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Man charged in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old niece

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his 1-year-old niece while babysitting.

Authorities responded to a home in Bristol shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday and encountered a resident running toward them carrying a child with a severe laceration to her stomach. Officers performed CPR on the girl, who later died at a hospital.

Police say the girl was Zaniyah Calloway. An 11-year-old child also was in the home but wasn't injured.

The girl's uncle, 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood, of Waterbury, is being held on $1.5 million bail on charges including murder, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. He's expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

The motive for the slashing isn't clear.

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Cops: janitor sexually assaulted women at rehab

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a man charged with sexually assaulting three women at a drug rehabilitation center told investigators he had a ``lust problem'' and succumbed to ``temptation.''

Forty-year-old Rafael Cartagena of Bridgeport was charged Saturday with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Police say the assaults were reported in June by staff members at the New Prospects Program center run by the nonprofit Recovery Network of Programs. The center treats men and women with drug addiction and psychiatric disorders. A judge later signed an arrest warrant for Cartagena, alleging he sexually assaulted three clients at the facility.

Cartagena is detained on $450,000 bail and is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Sept. 9.

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Judge OKs light sentence over campus lockdown

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has approved accelerated rehabilitation for a former Central Connecticut State University student who triggered a campus lockdown and massive police response.

The rehabilitation program approved in New Britain Superior Court on Monday for David Kyem is for first-time offenders and can result in charges being dismissed after a probation period.

Kyem pleaded not guilty in February to misdemeanor charges, including breach of peace. He caused a furor by wearing a Halloween costume with a sword and BB gun last Nov. 4.

Officials locked down the school for three hours and police SWAT teams responded.

Police said Kyem told them he went to Halloween parties and wore the costume while returning to the campus because he didn't want to carry it and all its accessories.

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Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington.

Police say Christopher Powers was off-duty at the time of the accident Friday night. Police say Powers failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to drive right.

He and a passenger in the car he's accused of hitting after failing to negotiate a turn were treated and released from hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

Powers was released on a $500 bond and his police authority has been suspended.

He's due in court on Aug. 25.

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Bridgeport mother charged with stabbing man

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a city woman intervened in a fight involving her son and stabbed a man several times.

Officers responded to a fight off Madison Avenue on Sunday afternoon and arrested three people.

Thirty-six-year-old Janel Moore was arrested on assault charges after police say she got involved in the fight and stabbed a man, who is expected to survive. Her son was charged as a juvenile offender.

Police say another person was arrested for damaging a vehicle during the fight.

A phone listing for Moore couldn't be found Monday. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

Police didn't say what sparked the fight.

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Flag near Mystic drawbridge stolen, again

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) A group in Mystic is trying to prevent thieves from stealing a large American flag that flies near the drawbridge in the center of town, after it was stolen again over the weekend.

John Kennedy, president of the Mystic Flag Committee, told The (New London) Day the flag was stolen Saturday night. It's the second theft of the flag in three months and the fifth larceny overall.

Kennedy says the latest theft was ``more egregious'' because the flag was at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Ronald Patterson Jr. of Bridgeport, a Connecticut National Guard member killed in a highway crash Aug. 7 in Rye, New York.

Kennedy says a new flag will go up in a few days and the Flag Committee will meet this week to discuss anti-theft measures.

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Connecticut launches tax help video in Spanish

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut has launched a video to help Spanish-speaking residents navigate state tax forms.

Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan makes the introduction to the nearly 13-minute video in Spanish. A Spanish-speaking woman takes over to walk taxpayers through state tax forms. The video demonstrates how to electronically file a state sales and use tax return.

He says business owners ``cannot comply with state tax laws if they don't understand what is expected of them.''

Spanish-speaking residents represent about 15 percent of Connecticut's population, and nearly 14,000 Hispanic-owned businesses are in the state.

The idea for the video emerged from a task force established to evaluate the state's communications policies. It's the first of what Sullivan says he hopes will become numerous Spanish-language video tutorials.

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Teens charged with painting swastikas in Stratford

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Police have charged two 14-year-olds with painting swastikas and racist graffiti on a vacant home, trees and signs in Stratford.

Police Capt. Paul DosSantos says the teens both face a criminal mischief charge. One of them also was charged with a hate crime.

Their names are not being released and the cases are being handled in Juvenile Court.

Police say the graffiti also included other Nazi symbols and the letters ``WP,'' apparently an abbreviation for ``White Power.''

It was discovered by residents last month in a one-block area near the intersection of Wilcoxon Avenue and Charleton Street.

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Charity barred from Massachusetts fundraising

BOSTON (AP) A judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring a Connecticut-based veterans' charity from collecting donations in Massachusetts after the state attorney general's office filed a lawsuit alleging it used deceptive fundraising practices.

The attorney general says Plainfield, Connecticut-based Focus On Veterans Inc. solicited donations in Massachusetts without the proper permits and falsely stated that the money raised would help Bay State veterans.

