HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut legislator accused of sending affectionate texts to a 16-year-old girl hasn't resigned a week after he said he would, prompting the speaker of the house to seek disciplinary action.
The Hartford Courant reports Democratic Rep. Angel Arce of Hartford has yet to resign since his March 7 announcement. Fellow legislators called for him to step down after the newspaper published a series of texts the 57-year-old allegedly sent to the teen in 2015.
The texts mentioned keeping secrets between the two and included, "you are so beautiful and gorgeous."
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz's press secretary said Thursday he has asked his legal counsel to research disciplinary and expulsion options available.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State health officials are reporting seven more flu-related deaths in Connecticut over the past week.
WFSB-TV reports that would bring to 119 the total number of deaths attributed to the flu in the state since August 2017. More than 2,400 patients had been hospitalized during that same period with confirmed cases of flu.
The state Department of Public Health had previously reported that about 85 percent of the deaths were among people who were 65 or older. At least three children have died.
Officials say flu activity appears to have peaked in Connecticut thought it remains "widespread."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported a decrease in flu activity nationwide in its most recent weekly report.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A judge has postponed the sentencing of a former teacher's aide at a Connecticut middle school who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy.
The Connecticut Post reports 48-year-old Kyle Damato-Kushel was scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday but the winter storm forced a delay. Sentencing was again postponed Wednesday because the victim's lawyer couldn't be present. Damato-Kushel pleaded guilty in January to second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child.
Damato-Kushel worked at Wooster Middle School in Stratford. Prosecutors say she had been the boy's preschool teacher. Damato-Kushel was arrested in 2015 when her husband discovered the relationship.
Damato-Kushel's lawyer, Richard Meehan Jr., said his client was prepared to go to prison.
The judge delayed sentencing until April 12.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police say a drug raid at a high-end car dealer called Bulldog Cartel yielded nearly 40 pounds of marijuana.
Police say investigators also found more than 200 vials of liquid THC, guns and cash at Bulldog Cartel Auto Wholesalers in Milford.
The owner of the business, 45-year-old Pasquale Cestaro, of East Haven, was arrested on charges including operation of a drug factory.
Cestaro was released on $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 10.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is investigating the state lottery for its handling of a series of scandals and the following disciplinary action taken against employees.
DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull said Wednesday the department will open a wide-ranging investigation into the Connecticut Lottery Corp., as requested by legislators.
The lottery has faced several setbacks in recent years, including a botched drawing Jan. 1 that wrongly excluded 100,000 ticket buyers. The mistake cost the state close to $1 million.
The DCP says it will ask the lottery to end all disciplinary actions taken against employees for the Jan. 1 drawing, pending its investigation.
Lottery officials had no comment on the investigation Wednesday. Chelsea Turner, interim president and Lottery Corp. CEO, says officials will meet Thursday to draft a response.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A formal mayoral candidate in New Britain, Connecticut has been sentenced to prison for an altercation with the city's current mayor during a children's event.
WTIC-TV reported Wednesday Al Mayo has been sentenced to six months in prison following his conviction for breach of peace.
Prosecutors say Al Mayo showed up Republican Mayor Erin Stewart's annual Pencil Hunt in 2015 and began handing out campaign literature to children ages 5 to 13. Mayo grabbed the mayor's arm after she told him to leave, prompting her staff to call police.
A judge has ordered Mayo not to contact Stewart and her family for two years.
Mayo can still campaign for office in the city, but he must remain 100 feet away from the mayor.
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) - Police have seized more than 1,500 packages of marijuana gummies shipped from California to an address in Connecticut.
The Eastern Central Narcotics Task Force began investigating the marijuana shipment from Corona, California to a South Windsor address in February.
Manchester police Sgt. Matthew Pace tells The Hartford Courant the packages were from a business called "Infused Creations," and the marijuana edibles look similar to Sour Patch Kids candy. Each packet was labeled "300 mg (0.3 grams) medical cannabis."
Pace said Tuesday police have arrested a 32-year-old man who leases the space where the packets were delivered. The man has been charged with possession with intent to sell, operating a drug factory and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Pace says each packet sells for about $25 in California, and $50 in Connecticut.
TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut electrician who was injured in a fall during construction of a new courthouse has settled a lawsuit against three contractors for $610,000.
The Republican-American reports that Matthew Davidson suffered compression fractures in his back when he fell about 20 feet while working on the new Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington.
Davidson's lawyer says the ladder was the only route from the fourth floor of the building to the fifth. He says it was unsecured and started sliding as Davidson climbed it.
The lawyer says Davidson narrowly avoided being impaled by electrical equipment when he fell.
His medical bills have already topped $145,000.
The settlement will be paid out by an insurance company.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers have postponed a hearing on a new bill legalizing the retail sale of recreational marijuana due to this week's winter storm.
The Hartford Courant reports the legislature's General Law Committee has moved Tuesday's public hearing to Thursday. The hearing centers on a bill that would allow people 21 and older to purchase marijuana from a retailer or for use at a marijuana lounge.
The bill would allow those 21 and older to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. Towns and municipalities could bar marijuana establishments through an ordinance or with a town meeting.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he personally opposes legalized recreational pot, but will "cross that bridge when I come to it" if a bill gets to his desk.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man authorities say was a member of an illicit drug selling operation that distributed large amounts of cocaine in the state has pleaded guilty.
Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Jason Walker, of Ansonia, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute crack cocaine.
Authorities say Walker and others shared the same cellphone to service drug customers throughout the Naugatuck Valley in shifts over a 24-hour period and also shared vehicles.
Walker was arrested in November after investigators made several controlled purchases of drugs from him.
