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Man killed crossing highway after basketball game

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Authorities say a 20-year-old Connecticut man was killed while crossing a highway in New Jersey after Thursday night's UConn men's basketball game against Duke in East Rutherford.

East Rutherford police Chief Larry Minda said that the unidentified man was struck and killed on Route 3 around 10:35 p.m. They were coming from a game between the teams at the IZOD Center.

Minda says another 19-year-old Connecticut man was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Two other pedestrians crossing with them were not injured.

No charges were filed against the 35-year-old driver and police were still investigating.

Staff recommend major changes for Connecticut vets

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Nonpartisan legislative staff members are recommending major changes to the aging Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill, saying there are needs for more intensive counseling and separate programs for long- and short-term residents.

The legislature's Program Review and Investigations Committee staff said in a report released Friday that current living arrangements in the main residential facility, where about 188 veterans now live, are unacceptable. Residents have no privacy in the dormitory setting. The report recommends giving each resident a semi-private or private room.

Staff investigators say the state should consider how much additional staff and programming it might need to accommodate more veterans with mental health issues, including those who've had suicidal tendencies.

The panel is expected to vote next year to forward the recommendations to other committees for consideration.

Man killed in highway ramp fight in Connecticut

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a 26-year-old man has died after being stabbed during a fight with another driver on a highway ramp in Bridgeport.

Troopers on Friday identified the victim as Bryant Kelly of Bridgeport.

Authorities say state police were called to a confrontation between two people late Thursday night on the Exit 5 off-ramp from Route 8 southbound. Troopers found the victim severely injured on the off-ramp and provided medical care, but he died a short time later at a hospital.

State police Lt. J. Paul Vance says troopers questioned the other driver involved in the dispute, but no charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation. The other driver's name hasn't been released.

Any witnesses to the dispute are urged to call state police.

2-year sentence for man in Connecticut gun scare

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and other guns to campus has been sentenced to two years in prison.

William Dong, a former student at the school, was arrested Dec. 3, 2013, after a bystander alerted police. Authorities later found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings about the Colorado theater shooting at Dong's Fairfield home.

The New Haven Register reports that Dong received an eight-year sentence, which will be suspended after he serves two years. He pleaded guilty in October to weapons charges.

Dong also has pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge. He faces sentencing in January in federal court.

Dong's attorney has said he had no intention of hurting anyone.

Groton schools loosen student cellphone rules

GROTON, Conn. (AP) The Groton school system has approved changes to the rules that required students to keep their cellphones turned off and out of sight.

Under the new policy students can use devices including cellphones and iPads during the school day if the teacher gives permission.

The Day of New London reports the rule change was approved unanimously this week by the Board of Education.

West Side Middle School principal John Jones says students will have to keep their phones switched off and in their lockers unless directed by a teacher. He says teachers could have students get their phones for use during a lesson and then return them to their lockers afterward.

Jones said at least two-thirds of the nearly 500 students at his middle school have cellphones.

Police chief reprimanded for behavior at Yale game

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven's mayor has reprimanded the police chief over his confrontation with an usher at a Yale-Army football game.

A Yale University professor complained that Police Chief Dean Esserman chastised the usher at the Sept. 27 game when he asked to see the chief's ticket. The complaint said Esserman threatened to ``shut the whole game down'' if the employee was not removed from the Yale Bowl.

The New Haven Register ( reports that the written reprimand from Mayor Toni Harp warns the chief of more severe consequences if his behavior is repeated. She said his actions resulted in the New Haven community ``feeling disrespected rather than respected.''

Esserman apologized after the incident. He told the newspaper Thursday that he accepts the mayor's letter ``without reservation.''

State board suspends dentist after patient death

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials suspended the license of a dentist pending a comprehensive review of his practice after finding he didn't properly care for two patients, including a woman who died in February.


The State Dental Commission also voted Wednesday to permanently ban Dr. Rashmi Patel from performing conscious sedation and to place him on five years of probation if his license is restored.


Patel, who has offices in Enfield and Torrington, denied wrongdoing. His lawyer said the charges should have been dropped.


State officials say Patel violated care standards when treating 64-year-old Judith Gan of Ellington, who died after being placed under conscious sedation to have 20 teeth extracted at his Enfield office.


Officials said Patel failed to respond appropriately when Gan's oxygen levels dropped and should not have planned so many procedures on her in one office visit.

Police label Cheshire shooting as murder-suicide

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Police have identified the two men killed inside a Cheshire home as a father and son and have labeled the case a murder-suicide.


Police say they believe 48-year-old Christopher P. Settembri shot 19-year-old Christopher A. Settembri inside the home on Cornwall Avenue Tuesday before taking his own life.


Police say the elder Setterbri's body was found in an upstairs bedroom near the shotgun used in both shootings. The son was found in a downstairs bedroom.


Police say there was no note, and they are still investigating to try and determine a motive for the shootings.

Engineer files lawsuit over train derailment

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A second Metro-North engineer has filed a federal negligence lawsuit against the railroad as a result of the May 2013 derailment in Bridgeport that injured dozens of people.


Erik Ljunggren is seeking unspecified damages.


According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Ljunggren hit the brakes on his westbound train when he saw overhead lines coming down as the result of the derailment of an eastbound train. The two collided, injuring more than 70 people.


Steven Bauer, the engineer on the eastbound train, filed a similar lawsuit in September.


