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GROTON, Conn. (AP) A U.S. Navy attack submarine has returned to its homeport in Groton after a deployment to the waters around Europe.

USS Missouri came back to the Naval Submarine Base yesterday afternoon.

The nuclear-powered submarine traveled roughly 37,000 miles during a deployment that included port visits in Scotland, Spain and France.

The Missouri was commissioned in 2010 as the seventh in the Virginia class of attack submarines.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Jamaican man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for sex trafficking of minors in Connecticut.

Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Wellington Brown recruited five victims for prostitution, luring some of them with false promises of modeling careers.

Brown was sentenced Thursday in federal court in New Haven to 10 1/2 years in prison.

Authorities say the victims engaged in prostitution at hotels in Stratford and Milford and provided tens of thousands of dollars to Brown.

Brown, a former resident of Hartford, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and five counts of sex trafficking of a minor.

Brown was arrested in 2014 with an accomplice, Sheena Dume, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty last year to sex trafficking.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a 28-year-old man has been fatally shot in Bridgeport, the city's first homicide of the year.

A department spokesman says Javoni Patton was found in the street at the intersection of Stratford and Connecticut avenues at about 8:40 p.m. Thursday night suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m.

Patton was found not far from his car. The car's door was open and his personal items were strewn about the street.

Witnesses told investigators they heard several gunshots, then saw the victim get out of his car and stumble into the intersection, where he collapsed.

There was no word on arrests.

There were 19 homicides in Bridgeport last year.


ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man convicted last year of repeatedly trying to kill his wife has been sentenced to 38 years in prison.

The Hartford Courant reports John Corver of Bolton was found guilty Nov. 25 of multiple counts of first-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping and attempted murder in a trial before a judge. He was sentenced on Thursday.

Authorities say 53-year-old Corver stabbed his then-wife, Kim Langlands, repeatedly in April 2014 as they drove along Interstate 384 in Bolton and then again in Coventry.

A judge convicted Corver of attempted murder for the stabbings and for placing a wick in the fuel tank of the car they were riding in.

Corver was sentenced to prison in 2002 for running down his then-girlfriend and her friend in 2000.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Officials say a 90-year-old man died after a fire broke out a New Haven apartment building.

The fire was reported at around 6 p.m. Thursday at the Robeson Elderly Housing on Rosette Street.

The man was found on the second floor. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. Authorities didn't immediately identify him.

Officials say about 30 residents were displaced. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for firing a rifle at a mosque next to his home shortly after the deadly attacks in Paris.

Ted Hakey Jr. pleaded Thursday in federal court in Hartford to damaging religious property. Sentencing was set for May 10. The charge carries up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities say the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden was empty and no one was hurt when Hakey opened fire hours after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Four bullets struck the mosque.

Prosecutors say Hakey's Facebook account contained evidence of animus toward Muslims, including a conversation before the Paris attacks in which he said, ``All Muslims must die!!! I hate them all.''

Hakey remains free on $400,000 bail.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A teacher at a college preparatory school has been arrested and charged with sexual assault following allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a student.

The New Haven Register reports Kirvanna Jones, a math teacher at Engineering and Science University Magnet School, was charged Wednesday. She's also charged with risk of injury to a minor.

Officials say there's no evidence to indicate that any other students or teachers are involved. Jones had been a teacher at ESUMS since August 2014.

Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries confirmed last week that a teacher had been placed on administrative leave following the allegations and the school district had contacted police.

Jones is being held on $75,000 bail.

It's unclear if she's represented by an attorney.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A music teacher at a Bridgeport elementary school has been charged with assaulting a special education student.

The Connecticut Post reports that 51-year-old Lydia Struble, of Stratford, a teacher at Thomas Hooker Elementary, was charged with third-degree assault in connection with the Feb. 4 incident.

Investigators say the 13-year-old girl told them Struble picked on her during class, called her names and yelled at her. At the end of class, Struble allegedly grabbed and pulled the girl's right wrist, then grabbed her left shoulder and forced her into a chair.

Police say the girl had bruising and scratches on her wrist, and a bruise that appeared to be a handprint on her shoulder.

Struble refused comment when reached by the newspaper. She's free on a promise to appear in court.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A bail bondswoman who authorities say shot her boyfriend to death in West Hartford has been convicted of manslaughter.

The Hartford Courant reports Angela Grasso of Plainville was acquitted of murder Wednesday but found guilty of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in a Hartford court.

She faces up to 40 years in prison when she's sentenced April 13.

Authorities say the 29-year-old Grasso shot 23-year-old Jose Mendez in the head on April 9, 2014. Police said she told them she shot Mendez in self-defense.

Grasso told authorities Mendez repeatedly threatened to kill her and her family as they drove around in the car, after accusing her of cheating on him.

Prosecutors argued Grasso's self-defense claim had no grounds.

Grasso's lawyer says they're ``disappointed'' with the jury's verdict.


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Newly disclosed evidence has prompted a Connecticut judge to declare a mistrial in the case of a former local American Red Cross official accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Journal Inquirer reports that Middletown Superior Court Judge David Gold declared the mistrial Tuesday after hundreds of pages of emails involving the Red Cross' internal investigation of the embezzlement allegations were disclosed. The discovery of the emails raised the possibility of more delays in the trial.

Diane Williams, of East Hartford, is accused of embezzling money by increasing her pay when she was finance director of the Middlesex Central Connecticut Chapter of the Red Cross for eight years until 2010. Her lawyer says the extra payments were authorized.

Prosecutors will have the option of retrying the case.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A third man has been charged in connection with a sex trafficking investigation involving an 18-year-old woman who was held against her will, physically abused and forced into prostitution in Connecticut.

