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Toddler in stroller left alone on New London street

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Police say a father is facing charges after his young daughter was found in a stroller alone on a New London street.

The girl, estimated to be 2 or 3 years old, was found by a passing motorist at about 7 p.m. Monday. The motorist took the child to a nearby fire station.

Fire Lt. Jonathan Paige tells The Day that firefighters evaluated the girl before she was sent to the hospital as a precaution.

A witness said the girl was alone on the sidewalk for several minutes.

Police tells WFSB-TV that the girl's father was found a short time later. He was intoxicated. He was charged with risk of injury to a child and state child welfare officials were notified.

No names were immediately released.


3 US senators want women's golf open moved from Trump course

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) -- Three Democratic U.S. senators are increasing the pressure on the U.S. Golf Association to move next year's women's open away from a New Jersey course owned by Donald Trump.


Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, Edward Markey, of Massachusetts, and Bob Casey, of Pennsylvania, made the request to move next July's event away from Trump National in Bedminster in a letter sent Monday.


The senators called on USGA executive director Mike Davis to consider suspending further events at properties owned by the Republican presidential candidate because of what they describe as a "pattern of degrading and dehumanizing women" over decades.


The Trump Organization declined comment.


Trump was recorded in a 2005 video using vulgar language and apparently boasting of sexual assault. He has been accused of unwanted sexual advances by a group of women this month. He has called them liars and threatened to sue.


Massachusetts police arrest naked driver

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Police in Massachusetts have arrested a Connecticut man they say got out of his car naked and started jumping and dancing in the street after striking a curb and getting a flat.


Springfield police say an officer on patrol spotted a speeding car with its lights off running stop signs at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.


The vehicle failed to negotiate a turn before striking the curb and blowing out the tire.

The driver eventually complied with verbal commands to get on the ground so officers could handcuff him. He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.


Police say 30-year-old Dereck Dent, of Enfield, Connecticut, faces several driving charges and was wanted on several warrants.


He couldn't be reached for comment and it wasn't clear if had hired a lawyer.


Old mental institution attracts filmmakers and the curious

MANSFIELD, Conn. (AP) - University of Connecticut officials say there are clearly no ghosts at the former mental institution that now serves as the school's Depot Campus in Mansfield.

But the abandoned buildings at the former Mansfield Training School have made it an attraction for ghost hunters, horror filmmakers, copper thieves and the curious.

The school has put up fencing around many of the decaying buildings to keep people out, and police make regular patrols, but say that doesn't always stop trespassers.

So far this year, four people have been charged with sneaking into the buildings.

School officials say they'd like to find more uses for the more than 350-arce property, which is on the National Register of Historic places. But red tape, cleanup cost and other priorities have kept them from moving forward.


1 dead after fiery pickup truck crash in Oxford

OXFORD, Conn. (AP) State police say a person is dead after a pickup truck crashed into a ravine and burst into flames in Oxford.

Resident State Trooper Dan Semosky tells The Connecticut Post the crash happened around 6:30 a.m. Saturday and involved only one vehicle.

Fire officials say the truck was on fire and on its side when rescuers arrived. The victim was trapped inside.

Semosky says the state medical examiner's office is working on identifying the victim.

The cause the crash remains under investigation.


Police: 1 dead, several hurt in multi-motorcycle crash

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say one person is dead and several people are injured after a crash that involved multiple motorcycles in Litchfield.

Trooper Kelly Grant says the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday near state Route 63. She says at least five people were hospitalized in unknown condition.

No one has been identified. Further details on what led to the crash weren't immediately available.

Authorities are investigating.


Merrill contends Connecticut elections run freely and fairly

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is trying to assure voters that the November election will be administered ``as freely and fairly as possible'' and any claims to the contrary are ``irresponsible.''

Friday's statement from Merrill, a Democrat, comes amid claims by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that the election is ``rigged'' against him and may be soiled by widespread voter fraud.

Merrill says the state goes through numerous precautions to ensure the elections are fair. She says hundreds of elections officials, including registrars, moderators, clerks and volunteer poll workers go through a series of steps to serve the voters.

Merrill notes how addresses on voter registration forms are confirmed, the identities of voters are checked at the polls, complaints are investigated and audits are taken of results.


Connecticut receives $1.6 million aerospace training grant

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials say the state has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to help fund an apprenticeship training program for aerospace manufacturing and maintenance workers.

The Connecticut Apprenticeship Expansion Rx project will serve 1,672 apprentices, with a focus on aerospace, aviation, energy and building trades.

The U.S. Department of Labor grant was announced Friday by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and members of the state's all-Democratic congressional delegation. It comes weeks after the announced agreement between the state and Sikorsky Aircraft to build nearly 200 heavy cargo helicopters for the military in Stratford.

State Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson says expansion within several of the state's largest aviation employers will increase demand for credential aircraft and power plant mechanics. Also, he says there's been an influx of aviation-depending shipping companies.


Stubborn Connecticut fire still burning after a month

CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) A stubborn, low-grade fire is still burning in northwestern Connecticut after more than a month.

The slow-moving Flat Rock Fire has been burning mostly underground, affecting more than 80 acres in the Wyantenock State Forest in Cornwall, the Hartford Courant reports.

Christopher Martin, director of the forestry division at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says smoke from the fire has drifted over the town line into Sharon and Warren. He says the fire doesn't pose a threat to area residents or their property.

When it surfaces from below ground, the flames are only 6-to-8 inches high.

Martin says ``it's definitely more of a nuisance than a safety threat.'' He says DEEP and local firefighters are managing the fire, which is too remote for traditional firefighting.


Arkansas chancellor first woman to lead Connecticut school

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The first woman has been appointed to oversee Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Zulma R. Toro as the school's 13th president. Officials say Toro was chosen from three finalists following a seven-month nationwide search that attracted 69 candidates.

Richard Balducci, chairman of the board's search committee, calls Toro an ``outstanding scholar'' with ``an impressive array of accomplishments.'' Toro is currently the interim chancellor, executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

She will replace Jack Miller, who retired on Sept. 19. Toro is scheduled to begin her new job on Jan. 3 and will receive an annual salary of $289,500. Toro says she's ``deeply honored'' to serve as CCSU's new president.


