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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) About 90 Connecticut soldiers are deploying to Afghanistan and Guantanamo, Cuba.

About 35 soldiers of the Middletown-based 143rd Regional Support Group will provide command, control and administration to base life support operations in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, adjutant general and commanding officer of the Connecticut National Guard, announced the deployment Wednesday.

The 192nd Military Police Battalion based in Niantic will mobilize and deploy about 55 soldiers to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of detainee operations.

A send-off ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford.

The Connecticut National Guard says it's preparing to deploy more than 250 soldiers over the next 15 months for missions around the world.



MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Manchester Community College's Police Department is pushing state legislation allowing its officers to carry guns.

The Journal Inquirer reports the college's Police Department is turning to the General Assembly after lobbying the Board of Regents for Higher Education for years to change its policy.

The proposed legislation would establish a ``special police force'' at Manchester Community College, giving it the same recognition as departments at the University of Connecticut and the four regional state universities.

Lt. Michael Davis, the commanding officer of the college's five-officer department, said his force is limited without firearms. He said officers had to wait for backup from Manchester police before launching a significant response to reports of a man carrying a gun on campus in March 2013.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A state education report says suspensions of children younger than 7 from Connecticut's public schools jumped nearly 10 percent last year.

The report presented to the state Board of Education says 1,217 children younger than 7 were suspended, up from 1,110 in 2013.

Board Chairman Allan Taylor called the number astounding. He says there is ``no evil intent in kindergarten students.''

In the five school years ending in 2013-14, the rate of students suspended or expelled at least once dropped from 9 percent to 7.5 percent. The 1.5 percentage point drop translates into about 10,000 fewer students.

More than 15 percent of black students were suspended or expelled last school year and more than 10 percent of Hispanic students were suspended or expelled.

Fewer than 5 percent of white students were suspended or expelled.



MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A Wesleyan University student suspected of selling the club drug Molly on campus has been arraigned on charges stemming from on-campus overdoses that sent a dozen people to the hospital.

Andrew Olson, of Atascadero, California, appeared in court Tuesday on charges including selling and possessing a hallucinogen.

Three other Wesleyan students already have been arraigned on charges related to the overdoses, which occurred the weekend of Feb. 22. All four have been suspended from the private university of nearly 3,000 students in Middletown, Connecticut.

Court documents indicate witnesses told police they bought Molly from Olson for $20 per dose.

Olson has denied selling Molly to students. Police say he told them people sometimes took Molly to his room so he could make sure it was safe to ingest.



TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) Torrington police are asking for nearly $56,000 to equip police officers with body cameras.

The Republican-American reports that Police Chief Michael Maniago included $55,835 in his $9.7 million budget request for body cameras for 65 police officers. He says the cameras would be used by every patrol officer and detective.

He says the cameras reduce complaints about officers recording incidents as they occur.

The purchase includes cameras and cloud storage for each camera, training, a service contract and a scheduled replacement of cameras.

Maniago calls body cameras proven and effective.

New London police began testing body cameras last year and officials hoped to equip the department this year.

Federal officials promoted the use of body cameras by police following the shooting death last August of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A divided jury is set to resume deliberations in the trial of a man charged with killing and dismembering a Connecticut college student.

The 12-member jury in the trial of Jermaine Richards is scheduled to reconvene Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court, after having Tuesday off.

The Connecticut Post reports that jurors sent a note to the judge Monday saying they were ``deeply divided.''

The 32-year-old Richards is charged with killing his girlfriend, 20-year-old Alyssiah Marie Wiley, in April 2013.

Wiley was a sophomore at Eastern Connecticut State University. Prosecutors say she was last seen outside her dorm getting into Richards' car. Her dismembered body was found 27 days later in Bridgeport less than two miles from Richards' home.

Richards' lawyer says there's not enough evidence for a conviction.



MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut jury has found a man guilty of killing an aspiring actress and musician he had once dated.

Matthew Pugh was convicted of murder Monday by the Milford Superior Court jury.

The badly beaten body of the victim, 26-year-old Alexandra Ducsay, was discovered by her mother in the basement bedroom of her Milford home on May 19, 2006. An autopsy showed she died of stab wounds and multiple blunt force trauma injuries to her head.

Pugh and Ducsay dated, but the relationship ended when Pugh, a convicted drug dealer, was jailed from 1998 until 2004.

The 42-year-old Pugh testified in his own defense and tried to discredit testimony by a relative who said Pugh was angry with Ducsay for leaving him and taking money and a car.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Stratford pastor awaiting trial on accusations he fleeced a parishioner of most of her life savings has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from a Trumbull man's estate.

Robert Genevicz was charged Monday with larceny and was released after posting $100,000 bond.

Police also arrested Doraine Reed, who charged with larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. It wasn't known if she's represented by a lawyer who would comment.

Police said the couple took out loans in the name of Arthur Devack, who was then 88 and has since died.

The Connecticut Post reports that Genevicz declined comment Monday.

Genevicz is awaiting trial on a charge of larceny on accusations he bilked a 71-year-old retired Stratford school teacher out of more than $173,000.



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been charged with raping a Massachusetts woman he met on a dating app.

New Haven police say they arrested 26-year-old Timothy Turner Jr., of Waterbury, early Monday after the 22-year-old woman called authorities. Officials say the woman met Turner on the dating app Tagged and invited her to a multifamily home where one of his relatives lives.

The woman says Turner pulled a gun on her and raped her on the second-floor landing.

Turner was charged with aggravated first-degree sexual assault and other crimes.

Turner is being held on bail and wasn't immediately available to comment on the charges. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Police warned dating app users to be cautious and to not meet strangers in private, unfamiliar locations.



HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Quinnipiac University faces a $150-a-day fine, with the Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission accusing it of violating a 2006 housing agreement that led to construction of the York Hill campus.

