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UBS to stay in Connecticut through 2021


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says financial services giant UBS has committed to remaining in Connecticut through 2021.

 

The Democrat announced Friday that UBS and the state have amended their partnership agreement. It provided UBS with a $20 million loan that was fully forgivable if the company maintained 2,000 jobs for five years. Under the amended arrangement, the same $20 million loan will be forgiven, but the percentage of forgiveness will be based on the number of jobs retained annually, through 2021.

 

Economic Development Commissioner Catherine Smith said if the number of jobs declines, a portion of the loan must be repaid. She called the new formula "a win-win proposition."

 

Malloy recently cast doubt that UBS, with offices in Stamford, would keep the 2,000 jobs through the end of 2016.

Ex-Norwich man convicted of arson in 2011 fire


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A state Superior Court jury has convicted a former Norwich man of arson for a fire that injured two firefighters, displaced 10 people and caused $400,000 in damage to a Norwich apartment building.

But jurors found Marwan Chankar not guilty of attempted murder of a tenant who evicted him shortly before the 2011 fire.

Attorney Theodore Koch, who represented Chankar, said he was disappointed by the guilty verdicts. He said the jury's decision convicting his client of arson and criminal mischief, but not of attempted murder was strange.

Chankar faces up to 25 years in prison on the first-degree arson conviction and five years on a first-degree criminal mischief conviction when he is sentenced Jan. 8.

He is already serving a 58-month sentence on an accessory to robbery conviction.

Court upholds conviction of ex-Pequot chairman


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Mashantucket Pequot chairman who was found guilty of embezzling more than $100,000 from the tribe.

Michael Thomas began serving an 18-month prison sentence in January. His tribe owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut.

Thomas had argued to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that his trial was not fair because he was blocked from preventing certain evidence. For instance, Thomas could not argue he had a history of reimbursing personal expenses that he charged to a tribe-issued credit card.

But the appeals court on Friday said the contested evidence was not relevant and introducing it could have led to confusion for the jury.

Thomas was convicted of running up more than $100,000 in illegal charges.

2 human skulls found at Stamford transfer station


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Stamford police are investigating the discovery of two human skulls at a garbage-processing station.

 

Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn (home) says the skulls were found Thursday afternoon at a transfer station along with books on Satan and witchcraft.

 

Hohn said Friday that the skulls are at the state medical examiner's office for further examination. He said it remains unclear where the remains came from, how the people died and how their remains ended up at the transfer station.

 

The skulls were found by a worker who was sifting through the refuse. Authorities later confirmed the skulls were human.

Milford student back in school after Ebola ban


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Milford schools and the father of a 7-year-old girl barred for three weeks because of Ebola fears have agreed to the youngster's return, three days day earlier than planned.

 

A lawyer sued earlier this week on behalf of the third-grader and her father, claiming unjustified fear prompted the decision to keep her out of class.

 

Schools superintendent Elizabeth Feser and the girl's father, Stephen Opayemi, say the lawsuit was settled.

 

The child was to return on Friday. She had been told to stay home for 21 days, the incubation period for Ebola, after returning Oct. 13 from Nigeria for a family wedding.

 

Feser had said her actions were a good-faith response to a public health issue and in the best interest of all students.

Margarine truck driver in parkway crash ticketed


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) -- A Florida trucker accused of crashing into an overpass while using a Connecticut-New York parkway restricted to cars faces several New York traffic summonses.

 

Greenwich Time reports the truck driven by Ishad Knight of Miami on Tuesday carried liquefied margarine. He disregarded signs and hit the overpass at the Connecticut line with New York, police said.

 

Knight's GPS device failed to note the parkway's restrictions and overpass, police said.

 

"He told us he relied on Google maps on his cellphone. What he should be using was a commercial-grade GPS," said Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O'Leary.

 

Knight, 29, was not injured. But the truck caught fire, liquefied margin covered the roadway and commuters were delayed for hours as northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway were shut through the evening.

 

Westchester County police issued four tickets to Knight. The trucker was unlicensed because his Florida license was invalid, police said. He also was ticketed for disobeying several warning signs.

 

And he was given a ticket for driving a truck on the parkway despite its passenger car restriction and driving a too-tall vehicle on the parkway, police said.

 

Knight does not have a listed phone number and it wasn't known Friday if he's represented by a lawyer.

 

O'Leary said Westchester County will seek repayment of police overtime and towing companies and cleanup businesses also are expected to bill the trucking company.

Bail denied for convicted former NBA player George


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme has been denied bail by a federal judge in New Jersey.

Tate George has been jailed since his conviction last fall on four mail fraud counts. His motion to be released on bail was denied by U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper on Wednesday.

George starred for the University of Connecticut and played for the New Jersey Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The U.S. attorney's office contends George persuaded pro athletes and other victims to invest in a purported real estate opportunity. Prosecutors say instead of buying the real estate he'd touted he used the money to pay off earlier investors and to cover personal expenses.

George accuses the government of prosecutorial misconduct. He has filed to have his conviction reversed.

UConn Waterbury receive $1 million endowment


MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (AP) A $1 million gift from a physician and his wife to the University of Connecticut will help faculty develop curriculum.

The Republican-American reports that the gift from Dr. David Reed and his wife, Joan, will fund the Reed Fellowship.

Reed said the fellows will share teaching techniques in workshops for UConn Waterbury faculty and teach for a semester in Waterbury. The first fellow will be selected in the spring.

Growing up in Naugatuck, Reed attended school at UConn's campus when it was at the former Begnal School in Waterbury. He hopes the fellowship will benefit students who cannot afford to attend college far from home.

Sally Reis, vice provost for academic affairs at UConn's Waterbury campus, said tens of thousands of dollars in interest from the endowment will allow the fellowship to continue perpetually.

Man who talked about bombings gets 2 years in jail


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Moroccan man living in Connecticut who authorities say told people he wanted to fly bombs on remote-controlled planes into a federal building in Hartford and into Harvard University in Massachusetts has been sentenced to two years in prison, followed by deportation.

Twenty-seven-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fathi was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in New Haven. The Bridgeport resident pleaded guilty in July to perjury in connection with a bogus refugee application.

Fathi's lawyer says his client was joking and didn't have the means to carry out the bombings, but federal prosecutors say they aren't so sure.

Prosecutors say Fathi's guilty plea to perjury played a role in his avoiding a terrorism charge. They say Fathi filed the false refugee application after his student visa expired in 2009.

Connecticut family sues over school's Ebola fears


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The father of a Connecticut third-grader has filed a federal lawsuit saying his daughter has been unfairly barred from school amid fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while in Africa.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in New Haven, Ikeoluwa Opayemi and her family visited Nigeria from Oct. 2 through Oct. 13. They say when the girl tried to return to the Meadowside Elementary School, she was told she had to stay home until Nov. 3 because of a concern she might have been exposed to the virus.

The family didn't travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia, the three nations associated with the current Ebola outbreak.

