BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) After spending seven years in federal prison for public corruption, the former mayor of Bridgeport will be sworn in once again as chief executive of Connecticut's largest city.
Joe Ganim is scheduled to take the oath of office Tuesday evening at Klein Memorial Auditorium.
The 56-year-old former attorney completed a stunning political comeback when he defeated incumbent Mayor Bill Finch in the Sept. 16 primary and easily won the general election in November.
Released from prison five years ago, the Democrat's campaign was fueled by a wave of goodwill from voters who fondly remembered his years in office, from 1991 until 2003.
Ganim has been meeting with state and federal officials and putting together a transition team. He has promised a ``transparent government'' that's ``accessible and accountable'' to citizens.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Squirrels are out to ruin Christmas in one Connecticut city.
Officials in Norwalk are blaming the critters for chewing through the wires on several strands of lights on the Christmas tree outside city hall.
Ken Hughes, Norwalk's superintendent of parks, tells The Hour that when he tested the lights Monday in advance of Wednesday night's official tree lighting ceremony, only about a quarter lit up. That's when he noticed that a wire near the bottom of the tree had been chewed through.
It took someone in a bucket truck more than three hours to go up and down the tree to find and replace other chewed wires. Fortunately, the strands of lights only cost about $17 each.
Officials figure squirrels are to blame because they can climb high enough.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Waterbury Catholic school official says a thief stole nearly a dozen Christmas trees intended for a school fundraiser over the weekend.
Bart Cammarasana, co-president of Saints Peter and Paul School's Home and School Association, tells The Republican-American he received a call around 4 a.m. Saturday from a parent who says they saw a red SUV pull out of the school's parking lot with a tree hanging out the car's rear.
Cammarasana says he immediately headed to the lot and found that eight of the largest trees had been stolen.
He says a school neighbor called him around 12:30 a.m. Monday to say the SUV had returned. Three more trees were missing.
The thefts, which have been reported to police, will cost the school several hundred dollars.
AVON, Conn. (AP) A photo shared on Facebook depicting a dog with duct tape wrapped tightly around its mouth spawned both outrage on social media and a police investigation in Connecticut.
The picture was posted by a woman named Katie Brown just before 10 a.m. Friday with the caption, ``This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!''
Police say Brown's listed residence is South Daytona, Florida but she has ties to Connecticut. Brown's Facebook page states she attended Central Connecticut State University.
Following a barrage of calls from concerned animal lovers, Avon police investigated an address associated with Brown's family but quickly determined the incident did not occur there.
Chief Mark Rinaldo says officers verified that Brown and the dog in question both reside in Florida.
Brown couldn't be reached for comment.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police are investigating after a 79-year-old man walking home from work said he was beaten and robbed by a group of five youths.
Police responded to the man's home at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after getting a call from his wife. The victim, who had made his way home after the attack, was taken to the hospital.
He told investigators he was hit from behind and attacked by five people, one on a bike, and one he described as obese. Police described them as black youths.
The man was punched, kicked and thrown to the ground and likely most consciousness, and his backpack and wallet were stolen. The wallet was later recovered.
Detectives are reviewing video surveillance in hopes of identifying the attackers.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag was committing civil disobedience and had no plans to harm himself or others, his attorney said Sunday.
Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut, was carrying a binder with "a rewritten Constitution" when he scaled the fence on Thursday, prompting a lockdown while President Barack Obama celebrated Thanksgiving with his family, attorney Stephan Seeger said. Caputo was the first person to jump over the White House fence since the Secret Service installed additional metal spikes earlier this year in response to a series of security breaches.
Seeger said his client was different from previous fence jumpers, including a man who was armed with a knife and got deep inside the executive mansion before being arrested.
"He's a young American that wanted to deliver a message of change," Seeger said. "People have been paying so much attention to the jumping of the fence because we live in this climate of fear."
A judge on Friday ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Caputo, who is due in federal court on Monday. Seeger said his client has been diagnosed with an Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder, but has managed the condition well.
Caputo is charged with one count of illegal entry onto restricted grounds, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
Seeger also disputed that his client was suicidal, which the Secret Service had alleged in charging documents. Caputo left a will with his mother and a note that suggested he planned to die on Thanksgiving, the documents said. Seeger said his client had no intention of taking his life and was only trying to communicate the possible consequences of his actions.
Caputo's version of the Constitution contained "an expression of desire for change in various areas of society including education, the judiciary, voting rights and privileges," Seeger said.
The young man is close with his family and is studying criminal justice and martial arts at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, said his attorney, who plans to argue for his release from custody.
"There's nothing threatening at all about Joe Caputo," Seeger said. "He's not a threat to national security."
KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a Killingworth man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Police announced Friday the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is ruling the case a murder-suicide. Police found 57-year-old Billy W. Newman and his 48-year-old wife Lauren Beebe unresponsive on Wednesday after being called to a home in Killingworth for a report of a disturbance.