The complaint filed last week alleges that Focus On Veterans failed to register and submit annual financial filings as required by Massachusetts law.

Authorities say the charity raised funds outside businesses in Boston, Plainville, Shrewsbury and Uxbridge.

A message left for the director of the charity Friday was not immediately returned. Focus On Veterans says it provides housing, transportation to medical appointments, and scholarships to veterans.

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Man charged with helping Bristol killing suspect

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A West Hartford man has been charged with helping a friend accused of murder flee a party in Bristol where a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death in January.

Bristol police arrested 23-year-old Anthony Johnese early Friday morning on charges including second-degree assault, hindering prosecution and reckless endangerment.

Joseph Klett was fatally stabbed at the house party, and 26-year-old Joshua Daniels was charged with his murder.

Police say Johnese hit a man in the head with a liquor bottle as the man tried to help Klett, and he later drove Daniels to North Carolina where both men were arrested after a car chase.

Johnese posted $50,000 bail. A phone listing for him couldn't be found, and it's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Daniels has pleaded not guilty.

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Victims in Connecticut motorcycle crash identified

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say two New Hampshire residents were the victims of a motorcycle crash on Interstate 84 near Hartford that caused a major traffic jam during the Thursday afternoon rush hour.

Authorities say 43-year-old Brenda Goodwin was killed and 46-year-old Mark Goodwin was injured when their motorcycle hit the back of a car after traffic came to an abrupt stop in the eastbound lanes in West Hartford shortly after 3:30 p.m., and a car behind them struck Brenda Goodwin. Police say the victims lived in Atkinson, New Hampshire.

Authorities say Mark Goodwin's injuries are not life-threatening. Both Goodwins were wearing helmets.

No charges have been filed. The accident remains under investigation.

Police closed the eastbound side of the highway for about three hours, tying up traffic for several miles.

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Man charged in post-Sandy burglary spree

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A man charged with going on a burglary spree in the New York City suburbs after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 now faces a long list of similar charges in Connecticut.

Twenty-three-year-old John Tully of Greenwich, Connecticut, recently was charged with a series of burglaries and lootings in Greenwich and Fairfield in the days after the storm hit.

The Greenwich Time reports Tully was arrested on the Greenwich charges last week. He was charged in the Fairfield break-ins July 30 after being released from a New York prison, where he served time for burglaries in Rye, New York.

Tully's lawyer didn't immediately return a phone message Friday.

Police say Tully and another man facing charges stole cash, electronics and other goods from homes and businesses in Fairfield and Greenwich.

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2 charged with sex trafficking of minors in Conn.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal grand jury in Connecticut has indicted two people on sex trafficking charges involving several minors.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said Wednesday that 25-year-old Wellington ``Jamal'' Brown, a Jamaican citizen who lived in Hartford, and 21-year-old Sheena Dume, formerly of Stratford and Greenwich, face sex trafficking charges involving five minors.

The indictment says Brown and Dume conspired to recruit, entice, harbor and transport the victims for sex acts from June 2013 to last February. They were arrested in Glen Burnie, Md., on July 30 after being indicted, and they remain detained.

Dume's lawyer declined to comment Thursday. Brown's lawyer didn't immediately return messages.

The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison.

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Minor earthquake reported in Connecticut

DEEP RIVER, Conn. (AP) Some residents in southern Connecticut say they were awoken by their homes shaking, and the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a minor earthquake.

The Geological Survey says a 2.7-magnitude quake was recorded in Deep River shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. No injuries or damage have been reported.

State police say they received several calls from people who said their homes shook briefly Thursday morning.

Small earthquakes aren't uncommon in Connecticut and the rest of the New England. Last December, a 2.1-magnitude quake was recorded in Groton in southeastern Connecticut.

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New London mayor declares water emergency

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has declared a state of emergency and says some parts of city could lose water for several days because of a leaking underground water main that workers are rushing to fix.

Finizio says the problem was discovered Thursday morning and sections of the city could run out of water in several hours. He says the city uses about 7 million gallons of water a day, but now is losing water at a rate of 10 million gallons a day.

Finizio says residents and businesses may see their water pressure drop or lose water completely. He says the problem also is affected parts of neighboring Waterford.

The mayor says it could take up to two days to repair the leak.

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Cops: driver in school accident had been drinking

HEBRON, Conn. (AP) State police say a woman charged in a car accident outside RHAM Middle School in Hebron that killed a 65-year-old teacher had alcohol in her system that morning.

An arrest warrant affidavit released this week says 50-year-old Elizabeth Everett of Hebron had a blood-alcohol level of 0.07 just under the legal limit of 0.08 when she was tested after the March 14 accident. Math teacher Dawn Mallory died two weeks later.

State police say Everett dropped off her son at school that morning and accidentally drove into a bus-only area, then struck Mallory while backing up her SUV. Everett is charged with felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and unsafe backing.

