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School board member pleads not guilty to kidnapping attempt

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A member of the school board in Connecticut’s largest city pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of impersonating a police officer and trying to kidnap his 21-year-old son at gunpoint, and told a judge he would be representing himself in court.

“The case involved a family member who wasn’t in his right mind,” Bridgeport Board of Education member Chris Taylor, 50, told the judge. “I think I can work this out with the prosecutor.”

Taylor’s wife, Stacy Taylor, who is facing similar charges to her husband, told the judge she intended to apply for a public defender.

The judge continued the case to Jan. 28 at which time he will decide whether Chris Taylor can represent himself.

Taylor declined comment as he left the courtroom.

Both Taylor and his wife are free on $100,000 bond.

The couple went to the Seymour apartment of the 21-year-old man in November and attempted to force him to go with them, police said. They were charged last month.

The victim’s landlord told officers he had received a call from a man who identified himself as a police officer with warrants for the arrest of the victim, police said.

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