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Ex-teacher charged with sexually assaulting teen boy

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former Stratford High School teacher who resigned in March after he admitted to wrestling with a student is now charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

Gregg Alan Gustafson was charged this week with fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor.

The Connecticut Post reports that the 47-year-old Stamford resident is free on $25,000 bond.

Police say Gustafson and the alleged victim had been at the same home in February and started wrestling. The boy told police that while they were wrestling Gustafson had strangled him with his coat and grabbed his genitals.

Gustafson's attorney says his client has "steadfastly denied any inappropriate contact."


Connecticut State Police receive $1.5 M grant to fight drugs

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State police are receiving a $1.5 million federal grant to expand efforts to address heroin and opioid abuse in Connecticut.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that police plan to use the Department of Justice grant money to help focus on interrupting the transportation and sale of opiates in the state by dismantling drug trafficking organizations.

The funds will be spent on enhancing the current Statewide Narcotics Task Force and strengthening partnerships between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Grant money will also be used by the state's judicial branch and prosecutors to find alternatives to incarceration for those people who need substance abuse treatment interventions.

The competitive grant was awarded through the department's 2016 Community Oriented Policing Services Anti-Heroin Task Force Program.


Search suspended for mother, son missing on boat for 6 days

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two boaters missing for six days after they left a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip.

The Coast Guard said on Friday afternoon it had exhausted all efforts its search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan of Middletown, Connecticut.

The Carmans left Ram's Point Marina in Point Judith, Rhode Island, Saturday evening in a 31-foot aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox.

The Coast Guard received a report around 6:30 p.m. Sunday that the two had never returned.

The Coast Guard says it searched from around Block Island off Rhode Island's coast, to canyons off New York, an area of more than 62,000 square nautical miles, larger than the state of Georgia.


Rating agency downgrades Hartford's bonds, cites budget woes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A major rating agency has downgraded the credit rating of Hartford, saying Connecticut's capital city lacks a credible plan to balance its budget and fix future projected deficits.

S Global Ratings announced Thursday it was lowering Hartford's rating on general obligation bonds by four notches, from A-plus to BBB.

S credit analyst Timothy Little says the agency also issued a "negative outlook" for Hartford, adding there's "uncertainty regarding the city's ability to enact deficit migration measures, coupled with the significant budget gaps the city projects for the next five years."

Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin, elected last year, says the agency's action reflects what he's been saying for months: Hartford can't cut or tax its way out of this fiscal crisis.

Bronin has been pushing for regional financial help for Hartford.


Connecticut man gets 12 years for shooting over dirty dishes

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man was sentenced to 12 years in prison earlier this week for the 2012 shooting of his sister's boyfriend following a dispute over dirty dishes.

The Stamford Advocate reports 26-year-old Terrence Peterson also was sentenced to an additional four years behind bars for injuring a corrections officer during a jailhouse fight following his arrest in the shooting.

Howard Ehring, Peterson's attorney, says his client's assault conviction substantially increased his prison sentence for the shooting.

Police say Peterson shot his sister's boyfriend in the chest after arguing with her over dirty dishes left in the sink of a home at the Roodner Court public housing community in Norwalk.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Maureen Ornousky says Peterson has a history of substance abuse and mental health issues.


State drops sex assault charges against Connecticut doctor

AVON, Conn. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped all 14 charges against a Connecticut doctor who had been accused of sexually assaulting female patients.

The Courant reports that the state dropped the charges on Thursday following an independent review by an outside doctor who looked at the medical records of nine women who accused Dr. Khosro Pourkavoos of inappropriately touching their breasts and groin areas.

In court filings, defense attorneys wrote that police had evidence that alleged examinations did not occur as reported, witnesses were not truthful, and that the doctor's examinations were "medically justified and appropriate."

The Avon doctor was free on $195,000 bond after pleading not guilty at his initial court appearance in June 2014.

Prosecutors say many of the women were disappointed that charges were dropped.

Pourkavoos still faces several lawsuits.


Authorities ID man shot in Connecticut casino garage

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut authorities have identified the man who was shot by a tribal police officer and fell from the fourth floor of a parking garage at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

State police identified the man Wednesday as 23-year-old Michael Goodale, of Groton.

The shooting happened at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Fox Tower parking garage at the Mashantucket resort.

State police say Goodale was wanted by police for violating his probation. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal police attempted to arrest Goodale in the parking garage, where police say Goodale pointed a firearm at officers.

State police say at least one officer discharged at least one round. Goodale then fell to the pavement below. It wasn't clear whether he died from the shooting or the fall. No other injuries were reported.

The officers haven't been identified.


6-year-old girl dies in Connecticut house fire

PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a 6-year-old girl has died in a house fire in Connecticut.

The fire in Plainfield in the eastern part of the state was reported at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday and crews arrived to find the home fully engulfed.

A 911 call indicated that there were people trapped inside.

An 18-month-old child and an adult woman were pulled to safety through a window and taken to the hospital. A man also escaped and was taken to the hospital. The victim was found dead inside. Their names were not made public.

Two police officers were also treated for smoke inhalation.

Plainfield fire marshal Paul Yellen tells WFSB-TV that the house was a Habitat for Humanity home built three months ago.

The cause is under investigation.


Police: Pizza deliveryman takes gun from robber, shoots him

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police say a pizza deliveryman took away a would-be robber's gun and shot him during an attempted holdup in New Haven.

Officer David Hartman says 23-year-old Shawn Pauls was arrested Wednesday morning at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he's currently in recovery for what's been described as a minor injury.

The 43-year-old deliveryman, who wasn't identified, told police that Pauls tried to rob him while he was making a delivery at a home on Colony Road.

Hartman says the deliveryman was able to wrest the gun away from Pauls and fired several shots in his direction at about 2:50 a.m.

Pauls was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and first-degree threatening. The deliveryman won't be charged.


