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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A New Haven man police say led them on a high-speed chase through four communities is heading to court.

Police say they were conducting a speed trap on Interstate 95 south early Monday when a car zoomed by at 90 miles per hour.

The car had been reported stolen.

The Connecticut Post reports that police gave chase and the say the car reached speeds of 106 mph.

The pursuit continued onto the Merritt Parkway and onto the streets of Bridgeport.

It ended when the car drove onto a dead end street and the driver surrendered.

Police say 22-year-old Emilio Davila was faces charges including reckless driving, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree larceny. He was held in lieu of $25,000 bond pending arraignment Tuesday.



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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Vandals have defaced a giant cross overlooking a Connecticut city from the site of the former Holy Land theme park.

Several green pentagrams and a large letter T were spray-painted near the bottom of the 52-foot-tall cross in Waterbury during the past several days. The vandalism was visible from Interstate 84.

Mayor Neil M. O'Leary bought the 17-acre property atop Pine Hill with a partner in 2013. He calls the vandalism troubling.

The cross was placed on the site in 2013 and is illuminated at night by color-changing LED lights. It replaced a larger cross that stood on the site since 1956 as the centerpiece of the former biblical theme park.

Holy Land once attracted thousands of visitors a year. It closed in 1984.

Police are looking for the vandals. No arrests have been made.



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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) More than 2,000 people gathered in West Hartford for a public meeting with Sen. Chris Murphy to ask questions and express concerns on issues including climate change, immigration and the Dakota access pipeline.

The Hartford Courant reports more than 450 people filed into the town hall auditorium Tuesday night. Several dozen others watched in an overflow room. Hundreds were shut out when the fire marshal closed the building.

Murphy, a Democrat, suggested that individuals frustrated with Washington become involved locally, voice their grievances and hold Republicans accountable for their promises, particularly about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Murphy says some Republicans are ``very concerned about what's going on.'' He says it's challenging for them to oppose a Republican president so early into his term.



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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - An interracial Connecticut couple whose home was vandalized by a racial slur has been fined for failing to cover it up.

The Stamford Advocate reports the slur was spray-painted over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend on the garage door of Heather Lindsay, who's white, and Lexene Charles, who's black.

Lindsay says their home has been vandalized multiple times. She says Stamford authorities have failed to properly investigate and she won't remove the slur until they do.

The city issued a blight citation, which carries a $100 daily fine.

NAACP representatives on Monday called for a full investigation, including canvassing the neighborhood and posting a patrol car to make sure the couple is safe.

The city's director of public safety says an investigation is underway.



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MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Searchers in Connecticut have found the kayak taken on a fishing trip by a man who is now missing.

They are still searching Monday for 31-year-old Lyle Dagenias, of Montville.

Authorities say the kayak was found near the Yale Boat House on the Thames River and was identified by his family.

Dagenias was last seen Sunday morning as he left his house to go fishing in his 11-foot-long kayak. His family notified Montville police that he had not come back late Sunday. His car was found at the boat launch, with no boat or fishing gear.

Police and the Coast Guard have been searching the area with boats and a helicopter since early Monday.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - One of two men serving a life sentence in the killing of a woman and her two daughters inside their Connecticut home a decade ago is asking the state's highest court for a new trial.

The New Haven Register reported Monday that lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky filed a motion with the state Supreme Court requesting a new trial.

The attorneys say Komisarjevsky was unfairly painted as the mastermind of the Cheshire home invasion and slayings. They say co-defendant Steven Hayes planned to kill Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters.

Komisarjevsky's attorneys also say their client would have been acquitted of arson, murder and capital felony had jurors read letters Hayes allegedly wrote describing himself as the mastermind.



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GRANBY, Conn. (AP) - Police say someone rearranged the letters of a Granby school's sign to spell out a racial slur.

Police say a passing motorist alerted them on Saturday that there was a racial slur on a sign outside the Granby Memorial School campus.

Anna Rogers tells WVIT-TV she saw the slur around noon on Saturday and called police. She says the slur had been removed when she passed by less than two hours later.

Police say they're working with the school district to investigate the incident.

