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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The president of Connecticut College has canceled classes for Monday following the discovery over the weekend of racist graffiti.

WVIT-TV reports that the graffiti including the use of the N-word was found scrawled in the bathrooms of a student center.

College President Katherine Bergeron said in a letter to students Sunday that immediate action is necessary to ``eradicate this ignorance and hatred.'' She said classes were canceled to ensure ``these events receive the proper attention.''

A message seeking comment was left Monday by The Associated Press with a college spokeswoman.

The episode follows a controversy earlier this month over a professor's Facebook post that roiled campus by comparing Gaza Strip to a ``rabid pit bull.''

A campus-wide meeting is planned Monday night at the New London college.


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police in East Haven are advising some people to stay in their homes as they search for a person who was involved in a domestic dispute.

Authorities say the man is armed and could be a danger to the community.

Police began searching for the man after receiving a call about a domestic incident around 3:30 Monday morning. Details about the dispute were not released.

Police sent out phone messages to people in the area urging them to use caution and report any suspicious activity.


CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) The melting snow has revealed the frozen carcasses of more than a dozen more dead goats at a Cornwall, Connecticut, farm whose operators have been charged with animal cruelty.

More than 70 dead animals have been found at the Butterfield Farm Co. since the state Department of Agriculture seized 74 sickly goats from the property in January.

Farm owner Buddy Hurlburt tells The Republican-American that carcasses have been turning up in ``nooks and crannies'' of the property.

Tara Bryson and Michael Hearl, both of West Suffield, are facing prosecution an animal cruelty charges in Bantam Superior Court in Litchfield. They are free on bond and have declined to comment.

The dozens of animals taken from the farm are now at a state animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The arraignment of a man charged with killing a road construction worker in Bridgeport has been delayed while he is hospitalized.

The Connecticut Post reports Gregory Weathers Jr. was supposed to be arraigned Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court, but the hearing was postponed because Weathers is under a suicide watch at Bridgeport Hospital.

Police say the 33-year-old Weathers opened fire with a handgun at a road construction site near his home Thursday morning after asking the foreman for a job. Thirty-year-old Jose Araujo of Milford was killed.

Authorities told the Post that Weathers was desperate for money to hire a lawyer. State court records show Weathers has two convictions for driving under the influence and three pending DUI cases.

Weathers' public defender didn't immediately return a message Friday.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven's police chief says a city officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the arrest of a 15-year-old girl that sparked protests.

Chief Dean Esserman announced the finding Friday as both police officers and critics of the arrest rallied outside City Hall.

Esserman said Officer Joshua Smereczynsky acted according to his training when he responded to a fight at a downtown restaurant and took the girl to the ground during the city's St. Patrick's Day parade March 15. The girl suffered a fractured shoulder and a cut near her eye.

A video of the arrest shows the officer forcing the teen to the ground and officers removing what appeared to be a knife from her. The girl was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and other crimes.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut parents and guardians who want their children exempted from certain immunizations would need their wishes to be notarized under proposed legislation.

Hartford Rep. Matthew Ritter, co-chairman of the legislature's Public Health Committee, supports the bill. He said Friday that if parents are going to ``claim something this serious, it should be notarized.'' He listed a number of documents requiring a notary's signature, including notice of an abandoned vessel.

He said religious exemptions from immunizations in Connecticut have climbed from 300 to 1,400 in the past decade.

Numerous parents have balked at the bill, saying it infringes on their freedom to exercise their religious beliefs. The legislation stems from concerns surrounding a recent measles outbreak in California.

The committee forwarded the bill to the House on a 23-4 vote Friday.


COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) State police say the death of a woman in Colchester has been ruled a homicide and are asking for the public's help in identifying her and finding suspects.

The woman's body was found Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Cato Corner Road and Pine Street. The medical examiner's office determined she was killed in a homicide.