The New Haven Register reports that the university is appealing the fine.

The approval requires Quinnipiac to provide a bed for each student to reduce the number of undergraduate students living in residential neighborhoods.

The university's lawyer says it interprets the condition to mean it must provide a bed for every student who wants one. In that case, the condition has been fulfilled because it has about 300 beds available this semester.

Town officials say the condition requires the school to have one bed for every student regardless of whether the bed is used. Using that definition, the school is short about 1,315 beds.



STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) Several first selectman and other chief elected officials are opposing a measure in the legislature to designate golf courses as open space that would reduce town assessments and taxes.

The Day of New London reports that Stonington First Selectman George Crouse told the legislature's Transportation Committee that the law would become another unfunded mandate for already-strapped municipalities.

Officials from Colchester, East Granby, Goshen and Oxford have joined the opposition.

Mike Moraghan, executive director of the Connecticut State Golf Association, says golf courses owned by families or individuals must compete with municipally-owned courses that do not pay taxes.

And he says golf courses in northern Connecticut compete with Massachusetts courses that have favorable tax treatment.

John Drabik, the owner of Cedar Ridge Golf Course in East Lyme, says courses are ``improved pastureland.''



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Federal Highway Administration has approved Connecticut for a pilot program installing an electronic toll system.

The pilot program for so-called value-pricing bypasses a federal ban on federal highway tolls by offering an exemption that allows certain types of electronic tolls.

Value-pricing, or congestion pricing as it's sometimes called, assigns values for trips at different times and places for different motorists to encourage driving at different times and places to reduce congestion.

The tolls can be placed on designated express lanes, along borders and sections of highway if the revenue generated finances public works improvements.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that hundreds of opponents have taken to the website of the legislature's Transportation Committee.

The study is focused on the New York corridor of Interstate 95 to New Haven and Interstate 84 around Hartford.



CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) A Cornwall farm operator, accused of mistreating dairy goats, has been arrested on animal cruelty charges.

Tara Bryson, who operates Butterfield Farm Co. with her boyfriend, Michael Hearl, was arrested Thursday.

The Republican-American reports that Bryson declined to comment, but criticized the tactics used against her. She and Hearl told state inspectors they were treating the goats for worms.

Inspectors seized the goats on Jan. 16. Court records say the animals were hungry, ``thin, cold and lethargic'' with many lying in piles on top of each other.

Seventy-two goats taken to an animal rehabilitation center in Niantic are doing well, though 53 died before they could be removed.

Butterfield Farm was barred from selling dairy products after the Department of Agriculture said the cheese processing facility lacked proper sanitation and record-keeping.



SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) The suspect in the slaying of a Connecticut National Guardsman shot after a night on the town in Springfield before he was due to be deployed overseas has been held without bail.

Michael Rodriguez, of Holyoke, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Hampden Superior Court to the February 2009 slaying of 25-year-old Julian Cartie, of New Britain, Connecticut.

The 30-year-old Rodriguez was caught in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in December but fought extradition.

Authorities say Cartie, his brother and a friend visited several Springfield clubs and were headed to a restaurant at about 2 a.m. when they got in a dispute with other people in a car. Police say one of the car's occupants got out and opened fire, striking Cartie three times.

Rodriguez's lawyer reserved the right to seek bail in the future.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Two Hartford residents have been arrested and charged with assault on accusations they attacked a Trinity College student in March 2012.

Pedro Carillo and Veronica Marquez were charged Thursday with second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault. The 20-year-old Carillo is in custody for a separate charge.

The 27-year-old Marquez was taken into custody without incident Thursday night. Neither is a Trinity student.

The Associated Press could not verify Friday if they are represented by lawyers.

Christopher Kenny, a sophomore at the time, was beaten and kicked in the face as he walked with a friend near the Hartford campus between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on March 4, 2012. His jaw and cheekbone were broken and he underwent surgery.

Parents complained about campus safety and students rallied to demand increased security.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Secretary of the State Denise Merrill wants to overhaul Connecticut's localized election system, having one professional registrar oversee elections in each city and town.

Under the Democrat's proposed legislation, the current system of locally elected, partisan registrars of voters would be scrapped. They'd be replaced by a municipal employee who meets certain qualifications.

While most registrars work hard and do a good job, Merrill said Wednesday recent problems at the polls prove the system needs to be modernized and professionalized.

Melissa Russell, president of the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut, has said she's worried polling problems in Hartford have tainted people's opinions of all registrar. In a statement, her association called it vital to preserve the current, two-party elected registrar system and maintain checks and balances.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A former defense contractor has pleaded guilty to sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to Iran in an effort to land a job in his native country.

Sixty-year-old engineer Mozaffar Khazaee pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Hartford to violating the Arms Export Control Act and faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is May 20.

Federal prosecutors say Khazaee, formerly of Manchester, stole information about engines used in the F35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor programs from his employers, including Connecticut-based Pratt Whitney.

Authorities say Khazaee sent emails containing sensitive data to a person in Iran in 2009. Authorities also seized a shipment of materials bound for Iran in 2013.



CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) A retired Connecticut rabbi has been arrested on a Virginia warrant on charges of indecent liberties with a child more than 40 years ago.

Eric Silver of Cheshire faces felony charges in Norfolk, Virginia, for the alleged incidents between 1968 and 1970.

Details weren't available.

The Record-Journal reports that an indecent liberties charge is part of Virginia's sexual offense law and covers indecent conduct with children under the age of 15. It may not involve contact or sexual acts.

Statute of limitations does not apply.

The Associated Press could not verify Thursday if the 72-year-old Silver is represented by a lawyer. He's held at the New Haven Correctional Center pending an extradition hearing.

Silver was the rabbi at Temple Beth David in Cheshire for 20 years until he retired in 2010.



NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say they are searching for two suspects who apparently strapped a possible bomb to a credit union executive during a failed home invasion-robbery plot.

