BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Florida flight attendant has been acquitted in Connecticut of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy more than 100 times.
Connecticut Superior Court Judge George Thim on Thursday found Rafael Padilla-Cruz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., not guilty of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. There was no jury.
The Connecticut Post reports that Thim said he could not conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Padilla-Cruz sexually abused the youngster.
Padilla-Cruz's lawyer said he was vilified because he is gay.
The boy, who is now 16, testified that Padilla-Cruz, a family acquaintance, raped him almost daily between 2007 and 2008 while he was living with the boy's family.
Trial testimony says the boy was expelled from school in 2008 for drug abuse and violent behavior. He underwent mental health therapy.
TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) A federal judge has sentenced to five years in prison a Torrington man convicted of bank fraud and described by federal prosecutors as a ``recidivist of the worst order.''
The Republican-American reports that Steven Finkler also was sentenced for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a previous federal conviction.
The 49-year-old Finkler was out of prison for a few weeks in July 2012 following a seven-year sentence when prosecutors say he deposited a bogus $10,000 check and withdrew $9,828 before the bank realized the check was counterfeit.
Authorities say he deposited forged checks and forged a check from the federal prison where he was being held.
Prosecutors say Finkler defrauded his mother with credit card charges totaling nearly $413,000.
The U.S. attorney said he should be jailed for as long as possible.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Hartford Superior Court judge has ordered a new election in New Britain to correct an Election Day ballot mix-up.
The New Britain Herald reports that 17 ballots used in Ward 5 in voting on Nov. 5 presented the names of candidates for alderman in Ward 2.
Democratic Aldermen Carlo Carlozzi Jr. and Roy Centeno, the top vote-getters who won the election, could appeal to the state Supreme Court. Their lawyer, Thomas McDonough, said a decision has not been made.
Carlozzi was outraged at the ruling, saying turnout next month will be tiny and the election decided by few voters.
Centeno said he's disappointed and that a re-vote will cost taxpayers $15,000.
The new election is set for Jan. 7.
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a Connecticut college student arrested carrying two handguns on campus also had an assault rifle in his car, and police found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings of the Colorado theater shooting at his home.
Twenty-two-year-old William Dong was arraigned Wednesday. A state judge ordered a mental health evaluation. Dong is detained on $500,000 bail on charges including illegal possession of an assault weapon.
No shots were fired in Tuesday's scare on the University of New Haven campus in West Haven. Police aren't sure why Dong brought guns to campus but say he had permits for the handguns.
Police say that in Dong's padlocked bedroom at his Fairfield home, they found the ammunition and newspaper stories about the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting that killed 12 people and wounded 70 last year.
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) Darien police are re-examining a 35-year-old homicide, relying on advances in DNA testing.
Greg Sjolander, a Montreal hairdresser and parolee, was found dead behind an abandoned building in December 1978. The last confirmed sighting of Sjolander was in November 1978 when he was seen in Stamford.
The News-Times reports that police say the case was last examined in the early 1980s. Police say evidence from the Sjolander homicide was processed by the FBI forensic lab in 1979. Some evidence is being sent to the FBI Lab in Quantico, Va., for re-analysis.
Evidence also is being sent to the Connecticut State Forensic Lab for DNA testing.
Darien investigators believe Sjolander's death is connected with another unsolved 1978 killing of Darien native Ronald Poole. He was found fatally shot in Dutchess County, N.Y.
HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) New England's electric grid operator says consumers can expect to have enough electricity to run their heating systems this winter.
But ISO-New England said Wednesday that the region's increased reliance on natural gas is making the region vulnerable to delivery problems during periods of extreme cold.
ISO says most natural gas-fired generators do not hold long-term fuel-delivery contracts but instead rely on local gas companies that may not have gas available when demand is high. The ISO then dispatches oil- and coal-fired power plants, which are more costly and run infrequently.
For this winter, ISO has secured nearly 2 million megawatt-hours of energy from oil-fired generators, oil- and natural gas-fired generators and energy-saving agreements with companies to reduce power if asked. ISO calls it an insurance policy for New England.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A lockdown was lifted at the University of New Haven hours after a report of a man near campus with what appeared to be a rifle.
The school and police said earlier Tuesday a person was taken into custody and weapons recovered. No one was injured. West Haven police say 22-year old William Dong of Fairfield has been charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon, transporting an assault weapon, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and breach of peace.
West Haven Police say guns, ammunition and clippings of stories about mass murders were recovered from the man's Fairfield home.
After the report came in just before 1 p.m., the university urged students and staff to stay inside, and several police officers responded to the West Haven school.
The university lifted the lockdown around 5:30 p.m. after police searched the main campus. Restrictions on the north and south campuses had been lifted earlier after searches there. Evening classes were canceled.
The report of an armed man marked the third scare at a Connecticut university in the last several weeks.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) The head of the Federal Railroad Administration is blasting Metro North railroad following a derailment that killed four people and injured more than 60.
Joseph Szabo says in a letter that his administration and the U.S. Transportation Department ``have serious concerns'' following by Sunday's Bronx train accident and three others that occurred in New York and Connecticut from May through July.
Szabo notes that a federal team has been working closely with Metro-North Railroad and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But he says ``immediate corrective action is imperative.''
The MTA says the safety of its customers ``has always been, and will always continue to be'' its top priority.
It says a panel is conducting a comprehensive probe of the ``safety culture'' throughout the MTA and it looks forward to further work with federal officials.
An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like ``daze'' and nodded at the controls before suddenly realizing something was wrong and hitting the brakes, a lawyer said.
Attorney Jeffrey Chartier accompanied engineer William Rockefeller to his interview with National Transportation Safety Board investigators Tuesday and described the account Rockefeller gave. Chartier said the engineer experienced a nod or ``a daze,'' almost like road fatigue or the phenomenon sometimes called highway hypnosis. He couldn't say how long it lasted.