Forty-three-year-old London Barnes of Hartford turned himself into police last week on charges of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping and other offenses.

Two other men were also arrested in January and face similar charges.

Hartford police said they rescued the Enfield woman from a North End address in September. Authorities said the woman was held against her will for about a month and forced to have sex with men.

Barnes is being held on $600,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney who could comment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn President Susan Herbst is asking lawmakers to spare the school major budget cuts, warning that continued cutting could lead to the elimination of academic programs, sports and the closing of regional campuses.

Herbst was the first of several leaders of Connecticut colleges and universities to go before the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

The lawmakers are grappling with a state budget shortfall of approximately $500 million for the next fiscal year.

Herbst says plans to cut UConn's budget by $31.4 million would wipe out the revenue generated by recent tuition hikes.

She also argued that the school has a $3.4 billion economic impact on the state and is ``one of the most important tools Connecticut has to help build its economic future.''


ORANGE, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been charged with attempted murder after police allege he stabbed his mother multiple times.

Police responding to a complaint of assault at an Orange home at around 3:20 a.m. Friday and found a woman suffering from multiple knife wounds to her chest, face, head and both hands.

She was taken to a hospital for treatment. It's not clear what her current condition is. Authorities didn't immediately identify her.

Police say the woman's son, 21-year-old Charles Weber III, also suffered a knife wound. He was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder.

Weber is being held on $500,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney who can comment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A man who served more than 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has been awarded $6 million by the state of Connecticut.

Miguel Roman was released from prison in 2008 after DNA tests pointed to another man in the 1988 slaying of a 17-year-old girl in Hartford.

The Hartford Courant ( reports Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. on Monday apologized to Roman in the award decision ``for the burden that he was forced to suffer'' during his imprisonment.

Roman was sentenced to prison for 60 years after a jury convicted him in 1990 of the killing of Carmen Lopez. Roman is now 59.

Another man, Pedro Miranda, was found guilty of the girl's murder in 2011 and is serving a life sentence.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Secretary of the State Denise Merrill wants people who are doing business with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles to be automatically registered to vote.

The Democrat announced Monday she submitted a proposal that would allow eligible DMV customers to be automatically registered unless they choose to opt out.

Merrill says the proposal, dubbed the motor-voter legislation, would make registering to vote more convenient and efficient and could bring ``countless new voters onto the rolls.''

It's up to the legislature's Government Administration and Elections Committee to raise the bill for further consideration.

There are currently variations of the motor-voter legislation in other states.


MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Police say a Manchester man has been arrested for heroin possession just days after he was arrested on the same charges.

The Hartford Courant reports that 35-year-old Pedro Cartegena was arrested just after midnight Sunday.

Police say they found four bags of heroin in Cartegena's car during a traffic stop. He's charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell.

It's the second time in one week that Cartegena has been arrested on drug charges.

He was charged Feb. 2 with sale of illegal drugs and possession of a controlled substance after police say they saw him selling heroin. He was released on $150,000 bond.

Cartegena is again being held on $150,000 bond and is due in court Feb. 18.

It's unclear whether he's represented by an attorney.


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) A teacher at a college preparatory school has been placed on paid administrative leave following allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a high school student.

The New Haven Register reports Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries confirmed the teacher had been removed from Engineering and Science University Magnet School. He declined to name the teacher.

Harries says the alleged relationship was reported by a student. He says the school district immediately contacted police.

New Haven Public Schools said in a statement Thursday the teacher was removed from the classroom the previous day.

ESUMS is a public school for both middle and high school students. It's located in Hamden.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Officials say at least three more people have been treated for suspected heroin overdoses in New London days after the city held a vigil calling attention to a spate of overdoses in recent weeks.

New London Battalion Chief Keith Nichols says emergency responders treated two male patients Saturday afternoon. A woman was treated about an hour later. All three were taken to an area hospital.

The overdoses come weeks after hospital officials reported an ``unprecedented'' number of heroin overdoses, with more than 20 cases between Jan. 27 and Feb. 5.

Officials had attributed the uptick to a potentially lethal supply of heroin.

The Day reports that two people died of suspected heroin overdoses in the city during the same period.

A vigil was held for the overdose victims on Thursday.


ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) The killing of a mother of two remains unsolved six weeks after she was shot to death in her Ellington home, leaving relatives frustrated and some town residents worried.

Authorities responded to a burglary alarm December 23rd and found 39-year-old Connie Dabate fatally shot and her husband, Richard Dabate, wounded in their home. Their two sons were in school at the time.

Richard Dabate was treated at a hospital and released.

State police only will say the case is still under investigation. Troopers previously said there was never any threat to the public, but they didn't elaborate.

A relative of Connie Dabate says the family is frustrated that there hasn't been an arrest yet.

Some town residents say they're worried, and the lack of an arrest is fueling speculation.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A bookmaker has pleaded guilty to charges he shot a gambler with a stun gun and tried to burn down a restaurant in a $190,000 insurance fraud scheme in Hartford.

The Hartford Courant reports 52-year-old John Barile pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges of arson, insurance fraud, gambling and extortion.

Authorities say the East Hartford man ran an illegal sports-related bookmaking operation from 2010 to 2014. Prosecutors say he shot a gambler with a stun gun to punish him for not paying his debts.

Prosecutors say Barile and three others plotted to burn down a pizzeria he and a partner owned in Middletown to collect an insurance payout in January 2010.

Barile is scheduled for sentencing on May 6th.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Governor Dannel P. Malloy wants Connecticut cities and towns to ensure emergency responders are equipped with overdose reversal drugs and trained to administer the medication.

The Democrat's legislation would also prohibit commercial health carriers from requiring prior authorization for coverage of naloxone.

