BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) After spending seven years in federal prison for public corruption, the former mayor of Bridgeport will be sworn in once again as chief executive of Connecticut's largest city.
Joe Ganim is scheduled to take the oath of office Tuesday evening at Klein Memorial Auditorium.
The 56-year-old former attorney completed a stunning political comeback when he defeated incumbent Mayor Bill Finch in the Sept. 16 primary and easily won the general election in November.
Released from prison five years ago, the Democrat's campaign was fueled by a wave of goodwill from voters who fondly remembered his years in office, from 1991 until 2003.
Ganim has been meeting with state and federal officials and putting together a transition team. He has promised a ``transparent government'' that's ``accessible and accountable'' to citizens.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Squirrels are out to ruin Christmas in one Connecticut city.
Officials in Norwalk are blaming the critters for chewing through the wires on several strands of lights on the Christmas tree outside city hall.
Ken Hughes, Norwalk's superintendent of parks, tells The Hour that when he tested the lights Monday in advance of Wednesday night's official tree lighting ceremony, only about a quarter lit up. That's when he noticed that a wire near the bottom of the tree had been chewed through.
It took someone in a bucket truck more than three hours to go up and down the tree to find and replace other chewed wires. Fortunately, the strands of lights only cost about $17 each.
Officials figure squirrels are to blame because they can climb high enough.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Waterbury Catholic school official says a thief stole nearly a dozen Christmas trees intended for a school fundraiser over the weekend.
Bart Cammarasana, co-president of Saints Peter and Paul School's Home and School Association, tells The Republican-American he received a call around 4 a.m. Saturday from a parent who says they saw a red SUV pull out of the school's parking lot with a tree hanging out the car's rear.
Cammarasana says he immediately headed to the lot and found that eight of the largest trees had been stolen.
He says a school neighbor called him around 12:30 a.m. Monday to say the SUV had returned. Three more trees were missing.
The thefts, which have been reported to police, will cost the school several hundred dollars.
AVON, Conn. (AP) A photo shared on Facebook depicting a dog with duct tape wrapped tightly around its mouth spawned both outrage on social media and a police investigation in Connecticut.
The picture was posted by a woman named Katie Brown just before 10 a.m. Friday with the caption, ``This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!''
Police say Brown's listed residence is South Daytona, Florida but she has ties to Connecticut. Brown's Facebook page states she attended Central Connecticut State University.
Following a barrage of calls from concerned animal lovers, Avon police investigated an address associated with Brown's family but quickly determined the incident did not occur there.
Chief Mark Rinaldo says officers verified that Brown and the dog in question both reside in Florida.
Brown couldn't be reached for comment.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police are investigating after a 79-year-old man walking home from work said he was beaten and robbed by a group of five youths.
Police responded to the man's home at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after getting a call from his wife. The victim, who had made his way home after the attack, was taken to the hospital.
He told investigators he was hit from behind and attacked by five people, one on a bike, and one he described as obese. Police described them as black youths.
The man was punched, kicked and thrown to the ground and likely most consciousness, and his backpack and wallet were stolen. The wallet was later recovered.
Detectives are reviewing video surveillance in hopes of identifying the attackers.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag was committing civil disobedience and had no plans to harm himself or others, his attorney said Sunday.
Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut, was carrying a binder with "a rewritten Constitution" when he scaled the fence on Thursday, prompting a lockdown while President Barack Obama celebrated Thanksgiving with his family, attorney Stephan Seeger said. Caputo was the first person to jump over the White House fence since the Secret Service installed additional metal spikes earlier this year in response to a series of security breaches.
Seeger said his client was different from previous fence jumpers, including a man who was armed with a knife and got deep inside the executive mansion before being arrested.
"He's a young American that wanted to deliver a message of change," Seeger said. "People have been paying so much attention to the jumping of the fence because we live in this climate of fear."