What Rockefeller remembers is ``operating the train, coming to a section where the track was still clear then, all of a sudden, feeling something was wrong and hitting the brakes,'' Chartier said. ``... He felt something was not right, and he hit the brakes.''
He called Rockefeller ``a guy with a stellar record who, I believe, did nothing wrong.''
``You've got a good guy and an accident,'' he said. ``... A terrible accident is what it is.''
Rockefeller ``basically nodded,'' said Anthony Bottalico, leader of the rail employees union, relating what he said the engineer told him.
``He had the equivalent of what we all have when we drive a car,'' Bottalico said. ``That is, you sometimes have a momentary nod or whatever that might be.''
NTSB member Earl Weener said it was too soon to say whether the accident was caused by human error. But he said investigators have found no problems with the train's brakes or rail signals.
Alcohol tests on the train's crew members were negative, and investigators were awaiting the results of drug tests, the NTSB said.
Federal investigators wouldn't comment on Rockefeller's level of alertness around the time of the Sunday morning wreck in the Bronx. They said late Tuesday they had removed Bottalico's union, the Association of Commuter Rail Employees, as a participant in the investigation over a breach of confidentiality after he publicly discussed information related to it.
Two law enforcement officials said the engineer told police at the scene that his mind was wandering before he realized the train was in trouble and by then it was too late to do anything about it. One of the officials said Rockefeller described himself as being ``in a daze'' before the wreck.
The officials, who were briefed on the engineer's comments, weren't authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Questions about Rockefeller's role mounted rapidly after investigators disclosed on Monday that the Metro-North Railroad commuter train jumped the tracks after going into a curve at 82 mph, or nearly three times the 30 mph speed limit.
Rockefeller, 46, has worked for the railroad for 15 years and has been an engineer for 10, Weener said. He lives in Germantown, 40 miles south of Albany.
On the day of the crash, Rockefeller was on the second day of a five-day work week, reporting at 5:04 a.m. after a typical nine-hour shift the day before, Weener said.
``There's every indication that he would have had time to get full restorative sleep,'' he said.
Weener didn't address specifically what the engineer was doing in the hours before his shift started but said part of the investigation will be creating a 72-hour timeline of his activities.
Chartier said Rockefeller had gotten ``a proper amount of sleep,'' having gone to bed at 8:30 the previous night to wake up at 3:30 a.m. for his shift. He said Rockefeller, before going to bed, had been spending time at home.
Rockefeller had begun running that route on Nov. 17, two weeks before the wreck. Bottalico said Rockefeller was familiar with the route and qualified to run it.
He said Rockefeller had switched just weeks earlier from the night shift to the day shift, ``so he did have a change in his hours and his circadian rhythms with regard to sleep.''
The New York Police Department is conducting its own investigation, with help from the Bronx district attorney's office, in the event the derailment becomes a criminal case.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the engineer could be faulted for the train's speed if nothing else.
``Certainly, we want to make sure that that operator is disciplined in an appropriate way,'' he said. ``There's such a gross deviation from the norm.''
A former supervisor, Michael McLendon, who retired from the railroad about a year ago, called Rockefeller ``a stellar employee.''
McLendon said he was stunned when he heard about the crash, shortly after opening his mail to find a Christmas card from Rockefeller and his wife.
``I said, `Well, I can't imagine Billy making a mistake,''' McLendon said. ``Not intentionally, by any stretch of the imagination.''
University of Dayton professor Steven Harrod, who studies transportation, said trains typically don't have a speed or cruise control but a power control, and once it's set a train can pick up speed on its own because of the terrain.
``Thus, if the engineer loses attention, the train can gain speed without intervention,'' Harrod said.
In case of an engineer becoming incapacitated, the train's front car was equipped with a dead man's pedal, which must be depressed or the train will automatically slow down.
Trains also can have alarms, sometimes called alerters, which sound if the operators' controls haven't been moved within a certain timeframe. If an engineer doesn't respond, often by pressing a button, brakes automatically operate. But the train that derailed didn't have such a system, a Metro-North spokeswoman said.
Congress has ordered commuter and freight railroads to install technology called positive train control, which uses electronics to monitor trains' positions and speed and stop derailments and other problems, by the end of 2015.
Crews are rebuilding the damaged track where Rockefeller's train crashed. Officials expect 98 percent of service to be restored to the affected line Wednesday, Cuomo said.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Manchester is reviewing a massive, $100 million plan to upgrade and reconfigure the town's school system to renovate buildings and account for racial balance and building design requirements for the handicapped.
The Journal-Inquirer reports that the plan calls for closing two elementary schools and consolidating.
Voters would have to approve $90 million to $100 million in bonds to finance the project. The state is expected to reimburse about $60 million.
A consultant identified three elementary schools that could be closed.
About 1,000 Manchester students have left town schools in favor of charter schools or private education, costing taxpayers about $2 million a year.
A man was seen at a supermarket across from the University of New Haven campus with a rifle prompting a lockdown. University officials say there is one suspect in custody. The lockdown has been lifted. A "shelter in place" order was made as a methodical search took place of buildings on campus.
Fairfield police say two handguns and ammunition have been recovered from a University of New Haven student who was taken into custody today near the West Haven campus. Police say the student had legal permits for the handguns.
Classes for the rest of Tuesday have been cancelled.
This follows the hoax phone call to Yale University last month of a person coming to that campus with a gun, and the post-Halloween scare at Central Connecticut State University where a student wearing a ninja costume sparked fears of a gunman or a man with a sword.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey says it recorded a small earthquake in southeast Connecticut last Friday, explaining loud booms reported by several residents.
The 2.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded Friday morning and centered about 2 miles east of Conning Towers-Nautilus Park in Groton.