Among other things, Ljunggren's alleges the railroad failed to adequately inspect and maintain the tracks, and emphasized on-time performance over safety.


Aaron Donovan, a Metro-North spokesman, says the railroad does not comment on pending litigation.

3 men plead guilty in 2013 jewelry store robbery

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Federal prosecutors say three men who stole at least $4 million in jewelry and watches after kidnapping two jewelry store employees have pleaded guilty to robbery and firearms charges.

Prosecutors said at least four men, two who were armed, broke into a Meriden apartment in April 2013, and bound and blindfolded four people. Two of the men then drove two victims to Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, where the victims worked. Prosecutors said the robbers looted the store and left the two kidnap victims bound inside.

Twenty-seven-year-old William Davis of Allentown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Monday. Twenty-eight-year-old Jeffrey Houston, also of Allentown, and 29-year-old Christopher Gay of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty last week. They were arrested in May 2013. The men face up to 20 years in prison and millions in restitution.

Teen charged with faking home invasion

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Greenwich teen has been charged with staging a home invasion at his own house.

The 17-year-old, whose name has not been released, faces charges including burglary, larceny and filing a false police report.

The Greenwich Time reports the teen called police on Nov. 17 and said two masked men had broken into his house, assaulted him and taken $11,500 in jewelry.

Police say their investigation found the teen conspired with a friend to steal the jewelry and make it look like a home invasion. They say another arrest is expected.

The 17-year-old is due in Juvenile Court on Dec. 16.

New Britain woman charged in death of infant

NEW BRITAN, Conn. (AP) A 22-year-old New Britain woman has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a three-week-old baby girl.

Police say Janell Campbell was taken into custody at her home on Monday.

Authorities say the infant was brought to a hospital emergency room on Dec. 5 with suspicious injuries, and died later that day.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Police have not said how Campbell is connected to the child. The warrant in the case has been sealed.

She is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond and is due in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday morning.

Highway closed for hours after Enfield accident

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A fatal accident in Enfield closed the southbound side of Interstate 91 for several hours.

State police say a car with Massachusetts plates struck a guardrail and flipped just before 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Three people were thrown from the vehicle. One of them was killed, the two others were seriously injured.

State police shut down the highway while trying to determine what led to the accident. They are asking anyone with information to call them.

The names of the victims and the conditions of the survivors have not been released.

Man fatally shot; 2nd weekend killing in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are investigating a shooting that is the city's second homicide this weekend.

Police said a man between 18 and 30 years old was found shot in the head early Sunday in a driveway on Bond Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday morning, police found 34-year-old Jonathan Cox of Hartford stabbed on Benton Street. He was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The deaths bring the number of killings in Hartford this year to 17.

Meeting planned for proposed state park in Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Three state agencies plan to publicly introduce the team that will be working with the community on developing a new state park at the former Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford.

A public meeting is scheduled Monday night at the Waterford Town Hall auditorium.

Representatives from the state Office of Policy and Management, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Administrative Services are scheduled to attend the meeting. Representatives from Oak Park Architects LL., the Connecticut firm chosen to help with the master planning, will also be on hand.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state wants to hear ideas and suggestions from the public about the future park, which sits along the shore of Long Island Sound. Additional local meetings are planned for early 2015.

Congress approves Coltsville Park in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials are celebrating congressional approval of a new national park in Hartford centering on the historic Colt Fire Arms factory building with the blue, onion-shape dome.

The U.S. Senate on Friday approved plans for the Coltsville National Historical Park as part of a massive defense policy bill that was sent to President Barack Obama.

Congressman John Larson says the approval was the culmination of more than a decade of work to preserve the factory and surrounding area as well as make it a destination and history hub. The Connecticut Democrat says the park designation will drive economic growth and help create jobs.

Plans call for a visitors' center at the former factory building built in 1855, a multimedia tour experience and an observation area overlooking the park.

Mistrial is declared in child custody-hit man case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A judge has declared a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury in the case of a Connecticut woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband during a child custody case.

A judge declared the mistrial Friday in the case of former Bloomfield resident Tiffany Stevens, who remains free on $1 million bail. The case is expected to be retried before another jury.

Stevens pleaded not guilty to attempted murder on allegations she paid $5,000 to a maintenance man in Simsbury to kill Eric Stevens in 2012.

Prosecutors say Tiffany Stevens was secretly recorded on audio talking about the alleged plot, but her lawyer said the recording was inconclusive and accused Eric Stevens of making up the story.

Mayflower replica leaves Plymouth for repairs

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) The replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America has set sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to another historic port in Connecticut where it will undergo a restoration.

The Mayflower II departed Plymouth harbor Friday for Mystic Seaport for the six-month project. The 57-year-old ship, owned by the Plimoth Plantation living museum, is being pulled by a tugboat.

Plans call for the 106-foot-long ship to arrive in Mystic on Sunday, after stops in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and New London, Connecticut.

If the repairs go on schedule, the Mayflower II will be back in Plymouth in May for the summer tourist season. But seaport officials have said it could return to Mystic for additional work over the next two winters to get it in shape to sail in 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival.

New Haven chief's actions at Yale game questioned

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven officials are raising questions about Police Chief Dean Esserman's behavior during a confrontation with an usher at the Yale-Army football game in September.

The New Haven Register reports that city aldermen have forwarded a letter by a Yale professor describing Esserman's actions to city police commissioners for an investigation.