It seeks an order allowing the girl to return to school and unspecified monetary damages.

A message seeking comment was left for Milford's school superintendent.

Poll: Connecticut governor's race still deadlocked


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) The latest Quinnipiac University University poll shows the race for governor in Connecticut remains deadlocked.

The poll released Wednesday shows Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tied with 43 percent each of likely voters surveyed. That's little changed from a poll released Oct. 22.

Conservative petitioning candidate Joe Visconti was favored by 7 percent. Six percent were undecided.

The poll conducted between Oct. 22 and 27 found that if Visconti were not in the race, Foley would lead by a statistically insignificant 46 percent to 45 percent.

Poll director Douglas Schwartz cited a wide gender gap. Malloy leads Foley by 17 points among women and Foley is ahead by 17 points among men.

The survey of 838 likely voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Feds: Engineer's sleepiness caused derailment


NEW YORK (AP) -- A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment last year that killed four people and injured more than 70, federal regulators said Tuesday.

 

William Rockefeller's sleepiness was due to a combination of an undiagnosed disorder - sleep apnea - and a drastic shift in his work schedule, the National Transportation Safety Board said. It said the railroad lacked a policy to screen engineers for sleep disorders, which also contributed to the Dec. 1 crash. And it said a system that would have applied the brakes automatically would have prevented the crash.

 

The board also issued rulings on four other Metro-North accidents that occurred in New York and Connecticut in 2013 and 2014, repeatedly finding fault with the railroad while also noting that conditions have improved.

 

"We truly take to heart all the issues that have been stated," Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said. As an example, he said the railroad already has begun a test project on engineer sleep apnea that will be expanded.

 

Asked what had happened to Metro-North in recent years, Giulietti replied: "Our focus on on-time performance versus our focus on safety."

 

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said the report revealed "a horror house of negligence resulting in injury, mayhem and death."

 

"The last thing that should be on the mind of a commuter on Metro-North is whether they're going to survive the commute," U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said.

 

NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart, as well as Schumer and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, criticized the Federal Railroad Administration for failing to order railroads to adopt NTSB recommendations, including a sleep-disorder screening suggestion 12 years ago.

 

The FRA is "much too captive to the industry they are supposed to regulate," Blumenthal said.

 

An FRA spokesman said the agency would respond later.

 

The NTSB had reported Rockefeller's sleep apnea in April, saying tests revealed it interrupted his sleep dozens of times each night. Investigators said Rockefeller told them he had felt strangely "dazed" right before the crash. But until Tuesday, it had refrained from declaring his sleepiness the cause of the crash.

 

It said that less than two weeks before the crash, Rockefeller had switched from a work day that began in late afternoon to one that began early in the morning. The board said that probably compounded his sleep problem.

 

It also noted that the technology known as positive train control was not in use at the time of the crash. Positive train control - another NTSB recommendation on file - can automatically bring a train to a stop if it's exceeding a speed limit. Metro-North has said it is working to install the technology.

 

On the other accidents, the NTSB found:

 

-A May 17, 2013, derailment and collision in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was caused by broken joint bars, which are used to join rails of different sizes. At least 65 people were injured. The board said Metro-North had deferred scheduled track maintenance and lacked "a comprehensive track maintenance program."

 

-A track foreman who was fatally struck by a train in West Haven, Connecticut, on May 28, 2013, was probably due to a mistake by a student rail traffic controller. The controller misunderstood some instructions and canceled the signals protecting the section of track the man was on, the NTSB said.

 

-In a similar accident in Manhattan on March 10, 2014, a worker was killed by a train while trying to re-energize tracks that had been out of service for maintenance. The NTSB blamed the accident of briefings that poorly communicated which part of the track would be safe.

 

-The derailment of a freight train on Metro-North tracks in the Bronx on July 18, 2013, which caused no injuries, was caused by deteriorated concrete ties and other problems compounded by deferred maintenance, the NTSB said.

 

In March, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a stinging report on Metro-North, saying the railroad let safety concerns slip while pushing to keep trains on time. Railroad executives pledged to make safety their top priority.

 

Metro-North is the second-largest commuter rail line in the country. It carried more than 83.4 million riders between New York City and its suburbs last year. The largest commuter line, the Long Island Rail Road, is a sister agency and is benefitting from the lessons Metro-North has learned, Schumer said.

Bridgeport councilman faces harassment complaint


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport City Council member faces a sexual harassment complaint related to his city job.

The Connecticut Post reports that Councilman Richard Paoletto has been placed on administrative leave while the city investigates claims against him by a college intern.

Paoletto, a Democrat, told the newspaper he could not comment because it was a personnel matter.

Paoletto was placed on leave in 2010 as a result of a harassment complaint from an employee. He was suspended without pay for several weeks at the end of the probe.

He also is acting deputy director of housing and commercial code enforcement.

An initial hearing with the city's Office of Labor Relations has been set for Tuesday.

CCSU player charged in fight with girlfriend


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A starting guard on Central Connecticut State University's basketball team has been arrested on accusations he struck his girlfriend while the two were fighting.

The New Britain Herald reports that Kyle Vinales was arrested Friday. He was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

It was not known Tuesday if Vinales, who is from Detroit, is represented by a lawyer.

A spokesman says the school is aware of the matter and Vinales is away from the team. No other details on his status were available.

New Britain police say the woman accused Vinales of striking her in the head.

According to police, Vinales said the woman hit him in the chest and face and he shoved her face against the window of a vehicle.

His next court date is Dec. 5.

Ex-Scout leader charged with child sexual abuse


THOMPSON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a man has been charged with sexually abusing young people over two decades he was a Boy Scouts troop leader in Thompson.

Police said Monday that 52-year-old David Kress has been arrested on three charges of employing minors in obscene performance. Police said Kress turned himself in to troopers in Danielson on Thursday evening and has been released on $100,000 cash bond. He is to appear November 5th in Danielson Superior Court.

State police said alleged victims and witnesses told investigators the assaults took place during Scout events, at Kress's home and places where he was working. The alleged victims were between 11 and 16 years old at the time.

A telephone listed to Kress was not accepting messages Monday night. It's not known who is representing him.

Man wakes up to find stranger in bed with him


CLINTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man was arrested after police say he wandered into the wrong home drunk and got in bed with a stranger, who woke up startled and called 911.

Police say the incident happened early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in Clinton. Officers say 26-year-old Tyler Sullivan of Haddam told officers he thought he was at his mother's apartment, which is in the same complex.

A man in the home said he told Sullivan to leave, but Sullivan refused. Police say Sullivan was still there when officers arrived.

Sullivan was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. He was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Nov. 4.

It's not clear if Sullivan has a lawyer. A phone listing for him couldn't be found.

Ballot proposal could open door to early voting


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut residents are being asked in next month's election whether state officials should be given new authority to make major changes to how, when and where citizens can vote.