While no plans currently require prior authorization, Malloy warned yesterday that such a requirement could create a barrier to individuals seeking the drug.

Connecticut State Police troopers have saved 63 lives using a law adopted in 2014 that authorizes anyone to administer an opioid antagonist if they believe, in good faith, someone is experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose. Previously, only licensed health care practitioners were allowed to administer the drug without facing civil or criminal liability.

After the law passed, troopers were trained to administer the medication.


BANGOR, Maine (AP) A former Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to his role in a crack cocaine distribution ring in Maine has been sentenced to three years behind bars.

Twenty-eight-year-old Torrence Benton was sentenced to federal prison Thursday in a Bangor court.

Court documents say Benton, formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, distributed crack in the Bangor area between January 2010 and August 2013. He pleaded guilty last year.

The records say the source for the crack was in the New Haven area and it was transported to the Bangor area by other people involved in the conspiracy.

Benton has already served nearly three years in state prison.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An East Hartford man who was convicted of murder in the 2009 shooting deaths of two people in Hartford has been sentenced to 80 years behind bars.

The Hartford Courant reports Angel Carrasquillo was sentenced on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Carrasquillo was found guilty in November of killing 23-year-old Leida Franqui and 32-year-old Luis Rodriguez in the early morning hours of Oct. 14, 2009.

Prosecutors said Carrasquillo and two others killed Rodriguez because he was selling drugs in Los Solidos gang territory. They said Franqui was killed because she witnessed the killing.

The defense argued the witnesses against Carrasquillo were unreliable and that there was no evidence that he shot anyone.

Carrasquillo maintained his innocence at the hearing, saying he had nothing to do with the crimes.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Democrats have renamed an annual fundraising event after dropping the names of two presidents who owned slaves.

The Democratic State Central Committee on Wednesday voted to change the name of the event to the Connecticut Democratic Progress Dinner.

The name replaces the one the group had agreed to drop last year: the Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner.

The event was named decades ago for Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Later, Democratic party boss John Bailey's name was added to the dinner.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told The Connecticut Post that we now live in a different society, and there are sensitivities today that didn't exist in the past.

The party will continue to honor Bailey by attaching his name to an annual leadership award.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a somber warning to state lawmakers on Wednesday, cautioning that Connecticut's budget is not sustainable and that changes must be made to how the state crafts its budget to meet a "new economic reality" of shrinking revenues.


The Democrat said state government must "reset our expectations of what we can afford," as well as how it provides government services and saves for priorities.


"Together, this year we need to reshape the way Connecticut budgets," Malloy told a joint session of the General Assembly on the opening day of the new session. "We need to make our budget more predictable, more sustainable and more transparent."


Malloy's call for systemic budgetary changes, including a proposal that could reduce the state's workforce by more than 1,000 employees, comes as Connecticut continues to face a string of predicted budget deficits. It also follows last month's announcement that General Electric plans to move its headquarters from suburban Fairfield to Boston.

While his message of change was mostly welcomed by state legislators, Democrats and Republicans voiced some concerns about Malloy's proposed $19.8 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. It is $569 million less than what lawmakers originally agreed to last year, when they passed a two-year, $40 billion budget.


The new fiscal year is projected to have a $500 million shortfall. Larger deficits are predicted in the following two fiscal years.


Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, said he's concerned with Malloy's proposed 5.75 percent across-the-board cut to discretionary agency accounts, predicting certain residents could be unfairly impacted.


"I'm against it. Not the cuts, but I'm against doing it in this haphazard manner because there are a lot of people who need money, a lot of people who need services," he said, adding how the proposal could usurp the legislature's ability to make budgetary policy decisions.


Jeffrey L. Walter, interim CEO of the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Providers, warned the proposed spending cuts and budget policy changes "will devastate nonprofit programs" and curtail or eliminate "essential human services for thousands of individuals across the state."


A major highlight of Malloy's proposal calls for cutting state employee costs, including pension expenses. He expects the state's workforce will be reduced by more than 1,000 employees, either through attrition "or other means." His budget director, Ben Barnes, however said the figure could be several thousand, depending on how state agency heads cover the spending reductions included in Malloy's budget.


"I don't take that lightly, but I do think it's necessary," Malloy said of the job cuts. "I will continue to work with our state employees to make sure those reductions are done fairly and with great care."


SEIU 1199 New England, a union that represents 7,500 state employees, warned against cutting jobs that provide vital services, such as having safe drinking water or caring for people with disabilities.


"Let us learn the lessons from the Flint (Michigan) water crisis and understand that certain services and jobs are more than just a line item to be eliminated and can have dire consequences on our families and communities," said union spokeswoman Jennifer Schneider.


Malloy's budget proposal now becomes the basis of negotiations with the General Assembly, which will ultimately vote on a tax-and-spending plan. The session ends May 4.


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man shaved his head and took weight loss pills to convince people he had stage 3 brain cancer and collect thousands in donations.

Tyler Tomer, of Wallingford, was charged Wednesday with first-degree larceny and first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community.

Police say an investigation started in May after they received complaints that a man claiming to have cancer was collecting donations at benefits in his honor.

Police say there have been multiple benefits for the 29-year-old Tomer in Connecticut and Kansas. They say medical records determined he was never diagnosed with cancer.

Tomer allegedly accepted at least $22,000.

He is being held on $250,000 bond and is due in court Feb. 17. It's not clear if he has an attorney who can comment on the charges.


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Greenwich Public Schools spent about $300,000 in legal and personnel costs related to the suspension and appeal of a high school band director accused of bullying two students.

The Greenwich Time reports documents obtained through a public records request show about half the money the district spent on the case of Greenwich High School band director John Yoon went legal fees.