World's oldest Catholic bishop, Peter Gerety, dies at 104

TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) - The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, says the world's oldest Roman Catholic bishop has died. The Rev. Peter Gerety was 104.

Gerety died Tuesday night at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Totowa.

Gerety served as the archbishop of Newark from 1974 until he retired as archbishop emeritus in 1986. He is credited with restoring the diocese's finances.

Gerety was born in Shelton, Connecticut, and was ordained for service in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1939. Gerety focused his energy on the city's black Catholic community, founding an interracial social and religious center and the New Haven chapter of the Urban League.

He became the bishop of Portland, Maine, in 1969.


Man charged in shooting that injured 4 outside bar

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been charged in a shooting that injured four people outside of a Hamden bar.

Police say 44-year-old Heshimu Barker was arrested Tuesday at his girlfriend's home in Northford. The New Haven resident is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and other crimes stemming from the Aug. 20 shooting outside the Highwood Bar and Grill.

It's unclear whether Barker has a lawyer who could comment while he is detained.

Police say the victims were treated at the scene by Hamden first responders. Three of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Barker is being held on a $500,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in court Oct. 4.


College student disciplined for photo depicting black face

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Quinnipiac University officials say they have disciplined an unidentified student after a Snapchat photograph of a woman with brown mask-like material on her face went viral on social media.

The woman in the image appeared to be white, and an accompanying caption said, "Black Lives Matter."

Connecticut NAACP President Scott Esdaile called the photo "just disgusting" and said the university should have zero tolerance for such behavior.

A statement released by Quinnipiac on Tuesday said the university took action against a student, but it did not specify what the action was or if the student was expelled.

Executive Vice President Mark Thompson said Quinnipiac is committed to providing students with an atmosphere of tolerance.

NAACP officials hope to meet with university administrators to discuss the incident on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Armed casino patron shot, falls from garage

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Connecticut authorities say an armed casino patron was shot by a tribal police officer and fell from the fourth floor of a parking garage at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The shooting happened at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Fox Tower parking garage at the Mashantucket resort.

State police say there was an outstanding arrest warrant for the patron, whom authorities haven't named. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal police confronted the patron in the parking garage, where police say the patron produced a weapon, and shots were fired. The patron fell to the pavement below. It was not clear whether he died as the result of the shooting or the fall. No other injuries were reported.

The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns and operates the casino.


Police: Armed casino patron shot, killed by tribal police

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Connecticut authorities say an armed casino patron was shot and killed by a tribal police officer during a confrontation in a parking garage of Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Fox Tower parking garage at the Mashantucket resort.

State police say there was an outstanding arrest warrant for the patron, whom authorities haven't named. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police confronted the patron in the parking garage, where police say the patron produced a weapon, and shots were fired. The patron was killed. No other injuries were reported.

The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating the shooting.

No other details were immediately released.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns and operates the casino.


Police seek to ID suspect in theft of church collection box

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- Police in Connecticut are trying to identify a man they say stole a collection box from a Catholic retreat center on Enders Island.


The island, located in Stonington, is owned by the Society of Saint Edmund, a religious congregation of the Catholic church.


Police say the money was taken last week from the St. Edmund's Retreat Center. Church officials discovered the theft the next morning. It's unknown how much money was in the collection box.


Police released photos of the suspect Monday on the department's Facebook page. They are asking the public to help identify him.


Man convicted in 2 killings charged in 2 more slayings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man convicted in the killings of two women in Hartford has been charged in the deaths of two more women in the capital city.

The Office of the Chief State's Attorney says 56-year-old Robert White, formerly of Hartford, was arraigned Monday in Hartford Superior Court. White is charged with murder in the 1997 slaying of Shiraleen Crawford and in the 2012 slaying of Sonia Rivera. Bond was set at $1 million in each case. It's unclear if White has a lawyer.

White is serving a 50-year prison sentence for murder in the 2013 death of Sawarie Krichindath. He was convicted in 1980 of manslaughter in the beating death of Betty Robertson.

Authorities say White is a registered sex offender with a ``pattern of violence against women.''


'Desperate' dad who dragged teen through school faces prison

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who gave his 13-year-old daughter bruises and rug burns when he dragged her through school has been convicted of risk of injury to a minor and faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Day of New London reports that a six-member jury deliberated for about four hours before convicting 35-year-old Mark Thornton on Monday. He was acquitted of second-degree breach of peace.

Prosecutors say the Mashuntucket man dragged the eighth-grader by the wrists and ankles from outside a classroom to the main office in September 2015 after she refused to leave with him for a counseling appointment.

Thornton testified in his own defense that he was in ``desperate straits'' because the girl kept running away.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 14.


Volunteer firefighter saves man trapped in burning vehicle

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - State police say a volunteer firefighter from South Windsor was in the right place at the right time when he was able to rescue a man trapped inside a burning vehicle in North Haven.

The volunteer was driving along state Route 15 around 6:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw the flaming car on the shoulder near Exit 63.

State police say Sandeep Ahuja struck a wire guard rail along the highway and crashed into a tree, which ignited his vehicle. Ahuja was freed before the car became fully engulfed.

With Ahuja's passenger still trapped inside, the volunteer firefighter used a tire jack to break the window and pulled the man to safety.

Ahuja and his passenger were treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.


Woman dead after Greenwich house fire

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - Fire officials say an elderly woman has died after a house fire in Greenwich.

The victim, whose name was not made public pending notification of family, was pulled from the house at about 2 p.m. Sunday and was pronounced dead at Stamford Hospital.

Fire Chief Peter Siecenski tells the Greenwich Time that firefighters found the woman in a first-floor room adjacent to the two-bay garage. He says the garage is believed to be where the fire started.

The fire was out within 15 minutes of the fire department arriving.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Residents advised to stay vigilant after New York City blast

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State police and Connecticut Homeland Security officials are warning residents to stay vigilant following a blast in New York City that injured 29 people over the weekend.