The lone question on the Nov. 4 ballot asks whether the state constitution should be amended to remove several restrictions that officials say bar early voting measures. If approved, the legislature and governor would be able to approve all voting by mail, online voting, multiple voting days at the polls and expanded use of absentee ballots.

Supporters say such measures could improve voter turnout. Opponents say the amendment would give too much authority to the legislature and governor to make major election changes.

Thirty-three states offer some form of early voting, and in three states all voting is done by mail.

Police find driver who struck teen in Plymouth


PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) Police in Plymouth say they've found the driver in a hit-and-run accident that injured a 14-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle.

Police say they found the driver in Waterbury on Saturday night with the help of a person who saw the vehicle and got a partial license plate number.

Authorities haven't released the driver's name. No charges have been announced.

Police say the victim was riding his bicycle on North Main Street in Plymouth when he was struck by a minivan Saturday afternoon. Officials say the boy's injuries aren't life-threatening. He was scheduled to be transferred Sunday to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford from St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury.

Police say the minivan driver left the scene and dragged away the boy's bike, which was found in Bristol.

Sleepwalker files lawsuit over police stun gun use


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An Enfield man has filed a federal lawsuit alleging police shocked him 10 times with a stun gun after he entered the wrong home while sleepwalking.

Attorneys for Christopher Demski originally filed the lawsuit this week in state court, but moved it to U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

Demski says he was sleepwalking in his pajamas in October 2013 when he walked into the home of his parents' neighbor. According to the lawsuit, the neighbor called police, but later realized who it was and told officers Demski needed medical attention.

Demski says police instead shocked him with the stun gun and had a dog attack him.

Police Chief Carl Sferrazza says the department has a different version of the events.

Man convicted in 2004 killing of physicist


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A man has been found guilty of taking part in the fatal beating of a well-known physicist from New Hampshire a decade ago.

Mozzelle Brown was convicted of murder Friday by a New London Superior Court jury that deliberated for more than three days.

Prosecutors say Brown and his cousin, Chad Schaffer, attacked Eugene Mallove in the driveway of his Norwich rental home in May 2004. Mallove was cleaning out the house after evicting Schaffer's family for not paying rent.

Schaffer is serving a 16-year prison sentence. Brown was brought to trial from a federal prison, where he was serving a 15-year prison sentence as a career criminal on drug and weapons charges.

Mallove was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for a book he wrote on cold fusion theory.

3 new rail stations set for Conn.-Mass. rail line


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials have announced the start of construction of train stations at Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program.

The nearly $59 million project announced Friday is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed by the launch of the service in late 2016. The stations will feature high-level platforms, an overhead pedestrian bridge, platform snow melt systems and electric vehicle charging stations.

The new line promises significant new rail service in the Connecticut River Valley.

When the service is launched, the frequency of weekday round trip trains will increase from six to 17 trains between New Haven and Hartford with up to 12 trains continuing to Springfield, Massachusetts.

The 62-mile project is promoted for its potential to spur development and economic activity.

Milford man held on school threat


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A 48-year-old Milford man accused of threatening a high school in his neighborhood is held on $250,000 bail after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

The Connecticut Post reports James Piccirillo appeared in superior court Wednesday on charges of second-degree threatening, illegal possession of explosives and illegal possession of an assault weapon.

An arrest warrant alleged that Piccirillo said in a Bridgeport bar that he was going to take the Jonathan Law High School hostage. It says Piccirillo told an FBI agent he wasn't serious about the threat, and his mother told the FBI he was depressed after his father's recent death. Police said they found several semi-automatic weapons and low-grade commercial fireworks at his home.

He was sent last week for a mental health evaluation and later transferred to police custody. It's not immediately known who represents him.

Bridgeport sees no repeat of 2010 voting troubles


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport elections officials say they're prepared for any potential problems on Election Day to avoid a repeat of troubles that marred vote counting in 2010.

The Republican American reports that Republican registrar Linda Grace said the city has enough ballots. The city has ordered 68,021 ballots, one for each voter registered plus 20 percent, for Election Day registration.

Four years ago, Bridgeport ordered 21,000 ballots despite the state's recommendation the city buy a ballot for every voter. The city at that time had 69,000 registered voters.

More voters than expected showed up at the polls and faced major delays at polling places. A court order kept 12 of the city's 24 precincts open two hours late.

Democrat Dannel P. Malloy narrowly edged out Republican Tom Foley in 2010 after an audit of Bridgeport ballots.

Mother of group home resident alleges rape of son


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The mother of a teenage boy who says he was raped by a fellow resident of a South Windsor group home is suing the nonprofit that operates the facility, accusing staff of negligence.

The Journal Inquirer reports that Hartford Superior Court Judge Antonio C. Robaina is permitting the boy and his mother to not use their names in court papers.

The lawsuit says the rape occurred in October 2013 at the group home operated by Community Residences Inc.

Community Residences denies the rape occurred as alleged. Lawyer David G. Hill said the organization has an ``impeccable record'' protecting its clients.

The youngster who was 14 at the time of the alleged incident is described as having emotional and psychological difficulties and had a ``behavior support plan'' that required round-the-clock individual staffing.

Experience an issue in Metro-North worker's death


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Documents from federal investigators show managers at Metro-North Railroad questioned the experience of a trainee who reopened a track without proper approval shortly before a track foreman was killed in Connecticut last year.

The Journal News reports Stephen Neville, deputy chief of train operations, told the National Transportation Safety Board that after three months on the job, the trainee received ``unacceptable,'' ``barely acceptable'' and ``fair'' in an evaluation. He said scored ``good'' in some categories.

He said two rail traffic controllers didn't believe the trainee would succeed and with more time might handle slower areas.

Track foreman Robert Luden was killed May 28, 2013, in West Haven. The rail traffic controller and his supervisor were suspended.

Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan said the trainee was not hired and his supervisor assigned to a desk job.

School garden honoring stabbing victim dedicated


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Friends and school officials have dedicated a garden to the memory of a Milford high school student who was fatally stabbed.

The garden of purple flowers, wooden benches and a heart sculpture was dedicated Wednesday at Jonathan Law High School in honor of Maren Sanchez. The 16-year-old student was killed at the school in April.

Another student, 17-year-old Christopher Plaskon, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The New Haven Register reports that principal Fran Thompson told students, staff and family at the dedication that Maren remains very much a part of the daily lives of students and school staff.

The garden is at the top of a hill that overlooks the softball field. Sanchez was manager of the girls' softball and swim teams.

Governor announces Ebola website for information


Governor Dannel Malloy has announced that the State of Connecticut has launched a website to keep residents informed regarding the Ebola virus.

The website is ct.gov/ebola and there will be a link to it on all homepages of all state agencies.

The Gov. says many  residents have questions and concerns. so they felt it was important to create a localized site where information will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

9 Ct. residents are under quarantine due to the possibility they may have the ebola virus. They include the two Yale Researchers who returned from Liberia recently and SIX members of a West Haven family who returned from West Africa.
 