State police say the woman was 25 to 35 years old with dark hair that was dyed red. She had multiple facial piercings, a tattoo on her left bicep that reads ``Jayden'' and more tattoos on her right bicep of a butterfly and the name ``Nicole.''

Anyone with information about the woman and her death are urged to call state police.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A 76-year-old Stamford woman who police say was severely beaten by her son has died.

Maryann Anderson died Thursday after being hospitalized three days. Doctors removed part of her skull to reduce swelling of her brain.

Her son, 42-year-old Timothy Anderson, has been charged with first- and third-degree assault, unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct. He's being held on $500,000 bail.

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

Police say manslaughter or murder charges could be filed against Anderson, depending on autopsy results and the investigation.

Police say he went into a rage Monday after being confronted by his mother and brother about his failure to take medication for psychological problems. Police say he grabbed his mother's collar and repeatedly punched her in the face.


TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A man found dead in a Torrington home destroyed by fire has been identified as the husband of a woman who was shot multiple times at the house.

Police said Thursday that the medical examiner's office identified the man as 41-year-old Kevin Thompson. Authorities say a .45-caliber handgun was found near his body and they suspect he shot his wife. The cause of his death remains undetermined.

Thompson's wife, 45-year-old Kelly Thompson, was found with several gunshot wounds Wednesday morning as the house was burning down. She's listed in stable condition at Waterbury Hospital.

What motivated the shooting isn't clear.

Police say Kelly Thompson called 911 shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday and neighbors heard gunshots.

After the home burned down, authorities got a search warrant and found Kevin Thompson's body.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Milford man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing nearly $300,000 in Social Security payments issued to his deceased mother over more than a quarter century.

Sixty-nine-year-old William Chase was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport.

Chase's mother died in November 1988. Federal prosecutors say Chase had access to her checking account and continued to collect the Social Security payments for himself until May 2014. Authorities say he did not take any steps to stop the monthly benefit payments.

Chase pleaded guilty last December to one count of theft of public funds.

In addition to the prison term U.S. Judge Stefan Underhill sentenced Chase to three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay full restitution.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A clerk has been shot and killed inside a store in Bridgeport.

City police say the shooting Wednesday morning killed 32-year-old Hakeem Joseph of Bridgeport. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.

It was the year's second homicide in Connecticut's largest city.

Police say a masked man wearing a hood and sweatshirt with tan-colored camouflage pants fired multiple shots at Joseph, striking him once. Joseph was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The circumstance surrounding the shooting are still under investigation.


TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A body was pulled from a Torrington house destroyed by fire and where a woman had earlier been shot multiple times.

Police say the unidentified woman was in stable condition Wednesday at Waterbury Hospital.

Firefighters found the body in the basement. Police said the medical examiner will identify the body.

Fire crews who arrived at about 7:15 a.m. were told to not enter the burning house because of what sounded like gunshots. The fire quickly spread and the house collapsed and was declared a total loss.

No other details were immediately available.


SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- A parole board that ruled a man who killed a police officer in 1977 could go free rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors.


The inmate, Gary Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting Plainville police Officer Robert Holcomb while fleeing from a burglary.


Holcomb's niece Maria Weinberger read a letter from his widow, Nancy Holcomb Searles, during the hearing at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, where Castonguay is imprisoned. Weinberger said Searles was too distressed to attend the meeting and face her husband's killer.


"Castonguay should remain incarcerated for the remainder of his natural existence," Searles said in the letter.


At the hearing attended by dozens of police officers from around Connecticut, a panel of the Board of Pardons and Paroles voted 3-0, without any discussion, to reverse the decision made in January.


Asked if he had anything to say at the hearing, Castonguay said: "I guess not."


The hearing was scheduled after Holcomb's family and prosecutors said they were not aware of the meeting in January when board members voted to release Castonguay in July.


Holcomb's relatives and prosecutors said the earlier decision was made with inadequate information about Castonguay's background, including other violent incidents and threats directed at law enforcement. Parole board officials contend that they did have that information.