Officials say there is no credible threat to the state at this moment but citizens should remain aware of their surroundings.

The explosion, described by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio as an "intentional act," went off around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the city's Chelsea neighborhood. A second device was found just blocks away.

Authorities are unsure if the blast is connected to other explosives found in New Jersey.

Trooper Kelly Grant is reminding Connecticut residents to notify police if they see or hear something suspicious.

But a spokesperson for Gov. Dannel Malloy says that the extra vigilance should not disrupt everyday life.


Coast Guard cadet gets year in prison for sex assault

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Coast Guard cadet has been sentenced to a year in prison for sexual assault and dismissed from the service after being found guilty at a court-martial.

The Coast Guard says Michael Shermot was sentenced Friday by a military judge in Norfolk, Virginia. He was found guilty Thursday.

Shermot was a senior at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, when he was charged and suspended from the school in December. Authorities have not disclosed details of the sexual assault.

The Day newspaper of New London reports the assault was reported in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in September of last year. Shermot was charged with sexual assault by impairment, meaning the victim was not able to consent. He's from Shillington, Pennsylvania.


Connecticut island estate eyes record with $175M price tag

A 63-acre island estate in Connecticut is on sale with an asking price of $175 million.

Industry experts say that would easily break a record for the most ever paid for a residential property in the United States.

The property in Darien went on sale this week. It includes a stone mansion, a 21-stall horse stable and a natural cove that can shelter boats in stormy weather. Since around 1900, the property in Long Island Sound has belonged to the family and descendants of William Ziegler, an industrialist who made his fortune in baking powder.

Listing agent David Ogilvy said the family decided to sell the estate known as Great Island as younger generations have moved on. He says the main house has not been occupied for some time.


3 Connecticut troopers sued over arrest of protester

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A lawsuit accuses three Connecticut state troopers of illegally retaliating against a protester at a drunken driving checkpoint by arresting him on bogus criminal charges.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court against troopers John Barone, Patrick Torneo and John Jacobi for alleged civil rights violations.

The lawsuit says Barone confiscated Michael Picard's legally carried pistol, pistol permit and camera at a sobriety checkpoint in West Hartford on Sept. 11, 2015. The ACLU says the troopers then fabricated charges, not knowing they were still being recorded by Picard's camera.

A state police spokeswoman declined to comment on the allegations, but said an internal affairs investigation is "active." The three troopers didn't immediately return messages Thursday.

The charges against Picard were dismissed in court.


Status report finds numerous issues with Dunkin' Donuts Park

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A construction status report from the developer of Hartford's Dunkin' Donuts Park has revealed several deficiencies with the yet-to-be-completed minor league baseball stadium.

Pendulum released the report on Thursday that found numerous problems with the publicly-financed future home of the Hartford Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies.

According to the architect's report, the stadium is now projected to cost more than $71 million. An assessment found that the ballpark has rusting rebar, cracking stairs, honeycombing, chipping concrete and improperly installed drains.

Construction work was halted at the stadium in June when the city fired the original developers after they missed a May 17 deadline for completing the ballpark.

The Eastern League has threatened to move the team if the stadium is not ready by 2017.


State police ID suspect, officers in Stratford shoot-out

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police have released the identity of a suspect who they say exchanged gunfire with two officers in Stratford earlier this week.

Trooper First Class Kelly Grant says 40-year-old Timothy Johnson is recovering at Bridgeport Hospital following Wednesday's shoot-out in the Lordship section of the Fairfield County town.

Also released were the names of two officers who shot at Johnson 52-year-old Brian McCarthy and 25-year-old Louis Arbelo. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation into the shooting continues.

Police say McCarthy and Abelo were dispatched to Stratford's waterfront area following reports of an armed man. At the scene the officers encountered Johnson, who police say fired at the men first before he was wounded.

Criminal charges against Johnson have not been announced.


Cops working at bar during underage drinking raid punished

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Two Bridgeport police officers who were working a private security job at a city bar when police raided it and found dozens of underage drinkers have been suspended without pay.

Chief Armando Perez says officers Chris Smith and Andrew Talavera were each suspended for 30 days for violating department rules that bans officers from working off-duty security jobs at bars.

Perez tells the Connecticut Post that Talavara, who was third on the list for a promotion to sergeant, was passed over for promotion and has been removed from the SWAT team.

Police union President Charles Paris says both officers agreed to the suspensions, although the union will appeal Talavara being passed over for promotion.

Both were working as bouncers at the Golden Star Cafe in April when it was raided.


Connecticut man who killed cabbie gets 30 years in prison

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to killing a taxi driver has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by a judge who called the slaying "brutal, senseless and inexcusable."

The Stamford Advocate reports that 34-year-old Ramiro Arcos-Garcia was sentenced Wednesday during a bizarre court hearing in which he asked for a lie detector test and wondered aloud why he was in the courtroom.

Arcos-Garcia's public defender assured the judge his client understood the evidence against him when he pleaded guilty to murder in June.

Prosecutors say he stabbed 51-year-old Jackson Pierre-Louis, of Norwalk, in the neck in December 2014. His cellphone was found in Pierre-Louis' cab and surveillance video showed him fleeing the area.

Prosecutors say the motive for the killing remains unknown.


Sex assault reported at Central Connecticut State University

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Central Connecticut State University police are investigating reports that a student was sexually assaulted on the school's New Britain campus this past weekend.

University spokesman Mark McLaughlin says the unidentified female student reported the incident shortly after it occurred and sought treatment at a local hospital.

University police have not disclosed any details regarding the assault, including whether the victim knew her attacker.

CCSU staff, including the director of the Office of Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, met with the student and provided support.

University police have determined that the assault was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the campus community. Their investigation remains ongoing.


Trial in slaying of Connecticut National Guardsman postponed

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man charged with killing a National Guard soldier from Connecticut just before he deployed to Iraq has been postponed.