The noises produced by the earthquakes prompted numerous calls to police and fire departments, which searched the area looking for signs of an explosion.
Justin Starr, a research assistant at the Weston Observatory at Boston College, tells The Day of New London that the quakes were small and close to the surface. The release of seismic energy causes the earth's surface to act like a speaker and emit a sound like an explosion.
Starr said similar quakes jostled Massachusetts and New Hampshire in October and are not uncommon.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say the three-day delay in releasing information about the death of a Yale professor while in detention was an oversight.
Police announced last Wednesday that Samuel See had been found unresponsive in his cell at the detention facility the previous Sunday.
Assistant Chief Archie Generoso tells the New Haven Register the delay was not sinister, but an oversight.
He said the announcement would likely have been made on Nov. 25, the day after See's death. But police and other authorities were preoccupied that day with an anonymous report of a gunman that prompted a lockdown at Yale University.
The 34-year-old See was an assistant professor of English and American studies and was on leave.
He had been charged with violating a protective order, threatening and interfering with police.
UNDATED (AP) The number of Metro-North train accidents has improved during the past decade, but this year will have the first annual increase since 2010 to 2011.
According to a Federal Railroad Administration database, the number of train accidents peaked at 40 in 2005 but fell to 15 in 2010 and six in 2012.
Train accident injuries, however, are far higher this year than any in the past 10. Through August, 123 people were injured in Metro-North train accidents. Before this year, the highest number was seven in 2007.
Metro-North derailments peaked at seven in 2006, but dropped to five in 2011. There were three last year and three through August of this year.
On Sunday, a Metro-North train derailed in New York City, killing four people and injuring more than 60.
Senator Richard Blumenthal has called on federal officials to conduct an expedited investigation of the fatal derailment of a Metro-North passenger train.
The Connecticut Democrat said Sunday he contacted Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, and urged an expedited probe into the derailment in the Bronx that killed 4 and injured more than 60.
A spokesman for the agency did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Blumenthal is a member of the subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security.
He said Metro-North must confront questions about adequacy of equipment, tracks and maintenance and repair practices.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The state is investigating allegations that Bridgeport Town Clerk Alma Maya waived a campaign fine for a City Council candidate and falsified documents to hide the waiver.
The Connecticut Post reports that a complaint with the state Elections Enforcement Commission says Town Clerk Alma Maya refused to charge fellow Democrat Richard DeJesus a $100 fine for filing his financial report a day late in September.
DeJesus was a petition candidate in the Sept. 10 primary. He won the race and November's general election and was sworn into office on Sunday.
Two assistant town clerks complained to the city's Office of Labor Relations, which called in the city attorney who passed the case on to state officials.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say most motor vehicle violations over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend were down from last year.
State Police said Monday that troopers arrested 1,134 motorists for alleged speeding, 43 who were accused of driving under the influence and investigated 562 accidents, which included one fatality.
Last year, State Police made 1,611 arrests for speeding and 62 for driving under the influence. Two deaths were reported among 412 accidents.
State Police say they'll continue traffic enforcement until the end of the holiday season.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Fire Department of New York says there are "multiple injuries" in a Metro-North passenger train derailment, but the extent of the injuries is unclear. Police say there are four fatalities. The train on the Hudson line was coming from Poughkeepsie. The MTA had identified the four people who died by early Sunday evening: Jim Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, N.Y.; James Ferrari, 59, of Montrose, N.Y.; Donna Smith, 54, of Newburgh, N.Y., and Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens, N.Y.
63 people were injured, 11 in critical condition. Fire officials say three of the four fatalities were people thrown from the train when it derailed.
The FDNY says the train derailment in the Bronx was reported at 7:20 a.m. Sunday near the Spuyten Duyvil station. Photos taken of the accident scene show eight cars derailed. NBC is citing a senior Metro North official in saying two train cars on their sides need to be uprighted before the full extent of casualties are known.
The fire department says 130 firefighters are on the scene.
Amtrak service is suspended between NYC and Albany. Service on Metro North's Hudson line is suspended indefinitely.
Edwin Valero was in an apartment building above the accident scene when the train derailed. He says none of the cars went into the water where the Harlem River meets the Hudson, but at least one ended up a few feet from the edge.
(Picture courtesy of Naomi Fink)
He says he didn't realize the train had turned on its side until he saw a firefighter walking on the window.
This is the third recent incident involving Metro North trains. Two happened in May in Connecticut. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating this latest derailment.
Metro-North track foreman Robert Luden, a 52-year-old East Haven resident, died after he was hit by a train at the site of the future West Haven Metro-North train station in May in Connecticut. The accident came less than two weeks after a train derailed near the Fairfield-Bridgeport border, injuring more than 70 people and disrupting service for days.
STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) Authorities are trying to determine the source of several loud booms heard in Stonington.
Stonington Police Capt. Jerry Desmond told The Day of New London that the department received multiple phone calls Friday morning from people living in the Old Mystic section of town. The callers said they heard three loud booms or explosions that also shook their houses.
Desmond said police and fire officials are searching the area, including construction sites and power lines, but have not yet determined a cause for the noises.
Desmond said the police department did not receive any reports of damage or power outages.
Nancy Peta of Old Mystic told The Day about how the booms, approximately 15 minutes apart, felt like an earthquake and sounded like an exploding propane tank or plane crash.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Norwich police are investigating a crash involving a local bus that sent five people to the hospital for treatment.
The Norwich Bulletin reported the accident happened Friday, shortly after 2 p.m. in the downtown area, between Water and Main Streets. A Southeast Area Transit District bus traveling to the Norwichtown Mall collided with a sport utility vehicle.
Norwich Fire Department Capt. Jim Kurasz told the newspaper that two adults in the SUV and three people riding in the bus were taken to The William W. Backus Hospital. Their condition was not immediately available.