Holcomb, 28, had been a Plainville police officer for five years and was married with a 3-year-old son when he was killed.


As Holcomb chased Castonguay after a home burglary, police said, Castonguay's first gunshot knocked him down, then Castonguay shot him three times in the chest at close range.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A bill that would cap charges for electric services paid by residential customers is moving through the Connecticut General Assembly.

The legislature's Energy and Technology Committee on Tuesday approved a bill capping the monthly, fixed charge at $10. The bill now awaits further action in the Senate.

Politicians and consumer groups voiced concerns about a recent state decision to increase the fix charge imposed by Eversource Energy from $16 to $19.50. Eversource originally requested a $25.50 charge, saying the revenue is needed to cover the utility's expenses.

Some lawmakers voiced concern that some customers might ultimately bear the financial burden of the proposed cap. Rep. Lonnie Reed, the committee co-chairman, said the bill is still being negotiated.

The panel also voted to prohibit variable electric rate contracts for residential customers.


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A nearly $300 million project widening Interstate 84 in Waterbury is about to begin.

The Republican-American reports rebuilding the 2.7-mile stretch of highway that Governor Dannel Malloy has called one of the most infamous bottlenecks in Connecticut will begin Monday.

The state Department of Transportation's contract requires the project to be complete by June 25, 2020.

Construction and utility work and other work will cost $298 million, with a little less than half paid by the state and the rest by the federal government.

The highway will be widened to three lanes from two in each direction, exits will be reconfigured, 12-foot-wide shoulders will be added and an access road will be built.

The work includes replacing nine bridges, six culverts and 20 retaining walls. Two waterways must be realigned.


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) A Wallingford school food services director says a review has begun to find out how a worm ended up in a fruit cup served for lunch.

The Record-Journal reports that parents of Sheehan High School students expressed concern on Facebook Monday after parent Kimberly Davidson posted photos taken by students showing worms and a moldy loaf of bread served for lunch.

Davidson said her daughter sent her a picture of a worm in her fruit cup several weeks ago via Snapchat and last week overheard several other students complaining about finding bugs in their food.

Food Services Director Sharlene Wong said the distributor was contacted and a review has begun. She said the distributor said pesticide use is limited and as a result, `organic matter' can appear.


LEBANON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut farm worker has died after a pile of milled corn collapsed on him.

Police say the collapse happened when 54-year-old Donald Merchant, of South Windham, was using equipment to move corn from a large mound at the Square A Farm on Monday. When he got off the equipment, some of it toppled onto him.

Merchant was found unresponsive by other farm workers, who dug him out. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 p.m.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, has taken himself out of the running to challenge Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Walker tells the Connecticut Post he does not plan to oppose the Democratic incumbent next year. He was an unsuccessful candidate last year for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

The 63-year-old Walker took a job as a senior strategic adviser at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Virginia.

Walker also has put his Bridgeport home up for sale.

Connecticut Republicans haven't won a statewide election since Governor M. Jodi Rell was elected in 2006.

A year before he seeks a second six-year term, Blumenthal has an approval rating of 64 percent. He hasn't yet announced re-election plans, but has warned supporters of Democrats' losses in 2014 and that there is no safe seat.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The two chairmen of a key committee of the legislature differ over a proposal that would ban politicians convicted of felonies from the ballot.

The Connecticut Post reports that state Sen. Eric Coleman, Senate chairman of the legislature's Judiciary Committee, said voters are the best judge of who qualifies for public office.

Rep. William Tong, the committee's House chairman, says public officials should not ``have the opportunity to betray us again.'' He says qualifications already impose limits on public office.

Former Gov. John G. Rowland and ex-state Sen. Ernest E. Newton II of Bridgeport were both sentenced recently over campaign scandals. Each was convicted twice.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch promotes the ban. He says sex offenders shouldn't work in day care centers and corrupt politicians shouldn't be in government.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) For the leaders of two Connecticut tribes proposing to build new casinos together, some of the toughest people to win over have been their own tribal members.