New Britain police released details Tuesday about the case, which drew FBI agents to the scene Monday and prompted school lockdowns. No one was injured.

Authorities say two men confronted 46-year-old Matthew Yussman at his Bristol home early Monday, then bound him and his mother.

Police say the suspects forced Yussman to wear what looked like a bomb and sent him to get money from Achieve Financial Credit Union in New Britain while they stayed with his mother. Yussman is the credit union's chief financial officer.

State police rendered the device safe and sent it for testing to see if it was real.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget chief is apologizing for a mistake in the Democrat's proposed state budget, which miscalculated whether the plan is below Connecticut's constitutional cap on state spending.

Ben Barnes acknowledged Tuesday Malloy's budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 exceeds the cap by about $55 million. He originally said the first year of the two-year, $40 billion budget was $6.3 million below the cap.

In the second year, Malloy's proposal is now $80 million below the cap, instead of $135.8 million.

Barnes blamed the error on data pulled from an outside vendor.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said Republicans knew immediately Malloy's budget exceeded the cap. The GOP contends it actually exceeds the cap by $101 million because of the fiscal methods used by Malloy.



MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Three of four Wesleyan University students are due in court on drug charges related to about a dozen hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly.

Eric Lonergan, of Rio de Janeiro; Zachary Kramer, of Bethesda, Maryland; and Rama Agha Al Nakib, of Lutherville, Maryland, are due in Middletown Superior Court on Wednesday morning.

Police say Andrew Olson, of Atascadero, California, posted bond Tuesday and is due in court March 3.

The students were suspended from the university.

Eleven Wesleyan students, some of whom had attended a rave music show on Saturday night, received medical attention over the weekend. Police say two students were still being treated Tuesday.

Authorities from various agencies worked to identify the types of chemicals in the batch of Molly that caused the weekend overdoses.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut lawmakers are considering numerous bills that would place limits on fixed residential charges imposed by the state's largest electric utilities.

The General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee today is slated to hear testimony on proposals to cap or eliminate the charge. It comes after state regulators said Connecticut Light Power could increase the current $16 a month charge to $19.25. The company originally sought a $25.50 charge, saying the money was needed to cover significant expenses.

One of the bills under consideration would cap future fees at $10.

Lawmakers are also considering a bill proposed by Senate President Martin Looney that would ban variable-rate electricity contracts. Looney planned to hold a news conference Tuesday on the proposal, accompanied by fellow lawmakers, the state's Consumer Counsel and the AARP.



GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A home health aide has been arrested on accusations she stole thousands of dollars from a Greenwich woman and threatened to have her killed in a car accident by placing a spell on her.

Greenwich Time reports that Ketty Placide of Norwalk has been charged with larceny, threatening, identity theft, and illegal use of a credit card.

The unidentified Greenwich woman told police a neighbor found a $250 personal check of hers made out to her health aide on the ground outside her home.

She also reported credit and debit card charges for a dress, a coat and a drone with a camera. Police say she used Facebook to threaten the woman.

Placide was taken to York prison and it wasn't known if she's represented by a lawyer who could comment on the charges.



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A man serving 140 years for two killings has been sentenced to 55 years in prison in two other homicides.

The New Haven Register reports Zackery Cody Franklin pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years in the shooting death of Jeremiah Johnson in December 2007.

The 24-year-old Franklin also pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced Monday to 30 years in the killing of Ryan Barnaby of Waterbury in May 2011.

He's serving 65 years for the murder of John-Claude James in 2011 for a gold necklace and 75 years for killing a man for a motorcycle.

Defense lawyer Michael Moscowitz said Franklin's parents were drug addicts who often were incarcerated. He said Franklin was raised in the drug culture.



NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police encountered a man with what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his body at a credit union after uncovering an alleged robbery plot.

Authorities say the state police bomb squad rendered the device safe and the man was brought to a hospital.

Police said the events began with a reported home invasion in Bristol on Monday morning and ended at Achieve Financial Credit Union in nearby New Britain. No one was injured.

The suspects remain at large.

New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell said officials are investigating whether the man was forced to take part in a robbery and whether the device was a real bomb.

Records show the house where the home invasion was reported is owned by the credit union's chief financial officer.



EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) Police say 40 people have been arrested in a law enforcement investigation of a large illegal cockfighting operation in East Windsor.

State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said they were arrested in a raid Saturday night. He said officers found 54 fighting birds at the scene, including four that were dead.

He said more than 100 people were at the site, whose address is that of an auto sales shop.

Officers seized more than $100,000 in gambling proceeds, along with a firearm, records and ``implements of cockfighting.''

Vance said the 40 arrested were charged with animal cruelty and one also was charged with professional gambling. They were released on bond to appear in Enfield Superior Court.

Arrests warrants will be sought for the other 58 people present.

Agriculture agents took custody of the birds.



MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Wesleyan University's president says 10 students and two visitors to the school received medical treatment after taking a version of the party drug known as Molly on Sunday.

President Mark Roth says eight of those affected remained hospitalized Monday morning, but four of them should be released later in the day.

The other four were expected to remain at Hartford Hospital, where two were listed in critical condition.

The drug, a refined and more powerful form of Ecstasy (MDMA) can drive up body temperature and cause liver, kidney or cardiovascular failure.

Roth urged any students aware of anyone distributing the drug to come forward, ``before more people are hurt.''

Middletown Police Chief William McKenna said his department was pursing information about a ``bad batch'' of the drug.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former finance director for the town of Plymouth has pleaded guilty to theft and tax charges in the embezzlement of more than $800,000.

David Bertnagel entered the pleas Friday in federal court in Bridgeport. He is set to be sentenced May 15 on two charges that carry up to 13 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Bertnagel issued 207 checks totaling $808,000 to himself from the town's payroll over three years. He used the money to pay his mortgage and other personal expenses, including more than $100,000 in coins, stamps and other collectibles.