Two attorneys represented Superintendent of Schools William McKersie during hearings for Yoon's case.

McKersie says legal expenses are necessary to ensure schools are operating within regulations.

Yoon was suspended in April in response to complaints accusing him of bullying two students. McKersie moved to fire Yoon in June, but he appealed.

The Board of Education reinstated Yoon in December, ruling that he didn't deserve to lose his job.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a Bridgeport man who's wanted in Massachusetts for exhuming bodies has been taken into custody.

Authorities went to 40-year-old Felix Delgado's home Tuesday with a narcotics-related search warrant.

Police say they discovered multiple altars adorned with human skulls, dead chickens and blood inside the home.

Delgado told police he is a Santeria priest.

He was arrested as a fugitive from justice from Worcester, Massachusetts, where he's wanted on eight counts of disinterment of bodies.

It's unclear if he's represented by an attorney.

A Hartford man in December pleaded not guilty to stealing skeletal remains from a mausoleum. He told police he used them in Santeria ceremonies.

Santeria mixes Roman Catholicism with a traditional African faith. Scholars say it was imported to Cuba through slaves from Nigeria's Yoruba tribe.


EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials have seized 32 horses, 80 chickens and other animals from an East Hampton breeder as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

The Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the horses and chickens, along with two dogs and several rabbits, were removed from the Fairy Tail Equines facility after an investigation determined they were malnourished.

Officials say the investigation also found that the animals were kept in unhealthy conditions and haven't received proper veterinary care.

The probe began in September after a woman who leased four horses to the facility claimed the animals were emaciated when they were returned to her.

The horses have been placed in the department's animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic. The other animals were taken to municipal animal shelters in nearby towns.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford man charged with stealing a car and driving into a group of people at a cemetery has been found not guilty by reason of mental disease.

The Hartford Courant reports 19-year-old Frederick Sowell was convicted Tuesday of third-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment and other charges for the Sept. 28, 2014 incident.

His attorney argued that Sowell was suffering from a mental disease or defect at the time of the offense and wasn't responsible for his conduct.

Police said Sowell stole a vehicle occupied by a woman at the Bloomfield cemetery and drove toward a group of people. They said he ended up striking a 10-year-old girl after turning at the last moment.

Sowell is at a state psychiatric hospital. He's due back in court April 7.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- The University of Connecticut is creating a living and learning community for black men in response to low graduation and retention rates among the school's male African-American students.


The ScHOLAR2RS (Scholars) House will be located at a new dormitory set to open in the fall.


Dorm residents will receive academic, career-development and social support. The voluntary program has room for 43 students who are expected to be mostly freshmen and sophomores.


Universities in other states have similar programs.


The University of Connecticut's program for black men is one of several targeting certain student populations that will be housed in the new dorm.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is projecting a $7.1 million budget deficit in the current $20 billion fiscal year budget and warning that state revenues may continue to erode.

The Democrat's estimate, released Monday, comes days before the General Assembly opens its regular legislative session.

Lembo says he believes Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration can address the deficit with reduced spending.

He warns that revenues may continue to drop given stock market declines and a slowdown of the global economy.

Republican legislative leaders stressed Monday that long-term structural changes to the budget are needed to stop the continuing spate of budget deficits in Connecticut. Their suggestions include changes to the state employee benefits.

The new fiscal year beginning July 1 is projected to be about $500 million in deficit.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating after a 33-year-old Windsor man's body was found behind a package store in Hartford.

The body was discovered Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. in the city's North End. Police say the building where the body was found had been abandoned for some time.

Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley says the body had no obvious signs of trauma or foul play.

Foley says police are not investigating the discovery as a homicide because there's no evidence that the man was murdered.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Authorities haven't immediately identified the man.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut resident has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $9 million from a federal economic stimulus program meant to boost alternate energy sources.

Craig Bradway, formerly of Glastonbury, and who currently lives in Holmes Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Connecticut to one count of wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Bradway submitted more than 300 fraudulent applications for work that was never performed or was exaggerated to increase costs to the Specified Energy Property Program. The program was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was meant to cover a portion of the cost of installing solar panels.

Prosecutors say Bradway also fabricated documents.

Bradway faces up to 20 in prison at sentencing on April 25.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating after they say a two-year-old girl was found alone and covered in feces in a Hartford apartment.

NECN reports that a downstairs neighbor called police after she discovered that the child was alone upstairs.

Police responding to the scene Friday said the apartment was covered with feces and urine. There were also two small dogs in the apartment.

Police say the child's mother was on her way home from work at the time of the incident.

They say the child was unharmed but was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, which is standard protocol. The state Department of Children and Families was notified.

The child's mother and stepfather are cooperating with police.

It's unclear whether anyone will face charges.


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating after a road rage incident ended in an attempted robbery at a gas station in East Windsor.

Police say a man reported being cut off by another car on Interstate 91 at around 5 p.m. Saturday. Police say he followed a suspect vehicle into a gas station and snapped a photo of the license plate.

Police say a female passenger then exited the vehicle, took the man's phone and ran into the gas station.

The man told police that a male driver also exited the vehicle and threatened him with a knife after he tried to get his wallet back from the woman. He retrieved his cell phone before the suspects fled.

Police are searching for the suspects. They are investigating the incident as a robbery.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Hartford man has been arrested on stolen firearm charges after there was a report of a disturbance involving a gun.

The Hartford Courant reports that police responded to a home near Hartford Public High School around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and found 31-year-old Rafael Arroyo standing outside.

Police say they searched Arroyo after seeing him tuck something into his waistband and found a loaded 9 mm pistol.

Police determined the gun had been stolen.