Governor Malloy convened a Unified Command Team (UCT) to ensure statewide coordination in the ongoing emergency management efforts.  That team is in the process of conducting a review of municipal and state agency inventories of Personal Protective Equipment.

 

 

Ex-Pequot chairman appeals embezzlement conviction


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An attorney for the former Mashantucket Pequot leader convicted of embezzling from the tribe has told a U.S. appeals court that his client was blocked from preventing key evidence at trial.

Michael Thomas, a former chairman of the tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino, began serving an 18-month prison sentence in January.

The Day of New London reports that a defense attorney argued Tuesday before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Haven that Thomas was kept from putting on a proper defense by the trial judge's decision to bar certain lines of argument. For instance, Thomas could not argue he had a history of reimbursing personal expenses that he charged to a tribe-issued credit card.

Thomas was convicted last year of running up more than $100,000 in illegal charges.

Administrators seek special probation in sex case


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut school administrators are seeking a special form of probation on charges they failed to report a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student.

Stamford High School principal Donna Valentine and assistant principal Roth Nordin on Tuesday asked a judge to accept them into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program for first-time offenders. Defendants who successfully complete the program have their criminal records expunged.

The two are accused of violating a law that requires school officials to report any suspected relationship between and adult and a student.

Prosecutors say they knew of the relationship between an 18-year-old and 32-year-old Danielle Watkins of Norwalk, who was charged in July with sexual assault. Police say Watkins gave the student drugs and sex and threatened to fail him if he told anyone.

Sex offender MD denied hearing to get license back


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) The state Medical Examining Board has denied a hearing on a request by a Greenwich doctor who is a registered sex offender in Connecticut and New York to reinstate his Connecticut medical license.

The Greenwich Time and Connecticut Health I-Team report that the state Department of Public Health objected to giving a hearing to Clifford A. Berken.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Berken, a doctor of internal medicine and gastroenterology, was arrested in New York in 2008.

He pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges by the Westchester County District Attorney's office in New York that he engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old boy.

He was sentenced on a charge of attempting to disseminate indecent material to a minor.

Latest Q Poll out on Governors Race


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's race for governor remains tight and many voters appear to dislike both major party candidates, according to a new Quinnipiac  University Poll.

The survey released Wednesday shows Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with 43 percent of the support of likely voters. Republican Tom Foley has 42 percent, while conservative petitioning candidate Joe Visconti has 9 percent.

An Oct. 8 poll showed Malloy with 43 percent, Foley with 43 percent and Visconti with 9 percent.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said Foley's favorability rating ``continues to tumble.'' For the first time, more voters have a negative view of him than a positive one. Malloy's favorability rating is slightly worse, however.

The telephone survey of 1,010 likely voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Gun supporters blast Malloy in TV ad


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The gun industry is running TV ads attacking Gov. Dannel Malloy over Connecticut's gun-control law enacted last year.

A  one-minute commercial produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group near Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six educators were killed has debuted on cable networks.

The ad says Malloy caricatures the industry as greedy and being willing to allow mentally ill people to own guns.

Malloy stood by comments he made last year in a CNN interview in which he said the gun industry wanted QUOTE ``to sell as many guns to as many people as possible even if they're deranged.''

State employees travel restrictions


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State employees are being asked to avoid nonessential travel to countries experiencing outbreaks of Ebola. Employees who have visited certain countries must follow protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including monitoring their health for 21 days if they were in an area with an Ebola outbreak, and taking their temperature.

Man pleads guilty in Connecticut campus gun scare


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to weapons charges stemming from a gun scare last year at the University of New Haven.

Authorities say William Dong, a former UNH student, pleaded guilty Friday to illegal importation of a semi-automatic Bushmaster that he had in his car and illegal possession of pistols that he brought onto campus.

State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor in Milford said the plea agreement calls for a mandatory minimum of two years in prison, followed by five years of probation. Sentencing is set for Dec. 19.

The campus was locked down for more than four hours Dec. 3, 2013, as police arrested Dong and searched the school grounds.

Police say they found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings about the Colorado theater shooting at Dong's home.

Police ID New York man shot after bus stabbings


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police have released the identity of a man who slashed two passengers during a box-cutter rampage aboard a tour bus on Interstate 95 before he was fatally shot by a trooper in Norwalk.

Police said Friday he was 32-year-old Ye Hua Jian of New York City's Chinatown neighborhood.

Police had said he wasn't carrying identification and wasn't known to the 20 other passengers. The bus was headed Tuesday night from New York City to the Mohegan Sun casino in southeastern Connecticut.

Police said he stabbed a man and a woman with a box cutter on the bus, and also cut himself. The bus pulled over in Norwalk.

Hearst Connecticut Media reported that investigators had been consulting law enforcement around the country to try to determine his identity.

Toddler dies after Connecticut armored truck crash


GRANBY, Conn. (AP) Police say a 14-month-old Connecticut boy has died of injuries he received last week in a crash between his father's car and an armored truck.

Granby Police Capt. William Tyler said Thursday that Landon Ayers died at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He had been listed in critical condition after the Oct. 9 crash.

Tyler said the boy's father, 24-year-old Kevin Ayers of East Granby, remains in stable condition at Hartford Hospital.

Police said Ayers was driving eastbound on Route 20 in Granby when his car was in a head-on crash with a westbound armored truck. The truck driver and a passenger were not seriously injured. Some money was spilled from the truck, but police said it was all recovered.

Tyler said Thursday no charges have been filed in the crash, which is still being investigated.

Mother charged in trash bin disposal of newborn


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An 18-year old woman has been arrested for allegedly disposing of her dead newborn boy in a trash bin in East Hartford.

Police arrested Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor and concealment of a delivery. Police say they found the body of her newborn child in the trash in August.

Police have been investigating the death and disposal of the baby since August and working with the medical examiner to determine what happened.

Police say they were tipped off by Connecticut Children's Medical Center doctors who said she showed signs of having given birth but did not have a newborn.

Bond for Sotomayor-Cruz was set at $500,000.

It was not known Friday if she has a lawyer.

Yale student tests negative for Ebola


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday ordered all hospitals in Connecticut to test their preparedness to handle potential Ebola cases by next week, so state officials can see if their procedures are up to standard.

 

Malloy also established a command team to act as a central authority to deal with any Ebola cases in the state. The team is led by Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewell Mullen and includes officials from state agencies for public safety, education, prison and environmental protection.

 

Last week, the governor declared a public health emergency to prepare. The order gave Mullen the authority to quarantine people who officials believe have either been exposed to or infected with Ebola.

 

Mullen used that authority Thursday for the first time for a patient at Yale-New Haven Hospital who was isolated Wednesday night after developing a fever shortly after returning from Liberia, although hospital officials already had segregated the patient and were following protocols set by federal health officials. Tests for Ebola came back negative.