The 41-year-old Bertnagel lost his job in November and was arrested last month.

The plea agreement requires him to pay restitution of the full $808,000 to the town, which has an annual budget of about $27 million.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A hung jury has forced a judge to declare a mistrial in the case of a Connecticut woman accused of ramming her boyfriend to death with her car.

The Connecticut Post reports the Bridgeport Superior Court jury told Judge Maria Kahn on Friday that it was hopelessly deadlocked on whether 23-year-old Cherelle Baldwin was guilty or not guilty of murder. Prosecutors are expected to retry the case.

Baldwin says she was acting in self-defense when she ran down 24-year-old Jeffrey Brown with her car and crushed him to death against a cinder-block garage wall in Bridgeport in May 2013. She says Brown had choked her with a belt before she hit him with her car.

Friday was the fifth day of deliberations.



STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A man who was unhappy with his haircut faces criminal charges after police say he became enraged and threw items around a Connecticut salon.

Stamford Police Sgt. Kelly Connelly says 47-year-old Alan Becker was angered further when he learned the trim he got Wednesday morning was going to cost him $50.

Connelly says Becker kicked a hole in a salon wall, became hostile toward staff and customers, and threw a candle display and other items, then left.

Police say Becker returned later and demanded his hair be ``fixed,'' but the salon refused.

Authorities later arrested Becker on breach of peace and criminal mischief charges at his Stamford home.

A recording on a phone listing for Becker said it couldn't receive new messages. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A spokeswoman for Metro-North Railroad says a conductor was shoved by a commuter in a fare dispute, prompting police to clear the train of riders.

Spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the incident occurred at about 10 a.m. Friday on a train near the Westport station. The train was headed to New Haven and commuters were delayed 40 minutes.

She said police from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority responded and local police apprehended a suspect who was handed over to MTA police.

The suspect was booked Friday afternoon, but no other details were immediately available.



NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A prison officer at Connecticut's women's prison in Niantic has been charged with sexual assault, accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Jeff Bromley was arraigned Thursday in New London Superior Court and is free on $15,000 bond. He's on administrative leave.

His lawyer did not immediately return a call early Friday seeking comment.

Authorities say the 46-year-old Bromley bought food and small gifts for the inmate, took photographs of her and had sex with her in a prison basement and laundry room.

Authorities say state police were called to the Janet S. York Correctional Institution on Oct. 31, 2014, after the inmate said she had sex with three correction officers and worried she was pregnant. Pregnancy tests were negative.

Bromley is the only person charged. State police said an investigation continues.



NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London police say a 4-year-old girl is being treated for hypothermia after she was left unsupervised as her mother smoked marijuana.

Twenty-three-year-old Rebecca Reyes was arrested Friday and charged with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment.

Reyes called police at 3:38 a.m. to say that one of her three children was missing. Police say she told them under questioning that she had left her children alone in the house when she left to smoke marijuana.

The girl was found by police in the doorway of a neighbor's home wearing a long-sleeve T-shirt. At the time the temperature was 3 degrees. The girl was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

It was not immediately known whether Reyes has an attorney.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A threatening letter that disparages black police officers has been found in mailboxes at a Connecticut police department.

Bridgeport officials said Wednesday state police are investigating the letter, which begins and ends with the term ``white power.''

The letter singles out black officer Clive Higgins, who was acquitted last month of civil rights violation charges in the beating of a suspect in the racially diverse city. A white officer and a Hispanic officer were sentenced to three months in jail.

The unsigned letter says Higgins doesn't belong on the police force. It also says ``these black officers belong in the toilet'' and warns Higgins to watch his back.

A black police officers' group says other hateful letters have circulated within the department in the past year.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Metro-North Railroad says a water leak from a burst frozen sprinkler line entered a power substation at Grand Central Terminal, causing delays on Tuesday into and out of New York City.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on its website says an overhead water leak Tuesday afternoon triggered the substation's automatic safety mechanism to shut.

The shutdown cut the power supply to numerous tracks, causing delays of up to 40 minutes.

Crews manually reconfigured the power supply yesterday.

The source of the water leak was traced to a frozen sprinkler line that burst in the Waldorf-Astoria's garage.



PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) Relatives of a police officer who was fatally shot more than 35 years ago will get a chance to object to the decision to parole the convicted killer.

Gary Castonguay was granted parole Jan. 9 and scheduled to be released in July. He was convicted in the 1977 killing of 28-year-old officer Robert Holcomb.

Holcomb's family wasn't notified of the hearing and was angry when they learned of the decision.

Richard Sparaco, executive director of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, said the registered family member died and the state couldn't reach others.

The ruling was suspended and another hearing was set in March for the family to attend.

Holcomb's niece, Maria Weinberger, says numerous family members plan to attend and will protest the release of Castonguay, now 70.



DERBY, Conn. (AP) The former principal of Derby High School who resigned two months ago citing personal reasons has been arrested in connection with an alleged theft.

Greg Gaillard was charged with second-degree larceny.

Police said after Galliard resigned Dec. 14 they received a complaint from the Derby Administrators Association about financial discrepancies. The association reported $13,200 missing from its bank account.

Derby Schools Superintendent Matthew Conway did not comment when Gaillard resigned.

Police said Gaillard was president of the association and had financial control of its account.

The Connecticut Post reported that a call to Gaillard's Naugatuck home was redirected to a law firm, but no one was available for comment.



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former West Haven city councilman and banker who stole money to support a gambling problem has been spared prison time.

The New Haven Register reports Stephen DeCrescenzo was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven to three years' probation.

The 38-year-old DeCrescenzo pleaded guilty in November to wire fraud.

He was ordered to participate in a gambling treatment program and refrain from gambling.