Arroyo was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

It's unclear whether Arroyo is being represented by an attorney who could comment on his case.


UNDATED (AP) Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have plenty of proposals to consider as they look for up to 600 megawatts of electricity to meet their clean energy goals.

Dozens of bids will need to be vetted in coming months as the three states aim to sign long-term contracts for electricity from wind turbines, dams and solar projects.

The proposals were submitted Thursday, and will be made public in the coming days.

The amount of power is roughly to the amount produced by defunct Vermont Yankee Power.

Several of the proposals call for wind power from northern New England, with infrastructure projects that could create hundreds of jobs and pump millions of dollars into the economy.


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Leaders of nonprofit organizations in the Fairfield area are gathering this weekend to discuss how to deal with the departure of General Electric.

The company's relocation of its headquarters from Fairfield to Boston has charities fretting because many GE employees are known for their community involvement.

The discussion scheduled for Saturday morning at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield will be moderated by state Sen. Tony Hwang, a Republican who says the company's move will be a major setback to local philanthropic contributions.

General Electric employs 800 people in Fairfield. It announced earlier this month that it was leaving, with the move expected to occur in stages and be completed in 2018.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst has named her chief of staff as interim athletic director and appointed a search committee to find a permanent replacement for Warde Manuel.

Manuel, who ran athletic department for the last four years, was introduced yesterday as Michigan's new athletic director.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by Rachel Rubin, who began her career at UConn as an Associate Athletic Director before becoming Herbst's chief of staff.

Rubin also will be a member of the committee that will conduct as national search to find a new AD.

That committee also includes three members of the school's Board of Trustees Travelers executive and former Olympic athlete Andy Bessette; former state House Speaker Tom Ritter; and Andrea Dennis-LaVigne. It also includes Scott Brown, the school's NCAA faculty athletics representative; Doug Elliott, the president of The Hartford, and field hockey coach Nancy Stevens.


STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut chiropractor has been charged with assault for allegedly electrically shocking a female employee who had spoken negatively about other workers in the office.

William DeAngelo, head of the Neuro-Spinal Center in Stratford, was charged yesterday with third-degree assault and remains free on a promise to appear in court.

The Connecticut Post reports that the woman told police she was ordered to lie face down on a table while DeAngelo delivered high-intensity electric shocks to her back until she cried to ``teach her something'' for bad-mouthing others.

The woman sought treatment at a hospital for back strains.

DeAngelo told police he had received several complaints about the woman from patients.

When reached by the newspaper, DeAngelo said he was with a patient and could not talk.


A Connecticut couple charged with abusing their five adopted children by making them stand and read in the bathroom for long periods of time had passed background checks before they were cleared by state child welfare officials to adopt.

George and Nancie Barnes, of Watertown, rushed from the courthouse without speaking after their arraignment Friday on charges of cruelty to persons, second-degree unlawful restraint, and risk of injury to a minor. They were ordered to have no contact with the children, who range in age from 9 to 18.

They applied for a public defender. They are due back in court February 24th.

Authorities say the children were made to stand in the bathroom for weeks at a time, allowed out to sleep and go to school.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Health officials are warning the public about a particularly lethal supply of heroin being sold in New London after seeing an ``unprecedented'' number of overdoses in one day.

The Day reports eight people were treated for heroin overdoses yesterday and a ninth has died.

Doctor Deirdre Cronin, of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, says three overdose patients were treated on Wednesday. At least four of the victims are believed to be from New London and one from Waterford.

Cronin says there is a supply of heroin being sold that's more potent or mixed with another drug. She says the victims were all addicts using their ``regular amount.''

She says city police have been working to figure out who's selling the drug and where it's being sold.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Stamford High School principal has been fired over allegations she knew about a teacher having sex with a student and failed to report it to authorities.

An attorney for Principal Donna Valentine tells the Stamford Advocate her team will assess their options in the wake of the termination.

Police say former Stamford High English teacher Danielle Watkins had sex with one of her students and provided him and another boy with marijuana. Watkins is serving a five-year prison sentence.

Superintendent Winifred Hamilton recommended Valentine's dismissal, accusing her of failing to report suspicions about Watkins to state officials and police.

The Stamford board of education voted Monday night to fire Valentine effective Tuesday.

Valentine pleaded not guilty Oct. 2 to criminal charges of failing to alert authorities.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The mayor of New Britain says the Connecticut city's recently departed minor league baseball team owes nearly $150,000 in unpaid utility bills.

Mayor Erin Stewart issued a release Wednesday stating that the Rock Cats franchise still hasn't reimbursed the city for the electric, gas, water and sewer bills for its final season at New Britain Stadium.

The team, now known as the Hartford Yard Goats, says an invoice for the bills was received just two days ago.

General Manager Tim Restall says the Yard Goats have every intention of paying the bills. The team says that per their lease, they have 120 days to pay upon receipt of documentation.

Relations between the team and Stewart have been tense since the Rock Cats' move to Hartford was announced in June 2014.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The man who authorities dubbed the ``Bordeaux Bandit'' for allegedly stealing expensive bottles of wine around the Northeast has been sentenced to prison in Rhode Island for stealing video game equipment.

Scott Deluca, of Cohoes, New York, was sentenced Wednesday in Providence Superior Court to serve 90 days in prison for larceny, with credit for time served since Jan. 11. The remainder of his six-year sentence was suspended.

The 25-year-old is accused of stealing rare wines from businesses in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

In Rhode Island, Deluca pleaded no contest to taking a Nintendo Wii, games, a controller and jewelry from a Cumberland apartment in 2011.

Deluca was ordered to pay restitution.

His lawyer says he can't comment on the other cases.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn is planning to charge fans more for basketball and football tickets to fund the construction of new soccer, baseball and softball stadiums.