Mohegan Tribe Chairman and retired U.S. Army colonel Kevin Brown says building the alliance with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has reminded him of his work trying to bring together rival factions in Iraq.

The Connecticut tribes, driven together by the threat of outside competition, have a lot of history to overcome. For two decades they have operated two of the world's largest casino resorts only seven miles apart, and before that there was the 1637 massacre in which Mohegans raided a Pequot village.

Brown and Pequot Chairman Rodney Butler tell The Associated Press the tribes are rallying around the threat of new competition from Massachusetts casinos.


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Police say a 32-year-old New Britain man has been charged with murder in the death of his father, whose body was found Saturday at their apartment.

Police said Antoine Green was taken into custody at police headquarters without incident on Sunday.

Fifty-nine-year-old William Green was found in the first-floor apartment on Short Street at about 8 a.m. Saturday. Police had said the death was suspicious.

The state medical examiner's office on Sunday ruled the death a homicide from sharp force injury to the neck.

Police said Antoine Green is held on $1 million bond and is to be arraigned Monday in New Britain Superior Court. It is not known who is representing him.

Police said the investigation is continuing.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A school bus crashed through a utility pole and struck a house in Stamford. Officials say several students were taken to a hospital, but no one was seriously hurt.

School officials say the bus was carrying students from Turn of River Middle School when it crashed shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. It wasn't immediately clear how many students were on the bus. Stamford schools let out early Friday because of an incoming snowstorm.

Many students on the bus were taken to Stamford Hospital as a precaution.

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

Crews with the power company Eversource shut off electricity to the area as a precaution while they fixed the pole, leaving hundreds of customers without power.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is nominating a former Cigna Corp. executive as Connecticut's newest insurance commissioner.

The Democrat announced Friday that Katharine Wade of Simsbury will replace Thomas Leonardi, who resigned in December to work with a New York investment banking advisory company.

Wade has more than 20 years of insurance industry experience. She started working for Cigna in 1992, most recently as vice president of public policy, government affairs and U.S. compliance. She helped to coordinate all federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs.

Malloy said he chose Wade because he wants a partner to help fight what he calls an ``attack on state-based regulation'' of insurance.

Wade is the daughter-in-law of attorney James Wade, a top Democratic fundraiser. Malloy denied that relationship played a role in his selection.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A recent federal decision denying Connecticut's claim for $63 million in Medicaid reimbursements is being blamed for the state's growing budget deficit.

The general fund, the state's major spending account, is now projected to be nearly $133 million in deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30. That's an increase of $71.6 million from last month, according to a report released Friday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid denied the state's request to change how it submits certain Medicaid claims. The denial will cost the state $63 million in expected federal revenue. Ben Barnes, the governor's budget secretary, said options for an appeal are being explored.

Barnes' report also makes note of projected budget shortfalls occurring in various state agencies.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven officials say they're investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl who became unresponsive on a city school bus.

Officials say the girl slumped over in her seat while riding the bus home from Lincoln-Bassett School on Monday and died at a hospital on Wednesday. Her name hasn't been released.

The girl's grandmother told the New Haven Independent that the girl had a heart condition. The grandmother said that when the bus arrived at the girl's stop Monday, the driver told her that her granddaughter was unresponsive.

The grandmother told the Independent that no one on the bus called 911 and her adult son tried to revive the girl after he phoned for help.

School officials say they're working with the bus company to review policies and procedures.


TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) State police say a Tolland town worker who died was patching pot holes when a local Public Works Department truck backed into him and caused the fatal injuries.

Troopers have identified the worker in Thursday morning's accident as 50-year-old David Ridzon of Willington. They say he was pronounced dead after being flown by helicopter to Hartford Hospital.

State police say Ridzon was behind the truck filling pot holes on Anderson Road when it backed into him. Troopers identified the driver of the truck as town employee William Burke of Manchester, who also was taken to a hospital for undisclosed reasons.