Yale epidemiology professor Dan Weinberger says the dispute happened at the Sept. 27 game at the Yale Bowl. He says Esserman threatened to ``shut the whole game down'' after an usher asked to see his tickets.

Weinberger says Esserman replied that he didn't need tickets because he was the police chief, verbally abused the usher and demanded the usher's supervisor remove the worker.

Esserman acknowledges that he acted inappropriately and says he apologized soon after the incident.

Enfield sweep nets 18 drug dealer suspects

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) Enfield police have arrested 18 people suspected of drug-dealing and are seeking the arrests of nine others following a lengthy investigation into heroin and crack cocaine sales.

The Journal Inquirer reports that police Chief Carl Sferrazza said the investigation began last February with police infiltration of a bar frequented by a biker gang. He would not identify the bar or gang.

Sferrazza said police launched the lengthy investigation as officers gathered information about drug activities. Local police were helped by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Police have secured 54 arrest warrants for 27 mid- to high-level drug dealers who face 64 charges. Most charges are related to the sale of drugs, though others include assault and burglary.

Tenet Healthcare drops bid for 5 state hospitals

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Tenet Healthcare Corp. is abandoning plans to acquire five hospitals in Connecticut, citing what it calls extensive state conditions.

Tenet, based in Dallas, referred to draft decisions by state officials with nearly 70 conditions on the Waterbury hospital deal.

The health care company said it respects the role of state regulators. But it said the extensive list of proposed conditions on the Waterbury Hospital deal led it to conclude that the approach of regulatory oversight in Connecticut would not allow it to operate the hospitals safely. The Waterbury Hospital was to be the first of four transactions by Tenet.

Attorney General George C. Jepsen said he does not believe his conditions focusing on protecting the hospitals contributed to Tenet's decision.

The state Office of the Healthcare Advocate also called for conditions.

Women accuse Waterbury judicial marshal of coercing sex

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Authorities say several women suspected of prostitution have told state police that a Waterbury judicial marshal charged with promoting prostitution posed as a police officer to coerce them to perform sex acts.

The Republican-American reports that a search warrant application filed in connection with the arrest of Michael Connelly says he hosted a suspected prostitute at his apartment where she had sex with at least two men.

Other suspected prostitutes told police Connelly showed them a badge and said he was a cop.

Connelly was arrested last month on charges of promoting prostitution.

In Waterbury Superior Court Wednesday, Connelly's lawyer, Leonard Crone, objected to his client's transfer to Litchfield Superior Court. He said it was an unfair hardship. He said he doesn't know why Connelly's case is treated differently.

Metro-North bans alcohol for annual weekend Santa festival

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Santa is expected to be sober on Metro-North Railroad.

The commuter rail line said Wednesday that alcohol will not be permitted on trains and stations this weekend as holiday revelers dressed as Santa Claus travel to SantaCon events.

SantaCon is an annual gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes, visiting bars and restaurants.

Alcohol will not be permitted on Metro-North trains and stations from 9 a.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday. Metro-North says MTA police at Grand Central Terminal and other stations and trains will enforce the ban.

The police will confiscate alcohol and issue summonses with fines of up to $50, up to 30 days in jail or both.

Alcohol is generally allowed on Metro-North, but it occasionally bans liquor during special events.

Stamford: Property owners liable for slip-and-fall lawsuits

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford is trying to shift legal liability in slip-and-fall lawsuits to private property owners.

The Stamford Advocate reports that Mayor David Martin has submitted legislation to put legal responsibility for snow-related injury claims onto property owners.

He's acting following a state Supreme Court ruling last month. The justices ruled that property owners can't be sued for injuries from a fall on a sidewalk in front of their home or business unless a municipal law makes them liable.

Martin said that before the court ruling, homeowners would be responsible for clearing sidewalks, though he says the injured person would sue ``everybody in sight.''

Current local law requires property owners to clear their sidewalks within 12 hours after a storm ends, but it doesn't address liability.

Tragic Fire in Enfield: Four People Unaccounted For

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say four people are unaccounted for after a fire swept through a two-family Connecticut house.

Firefighters responded at about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday to the fire in Enfield, about 20 miles northeast of Hartford, in north-central Connecticut.

There are reports that five people were evacuated from the house.

Fire Department spokesman Mark Zarcaro says the building partially collapsed.

Media reports say three people live in one side of the home and a family of six lives on the other side.

Ct Gas Now Under 3 Dollars A Gallon

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) For the first time in more than four years, Connecticut motorists are paying less than $3 a gallon for regular gas.

AAA said Wednesday the average price of regular gasoline in Connecticut is $2.995. That's down 24 cents in the last month and 67 cents less than at this time last year.

It's the first time regular gas was less than $3 a gallon since Nov. 5, 2010. AAA says that's the longest streak ever above that price.

Connecticut still has the fourth highest average price in the country, behind New York, Alaska and Hawaii.

The cheapest gas is in Missouri at $2.32.

Prices are falling because of high global crude oil supplies and partly due to rising U.S. production. Global demand is relatively weak because of slowing economic growth in Europe and Asia.

UConn in negotiations to buy hotel for $9.1 million

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut has entered into negotiations to buy a hotel located on campus for about $9.1 million and turn it into a dormitory.

The school exercised its right of first refusal after another company approached the owners of the Nathan Hale Inn and offered just under $8.4 for the building, which sits atop university property.