Scott Jordan, the school's chief financial officer, told trustees Wednesday that a surcharge of between $1 and $5 would be added to all athletic tickets to help raise the estimated $46 million to build the new facilities.

The school says the UConn Foundation expects it can only raise about $25 million toward that goal.

Jordan says the rest would be bonded, and paid back through the revenue generated by the ticket surcharge, which he estimates would bring in about $1.5 million a year.

Details of the plan, which will need board approval, have not been worked out. Jordan says the surcharge would not be applied to student tickets.


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Bristol amusement park just over $70,000 after uncovering 18 ``serious'' violations.

The federal agency's Hartford office found that employees of Lake Compounce Family Theme Park were exposed to hazardous chemicals while working in the park's paint room.

OSHA officials say the conditions made workers susceptible to serious burn, fire, chemical burn, electric shock and eye, face and hand injuries.

The park's parent company, Palace Entertainment Holdings, is responsible for paying the $70,200 in fines. The park has 15 days to comply with the citation, request a conference or contest OSHA's findings.

A statement from Lake Compounce says the park cares deeply about its employees and hopes to reach an ``amicable resolution'' with OSHA.


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A lawsuit filed by six exotic dancers against the Milford strip club where they are employed will be decided by an arbitrator.

The Connecticut Post reports the lawsuit claims that the owner of Keepers Gentlemen's Club, who federal prosecutors have linked to the Genovese crime family, is not paying the dancers a living wage.

The suit states that Gus Curcio denied the dancers their ``earned minimum wages, overtime pay and full retention of their gratuities.'' The dancers also claim that they are routinely fined for breaking any of the club's rules.

Stephen Bellis, attorney for the director and president of Keepers, argued Tuesday that the dancers are not entitled to the same benefits as employees because they are considered independent contractors.

Curcio couldn't be reached for comment.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The largest teachers' union in Connecticut is calling for the state to end the correlation between students' standardized test scores and teachers' job performance.

Connecticut Education Association officials stated their case to eliminate the practice of reflecting scores on teacher evaluations at a press conference Monday in the Legislative Office Building.

The state Board of Education approved a new teacher evaluation system including test scores four years ago. The scores counted for almost a quarter of a teacher's review in the grades where the test was administered.

A two-year federal waiver on using the scores during evaluations is currently in effect after Connecticut recently switched to a new standardized test.

The recently passed federal Every Student Succeeds Act permits states to choose whether or not to link scores to evaluations.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say three masked men specifically targeted the home of three Sacred Heart University students who were pistol-whipped during a robbery over the weekend in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reports Capt. A.J. Perez said Monday that the suspects ``had a purpose and knew what they were looking for'' when they broke into the students' Old Town Road home on Saturday.

Perez insisted the incident wasn't a random act, but a check of the victims' names didn't reveal any police activity involving the trio.

The suspects forced their way through the home's front door and assaulted the victims before ransacking the downstairs area. A single gunshot was fired in the basement.

Two of the victims were treated for their injuries at St. Vincent Medical Center. The third refused medical attention.


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A decision by officials at a Connecticut high school to drop a student production of the Green Day rock opera ``American Idiot'' drew an online rebuke from the band's frontman.

Enfield High School's drama club posted fliers at the school announcing auditions.

But drama club director Nate Ferreira tells the Hartford Courant  that he and the school's principal decided to drop ``American Idiot'' because some parents expressed concern. The production contains swearing, drug use and sex.

Green Day's frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, sent an open letter to the school board on Instagram on Monday, even though the board did not make the decision. He noted there is a high school version of the production and said ``the bigger issue is censorship.''

The school will instead put on ``Little Shop of Horrors.''


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating after three armed men in masks broke into a home and assaulted three Sacred Heart University students before ransacking their off-campus residence.

The break-in occurred at the students' home on Old Town Road in Bridgeport around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Police say three armed men forced their way through the front door and pistol whipped the students. The home's downstairs area was raided by the assailants, who fled after stealing cell phones, jewelry and watches.

One shot was fired in the basement of the residence. Police say a 40-caliber shell casing and spent bullet fragment was recovered.

Daniel Wrona and Austin Maggiolo, both 20, were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital with head lacerations. Twenty-two-year-old Aaron Liebenthal declined medical attention for minor swelling.

The suspects are still wanted.


WILLINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police say two people were hospitalized after their car went off the road in Tolland County and was submerged in an icy pond over the weekend.

Connecticut State Police spokesman Kelly Grant says troopers were dispatched along with firefighters and an ambulance crew to the pond on Daleville Road in Willington around 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

Grant says both victims were pulled from the water and transported to Rockville General Hospital for treatment. One victim was hospitalized with injuries described as ``serious.'' The other suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the accident remains unknown. State police's Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating.

The victims' identities weren't released.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they have solved three of last year's homicides in the city and made arrests in two of them.

Sergio Martinez is facing a murder charge in connection with the July 9 shooting death of Daniel Sampel. Martinez is currently behind bars in New York and arrangements are being made to bring him back to Connecticut to face charges.

Police have also arrested Zachary Alexander on murder and other charges in connection with the Dec. 12 shooting death of Edison Burge. Alexander is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Brock Davis, who's wanted in connection with the Dec. 9 stabbing death of Joseph Lindsey. Davis remains at large.

It's not known if any of the suspects have lawyers.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Officials are taking precautions for a weekend snowstorm in cities and towns along Connecticut's shore, which is expected to be the hardest-hit part of the state.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has declared a snow emergency for Connecticut's largest city, effective tomorrow. Parking bans will be in effect, and vehicles parked in prohibited areas may be towed. The city's emergency operations center will be open.