No charges have been filed. The accident remains under investigation.

Town Manager Steve Werbner called the incident a tragic accident and says town employees are shocked and grieving.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's top prosecutor plans to tell state lawmakers that steps have been taken to ensure fatal shootings by police are investigated by potentially impartial prosecutors.

The legislature's Judiciary Committee is considering a bill requiring such investigations to be handled by a special prosecutor or state's attorney from a judicial district outside of where the incident occurred.

Senate President Martin Looney and the Connecticut NAACP are pushing the bill, in light of high-profile police shootings in Missouri and New York.

Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane tells The Associated Press he backs the concept.

Draft testimony from the Division of Criminal Justice shows Kane plans to tell lawmakers Friday about the agency's new policy requiring him to assign a state's attorney from another district to supervise the investigation and determine whether criminal charges are warranted.


DURHAM, Conn. (AP) An award-winning artist and her husband were found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide at their Connecticut home. Their dog also was fatally shot.

State police on Wednesday identified the victims as 71-year-old Terry Oakes Bourret and her husband, 74-year-old Donald Bourret. Their bodies were found inside their home in Durham Tuesday evening.

State medical examiners released preliminary findings that the couple and their dog all died of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide. Their deaths remain under investigation.

Terry Oakes Bourret's website biography says she was a former nurse who became a professional artist and art teacher after studying painting in Rockport, Massachusetts. The biography says she won more than a hundred regional and national awards, including honors from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police have arrested a third suspect in a fatal stabbing that police say began as a fight over spilled coffee.

Police arrested a 17-year-old Stamford resident Wednesday and charged him with hindering prosecution. The Stamford Advocate reports that police say videotape shows the teen carrying undisclosed evidence from the scene. He's set to be arraigned in juvenile court Thursday.

Antonio Muralles, who police say bumped into a 15-year-old boy outside a McDonald's on March 11, spilled coffee on the youngster.

Police say the 15-year-old boy and another suspect, James McLamb, punched Muralles. The teen is accused of fatally stabbing him.

The 22-year-old McLamb and the youngster have been charged with murder and each is held in lieu of $2 million bond.

Police say they have not recovered the knife.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford's new minor league baseball team will be the Yard Goats.

Team and city officials announced the name Wednesday, complete with two goats, after a contest to rebrand the former New Britain Rock Cats.

The Colorado Rockies' Double-A affiliate will begin playing in Hartford next year in a new ballpark just north of downtown.

About 6,000 fan suggestions were winnowed down to the railroad name for an engine the moves cars in a rail yard. The team said that fits a minor league team that works ``away from the big city lights'' to keep a major league affiliate on track.

Anthony Castora, a UConn graduate from New Jersey, entered the winning name, which he said he heard from his railroad buff father-in-law.

The other finalists: Hedgehogs, Praying Mantis, River Hogs, and Whirlybirds.


GROTON, Conn. (AP) Officials say nine people were taken to a hospital as a precaution after a chemical spill during routine maintenance aboard a submarine at Connecticut's Navy base.

The Groton base commander, Capt. Carl Lahti, said the potassium hydroxide spill Wednesday morning was contained to the submarine. He said no injuries were reported and the cleanup is in progress.

Atlantic fleet spokesman Cmdr. Tommy Crosby said about a gallon of the chemical spilled aboard the USS Annapolis. He said eight sailors and a fireman were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital spokesman Michael O'Farrell in New London said they are being evaluated for respiratory and skin irritation.

Local fire departments including a team from the nearby Electric Boat shipyard responded.

The base is the primary East Coast homeport for the Navy's attack submarines.


SOMERS, Conn. (AP) State police say they've arrested a juvenile on charges of falsely reporting an incident and breach of peace after an online posting threatened a shooting at Somers schools last week.

According to police, the youngster said there was never a threat of gunfire.

Officials said the threat was made over the Yik Yak app.

Police posted a counter-measure on the social media app alerting followers to a school shooting threat.