Police closed off traffic to investigate the crash and to clear the scene.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Connecticut is pushing aggressively to expand solar energy to homes.
A state effort backed by $9 million supplied by utility ratepayers tries to join as many homeowners as possible to lower the cost of residential solar installation.
The intent is to boost nonpolluting energy, reduce demand on the electric grid and cut dependence on overseas fuel sources such as oil.
Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority says it's installing solar panels in 22 of the state's 169 towns and cities.
In the past 22 months, 2,160 residential solar systems contracts have been approved.
After a state rebate of about $8,000 and a 30 percent federal tax credit, the cost of a home solar system would be cut to $8,000 to $12,000.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say they have images from a surveillance camera of the suspect who made a phone call saying an armed man was heading to shoot up Yale University.
Authorities also say they have identified several people of interest in their investigation following Monday's six-hour campus lockdown. New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman said Monday he was leaning toward the incident being a hoax.
SWAT teams searching the Ivy League campus didn't find a gunman after a room-by-room search. No one was injured.
A 911 call was received at 9:48 a.m. Monday from a man at a pay phone about a mile from the campus who said his roommate was on the way to the university to shoot people.
Classes aren't in session this week.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Nurses and other caregivers are on strike and set up a picket line outside Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London after the company and union representing 800 workers failed to agree on a new contract.
Picket lines formed early Wednesday morning as the union, AFT Connecticut, accused hospital negotiators of refusing to continue talks.
The hospital says the disagreement is due to what it calls the union's ``unyielding demand'' for 100 percent job security. The hospital says such a demand is unrealistic because of changes in the health care industry.
The union accuses the hospital of transferring work to affiliates that are non-union.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sided with the union. Malloy, a Democrat, said Tuesday that while it takes two to negotiate, L+M has shown no desire to reach consensus.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Four Bridgeport police detectives have been placed on desk duty as State Police determine which one fatally shot a suspected gun runner in an undercover operation.
The Connecticut Post reports that police say the driver tried to crash through a group of State Police, Bridgeport detectives and other investigators surrounding the car Monday night.
Police officers opened fire after they said the passenger, Carnell Williams, pointed a gun at them.
The 23-year-old Williams of Bridgeport was fatally shot. His unidentified girlfriend, who was driving the car, was shot in the face.
Police have not identified the officers involved or will say how many shots were fired.
Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. said Tuesday that the task force has taken 50 guns off Bridgeport's streets without harming anyone.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Authorities say two people have been injured in an officer-involved shooting in Bridgeport.
It happened Monday night in the parking lot of a shopping plaza.
Investigators say the man and woman were allegedly involved in some type of criminal investigation before the shooting.
They were taken to area hospitals.
Their names and conditions were not immediately released.
Investigators say the Bridgeport police officer involved in the shooting was with a team of officers. Multiple officers reportedly drew their weapons, but only one fired.
WFSB-TV reports the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad is investigating, along with the Bridgeport Police Internal Affairs division.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven authorities say they did not find a gunman on Yale's campus and are leaning toward a call warning of an armed man heading to shoot up the school being a hoax.
New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman said at a news conference Monday afternoon that New Haven and the Yale campus are both safe.
A lockdown was ended for the entire campus Monday afternoon after police spent the day searching rooms to confirm that no gunman was on campus.
New Haven police Officer David Hartman says an anonymous caller from a pay phone nearby told them his roommate had a gun and was heading to the campus.
Esserman says police hope to track down and arrest the caller.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding people to be careful preparing food for the holidays so they don't get sick.
Tracey Weeks is coordinator of the department's food protection program. She says one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. Most will recover but some people can get very sick or even die.
She says holiday buffets, party trays or even poorly stored turkeys can make people sick.
The department recommends people wash their hands thoroughly and wash and sanitize surfaces that come into contact with food.
Turkeys also must be properly thawed and should be cooked until their internal temperatures reach 165 degrees. The stuffing also needs to reach that temperature and the safest way to cook it is outside the turkey.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is advising students and staff to shelter in place while authorities investigate a report of a person with a gun on or near its campus in New Haven, Conn.
Yale issued the alert Monday morning and advised those on campus to remain in place until there is additional information. Police received an anonymous call from a phone booth reporting a person on campus with a gun.
Yale officials say students went home over the weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday. No classes are being held today.
New Haven Police Department Lieutenant Jeff Hoffman told Yale Daily News that a man has been detained on Elm Street amd that he is being interviewed, but did not have a gun.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London police and U.S. marshals say they've caught a man wanted since February for assaulting an infant in Willimantic.
Authorities say 22-year-old Scottye Luis Valladares was arrested in New London on Friday and charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and second-degree strangulation. He's scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Danielson Superior Court.
Willimantic police say Valladares assaulted a girl under 1 year old while baby-sitting her in February. Officials say the girl recovered and is doing well.
Valladares is being held on bail. A message was left Sunday for an attorney who represented him in a misdemeanor assault case from last year. Valladares was sentenced in October of last year to 18 months of probation in that case.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion has a new infant son.
The baby was born over the weekend to Dr. William Petit and his wife Christine.
The former Christine Paluf met Petit volunteering for the Petit Family Foundation. William Petit created the charity in memory of his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela.
The family was held hostage for hours and their Cheshire home set on fire. William Petit was severely beaten but survived.
Petit and his new wife announced shortly before their first wedding anniversary on Aug. 5 that they were expecting a child.
Governor Dannel Malloy says Connecticut will not go along with President Obama's health care law fix allowing people who received insurance plan cancellation notices to keep those plans. Malloy says the solution offered last week won’t work for Connecticut.