Superintendent of Schools Alan Addley says in a statement the racial slur is disturbing and doesn't represent the values of the town or the school community.



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SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Police in a Connecticut town are reminding people to not open their doors to "any unfamiliar cattle" after a pair of cows escaped from their pen and were found near the front door of a home a couple of houses away.

Sgt. Geoffrey Miner tells WGGB/WSHM a driver reported seeing the cows walking on the side of a road and in yards in Suffield on Sunday morning.

Officers managed to take a photo of the cows before herding them back to their pen.

Police posted the photo on Facebook, saying two "suspicious males" were going door-to-door "trying to sell dairy products." They were "apprehended after a short foot pursuit."

Police say the cows were able to escape due to a faulty electrical wire fence.



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NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut fire officials say a woman has died after a fire broke out in a Norwalk home with extreme hoarding conditions.

Crews responded to the house just after 7 a.m. Sunday and found fire coming out of a second-floor bedroom window. Neighbors said there was a woman in the house. Firefighters say they had a difficult time moving through the house because the rooms, hallways and stairs were cluttered, nearly to the ceiling in some places.

Officials said firefighters had to crawl on top of mounds of belongings to locate the woman and put out the fire.

The woman was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Her identity was not immediately released. Fire officials said there was no one else in the home.



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FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. (AP) - Two suspects have been arrested in connection with bank robberies in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Connecticut State Police said Thursday that 36-year-old Eric Sheridan of Putnam, Conn. and 30-year-old Rachelle Winter were taken into custody following their release from the hospital.

The two suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a car crash after police say they robbed a Torrington Savings Bank in Falls Village in the town of Canaan Wednesday. Police in Great Barrington, Mass. say the couple also robbed a Salisbury Bank Trust Company location in their town on Monday.

Sheridan is being held pending Friday court appearance. Winter, who at one time lived in East Providence, Rhode Island, was held on a $250,000 bond following her Thursday court appearance.

It couldn't immediately be determined if the two had lawyers.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Hartford man has been convicted of shooting two men from the backseat of a parked car, leaving one of them dead.

The Hartford Courant reports jurors convicted 37-year-old Tyrone Rosa on Tuesday of charges including murder in the December 2014 double shooting that left 23-year-old Hiram Martinez dead and 25-year-old Dederick Jiminez hurt.

He faces up to 90 years in prison when he's sentenced in April.

Prosecutors say Rosa fatally shot Martinez and wounded Jiminez in retaliation for another man's slaying.

Jiminez testified that Martinez acknowledged he killed Mariano "Papa" Gonzalez and that Rosa was close to him.

Testimony indicates Rosa killed Martinez and wounded Jiminez in retaliation for Gonzalez's killing.

The defense argued that it wasn't clear who fired the shots from the backseat of the car.



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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) A dog bit a 5-year-old boy and a teacher at an elementary school in Hamden and has been placed in quarantine for two weeks.

Police say Leon Mitchell, of Hamden, brought his son to Helen Street School on Wednesday morning when the 7-month-old American Bulldog jumped out of his vehicle and followed the boy into the school.

Officials say the dog bit a student in the leg, leaving him with minor injuries. A teacher tried to get control of the dog and was also bitten. She suffered a minor finger injury.

School officials say the puppy is up to date on its shots. The dog remains quarantined at a shelter.

WVIT-TV says no one answered a knock at the door of the dog owner's home.

Police say charges are expected.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A New Haven man has been found guilty of murder for shooting another man in the face during an argument over a bag of marijuana.

The New Haven Register reports that Jaquwan Burton was convicted by a jury on Tuesday for the 2014 slaying of Kyle Brown-Edwards.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Burton shot Brown-Edwards as the victim stood in the front hallway of his family home during what witnesses said was an arranged drug deal. The suspect was also linked to the victim through cellphone records.

Burton's attorney argued that the key witness's testimony was unreliable because he initially told police Burton had nothing to do with the shooting.

Burton faces up to 75 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for April 11.



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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been sentenced for his role in a fatal stabbing linked to a drug operation.

The Day reports that 21-year-old Jose Rosado Jr., of New London, admitted to partnering with Andrew Aviles to attack Javier Reyes in 2012. Court documents show the two were hired by Oscar Valentin, leader of the Green Garages drug operation, in a retaliatory attack.