The school says it would need to spend the additional money to bring the building up to code and buy new furniture.

The school currently leases 50 rooms in the 98-room hotel for student housing, at a cost of about $1.1 million per school year.

The school says demand for on-campus housing has outpaced capacity for the last 13 years.

The school's Board of Trustees is scheduled to authorize the purchase on Wednesday.

State transportation chief questions Union Station cost

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Extensive remodeling plans at Union Station in New Haven may have to be scaled back over cost concerns.

The New Haven Register reports that state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said Monday a 2013 proposal is a ``nice plan,'' but may not be financially feasible.

He said the cost is significant and the proposal asked what could be done if money were no object.

The remodeling proposal would cost about $4.4 million, which would be in addition to a 645-car garage, resulting in 459 net new spaces at a cost of $14.8 million. The plan includes a privately financed building for residences facing Union Avenue with retail space.

The 2013 report proposed a two-story annex at Union Station for deeper retail bays and more passenger seating and waiting areas.

Suspect in shooting death waits for return to Massachusetts

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Court officials in Springfield, Massachusetts, say the suspect in the 2009 killing of a New Britain High School football player will not waive extradition to Massachusetts, forcing a two-month process returning him to the Bay State.

The New Britain Herald reports that Michael Rodriguez was taken into custody Dec. 1 after Springfield police notified authorities he may have been in Bridgeport.

Authorities say the 30-year Rodriguez will be charged with murder in the shooting death of Julian Cartie in Springfield in February 2009. The 25-year-old Cartie was preparing to head to Afghanistan with a Connecticut National Guard unit.

Rodriguez is being held on $500,000 bond in Connecticut.

Springfield court officials say he declined to waive extradition at an appearance in Bridgeport Superior Court last week.

Bridgeport woman charged with killing boyfriend

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport woman is in custody after police say she fatally shot her boyfriend during an argument in which she says he assaulted her.

Police say Griselle Pizarro has been charged with murder and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Police say officers responded to the scene early Sunday morning and found 33-year-old Jacob Lopez outside of a pick-up truck. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

On the way to the hospital, Lopez said that Pizarro had shot him. He died a few hours later.

Police say they arrested Pizarro at her house. During an interview, she told police that Lopez physically assaulted her as they sat in the pick-up truck. She said she fired several shots during the assault.

It's unclear if Pizarro has an attorney.

Man arrested in burning of infant during bath

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A man accused of burning a 10-month-old girl with bath water is expected to face a judge.

Tylone Graham is being held on $35,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Monday in Hartford Superior Court.

WFSB-TV reports that Graham tells police it was an accident. But police on Friday arrested Graham, who was charged with risk of injury to a minor.

Police say the girl is recovering from second- and third-degree burns.

Graham is the boyfriend of the girl's mother, Alyssa Hawkins.

Police say 3rd hospital patient accuses nurse of sex assault

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A third patient has accused a nursing assistant at St. Vincent's Medical Center of sexual assault.

The Connecticut Post reports that Martin Chalecki says the hospital did not take his complaint seriously last February.

Spokeswoman Dianne Auger said the hospital took Chalecki's complaint seriously and investigated.

Gonzalo Flores has been arrested on charges of sexual assault against two male patients and police expect a third arrest on charges of assaulting Chalecki. Police say the 53-year-old Flores has confessed to other sexual assaults.

Chalecki's complaint was the first accusation against Flores. An unidentified Fairfield man reported to police in June a sexual assault in his hospital room.

On Sept. 30, another alleged victim said Flores abused him in March 2013.

It wasn't known Monday if Flores is represented by a lawyer.

Hamden man shot by suspect on bicycle

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Hamden police are searching for a gunman they believe was riding a bicycle when he shot a man on Dixwell Avenue.

Police Sgt. Michael Cirillo says a man believed to be around 20 years old was shot in the face shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Cirillo says at least six shots were fired. It's not clear how many struck the victim.

Cirillo says police were told there were a couple of people riding bicycles in the area and that one of them pulled a gun and shot the victim.

No arrests have been made.

The victim was transported to a local hospital. His name and condition haven't been released.

Stamford suspect in fatal hit and run pleads not guilty

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Stamford woman has pleaded not guilty to fleeing the scene of an accident where two people were left to die.

The Stamford Advocate reports that Felicia Burl was arraigned on felony charges at Stamford Superior Court Thursday. She pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and second-degree assault.

Police say Burl fled on foot after causing the accident last month by running a red light and slamming into a passing car.

Judith Andriulli, a passenger in the car driven by her husband, Anthony, died. She was 70.

Anthony Andriulli sustained numerous broken bones and Nixon Henry of Stamford also was killed. The 50-year-old Henry was ejected from the passenger seat of his car.

The 32-year-old Burl has been convicted of probation violations, drug dealing, assault and hindering prosecution.

Greenwich police, schools review security after knife fight

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Greenwich police and school officials say they're reviewing security at Greenwich High School following the arrest of a student accused of using a knife in a fight with another student.

Greenwich Time reports that one of the students faces several charges stemming from the fight on Tuesday and school disciplinary action. Neither student was reportedly injured.

Police Lt. Kraig Gray said officials will reassess what happened.

Board of Education Chairman Barbara O'Neill said the school is secure and cited the infrequency of incidents at the high school and the ``quick and efficient manner'' in which the incident was handled.

School officials said the fight was the first involving a weapon at the high school in more than 10 years.