Official: student pilot died of burns, smoke inhalation

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut medical examiner says a student pilot killed in a plane crash that authorities believe was intentional died of burns and smoke inhalation.

Dr. James Gill announced the cause of death Thursday of the student, who his office identified as Feras Freitekh. Gill said it remains under investigation whether the death was a suicide.

Authorities said they believe Freitekh was disgruntled about his flight training and crashed the small, twin-engine plane intentionally in East Hartford on Oct. 11 while arguing with his flight instructor, Arian Prevalla. Prevalla survived.

Freitekh is a citizen of Jordan who came to Hartford in 2013 to study at the American Flight Academy. His friends say they don't believe reports that the crash was intentional.

The crash remains under investigation by federal authorities.


CVS agrees to pay $600,000 to settle record-keeping case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay the federal government $600,000 to resolve alleged record keeping violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act at two Connecticut stores.

Federal authorities in Connecticut alleged at least 4,936 occasions when paperwork for Schedule III drugs was improperly filed or stored at a New Britain store, and at least 2,886 times at a Southington store.

The Drug Enforcement Administration describes Schedule III drugs as substances with low-to-moderate potential for physical and psychological dependence.

Authorities say accurate record keeping at retail pharmacies helps investigators keep track of how many controlled substances they should and do have on hand.

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS says it agreed to settle to avoid litigation. CVS says it's committed to the highest ethical and businesses standards, including complying with all laws.


Racing pigeon owner sentenced to probation for killing hawks

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 63-year-old Long Island man has been sentenced to a year of probation after admitting he killed federally protected hawks in an effort to protect his racing pigeons.

Thomas Kapusta of Westbury, New York, had pleaded guilty in February to charges including four counts of taking, capturing and killing red-tailed hawks and Cooper's Hawks.

The hawks are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Kapusta told authorities that the hawks were preying on the racing pigeons that he kept in a coop at his mother's home in Stamford.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny on Wednesday also ordered Kapusta to pay a $5,500 fine and perform 90 hours of community service at a local animal shelter.


UConn: False fire alarm led to 19-year-old student's death

STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut says a false fire alarm resulted in the death of a 19-year-old student who was run over and killed by a vehicle for the campus fire department.

State police have said Jeffny Pally, of West Hartford, was sitting with her back against a garage door outside the department Sunday and was run over when the fire vehicle left for an emergency call.

University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said Wednesday the alarm that firefighters responded to was ``unfounded.''

The school is reviewing what activated the alarm. Reitz says it wasn't a malfunction. She says the alarm was triggered automatically, not manually.

The medical examiner's office says Pally's death was the result of blunt trauma to the head and torso and ruled an accident.


State ends talks with developers on train station project

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration has ended talks to develop a $500 million transportation project in downtown Stamford.

The state had been negotiating with developers to convert the city's train station into a multi-use facility that would include office and retail space, hotel rooms and residential units.

But state officials announced in a brief written statement Wednesday that it would not be in the state's best interest to proceed further with negotiations. Little other explanation was given.

Stamford Mayor David Martin says he hopes to begin work on a new design plan for the station.

A key member of the development team for the Stamford project, L.P. Ciminelli Construction Co., was recently caught up in a federal investigation of bid-rigging in New York state. Lawyers for Ciminelli executives denied the allegations.


State order allows for temporary pipeline to supply water

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State officials have issued an amended emergency order to allow for the construction of a temporary pipeline to supply water to four Connecticut communities amid drought conditions.

The state Department of Public Health had declared a public water supply emergency in September for Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and New Canaan.

The order allowed the Aquarion Water Company to divert water from other sources of supply to the towns.

The order issued Tuesday will allow Aquarion to divert from an additional source and build a temporary pipeline to provide for customers in those towns.

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that approximately 86 percent of Connecticut is under severe drought conditions.


New London police investigating dormitory incident

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - New London police are conducting an internal investigation after a college student said officers beat, kicked and threatened him with mace after he helped a domestic violence victim at a dormitory.

New London Deputy Police Chief Peter Reichard tells The Day he launched the investigation after speaking to Connecticut College's dean of students on Monday.

Lee Messier, a junior from Narragansett, Rhode Island, was charged with interfering with police on Sunday. A Facebook post he wrote about his experience was shared widely. Messier's father is chief of airport police at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island and is retired from the state police.

The officer who arrested Messier was fired in 2013 for his involvement in an alleged beating and pepper spray incident. The department later rehired him.


Sen. Murphy on VP shortlist for Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton's campaign circulated an initial list of nearly 40 elected officials, military leaders and corporate CEOs to be considered for vice president last spring. The list was included among hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman disclosed Tuesday by WikiLeaks.

The list emailed from John Podesta to Hillary Clinton last March included several Democratic senators, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tim Kaine of Virginia, who was eventually picked by Clinton.

Podesta organized the list into "rough food groups" including blacks, women, and Hispanics such as Obama administration Cabinet members Julian Castro of Housing and Urban Development and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

Another group of possibilities that appeared to represent "outside-the-box" options included former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Tim Cook of Apple, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, Howard Schultz of Starbucks and retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen.


Javier Becerra

Julian Castro

Eric Garcetti

Tom Perez

Ken Salazar

Tammy Baldwin

Kirsten Gillibrand

Amy Klobuchar

Claire McKaskill

Jeanne Shaheen

Debbie Stabenow

Elizabeth Warren

Michael Bennet

Sherrod Brown

Martin Heinreich

Tim Kaine

Terry McAuliffe

Chris Murphy

Tom Vilsack

Steve Benjamin

Corey Booker

Andrew Gillum

Eric Holder

Deval Patrick

Kasim Reed

Anthony Foxx

John Allen

Bill McCraven

Mike Mullen

Mary Barra

Michael Bloomberg

Ursula Burns

Tim Cook

Bill Gates

Melinda Gates

Muhtar Kent

Judith Rodin

Howard Schultz

Bernie Sanders


Police: Woman admitted to drug use before fatal I-91 crash

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut woman admitted to using heroin and cocaine hours before she was involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 91 in Windsor.