In explaining his decision, Malloy said those potentially impacted, insurers have told the state they do not plan to continue those policies already slated to be replaced. Malloy said even if insurers change their minds and decide to renew the policies, the rates would increase significantly this year, and again next year.
Connecticut is joining all of its neighboring states--New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, as well as Vermont and others--in forgoing this option because it is not a practical solution for Connecticut.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been arrested on charges the he made threats against President Barack Obama and the president's family.
A federal judge in Hartford ordered 32-year-old Joshua Klimas of Coventry to be admitted to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation following his arrest on Wednesday by U.S. Secret Service agents.
Federal prosecutors allege that Klimas sent a message in June to the White House website that contained several threatening statements against Obama and his family.
No phone number listing was found for Klimas, and it was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.
The investigation of the case has involved the University of Connecticut police and the Coventry police department in addition to the Secret Service.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) As the nation remembers President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death, flags will be flown at half-staff in Connecticut.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed that U.S. and Connecticut flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday. Malloy said Connecticut will follow a proclamation issued by President Barack Obama for the honor to Kennedy.
Kennedy, a native of neighboring Massachusetts, was assassinated during a visit to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
Malloy said that half a century after Kennedy's death, his ``call to action for every citizen to better our great nation and serve our fellow man'' continues to inspire Americans.
Malloy said people should take a moment to reflect on how ``we can each do our part to carry on President Kennedy's legacy.''
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel has been freed while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling that gives him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.
Skakel was granted bail Thursday after a bond hearing in Stamford Superior Court and walked out of court a couple of hours later. He had been serving 20 years to life.
A judge ruled last month that Skakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted in Moxley's golf club bludgeoning in wealthy Greenwich when they were 15.
Skakel is the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy. Robert Kennedy Jr. had said as the release was pending that he feels ``pure joy'' and has said his cousin is innocent.
The Skakel family released the following statement: "This is the first step in correcting a terrible wrong. We look forward to Michael being vindicated and justice finally being served. We are thankful to God that after 11 and one half years he will be reunited with his son. We are grateful for the love and prayers of Michael's many supporters who have sustained him through this ordeal."
Martha's brother John Moxley said: "We're obviously disappointed in Judge Bishop's disappointing. It's difficult when it's the messenger not the message...it's a technicality that Michael's out on bail. We stand behind the state. We know the state will appeal and we're confident that Judge Bishop's decision will be overturned."
Martha's mother said: "We are free we can do things. Michael is still a convicted criminal...I'm disappointed, but this is life now."
Moxley's mother has said she remains convinced Skakel is guilty.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport woman faces a felony charge as authorities say she witnessed abuse to her son and failed to report it.
Bridgeport police arrested 22-year-old Jarelis Lugo in New Haven Wednesday on a warrant of risk of injury to a minor. The Connecticut Post reports that her bond was set at $50,000.
It was not known Thursday morning if Lugo is represented by a lawyer.
Daquon Gomillion, the father of the 5-year-old boy, pleaded not guilty last month to child abuse charges. He's accused of beating the boy.
Gomillion remains in jail on $750,000 bond.
Superior Court Judge Earl Richards called the abuse ``horrific.''
Police said the boy had scars on his legs, back and chest and part of an ear was missing. A lip had been split, healed and split again.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) The state's top prison official has defended placing transient inmates, including sex offenders, on supervised release in communities.
James Dzurenda, interim commissioner of the state Department of Correction, says it helps reduce recidivism rates and protect victims.
He spoke Wednesday to the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments.
He said he does not want to put the inmates back where their victims are. He says the best thing is find locations for them to secure housing and help them succeed.
Norwich officials expressed anger in September to the placement of two sex offenders in apartments near playgrounds.
Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom said he was not reassured by Dzurenda's presentation. He says he is very concerned about offenders being placed near parks and playgrounds without regard to local zoning laws.
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) A second former Torrington High School football player has been sentenced to prison for his role in the sexual assaults of two 13-year-olds, who were later harassed on social media for bringing charges.
Eighteen-year-old Joan Toribio was sentenced in Litchfield Superior Court Tuesday to nine months in prison. He pleaded guilty in September to second-degree sexual assault under a deal with prosecutors.
Co-defendant Edgar Gonzalez, the football team's most valuable player a year ago, is serving a six-year sentence.
Authorities say the victims and players knew one another, and the girls had sneaked out of their homes at 3 a.m. to visit Toribio's home.
State law prohibits sexual encounters between a 13-year-old and anyone more than three years older. Prosecutors say that in Gonzalez's case, there was no consent.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) New York Yankees fans in Connecticut outnumber followers of the rival Red Sox, but the Boston World Series champions are winning support for the team's charity in Connecticut.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Red Sox Foundation hope the Red Sox's win over St. Louis last month will boost interest in a specialty plate raising money for a college scholarship fund for state students.
The Republican-American reports that the foundation has reported nearly 600 applications for the charity plates, which display the signature pair of red socks and cost $115.
The plates raised $177,420 in the last fiscal year.
Baseball fans have leaned more toward the Yankees than the Red Sox in a Quinnipiac poll in the last five years, with the split this year at 42 percent to 37 percent.
TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) Police have shot and killed a 500-pound escaped bull that roamed around Trumbull for several hours, forcing a local elementary school to keep pupils indoors until the animal left the area.
The Connecticut Post reports that the 8-month-old bull escaped from a property in nearby Monroe on Tuesday morning. It wandered through wooded areas and along side streets in Monroe before entering the northern section of Trumbull.
Authorities tried to tranquilize the bull several times but it ran away. Trumbull police asked that pupils at the Tashua School be held until the bull was gone. They were dismissed from school about 20 minutes late.
Trumbull Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry says the bull eventually entered a secluded area, where it was shot and killed. No one was hurt.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's Department of Revenue Services says it has collected up to $180 million from its tax amnesty program, surpassing the $35 million the General Assembly estimated could be amassed from tax delinquents.