Last December, East Lyme police worked with the FBI to solve a vague online threat in which someone posted that ``East Lyme better get ready for a hail of bullets.''

A suspect was arrested days later.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State election officials are widening an investigation into whether the state Democratic Party illegally spent money for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request from its investigators to issue subpoenas.

Investigators are seeking to subpoena individuals and documents about the development and distribution of a campaign mailer supporting Malloy's re-election last year.

The state Republican Party filed a complaint against the Democratic Party last October. The GOP asked the enforcement commission to determine that Democrats illegally spent money from a federally registered account on a state race and that Malloy and his campaign approved the illegal spending.

Democrats said last year they were not spending contractor money on state races and said federal law allows the party to spend federal money on get-out-the-vote efforts..


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is urging Connecticut lawmakers to address the link between gun violence and domestic violence, saying dangerous people with guns are a threat to women. Giffords was critically wounded in a 2011 mass shooting. She appeared yesterday at the state Capitol with Governor Dannel Malloy and legislative Democrats.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that people busted for possessing small amounts of marijuana can get their convictions erased because the state decriminalized the misdemeanor in 2011. The court issued a 7-0 ruling yesterday in favor of former Manchester resident Nicholas Menditto, who was convicted twice of  a marijuana possession conviction in 2009. Possession of less than a half ounce of pot was changed from a misdemeanor with potential jail time to a violation with a fine.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A federal investigation into the death of a Hartford firefighter during a house blaze last October has found that a low-air alarm on his breathing tank failed a test after the fire, but Hartford officials say the alarm activated.

A medical examiner concluded 48-year-old Kevin Bell died because his tank ran out of air. He was the first Hartford firefighter to die in the line of duty in four decades.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health inspected Bell's air tank after his death. One report in its ongoing investigation says an alarm that would have sounded when the air level got down to about a quarter tank failed a test.

Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas says the alarm activated during the fire and firefighters' tanks are checked regularly.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Florida man has pleaded guilty to mailing threatening letters to people in Connecticut including the governor and two federal judges.

Federal prosecutors say the handwritten letters sent by 35-year-old Garrett Santillo of Hollywood, Florida, included certain demands and threatened death if the recipients did not comply.

The U.S. attorney's office says Santillo pleaded guilty Friday in Hartford to one count of mailing threatening communications, which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Authorities say he sent threatening letters to a total of 14 people in Connecticut and has two prior federal convictions for sending threatening notes.

He was been detained since he was arrested at his home in Florida in September 2014. Sentencing is scheduled for May 27.


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been accused of stealing more than $1 million worth of vintage airplane parts, including an item that was to be donated to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Authorities said Friday that New Haven resident Frank Westervelt was arrested on larceny, burglary and other charges March 6.

Police say Westervelt broke into a Wallingford nonprofit organization called Connecticut Corsair in November. The organization refurbishes vintage airplane parts and sponsors science and engineering programs at high schools and colleges.

Police say Westervelt sold the stolen parts to a scrap metal dealer for a fraction of their worth. Authorities didn't disclose the item that was to be donated to the museum.

Westervelt is detained on $75,000 bail and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has a lawyer to represent him.


SOMERS, Conn. (AP) Police are being assigned to schools in Somers after an anonymous threat was posted online.

Officials say the threat was made over the Yik Yak app and suggested a school shooting. Authorities did not release the text of the threat.

The original post was removed and police said they don't know when it was made.

Police posted a counter-measure on the social media app alerting followers to a school shooting threat.

Last December, East Lyme police worked with the FBI to solve a vague online threat in which someone posted that ``East Lyme better get ready for a hail of bullets.'' A suspect was arrested days later.


LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) Torrington police have begun a criminal investigation into the alleged theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from lottery ticket sales and other transactions at a gas station.

Documents in Litchfield Superior Court say an audit determined that $375,284 in lottery ticket sales and $96,504 in cash payouts from the register are missing.