Both were pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel at the scene. The medical examiner's office determined both died of gunshot wounds. No further details were released.
Court records show the couple had been going through a divorce. Police say two children were at the home at the time of the incident and have been placed with other family members.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Waterbury police say they've made an arrest in the stabbing death of a man found inside a home on Capitol Avenue.
Police say 71-year-old George Marshall was found Friday morning with stab wounds to his upper body. WVIT-TV reports he was found sitting in a living room chair. Attempts to revive Marshall failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fox 61-TV reported that Theodore McMahon has been arrested on murder charges. Police say the 51-year-old had been arguing with Marshall, the owner of the home, about an eviction. It's unclear whether McMahon has an attorney.
Neighbors describe the neighborhood as normally very quiet.
WASHINGTON (AP) Court documents show a man accused of jumping the White House fence had left a suicide note with friends and told his mother that she may never see him again.
22-year-old Joseph Caputo of Stamford has been charged with scaling the fence while President Barack Obama was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, prompting a lockdown. Caputo was charged with unlawful entry.
Authorities say Caputo draped himself in an American flag when he went over the fence on Thursday afternoon. Court documents show he had been staying with friends in Virginia and left them a note that stated his intention to die on Nov. 26. The documents show he also left an audio message for his mother and prepared a will.
Caputo made a brief court appearance on Friday and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Victoria Pena of Houston, a witness, says the man was standing with other people visiting the White House compound when he rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder. She says he then lay on the grass awaiting security personnel and guard dogs.
COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) State environmental police say a 14-year-old boy riding an all-terrain vehicle in a state forest has been shot in the leg, apparently by a hunter.
A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the boy was struck in the leg by a pellet while riding the ATV in the Salmon River State Forest on Wednesday.
The boy was taken to the hospital.
Investigators talked to several hunters who were in the area at the time but could not determine who actually shot the boy.
The 6,000-acre forest is in Hebron, Marlborough, Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police in Willimantic say they are investigating the stabbing of a man at his home early on Thanksgiving morning.
Police say the 51-year-old victim was taken to the emergency room of Windham Hospital, and then airlifted to Hartford Hospital. The victim's name was not released.
He underwent surgery and was expected to recover.
Investigators offered no information about a possible motive for the attack.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is preparing to return to his old job.
The Democrat, who served seven years in prison for public corruption, is scheduled to be sworn into office on Dec. 1. An inauguration ceremony is planned at the city's McLevy Green.
Ganim surprised many across Connecticut when he was overwhelmingly elected this month, fueled by a wave of good will among many who fondly remembered his time in office.
He had served from 1991 until 2003, when he was convicted of 16 corruption-related charges.
Since Election Day, the 56-year-old has already created a 75-member transition task force with seven committees.
They've been focusing on economic development, community neighborhood services, education and youth, government operations and financial policies, government accountability and transparency, and public safety and emergency services.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he's thankful Connecticut is creating a ``second chance society,'' where nonviolent criminals are given more opportunities to get drug treatment and successfully reintegrate into society.
The Democrat credited the state with implementing ``sweeping reforms'' and enacting ``smart criminal justice policies'' in the annual Thanksgiving message, released Wednesday. The legislation has been a key focus of his administration.
Malloy acknowledged there are challenges at home, without elaborating, but said those ``should not prevent us from being thankful of the progress we have made together.''
Malloy cited efforts to tackle chronic homelessness among veterans, reduce the number of uninsured and improve graduation rates as some other points of pride.
Malloy also said he's thankful for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage a right.
COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Police say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the foot while riding a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle in Colchester.
Wednesday afternoon's incident was described as a ``hunting-related shooting'' in a wooded area off Middletown Road, the Bulletin of Norwich reported.
The newspaper said the unnamed teen's injury was minor. He was taken to an emergency clinic in Marlborough for treatment.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was investigating the incident. No further details were provided, such as whether the shooting was accidental.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is adding his name to the push to change the racially offensive names that have been attached for more than a century to an underwater rock formation and navigational buoy in Long Island Sound.
State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. reached out earlier this month to request state and federal help to change the name of the features off Branford known as ``Negro Heads Rocks'' and ``Negro's Head Buoy.''
Blumenthal, a fellow Democrat, asked in a letter Wednesday for the U.S. Geological Survey to change the names. He said the names could encourage prejudice especially because their official designation implies government endorsement.
A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has said the state will do what it can to help change the name.
KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman found inside a home in Killingworth.
Spokeswoman Kelly Grant says troopers were called to the scene at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a disturbance.
Police say 57-year old Billy Newman and 48-year-old Lauren Beebe were found unresponsive when officers arrived and they were pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel.
The office of the chief state's medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.
Police said it appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Legislative leaders say they're considering a possible special legislative session during the second week of December to address Connecticut's budget shortfall.
Both Democrats and Republicans emerged from Tuesday's closed-door, budget-cutting meeting with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy optimistic they are moving closer to an agreement on how to fix an estimated $350 million to $370 million deficit in the current $20 billion state budget.
Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said the group had ``hopeful and productive discussions'' and ``narrowed a lot of the differences between us.'' Talks are expected to resume early next week.
It's questionable whether a final deal will include a retirement incentive for state employees. While House Democrats and Malloy already opposed the idea, new estimates show the plan won't save as much money as first projected.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Police have charged a Connecticut with torturing and waterboarding his girlfriend in the basement of his home.
Richard Stevenson, of Meriden, is charged with unlawful restraint, assault and related offenses.
Police say Stevenson tied his girlfriend's hands, put a sock in her mouth and poured water over the sock into her mouth after an argument in May. Police say it's a form of torture known as waterboarding.
He let her go but was police say he was captured on surveillance video days later trying to rob a gas station with a 9-month-old baby. He allegedly pointed a knife at the child when the employee refused to give him money. The child wasn't harmed.
Stevenson is being held on $245,000 bond. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who sued a hospital after losing a testicle following vasectomy surgery has been awarded $386,000 by a judge.
According to court records reported by the Hartford Courant, the 42-year-old man underwent the procedure at the UConn Health Center in 2013.
His lawyer says after three days of intense pain, the man went to another hospital where it was determined the testicle had not been getting enough blood and was necrotic. Doctors surgically removed it.
The judge determined that the original doctor had injured the testicular artery during surgery.
The judgment says that the man still suffers from psychological trauma and has required ``extensive therapy.''
UConn Health Center said in a statement that while it feels sympathy for the patient, it denies responsibility and is considering an appeal.
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) Police say one of three people hospitalized after a three-way head-on collision in Connecticut has died.
Police say 35-year-old Jennifer Dunne, of Wolcott, was driving a car that hit another vehicle head-on around 9:40 a.m. Sunday in Cheshire.
Police say Dunne succumbed to injuries she sustained after the incident. Two others were injured in the collision and taken to a local hospital. Their condition wasn't immediately known.
The crash remains under investigation.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut foster mother with the state Department of Children and Families has been arraigned on charges she assaulted an infant placed in her care.
Twenty-three-year-old Danielle Clark of East Windsor was charged Sunday with second-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.
Police say Clark cared for the child from March until the boy was taken to the hospital in August.
Authorities say the child had a swollen and blackening right eye, bruises on his right arm and other injuries. X-rays revealed he had two fractured femurs.
Public defender Sandra Davis says her client maintains her innocence and noted that the 6-month-old child had visited his birth mother and grandmother before the injuries were discovered.
DCF declined to comment on the allegations against Clark.
ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) A former University of Connecticut student who went on a drunken, obscenity-laced tirade about jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese last month has applied for probation.
The Hartford Courant reports Luke Gatti applied for accelerated rehabilitation on Monday at Rockville Superior Court.
The 19-year-old former freshman from Bayville, New York, faces misdemeanor breach of peace and trespassing charges following his arrest Oct. 4. He ranted at and shoved a university food service supervisor in the Student Union for refusing to sell him the macaroni and cheese.
The altercation was caught on a video and has been widely viewed online.
Gatti later apologized.
He's no longer enrolled at UConn. School officials won't say if he left on his own or was expelled.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling on top congressional leaders to pass legislation that would prohibit the sale of firearms and explosives to anyone suspected by the federal government of being a terrorist.
The Democrat released a letter Sunday to the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader, urging the lawmakers to immediately consider the bill.
Citing statistics from the General Accountability Office, Malloy said people on the terrorism watch list tried to buy guns and explosives 1,228 times between 2004 and 2010. He says they succeeded 1,119 times.
Malloy says closing what he called a ``loophole'' in federal law is ``common sense.''
Malloy criticized elected officials of instead ``closing our borders to those suffering,'' a reference to Syrian refugees.
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating the death of a man over the weekend in Glastonbury as suspicious.
Police received a call from a relative requesting a well-being check on Saturday morning. Authorities arrived at the Oak Street home and found a man dead inside the residence.
State police were at the scene to assist with the investigation.
Glastonbury Police Captain Dennis Woessner says the man's death is an ``isolated incident'' and there's no danger to the public.
Woessner says the chief medical examiner will determine the man's identity.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives say they oppose an idea floated by Republicans and Senate Democrats to offer state employees a retirement incentive program.
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Friday House Democrats agree that the idea ``is not on the table and should not be on the table.''
He says an incentive may save money short-term, but called it a ``disaster'' for long-term pension obligations.
Senate Democrats this week offered alternatives for closing an estimated $350 million to $370 million shortfall in the $20 billion budget. One proposal is a retirement incentive that would save $163 million over two years. Republicans favor a similar incentive to retirement-eligible state employees.
Legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plan to resume budget negotiations Monday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state Department of Correction says four staff members at Cheshire Correctional Institution have been injured in an assault by an inmate.