Video surveillance shows Rosado carrying a bat and as he and Aviles walk toward Reyes outside of his home. Reyes is then shown sprinting away.

In a statement to a federal probation officer, Rosado apologized for the attack and asked Reyes' children for forgiveness in a statement.

Rosado was sentenced to five years in prison. Valentin and Aviles both pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.



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FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner's Office has lost full accreditation because of low staffing and inadequate refrigerated storage space for bodies.

The office announced Wednesday that the National Association of Medical Examiners has given officials until Sept. 27 to fix the problems or lose accreditation completely.

The association says state medical examiners are performing more than 325 autopsies a year, the limit set by the association. The national group says the office needs two more medical examiners to get under the limit.

Chief Medical Examiner James Gill says there are plans to add refrigerated storage space, but the legislature and governor need to approve funding for more staff.

Gill says inadequate staffing and heavy workloads can lead to mistakes, lack of confidence in the office and innocent people being imprisoned.



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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut are looking for five young men they say attacked a husband and wife apparently at random in a supermarket and left the man unconscious.

Police say the victims were walking to the Stop Shop in Meriden on Sunday afternoon when five men inside a car started verbally harassing them.

The men followed the couple into the store and surrounded them. When the 28-year-old man took offense when his wife was threatened, he was punched in the face and knocked down. The suspects kicked him, knocking out several teeth and knocked him unconscious.

The suspects, who appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, then fled.

The victims say they did not know their assailants.

Police released surveillance images of the suspects, hoping someone recognizes them.

 



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SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) - A 10-year-old cancer patient, who in December lived out his dream of meeting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has died.

Logan Schoenhardt's story gained national attention during a social media campaign that brought the Connecticut boy's wish to the attention of the Patriots and Brady. He died Monday, according to Ray Lagan, the head of the Masters School in Simsbury, where Logan was a fourth-grade student.

Logan visited with Brady at the team's facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and was named the team's honorary captain for their Dec. 4 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered his condolences in a statement Tuesday, saying the team has met some great fans over the years, "but none that could rival Logan's passion for the Patriots and his love for Tom Brady."



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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Pennsylvania man who drew the attention of a Connecticut state trooper because he wasn't wearing a seat belt has been arrested on drug charges after nearly nine pounds of cocaine were found in his vehicle.

State police say the trooper spotted the unrestrained driver in Waterbury at about 6:45 p.m. Monday and followed the SUV onto Interstate 84.

When the vehicle swerved into the shoulder, the trooper pulled it over and found what police allege is four kilograms of cocaine in the back seat.

Luis Palacios Ortiz, of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, was arrested on drug charges.

The 43-year-old suspect is being held on $250,000 bond pending arraignment and could not be reached.



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NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) - General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt has dropped the price of his Connecticut mansion again.

The Hour reports that the home in the wealthy enclave of New Canaan is now on the market for $4.725 million, down from just under $5 million.

The more than 11,000-square foot home with six bedrooms and nine full bathrooms on four acres of land was bought by Immelt and his wife, Andrea, in 2001 for $5.3 million. It was built in 2000.

The Immelts listed the home for sale last year for $5.5 million as GE readied to move its global headquarters to Boston from Fairfield, Connecticut.

The listing by Houlihan Lawrence says the home has a gourmet kitchen, solarium and an exercise room.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A New Jersey man has been convicted in federal court of breaking into a Connecticut warehouse and stealing more than 8,000 cartons of cigarettes worth about $500,000.

Andrew Oreckinto, of Matawan, New Jersey, was convicted on Monday of theft from an interstate shipment. He faces up to a decade in prison.

Prosecutors say surveillance cameras recorded the 52-year-old Oreckinto breaking into New Britain Candy in Wethersfield, Connecticut in March 2011. A glue-like substance was used to disable door locks. Wires to an outside surveillance camera and a phone line were also cut.

Authorities linked Oreckinto to the theft by analyzing his call history.

Oreckinto is currently serving a five-year prison term in New Jersey for stealing $100,000 worth of copper cable and selling it for scrap.



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