Report: Judicial marshal investigated 4 times since 2001

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A newspaper reports that a Waterbury judicial marshal charged with promoting prostitution was the subject of at least four internal investigations since 2001.

The Republican-American reports that judicial branch personnel said Michael Connelly violated the state's policies on sexual harassment and looked at pornography on a judge's computer.

The newspaper cited judicial branch documents obtained in an open records request.

A marshal told an investigator that Connelly had shown his co-workers a nude photo of an escort he met online and with whom he was in a relationship. The marshal also said Connelly threatened to tell the woman's mother her daughter was an escort.

Connelly, who was arrested last week on charges of promoting prostitution, does not have a listed phone number.

His lawyer has said he plans to mount a defense.

West Haven mum on ID of man who prompted police chase

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) West Haven police say a chase that ended in a crash that injured two officers was a possible medical issue and are not releasing the identity of the man involved.

Deputy Chief Joseph Perno said Wednesday that police are trying to determine what led to the incident on Tuesday.

The New Haven Register reports that photographs show police with guns drawn at the scene where the incident began.

Police arrested the man, but information on the charges was not immediately available.

Perno said no shots were fired. He said the man struck one police car with his vehicle as he left his driveway and another where the incident ended and other vehicles along the way.

Perno said several handguns were seized and ``there was interaction between the officers and him at the home.''

Health care worker attacked by dogs at patient's home

PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) A health care worker is in critical condition after being attacked by dogs in Plainfield.

Police say Lynne Denning of Canterbury was attacked by between two and four dogs Wednesday while she was caring for an elderly patient at the home.

Police say the dogs attacked her face, chest, arms and legs. The 56-year-old Denning was taken to William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich and transferred to Hartford Hospital.

The dog's owner, Jenna Allen, and an unidentified man secured the dogs to let medical personnel treat Denning.

Plainfield police seized five Rottweilers and a Labrador retriever after the attack. The dogs are being quarantined for 14 days at the Plainfield Animal Shelter while the attack is investigated.

Suspect who says police set him up acquitted in robbery

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man who said police planted his hat in the getaway car to incriminate him has been found not guilty of robbing a bank.

The Connecticut Post reports the Superior Court jury convicted Tyrone King of carrying a dangerous weapon. He had a flare gun when police arrested him.

Brad Buchta, the public defender who represented the 55-year-old King, said sloppy police work nearly led to the conviction of an innocent man.

King had been charged with the Jan. 15 holdup of the Webster Bank on Main Street.

He testified that police took a hat he had in his pocket and put it in the getaway car. He claimed he saw the money in the abandoned car and the dye pack in the abandoned car and took it.

New London looks forward to federal money for police cameras

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London police officials are optimistic the city will receive federal funding for body cameras after President Barack Obama announced a spending package that includes money for lapel-mounted cameras to record police on the job.

The Day of New London reports that Acting Police Chief Peter Reichard said officers began testing two types of body cameras last month and he expects to equip the department as early as next year.

The cost of the cameras is about $1,000 per officer, or $75,000 a year.

Todd Lynch, president of the New London Police Union, said he doesn't anticipate support from officers because of a lack of funding for more police and other priorities.

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

Police investigate double shooting at Stamford house

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A 21-year-old Stamford man suffered a head wound in a shooting, 14 hours after a separate incident at the house where five shots were fired in a teenager's bedroom.

The Stamford Advocate reports that police locked down a nearby elementary school Tuesday.

Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn said the unidentified victim was in the yard when he was shot by a man a short distance away. Hohn said the man ducked, avoiding more significant injury.

He's being treated at Stamford Hospital.

Earlier, five shots were fired into a bedroom. A 17-year-old boy at home saw one of four men in his backyard pull a gun and aim it at the house. He dropped to the floor in his bedroom.

Hohn said the shootings may be related to a gang rivalry.

Alleged murder-for-hire case set to go to trial

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband during a child custody dispute with millions of dollars reportedly at stake is going on trial.

A Hartford Superior Court jury is scheduled to begin hearing evidence Tuesday in the case of 39-year-old Tiffany Stevens of Bloomfield. She's pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.

Prosecutors allege Stevens paid a maintenance man $5,000 to kill her ex-husband, Eric Stevens, in 2012. Police have said the custody case winner apparently would control a $50 million fund linked to their daughter's care. The custody case remains pending.

Authorities say the would-be hit man didn't follow through with the plan and told police.

Tiffany Stevens remains free on $1 million bail and still has legal custody of her daughter.

Former ad executive loses appeal of kidnapping conviction

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A former advertising executive serving 70 years in prison for kidnapping his ex-wife and burning down their house has lost his legal appeal.

The Connecticut Appellate Court upheld the conviction of Richard J. Shenkman.

In an opinion to be published Dec. 9, the judges rejected claims that the trial judge improperly denied information to the defense and misled the jury during her instructions before they deliberated.

The court also rejected a claim that Shenkman was a victim of legal double jeopardy.

Shenkman was convicted in 2011 of kidnapping, violating a protective order, carrying a pistol without a permit and other charges in 2009.

He claimed the trial judge improperly denied the request of his lawyer for a detailed statement of the charges that impaired his ability to prepare a ``double jeopardy'' defense.

Teen cited for large drinking party at parents' home

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) A 14-year-old New Canaan girl has been issued infractions after police say they broke up a large drinking party she hosted at her home while her mother was on the telephone.