Agency spokeswoman Karen Martucci said Friday the incident Thursday began when an inmate covered a cell window and refused to remove the obstruction.
He was transferred to the Northern Correctional Institution where he was placed under the highest level of supervision. Criminal charges are expected.
Rudy Demiraj, president of AFSCME Local 387, which represents prison employees, said the Department of Correction eased solitary confinement in 2011 to appease prisoner advocacy groups. He says the result is that dangerous inmates are often not sufficiently disciplined and don't see solitary confinement as a deterrent.
The agency says fewer inmate assaults occurred
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) An FBI spokeswoman says the agency believes a shooting that left bullet holes in a Meriden mosque was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.
FBI spokeswoman Marybeth Miklos in New Haven said in a written statement Friday that the investigation is continuing.
Several bullet holes were found Sunday inside the Baitul Aman mosque in Meriden.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy attended an event at the mosque Friday in a show of support.
Muslim advocacy leaders say they have seen a spike in threats and vandalism of mosques scattered around the U.S. and Canada following the deadly terrorist attacks last Friday in Paris.
Gov. Dannel Malloy says the state of Connecticut will continue to accept more than 1,600 refugees from Syria. This comes as governors in several other states announced they would stop accepting them. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, criticism from American politicians has mounted to end the flow of refugees coming from war-torn Syria. Malloy downplayed any security threat from incoming refugees, describing them as "a small number" and added they were, "a number over which you could do a lot of security background checks and that sort of thing.” Malloy said he is monitoring the state's transit hubs, like train stations and Bradley Airport, and said travelers could expect to see heightened presences in some places. Malloy said we should be safe. The Governor says on the other hand, America has always had a big heart.
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) Information documenting calls to Cheshire police during the deadly 2007 home invasion show officers tried to intercept the vehicle in which Jennifer Hawke-Petit was driven to a bank shortly before she and her daughters were killed.
The Hartford Courant reported Friday that filings by lawyers for convicted killer Joshua Komisarjevsky show an officer was blocks from the bank when Komisarjevksy's partner, Steven Hayes, drove Hawke-Petit to withdraw money.
Police instructed a responding officer to prevent Hayes from returning to the Petit house. Records do not indicate if he tried to intercept the vehicle or if he saw it.
Police set up a roadblock and captured Hayes and Komisarjevsky as they fled the burning house.
Komisarjevsky had been holding Hawke-Petit's daughters, Hayley and Michaela Petit, as captives.
He and Hayes were convicted of murder.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Republican legislators are suggesting that certain state employees be offered a financial incentive to retire as a way to help rebalance Connecticut's budget.
House and Senate Republicans on Friday publicly unveiled their ideas for closing a projected shortfall in the current $20 billion budget, estimated by lawmakers to be $350 million to $370 million.
The GOP is proposing a new retirement incentive program for employees currently eligible to retire. They'd receive three years of additional credit toward their total years of service. Republicans estimate the proposal would save about $80 million this fiscal year and $95.6 million during the next fiscal year.
Republicans released details of their short- and long-term proposals to fix Connecticut's deficit problems after some proposals were leaked on Thursday following a closed-door meeting with Democrats.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite so far among Democratic insiders in Connecticut.
An Associated Press survey of the state's 15 superdelegates shows all but two are backing the former secretary of state for president. Of the two remaining superdelegates, one said he's undecided while the other said her position as national president of the Federation of Democratic Women prevents her from making an endorsement before the national convention.
Connecticut superdelegates include the state's top Democrats, including the entire congressional delegation and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Malloy has campaigned in New Hampshire for Clinton.
AP reporters received responses from 80 percent of the 712 superdelegates and 359 plan to support Clinton; 210 were uncommitted; eight backed Sen. Bernie Sanders and two supported former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The family of a Hartford firefighter who died when he ran out of air while battling a house fire last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
Paul Levin, a lawyer for Kevin Bell's wife and brother, says the scene commander waited more than eight minutes to send a rescue team to look for Bell after he transmitted a muffled call for help on Oct. 7, 2014.
He says once inside, the team located Bell in 20 seconds.
State safety investigators found the city had failed to properly maintain and test the air tanks Bell was using.
The 48-year-old Bell was the first city firefighter to die in the line of duty in four decades.
Messages seeking comment from the city on Thursday were not immediately returned.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a Hartford man has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old man.
The Hartford Courant reports Jimel Frank entered the plea before a New Haven judge to one count of violent crime in aid of racketeering.
Federal prosecutors say the 28-year-old and another individual opened fire on a vehicle parked in a Hartford driveway on April 6, 2011. Anthony Parker was shot multiple times and died at the hospital.
Frank could face up to life in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 5.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Two New Haven teenagers charged in the 2014 slaying of a 16-year-old boy have had their cases moved to adult court.
Police said a 17-year-old boy shot Torrence ``T.J.'' Gamble in the head on April 3, 2014 in New Haven. That teen is charged with murder and conspiracy.