The Hartford Courant reports 34-year-old Katell Gunning of Newington was arraigned Monday on charges including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the Saturday afternoon crash that killed 46-year-old Kevin Dutra of Colchester.

Police say Gunning failed field sobriety tests they administered. They then took her to the hospital to have blood drawn.

Police say Gunning told them she used cocaine and about 10 bags of heroin at about midnight Saturday.

Gunning's attorney argued that police were beyond the two-hour window that allowed them to get a positive chemical test to charge Gunning.

Gunning remains held on $75,000 bail.


Man arraigned on murder charge in 2006 death of dad to 5

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A man has been arraigned on a murder charge in the killing of a father of five whose body was found in a southeast Connecticut field in 2006.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Vincenti of New London appeared in Superior Court Monday.

He's charged with felony murder in the killing of 40-year-old Anthony Hamlin, of Groton, a member of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation. Hamlin was found dead in Ledyard from blunt force trauma to the head in January 2006.

The Norwich Bulletin reports Vincenti's bail was kept at $1 million. The case was transferred to the New London court that handles the most serious cases.

Vincenti's attorney noted that Vincenti didn't have a criminal record and hadn't fled.

Vincenti is the second man charged in the crime.

Thirty-two-year-old Timothy Johnson faces a felony murder charge.


Couple finds pendant buried in Ireland 26 years ago

OLD LYME, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman has retrieved half of her heart after leaving it in Ireland 26 years ago.

In 1990, a 29-year-old Laurie McGrath had buried half of a golden heart necklace with two interlocking halves that was given to her by her then-boyfriend, Bill McGrath.

The intent was that they'd both go to Ireland to dig it up someday.

The now-married East Lyme couple recently flew to Dublin for their 25th wedding anniversary and traveled to the cemetery in Castletownroche, Ireland, where the pendant was buried.

The couple dug near an Irish gravestone and found the plastic bag with part of the pendant inscribed with the words, "best friends."

Laurie McGrath tells The Day that she and Bill cried and couldn't believe they'd found the pendant after so many years.


Police: Pair of shootings leaves 3 injured in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Police say a pair of shootings left three people injured over the weekend in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reports the first shooting happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday. A male victim was shot multiple times in the right arm. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Police say the second shooting occurred at around 2:15 a.m. An officer had reported shots fired in the area and tried to stop a vehicle fleeing the scene.

Police say the driver evaded capture. A man and a woman were found with gunshot wounds not considered life-threatening.

No arrests were made in either incident as of Sunday.


Police investigating after body found in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - Police are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive in a New London apartment as a "suspicious event."

Capt. L.J. Keating says a resident called police after finding 33-year-old Ricardo Dasilva inside at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The cause and manner of Dasilva's death hadn't been determined as of Saturday evening. Police say the case is an isolated incident and poses no threat to the public.

Keating says Dasilva is from Easton but was staying at a home in New London.

Authorities are investigating.


UConn student run over, killed by campus fire vehicle

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - A 19-year-old student at the University of Connecticut has been run over and killed by a vehicle for the campus fire department.

A Connecticut State Police report says it happened around 1:15 a.m. Sunday after student Jeffny Pally was sitting against the bay door of the campus public safety complex in Storrs.

The report says Pally, of West Hartford, was sitting on the ground with her back against the bay door when the fire department got an emergency call and opened the door.

The report says she then fell back on the ground and the fire department vehicle ran over her.

In a statement, UConn President Susan Herbst called it "a heartbreaking and tragic loss" and extended sympathy to Pally's family and friends.

The university referred all questions to state police.


Office says Connecticut budget almost $78 million in deficit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The General Assembly's nonpartisan fiscal office says Connecticut's main spending account is currently projected to be almost $78 million in deficit.

In a report released Thursday, the Office of Fiscal Analysis says the shortfall in the state's roughly $18 billion general fund could have been higher. However, Connecticut has received $80 million than expected from investment bank Royal Bank of Scotland as part of a recent legal settlement.

OFA notes how income tax collections have come in $80 million less than expected since July 1, when the new fiscal year began.

Len Fasano, the Senate's Republican leader, says another budget crafted by majority Democrats "has failed our state yet again."

Democratic House Speaker Brendan Sharkey predicts state revenues should improve given the new, recently announced manufacturing jobs coming to Connecticut.


Unions want court to stop planned group home privatization

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two Connecticut labor unions are asking a judge to step in and stop the pending privatization of state-run group homes and other services for people with developmental disabilities.

The unions, CSEA and SEIU 1199, on Thursday filed a request in Hartford Superior Court for a temporary injunction to halt Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's planned layoffs of the homes' unionized state employees.

The Department of Developmental Services announced in August plans to privatize 40 group homes and other services, while cutting 605 positions. The unions, which recently filed a labor complaint, say the state cannot lay off members and contract out their services without bargaining with labor leaders.

Kelly Donnelly, Malloy's spokeswoman, says private agencies already serve the vast majority of clients. She calls the administration's actions "lawful and proper."


Pregnant manatee rescued off Cape Cod to be moved to Florida

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) - A manatee that was rescued off the coast of Cape Cod and later found to be pregnant will be moved from Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium to SeaWorld Orlando.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Charles Underwood tells the Cape Cod Times the manatee will be moved on Tuesday to SeaWorld, where it will undergo further rehabilitation before being released into the wild.

The 800-pound pregnant female, dubbed "Washburn," was picked up in September in Nantucket Sound off Falmouth, Massachusetts, by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The group said the animal was well out of its range and was rescued just before water temperatures dropped below 67 degrees - too cold for it to survive.

Underwood says the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership will decide where the animal will be released in Florida.


Man gets more than year in prison for child porn possession

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Middletown man is headed to prison for possessing child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 27-year-old Paul Hubbard was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to the offense in July.

Authorities say Hubbard was arrested and charged in July 2015. They say law enforcement had seized about 354 videos and more than 6,000 images of child pornography found on two laptops and two external hard drives in his home.

Authorities say Hubbard's arrest was a part of an investigation into a global online forum, called Playpen, through which registered users advertised, distributed and accessed child pornography.