The approximate $145 million difference is expected to be deposited into the state's Rainy Day Fund.
Most of the money came from businesses that owed back corporate income tax, as well as sales and use taxes.
Kevin Sullivan, the state's tax commissioner, called the amnesty the most successful in state history. The largest payment was $20 million, while the oldest dated back to 1988. Sullivan would not provide details about either payment.
The amnesty ran from Sept. 16 to Nov. 15. Individuals and businesses could apply for a 75 percent reduction in interest owed on back state taxes.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) A Groton woman has been charged with stealing prescription drugs from a Navy housing area for sailors.
Thirty-year-old Kasey Carper is charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny and possession of a firearm. She is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Police Lt. John Varone said Carper was arrested Monday after several people in the Polaris Park section of Navy housing reported suspicious activity.
It was not immediately clear whether Carper has an attorney. She is due to appear in court Tuesday.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Unemployed and underemployed Connecticut construction workers are being trained to work on planned gas distribution and transmission pipeline construction projects.
It is part of a massive plan to expand natural gas service to about 280,000 new customers across the state over the next decade.
Earlier this year, the General Assembly and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy authorized state regulators to approve a new rate plan to finance the expansion program. A final ruling by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is expected to be issued on Nov. 21.
The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 478, is holding a news conference and training demonstration on Tuesday at the union's training center in Meriden, where 24 workers are being trained. Malloy and other officials are expected to be on hand for the event.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police have identified a New York City man who was shot to death in the city's 11th homicide of the year.
Officers and paramedics responded to the shooting early Sunday morning of Karlhenry Gay of Brooklyn.
Police say he appeared to have been shot once in an argument with several other people. He was declared dead at St. Vincent's Hospital.
Police haven't made any arrests and are looking for suspects. Anyone with information is urged to call Bridgeport police.
No other details were available Monday morning.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Some lawmakers have criticized the consolidation of state trooper barracks and dispatching, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy insists the mergers are saving money.
The Journal Inquirer reports that Rep. Mae Flexer, a Killingly Democrat, told budget chief Benjamin Barnes at a recent hearing that the consolidations are not saving money and could affect public safety.
The consolidation made troops D and K in Colchester and Troop E in Montville substations of Troop C in Tolland. Dispatching for eastern Connecticut is done at Troop C and the other barracks aren't staffed at night.
The dispatch consolidations started last year with three police barracks merging in western Connecticut. State police also combined Troop W at Bradley International Airport into Troop H in Hartford, but the merger was limited by federal airport safety regulations.
SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) A Waterbury man is in critical condition after he was hit by two vehicles on Interstate 84.
State Police say William Macao was hit while standing next to his disabled car on the westbound side of the highway.
The 24-year-old Macao lost control of his car in the initial accident on I-84 eastbound. His SUV crossed the median and landed on its roof.
Macao was out of his overturned car following the first accident, and was standing next to it when another motorist hit the car and Macao. He was thrown onto the highway where he was hit by a second vehicle.
Macao was taken to Waterbury Hospital with incapacitating head injuries. He was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he was in critical condition late Sunday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's Department of Insurance is reviewing President Barack Obama's plan to give insurance companies the option to continue offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled because they don't meet minimum levels of coverage required by the Affordable Care Act.
As part of the review, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will hold a meeting with Connecticut's health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT, and others to review the ramifications of Obama's announcement.
Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT, said Connecticut has not experienced a lot of policy cancellations because it already has state mandates that impose minimum coverage requirements. Unlike other states, he said Connecticut ``doesn't have those kind of plans,'' such as so-called ``mini-med plans,'' which can have annual dollar limits on benefits.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say shots were fired at the car of an off-duty corrections officer but he was not struck and the suspects are in custody.
Police say the corrections officer was in his personal vehicle stopped for a red light shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday when the suspect vehicle pulled alongside the officer and had an aggressive conversation with him. Police say one of the suspects pulled out a firearm and fired several rounds into the corrections officer's vehicle and fled. The corrections officer called 911 and followed the vehicle.
The suspects again opened fire on the officer, who at one point returned fire with his firearm.
Police caught the suspects, who also were not struck by gunfire, and the suspect's firearm was recovered.
EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman imprisoned for the past 27 years for murder is being freed four years early, after state officials took the rare step of granting her clemency.
Bonnie Jean Foreshaw is expected to leave York Correctional Institution in East Lyme on Friday morning. Relatives plan to drive her to her new home at her granddaughter's house in Manchester.
The 66-year-old Foreshaw was sentenced to 45 years in prison for premeditated murder in the 1986 killing of a pregnant woman, Joyce Amos, in Hartford. The fetus didn't survive. Foreshaw argued she shot Amos by accident while defending herself against another person.
Foreshaw was to be freed in August 2017 with good behavior credits. The state Board of Pardons and Paroles granted her clemency last month, despite opposition from Amos' family.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A bond hearing has been scheduled for next week for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel as he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.
Prosecutor Susann Gill said Wednesday that authorities in Connecticut decided not to appeal a ruling last week that lifted a stay in the case.
The bond hearing for Skakel is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Stamford Superior Court.
A judge ruled last month that Skakel's trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted in Moxley's golf club bludgeoning. The judge lifted a stay of his ruling last week, saying he didn't believe Skakel should have to stay in prison while the ruling is appealed.
MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (AP) A deal to install a hidden cellular tower in a Middletown church steeple has fallen through.
The Republican-American reports that members of the board of trustees of the Middlebury Congregational Church were negotiating with Verizon Wireless. Jonathan Dayton, chairman of the church board, said Wednesday that money for the deal was pulled. He did not provide details.
The deal could have generated as much as $2,500 a month in revenue for the church.