An 18-year-old man, who was 17 at the time, and 23-year-old John Helwig of Milford are charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Police believe Helwig was the getaway driver.
The New Haven Register reports that the teens have joined Helwig as co-defendants in Superior Court. All three have pleaded not guilty.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police have charged an 18-year-old man with stealing $169 from a 12-year-old boy who intended to use the money to buy sneakers.
Police tell the Stamford Advocate the boy was with a friend outside a shoe store at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday waiting for it to open when the teen approached and struck up a conversation.
The teen left, but returned later to find the boy alone.
Police say the teen pushed the boy up against a wall, put his hands around his throat and demanded the money, before reaching into boy's pocket to remove the cash. Sgt. Robert Shawinsky says the teen threatened the young boy if he told anyone.
Police have charged Jahi McCollum, of Norwalk, with third-degree robbery and risk of injury to a child.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former Wesleyan University student charged in connection with on-campus drug overdoses that sent more than a dozen people to hospitals is expected to plead guilty.
A lawyer for Zachary Kramer of Bethesda, Maryland, says he will plead guilty to a drug conspiracy charge Thursday in federal court in New Haven.
Ten Wesleyan students and another person overdosed on the synthetic party drug Molly in February and were hospitalized. Authorities say several students also overdosed on Molly in September 2014 and were hospitalized. Everyone survived.
Kramer and Eric Lonergan of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were arrested on federal charges and expelled from Wesleyan after the overdoses. Lonergan is expected to plead guilty Nov. 23. Two other former students face state charges in connection with the overdoses.
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation has received a federal grant of $106,000 to place two German Shepard guide dogs with disabled service members and veterans.
The Bloomfield-based group has placed German Shepherd guide dogs with military personnel and veterans since its founding in 1960. It says demand is rising, particularly due to traumatic eye injuries from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Fidelco President Eliot Russman and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will join veteran Arthur Warren and his guide dog Zeke on Thursday to highlight how the federal money will help train and pair guide dogs with soldiers and veterans.
Federal legislation established the grant program to provide guide dogs to service members and veterans.
Fidelco has placed German Shepherds with law enforcement agencies, search and rescue and missing child recovery organizations.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An East Hartford man who was charged with manslaughter in a fatal beating at a drugstore has been found not guilty by reason of mental defect.
Police say Anthony Henry punched and kicked 58-year-old Robert Boulay in the head during an Aug. 3 argument. Boulay died Aug. 9.
Police say 24-year-old Henry said he didn't mean to hurt Boulay, who he says followed him into the store and was picking on him. Henry told police he is autistic and had been bullied.
A judge said Tuesday prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Henry was guilty of first-degree manslaughter in Boulay's death.
But she says Henry couldn't control his conduct ``within the confines of the law.'' Henry was sent to a hospital to be evaluated before his Jan. 6 hearing.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Pension experts from Boston College say Connecticut would be the first state to split its pension system into two funds in order to more easily pay off the unfunded liability.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, whose administration hired his alma mater to review the state's public employee pension and teacher pension systems, wants to create one fund for so-called ``Tier 1'' retirees, people hired before 1984.
The second fund would include pensions for newer hires.
Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, praised Connecticut for considering something no other state has done. She said most states with unfunded liabilities have reneged on benefits for retirees.
Nearly $11 billion of the state employee pension system's $15 billion unfunded liability stems from people receiving ``Tier 1'' benefits.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man accused of murder in a 2013 fatal nightclub shooting has pleaded guilty.
New Haven Register reports Adrian Bennett's trial ended Tuesday morning after he entered the plea to murder and five of the 10 assault counts he was facing.
Authorities said Bennett fired into a crowd at the Key Club Cabaret on Oct. 26, 2013, killing 26-year-old Erika Robinson and injuring five people.
His lawyer says 30-year-old Bennett realized that the prosecution's testimony would be hard to overcome in jurors' minds.
He says Bennett also didn't want Robinson's family to watch a surveillance video showing her death after it had been shown repeatedly during the trial on Monday.
A judge told Bennett he faces up to 193 .5 years when he's sentenced Feb. 4.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a 35-year-old man suffered several injuries after three police officers rescued him from a burning car following a crash in Connecticut.
The accident was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Monday in Hamden.
Authorities say Capt. Ronald Smith tried to open Thomas Henderson's side door but was unsuccessful due to the thick smoke inside. He then tried to extinguish the fire before two other officers arrived at the scene to assist.
Police say one of the officers was able to break the front passenger side window and the three were able to remove the victim from the burning car and get him to safety. Hamden firefighters responded and put out the fire.
Henderson was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Family told WVIT-TV that he's expected to survive.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A 24-year-old Connecticut man accused in the 2014 slaying of his mother has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Timothy Granata, of Orange, was charged with murder in the beating death of 58-year-old Dr. Claudia Granata at their home in July 2014.