Jury convicts man of murder in 2014 double shooting

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A New Haven man has been found guilty of murder and first-degree assault in a double shooting that killed one man and left another seriously injured.

The New Haven Register reports that a Superior Court jury convicted 22-year-old Errol Godfrey-Hill on Thursday in the August 2014 shootings. He faces up to 97 years when he's sentenced Dec. 16.

The judge also found Godfrey-Hill guilty of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and violating his probation, which were additional counts not considered by the jury.

Prosecutors say the two victims, both 25, were shot as they walked down the street. Tyreese Jones was killed.

Defense attorney Glenn Conway has argued there was no evidence his client knew the two victims.

Conway says he plans to appeal the verdict.


Friends: Student in crash was upbeat, happy to be flying

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Friends of a student pilot killed in a Connecticut plane crash say he had an obsessive love of flying since his youth in Jordan and was supposed to take his final pilot's exam this week.

One friend says the pilot, Feras Freitekh, seemed his usual, happy self in a message he left only hours before he died Tuesday in East Hartford.

Freitekh's friends say he never had problems with anger or depression. They're puzzled by U.S. officials' assertions that he crashed the plane intentionally while arguing with his instructor, who survived. One official has said it appears to have been a suicide attempt.

A friend told The Associated Press that Freitekh planned to move back to Jordan after his final test Friday and looked forward to becoming an airline pilot.


Man serving time for 1993 killings seeks shorter sentence

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man convicted of killing a mother and son as a 15-year-old more than 20 years ago is seeking to shorten his 60-year prison sentence.

Now-38-year-old Michael Bernier was sentenced in 1995 for the 1993 shooting deaths of his Norwich classmate, 14-year-old David Cluny, and Cluny's mother, Elaine.

A New London judge on Wednesday postponed a hearing on Bernier's motion until at least March 15. The motion argues the sentence is illegal based on U.S. Supreme Court rulings and state legislation passed last year.

The state law indicates a juvenile sentenced to less than 50 years in prison will be eligible for parole after serving 60 percent of the sentence or 12 years. A more-than-50-year sentence requires 30 years served before parole consideration.


Official: Pilot, trainee had altercation before plane crash

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A U.S. official familiar with the investigation says a Connecticut plane crash that killed a student pilot and left his flight instructor with serious burns appears to have been a suicide attempt.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

Flight instructor Arian Prevalla was badly burned, but survived the crash in East Hartford on Tuesday. Student pilot Feras Freitekh was killed.

The official says the men had an altercation inside the cockpit of the small plane and the instructor was unable to regain control from the trainee before it crashed near the Connecticut headquarters of a military jet engine manufacturer.

According to the official, the instructor described the student as disgruntled about learning to be a pilot.


Norwich man is child sex case reaches plea deal

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Norwich man who'd been accused of having sex and exchanging explicit photos with a 14-year-old girl has agreed to a plea deal that will keep him out of prison.

The Norwich Bulletin reports that 29-year-old Jesus Busanet pleaded guilty on Wednesday in New London Superior Court to a reduced charge of risk of injury to a minor.

Busanet faces five years' probation when he is sentenced Dec. 14.

Prosecutors say Busanet met the girl on social media in January and eventually met her at her home where he talked her into having sex. The girl told school officials.

Busanet says the girl said she was 18.

Busanet was listed in a court document as a married father of four at the time of his April 16 arrest.


NTSB handing plane crash investigation over to FBI

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The National Transportation Safety Board says the FBI is taking over the investigation into a fatal plane crash in Connecticut because of indications that it could have been a criminal act.

The NTSB said Wednesday that its initial investigation indicates Tuesday's crash in East Hartford was intentional. An agency spokesman, Terry Williams, said he couldn't elaborate on the basis of that finding.

One person aboard the plane was killed and another survived when the Piper PA-34 Seneca crashed Tuesday afternoon as they were trying to land at Brainard Airport in Hartford. It crashed near the headquarters of Pratt Whitney, which makes military and commercial jet engines.

The mayor said Wednesday the survivor told authorities that the crash wasn't an accident, but she cautioned the information had not been confirmed.


Police say there were two sets of controls aboard a small plane that crashed in Connecticut with a flight instructor and student on board, killing one of them.


Police ID body of man found in driver's seat of burning car

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police have identified the body of a man found in a burning car last week in Milford.

Authorities say the body was discovered Friday night near the Connecticut Audubon Society building.

Firefighters responding to a 911 call found a car engulfed in flames. They found the body in the driver's seat after the blaze was extinguished.

Police on Tuesday identified the body as 72-year-old Richard Weir.

The Connecticut Post reports Weir was recently released after serving most of a three-year sentence for larceny.

He had pleaded guilty to stealing more than $230,000 from the Milford Rotary Club and the Milford Special Olympics while serving as treasurer for the groups.

His cause of death hasn't been determined.


Convicted rapist found in Connecticut extradited to Idaho

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A convicted rapist from Idaho who was found with a machete at a camp site in Darien last month has been extradited back to his home state.

The Stamford Advocate reports 35-year-old Brian Cook was placed on a flight to Idaho from the Westchester County Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Cook was wanted in Idaho for a parole violation after he left the state without permission at the end of August. He was placed on parole following the conclusion of his prison sentence for the repeated rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Cook was apprehended at Cherry Lawn Park on Sept. 13.

Police say Cook told officers he was trying to reach Canada and had walked to Darien from Philadelphia after hitchhiking across the country.


New Haven police seek window-smashing vandal

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven police are looking for the person responsible for breaking windows and racist and obscene graffiti at two locations in the city, including a police sub-station.

Officers responded to a Foxon Boulevard building at about 9 a.m. Monday to find that all the first-floor windows and glass doors had been smashed, while an adjacent wooden fence had been defaced with swastikas, anti-police graffiti and an obscene illustration. The building houses an Indian restaurant, an immigration office and other businesses.

A short time later, similar graffiti was found at the police sub-station at the Bella Vista elderly housing complex.

Police hope to get an image of the vandal from surveillance video.

A witness described seeing a single vandal between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. wearing dark clothing.


Several arrested protesting video of officer stomping on man

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Several people have been arrested while protesting a video that appears to show a Connecticut police sergeant stomping on the head of a handcuffed man.