DeCrescenzo was fired as a personal banker at JPMorgan Chase Bank in New Canaan after his employer discovered the theft, which occurred from 2008 to 2011. The bank lost $106,028 and DeCrescenzo must make restitution.

He apologized to his employer, family and friends. He said he believes he's a ``good person who made a terrible decision'' costing him his job, financial security and marriage.



BOSTON (AP) A Connecticut man has been convicted of traveling to Massachusetts with the intention of having sex with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but was actually a federal agent.

Paul Hinkel, of Chester, Connecticut, was convicted Tuesday in federal court in Boston of using the Internet to lure a minor to engage in sex.

Prosecutors say the 57-year-old Hinkel drove to Watertown last March in response to a Craigslist ad in which a woman sought a man who might be interested in a relationship with her daughter. The ad was actually placed by Homeland Security agents.

Agents say Hinkel brought a bag containing a stuffed animal, sexual paraphernalia and cologne with him.

He faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison at sentencing in May.



UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Uber, the ride-hailing app, is offering runs to and from the Mohegan Sun casino and hotel.

The service is available for guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Uber was launched in Connecticut in April 2014 and provides service in Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford counties. The announcement that Uber will shuttle customers to and from Mohegan Sun will help expand its presence in New London.

The taxi industry, feeling threatened by the upstart ride-sharing app, has been battling in several cities and states, including Connecticut, over licensing, insurance and other regulations that apply to its cars and drivers but not to Uber.

In January, a partnership was announced between Mohegan Sun and Blade offering helicopter flights between New York City and the eastern Connecticut casino and hotel.



SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Wallingford man is suing a Southington restaurant and bar claiming ``permanent, serious'' injury after being thrown from a mechanical bull.

Steven M. Saleski, in a Feb. 6 lawsuit, sued Meadow Muffins LLC, which owns the mechanical bull, and T.C.B. LLC, which owns the restaurant, the Cadillac Ranch Restaurant.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Meriden Superior Court, says Saleski was thrown from the mechanical bull in July 2013, causing him to ``violently hit his head on the landing pad and suffer painful, permanent, serious injuries.''

Saleski says his fall ``was caused by the carelessness and negligence'' of inadequate padding and placement of the machine near a wall.

The Hartford Courant and Record-Journal report that Saleski's lawyer and the restaurant's owner lawyer could not be reached for comment Monday.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A real estate research group says single-family home sales in Connecticut increased by 1.7 percent in December, the fourth consecutive month that sales have increased year-over-year.

But The Warren Group also says the median price of a single-family home fell 2.1 percent, to $240,000.

A total of 2,196 single-family homes sold during the month compared with 2,160 in December 2013. It was the most sales for December since 2009.

The median price fell year-to-date 3.3 percent from $260,000 in the same timeframe last year.

Timothy M. Warren Jr., chief executive of The Warren Group, said he believes the price decline will change this year as more first time buyers look for good deals.

Condominium sales statewide posted a 4.9 percent increase in December, climbing to 603 condos from 575.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Some of the world's largest companies are chipping in to help provide free legal help to poor people across Connecticut.

Connecticut-based General Electric, United Technologies and Xerox are among the companies working with legal aid organizations and the state Judicial Branch to form LawyerCorps Connecticut.

The program will pay the salaries and benefits of three young lawyers who are expected to begin working by September with legal aid groups and handle several hundred clients a year in civil and family courts.

Officials say it's the first collaboration of its kind in the country. They say it's needed to help close what they call a ``justice gap'' involving low-income people who can't afford lawyers for important cases involving child custody, eviction, domestic violence and other issues.



RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.

The devices, which heat a nicotine solution to create a vapor instead of burning tobacco, have passed traditional smokes in popularity among teenagers. Schools are clamping down because e-cigarettes, sometimes also known as vaporizers, can also be used for illegal substances like marijuana.

Most schools have folded e-cigarettes into their anti-tobacco policies, which typically punish students with detention, a letter home and sometimes a tobacco education class.

But other schools in states including North Carolina, New Jersey, Washington and Connecticut, are grouping the devices in with bongs and pipes, meaning students could face long suspensions and required drug tests and have possession of drug paraphernalia marked on their school record.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he will propose reducing the state sales tax.

Malloy spoke Sunday in an interview on WFSB-TV's ``Face the State.''

Malloy said he is proposing reducing the 6.35 percent tax to 6.2 percent this year, then dropping it to 5.95 percent by 2017.

The governor said the first reduction would come around Nov. 1 if it is approved by the legislature. That would be the lowest sales tax since 1971.

Malloy said the proposal is a way to give some relief to the middle class as the economy improves. The governor also said he would do away with some exemptions to lower sales taxes across the board.

Malloy plans to discuss his proposal Monday with businesses in Middletown. He said his formal budget proposal Wednesday will include the tax cut.



TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials say two high school students were taken to a hospital for exposure to freezing temperatures after their school was evacuated during a fire.

Tolland High School was evacuated Friday morning after officials say a burst pipe caused a brief electrical fire. Fire officials say many students didn't have their coats when they left the building.

Hundreds of students and staff walked about a half mile to the town's middle school as temperatures were in the single digits and wind chills were below zero.

The two students taken to the hospital were OK and discharged. They were among about a dozen students evaluated at the scene.

School Superintendent Walter Willett said many people chose to walk to the middle school, although buses were available. He said protocols were followed.



NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The death of a medical school graduate from the Bahamas while in the custody of New London police has been ruled a homicide, but authorities say that doesn't mean officers committed any crimes.

The Day of New London reports that the Chief Medical Examiner's Office ruled recently that the Oct. 4 death of 31-year-old Lashano Gilbert was a homicide, caused by a fight with police that led to complications with what appeared to be a sickle cell disease condition.

Police say Gilbert was arrested for an attempted carjacking and died after fighting with officers and being shot with a stun gun twice within an eight-hour period.