Verizon would have helped rebuild part of the steeple housing most of the cellular equipment.
The newspaper said a Verizon representative was not available for comment.
Another church has been enlisted in the effort to boost cell phone use. The steeple at the 183-year-old First Church of Bethlehem is being replaced and fitted with an antenna.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Court records show police are issuing fewer tickets to motorists illegally talking on the phone.
The Journal Inquirer reports that police issued 38,556 tickets in 2011. That decreased to 30,109 in 2012.
As of September, police issued 26,869 tickets.
The number of tickets for second and third offenses is small, but has increased. Police issued 658 second-offense tickets in 2011, 690 the following year and 721 through September.
Police issued 135 third-offense tickets in 2011, 128 in 2012 and 142 so far in 2013.
A State Police spokesman says troopers don't have the technology to quickly determine if a motorist has been previously cited for a cellphone infraction.
A new law allows reporting of distracted driving offenses to insurance companies and increasing fines for texting and using hand-held phones while driving.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut State Police Union is accusing a high-ranking department official of improperly ordering a recording from his cruiser camera erased, after he allegedly left his wireless microphone on and it recorded a command staff meeting at state police headquarters.
The union also alleged Tuesday that state police leaders are allowing Lt. Col. Robert Corona to retire Dec. 1 without facing discipline for the incident. The union questions agency leaders' integrity.
Corona declined to talk with an Associated Press reporter when reached on his cellphone.
State police Lt. J. Paul Vance says Corona never ordered any recordings destroyed. Vance says Corona committed a minor infraction of agency rules when he ordered a recording transferred from a computer server onto a CD.
Vance didn't have details of the transfer.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Central Connecticut State University says a student who set off a campus lockdown when he wore an apparent Halloween costume including a sword and a BB gun has left school.
Spokesman Mark McLaughlin tells the New Britain Herald Tuesday 21-year-old David Kyem of Newington is no longer enrolled, but didn't provide more information, citing privacy laws.
Peter Kyem, a CCSU professor, has said his son made a mistake in wearing the costume to campus Nov. 4. A woman who answered at a telephone listing for Peter Kyem told The Associated Press Tuesday night no one would comment.
David Kyem is to appear in court Thursday on a breach of peace charge related to the lockdown, and a trespassing charge the university brought when he allegedly returned to campus after being asked to temporarily stay away.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state trooper accused of stealing money from a dying man after a motorcycle crash has rejected a plea bargain and will go to trial.
The Connecticut Post reports that Aaron ``AJ'' Huntsman on Tuesday turned down the deal that would have required one year in prison. If the 43-year-old Huntsman is convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.
Huntsman, a 19-year veteran of the State Police, is charged with larceny, interfering with police and tampering with evidence. He's accused of stealing $3,700 from 49-year-old John Scalesse on Sept. 22, 2012.
Scalesse was killed after his motorcycle crashed on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield.
Neither Huntsman nor his lawyer commented as they left the courthouse.
His case was continued to Dec. 17.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A report says Connecticut's quasi-public trash recycling authority needs to develop new sources of revenue and make other changes to remain financially stable.
The Republican-American reports that a consulting firm's report says the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority faces declining energy prices, increased competition, less waste being discarded, outdated technology and management problems.
The authority manages garbage and recyclables for 75 of the state's 169 cities and towns.
The report is a preliminary step to shifting the recycling authority to a new business model. The report recommends the authority develop more sources of revenue, revise its budgeting and streamline operations to become more efficient.
The authority, which was established 40 years ago, must submit a plan to a task force outlining its long-term financial stability or its own dissolution.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Potential Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley is running a television advertisement in New York that takes aim at the city's newly elected Democratic mayor, as well as Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy but without mentioning his name.
In the 30-second spot, which began running on New York stations Monday, Foley says many New Yorkers are thinking about moving after Bill de Blasio's election, but probably aren't considering Connecticut where there are ``the same progressive policies you are about to see in your city.''
Foley cautions them to wait until 2014, when Connecticut will ``probably elect a new governor'' and become ``the place that people want to be in the Northeast.''
State Democratic spokesman James Hallinan said Foley ``continues to pursue the most bizarre political strategy known to man.''
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Officials say nearly two dozen people are hospitalized after a Connecticut Transit bus and a police cruiser responding to a call crashed in New Haven on Monday.
Police say the cruiser had its siren and emergency lights on when it collided with the CT Transit bus just before 11 a.m. near the New Haven Green. They say 23 people who were on the bus, including the driver and several children, were taken to hospitals.
The officer, 19-year veteran Victor Herrera, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Herrera was responding to a call for assistance from another officer at the train station.
New Haven police say it will likely take weeks or longer for the accident investigation to be completed.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Construction on a delayed veterans memorial at a park outside the Hartford Armory has yet to begin despite hopes expressed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials it would be complete by Veterans Day.
The project will instead be scaled back and the state will solicit bids again for construction.
The Journal Inquirer reports state Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz said the cost was to be about $660,000, but bids came in over $1 million. She hopes the project will be complete by Memorial Day.
The project was sent back to architects for changes to make it less costly.
Plans started in 2008 under then-Governor M. Jodi Rell who approved $500,000 in state borrowing, gave $100,000 of her own money and encouraged donations from residents and veterans.
PORTLAND, Conn. (AP) Portland police are investigating a fatal crash in Portland.
Police said they were called to the scene at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Route 66.
The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, struck the embankment, a utility pole and a tree before going down the embankment. The vehicle was sheared in half and both occupants were ejected.
One occupant was declared dead at the scene. The other person was taken to St. Francis Hospital.
No other details were immediately available Monday morning.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police have identified a 29-year-old Shelton man who was killed in a weekend shooting in Bridgeport.