Black Lives Matters activists organized the protest at Hartford City Hall on Monday. Organizers say eight protesters were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while marching to the mayor's home.

A police spokesman did not immediately return calls.

Police cruiser camera video released Oct. 5 shows the aftermath of a car chase in June. Two Hispanic men were arrested. Officials say Sgt. Sean Spell, who is white, is seen stomping on one of them.

Activists are protesting Spell's actions and a delay in releasing the video.

Spell retired in August. His attorney says the video didn't capture all that was going on at the scene.


Cops: 4 attackers beat, strip, bind, kidnap man in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police say they're looking for four suspects who beat, stripped, and kidnapped a man in New Haven.

WVIT-TV reports police say they found the 23-year-old at an unoccupied home early Sunday wearing a bloody T-shirt, underpants and socks.

Police say his wrists and ankles had torn pieces of duct tape on them. His head had cuts and his eyes were swollen shut.

The man told police he was in a car with friends when someone opened the door and pulled him out. He says he was beaten unconsciousness and awoke to someone pointing a gun at him.

Police say the attackers bound him, drove him around, released him and then assaulted him again.

Police say they believe the man was targeted.

The man has been released from a hospital.


Home day care worker's license suspended after girl, 4, dies

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - State officials have suspended the child care provider license for the daughter of Norwalk's mayor after a 4-month-old girl was found unresponsive last week at her home day care and died at a hospital.

The unidentified infant died at a hospital after police responded to Christine Limone's home on Wednesday.

The state Office of Early Childhood on Thursday made the emergency action to suspend her license.

Officials say they won't disclose a how the girl died until further tests, including a toxicology analysis, can be completed.

State police are investigating.

Officials say Limone and investigators are expected at an administrative hearing on Thursday. She hasn't been charged.


Police: Mom pushes daughter to safety, dies in hit-and-run

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a Connecticut woman saved her 7-year-old daughter's life by pushing her out of the way moments before she was struck and killed in a hit-and-run.

Police say 40-year-old Dania Cegeno-Delrosario and her 7-year-old daughter, Denisse, were crossing a street in Meriden on Friday night when they were struck.

The Record-Journal reports the girl told police that her mother saw the approaching vehicle and pushed her to safety.

Cegeno-Delrosario was taken to a hospital, where she later died. The woman's daughter was hospitalized with minor injuries. She has since been released.

Police say the driver fled the scene but left behind a mirror and casing.

The investigation is ongoing.


Union members approve deal to keep Sikorsky Aircraft

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Union members have voted for a deal that would keep Sikorsky Aircraft manufacturing U.S. Navy helicopters in Stratford, Connecticut, for at least the next 16 years.

More than 2,000 Teamsters voted Sunday for the state deal that includes a 25 percent pay cut for workers hired starting in 2017. The deal had been reached between Sikorsky, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration and Sikorsky's new owner, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin.

It had received General Assembly approval Sept. 28.

Sikorsky agreed to increase its full-time employment in Stratford by 400 employees by the 14th year of the agreement.

Sikorsky is tasked with building CH-53K helicopters, next-generation helicopters that Lockheed sought $400 million in savings to make.

The new proposal also includes pension changes, a ratification bonus and a change in workweek hours.


New Britain officers suspended over high-speed pursuit

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Two New Britain police officers were suspended without pay following a months-long investigation into a high-speed chase with a drug suspect under surveillance by federal authorities.

Chief James Wardwell suspended Officer Brian Shea for 25 days and Officer Brian Solek for two days in September according to an Internal Affairs report released Thursday.

Police say the officers initiated the April 18 chase by attempting to pull over a man minutes after he allegedly arranged to pick up fentanyl from the main suspect of the federal investigation.

Wardwell said the officers knew of the federal probe and "directly jeopardized the integrity of the investigation."

He also said Shea violated department policy and endangered public safety by chasing the man at speeds of up to 84 mph.

The police union declined comment.


Madison police capture robbery suspect after daylong search

MADISON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut police have made an arrest after a daylong search for a man they warned was wanted and possibly dangerous.

Police say Francis Sumner was being sought on robbery charges from Ohio and Michigan.

They said he fled from Connecticut officers trying to apprehend him on Friday morning, running into the woods from a stolen car.

Dogs and a police helicopter are involved in the search and authorities placed Brown Middle School and the Ryerson Elementary School in lockdown for a time during the search.

Police said the Sumner was taken into custody after 6 p.m. without incident.


Peruvian sentenced to 10 years in murder-for-hire plot

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 30-year-old Peruvian man who had been living in Stamford has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for orchestrating a failed murder-for-hire plot.

Prosecutors say Larry Talledo-Torrejon tried to have the owner of a Stamford restaurant killed in 2015 after agreeing to purchase the business in part with checks drawn on bank accounts with insufficient funds.

According to court documents, Tallego-Torrijon wanted a man to follow the restaurant owner home to New York and kill him, but only after he forced the owner to sign documents showing the sale had been accepted.

The would-be killer instead contacted law enforcement.

Tallego-Torrijon was arrested on December 8, 2015 and pleaded guilty to the federal charge in June.

He also was ordered Friday to pay a $150,000 fine.


Infant dies at home day care run by Norwalk mayor's daughter

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - State police have taken over the investigation into the death of an infant at a home day care run by the daughter of Norwalk's mayor.

The Hour of Norwalk reports the 4-month-old girl was receiving CPR when emergency responders arrived on Wednesday afternoon after receiving a call that there was a medical emergency at the day care.

The infant was later pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital.

The Hour reports that Mayor Harry Rilling's daughter, 47-year-old Christine Limone, has run a licensed day care from the home since June, 2002.

No charges have been filed.

A phone number listed for Limone was no longer in service Thursday. The mayor did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The chief medical examiner's office says an autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.


FAA probing small plane crash in Plymouth that left 1 hurt

PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) - Fire officials say a man has been hospitalized with serious head and internal injuries after a small plane he was flying crashed into a wooded area in Plymouth near Waterbury Airport.

Terryville Fire Chief Mark Sekorski says the man was the sole occupant of the single-engine, experimental plane, which crashed around 5 p.m. Thursday.