State police are still investigating Gilbert's death.

The homicide ruling means Gilbert's death was at least in part caused by another person.



MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) An executive at a Connecticut vaccine manufacturer says it is difficult to consider expanding in the state because the governor's administration won't commit to buying the vaccine for state workers.

Dan Adams is executive chairman of Meriden-based Protein Sciences, which makes the Flublok vaccine.

He said he was also frustrated that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy received a flu shot made by an overseas company. A Malloy spokesman says the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District administered the vaccine to the governor last Friday, using what was available.

Adams said he is still considering expanding the 100-employee company in Connecticut. He says Catherine Smith, the state's economic development commissioner, has been talking with company executives.

A spokesman for the state Department of Economic and Community Development didn't return a message Friday.



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a Florida man to a year in prison for his role in the theft of more than $50 million worth of pharmaceuticals from an Eli Lilly Co. warehouse in Connecticut.

Forty-one-year-old Cuban citizen Alexander Marquez of Hialeah, Florida, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in New Haven. Prosecutors say he drove a tractor-trailer loaded with the stolen pharmaceutical drugs from the warehouse in Enfield to Florida, where the drugs were put in self-storage units in the Miami area.

Marquez was one of five people charged in the heist, which included thousands of boxes of Prozac, Zyprexa, Cymbalta and other pharmaceuticals worth $50 million to $100 million. He pleaded guilty in November to transporting stolen property.

The other defendants also pleaded guilty.



MADISON, Conn. (AP) A high school teacher in Madison has turned herself in on charges she sexually assaulted a male student.

Madison police say they charged 37-year-old town resident Allison Marchese with second-degree sexual assault and impairing the morals of a child Thursday. Authorities say she posted $100,000 bail and was ordered to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Feb. 24.

Marchese is suspended from her job as an English and language arts teacher at Daniel Hand High School. It's not clear if she has a lawyer. She didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday.

School Superintendent Thomas Scarice called the allegations ``vile and disgusting'' and said school officials will be reviewing her employment.

The allegations were reported to police and the Department of Children and Families on Jan. 7.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A new southeastern Connecticut lawmaker says communities like Waterford should receive better notification when the state decides it wants to build a new park.

Republican Sen. Paul Formica of East Lyme has proposed legislation requiring the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commission to hold a public hearing in the town where any proposed state park would be located.

It also would require DEEP to notify the affected town's chief elected official and applicable state lawmakers about the commissioner's intent to create a park and information about the hearing, where plans would be presented.

A public hearing is planned Friday for the bill, which is in response to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's surprise announcement last fall to transform the state's former Seaside Regional Center in Waterford into a park.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A convicted killer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state of Connecticut, saying he's not allowed to practice his religion in prison.

Kevin Harris is serving a life sentence for a 1993 murder in Bristol. He is a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths, an offshoot of the Nation of Islam more commonly known as the Five Percenters.

The group promotes black empowerment, teaching that men of color are Gods.

According to court papers, the state has classified the Nation of Gods and Earths as a ``Disruptive Group,'' similar to a prison gang.

Karen Martucci, a Correction Department spokeswoman, declined to comment on the department's reasoning, citing the pending litigation.

The department's administrative directives allow officials to ban religious practices if they are a safety threat.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Proposed state legislation would require labor contracts after Oct. 1, 2016, to allow universities and colleges to conduct background checks when promoting faculty members.

The Journal Inquirer reports the legislature's Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee proposed the measure because members of the Board of Regents for Higher Education said they were unaware of a Central Connecticut State University faculty member's criminal record when promoting him.

Opponents say the bill is unnecessary, unfair to professors and potentially costly. And they say the state's colleges and universities already consider an employee's qualifications when deciding on a promotion and have disciplinary procedures in place.

Diomedes Tsitouras, an official of the American Association of University Professors, said inserting requirements in future contracts takes away the unions' right to negotiate issues of promotion and discipline.



WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he will propose speeding up the replacement of Waterbury's knot of highways known locally as the Mixmaster.

It's part of the governor's 30-year master plan for upgrading the state's transportation system. Malloy said Wednesday that the state Department of Transportation is moving on environmental review and design work for replacing the Mixmaster.

The Republican-American reports that Malloy said the Mixmaster needs to be replaced ``relatively soon.''

The Mixmaster project will reconfigure the geometry of the Route 8 and Interstate 84 interchange with its cumbersome left-lane entrance and exit ramps.

Malloy said an initial $1.3 billion estimate will be updated.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary said he also was encouraged to hear Malloy recommit Wednesday to widening I-84 to three-lanes west to the New York-Connecticut line.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Insurance companies operating in Connecticut would be required to encrypt all personal information records they store under a bill that's being offered by Senate Democrats.

The legislation stems from the recent data breach at Anthem health care. Connecticut officials estimate about 1.14 million people the state, including more than 180,000 state employees and retirees, may have been affected by the hacking.

Anthem is the largest health insurer in Connecticut.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff on Wednesday said mandatory encryption is a commonsense approach to combatting hackers. Encryption technology can limit the amount of data that can be viewed, making it difficult to compromise massive amounts.

The bill also requires any health insurance company that uses or transmits personal information to adopt secure user authentication protocols, such as mandatory user IDs.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Law enforcement officials are turning to billboards to root out corruption in Connecticut.

Billboards promoting the work of the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force have popped up outside Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury. Mayors in those three cities have been convicted over the past decade or more on corruption and other charges, though convictions against Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez were overturned and the case is now before the state Supreme Court.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that a billboard also was posted in Meriden where the task force has its offices.

``Report corruption now!'' reads a billboard visible to motorists approaching Bridgeport from Interstate 95. It encourages tipsters to reach out to the task force by phone or online.