Justin Mariano was shot at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of East Main and Spring streets. He later died at Bridgeport Hospital.
Police are trying to identify and interview a man and a woman seen in a video in connection with the shooting.
Police were alerted to the shooting after Mariano was brought to the hospital. His death is the city's 10th homicide of the year.
No other details have been released.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a man charged in a car crash that killed two children last weekend in Meriden had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.
Twenty-nine-year-old Israel Gonzalez is charged with manslaughter, three counts of second-degree assault and driving under the influence.
The Record-Journal reports that a statement from Meriden police spokesman Lt. Sal Nesci says Gonzalez had a blood alcohol level more than three times higher than the level limit of .08.
Authorities say 8-year-old Tatiana and 5-year-old Lorenzo Cruz died after their car was rear-ended by an SUV shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday. Police believe alcohol and speed were factors.
The children's parents as well as 12-year-old boy who was in the car were injured.
It's not known if Gonzalez has an attorney.
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has cited Connecticut's nuclear plant for a low-level safety violation.
The citation issued on Friday involves a valve for intake water used in steam generators at the Millstone Power Station.
Millstone spokesman Ken Holt tells The Day of New London that the valve is sued to isolate water flow if a pipe breaks in the feedwater system. He said the problem was first identified in 2007.
Holt said the problem stems from a flaw in the original design and modifications are scheduled for October 2014 during a refueling outage.
NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said it was a ``green'' violation on the lowest of four levels in the agency's ranking system for safety violations.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport schools Superintendent Paul Vallas, newly named as the 2014 running mate of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, says leaving the Connecticut school system ``is not an easy decision.''
Vallas said Friday he's ``extremely honored'' by ``an unexpected and extraordinary opportunity'' in his home state, and accepted knowing he would have to leave the job he's held for almost two years. He said he'll work with Bridgeport's newly elected school board as it searches for its own pick for superintendent and ``focus on what is best for the district going forward.''
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said ``substantial improvements'' have been made to the schools during Vallas' tenure and wished him luck in ``a very wonderful opportunity.''
Vallas has been appealing a Connecticut court ruling that he was given an improper waiver in his state superintendent's certification.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut is opening the nation's first insurance stores as part of an effort to fight the perception there are problems with its insurance marketplace that's separate from the flawed federal website.
State officials hailed the brightly lit storefront, modeled after Apple's stores, as another sign that the rollout of the health care overhaul in Connecticut has been a success. Connecticut is one of 14 states plus the District of Columbia that created their own insurance marketplaces.
At a grand opening for the New Britain store, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that he doesn't like how the negative publicity surrounding the federal website has discouraged some people from signing up with Connecticut's marketplace.
Brian Weber of New Britain says he liked using the store to enroll, saying he's ``not a computer wizard.''
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) A cat that Connecticut officials believe was used for target practice has survived being shot by an arrow.
Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom was campaigning for re-election on Monday when he said he found the cat on a house porch. The cat named Elliot was shot with a 15-inch arrow.
The mayor called police and an animal control officer took the cat to Dr. Kathleen Tangari, a veterinarian.
Tangari says the arrow missed the jugular, the lungs and heart. She says it's likely the arrow had been in the cat for about two days.
Tangari says the tissue surrounding the arrow started to harden and sealed off blood vessels, likely preventing Elliot from bleeding to death.
The veterinary hospital says Elliot may have long-term nerve damage to his front limbs.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Regulators in Connecticut will review the decision by Northeast Utilities to eliminate 200 information technology jobs.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority told state Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz on Thursday it will schedule a hearing.
The two state officials asked regulators to consider how the loss of the IT jobs could affect storm readiness, response and communication.
Northeast Utilities said in October it will cut 200 jobs while keeping another 200. The Hartford-based utility says much of its work monitoring the grid and responding to storms will continue to be done in Connecticut
Several state lawmakers criticized the job cuts as a loss of well-paid, high-skill jobs in Connecticut.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut's police chief is disputing the assertion by former football coach Paul Pasqualoni that he was never informed that one of his players had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus.
Police chief Barbara O'Connor also says the state's attorney's office was involved in the decision not to bring charges against the player.
UConn student Rosemary Richi says she was raped by a football player in September 2011, and is one of four women who have sued the university, alleging it failed to properly respond to their accusations.
The Associated Press does not normally name the alleged victims of sexual crimes unless they wish to be identified. Richi has gone public with her complaint.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Pasqualoni told the AP he was never informed about the incident, which Richi brought to campus police this past spring.
SEYMOUR, Conn. (AP) The Seymour Board of Education has asked police for a regular presence in the district's four schools.
The New Haven Register reports school officials asked that the schools be placed on the police department's regular beat with a ``beat officer'' visiting the schools daily and stationing police at the schools.
Board members say the increased police presence could be done at minimal cost.
Police Chief Michael Metzler has told school officials it's unlikely the department could soon provide a school resource officer or a full-time regular patrol officer due to cost. Police commissioners have said when the department is fully staffed assigning an officer to the schools could be considered.
Voters this year rejected a proposal to fund four full-time resource officers at a cost of $377,000.
SHELTON, Conn. (AP) An 80-foot Norway spruce is joining thousands of other Connecticut commuters as it heads to work in midtown Manhattan.
For the second time in six years, the city of Shelton is sending a Christmas tree to New York City's Rockefeller Center for the annual holiday display. Workers are expected to cut the tree down Thursday and send it on its way by tractor-trailer to New York City, 70 miles away.
Police are guarding the spruce until tree-cutters arrive.
Mayor Mark Lauretti says furnishing Rockefeller Center with a tree is a big deal for Shelton, which calls itself ``the best affordable suburb in Connecticut.''
The tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 4. The tree will remain on display until Jan. 7.
Rockefeller Center has displayed Christmas trees since 1931.
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