Police say she had been struck on her head, neck, torso and extremities with blunt and sharp objects. Granata had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in June.
Prosecutors say Granata had ``significant mental illness'' and his family tried to help him.
He was found not guilty Monday by a three-judge panel and officials say he will be committed to the state's maximum security psychiatric hospital for evaluation.
Granata's lawyer says it was an appropriate verdict. His next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jury selection has begun in the trial of a former East Windsor priest accused of sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner.
The Hartford Courant reports Paul Gotta is charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault charges. Testimony is scheduled to begin Nov. 23 in Hartford.
The 57-year-old Gotta is a former administrator of two churches in East Windsor. Police say Gotta employed the then-16-year-old boy to do odd jobs for the church in 2012 and made him remove his clothes for his paychecks, among other allegations.
Police say the incidents occurred between January 2012 and February 2013.
His attorney has said Gotta is also facing federal firearms charges.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Yale University officials have responded to complaints regarding a perceived antagonistic atmosphere toward minority students at the prestigious Ivy League institution.
The New Haven Register reports President Peter Salovey and Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway sent university-wide emails Friday addressing students' concerns about a pattern of discrimination on campus.
University officials spent four hours with students who voiced their grievances Thursday at a forum in Woodbridge Hall.
Following the meeting, Salovey said in his email that he was ``deeply troubled'' by the conversation and that the entire school community must join together to create greater ``inclusion, healing, mutual respect and understanding'' at Yale.
The Washington Post reports Salovey told students ``we failed you'' at the forum.
Students demanded a response from the university at a previous forum held Wednesday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford man has been convicted of murder in the 2013 shooting death of a 30-year-old man.
The Hartford Courant reports a jury also found 40-year-old Montrell Brown guilty of criminal possession of a firearm. He faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 6.
Authorities say Brown fatally shot Edmond Johnson multiple times on Albany Avenue on July 27, 2013, during an argument.
Witnesses told police the two had a physical confrontation hours before the killing.
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) Following a recount, officials in Clinton have determined the outcome of the coastal Connecticut town's first selectman vote by the slimmest of possible margins.
The New Haven Register reports Republican Bruce Farmer defeated incumbent Democrat William Fritz Jr. for the top selectman's seat by a single vote. Fritz had served as Clinton's first selectman for the past 10 years.
Officials say the final tally was 1,634 votes for Farmer and 1,633 for Fritz. The initial Nov. 3 count had both candidates tied with 1,632.
Although the losing candidate still earns a seat on the selectman board, Fritz says it would be difficult for him to serve after having the top position for so many years.
He will consult with his party before making a decision to serve or not.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Lawyers for two killers convicted for the deaths of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion have asked a judge to vacate their death sentences and impose a sentence of life in prison without parole.
The Hartford Courant reports that lawyers for Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky filed legal papers Thursday and Friday in New Haven Superior Court. They say the death sentences are ``unconstitutional and must be corrected'' following the state Supreme Court's August decision barring executions.
Connecticut lawmakers abolished capital punishment in April 2012 but applied the law to new cases. Death sentences imposed before the bill was passed were kept in place.
The 52-year-old Hayes and 33-year-old Komisarjevsky are on death row for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport Mayor-elect Joseph P. Ganim says he was elected Tuesday because voters believed he accomplished more in his 12 years in office than the two mayors who followed.
The convicted former mayor who reclaimed his old seat in a political comeback on Election Day told reporters Friday that former Mayor John Fabrizi and outgoing Mayor Bill Finch failed to deliver effectively to residents the services that were important to them.
But he sees pressure on spending, with staff cuts needed to save money. He is set to take office Dec. 1.
The Connecticut Post reported Ganim has asked Finch to essentially halt all significant decision-making. And he said he may reward some campaign loyalists with jobs.
The mayor-elect also said economic development projects in Bridgeport will continue.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state Department of Revenue Services says it has arrested a former employee on accusations he gained unauthorized access to confidential taxpayer information.
Officials said Friday that Colin S. Smith of Windsor was arrested on 12 counts each of computer crime and unauthorized inspection of tax return information. Authorities say the 46-year-old Smith used his DRS computer to tap into confidential taxpayer information that was not required for his job.
Smith was an employee in the agency's audit and compliance division.
It was not known Friday if he is represented by a lawyer and he did not immediately return a call to his home seeking comment.
Revenue Commissioner Kevin Sullivan said it was an isolated incident.
Smith was released on $20,000 bond. His next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 30.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) New Britain has replaced its former Double-A baseball team with an independent minor league club.
City and team officials announced Thursday that the New Britain Bees will begin play in the Atlantic League next April.
The team takes the place of the Camden (New Jersey) Riversharks, which went out of business last month after 15 years in the league.
The Bees are owned by Atlantic League founder Frank Boulton, who also owns the Long Island Ducks.
The city and Boulton have agreed to a 15-year-lease of New Britain Stadium, with an annual rent of $150,000.