FBI spokeswoman Marybeth Miklos says the billboards were provided at no cost as a public service.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A lawyer for the Hartford City Council investigating three city registrars of voters and Election Day delays at some polling places says their actions could warrant their removal from office.

The Hartford Courant reports that attorney Ross Garber said errors by the registrars ``may constitute neglect or dereliction of official duty. warranting their removal from office.''

If adopted by a majority of the City Council, the charges would become formal and would mark the first step in the removal process.

Garber faulted Democratic registrar Olga Vazquez, Working Families Party registrar Urania Petit and Republican registrar Sheila Hall.

Petit and a lawyer for Vazquez have previously criticized accusations of wrongdoing and vowed they will not resign. A lawyer for Hall did not immediately return calls Wednesday morning seeking comment.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A judge has rejected a request by imprisoned former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano to have federal officials return two $4,000 suits, $5,000 in cash and other items seized from his home during a corruption probe.

U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill rejected Giordano's motion in a ruling without elaboration Sunday. Another judge rejected a similar request in 2008.

Several people were convicted in the corruption investigation, but federal prosecutors said they didn't charge Giordano because the probe uncovered evidence that resulted in Giordano receiving a 37-year prison sentence in 2003 for sexually abusing two girls ages 8 and 10 while he was mayor.

Giordano, a Republican, lost the 2000 election for U.S. Senate to then-Sen. Joe Lieberman.



STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Police have arrested a Greenwich woman accused of attacking another woman with a crowbar, knocking out her teeth.

The Stamford Advocate reports Rhiannon Noelle Stefanick was charged with failure to appear at court. Police found her at her father's home in Stamford.

The 25-year-old Stefanick is accused of jumping bail on charges related to the alleged crowbar attack more than two years ago. Authorities say she struck a Darien woman in a dispute over a man.

Stefanick previously was arrested on assault and narcotics possession charges.

Authorities say she failed to appear in court Oct. 28. She was ordered held on a $75,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to the charges of failing to appear in court.

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



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) If you're a billionaire living in Connecticut, chances are the tax department is keeping an eye on you.

Connecticut tax officials track quarterly estimated payments of 100 high net-worth taxpayers and can tell when those payments are down. Of that number, about a half-dozen taxpayers have an effect on revenue that's noticed in the legislature and Department of Revenue Services.

Kevin Sullivan, the state's commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services, said that with one exception, state officials don't approach the super-rich.

Two years ago, tax officials were alarmed that a super-rich hedge fund owner might leave and reduce the state's income tax revenue. They met with the unidentified taxpayer. The effort was partly successful, with the taxpayer leaving Connecticut but agreeing to leave the hedge fund behind.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A state representative has asked for a study of laws and policies governing vaccine exemption to determine if waivers intended for genuine religious objections are being used by parents personally opposed to vaccinations.

The Hartford Courant reports that Rep. Matt Ritter, House chairman of the Public Health Committee, wants a study of exemption laws and policies in states with the same waivers as Connecticut.

The Hartford Democrat said he wants to know if loopholes are used and if the medical community is concerned about exemptions.

Medical reasons require documentation from a doctor and religious reasons don't require explanation or verification.

Last year, religious waivers totaled 1,028 and 218 medical waivers were granted for children entering kindergarten and the seventh grade. Religious waivers have increased three-fold since 2003-2004.

Connecticut's immunization percentage is 98.5 percent.



NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Prosecutors say demand for heroin is up since raids in April 2013 that led to the arrests and prosecutions of about 50 suspects in a southeast Connecticut drug dealing operation.

Fatal heroin overdoses in New London County and statewide spiked in 2013 and preliminary figures from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner indicate more overdoses were recorded in 2014.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Paul J. Narducc in New London Superior Court said the operation took a lot of players and a lot of drugs off the streets. But he says that when one group is removed, another takes its place.

The Day of New London reports that law enforcement officials say that since the 2013 raids heroin cases in the region have involved smaller quantities.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A builder and operator of highway tolls has hired a firm employing a former top adviser to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as the governor is making transportation a major issue of his second term.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that Roy Occhiogrosso, who led Malloy's unsuccessful 2006 gubernatorial campaign and his winning races in 2010 and 2014, is a managing partner at the Hartford-based Global Strategy Group. It entered a $60,000-a-year agreement last month to represent the HNTB Corp. in Kansas City.

Occhiogrosso is listed with the state as the main Connecticut lobbyist for HNTB, a consulting firm for public works, including management of tolls.

The company and Occhiogrosso did not comment.

Tanya Meck, executive vice president and managing partner at Global Strategy Group, said his ``experiences and relationships'' will benefit clients.



NORWICH, Conn. (AP) A school bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence after he was involved in a crash with seven students on board.

Nobody was injured when the bus hit a parked car Friday morning in Norwich.

Police say they determined that 30-year-old Edwin Gonzalez of Willimantic was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He is charged with DUI, reckless driving, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Authorities say Gonzalez didn't stop the bus after it hit the car, but he was caught a short time later. Police didn't say which school the students attend.

It was not immediately known whether Gonzalez has an attorney. He is to be arraigned at Norwich Superior Court on Monday.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Twenty-five U.S. senators are sponsoring a bill they say will help the American craft beer industry by reducing the excise tax on beer made by small brewers.

Among the sponsors of the legislation are Connecticut's two senators, Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Susan Collins of Maine.

The senators said Friday they are reintroducing the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, which would reduce taxes and raise the threshold on the definition of a small brewer. The legislation would lower the tax to $3.50 per barrel for the first 60,000 barrels, as compared to $7 per barrel under current law.

Murphy and Blumenthal say small breweries in Connecticut increasingly play a prominent role among small businesses driving economic growth.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Some key Connecticut lawmakers say they are willing to pursue a compromise that would allow Tesla Motors sell its electric cars directly to consumers, but with some provisions that address the concerns of the state's independent franchise dealerships.