The Republican newspaper reports that the trial of 32-year-old Michael Rodriguez was pushed back by a judge from Oct. 6 to Jan. 18.

Prosecutors say the Holyoke man shot 25-year-old Julian Cartie, a former high school football star in New Britain, Connecticut, in Springfield in February 2009.

Authorities say Cartie, his brother and a friend visited several clubs and were headed to a restaurant at about 2 a.m. when they got in a dispute with people in a car, one of whom opened fire.

Rodriguez was arrested in 2014.

The trial was pushed back at the request of Rodriguez's lawyer, who cited discovery and witness identification issues.


Man who lunged at officer with knife gets probation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who was shot and injured by a police officer in 2015 after lunging at the officer with a knife has been sentenced to two years of probation.

The Hartford Courant reports 23-year-old Tyrinde Thompson pleaded under the Alford doctrine Tuesday to attempted third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and related crimes. Under the doctrine, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there's enough evidence for a conviction.

Hartford police responded to Thompson's mother's home on June 9, 2015, after the woman reported that her son was having a schizophrenic episode.

Thompson fled when police arrived. Officers chased him to a nearby driveway, where Thompson lunged at Officer Tyrell Jenkins with one of three knives he was carrying. Jenkins fired three times at Thompson, striking him twice.


Ex-police officer charged with possessing child porn

BURLINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A former police officer in Connecticut has been charged with possessing child pornography.

WFSB-TV reports 48-year-old Mark Dichiara was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with promoting a minor in obscene material and first-degree possession of child pornography.

Dichiara was formerly a Newington police officer. He retired in 2012.

Police launched an investigation in April over the alleged sharing of child pornography over the internet.

Police say they found files containing child porn in Dichiara's Burlington home.

Dichiara was released on a $100,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court on Sept. 26.


Rotting corpse found in pickup truck parked in New Britain

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Police are investigating after the body of a man was found rotting in the back of a pickup truck parked in a development in New Britain.

Lt. Ben Murphy says the corpse was found around 9 a.m. Tuesday in the bed of a truck parked on Wainwright Drive in Industria Commons.

Officers were called to the scene after residents in the area began noticing a foul smell. Police say the vehicle may have been parked on the street for days.

Chief James Wardwell says there were no obvious signs of trauma on the body. Foul play is not suspected, although police are waiting for an autopsy report before determining whether the man died as the result of a crime.

Police have identified the man but are withholding his name.


Hartford won't pay if damages awarded in dog killing lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Court documents show Hartford officials have reversed position and now say they won't pay damages that might be awarded against two city police officers in an upcoming trial over an illegal search that ended with an officer killing a family's dog.

The move means the family may have trouble collecting damages if the officers can't afford to pay them.

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in federal court in Hartford.

Sgt. Johnmichael O'Hare says he was forced to shoot the dog when it ran at him and Sgt. Anthony Pia in Glen Harris' yard in 2006.

Harris sued, but lost in a jury trial.

A federal appeals court overturned the verdict and ordered a trial on damages, saying the officers illegally entered Harris' property without a warrant.


College: Monitoring students in deck collapse

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Trinity College officials say most of the 28 students injured in a deck collapse at an off-campus house party have been treated at a hospital and released.

College spokeswoman Kathy Andrews said Sunday the school remains in contact with the students still in treatment and has been reaching out to the parents of all those injured to ensure they are up to date on their child's circumstances.

Hartford police say about 30 people were injured when a pair of crowded decks collapsed during a party at the house Saturday night. They say none of the injuries were major.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley says the building, located about two-tenths of a mile from the Trinity campus, was owned, but not managed, by the college.

Andrews said the college health center, counselors and chaplains will be available to the students.


Man who scaled White House fence expected to take plea deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man who draped himself in the American flag and jumped over the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day last year is expected to take a plea deal in the case.

Joseph Caputo of Stamford, Connecticut, is appearing in federal court in the District of Columbia on Monday.

Caputo was carrying a binder with "a rewritten Constitution" when he scaled the fence. His lawyer argued Caputo's actions were intended to call attention to deficiencies in the Constitution and protected by the First Amendment. A judge disagreed, saying Caputo's arguments "border on frivolous" because there's "no First Amendment right to express one's self in a nonpublic area like the White House."

Caputo isn't the only person to scale the fence. Officials now want to increase its height.


Death at Willimantic public housing complex ruled a homicide

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) - State police say the death of a 73-year-old man in a Willimantic public housing complex earlier this week has been ruled a homicide.

The victim of the homicide Wednesday was identified Friday as William Alvarado.

The medical examiner's office says he died of a stab wound to the neck.

Alvarado lived in an apartment at the John J. Ashton Tower apartments and police at first only called the death "suspicious."

But after an autopsy, it was determined to be a homicide.

There have been no arrests and police are asking anyone with information about the killing to contact them.


Reputed mobster in hospital after prison fall, trial delayed

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A reputed Connecticut mobster who authorities believe has information about the largest art heist in U.S. history remains hospitalized after being injured in prison, and his trial on weapons charges has been postponed.

A lawyer for Robert Gentile of Manchester said Friday that Gentile remains hospitalized "in bad shape" after he fell last month at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

The lawyer, A. Ryan McGuigan, says jury selection that was scheduled to begin Tuesday in federal court in Hartford has been postponed indefinitely.

Prosecutors believe Gentile knows something about the still-unsolved 1990 theft of $500 million worth of artwork from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum since another gangster's widow claimed her husband gave Gentile two of the paintings.

Gentile has denied knowing anything about the theft.


Couple found dead in woods, vacant home

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman reported missing from the Connecticut hospital where she worked has been found dead in the woods, and her boyfriend was found dead in a vacant home, in what police believe was a murder-suicide.