The Stamford Advocate reports police received a report about the party in mid-November when a neighbor saw several youths carrying alcoholic beverages.

The girl said she invited a few friends, but others learned about the party on social media and showed up with booze. Officers found seven 30-pack cartons of beer, about 40 unopened beer bottles, several empty bottles of wine and detected marijuana.

The teen's mother told police she was on the telephone in her bedroom and did not realize the party had grown so large or that her guests had brought alcohol.

Motorist pleads no contest in wife's crash death

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Branford man whose wife died in a crash while police say he drove under the influence of alcohol has pleaded no-contest to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle.

The New Haven Register reports Vincent Mauro is due to appear Monday in New Haven Superior Court.

Mauro's wife and passenger, Megan McAuliffe died as a result of the Aug. 18, 2013, crash.

Branford police said the 32-year-old Mauro's blood alcohol level had been at 0.18 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

His lawyer, Tara Knight, said the plea agreement calls for Mauro to get a maximum of one year in prison, with the right to argue for less time at sentencing.

Jean McAuliffe, administrator for her daughter's estate, has sued Mauro and his mother, Lisa Mauro, the owner of the car.

Man accused of stabbing pregnant ex-girlfriend

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man is accused of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend after breaking into her home.

Police say Jose Velez stabbed 39-year-old Francis Santos on Saturday night, a day after she sat with her pastor, sisters and Velez and ended a relationship with him.

Investigators say Santos was home with her 8-year-old son when she heard someone breaking into their apartment. Police say Santos tried to run, but Velez attacked her, stabbing her at least twice. Santos was taken to a hospital, where she's in serious condition.

Velez faces numerous charges including first-degree assault, home invasion and risk of injury to a minor. His bond has been set at $500,000.

Police say Velez has a long history of arrests in Connecticut for violent crimes.

Hip hop artist charged in killing of Hamden man

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Police have made a second arrest in the shooting death of a resident after he answered his door.

Police say Nicholas Papantoniou, who goes by his professional artist name ``Nickel P,'' was arrested last week in connection with the Oct. 19 killing of Larry Dildy at his Hamden home.

Papantoniou, a Stratford musician, was charged with felony murder, home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit robbery and other charges.

East Haven resident William Coutermash was charged in October in connection with the Oct. 19 killing of the 56-year-old Dildy.

Papantoniou was held on $1 million bail.

It wasn't known if he's represented by a lawyer. He's due in court Dec. 9.

Body found in woods in Simsbury

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) A body has been found in the woods of Tariffville Park in Simsbury.

Police said in a statement that the remains of an adult male were found Friday in a secluded area of the park.

Police said it appeared the man had been living in the woods and the death does not appear suspicious.

The body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Farmington for an autopsy, which police hope will help lead to an identification and a cause of death.

Death row inmate's prison food complaint rejected

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected a complaint from a home invasion killer on death row who says the food he is being served in prison is not kosher.

Steven Hayes says he converted to Orthodox Judaism after killing two girls and their mother during a night of torment inside their Cheshire home in 2007. He sued the Department of Correction in August, alleging his diet wasn't being properly prepared in the kitchen at the Northern Correctional Institution.

Hayes says he's being forced to choose between eating and sinning.

The judge rejected his motions, citing two rabbis who say the preparation process complies with Jewish dietary laws.

Hayes and an accomplice were sentenced to death for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela.

State's largest teachers union hires Senate boss

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state's largest teachers union has hired the departing leader of the state Senate as its deputy public policy director.

The Connecticut Education Association has announced it has appointed Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., who will start the job in January.

Williams, who didn't seek re-election, unsuccessfully sought the presidency of Quinebaug (KWIN'-uh-bog) Valley Community College in eastern Connecticut.

CEA President Sheila Cohen praised Williams' 22 years of legislative experience and his ``skills and commitment.''

The union represents 43,000 teachers in Connecticut.

Williams, a Brooklyn Democrat, was first elected to the Senate in 1993 and had been its leader since 2004.

2 on joy ride rescued after boat runs aground

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) Authorities say two individuals were rescued and one was taken into custody by Rhode Island environmental police after a boat they took for a Thanksgiving joy ride ran aground.

Charlestown police were contacted by the Coast Guard for a vessel in distress in the Charlestown Breachway early Thursday. Charlestown Rescue marine units found a 22-foot sport fishing boat that had run aground in Charlestown Pond. It had lost its hydraulic system and steering.

Authorities learned it was taken without the consent of owner Robert Dickau of South Glastonbury, Connecticut. Rescue personnel said the two were out for a joy ride.

The man and woman had mild hypothermia but refused treatment.

Lt. Patrick McMahon says the operator was charged with misappropriation of a marine vessel. The man, who wasn't identified, was released.

Suspect in 2000 sexual assault caught in New York

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) West Hartford police have tracked down the suspect in the sexual assault of a teenager 14 years ago.

Police say 34-year-old Raymond Albert Rodriguez was wanted on two counts of second degree sexual assault.

He was found in New York City and arrested in the Bronx earlier this week.

The alleged assault occurred in 2000 when Rodriguez was 19. The alleged victim was 15 at the time.

He is being held on $75,000 bond as a fugitive from justice. He is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday and it's unclear when he will be returned to Connecticut.

Police seek suspects in gunfire that halted game

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are looking for two suspects following a hail of gunfire that halted an annual Thanksgiving Day high school football game.