Stamford officials are considering declaring a snow emergency. New Haven officials plan to meet today to review updated forecasts and finalize plans for snow clearing. New London leaders are preparing for flooding and storm surges.

Coastal flooding advisories and watches have been issued.


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) The tribe behind the Foxwoods Resort Casino has rehired a former leader who last May completed a federal prison sentence for stealing from his Mashantucket Pequots.

A tribal spokeswoman says Michael Thomas was hired this month as an executive assistant to the tribe's chief of staff.

Spokeswoman Lori Potter says the former tribal chairman is a gifted, intelligent leader who has paid his dues to society and the tribe welcomes him back with open arms.

In 2013 Thomas was found guilty of using a tribe-issued credit card to embezzle about $100,000 to pay for limousine service trips for his mother's medical appointments and his own personal expenses between 2007 and 2009.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 37-year-old East Windsor man faces a 30-year prison sentence after pleading guilty yesterday to the fatal stabbing of 26-year-old Alford Grayson in a Hartford store in May.

The Hartford Courant reports Paul Hunter entered the plea under the Alford doctrine. An Alford plea means the defendant doesn't agree with the state's evidence but acknowledges there is enough to warrant a conviction.

Prosecutors say Hunter fatally stabbed Grayson, an acquaintance, during an argument at Blue's Package Store on Barbour Street.

Grayson was rushed to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators say Hunter told them he ``must have'' pulled the knife during the incident, but he couldn't recall how many times he stabbed Grayson.


NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Federal officials have started investigating the failed deportation of a Haitian national charged with killing a Connecticut woman shortly after his release from prison.

Officials said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security opened an investigation into how Immigration and Customs Enforcement has handled the case of Jean Jacques.

The Bulletin reported in July that federal authorities failed to deport Jacques at least three times since 2002. Jacques spent 17 years behind bars on a 1997 attempted murder conviction.

He was released in January and is now awaiting trial for allegedly fatally stabbing 25-year-old Casey Chadwick of Norwich in June.

State leaders have said they followed protocol in reporting Jacques' immigration status.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police are ``aggressively investigating'' after an 18-year-old woman was able to escape two men who physically assaulted her in a car parked at a Hartford park.

The Hartford Courant reports the attack occurred Thursday in an area of Keney Park.

Police say the victim told officers the incident began after she was picked up by a man she met on a dating website. Another man was in the backseat of the vehicle.

After the group drove to the park, the victim told police the men attempted to put a plastic bag over her head and began assaulting her.

Police say the victim fought back and fled to Coventry Street. She was taken to Hartford Hospital.

The suspects haven't been located. Police believe they were driving a tan Toyota.


STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman has been charged with bringing a gun to her daughter's middle school, although she intended no harm.

The Connecticut Post reports that Elizabeth Vargas went to Wooster Middle School in Stratford on Wednesday to pick up her daughter after getting a call from the administration about a disciplinary issue.

An assistant principal noticed a handgun in her waistband and called police.

The 37-year-old Vargas immediately gave police the unloaded gun, and her gun permit.

An apologetic Vargas explained that she was on her way to the shooting range when she got the call to go to the school.

She was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 27.


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A Bristol woman is facing two counts of animal cruelty after police say she hanged her two dogs and buried them in her backyard.

Twenty-three-year-old Veronica Reyes told police she was on drugs and hallucinated that the dogs told her to hang them.

Reyes was arrested Friday and is being held on $75,000 bond.

Police say they responded to Reyes's home in November after a neighbor reported that one of the dogs was hanging from a tree in the front yard. Police say they found both dogs buried in the backyard.

Reyes told police she'd smoked marijuana she believed was laced with another drug and had taken prescription painkillers.

It's unclear whether Reyes is represented by an attorney.

Reyes is due in Bristol Superior Court on Jan. 27.


ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut high school student has been pulled out of classes and reported to police for substituting ``ISIS'' for the ``United States of America'' during the Pledge of Allegiance.

``ISIS'' is a term commonly used for the Islamic State group.

Lt. Andrew Cota says the 15-year-old student at Ansonia High School wasn't charged, but the case was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security. Police say there is no danger to the community. Federal officials declined to comment.

The boy, who wasn't identified, now attends classes in a Board of Education annex building.

An attorney representing the school and Board of Education says the boy's dismissal was ``out of an abundance of caution.''

The boy's mother said at a board meeting that removing her son from school was an irrational decision.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office is projecting Connecticut will end the current fiscal year with a deficit, despite a recent special legislative session that attempted to fix the fiscal problem.

Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes said in a letter to the State Comptroller on Wednesday that the $18 billion general fund may have a $7.1 million deficit when the fiscal year ends June 30.

State estimates last week showed that revenues are down $26.8 million. Revenue from the personal income tax took the biggest hit.

Barnes says the $26.8 million loss was partially offset by $19.7 million worth of savings from reduced spending including cutting back on hiring new employees.

He also says increased ticket sales from recent, large lottery jackpots have increased the state's coffers.


The state Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner has resigned amid a litany of problems at the agency.  Andres Ayala submitted his resignation to Governor Malloy last night, effective Friday.  The 46-year old former state Senator was the first Latino Commissioner, and had been appointed in December 2014. 


The DMV has been plagued by problems since a major computer upgrade in August.  The $25 million system shut down all branches for a week and when they reopened, wait times reached near 7 hours.  This month, an issue came up where some drivers were ticketed or towed because their registration had been suspended for a lack of insurance, even though they actually had insurance.


Ayala issued an apology in July for am email from a DMV Unit falsely telling driving school operators that a new program giving undocumented immigrants drivers licenses wasn't causing the large increases in wait times for scheduling driving tests for legal residents.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of his girlfriend.