The New Britain Police Department said Friday that it discovered the stab-wounded body of Janet Caraballo in a secluded wooded area of Plainfield. The 2 p.m. Friday discovery came more than 12 hours after police found the body of her boyfriend Luis Rodriguez, 45, at a vacant home in nearby New Britain.

Caraballo, 37, had been reported missing Thursday night from The Hospital of Central Connecticut New Britain Campus after she left for a break and didn't return. A witness saw her get into Rodriguez's car, leaving behind her cell phone, purse and other belongings.


Daycare director arrested in connection with baby's death

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) A woman who ran what police say was an unlicensed daycare at her Fairfield home has been arrested in connection with a 4-month-old baby's death.

WFSB-TV reports that Carol Cardillo, 53, was charged Thursday with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

The boy died on March 22.

Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara says the child may have been given Benadryl, an antihistamine that is not for children under 2.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and determined the cause to be acute diphenhydramine intoxication.

Cardillo was released on a $250,000 bond. She is scheduled for arraignment at Bridgeport Superior Court on Sept. 15.


Inmate sentenced in brutal 2014 attack on his cellmate

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - An inmate who admitted to brutally beating his cellmate in Connecticut says he will try to kill the next person assigned to his cell.

Jay Hotchkiss was sentenced Wednesday in New London to four more years in prison for the July 2014 assault. He is serving a 17-year prison sentence for beating and stabbing his mother to death in 2006.

Authorities say Hotchkiss attacked his cellmate, Justice Law, after he was transferred from a correctional facility in Newtown to a Montville prison complex.

The Day reports that Hotchkiss stood with his attorney and insisted that getting a single prison cell was part of the deal he had accepted. He pleaded guilty this year in exchange for the sentence.

The judge says she will recommend that he be housed alone.


As many as 40 people hospitalized following hazmat incident

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Police say as many as 40 people were taken to area hospitals after they were exposed to carbon monoxide at a call center in Bristol.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the Faneuil Call Center on Valley Street around 11 a.m. Thursday following reports of the exposure. The building, a former industrial space currently under renovation, was evacuated.

Authorities estimate roughly 30 to 40 people were overcome by the gas, although none of their illnesses appeared to be serious.

Police say a preliminary investigation suggests that a construction company working on the building may be responsible for the incident. Contractors were reportedly using a propane-powered saw to make repairs.

Firefighters removed the carbon dioxide from the building by about 3 p.m.


Police: Mom was on drugs prior to crash that killed daughter

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) - Police say an Ansonia woman charged in the death of her 6-year-old daughter had drugs in her system when she was involved in the fatal August 2015 crash in Shelton.

The Connecticut Post reports 37-year-old Joan Willoughby was charged with negligent homicide and other offenses last month following a nearly year-long investigation into the death of her daughter Nyah Marcano.

Police say Willoughby rear-ended a truck stopped for construction along state Route 8 at a high rate of speed, sending her sport utility vehicle off the highway into the grass median. Marcano was ejected from the SUV and died at the scene.

Willoughby's arrest affidavit says testing showed the narcotics morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone and methadone were present in her system at the time.

Attempts to reach Willoughby were unsuccessful.


Bridgeport bicyclist shot in back, police investigating

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Police are investigating after a male victim was shot in the back while riding a bicycle in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reports the unidentified victim was shot near the intersection of Maple and Kossuth streets at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Police are looking for a red car in connection with the incident. It's unclear if the gunman opened fire from the car or if he exited the vehicle before shooting.

Capt. Brian Fitzgerald says the victim told officers he did not see the shooter.


Connecticut State Police dog gets donated protective vest

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut state police dog is now safer on the job, thanks to a bullet-resistant vest donated by a charity group.

The 2-year-old German shepherd named Tobi recently received the vest from Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit group based in Taunton, Massachusetts. The protective equipment was made possible by donations collected by Stacy's Pet Porium, a pet food and supply store in Litchfield, Connecticut


Trooper Bruce Lachance has been Tobi's handler since September 2015. They work out of Troop L in Litchfield. The dog is trained in all patrol functions, including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery and apprehension.

Vested Interest in K9s has provided more than 2,000 protective vests for dogs across the country since 2009. A $1,050 contribution allows the group to donate one vest.


Man charged in fatal work site shooting to claim insanity

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Bridgeport man accused of fatally shooting a construction worker shortly after inquiring about a job at a work site near his home has waived his right to a jury trial.

The Connecticut Post reports Assistant Public Defender Bradford Buchta told Judge Robert Devlin Tuesday that his client, Gregory Weathers, intends to claim the insanity defense.

Devlin continued the case, which will be heard by a three-judge panel in November.

Police say Weathers thought he had been rejected by the foreman of a Burns Construction job when he opened fire at the work site on Chopsey Hill Road in March 2015. Thirty-one-year-old Jose Araujo was struck several times and died at an area hospital.

Weathers has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm and other weapons offenses.


Manchester man to serve 115 years for rape, fatal beating

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Manchester man has been sentenced to serve 115 years behind bars after he was convicted of raping and beating a neighbor to death before setting her apartment on fire.

Judge Hunchu Kwak said 23-year-old Steven Durdek "forfeited his right to live in society" before sentencing him to nearly two life sentences Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court.

Durdek was convicted of murder, first-degree sexual assault, first-degree arson, first-degree burglary and tampering with evidence in May.

Police say Durdek broke into 56-year-old Sarah Kelloway's apartment in January 2014 through a third-floor window, raped her and then fatally beat her. Durdek then doused her apartment in lighter fluid and set fire to the residence to cover up his crimes.

Prosecutors say DNA taken from a doorknob placed only Durdek at the scene.


Connecticut dentist charged with writing bogus prescriptions

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut dentist has been charged with illegally prescribing oxycodone and other drugs to people who were not treated at his office or did not have legitimate reasons for the painkillers.

The Courant reports that Peter Delaney was held on $500,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday on 45 counts of illegally prescribing controlled medications.