The man, who hasn't been publicly identified, had to be removed from the aircraft and was airlifted to a hospital in Hartford. His condition wasn't immediately clear.

Greg Gubitosi, who works in the area, says the plane had been circling around a pond when he heard the engine cut out several times. He says the plane then crashed a few hundred yards away.

Firefighters say fuel leaked from the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.


Connecticut police make arrest in 2006 death of father of 5

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police say they have made an arrest in the death of a father of five whose body was found in a field in Ledyard nearly 11 years ago.

The Day reports that police on Thursday announced that 32-year-old Timothy Johnson faces a felony murder charge in connection with the January 2006 death of Anthony Hamlin. The 40-year-old Groton man was a member of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation.

An autopsy determined he died of blunt force trauma to the head.

He was last seen in New London the day before his body was found.

Johnson, of New London, was held on $1 million bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Friday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.


DMV demands AAA Northeast resume public licensing services

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has notified one of two regional automobile clubs in Connecticut that it's in default of a contract to provide driver licensing services to the general public.

Wednesday's letter from DMV to AAA Northeast's president demands the club immediately resume services to non-members. DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra says if the club doesn't take action by Oct. 14, the state agency will "pursue all legal remedies," including action to recover any damages.

AAA Northeast stopped serving non-members on Monday at its eight offices in Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties.

Bzdyra tells The Associated Press AAA Northeast didn't provide DMV with a written 60-day notice to terminate the contract, calling it a "sudden, rash decision."

AAA Northeast says it "reserves comment" on any legal notification.


Police: Juvenile charged with producing explosives

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) A juvenile has been arrested after authorities allege he and another suspect were found researching and making explosives in a wooded area near a Connecticut school.

Police say the Cheshire teen turned himself into police on Sept. 26. He faces charges including manufacturing a bomb and conspiracy to manufacture a bomb. A warrant is still pending for a second suspect.

The Record-Journal reports the arrest stems from a January investigation involving police and the New Haven FBI office that started after Cheshire Academy was placed on lockdown due to reports of a potentially hazardous material in a dorm room.

Police say a search of school grounds found a liquid believed to be gasoline in an area near the campus.

Authorities say the two suspects had been producing explosive devices there.


Woman being held in Connecticut prison dies

NIANTIC, Conn. (AP) Prisons officials say a Massachusetts woman being held at a Connecticut prison has died.

A spokeswoman for the Connecticut Department of Correction tells The Day of New London that officials at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic were conducting a routine medical assessment of 29-year-old Alexandra Low on Tuesday when they determined she should be taken to the facility's medical unit. The Longmeadow, Massachusetts, woman was then transferred to an outside hospital by ambulance where she died.

The state medical examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death and state police are investigating.

Low and a man were arrested Monday on drug charges after a motorist reported seeing two people injecting drugs in a moving vehicle. Low was being held on $7,500 bail.


Clown hoaxes force police to check pranks for real threats

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Reports of menacing clowns have been spreading across the U.S., fueled largely by social media, and authorities say they are being forced to take them seriously as a potential threat to public safety, particularly at schools.

Several hundred University of Connecticut students gathered late Monday in a cemetery, ready to do battle with clowns they had heard might be lurking among the headstones. Police determined that the rumors were a hoax.

Connecticut state troopers say the pranks waste resources and distract from real emergencies.

Similar incidents have been reported at schools across the country, including Penn State University, where more than 500 students showed up early Tuesday to hunt for clowns.

Sociologists say the seemingly silly panic is actually a new twist on a phenomenon as old as witch hunts.


Daycare provider pleads not guilty in death of 4-month-old

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say a woman who ran an unlicensed daycare at her home and is charged in connection with an infant's death purchased 90 bottles of children's Benadryl over three years.

Fifty-three-year-old Carol Cardillo of Fairfield pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Bridgeport to charges including second-degree manslaughter.

Police have said the 4-month-old child found unresponsive at Cardillo's home in March may have been given the antihistamine, which isn't for children under 2. Officials ruled the death a homicide and determined the cause to be acute diphenhydramine intoxication.

An arrest warrant says Cardillo made the Benadryl purchases between 2013 and 2016 when her home daycare was open.

Police say Cardillo's attorney told detectives his client told him she didn't have the medication in her house.

Cardillo's attorney didn't comment Tuesday.


Senate president joins call to scrap proposed fare hikes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The president of the Connecticut Senate is the latest lawmaker to call for the Department of Transportation to scrap plans for increased rail and bus fares.

Democratic Sen. Martin Looney of New Haven announced Tuesday the DOT should cancel the proposed increase, which would take effect Dec. 1 and generate an estimated $5.9 million to help cover budget cuts. Looney says DOT should instead prioritize its spending.

Other Democratic and Republican legislators have called for stopping the proposed 5 percent fare increase on the Metro-North commuter rail lines and Shore Line East. DOT, which held public hearings last month, is also considering a 25-cent increase in the standard one-way fare on state-wide CTtransit bus services.

House Republicans recently turned over more than 1,700 signatures from constituents who oppose the hike.


Man sentenced to life as teen gets new 28-year prison term

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A man who was sentenced as a teenager to life without parole for firing a gun into a group of teens, killing a 15-year-old student, has been re-sentenced to 28 years behind bars.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Hartford judge handed down the sentence to 28-year-old Anthony Allen on Tuesday. His lawyer says Allen will be eligible for parole in five or six years.

Allen's resentencing comes after a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined life sentences without parole for juveniles are unconstitutional. State legislation in 2015 brought Connecticut in line with the ruling.

Prosecutors say the then-17-year-old Allen was convicted of murder in October 2005 for the shooting that killed Lorenzo Rowe earlier that year.

Allen's lawyer told the judge Tuesday his client has changed.


Police: 4 hospitalized after car, bus collide in Connecticut

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say four people, including an infant, were hospitalized after a car collided with a Southeast Area Transit bus carrying 14 passengers in Norwich.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene just after 3:30 p.m. Monday. Police say an eastbound car that didn't stop at a red light collided with the bus traveling south toward Mohegan Sun.