Patrick Wall, the lawyer for gas station owner Sohan Johnson and his business, says former employee Bruce Gay was notified of pending civil action. Two hours later, Wall crashed his truck and he was severely burned.

He told the Republican-American ( ) Thursday he doesn't know anything about the missing money.

A Superior Court judge has accepted an agreement for half of the proceeds from the sale of Gay's home to be forfeited if he loses a civil judgment.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) An autopsy of an 8-month old baby girl who was reported unconscious at a Stamford hotel has not determined the cause of death, but officials have ruled out physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

The Stamford Advocate reports that Stamford police say the parents were visiting Connecticut from Warren, Ohio, to appear on Maury Povich's ``The Maury Show.''

Police say the infant's mother said the girl was found on a pillow between a bed and the wall. The mother told police the baby must have fallen from bed during the night and she called for help when she noticed the girl was not breathing.

Police say the couple also had a 2-year-old son sleeping with his mother in the same bed.


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) An aerospace unit of United Technologies is seeking to cut 90 jobs, offering a voluntary buyout to hourly workers.

Dan Coulom, a spokesman for UTC Aerospace Systems, tells the Journal Inquirer that the reductions are needed to help control costs and remain competitive.

He says the work by affected employees will be moved to other unidentified facilities of UTC Aerospace Systems.

Coulom said the Windsor Locks site is still the largest single at UTC Aerospace, with about 3,700 employees, including about 900 hourly employees.

That's down from 1,300 hourly workers eight years ago.

Coulom said the company has made ``substantial investments'' in the facility and as part of an agreement with Connecticut, he said United Technologies will invest millions more.

United Technologies says it is weighing options for its Sikorsky Aircraft division, including a possible spinoff of the maker of Black Hawk and other military and commercial helicopters.

The Hartford, Connecticut, company said Wednesday it hasn't set a timetable for any action regarding Sikorsky. It says there's no guarantee that it will spin off the unit.

Sikorsky accounted for about $7.5 billion of United Technologies total sales of $65 billion last year. The conglomerate's other divisions include jet engine manufacturer Pratt Whitney and Otis elevator.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport judge has ruled against a Fairfield man challenging an order to register as a sex offender after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a female passenger on a Las Vegas-to-New York flight.

Superior Court Judge Richard Gilardi threw out a lawsuit Wednesday by John Callanan against the commissioner of public safety.

The Connecticut Post reportsGilardi ruled that Callanan waived his right to a challenge by agreeing to register as part of a plea agreement.

The newspaper reports Callanan and his lawyer were not available for comment.

Authorities say Callanan intrusively touched a female passenger in October 2006. He pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact without permission and sentenced to 13 months in prison.

He says he has a psychiatric condition causing him to experience gratification from contact with non-consenting people.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police are investigating the death of an 8-month-old baby girl who was reported unconscious at a hotel.

Police say the infant's mother told them the girl was found on a pillow between a bed and the wall.

Police were called to the Crowne Plaza hotel shortly after 7 a.m. on Wednesday. The mother told police the baby must have fallen out of the bed at some point during the night and she called for help when she noticed the girl was not breathing.

The father said he was sleeping in another bed and was awakened by screams.

Medics attempted to revive the baby before she was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

The parents, who were not identified, told police they were visiting Connecticut from Ohio.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A real estate research group says single-family home sales in Connecticut fell 6.3 percent in January, the first time sales have decreased year-over-year since August 2014.

The Warren Group says this morning that 1,357 single-family homes sold in Connecticut, compared with 1,448 in January 2014. It was the fewest sales in January since 2012, which posted 1,332 sales.

But prices leveled off in January. The median price of a single-family home was unchanged, at $230,000, the same as a year ago. It ended 10 months of consecutive declines.

Condominium sales in Connecticut declined 6.2 percent in January, to 363 condos from 387 the same month a year ago. The median sales price rose 1 percent, to $163,800 from $162,500 in January 2014.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A mistrial has been declared because of a hung jury in the case of a man accused of killing and dismembering an Eastern Connecticut State University student.