He has been detained pending sentencing scheduled for June 6, when he faces up to 20 years in prison.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The Justice Department has agreed to a tentative settlement of a lawsuit by a Connecticut FBI agent who alleged discrimination and retaliation by his bosses in the New Haven office after he complained about personnel decisions.
Federal court records show that lawyers for agent Kurt Siuzdak and the government reported to a judge Monday that the case was settled. Terms were not disclosed.
The lawsuit by the 21-year FBI veteran said he was subjected to a baseless investigation after complaining he was passed over for supervisory positions. The 2014 lawsuit also said leaders of the New Haven office were so dysfunctional that then-bureau Director James Comey apologized to Connecticut staff.
A prosecutor representing the Justice Department did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday. Officials denied the allegations.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman who prosecutors say physically and emotionally abused her husband for years has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
The Norwich Bulletin reports that 35-year-old Jillian Washburn, of Salem, was sentenced Monday after agreeing in November to plead no contest to risk of injury to a child, second-degree assault, and cruelty to persons.
Prosecutors say for years Washburn inflicted bruises and bloody cuts on her husband that caused him to scream. She was arrested in November 2015 after her husband went to a hospital with a cut on an intimate part of his body was that ``bleeding profusely.''
The judge said the fact that the abuse occurred in front of their children was particularly ``abhorrent.''
Washburn apologized in court and said she has been receiving treatment.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A year after approving a new tribal casino near the Massachusetts border, some Connecticut lawmakers want to up the ante and consider other gambling expansion proposals.
A contingent of mostly urban legislators wants to scrap last year's legislation and instead allow the tribes or other casino developers submit proposals for the state's first casino on non-tribal land, possibly in Bridgeport.
There are also bills this year to allow the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to offer certain online lottery games and to require the Department of Consumer Protection commissioner to draft regulations for sports betting.
Those and other bills will be up for debate on Tuesday, when the General Assembly's Public Safety and Security Committee holds a hearing on gambling matters.
Lawmakers are also considering exempting big lottery winners from public disclosure.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut homeowners located more than 20 miles away from the Stafford Springs concrete company at the center of a crumbling foundation problem can now seek reimbursement for foundation testing costs.
The Department of Housing says it has been able to expand eligibility for testing reimbursement to homes outside the original 20-mile radius because of additional funding approved by the State Bond Commission.
So far, the program has received 361 applications and provided more than $163,000 in reimbursements to test for the presence of an iron sulfide that reacts naturally with oxygen and water, causing concrete to crack and crumble over the decades.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state will be able to gain a better understanding of the scope of the problem by expanding testing eligibility.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The level of politicking enveloping a modern-era Connecticut chief justice nomination has reached unprecedented levels as Democrats and Republicans spar over whether Andrew McDonald should lead the state judiciary.
McDonald's supporters have formed a lobbying group that's behind an ad and thousands of robocalls urging voters to contact their legislators. Democratic U.S. Reps. Jim Himes and Rosa DeLauro have called Republican lawmakers in support of McDonald.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated McDonald, who would be the first openly gay state Supreme Court chief justice in the country.
His chances were put in jeopardy when a tie vote by a legislature committee sent the nomination to the full General Assembly with an unfavorable recommendation.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to take up the nomination Monday.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Authorities say the roof of a Connecticut building that has been vacant for 20 years has collapsed under the weight of snow from this week's nor'easter.
The Connecticut Post reports that Bridgeport police and fire units initially responded to the commercial building that once housed a department store when it looked like it might collapse around 6:20 p.m. Thursday.
By 8:15 p.m., the roof and one wall collapsed.
Police spokesman Av Harris says when the roof collapsed, it brought down a side wall facing the street.
There were no injuries.
Bridgeport got about 6 inches of heavy, wet snow during this week's storm.
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say snow flew off the top of a tractor trailer and smashed into the windshield of another car.
WTNH-TV reports police said in a tweet Thursday the car was traveling on Interstate 84 in Cheshire when it was struck. The impact sent shards of glass all over the driver, but police say there were no injuries.
Police are telling drivers to clear off all snow from their cars before traveling.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating a comment referencing an explosive that was made in response to a Facebook post about an upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade in Connecticut.
The Hartford Courant reports WTIC-TV posted on Facebook asking users if they planned to go to the Hartford parade. One user commented Thursday ``I got my truck loaded with c4 (sic),'' which is a plastic explosive.
Hartford Police and Deputy Chief Brian Foley received several messages from alarmed Facebook users in regards to the comment.
Foley said Thursday analysts are working the case, and there are several indications the threat came from a counterfeit or fake account. He says police will provide more answers Friday.
The comment has since been removed from the post.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he's not concerned about the federal government possibly suing Connecticut because some of its cities are considered so-called sanctuary cities.
The Democrat said Wednesday that what's happening in Connecticut ``is totally legal.''
The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. without legal status. The Justice Department argues such laws have prevented federal agents from doing their jobs.
Several Connecticut cities have policies in place to protect immigrants. Without those, Malloy says there's a fear people will be forced underground and out-of-reach of local law enforcement.
Last year, Malloy's office recommended local police not take action solely to enforce federal immigration law, or allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to question people already in custody.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a man answering to a stolen car charge drove a stolen car to court in Connecticut.
Authorities say 25-year-old Jonathan Rivera was at the Hartford Superior Court Wednesday to appear before a judge on a charge of first-degree larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle from February.
Parking authority agents scanning license plates outside the courthouse found a car that had been reported stolen.
Police kept an eye on the car, and they arrested Rivera when he got inside and tried to drive away.
Rivera has been charged with second-degree larceny and taking a motor vehicle without the owner's permission.