MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - A TV meteorologist in Connecticut is facing his first court appearance after being charged with possessing child pornography.
Justin Goldstein, of Hamden, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Meriden Superior Court.
Officials at WTNH-TV in New Haven say Goldstein was suspended after authorities arrested him at the station July 13. Station manager Mark Higgins said the station was deeply concerned by the allegations.
Federal, state and local authorities say their investigation began in June after video files of suspected child pornography were downloaded from Goldstein's internet account. Officials say they found files of suspected child porn on computers and related equipment seized from Goldstein's home.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The athletic director for the University of Connecticut says the school will not be adding a surcharge to tickets for the upcoming football and basketball seasons.
The school's Board of Trustees in January approved adding between $1 and $5 to tickets for football and men's and women's basketball games.
But Athletic Director David Benedict says he's opposed to springing any price increases on UConn season ticket holders. He says a surcharge is still on the table, but he wants to give people at least six months' notice before it is enacted.
The school is trying to raise an estimated $46 million to build new soccer, baseball and softball stadiums.
The school says the UConn Foundation expects it can only raise about $25 million toward that goal.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A man was found shot to death inside a parked car in a residential neighborhood in Connecticut.
Police on Sunday identified the victim as 25-year-old Waterbury resident Cameron Chapman. Police say Chapman died from a gunshot wound to the head. His death has been ruled a homicide.
Chapman's body was discovered just before 6 a.m. Saturday in a car on Dikeman Street. Police were called to the scene for a report of an unconscious man covered in blood.
Police didn't release further details.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Waterbury police.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - State police say a tractor-trailer parked at an Interstate 95 rest area in Connecticut has been struck by a bullet and troopers want to question a couple in a pickup truck seen nearby.
The bullet struck the driver's side of the tractor-trailer at about 2 a.m. Friday while it was parked at the rest area on the southbound side of the highway in Milford. The driver, a 31-year-old Philadelphia man, was not hurt.
Surveillance video from the area shows a shirtless, heavyset white male, wearing jeans and tan work boots, in the area of the truck at the time of the shooting. He had a white female passenger wearing dark clothing.
The tan Ford Super Duty pickup truck they were in left the area at a high rate of speed.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford's new minor league baseball team won't play a single game in the city this season.
The Eastern League on Friday changed its schedule to move the Hartford Yard Goats' remaining home games to the road.
The Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies moved from nearby New Britain in the offseason and was supposed to open play in a new $60 million stadium in April.
Construction delays pushed back the opening date and led the city in June to fire the developer.
Work on the project was suspended amid an insurance investigation and a lawsuit filed by that developer.
The Yard Goats say season-ticket holders who make trips to Manchester, New Hampshire; Binghamton, New York; Bowie, Maryland; and Trenton, New Jersey, can attend the games for free.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A spokesman for the Connecticut Democratic Party says party officials are cooperating with a federal criminal investigation into whether the party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's 2014 re-election campaign.
Leigh Appleby's comments Friday were in response to a report by The Hartford Courant that Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly's office is convening a grand jury to review the campaign spending.
A spokesman for Daly declined to comment.
At issue is a complaint filed by state Republicans alleging Democrats illegally used contributions from contractors that were earmarked for federal government elections to pay for a mailing benefiting Malloy's campaign.
Democrats last month agreed to make a $325,000 payment to the state to settle the complaint to the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Appleby says Democrats complied with all laws.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a man was critically injured when he was shot three times in Hartford.
Officers arrived at the scene around 12:30 a.m. Thursday and found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds.
He was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.
Sgt. John Miller tells The Hartford Courant there were no suspects as of Thursday. Authorities are investigating.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has ruled that housing officials improperly removed a man from Connecticut's rental assistance program because his name was on the state's sex offender registry.
The state Housing Department issued a regulation in 2012 that made those on the registry ineligible for housing assistance.
But the court ruled Thursday that the regulation cannot be applied retroactively to those who were already in the program.
The ruling, which overturns a lower court decision, comes in the case of Francis Shannon, a legally blind Hartford man who lost his rental assistance in 2013. He had been convicted in 1997 of endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey.
The state argued unsuccessfully that it was not acting retroactively, but was instead denying Shannon future benefits he might receive.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A 19-year-old Bridgeport man has been found guilty of robbing and shooting a paraplegic man last year.
The Connecticut Post reports that Shaquille Andrews was convicted Thursday in Bridgeport of attempted murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree assault. He faces up to 60 years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 15.
Prosecutors say the 36-year-old victim, who's in a wheelchair, was visiting a friend at a housing project on June 2, 2015, when he was confronted in the hallway by Andrews. They say Andrews robbed the victim and then shot him in the chest.
The victim has since recovered. Andrews testified in his own defense and denied robbing and shooting the victim.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Security footage shows Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy bypassed security at a state airport while carrying his son's backpack in November.
The events at Bradley International Airport were reported Thursday by the Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/29ZooLS), which obtained airport security camera footage showing the Democratic governor carrying the backpack through a private corridor to a departure gate.
Malloy and his wife, Cathy, were seeing their 23-year-old son, Samuel, off for a flight. While Samuel Malloy went through a security checkpoint, the governor carried his son's backpack while being escorted by state police through the nonpublic corridor.
Malloy apologized in an interview with the Courant and called it an absent-minded mistake. Airport officials say it violated security rules.
The federal Transportation Security Administration investigated and found no violations.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state representative has been arrested on a drunken driving charge, more than a year after an arrest on the same charge.