Current law in Connecticut prevents car makers from selling directly to consumers and Tesla has been denied a state dealership license.

Rep. Tony Guerrera, co-chairman of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, on Friday suggested allowing the electric car company to open a limited number of stores, possibly four or five. He said lawmakers need to be cautious and avoid harming the dealers.

The Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association says it's ultimately better for Tesla and consumers to work within the current system of franchise dealerships, which are mostly family-owned in Connecticut.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Two former Bridgeport police officers have been sentenced to prison in the beating of a suspect during an arrest captured on video.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Elson Morales and Joseph Lawlor were each sentenced Thursday to three months in prison.

The video showed other officers beating Orlando Lopez-Soto after he was shot with a stun gun and fell to the ground in a park in May 2011 following a car chase. Prosecutors said Morales used his stun gun a second time after Lopez-Soto was incapacitated and Lawlor kicked him several times.

Morales and Lawlor pleaded guilty in June to deprivation of rights under color of law. Both have resigned from the Bridgeport police department.

A third officer charged in the beating, Clive Higgins, was acquitted at trial.



WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) West Hartford is scheduling a community forum to discuss whether Indian mascots should continue to be features at the town's two public high schools.

The Hartford Courant reports that Board of Education Chairman Mark Overmyer-Velazquez said some residents feel a strong affinity for the traditions of Hall High School's Warriors and Conard High School's Chieftains.

But others see the symbols as outdated and offensive.

Hall has dropped the use of an American Indian head as its logo, though the warrior remains the school mascot.

At Conard, sports teams have stopped using the Indian head logo, but the image is used on the masthead of the student newspaper, ``The PowWow.''

At Hall, the student-led pep club is named ``The Reservation'' and Conard's pep club is ``The Tribe.''

The forum is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 12.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The Hotchkiss School says it is investigating allegations that students were sexually abused there three decades ago.

A former student of the exclusive boarding school in Salisbury filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court, alleging he was subjected to ritual sexual hazing by other students and raped by a teacher.

The lawsuit says the student wrote an article about the school's lack of response to abuse complaints, but school officials prevented the student newspaper from publishing it.

The lawsuit is similar to those filed on behalf of former students at the nearby Indian Mountain School.

Hotchkiss leaders posted a letter on the school website Thursday saying they are committed to students' safety and well-being and are working with an independent law firm to investigate the claims.



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Health insurer Anthem says hackers infiltrated its computer network and accessed a swathe of personal information about current and former customers including their incomes and street addresses.

The company says in a statement that the cyberattack was ``very sophisticated.''

It says credit card information wasn't compromised and so far it has not found evidence that medical information such as insurance claims and test results was targeted or obtained. It is still trying to determine how many people were affected.

Anthem says the FBI is investigating and it has hired Internet security company Mandiant to improve its network defenses.

Information stolen included names, birth dates, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment details including income.

Affected brands include Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Amerigroup.



SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) A mother and her companion have been arrested after police say they left a 2-week-old infant alone in a cold car while they were in an adult novelty store in Southington.

Police say Lindsay M. Hoffman, the child's mother, and Marquette Riggsbee entered the store Wednesday with the infant and were told by employees that children were not allowed in. They left and returned without the baby who remained alone in the car for 20 minutes.

Employees checked on the infant and called police.

The 26-year-old Hoffmann and Riggsbee, who is 54, were charged with risk of injury to a minor.

Each was held on a $25,000.00 bond. It was not known Thursday if they are represented by a lawyer.

The infant was evaluated at a hospital and state child welfare officials were notified.



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Three months after Maria Praeli heckled President Barack Obama in Bridgeport over immigration issues, the Quinnipiac University student met the president in the Oval Office to discuss immigration.

The New Haven Register reports that 21-year-old Praeli and about six others who have benefited from Obama's executive order shielding from deportation 4 million people in the U.S. without legal status were asked to tell their stories to the president. Obama is trying to organize support in his fight with Republicans who oppose his immigration policies.

The 21-year-old student talked about her mother and the sacrifices she made for her and her older sister. They came from Peru when her parents sought medical care for her sister.

Praeli was escorted out of a November campaign rally in Bridgeport for heckling Obama before he issued the immigration order.



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing a series of measures aimed at reducing sentences for nonviolent offenders and making sure they have a second chance.

The Democrat appeared Tuesday at Yale Law School to unveil his legislative package, to be considered by the General Assembly this session. He said he also expects to enact some of the changes using his executive authority.

Malloy, a former prosecutor, wants to end mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug possession. Other proposals include reclassifying certain nonviolent offenses, streamlining the parole and pardons systems and creating job and housing opportunities for ex-offenders.



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New York state police have identified a 22-year-old Southern Connecticut State University student and a Hartford woman who were killed in a snow storm on Interstate 95 in Rye, New York.

Kayla Anne Donnelly-Smith, of Hamden, and Winter Krzysztof were killed Monday while standing on the side of the highway outside their cars after being involved in a minor crash.

Police say a vehicle lost control and struck Donnelly-Smith and the 61-year-old Krzysztof and their cars. They were killed instantly.

The other motorist, 46-year-old Tai Zhao, had minor injuries.

The crash occurred at about 1:15 p.m. during a storm with snow and freezing rain.

The cause of the crash is being investigated. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday evening.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Hartford man found dead on a road was intentionally run over by a co-worker following a fight.

Albino M. Santiago was found dead at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday. The medical examiner said the 34-year-old Santiago suffered blunt trauma to his torso and extremities.

Police charged Jayson Mota-Royaceli with first-degree manslaughter. He was arraigned Monday and remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.

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

Police say the 24-year-old Mota-Royaceli told police he had been involved in a crash.

He said he and Santiago argued following a party and drove to the highway where they were to fight. Mota-Royaceli said Santiago approached him with what he assumed was a weapon. Police found a baseball bat but no weapon.


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