Prosecutors sought high bail, saying the 47-year-old West Hartford man was a flight risk. They say he recently emptied his bank account and told a bank employee he was leaving the state because police were after him.

Delaney's attorney disputed that, saying his client is married with three children.

Police started investigating after a suspected bank robber told police his drug supplier was Delaney.

Police say Delaney wrote the prescriptions, then paid cash for pills.


Police: Man threw $12k of heroin out of car while fleeing

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man threw a bag containing more than $12,000 worth of heroin out the window of his car while fleeing from officers.

The Connecticut Post reports Victor Dewindt, of New Haven, is charged with possession of narcotics, interfering with a police officer and related crimes. It's unclear if Dewindt has a lawyer.

Police say an officer attempted to stop the 56-year-old Dewindt around 9 p.m. Saturday in Hamden because his vehicle had no tail lights.

Officers say Dewindt threw the bag out of the vehicle while fleeing. Police say it contained 600 wax folds of heroin with a street value of about $12,600. Dewindt eventually stopped and was arrested.

Dewindt is being held on $150,000 bond. He's due in court Sept. 16.


Embattled New Haven police chief resigns after outbursts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman has resigned after he was disciplined for two reported incidents of berating people in public.

Democratic Mayor Toni Harp announced Tuesday that Esserman resigned effective Sept. 2. Harp says the resignation was by ``mutual agreement.''

Esserman agreed in July to go on three weeks of paid leave and then went on temporary sick leave amid allegations he berated staff at a local restaurant.

Harp reprimanded Esserman two years ago for his angry confrontation with a Yale Bowl usher.

While police chief in Providence, Rhode Island, he was suspended without pay for a day in 2011 for a confrontation with a sergeant.

Esserman didn't immediately return a phone message Tuesday. He said in a statement that being chief was a privilege.


Court: Officers' search of man unconstitutional

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state Supreme Court has ruled that police officers in Connecticut violated a man's constitutional rights by illegally searching him when they patted him down in a parking lot and found heroin.

The court issued a 5-2 decision Tuesday saying the Bridgeport officers had no reason to believe Michael Edmonds was doing anything illegal in the parking lot in January 2011. Edmonds later pleaded no contest to a drug charge and failing to appear and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Justices ordered that the drug evidence be suppressed in the lower court.

Two of the officers who searched Edmonds were sentenced last year to three months in prison for beating a suspect in a separate case. Elson Morales and Joseph Lawlor resigned from the force.


Police: 2 charged in assault of pizza delivery driver

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Two people are accused of assaulting a pizza delivery driver during an attempted robbery in East Haven.

The Hartford Courant reports 27-year-old Jonathan Perdue, of East Haven, and 36-year-old Tanya La Kierce, of Wallingford, are charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening and second-degree criminal attempt to commit robbery.

Officers were called to the scene just before 8 p.m. Saturday for a reported fight. Responding officers learned there was an altercation in the street and a Domino's Pizza delivery driver was assaulted.

Police say Perdue and La Kierce fled the scene but were located in a neighborhood about three minutes away. Lt. Joseph Murgo says they were combative and threatened officers.

Both Perdue and La Kierce are being held on $100,000 bond. It's unclear if they have lawyers.


East Hampton police officer struck by car, injured

EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) - A police officer has been struck by a car while assisting a utility crew that was responding to a small power outage.

Connecticut State Police say the East Hampton officer was struck Sunday night while helping an Eversource crew.

The officer was flown to an area hospital with unknown injuries. State police say the officer is alert and conscious.

The investigation is ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.


Coast Guard rescues 3 from capsized catamaran

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued three people from a capsized catamaran.

When crews arrived at the scene near New London on Sunday they say they found two men and a woman in the water, clinging to the catamaran.

Crews pulled them to safety. No injuries were reported. Officials say all three were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard brought the people back to shore and towed the boat it.



Overdose deaths involving fentanyl increase in Connecticut

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's chief medical examiner says drug overdose deaths involving the powerful painkiller fentanyl continue to increase in the state.

Dr. James Gill on Friday released accidental drug overdose data for the first half of the year. He says that of the 444 overdose deaths in Connecticut from Jan. 1 to June 30, 223 involved fentanyl. That's already more fentanyl deaths than the 188 total for all of last year.

Gill says the overdose death projection for the state in 2016 is 888, more than the 729 overdose deaths last year.

The medical examiner says heroin and cocaine deaths also have increased, and many of them involved fentanyl.

Gill says many people who have overdosed thought they were buying cocaine or heroin, but instead received a substance containing fentanyl.


Connecticut man gets 8 months for insider trading scheme

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former executive of a Connecticut-based audio-visual equipment company has been sentenced to eight months in prison on an insider trading charge.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that 46-year-old Dennis Hamilton was also sentenced to a year of probation and fined nearly $132,000, the amount he gained from his actions.

The Norwalk man was vice president of tax at Stamford-based Harman International Industries Inc., which makes speakers and other equipment under brands including Harman/Kardon and Infinity.

Authorities say in October 2013, using non-public information about Harman's quarterly financial results, Hamilton purchased 17,000 company shares, and then through the use of covered calls realized the six-figure gain.

Hamilton pleaded guilty in March to securities fraud. He had faced up to 20 years in prison.

Harman cooperated with the investigation.


Connecticut pares some insurance rate hikes, rejects others

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Department of Insurance has released its rulings on rate requests filed by a dozen health insurers and some still include double-digit increases for consumers.

The agency said in a statement on Friday that the rates reflect rising medical costs and elimination of the federal payments previously made to insurers to help stabilize rates during the first three years of the Affordable Care Act.

Both Anthem Health Plans and ConnectiCare Insurance Co. are being ordered to recalculate their rate requests for certain plans they offer to consumers. Commissioner Katharine L. Wade says they were too excessive. The revised rates are due by Sept. 7.