The Bridgeport Superior Court jury was in its fifth day of deliberations when it announced Friday it was deadlocked 6-6 on the charges against 32-year-old Jermaine Richards.

Richards is accused in the April 2013 killing of his girlfriend, 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, an Eastern student from West Haven. Her partial remains were found in a wooded area in Trumbull about a month after she was last seen with Richards outside her dorm.

Richards told investigators he had dropped Wiley off near the campus in Willimantic.

The Connecticut Post reports that Judge John Kavanewsky declared a mistrial. The state is expected to retry the case.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Two people are facing animal cruelty charges following the discovery of horses that were malnourished and kept without food or water.

Police say they investigated conditions at Rock Spring Farm in Stamford in January after receiving a call from an equine center that a horse arriving at their facility was very dehydrated. Five horses were found in stalls with large amounts of manure and frozen-over drinking water.

The barn's owner told police she owned several of the horses but believed another man was responsible for caring for them. The man told police he had alerted the owner the day before that he thought the animals had been poisoned. Both were charged this week and posted $10,000 bail.

Police said neither could explain why conditions in the stable were so poor.


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut have arrested a fifth Wesleyan University student on drug charges stemming from on-campus overdoses that sent a dozen people to the hospital.

Middletown police say 21-year-old Abhimanyu Janamanchi of Rockville, Maryland, turned himself in on an outstanding warrant Friday morning. He faces charges including distribution of a hallucinogen and is being held on a $50,000 bond. The Associated Press could not immediately determine whether he has an attorney.

Four other students already have been arraigned on charges related to overdoses on the club drug Molly that occurred the weekend of Feb. 22.

The overdoses left two students in critical condition, but the family of the last patient in the hospital said last week that the student would survive.


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A satellite TV installer has been charged with sexual assault against a customer at her home.

Police say the woman accused Rashford Gordon of Bloomfield made advances to her and sexually assaulted her Wednesday.

Police say the 38-year-old Gordon told officers it was consensual.

Gordon worked for Eastern Video Services, an East Hartford company that subcontracts for satellite television provider DirecTV. Carl Mazzotta, the owner of Eastern Video, said a background check of Gordon ``came up clean.'' He said Gordon was immediately fired.

Gordon was charged in 2013 with second-degree unlawful restraint, breach of peace and interfering with an emergency call. He later was charged with threatening and violation of a protective order.

He was ordered held on $750,000 bail. It wasn't known Friday morning if he's represented by a lawyer.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State lawmakers are considering legislation that would presume firefighters who have cancer most likely got it from their jobs, easing claims for insurance or workers' compensation.

The Republican-American reports that Waterbury Deputy Chief Richard Hart, political affairs director of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, says toxic atmosphere attacks firefighters' bodies long after the fire is out.

Before seeking workers' compensation, a Connecticut firefighter must prove cancer was caused by the job, which is difficult.

Municipal officials worry about the cost to budgets and impact on insurance rates from rising cancer claims.

Francesca Litow, a cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins University, said firefighters have higher rates of cancer affecting the skin, prostate, brain and colon. Many chemicals found in smoke such as benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde are carcinogenic.


MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) Amtrak says 299 passengers headed for Boston were stuck on a cold, dark train for more than three hours after it lost power in Connecticut.

Spokesman Craig Schulz said the Acela train from Washington, D.C., became disabled at 6:25 p.m. Thursday near Mystic, Connecticut.

No passengers or crew members were injured.

Schulz said the problem was likely due to ice and snow on the overhead power system.

Passengers were transferred to a train on adjacent tracks at 9:30 p.m.

Another train from Lynchburg, Virginia, to Boston was sent within an hour to pick up the stranded passengers, but it also lost power when it neared the Acela train.

Schulz said that train was carrying 400 passengers and regained power at about 9:45 p.m.


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.


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