelers should not have to worry about additional delays because of roadwork during the weekend.

The Department of Transportation is on pace to resurface 340 miles of two-lane state roadways this construction season, which typically runs from April 1 through Nov. 30. So far, about 160 miles have been completed.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) More than 170 current and former New Haven firefighters are suing the city in federal court over lost wages.

The New Haven Register reports that 174 firefighters claim the fire department failed to accurately calculate their regular rates for overtime compensation, which they say violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Union President James Kottage says the alleged miscalculations have been a problem during the former and current mayors' administrations.

The firefighters are seeking back pay compensation, liquidated damages equal to each firefighter's unpaid compensation and other fees.

Kottage says he believes that amount will add up to seven figures.

The city's lawyer declined comment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Authorities say they've arrested a man suspected of shooting two men, including a pastor outside of his church in Hartford.

Police obtained a warrant in May charging 25-year-old Aaron Taylor of Windsor with criminal attempt to commit murder and assault. He was taken into custody in East Hartford just hours after authorities announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Police said 54-year-old Augustus Sealy, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, was shot May 24 in the leg and shoulder outside of the First Church of Nazarene while planting small U.S flags on the church lawn.

Police said about 14 minutes after Sealy was shot, 27-year-old Robert Jones of Hartford was shot multiple times.

Taylor is being held on $1.35 million bond. It's unclear if he has an attorney.


NFL Football NFL Football
12:00pm - 12:00am
NFL Football

Request a Song

Contact Me

My Blog

The new WLAD.COM is....
Better than amazing!
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)
Your email address is never published.
View Results
LinkedUpRadio Envisionwise Web Services