 

The patient was one of two doctoral students at Yale University who were in Liberia from mid-September until last week, helping government officials set up a computer system to track Ebola. Yale officials said the students didn't have any contact with Ebola patients but did have contact with a person who later contracted the disease.

 

One of the team's responsibilities, Malloy said, will be to make sure that first responders and hospital personnel are properly trained to deal with potential Ebola cases.

 

The moves come amid a continuing outbreak of Ebola in western Africa, where the death toll is nearing 4,500, and growing concerns about the disease spreading in the U.S. Three people in the U.S. have tested positive for Ebola. Two nurses in Dallas contracted the virus after caring for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease.

 

"I want everyone to know, from the nurses in our emergency rooms to our first responders and our law enforcement personnel, we will provide whatever resources we have at our disposal so that they can do their critical work and perform it safely," Malloy said.

 

Dr. Mary Cooper, quality director at the Connecticut Hospital Association, said all 28 hospitals in the state that the association represents already have completed an Ebola preparedness checklist recently issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She welcomed the governor's order for drills and said hospitals have been preparing for potential Ebola cases for weeks.

High school coach charged over video seen by kids


MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) A high school varsity girls soccer coach tells police he intended to send a video to his girlfriend, but mistakenly sent it to the players.

The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports that Jeffrey M. Sirois at E.O. Smith High School was arrested earlier this month on charges of risk of injury to a child, breach of peace and obscenity.

The arrest warrant says the 57-year-old Sirois of Lebanon intended to send the video to his girlfriend, but accidentally sent it to a Snapchat group of his soccer players who are juveniles.

Five players attending the high school in Storrs said they viewed the video.

Sirois is free on a $100,000 bond and is due back in Vernon Superior Court Oct. 28.

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

Task force to review cases of 3 missing girls


VERNON, Conn. (AP) -- Prosecutors have established a task force to take a new look at what happened to three girls who disappeared decades ago from the same area of eastern Connecticut.

 

Prosecutors and police on Thursday announced a Tolland County Cold Case Task Force.

 

The state is offering $150,000 in rewards for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the disappearance of Lisa White, Debra Spickler and Janice Pockett, who vanished between 1968 and 1974. White and Spickler were 13 when they were last seen, and Pockett was 7.

 

Authorities also will take up the case of skeletal remains of a woman in her 40s or 50s found last year, but police say they have no reason to believe they are linked to the other three cases.

Yale New Haven Hospital treating possible Ebola patient


Yale-New Haven Hospital officials say they admitted a patient late last night  for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms. 

The statement from the hospital says they have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point.

Yale health officials say they are working in cooperation with City, State and Federal health officials.

There are reports its one of the two Yale Researchers who just returned from West Africa .  . 

This is one of the same researchers who officials decided not to have quarantined when they returned from Africa on Monday.


The researchers had gone to study the ebola virus in Africa.
 

New Haven man sues over mistaken police raid claim


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man is suing the city and police over claims officers mistakenly raided his home and tied him up for two hours last year when they were instead looking for a neighbor.

The New Haven Register reports Joseph Adams also accuses city police officers of mocking him for being gay, injuring him and damaging his apartment. He filed suit in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit names the city of New Haven, the Police Department, Chief Dean Esserman and unidentified police officers.

City spokesman Laurence Grotheer said New Haven officials will respond ``at the appropriate time.''

Attorney Max Rosenberg of Stratford, who represents Adams, said police offered to fix the damage to his client's apartment the next day, but failed to follow through.

He says Adams was never charged or incarcerated.

Groups object to Democrats' election law inquiry


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The State Elections Enforcement Commission and an election reform group are objecting to the Connecticut Democratic Party using money raised for federal races to pay for a mailer benefiting Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election.

Both the SEEC and Common Cause of Connecticut said Tuesday they've submitted formal comment to the Federal Election Commission, which has been asked by the state Democrats to issue an advisory opinion on whether the mailer can be considered ``federal election activity'' because it is part of a get-out-the-vote effort.

The party has separate state and federal campaign accounts. Connecticut law imposes restrictions on the state account, including a ban on state contractor contributions.

SEEC officials accused the Democrats of trying to circumvent the state's campaign financing law, passed in the wake of a corruption scandal.

Police: Man stabbing people on bus fatally shot


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a man who was stabbing passengers on a casino-bound tour bus on Interstate 95 in Connecticut has been fatally shot by state police.

State Police Lt. Paul Vance says the unidentified man began attacking passengers late last night. The bus driver flagged down a trooper at a construction site.

Vance says the suspect was acting aggressively toward the trooper and was shot when he refused to drop his weapon, a ``cutting instrument.''

He died at a hospital. Two people were stabbed and another person suffered non-life threatening injuries after being accidentally shot by the trooper. The trooper wasn't injured.

The bus, carrying about 24 passengers, was headed from Chinatown in New York City to a Connecticut casino.

The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed late Tuesday night, and were reopened early this morning.

Toddler killed in crashes in SE Connecticut


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a 2-year-old boy was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Waterford.

The car in which Dacari Robinson was riding Sunday slowed with traffic that backed up due to previous accidents. Witnesses report that a truck driven by Gerard Dube of Swansea, Massachusetts, struck the car and two other vehicles. The 58-year-old Dube was not injured.

Robinson, of Meriden, was in a child safety seat. Police said Monday he was declared dead at the scene.

Two adults and a 9-year-old child in the car were injured and taken to a hospital.

About a half-hour later, six cars and a tractor-trailer were involved in an accident nearby on I-95. Police say seven people were taken to area hospitals.

Police said one passenger was unresponsive.

Police seek to tie Bristol man to 11 burglaries


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Police hope to charge a Bristol man accused of two residential burglaries with another 11 earlier this year.

The Bristol Press reports that police believe Luis Cantre broke into as many as 13 homes late at night or during the early morning hours. Detectives say all the break-ins were within a few miles of his home and marked by a similar way of entering.

Cantre was charged with burglary and larceny in connection with one break-in. Police said they found his fingerprints on several windows, including the one that was used to get inside.

The 28-year-old Cantre was found in a stolen car and charged with larceny and interfering with an officer.

A phone listing could not be found for Cantre and it was not known Tuesday if he's represented by a lawyer.

Police: Thief posed as Connecticut wedding guest


WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are looking for a man they say posed as a guest at a Connecticut wedding reception and stole gifts from the bride and groom.

They say the man fled the Longshore Inn in Westport on Saturday night with a birdcage filled with wedding cards, many apparently containing cash for the couple.

Police used dogs to try to track the man. They recovered the empty birdcage.

The wedding crasher was seen on video surveillance cameras. Police have released screen grabs in the hope somebody might recognize him.

2 killed in crashes in southeast Connecticut


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Three multi-vehicle crashes on Interstate 95 in southeast Connecticut have left two people dead and several injured.

State Police tell The Day of New London one crash involved a tractor-trailer truck and three cars at 7:05 p.m. Sunday near in Waterford. A passenger died and others were seriously injured.