Everett didn't immediately return a phone message Wednesday. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

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Baby found dead in trash can in East Hartford

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) East Hartford police say they're investigating the death of a baby found in a trash can.

Officers found the baby's body in a trash bin outside a home Tuesday night. Police say they went to the house after a doctor called them to report that an 18-year-old woman who was evaluated at Connecticut Children's Medical Center showed signs of having given birth.

Police haven't released other details, including whether anyone was arrested and how old the baby was.

The baby's body was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Farmington for an autopsy.

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Bridgeport Rep. Christina Ayala, Ernest Newton lose in primary

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport state Rep. Christina Ayala won't be returning to the General Assembly for a second term after some legal problems.

Ayala lost the Democratic primary in the 128th House District Tuesday. Unofficial totals showed Chris Rosario winning with 467 votes. Dennis Bradley was second with 176 votes, while Ayala got 136 and Teresa Davidson received 106. Rosario will face Republican Ethan Book in the November general election.

Ayala was fined $350 for a hit-and-run car accident shortly after winning the 2012 Democratic primary for the House seat. She later got into a fight with her boyfriend and faced domestic violence charges, which were dropped after she completed counseling.

State officials are investigating whether Ayala broke elections laws by using a false address.

Former state senator and convicted felon Ernest Newton II is not returning to the Connecticut General Assembly.

The Bridgeport Democrat lost Tuesday's primary to Bridgeport Board of Education member Andre Baker. Newton was the party's endorsed candidate for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Newton left the state Senate after pleading guilty in 2005 to federal extortion and campaign-finance felonies. He served a five-year prison sentence.

In 2012, Newton first attempted a political comeback, running for his old state Senate seat. But he lost in a three-way primary to then-Rep. Andres Ayala Jr.

Newton pleaded not guilty in 2013 to state charges alleging he filed false documentation to obtain more than $80,000 in public campaign funds for his failed state Senate run. He has denied the charges.


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Foley wins Republican nod for Connecticut governor

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Greenwich businessman Tom Foley on Tuesday won the Republican primary for governor, setting up a rematch with Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, who narrowly defeated him four years ago.


Foley, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush, defeated Senate Minority Leader McKinney, a 16-year veteran of the General Assembly from Fairfield, according to unofficial returns late Tuesday.


Even during the primary campaign, Foley focused heavily on the record of Malloy, who defeated Foley by just 6,404 votes out of 1.1 million votes cast in 2010 to win his first term as governor.


Foley has criticized Malloy for agreeing in 2011 to raise taxes by $2.6 billion over two years to help cover a projected $3.3 billion budget deficit he inherited and promoting what Foley considers to be anti-business policies, such as mandatory paid sick leave. Foley has dismissed various tax credit, grant and loan programs for employers as "giveaways" and "corporate welfare."


Foley received the state GOP's endorsement at a convention in May and was considered the favorite. He has never held elected office but argues his business experience makes him the best candidate to run state government efficiently and attract investment to the state.


The wide-ranging Connecticut gun control law passed after the December 2012 school shootings in Newtown figured prominently in the primary campaign. McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has defended his work to help craft the bipartisan legislation. Foley has avoided outlining specific concerns with the law but says he disapproves of restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.


Foley said at a debate last weekend that he would support the Democrat-controlled General Assembly if it decided to revisit the law but would not initiate such legislation given the makeup of the legislature.


Foley cast McKinney as a political insider and career politician.


"I represent a change in direction," Foley said at a debate last weekend. "I'm not a career politician. I'm not an insider. I'm not part of the problem."


McKinney accused Foley of being short on specifics when it came to his public policy proposals.


McKinney, the son of the late U.S. Rep. Stewart McKinney, a Fairfield County Republican, proposed eliminating state income taxes on those who make less than $75,000 a year, saying middle-income earners have been hurt the most by Malloy's policies.


Foley has called for a 0.5 percent reduction in the state's 6.35 percent sales tax and a review of the state's tax structure.


Foley, after spending more than $10 million of his own money on the 2010 race, announced in June that he would use Connecticut's public financing program to fund this campaign. He said his decision was prompted by changes in state election laws, such as new restrictions on donors.


Since the 2010 race, Foley and his wife have become parents to twins, who are now 2 years old. Foley also has a son from a previous marriage.

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Plymouth mulls future of schools boss after arrest

PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) The Plymouth Board of Education is set to consider the future of its schools superintendent following her arrest on a larceny charge at her previous job in Hebron.

The Republican American reports that Eleanor S. Cruz arrived at work Thursday after her arrest. She was told to not to return until the school board met.

The Hebron Board of Education accused Cruz of misusing a district credit card and other charge accounts throughout 2012. Hebron officials say Cruz spent $5,095 in school money for personal reasons, or in error, and $9,133 in unauthorized expenses in 2012.

John Gesmonde, Cruz's lawyer, said most of the accusations are unsubstantiated and much of the spending was permitted.

Cruz was released on bond and will be arraigned in Rockville Superior Court on Aug. 26.


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