The department is paring a proposed 27.1 percent average increase for individual plans offered by ConnectiCare on the state's health insurance exchange to 17.4 percent.


Half of drivers for Bridgeport-area bus service call in sick

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Public bus service in the Bridgeport area was severely disrupted when more than half the drivers called in sick.

The Connecticut Post reports that 24 of the 42 morning bus drivers for Greater Bridgeport Transit didn't report to work Thursday because of reported illnesses.

Doug Holcomb is the chief executive officer of Greater Bridgeport Transit. He says the transit district did the best it could to provide service and was forced to curb lower-volume service to suburban areas.

It wasn't clear if the drivers were protesting work conditions. Officials with the driver's labor union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1336, could not be reached for comment.

Large crowds were seen waiting for buses in Bridgeport on Thursday morning.

Holcomb said he hopes the situation will be resolved by Friday morning.


Connecticut teen gets 20 years in vicious attacks on 2 women

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut teenager authorities say viciously raped two women has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

The Hartford Courant reports that 17-year-old Jaishon Bellamy was sentenced Thursday. He previously reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he was convicted of first-degree sexual assault for one attack and attempted murder for the other.

Bellamy was initially charged as a juvenile, but the case was moved to adult court because of the seriousness of the crimes and his name was made public.

Prosecutors say the victims, both 38, were subjected to hours-long assaults in East Hartford last September when Bellamy was 16. He was tied to both attacks by DNA.

Bellamy's public defender sought a lesser sentence because of his client's age and said Bellamy was remorseful.


Hartford police seize 1,000 bags of heroin, arrest suspect

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford narcotics detectives have arrested a man suspected dealing heroin from his vehicle and seized 1,000 bags of the drug stamped ``great job.''

Luis Santos was arrested Wednesday and charged with the possession and sale of narcotics.

An arrest warrant was issued for the 45-year-old Santos after investigators learned Wednesday that he had a large amount of heroin inside his car. Police say detectives stopped Santos' vehicle and found the drugs.

The investigation also led police to a hotel room in Manchester where they found more than $2,000 and drug packaging material. A search of Santos' Hartford home turned up roughly $7,000 in cash.


UConn students attempt to burn bees, set fire to apartment

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Fire officials say several University of Connecticut students were displaced after they sparked a small fire at their Storrs apartment complex while attempting to burn some bees.

The Hartford Courant reports the students were lighting a charcoal grill behind the Carriage House Townhomes around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday when they noticed the bees by their apartment's brick facade.

The students sprayed the insects with lighter fluid, which ignited and started a fire in the wood frame behind the facade.

Fire officials say the blaze was extinguished quickly and no one was injured. The wall and the kitchens of two apartments were damaged by the flames.

The students who reside in the affected apartments have been placed in temporary housing for a few days while repairs are made.


State trooper suffers minor injuries in multivehicle crash

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut State Police trooper has suffered minor injuries in a multivehicle crash.

It happened Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 91 northbound in Windsor Locks.

Authorities say a motorcyclist swerved into the trooper's lane to avoid being hit by a tractor-trailer, which then caused the trooper to swerve. Officials say the trooper lost control of his cruiser and crashed into a concrete barrier, before being struck by the tractor-trailer. Debris from the crash then hit a fourth vehicle.

The trooper, who was identified as 27-year-old Aaron Pelletier, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. He was treated and released.

No other injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation.


Connecticut man gets 2 years in prison for fatal punch

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A New Haven man has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a fistfight that left another man dead.

The New Haven Register reports that Kelly Mack was sentenced Wednesday. He previously pleaded guilty to charges including criminally negligent homicide in connection with the fight in August 2015 that left 51-year-old Manuel Vega-Ruiz dead of a head injury sustained when he hit the ground.

The 44-year-old Mack had been charged with manslaughter but accepted a plea deal on the lesser charge.

Prosecutors say Mack became angry when he found the victim and another man smoking crack on his front porch.

The prosecution said Mack "sucker punched" the victim, while the defense said Vega-Ruiz and the other man were the aggressors and Mack simply defended himself.


Man files sex abuse lawsuit against Diocese of Norwich

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) A 37-year-old Connecticut man has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Norwich alleging he was sexually assaulted hundreds of times by a priest while serving as an altar boy during the 1990s.

The Day of New London reports the complaint, filed earlier this month in New London Superior Court, claims that the priest, Paul Hebert, hand-picked the plaintiff to be an altar boy at age 11.

The diocese previously settled two lawsuits brought by men who were molested by Hebert when he served at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Pawcatuck from 1971 to 1981.

The complaint states that Hebert coerced the victim with alcohol and lavish gifts in exchange for his silence.

A diocese spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit. Hebert died in 2010.


Family of man killed while riding wheelchair plans lawsuit

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) The daughter of a Connecticut man struck and killed by a car as he operated his motorized wheelchair along U.S. Route 1 in Stonington intends to sue the town.

The Day of New London reports that in a notice of intent to sue, Raymond Lanphere's daughter says her father was forced into the road because the sidewalks were in serious disrepair.

The notice says the sidewalk is uneven and pitted and one area had a dirt depression, making it impossible for Lanphere to travel in his wheelchair.

The 77-year-old Lanphere was struck May 25. He died at the hospital. The driver who struck him was not charged.

First Selectman Rob Simmons said the town is sorry for what happened to Lanphere but does not bear responsibility.


Man gets 30 years in prison for beating death of 3-year-old

DANIELSON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man convicted in the 2013 beating death of a 3-year-old girl has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Carroll Bumgarner-Ramos, of Willimantic, was sentenced Wednesday by Danielson Superior Court Judge Patricia Swords.

The 32-year-old Bumgarner-Ramos was convicted in May of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and related crimes in the death of Nevaeh Lam on June 27, 2013.