At 9:35 p.m. another crash involving seven vehicles, including a tractor trailer, left one person dead and others seriously injured. State Police said they had not determined whether the person who died was a passenger or driver.

A crash at 4:30 p.m. in Old Lyme involved a tour bus and four passenger vehicles. State police said 15 people were transported to the Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook for minor injuries.

A portion of the southbound highway remained closed early Monday morning.

Greenwich Democrat quits race for state House seat


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Democratic candidate fending off sexual harassment allegations has abandoned his campaign for a seat in the General Assembly.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that Marc Abrams said Friday he quit for the good of his family. He insisted the allegations he harassed and discriminated against two female employees while a partner at a New York hedge fund are false.

Abrams was challenging seven-term Republican incumbent Livvy Floren.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey urged Abrams to step aside and said he did the right thing.

The 44-year-old Abrams is a defendant in a 2010 lawsuit filed in New York by two women alleging that he and his brother, Russell, had a history of sexual advances and abusive and threatening behavior.

Democrats have not won a state House seat in Greenwich since 1912.

Experts say chemically-laced drugs rising in Conn.


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Health care and social workers say hospitalizations are on the rise for people smoking a chemically laced potpourri, sometimes sold as ``Spice,'' or ``Scooby Snax.''

The Day of New London reports local emergency medical service providers who have known about the range of effects from synthetic marijuana, sometimes marketed as K2, report a similar increase.

Dr. Oliver Mayorga, chairman of emergency medicine at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital says effects of the drug are unpredictable based on who's using it and the difference in the drug's chemical makeup.

He says what could act a sedative for one person can have the opposite effect on others, leaving them ``extremely agitated, violent and confused.''

He compared the effect on some users to someone using PCP, also known as angel dust.

Decomposed body found in New London


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A state worker cutting grass near an Interstate 95 on-ramp in New London has discovered a body.

State police say the decomposed body was found Friday in a wooded area on Huntington Street near the ramp.

An employee of the state Department of Transportation who was doing some mowing near the highway found it.

Police did not say whether the remains were of a male or female. The body was expected to be removed to the medical examiner's office in Farmington for an autopsy.

Conn. oil dealers to sue over gas expansion plan


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut oil dealers are suing the state over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews.

The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which represents about 600 oil companies, filed the lawsuit Friday in Hartford Superior Court. It accuses the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of violating state environmental laws to push through Malloy's massive energy plan.

The oil dealers are demanding that officials conduct an environmental impact study or determine that a study is necessary under state law.

Oil dealers have bitterly complained about Malloy's plan to connect about 280,000 customers over 10 years, saying the state is favoring utilities over family-owned firms.

Trooper gets prison in theft from dying motorist


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut state trooper has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for stealing cash and a gold crucifix from a dying accident victim.

The Connecticut Post reports that 45-year-old Aaron Huntsman apologized at his sentencing Friday and said he isn't the same man he was at the time of the 2012 accident. His attorney said alcoholism was to blame for the 18-year police veteran's lapse in judgment.

Huntsman pleaded guilty in July to larceny and evidence tampering under the Alford Doctrine. That means he doesn't agree with the state's case but concedes there is enough evidence to convict him.

Prosecutors said Huntsman was caught on his cruiser's video camera stealing the crucifix and $3,700 from 49-year-old John Scalesse, who lay dying after his motorcycle crashed in Fairfield.

Developer convicted of arsons, lawyer suspended


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven developer has been convicted of hiring someone to set fires in the city in 2008 and 2009.

The New Haven Register reports a jury found 49-year-old Angelo Reyes guilty of second-degree arson and conspiracy on Wednesday.

Reyes lawyer also is in trouble.

Superior Court Judge Jon C. Blue suspended defense attorney John R. Williams' law license for 20 days for twice disclosing to the jury that Reyes had been acquitted of charges in a federal trial related to the same fires.

The key testimony in the case came from Osvaldo Segui Jr., who told jurors that Reyes had hired him to set two fires.

Reyes' sentencing has been set for Jan. 8. He faces up to 70 years in prison.

New Haven police exchange gunfire with suspects


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police are searching for a car with Pennsylvania tags after exchanging gunfire with a passenger in the vehicle.

Police tell the New Haven Register plain-clothed detectives were responding to a report of a shooting on Judson Avenue at about 10 p.m. Thursday when two suspects fled in the silver Dodge Charger.

Police say during their chase a passenger fired shots at the detectives and one of the officers returned fire.

Police say they don't believe anyone was injured in the shootout.

Witnesses told the newspaper they heard four to five shots fired.

Guard stable after attack at Cheshire prison


CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) A prison guard is recovering from a puncture wound to the neck after an attack at the Cheshire Correctional Institution.

State police say they were called to the prison yesterday to investigate the disturbance.

Police say their preliminary investigation indicates the inmates were walking down a hallway when they began to get verbally abusive to a guard who was escorting them. They say additional corrections officers came to the scene, and one was stabbed in the neck with a sharp object.

That guard and another were sent to Waterbury Hospital. Prison spokeswoman Karen Martucci says the second guard had minor injuries and was not stabbed.

She says both inmates involved were immediately transferred to a maximum security facility.

The names of those involved has not been released.

Exonerated prisoner appointed to parole board


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who was freed after spending two decades in prison on wrongful murder and rape convictions has been appointed to the state parole board.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed Kenneth Ireland and four others to paid positions on the Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday.

Ireland was imprisoned at the age of 18 and released in 2009 at age 39 after DNA tests proved another man fatally beat 30-year-old mother of four Barbara Pelkey in Wallingford. He currently is seeking up to $8 million from the state under Connecticut's wrongful incarceration law.

Ireland, of New Britain, has been working as a bookkeeper.

Malloy also appointed Joy Chance of Bloomfield, Rufaro Berry of Hamden, Patricia Thomas Camp of Bloomfield and Terry Borjeson of Newington to the parole board.

Police: man robbed after making online date


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Hamden police say a man was attacked and robbed at his home during an arranged meeting with an 18-year-old woman he met on an online dating site.

WVIT-TV reports the man told police he invited the woman to stop by his apartment late Tuesday, and at some point she unlocked his front door for two male accomplices.

While the woman and the resident were in his bedroom, two other men came in and hit the victim on the back with a tire iron.

Police said the woman took several items including electronics, and fled with her accomplices. Police said one of the men jumped off a 25-foot-high balcony.

Police said when they arrived around 1 a.m. Wednesday the victim was treated for injuries to his back, nose and finger. He declined to go to a hospital.

State drops felony charges against ex-TV newsman


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Prosecutors have withdrawn felony charges against former WCBS news anchor Rob Morrison accused of calling his estranged wife more than 100 times over Memorial Day weekend, violating a protective order.

The 46-year-old Morrison was arrested in June by Darien police and charged with a felony for allegedly violating a judge's order and harassing Ashley Morrison.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that Morrison pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of breach of peace.