New Britain was left without a team when the Double-A Rock Cats moved to Hartford. That club will open play in a new stadium next spring as the Hartford Yard Goats.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) House Speaker Brendan Sharkey is acknowledging Connecticut lawmakers made mistakes in trying to find the revenue needed to balance the state's new two-year budget.
The Democrat said it's always difficult to find the last few million dollars. And in those situations, he said decisions are made that ``are not fully vetted'' and don't consider the impact on business. He gave the example of a proposal to increase the state's tax on data processing.
Sharkey spoke Thursday to the new State Panel on Business Competitiveness, created by the General Assembly after major employers balked at a budget that passed with various business tax increases. Revisions were later made.
Sharkey said he wants feedback from the group of experts on ideas for addressing a shortfall that has already developed in the budget.
NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) An unknown odor has prompted officials at a Connecticut high school to dismiss early and cancel classes.
Crews responded to Naugatuck High School on Thursday afternoon on reports of a noxious odor. They metered the air and found no signs of hazardous gases in the area. The cause of the odor hasn't been determined.
Superintendent Sharon Locke confirmed that students were sent home early ``out of extreme precaution.''
The school will be closed Friday so the fire department can return and check for potentially harmful gases.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut health officials say a refrigerator left unplugged at the UConn Health Center was responsible for the loss of more than $300,000 worth of medicine.
The Pyxis medication storage refrigerator, housed at the Department of Dermatology, contained doses of Botox and Stelara which costs $13,000 per dose alone.
Officials say by the time anyone had noticed the problem, which occurred in the summer of 2014, the medicine was already spoiled. The amount of medication lost totaled $307,000.
WFSB-TV reports $216,164 in taxpayer funds was used to correct the mistake.
A UConn spokesman says a lock has been added to the power outlet in question, guaranteeing the plug can no longer be removed.
The dermatology department also added online monitoring devices to 57 onsite and 12 offsite refrigerators.
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut teenagers are accused of dressing up on Halloween to resemble the Columbine High School killers and threatening to harm students at their school.
State police say the two Litchfield High School students were charged yesterday with inciting injury to persons and breach of peace and taken to a juvenile detention center. Their names weren't released because of their ages.
School officials say the two sophomores dressed up on Halloween in black trench coats and sunglasses and threatened possible violence Monday at the school. Black trench coats and sunglasses were worn by the two students who killed 12 fellow students, a teacher and themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.
School officials say the students were suspended and weren't in school this week.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Students at Yale University are voicing their concerns about alleged racist remarks at a fraternity house party over the Halloween weekend.
The New Haven Register reports that the Ivy League school held a forum yesterday night at the Afro American Cultural Center that was attended by students, faculty and administrators. It followed allegations that a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brother turned away female minorities from a party Saturday night, saying they were only letting in white girls.
Female audience members described discrimination, antagonism and sexual advances by white men on campus.
Some questioned why the fraternity was allowed to throw the party. The fraternity has been banned from campus activities until 2016 for violating the university's sexual misconduct policy.
The national Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization says it's investigating the allegations.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The outgoing New London Mayor Daryl Finizio is seeking to change hiring practices for firefighters.
WFSB-TV reports the board is meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to consider setting aside the current hiring policy to allow the mayor to hire a firefighter who name is not on a current eligibility list.
The recruit would still have to pass a qualifying exam.
An agenda notice says it's an effort to enhance the fire department's diversity.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police say a former maintenance director at an assisted living center in Connecticut sexually assaulted two elderly women with dementia while he worked there.
Sixty-seven-year-old David Togninalli was charged Monday with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault.
Police say the Burlington man had sexual contact with two female residents at Arden Courts of Farmington. The center cares for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Police began investigating after administrators contacted authorities on Oct. 21.
Police say Togninalli admitted to touching a 77-year-old woman inappropriately but said he might have ``inadvertently'' touched the 92-year-old woman.
Police say he told authorities he spent time with residents to give them ``some sense of humanity.''
Togninalli no longer works at Arden Courts. He couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- An ex-convict who spent seven years in federal prison for corruption reclaimed the Bridgeport mayor's office Tuesday, completing a stunning comeback bid that tapped nostalgia for brighter days in Connecticut's largest city.
Joe Ganim, who was released from prison only five years ago, declared victory in a race involving seven opponents.
"Tonight, we not only made history, but we defined a new course for this great city," Ganim said in a victory speech at Testo's restaurant, surrounded by supporters. "Of course, there's an element of redemption in all of this."
The Democrat's campaign was fueled by a wave of good will from many who fondly remembered his years in office, from 1991 until 2003, when he was convicted of 16 corruption charges. His supporters credit his leadership for a time of lower taxes, safer neighborhoods and cleaner parks.
Ganim, 56, entered the election as the endorsed candidate of the hard-luck city's most powerful party after defeating two-term incumbent Mayor Bill Finch in the primary. His victory created some awkwardness for the Democratic establishment, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who declined to endorse a candidate in Tuesday's election.