The Connecticut Post reports that Abimael Ramos was sentenced on Tuesday after his conviction in November on a charge of first-degree manslaughter.

The 32-year-old Ramos was charged with fatally shooting Luz Morales in May 2011 in the apartment they shared.

Ramos maintained his innocence. He said his girlfriend was shot during a home invasion by two armed men. Police found two guns in the apartment, but neither was the murder weapon.

The shooting remained unsolved until 2014, when police re-examined the case and found inconsistencies in Ramos's accounts of the slaying.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 24-year-old man with autism has been committed to the state Psychiatric Security Review Board for 20 years after being found not guilty of manslaughter by reason of mental defect in November.

The Hartford Courant reports Judge Julia Dewey ruled that prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Anthony Henry was guilty in the stomping death of 58-year-old Robert Boulay.

Henry, who has autism spectrum disorder and intermittent explosive disorder, fatally attacked Boulay on Aug. 3, 2015 at a Walgreens in East Hartford.

Boulay sustained massive head trauma and died six days later at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Police say Boulay was bullying Henry from when he got off the bus to the store.

Henry will be sent to the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Police have arrested a 19-year-old man for his alleged role in a group attack on two teenage students following a high school basketball game in Stamford.

Malik Claiborne was charged Monday with assault and conspiracy to commit assault in connection with Friday's attack that left one victim with a stab wound to his chest.

Police say the assault occurred around 9 p.m. following the conclusion of the game between Brien McMahon High School and Stamford High School.

The victims were confronted by a group of approximately 15 to 20 young men who asked if they were from Norwalk. When they replied yes, police say the two boys were ``viciously attacked by the mob.''

Police say Claiborne was identified as the ``main aggressor.'' It's unknown if he has an attorney.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Police say a 22-year-old woman was killed after she was severely injured in a hit-and-run crash that occurred in Waterbury.

The Republican-American reports Genesis Baez died Monday after a Chevy Malibu slammed into a Honda Civic she was standing beside on Bronson Street around 9:30 a.m.

Baez was rushed to Saint Mary's Hospital with serious injuries to her head and upper body. She was pronounced dead around 11 a.m.

A passenger in the Honda was treated for a minor head injury.

Police say the driver of the Chevy escaped from their wrecked vehicle and fled the scene on foot. Witnesses initially told police that the driver in question was a woman. Both cars sustained extensive damage in the accident.

A police accident reconstruction team is investigating the crash.


WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) West Haven police are investigating an early morning shooting that left one man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police found the man around 3 a.m. Tuesday after responding to reports of gun fire on Spring Street.

Sgt. David Tammaro said in a statement the man was taken to a hospital and investigators have tried to talk to him but so far he has been uncooperative.

His name was not immediately made public.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact police.


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A Bristol police officer has been suspended after he was involved in what police say was a workplace threat.

Officer Adam Quinn was arrested and charged with second-degree breach of peace.

Police say there was a threat involving Bristol Police Department employees. Police have sealed Quinn's arrest warrant.

They say there were no injuries and there's no risk to the public.

They declined to release further details.

The Hartford Courant reports that Quinn was suspended Thursday until further notice.

Quinn was released on bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on Jan. 25.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating after a 22-year-old was critically wounded in a drive-by shooting that occurred outside his home in Bridgeport over the weekend.

Police spokesman Michael Giannotti says Jovanni Reyes was shot multiple times by a passing car as he was leaving his Voight Street home around 11 a.m. Sunday.

Reyes was rushed to St. Vincent's Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

Giannotti says it doesn't appear that the shooting was random. Police believe Reyes was the targeted victim of the gunman, who is still on the loose.


NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a young wife was killed after getting into an accident while riding an all-terrain vehicle in North Haven.

The 23-year-old West Haven woman struck a tree around 1 p.m. Sunday in a wooded area near the North Haven and Wallingford town line.

Investigators say the woman was ejected from the vehicle. She was riding ATVs with her husband at the time of the crash.

WTIC-TV reports the accident occurred adjacent to the Quinnipiac River in the sand pits between Dodge Avenue and Toelles Road.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene and transported her to an area hospital, where she eventually succumbed to her injuries.

North Haven authorities are investigating the death.

Police and fire crews from North Haven responded along with the Wallingford Fire Department.


PLOVER, Wis. (AP) Police are asking prosecutors to file more charges against a doctor already accused of sexually assaulting seven patients at a Plover clinic.

Forty-five-year-old Wilton Calderon of Old Lyme, Connecticut, practiced at the Ministry Medical Group Plover clinic for several years. He left in early 2015 and was charged in December with multiple counts for allegedly fondling seven women.

Stevens Point Journal Media reports police are seeking additional charges for two more victims. At least 13 people have come forward since details about the case were released last week.

Portage County prosecutor Elizabeth Constable says she's unsure when more charges will be filed.

Online records don't list an attorney to comment on Calderon's behalf. A message couldn't be left at his Connecticut office, and a home number is not listed.


WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Police now say an accident in Waterford that injured state Sen. Andrew Maynard involved two vehicles not just Maynard's as initally reported.

Authorities say the Stonington Democrat was driving on Route 32 Thursday afternoon when his vehicle struck an SUV, then went down an embankment. The cause is under investigation.

Maynard's condition isn't known. A spokesman for Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London told The Day newspaper that he could not respond to questions about Maynard.

Pietro Scelfo of Uncasville told The Day that his wife saw Maynard in her rearview mirror approaching rapidly and swerving just before striking her SUV.

A spokesman for state Senate Democrats says Maynard was cleared to drive after suffering a traumatic brain injury during a fall at his home in 2014.


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