As he left Stamford Superior Court Tuesday, Morrison said he wants to move forward and taking the case to trial would not benefit his son or wife who now lives in Florida.

Morrison was arrested in February 2013 on charges he threatened and choked his wife. Threatening and breach of peace charges were expunged from his record in April.

Officials name firefighter killed in Connecticut


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials say a Hartford firefighter who died battling a house blaze was a six-year veteran who was married with a daughter. Three other firefighters were injured.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra on Wednesday identified the firefighter as 48-year-old Kevin Bell of Hartford. Officials said he was the first city firefighter to die in the line of duty in four decades.

Segarra says the injured firefighters are 29-year-old Jason Martinez, 34-year-old Colin McWeeny and 51-year-old Kevin Burke. Martinez, of Manchester, is in critical but stable condition at the burn treatment center at Bridgeport Hospital.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire on Tuesday night in the city's North End. Residents of the home got out safely.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Bell's memory.

Poll: Connecticut governor race is a dead heat


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut's race for governor is a dead heat.

The survey of 1,085 likely voters, released Wednesday, indicates Republican businessman Tom Foley no longer holds a lead over Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

When asked whom they'd support if the election were today, 43 percent said Malloy, 43 percent said Foley and 9 percent said petitioning candidate Joe Visconti. A Sept. 10 Quinnipiac Poll gave Foley a six-percentage point lead over Malloy.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said Malloy has cut into Foley's lead among men while improving his own lead among women.

But Schwartz said the survey found voters are not overly fond of any of the candidates.

The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Coast Guard sector issues new Ebola protocol


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) One U.S. Coast Guard sector says it will contact ships that have recently been to Ebola-affected countries to ask whether passengers have symptoms of the virus before they're allowed into port.

It issued a bulletin to the maritime community in Long Island Sound, which includes parts of New York and Connecticut, on Monday. The bulletin describes protocols being put into place due to Ebola. A spokesman at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington says he's unaware of other sectors taking similar action.

The Coast Guard says the policy applies to vessels that visited affected countries within their last five ports of call.

The Obama administration is considering whether to institute extra screening at airports to check passengers coming from Ebola-stricken countries. It has said it won't halt travel from those countries.

Lawyers' fees debated in action against mayor


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former East Haven official says the town should not pay for the defense of Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. accused of sexual harassment by a former Town Hall secretary.

The New Haven Register reports that Maturo's lawyer, Hugh Keefe of New Haven, is paid by the town. John Conway, a Wallingford lawyer, is representing the town and will be paid by the town.

The ex-secretary filed a sexual harassment complaint, saying she was subjected to a hostile work environment and was sexually harassed by Maturo.

Paul Hongo, who was deputy director of town affairs for former Democratic Mayor April Capone, said Maturo, a Republican, should be told the town will not be financially liable if he is found culpable.

Town Attorney Joseph Zullo said East Haven has backed its employees in past lawsuits.

Parolee accused of string of Conn. robberies


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Waterbury police have linked a 25-year-old parolee to seven robberies in a few days, beginning with his alleged theft of a late model Audi.

The Republican-American reports police found Kevin Savage hiding in an attic crawlspace Friday. They say they had coordinates broadcast from a GPS device attached to his ankle.

Authorities say Savage robbed a Cheshire bank, a sandwich shop in Naugatuck, a Watertown gas station and tried to rob a check-cashing store in Waterbury. Naugatuck police said Savage also is a suspect in two other robberies and Waterbury police say he admitted to robbing a gas station.

Savage was arraigned Monday in Waterbury Superior Court, where he was held in lieu of bonds totaling more than $700,000. He was represented by a public defender and didn't enter a plea.

City official faces ouster over niece's hiring


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The New Britain Civil Service Commission has voted to fine Mayor Pro Tem Suzanne Bielinski $2,500 and recommends her removal from office over the hiring of her niece as the Common Council's administrative supervisor.

The Herald of New Britain reports that the commission recommended to again post the job of administrative supervisor, which is held by Jessica Gerratana. A majority of the five-member panel made the recommendation, but members would not say what the vote was because it was in executive session.

The office of Corporation Counsel may uphold the recommendation, modify it or overrule it. Bielinski may appeal in Superior Court.

Bielinski would not comment until speaking with her lawyer.

Bielinski, sister of state Sen. Terry Gerratana, was part of the interviewing but recused herself from the final vote.

Cause of death after stun gun unknown for 4 weeks


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The state office of the chief medical examiner has performed an autopsy of a man who died after New London police used a stun gun twice in eight hours, but a cause of death won't be known for four to six weeks.

The Day of New London reports that the medical examiner's office did an autopsy Sunday on 31-year-old Lashano Gilbert.

Connecticut State Police are investigating the death of the medical school graduate from the Bahamas.

New London officers arrested Gilbert for an attempted carjacking at about 7 p.m. Friday. City police say they were forced to use a stun gun on Gilbert when he resisted arrest Friday evening and when he attacked officers at the police station Saturday morning.

He died Saturday morning.

New Haven suspect in murder pleads to manslaughter


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A suspect about to go to trial on a murder charge in a shooting death three years ago has accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for 28 years.

The New Haven Register reports that Shaquan Armour pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in connection with the shooting death of Lee Mitchell.

Eleven jurors had been selected. But after discussions with his public defender, Armour decided against risking going to trial and possibly receiving a much longer sentence.

Public defender Thomas Ullmann said he had a viable self-defense case on murder but his client could have been convicted on that charge.

He said the 28-year sentence is not a slap on the wrist

Reports of campus sex crimes climbing


BOSTON (AP) New England's largest colleges reported about 40 percent more sexual assaults last year when compared to 2012, an increase experts attribute to heightened awareness of the problem and more victims coming forward.

Reports of ``forcible sex offenses'' climbed to 289 last year, up from 206 in 2012, according to a Boston Globe review of data that colleges provided in annual federally mandated reports released last week.

The issue has received increased attention from the Obama administration.

Alison Kiss, director of the Clery Center for Security On Campus, says the numbers show that students are coming forward and reporting crimes and ``ending that culture of silence.''

Specialists also believe the spike in reporting may be because colleges are becoming more thorough and transparent in collecting and disclosing sexual assault data.

State AGs looking into JPMorgan data breach


NEW YORK (AP) The attorneys general of Illinois and Connecticut will look into a breach of JPMorgan Chase's computer servers.

The office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says it will investigate the breach and will work with the office of Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. Jepsen's office says it has been in touch with JPMorgan since the breach was first disclosed.

JPMorgan Chase Co. said Thursday that the breach compromised customer information pertaining to roughly 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. It says there is no evidence that the breach included account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers or dates of birth. It also noted that it has not seen any unusual customer fraud stemming from the data breach.

JPMorgan Chase is the largest U.S. bank in terms of assets.

Enfield fires officer accused of excessive force


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) An Enfield police officer who was accused of using excessive force during an arrest in April has been fired.