Malloy, whose name prompted boos from the crowd when the state party chairman said Democratic leaders want to work with Ganim, issued a statement congratulating Ganim on his victory.
"I am hopeful that Mayor-elect Ganim will live up to the huge responsibility that comes with leading our state's biggest city by building trust not just with those within the city he will soon lead, but with leaders statewide. We must continue to make progress in Bridgeport," Malloy said.
Some of Ganim's strongest competition came from Mary Jane Foster, an administrator at the University of Bridgeport who petitioned her way onto the ballot after losing in the Democratic primary. Foster, who had been endorsed by Finch and the city's largest newspaper, said the city of 150,000 people is still battling a reputation for corruption earned by Ganim's criminal conviction.
Ganim was sent to prison for steering city contracts in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in expensive wine, custom clothes, cash and home improvements. Since his release, he has worked as a legal assistant at his family's Bridgeport law firm, but he has been blocked by the courts from regaining his law license.
Ganim issued a public apology for his crimes earlier this year. On the campaign trail, where he has tapped nostalgia for what some remember as a times of lower taxes and safer neighborhoods, Ganim said the support he has received shows people are open to supporting somebody who owns up to their errors.
Eddie Moro, 58, a security employee in the public school system, said at the victory party that he has no problem with Ganim's criminal record. And he wasn't surprised that many of his fellow voters didn't have a problem with it either.
"He didn't kill nobody," he said. "He didn't rape nobody."
"He's been through a lot in his life," he said. "He's going to be a better mayor, now, more than ever."
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Stamford man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in the 2006 shooting death of a 19-year-old man.
The Stamford Advocate reports Renel Domond pleaded Monday under the Alford doctrine, meaning he's not admitting guilt but acknowledges the state probably has enough evidence to convict him.
He's expected to get nine years behind bars when he's sentenced January 8th.
Police said Flanegaine Joseph was standing with a group of men on January 21st, 2006, when Domond fired shots into the crowd. One of the bullets fatally struck Joseph in the chest.
Police said Domond apparently believed two of the men were from rival housing projects. They said his motive stemmed from the robbery of a friend in the area.
His attorney couldn't be reached for comment.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A New York man convicted of luring teenage girls to Connecticut and prostituting them out of a motel has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison.
Edward Thomas was found guilty in January of sex trafficking of minors and was sentenced Monday in a Hartford court.
Prosecutors said Thomas lured a 16-year-old and 17-year-old from their home in Oregon in September 2012 to prostitute them out of a Milford motel.
Lawyers for the 41-year-old Brooklyn man had argued that a 10-year sentence was sufficient to keep him off the streets.
Kayla Walters, a co-defendant in the case, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor in November 2014. She's awaiting sentencing.
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) Two Connecticut men are facing charges in New Jersey after police say they found $1.5 million worth of drugs when investigators stopped them near a mall.
NJ.com reports 21-year-old Jafet Acevedo and 22-year-old Arturo Perez were taken into custody October 27th when investigators stopped them near the Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth.
Officers searched their 2004 Toyota Sienna and found more than three pounds of heroin and more than four pounds of cocaine.
Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park says investigators subsequently searched the suspects' homes and found additional drugs. In total, she says investigators seized more than seven pounds of heroin, 10 pounds of methamphetamine and $40,000 in cash.
It's unclear if they have attorneys who could comment on the charges.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a drug-related homicide.
They say 24-year-old Mohamad Rahim, of Ansonia, and 25-year-old Jeremy Bratz, of Stratford, have confessed to their involvement in the killing of Duhaney Watson.
The two men have been charged with felony murder and robbery and are being held on $1 million bonds.
Watson was found dead near Charles and Main streets at about 8 a.m. on September 27th.
Police say the two men went to Watson's Charles Street home in the early morning hours that day to buy heroin.
Rahim pulled his gun on Watson and demanded the drugs. When Watson refused, police say Rahim shot him in the face and took an estimated $700 worth of heroin before fleeing by car with Bratz.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a 13-year-old boy has been shot in New Haven.
It happened just after 6 p.m. on Sunday in the area of Bassett Street. Police say the boy was struck in the right leg.
He was taken to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital with an injury that's not considered life-threatening.
Police are investigating.
WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (AP) State police say a Connecticut woman whose body was found on the side of the road was killed in a hit-and-run crash.
Police say Department of Transportation workers found the body of 68-year-old Eula Whitley along the side of Route 15 on the Wilbur Cross Parkway around 8:40 a.m. Friday.
Police say there had been no reports of accidents on the southbound section of the parkway. Investigators believe the New Haven woman was hit sometime overnight.
The parkway closed for several hours Friday while police investigated. It reopened around 3:30 p.m.
Police are searching for the car involved, which has been described as a 2007-2009 Nissan Versa hatchback or a four-door sedan with front-end damage.