The Connecticut Post reports that no one was hit by the five shots fired from an area near the stadium. A bullet pierced a nearby car.

Police believe the shooting was gang-related. Plans are being made to finish the game.

About 1,200 people, including Mayor Bill Finch and his four sons, attended the game. The sounds of gunfire sent many fans fleeing toward Harding High School while both teams retreated to their locker rooms.

Extra police were summoned to the field and they helped evacuate the stadium.

Connecticut orders firm to reimburse investors

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's banking commissioner is ordering a Norwalk investment firm and accountant to reimburse investors at least $7 million.

Howard F. Pitkin announced Wednesday he's issued a cease-and-desist order to Ulysses Partners LLC and James E. Neilsen for allegedly violating state securities law. The Nov. 13 order fines the firm and Neilsen a combined $25,000 and requires they reimburse each affected investor.

Attorney Brian Woolf said Neilsen and the firm have 15 days to ask Pitkin to reconsider. No decision on such a request has been made.

Pitkin's agency determined Neilsen and Ulysses sold unregistered securities to 33 Ulysses investors, the majority Neilsen's accounting clients. Pitkin said the company never made a profit and investors lost millions.

Woolf said Neilsen denies securities were sold. He also denies intentionally committing fraud.

Official results show Malloy won by 28,019 votes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Final vote totals from this month's statewide election show Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy defeated his Republican rival, businessman Tom Foley, by 28,019 of the nearly 1.1 million votes cast for governor.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office posted the final statewide election results Wednesday on her website.

This year's gubernatorial race was a rematch between Malloy and Foley. In 2010, Malloy defeated Foley by 6,404 votes of 1.1 million cast.

The final election results showed Malloy was particularly strong in the Hartford area's 1st Congressional District and the New Haven area's 3rd Congressional District. Foley bested Malloy in the 2nd, 4th and 5th Congressional Districts.

Malloy received 554,314 votes, Foley 526,295 and petitioning candidate Joe Visconti, 11,456. Visconti withdrew at the end election to support Foley.

Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls

CHICAGO (AP) The Obama administration says more than 462,000 people selected a health plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through

And there's a new sign-up effort tied to shopping malls and Black Friday.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has announced a partnership with Westfield Shopping Centers for setting up insurance enrollment stations at malls in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Washington state.

Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell says 462,125 people chose a health plan during the first week of enrollment in the 37 states that are using the federal site.

Burwell says 48 percent are new customers, including those in Oregon and Nevada. Those states turned over their troubled insurance markets to the federal government.

Cops: Hospital worker accused of rape kept working

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut police say a hospital allowed a nursing assistant to continue working there for three months after a patient reported being raped by him.


The Connecticut Post reports that Gonzalo Flores was charged Tuesday with raping a paralyzed male patient in March at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He was already awaiting trial on charges he sexually assaulted another patient in June.


An arrest warrant says Flores admitted having other sexual encounters with patients.


The affidavit says the hospital's director of safety and security told police he knew about the allegation in March but could not substantiate it.


Flores' lawyer declined to comment.


Hospital spokeswoman Caryn S. Kaufman said Tuesday that St. Vincent's takes complaints by patients and staff very seriously and investigates all claims.

Broken elevator traps disabled Connecticut residents

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Disabled and other residents are trapped in their six-story building in Connecticut due to a broken elevator that may not be fixed for up to a month.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that the 35-year-old elevator at the Eleanor Roosevelt House in Stamford failed last week. Some residents are canceling Thanksgiving plans and medical appointments, while others have to be carried down the stairs.

Eighty-five-year-old Irene Thompson who has lived on the fifth floor for 23 years says her Thanksgiving may be delivered by volunteers. She had hoped to spend the day with a friend.

Building manager Richard Freeman said Tuesday he is doing everything possible to fix the problem and a contractor is authorized for the work.

The delay is because a control panel system must be ordered and wiring must be custom designed.

Connecticut is gearing up for immigrant licenses

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Thousands of immigrants in the U.S. illegally living in Connecticut can soon begin the process of obtaining a special state-issued driver's license.


Starting at noon Dec. 1, immigrants can make online appointments on the Department of Motor Vehicles' website to schedule a written test for a Drive Only License. The General Assembly enacted the program in 2013. It officially begins Jan. 2.


Tens of thousands of Connecticut drivers who cannot establish their legal presence in the U.S. or may not have a Social Security number could be eligible.


DMV has upgraded old Spanish versions of the written test and driver's manual. It has also created new tests in French, Polish, Portuguese and Italian.


The agency has been meeting with immigrant advocacy groups helping prepare people for the process.

West Haven councilman pleads guilty to wire fraud

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A West Haven councilman has pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge, admitting he stole money from the bank where he was employed.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Stephen DeCrescenzo stole $106,000 from customer accounts at the JPMorgan Chase Bank in New Canaan between 2008 and 2011, and tried to hide the thefts by disguising them as cash withdrawals by customers.

Prosecutors say DeCrescenzo also wired funds stolen from a customer account into another bank account for his personal benefit.

DeCrescenzo pleaded guilty to a single wire fraud count in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Monday and resigned from his seat on the West Haven City Council.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 17.

Ex-UConn trustee avoids prison on larceny plea

VERNON, Conn. (AP) A Vernon man who faced up to seven years in prison on prescription drug fraud charges and accusations he moved $73,000 of federal aid into his and others' accounts while working at the University of Connecticut has avoided prison time.