State police pulled over David J. Alexander, an Enfield Democrat, early Saturday on Interstate 84 in West Hartford. A police report says Alexander's vehicle was crossing into the right shoulder.
A message seeking comment was left at Alexander's home. He's scheduled to appear in court July 28.
The 35-year-old Alexander was arrested in February 2015 on a DUI charge. At that time, he apologized and said he'd seek help to overcome struggles with alcohol.
A spokesman for Democratic House Speaker Brendan Sharkey says Alexander is being removed from his committee assignments. He says Sharkey is ``extremely concerned'' and has urged Alexander to get help.
LEBANON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut town is facing a legal quandary over plans to expand a library located on a historic, mile-long green, that hasn't changed much since the days when French troops camped there during the Revolutionary War.
The town of Lebanon needs to show a deed to secure grants that would help pay for the $5.8 million project, but it turns out, it doesn't own the land.
According to documents that date to 1705, the green belongs to the ``heirs and assigns'' of 51 original proprietors, the 17th and early 18th-century investors in the property.
Town historian Alicia Wayland says that's probably about 10,000 people and it would be impossible to locate all of them and have them sign over the deed to the town.
Officials are considering hiring a lawyer to explore other options.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Authorities have identified the off-duty police officer who was one of two people found dead inside a Connecticut home.
State police identified the officer as 37-year-old Hallock Yocher, a 10-year veteran of the Waterbury Police Department. Police haven't released the name of the other victim pending notification of family.
Police were called to the Waterbury home around 5 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a disturbance. Responding officers found Yocher and the other victim unresponsive inside the home.
Police say the individuals knew each other and there's no threat to the community. Police haven't elaborated on the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
No further details were provided. The incident remains under investigation.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to her role in defrauding Medicaid out of about $1.6 million.
The Republican-American reports that 61-year-old Patricia Lafayette of Torrington entered the plea Monday to health care fraud in federal court in Bridgeport.
Court documents say Lafayette was charged as part of an investigation that revealed Medicaid was billed for psychotherapy services that were either performed by unlicensed individuals or not performed at all.
Authorities say Lafayette and Anne Silver, a marriage and family therapist, created false bills for therapy to collect payments from the federal system from 2011 until 2015.
Silver pleaded guilty last year and is awaiting sentencing. A sentencing date hasn't yet been scheduled for Lafayette.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a Bridgeport man who at first appeared to be a good Samaritan for offering to take in a stranger during a winter storm is charged with raping the woman.
Jefferson Sumpter was charged Tuesday with first-degree sexual assault, strangulation and unlawful restraint. He is being held on $500,000 bond.
Police tell the Connecticut Post the woman took a train from Guilford to Bridgeport on Feb. 1, 2015 to visit a friend, but because of the storm was unable to get back to the train station for the return trip.
Police say she went to a diner to wait out the storm where she met Sumpter, who offered to take her in. Investigators say when they got to his home he raped her.
Sumpter has denied raping the woman.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut union leaders are taking steps to try and help more than 1,000 laid-off state employees get their jobs back.
The union SEIU Healthcare 1199, New England, is launching a television ad campaign Wednesday. The first 30-second spot features a woman with cerebral palsy named Jenny who needs a special computer to communicate. She says the only state employee who knows how to customize the device was laid off May 3. She urges the governor to re-hire the staffer and others.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Schneider says the union is highlighting the ramifications of the job cuts, made to help balance the state's budget.
Connecticut AFSCME Larry Dorman says his union has short- and long-term plans to restore services and get employees re-hired. Grievances and labor complaints have already been filed.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say officers responding to a report of shots fired found a loaded shotgun hidden in a children's playscape in Hartford.
Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says the gun was located Sunday on the eastern side of Pope Park. It contained three live, 12-gauge shotgun rounds.
Officers had responded to a report of two gunshots fired in the area. No victims were found.
Foley says officers talked to witnesses who say they saw someone flee the area, but police weren't able to find the person who last had the gun.
The investigation continues.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Officials in Connecticut say emergency dispatchers used their personal cellphones to return 911 calls after the statewide emergency telecommunications system went down.
State police say there were no reports of delayed responses stemming from the blackouts. Spokeswoman Kelly Grant says AT has resolved the issue but it's unclear what caused the outage.
Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew says 911 service was interrupted twice on Friday night. New Haven, Guilford and Wethersfield were among several other cities and towns affected.
Grant says 911 communication in all 12 state police barracks were also out.
Drew says dispatchers picked up the phone but couldn't talk to callers, so they used their own phones. He says the city probably missed about five calls during the outages.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A California man has been sentenced to prison for a mortgage loan modification scheme that defrauded homeowners in Connecticut and other states.
Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says 33-year-old Aria Maleki, of Santa Ana, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Bridgeport to nine years in prison. Maleki pleaded guilty March 22 to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Prosecutors say Maleki and others operated a series of California-based companies that falsely purported to provide home mortgage loan modifications and other debt relief services in exchange for upfront fees ranging from approximately $2,500 to $4,300.
Prosecutors say more than 1,000 homeowners suffered losses totaling more than $3 million through the scheme.
Daly thanked federal and state law enforcement partners in New England, New Jersey, California and Oklahoma for investigating.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man was killed after he was struck by a brick thrown at a car he was riding in.
Police say three men were riding in Bridgeport around 8:40 p.m. Saturday when a group of people they were passing began throwing rocks and a brick at the car, smashing the windshield and passenger's window.
Forty-one-year-old Edy Morales of Bridgeport was hit in the head by the brick. He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities say police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Police say it's unclear what prompted the crowd to start throwing rocks.
The death marks the city's fourth homicide this year.