Bumgarner-Ramos told police Nevaeh was in his care the afternoon of her death but has maintained he didn't cause her injuries. Prosecutors say the toddler's mother came home to find Nevaeh covered in bruises and surrounded by her own vomit.

Autopsy results showed Nevaeh died from repeated jabs to her abdomen that crushed her intestines against her spine.

Prosecutors say Bumgarner-Ramos was angry that the child's crying kept him awake.


Man backs into pump, ignites blaze at Farmington gas station

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Two cars were engulfed in flames and several others were damaged after a 70-year-old motorist crashed into a pump at a Farmington gas station.

The fire was reported around 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Food Bag/Citgo station on Main Street.

Police say the driver backed into the pump after accidentally hitting the gas instead of the brake. The impact tipped the pump onto another car and ignited the blaze.

In all, two cars were left completely burnt and three others were damaged. The flames also charred the canopy above the pumps.

Police say everyone had time to evacuate following the crash. No injuries were reported.

It's unclear if the motorist will face any charges. An investigation is ongoing.


Connecticut woman gets 4 years in fatal hit-and-run

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman who ran from the scene of a crash that left a young mother of two dead has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Republican-American reports that Clara Hinton was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to evading responsibility in which there was a death. She has been in jail since her arrest in January shortly following the accident.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Hinton was in a car that wasn't registered or insured and had a license plate that belonged to a camping trailer.

They say she struck a parked car and the woman standing next to it. That woman, Genesis Baez, died, leaving behind two children.

Hinton, meanwhile, crawled from the wreckage, and ran away on foot.

Hinton apologized in court.


Hartford shooting leaves man in critical condition

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a 27-year-old man was seriously injured after he was struck several times in the upper body during a nighttime shooting in Hartford's north end.

Officers were dispatched to the scene near the intersection of Magnolia and Mather streets following reports of the shooting around 10 p.m. Monday.

The victim, who wasn't identified, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition.

The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear. It's unknown if police have any suspects in custody.

Hartford police's Major Crimes Division is handling the investigation.


Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as ``Young Frankenstein'' and ``Blazing Saddles,'' has died. He was 83.

Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

The frizzy-haired actor was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Mel Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in ``Young Frankenstein'' or bilking Broadway in ``The Producers.''

But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy sheriff in ``Blazing Saddles'' and as the charming candy man in the children's favorite ``Willy Wonka the Chocolate Factory.''


Navy gets $2.7B attack submarine sponsored by Michelle Obama

A Connecticut company has delivered to the U.S. Navy an attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state.

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the submarine that will become the USS Illinois on Saturday after more than five years of construction.

The first lady will be involved in the life of the submarine and the lives of its sailors and their families.

The submarine will begin its active service at a commissioning ceremony on Oct. 29.

It took thousands of shipyard employees in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia and submarine supply businesses nationwide to build the $2.7 billion submarine.

Electric Boat is based in Groton and has been designing and building submarines since 1900.


Police identify Stamford teen gunned down in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Police have identified a Stamford teen who was fatally shot in what investigators believe may have been a drug deal gone bad in Bridgeport this past weekend.

Officials confirmed Sunday that 18-year-old Shane Slinsky was killed at a home on Wood Terrace around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Slinsky was found shot twice in the head and was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Slinsky had no apparent ties to Bridgeport and it's unclear what he was doing in town.

The incident is being investigated as the city's sixth homicide this year. No shell casings were found in the area.

Detectives have not identified a suspect or clear motive for the shooting.

An investigation is ongoing.


Connecticut fugitive awaiting extradition in Delaware

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a Connecticut man wanted as a fugitive from justice after he skipped town following a domestic dispute last week has been apprehended in Delaware.

Police say Bradley Michaels was taken into custody Saturday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware. The Cheshire man was wanted on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation stemming from an Aug. 23 incident in the town.

A warrant for Michaels' arrest was issued on Wednesday following his disappearance. He remains held in Delaware while awaiting extradition to Connecticut.


Malloy says I-84 widening ahead of schedule by 10 months

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the widening of Interstate 84 in Waterbury is ahead of schedule.

The Democratic governor announced Friday the plan to expand the highway with an additional travel lane in each direction is currently 10 months ahead of schedule. The project started in March 2015 and is scheduled for completion in June 2020.

The wide-ranging project includes 20 retaining walls, realigning the roadway to eliminate the exiting "S'' curve, reconfiguring interchange ramps, relocating a sanitary sewer, a river and a brook.

John Dunham, the I-84 Waterbury district engineer, says the Department of Transportation is "seeing real progress every day."

State officials expect the project will remain ahead of schedule and on budget by sustaining the same pace of work and continued good weather.


Connecticut agency still awaits river water testing results

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials are still awaiting the results of water and soil sediment tests taken after an estimated 300 gallons of chemicals spilled into the Quinnipiac River in Southington.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain said Friday the agency expects to receive the results over the weekend. Staff will review them on Monday and make a decision about whether the continuing environmental cleanup has been sufficient or whether more work needs to be done.

In the meantime, Schain says people still should not eat fish taken from the river between West Queen Street and downstream to Route 10 in Southington.

DEEP is also still advising the public to stay away from the river banks in the area where chemicals were released from a metal plating company.


Public pool proposal makes waves on Connecticut "Gold Coast"

The latest plan to build the first public pool in the wealthy Connecticut town of Darien is making waves.

The turbulence developed over the past several months after a consultant recommended an outdoor, seasonal pool at the town-owned Weed Beach Park, which sits on Long Island Sound next to multimillion-dollar houses.

Nearby property owners are voicing concerns over security, traffic, noise, cost, and building in a wetlands area vulnerable to damage from storm surges.

But a survey of 2,100 residents shows 66 percent support building a pool at the park.

The town's Parks and Recreation Commission has decided to go back to the drawing board and evaluate several possible locations, including Weed Beach, as part of Darien's master park plan.


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