The Journal Inquirer reports that former UConn student trustee Corey M. Schmitt will remain on probation three years following his sentencing last week. He pleaded guilty to attempted larceny and prescription drug fraud-related charges.

The 25-year-old Schmitt must maintain employment, but not at a financial aid office or doctor's office.

An investigation showed he made unauthorized account transfers while working in the school's student financial aid office. It was determined he paid himself $2,200 and moved the remaining money into the accounts of six other students.

Police say the money was recovered.

Suspect says he accidentally strangled girlfriend

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Stamford man says he accidentally strangled his girlfriend last year while trying to keep her calm in the back seat of a friend's car.

The Connecticut Post reports that Cesar Martinez was arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court Monday for manslaughter.

Guy Soares, Martinez's lawyer, said the police report ``lends credence'' to Martinez's version of what happened. He said 23-year-old Brenda Hernandez had kicked out the car's back window and Martinez was trying to stop her from injuring herself.

Soares argued that there was no scientific proof as to the victim's cause of death.

Judge Maria Kahn replied that it indicates the cause of death was neck compression.

State police said Hernandez was strangled and had been bruised and scratched.

Bond of $250,000 was set and the case was continued to Dec. 12.

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Louis Chenevert, the chief executive officer of aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies Corp., is retiring abruptly after six years and will be succeeded by the company's chief financial officer.

The Hartford-based conglomerate announced the change of leadership this morning. It promoted CFO Greg Hayes to the top job.

Chenevert steered United Technologies' $18.4 billion purchase of aerospace parts maker Goodrich Corp. in 2012. It was the industry's largest deal and gave the company a stronger presence in the aerospace industry.

Chenevert iinformed the board of directors of his retirement as chairman and CEO effective immediately.

Edward A. Kangas, lead independent director, has been elected non-executive chairman of the board.

The 54-year-old Hayes has been with United Technologies for 25 years and has been hief financial officer for the past six years.

Manufacturer seeks state OK to sell new vehicle

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) The maker of a new vehicle called the Slingshot is meeting with state motor vehicles officials to discuss whether they may sell the three-wheeler in Connecticut.

The Republican-American reports that Polaris Industries says the Slingshot, a reverse tricycle with two wheels in front and one in back, is a motorcycle. It doesn't meet the state's definition of a motorcycle and currently may not be sold in Connecticut.

A meeting set for Monday at the state Department of Motor Vehicles will include Connecticut retailers who say customers have put down deposits for the vehicle.

Ernie Bertothy, a spokesman for the Department of Motor Vehicles, says state officials want to come up with a solution.

The base price of a Slingshot is $19,999 with the premium model selling for $23,999.

UConn law professor charged in prostitution sting

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) A University of Connecticut law professor was among six men arrested on charges of patronizing a prostitute.

Ronald Murphy of Farmington was arrested Friday at a Southington motel.

Police say he also was charged with interfering with police after he tried to flee.

UConn says he's on paid leave and his access to the law school campus has been restricted.

Following complaints, police have been cracking down at local motels. Murphy was arrested as part of the second sting operation.

Murphy did not return a phone call from the newspaper and it wasn't known Monday if he's represented by a lawyer.

He won a landmark $4 million verdict in 2009 in a lawsuit under state dram shop laws against a Plainville bar accused of continuing to serve an intoxicated man who later killed someone while driving.

Reports: Connecticut faces 3 years of deficits

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Budget offices for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are predicting Connecticut could face budget deficits over the next three fiscal years.

State legislators were briefed Friday on the state's projected fiscal health.

Karen Buffkin, deputy secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, said Medicaid, debt service and state employee and retiree health care among some of the biggest costs driving the budget shortfalls. OPM predicts approximately $1 billion deficits in each of the next three fiscal years. The typical budget is about $20 billion.

Buffkin contends the state will balance this year's budget, which is $99.5 million in debt so far.

While Malloy has made spending cuts and imposed hiring slowdowns, legislative Republicans contend the problem is worse and a special session is needed next month.

Norwalk schools chief heads to New London schools

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Norwalk's schools superintendent has been appointed head of New London's school district.

Manuel J. Rivera will resign his Norwalk job on Jan. 31.

Rivera, a native of New London, said he made the decision to ``come back home'' and make a difference in New London.

Rivera took over as superintendent for Norwalk Public Schools in July 2013. He was previously superintendent in Rochester Public Schools, where he began his career in education.

With an enrollment of about 11,000 students in 19 schools and an annual budget of about $168 million, the Norwalk district is about four times the size of New London.

More extensive drills follow USS Miami fire

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Firefighters at Maine's Portsmouth Naval Shipyard train regularly for industrial blazes, but mandates after a huge submarine fire call for an annual drill that's more extensive than anything done before.

The investigation that followed the USS Miami blaze in May 2012 found that federal firefighters didn't train for complex and lengthy fires requiring assistance from community firefighters.

That's no longer the case at Navy shipyards.

The Navy says Portsmouth Naval Shipyard firefighters proved their capabilities during a January drill that tested the ability of sailors, federal firefighters and neighboring responders. There now will be one of those drills each year, in addition to other training.

Navy spokesman Lt. Tim Hawkins said the outcome of the January drill wasn't a huge surprise, since same firefighters dealt with the real thing on the USS Miami.


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