Two adults and one infant in the car were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. A bus passenger suffered a minor arm injury.

The driver of the car was cited for failure to stop for a traffic light.


Schools ban clown costumes amid investigation

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut school district is banning clown costumes and any ``symbols of terror'' during this year's Halloween season as authorities investigate the authenticity of a number of clown-related social media posts.

New Haven Public School officials said Monday principals and building leaders have been requested to ban the costumes until additional information is available.

This comes amid an investigation involving police into an account on the photo-sharing social media site Instagram. The account uploaded four photos showing menacing-looking clowns with captions telling several area schools to ``watch out'' and ``wait and see'' whether the alleged threats are fake.

School officials say there's no indication the incident poses any real threat to students at this time.


Connecticut man pleads guilty to scamming veterans

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to scamming more than a dozen military veterans out of more than $500,000 by promising to get them benefits that they never received.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 69-year-old John Simon Jr., of Stafford Springs, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and structuring currency transactions.

Authorities say Simon, a Vietnam veteran, told veterans that if they paid him he would help them get new or increased benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Social Security Administration. Instead, he kept the money for personal use.

Prosecutors say many of the veterans scammed suffer from service-related disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Simon defrauded 15 veterans and one non-veteran out of more than $525,000.

He faces up to 30 years in prison at sentencing on Jan. 10.


Tax chief says Connecticut didn't release Trump's taxes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's tax commissioner says an internal review shows no one from the state Department of Revenue Services released part of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's 1995 state income tax filings to the New York Times.

Kevin Sullivan says he instructed staff Monday to check whether anyone illegally disclosed the information. He says the agency's system would allow it to determine whether anybody had attempted to access or had accessed that information.

Sullivan says he's satisfied that there has been ``no illegal disclosure by anyone'' at the agency.

The New York Times reported Saturday that it had received anonymously the first pages of Trump's 1995 state income tax filings in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

In Connecticut, the unauthorized inspection of tax return information is an unclassified misdemeanor.


Police ask state not to renew pizza parlor liquor permit

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Police and local leaders in Hamden are asking the Connecticut Liquor Commission not to renew the liquor permit of a pizza parlor because of what they describe as violence outside the restaurant.

Hamden police Chief Thomas Wydra told the New Haven Register there have been numerous shootings in the area of Slyce Pizza Bar over the past several years.

Wydra and Democratic Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng joined members of CONECT - Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut - in calling on the restaurant to stop serving alcohol.

Odell Cooper's son was killed outside the restaurant in April. She says police told her the shooter was inside of Slyce.

The restaurant's owners say they are being unfairly blamed for the neighborhood's problems.


Police: Search underway for suspects in shooting

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - Police in Groton say an altercation outside a restaurant left a man shot and two suspects at large over the weekend.

Police say it's unclear how the altercation started Sunday in the parking lot. Officers are working with Amtrak investigators to find the suspects after indications they may have boarded a rail car.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound and then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital in unknown condition.

Police say the shooting was unrelated to the restaurant.


2 officers hurt trying to save woman who died in fiery crash

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) - Police say a woman died in a fiery crash in Old Saybrook and two police officers were hurt trying to save her.

Two responding officers ran to a vehicle engulfed in flames just after 10:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the car had been traveling northbound on the Middlesex Turnpike and struck a tree at an intersection.

Police say they attempted to pull the driver, a 22-year-old woman, from the car but she died of her injuries. She was the only one in the vehicle. No other cars were involved.

The two officers were hospitalized for injuries sustained while trying to rescue the woman. They have since been treated and released.

Authorities didn't immediately identify the victim.

The incident remains under investigation.


Connecticut closes out year with $170.4 million deficit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut is officially closing out last fiscal year with a $170.4 million deficit in the state's main spending account.

In a letter sent Friday to the governor, Democratic state Comptroller Kevin Lembo says the shortfall in the General Fund will be covered by the state's Budget Reserve Fund. That leaves nearly $235.6 million in the rainy day account.

Last fiscal year actually ended on June 30. However, the deficit figures are not finalized until the year's fiscal transactions are completed.

Lembo blames ``an economy that has yet to reach past recovery growth levels,'' as well as volatility in the stock market, for the state's revenue problems.

Connecticut has recovered about 81 percent of the nonfarm jobs it lost during the March 2008-February 2010 recession.


Police call for cease-fire in dangerous Paintball Gun War

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police are calling for a cease-fire in a Paintball Gun War before something tragic happens.

The New Haven Police Department on Friday issued a warning that many paintball guns resemble assault-style weapons and officers can't quickly determine if the guns are real when answering emergency calls.

Police this week have responded to a dozen calls about shootings in which paintball and BB guns were involved. They say some of the incidents have resulted in serious injuries and other incidents have led them to engage in dangerous pursuits.

A 10-year-old girl was shot in the head by a BB gun on Thursday.

Police also are concerned the gunbattles being conducted mostly by teenagers involved in turf or gang disputes will escalate into the use of real weapons.


Connecticut watching probe of New Jersey train crash

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut is closely watching the investigation of the deadly New Jersey commuter rail crash.

The Democrat said Friday the state will ``take that information and learn from it.'' Connecticut is home to two commuter rail services: Metro-North and Shore Line East.

One person was killed and more than 100 others were injured Thursday when a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken station.

The wreck has raised questions of whether technology called positive train control would have made a difference. The system, which automatically slows or stops trains going too fast, is supposed to be installed by the end of 2018.


Report: Collapsed decks were 'structurally unsound'

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A new report indicates a pair of crowded decks that collapsed during a party at an off-campus house owned by Trinity College in Connecticut earlier this month were structurally unsound due to "flaws in construction."

Cirrus Structural Engineering released the report Thursday.

The Hartford Courant reports 32 college students were injured on Sept. 10 when the two-family home's third-floor deck collapsed. It fell onto a second-floor deck, which also collapsed.

School officials say Trinity did not inspect the house when it was purchased from a private owner in 2011. They say it's not clear why.

A spokesman for Democratic Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says it's the responsibility of the property owner to handle inspections for a two-family dwelling.

A Trinity spokesman says the school is now "inspecting all off-campus properties."