Police Chief Carl Sferrazza says the decision to dismiss Officer Matthew Worden came after a thorough investigation of the events surrounding the arrest of 25-year-old Mark Maher on April 1.

A police cruiser video shows three police officers forcing Maher to the ground and Worden punching him as he was pinned down. Maher told police he was doing nothing wrong when police asked to search him and a friend at a local boat launch.

Maher was charged with assault on a police officer and interfering with police, but a judge later dismissed those charges.

Hartford's state's attorney reviewed the case and declined to file any charges against Worden.

Dad pleads guilty to assault in child abuse case


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A father has pleaded guilty to assault in what authorities called the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen.

The Connecticut Post reports that Daquon Gomillion faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12.

Prosecutors say his 5-year-old boy was beaten repeatedly with a cord during an extended period of time and a portion of an ear is missing.

John Leventhal of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital said the child has extensive scarring over most of his body and the scars are too numerous to count.

The 23-year-old Gomillion pleaded guilty Thursday to assault and risk of injury to a child under the Alford Doctrine, which means he doesn't admit his guilt but concedes there is a good chance he could be found guilty if he went to trial.

Police say principal knew of teacher's sex crime


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut high school principal and assistant principal have been charged with failing to report a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student.

Stamford police Thursday arrested Stamford High School principal Donna Valentine and assistant principal Roth Nordin.

State law requires school officials to report any suspected relationship between and adult and a student.

Valentine's attorney, Mark Sherman, says the charges are only accusations and don't reflect the principal's long commitment to the safety of her students.

The teacher, Danielle Watkins of Norwalk, turned herself in to police in July to face sexual assault and other charges.

Police say an 18-year-old student told police the 32-year-old teacher had provided him with drugs and sex for months and threatened to fail him if he told anyone.

2 state agencies spar over revoked pistol permit


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The commissioner of the state's Public Safety Department has sued the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and a Derby man appealing the return of the man's pistol permit.

Scott Lazurek was a security guard whose permit was revoked by West Haven police in June 2013 when he refused to show his permit.

The New Haven Register reports that a charge of interfering with a police officer was dismissed in July 2013. The prosecutor said Lazurek ``was just stubborn.''

The state firearms permit examiners reinstated Lazurek's permit, saying he was a ``suitable person.''

The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection filed suit in September to appeal the reinstatement, saying the permit examiner's decision was inconsistent with precedent and law.

Lazurek says he's looking forward to having the state explain what he did wrong.

Father charged with cruelty in 'timeout' for son


LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) A North Canaan man has been charged with cruelty to his son after state police say he locked the 12-year-old child in a bulkhead leading to the basement as a timeout.

The Republican-American reports that Andrew Fallon was ordered Thursday to have no contact with his son, who's living in Florida with his aunt. Bond was set at $25,000.

The 46-year-old Fallon is charged with cruelty to persons, unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a child.

Police say Fallon locked the boy in an area between metal doors that lead to a basement and the locked basement door. Fallon told his sister the space was designed as a ``timeout'' zone for the boy to avoid misbehavior.

His lawyer, Michael Sconyers, did not immediately return a call Friday morning seeking comment.

Body washes ashore in Westbrook


WESTBROOK, Conn. (AP) State police are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that washed ashore in a beachfront neighborhood in Westbrook.

Troopers blocked off the Grove Beach area Wednesday morning as a state police Major Crime Squad team responded to the scene.

Police identified the woman as 72-year-old Carolee Bentley, who had home addresses in both Westbrook and White Plains, New York.

The body was found on the beach in a neighborhood of shorefront homes along a private road.

It's not clear how she died.

Connecticut man accused of tossing dog from car


ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) Authorities in New Jersey have accused a Connecticut man of forcing a dog out of a moving vehicle on the Garden State Parkway, resulting in its death.

Authorities issued 65-year-old Timothy Yowell of Bristol, Connecticut, with animal cruelty.

The Union County Prosecutor's Office says Yowell was driving on the parkway in Clark on Sept. 11 when the dog was forced from the car. The prosecutor's office says the rear of Yowell's car hit the dog before it was fatally struck by a second vehicle.

Assistant Prosecutor Jill O'Malley says Yowell did not stop and left the area. A tag was recovered indicating that the dog belonged to Yowell.

A conviction carries a prison sentence of 3 to 5 years.

Bank robber using assault rifle draws 9 years


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A bank robber who used an assault rifle in his heist has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

The Republican-American reports that Robert Jervis brought a Colt AR-15 rifle with him when he entered the bank last September and ordered customers to the floor.

Following a tip, police found Jervis the next day. Police recovered the rifle, cash from the bank and heroin.

The 29-year-old Jarvis pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of narcotics, breach of peace and violating his probation.

Two employees from the bank appeared in Waterbury Superior Court for Jervis's sentencing Wednesday, saying the robbery was terrifying. The teller who handed over the cash said she feared being shot.

Jervis was apologetic but Judge Roland Fasano said the robbery seemed to be more about intimidating people, rather than money.

Principal: Players were subjected to racist slurs


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A school principal says members of his high school's football team were subjected to racist taunts from among a group of adults in an eastern Connecticut town where his team had just played an away game and lost.

New London High School principal Tommy Thompson says a fight broke out after fans in Plainfield used the N-word in taunts against the players, called them ``monkeys'' and told them to ``get back in their cages'' when the players were heading to their buses Friday.

Two former Plainfield high school students were charged with breach of peace in connection with the fight.

Plainfield Police Chief Michael Surprenant says no one interviewed by police Friday mentioned the slurs, but he says the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

Police: Copper theft leads to man's electrocution


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Police say a Waterbury man has been electrocuted while trying to steal copper from a closed public housing complex.

The Republican-American reports authorities found bolt cutters that Jose Ortiz was using to strip wiring from a transformer box. The bolt cutters were soldered to the box.

Police say a hat, socks and shoe were nearby. The 48-year-old Ortiz was taken to Waterbury Hospital at 10 p.m. Sunday, wearing a shoe that matched the other found at the housing site. Authorities don't know who took him to the hospital, where he was declared dead.

Police don't believe Ortiz stole anything before he cut into the wrong wire. Housing officials say the empty building has been robbed repeatedly in recent months.

Housing authority Chairman James Lawlor says the building has been stripped.

Family plans 1-year memorial in DC shooting death


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The family of a Stamford woman who was fatally shot in her car in Washington, D.C., will protest on the one-year anniversary at the site where she was killed.

The Advocate of Stamford reports Valarie Carey said her family is seeking a ``fair and unbiased'' federal investigation into the Oct. 3, 2013, shooting death of her sister, Miriam Carey.

Prosecutors who investigated the incident that put the Capitol on lockdown concluded that officers from the Secret Service and the Capitol Police did not use excessive force and did not have the criminal intent required for a prosecution.

Valarie Carey said her family will head to Washington on Friday with supporters and friends. The gathering is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Garfield Memorial Circle on 1st Street in Washington.

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