Man charged in California slaying arrested in Connecticut

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A man wanted in connection with a 2000 homicide in California has been apprehended in Connecticut.

Bridgeport police say they assisted the U.S. marshals and the Hartford and Los Angeles police departments in arresting 46-year-old Samuel Calvario on Thursday.

Police say Calvario was living under an alias in a rooming house in Bridgeport.

Calvario is wanted in connection with the Nov. 9, 2000, killing of Daniel Felix in Los Angeles.

Federal authorities tracked down Calvario's location after he filed a stolen vehicle report with the Bridgeport Police Department.

Calvario is being held on a charge of being a fugitive from justice in lieu of $1 million bond. He will face an extradition hearing to California, where he is charged with murder. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.


Police search Connecticut home of woman lost at sea

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - Police have executed a search warrant at the home of a Connecticut woman who went missing at sea while on a fishing trip with her son.

Officers from South Kingstown, Rhode Island, accompanied by local police were seen Thursday night removing bags, envelopes and boxes from 54-year-old Linda Carman's Middletown home.

South Kingstown police have previously said they are investigating "the facts and circumstances" surrounding Carman's disappearance.

Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan, left a South Kingstown marina on Sept. 17. Nathan Carman was found alone in a life raft on Sunday about 100 miles from the coast.

He told the Coast Guard their 31-foot boat sank and he doesn't know what happened to his mother. She is presumed dead. Police also have searched Nathan Carman's Vernon, Vermont, home.


Man who used wheelchair in Rolex theft pleads guilty

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who pretended he needed a wheelchair so he could steal a $37,000 watch from a jewelry store is heading to prison.

The Connecticut Post reports that 36-year-old Larry Johnson of Waterbury pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbery, larceny and assault.

Authorities say Johnson entered a Stamford jewelry store in a wheelchair in May 2015 and asked to see a Rolex watch. Once he had the watch in hand, he got out of the wheelchair, used Mace on the sales clerk and the security guard and knocked the guard to the ground as he ran out of the store.

Johnson was tied to the theft by a fingerprint left on the wheelchair.

He faces a sentence of six years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 7.


Man rescued at sea says suspicions compound grief over mom

BOSTON (AP) - A man who was rescued from a life raft after seven days on the Atlantic says suspicions about his account of the sinking of his boat are compounding his grief over the apparent drowning of his mother.

Twenty-two-year-old Nathan Carman was picked up by a passing freighter Sunday about 100 miles off the coast of Massachusetts after what he said was a week adrift that began when his aluminum fishing boat sank during a mother-and-son fishing trip.

Coast Guard officials interviewed Carman and police have searched his Vermont home as part of their investigation.

Carman says he loved his mother and is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

Authorities say Carman was a suspect in the unsolved 2013 slaying of his 87-year-old grandfather. He was never charged.


New contractor selected to finish Dunkin' Donuts Park

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Officials have announced that a new contractor has been selected to finish Hartford's beleaguered Dunkin' Donuts Park and construction work is expected to resume next week.

Arch Insurance senior vice president Patrick Nails says Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. will finish the yet-to-be-completed home of the Hartford Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

The Baltimore-based contracting company has extensive experience in building and renovating sports venues, including work on the home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens as well as a project at Baylor University in Texas.

The 6,000-seat Dunkin' Donuts Park was supposed to open in time for the start of the 2016 season, however cost overruns and construction issues delayed the project.

The delays resulted in the termination of the project's developers in June.


Another prep school finds sex abuse in its past

Another elite boarding school is reporting past sexual misconduct by teachers.

The Pomfret School in Connecticut says an independent investigation has found several teachers engaged in improper conduct with students between the 1970s and 2000s.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of a letter sent Monday by school leaders to the school community. It says the investigation found four teachers "more likely than not" engaged in sexual misconduct. The letter also says there were nine other "credible reports" that teachers engaged in behavior ranging from boundary violations to sexual misconduct, but said there was insufficient information.

The school did not identify the teachers. It said some received positive recommendations when they left and some are still working with students.

Past sexual abuse has emerged at other elite boarding schools in the Northeast.


Police cracking down on illegal dirt bike and ATV riders

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police in Hartford say they have been cracking down on illegal dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle use in Connecticut's capital city ahead of a new stricter state law.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley says Hartford police's Traffic Division teamed up with the Newington Police Department on Sunday to focus on nuisance riders. A total of four unregistered dirt bikes, one stolen dirt bike, one ATV and one scooter were seized by law enforcement.

Police also arrested two riders and issued summons to four people. The names of the offenders weren't made available.

The bill, signed in June by Gov. Dannel Malloy, allows municipalities that adopt ordinances against operating dirt bikes and ATVs on public property to issue monetary penalties for violators. The new legislation goes into effect on Saturday.


Police won't retrieve Bridgeport mayor's stolen SUV

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Bridgeport's chief of police says he will not dispatch officers to Kentucky in order to retrieve a sport utility vehicle used by Mayor Joe Ganim and his staff that was recently stolen.

The Connecticut Post reports Chief Armando Perez said Tuesday that he's not willing to pay overtime for a 30-hour roundtrip ride to bring the vehicle back to Connecticut.

Instead the city will hire a company to ship the 2015 Chevy Tahoe from Oak Grove, Kentucky to Bridgeport. The SUV was discovered by local authorities late last week following its disappearance last Thursday.

A 20-year-old suspect has been charged with the theft by Oak Grove police.

Ganim spokesman Av Harris says the vehicle was left unlocked in the parking area of the government center with the keys inside.


Police: Man broke into woman's home, sexually assaulted her

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man is accused of breaking into a woman's home in Connecticut and sexually assaulting her.

Westport police responded to the home at about 12:30 a.m. Monday. The woman told police she woke up to 22-year-old Charles Ayala, of Upper Darby, walking toward her and unbuckling his pants.

Police say Ayala and the woman's son were partying at the woman's home the previous evening. Ayala left, but he later returned, entered the home and went into the woman's bedroom while she was sleeping.

Police say the woman ran downstairs, but Ayala followed her and assaulted her. The woman fled to a neighbor's home.

Ayala is charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree sexual assault and related crimes.

He's being held on $25,000 bail.


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