A judge on Friday ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Caputo, who is due in federal court on Monday. Seeger said his client has been diagnosed with an Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder, but has managed the condition well.
Caputo is charged with one count of illegal entry onto restricted grounds, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
Seeger also disputed that his client was suicidal, which the Secret Service had alleged in charging documents. Caputo left a will with his mother and a note that suggested he planned to die on Thanksgiving, the documents said. Seeger said his client had no intention of taking his life and was only trying to communicate the possible consequences of his actions.
Caputo's version of the Constitution contained "an expression of desire for change in various areas of society including education, the judiciary, voting rights and privileges," Seeger said.
The young man is close with his family and is studying criminal justice and martial arts at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, said his attorney, who plans to argue for his release from custody.
"There's nothing threatening at all about Joe Caputo," Seeger said. "He's not a threat to national security."
KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a Killingworth man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Police announced Friday the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is ruling the case a murder-suicide. Police found 57-year-old Billy W. Newman and his 48-year-old wife Lauren Beebe unresponsive on Wednesday after being called to a home in Killingworth for a report of a disturbance.
Both were pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel at the scene. The medical examiner's office determined both died of gunshot wounds. No further details were released.
Court records show the couple had been going through a divorce. Police say two children were at the home at the time of the incident and have been placed with other family members.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Waterbury police say they've made an arrest in the stabbing death of a man found inside a home on Capitol Avenue.
Police say 71-year-old George Marshall was found Friday morning with stab wounds to his upper body. WVIT-TV reports he was found sitting in a living room chair. Attempts to revive Marshall failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fox 61-TV reported that Theodore McMahon has been arrested on murder charges. Police say the 51-year-old had been arguing with Marshall, the owner of the home, about an eviction. It's unclear whether McMahon has an attorney.
Neighbors describe the neighborhood as normally very quiet.
WASHINGTON (AP) Court documents show a man accused of jumping the White House fence had left a suicide note with friends and told his mother that she may never see him again.
22-year-old Joseph Caputo of Stamford has been charged with scaling the fence while President Barack Obama was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, prompting a lockdown. Caputo was charged with unlawful entry.
Authorities say Caputo draped himself in an American flag when he went over the fence on Thursday afternoon. Court documents show he had been staying with friends in Virginia and left them a note that stated his intention to die on Nov. 26. The documents show he also left an audio message for his mother and prepared a will.
Caputo made a brief court appearance on Friday and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Victoria Pena of Houston, a witness, says the man was standing with other people visiting the White House compound when he rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder. She says he then lay on the grass awaiting security personnel and guard dogs.
COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) State environmental police say a 14-year-old boy riding an all-terrain vehicle in a state forest has been shot in the leg, apparently by a hunter.
A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the boy was struck in the leg by a pellet while riding the ATV in the Salmon River State Forest on Wednesday.
The boy was taken to the hospital.
Investigators talked to several hunters who were in the area at the time but could not determine who actually shot the boy.
The 6,000-acre forest is in Hebron, Marlborough, Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police in Willimantic say they are investigating the stabbing of a man at his home early on Thanksgiving morning.
Police say the 51-year-old victim was taken to the emergency room of Windham Hospital, and then airlifted to Hartford Hospital. The victim's name was not released.
He underwent surgery and was expected to recover.
Investigators offered no information about a possible motive for the attack.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is preparing to return to his old job.
The Democrat, who served seven years in prison for public corruption, is scheduled to be sworn into office on Dec. 1. An inauguration ceremony is planned at the city's McLevy Green.
Ganim surprised many across Connecticut when he was overwhelmingly elected this month, fueled by a wave of good will among many who fondly remembered his time in office.
He had served from 1991 until 2003, when he was convicted of 16 corruption-related charges.
Since Election Day, the 56-year-old has already created a 75-member transition task force with seven committees.
They've been focusing on economic development, community neighborhood services, education and youth, government operations and financial policies, government accountability and transparency, and public safety and emergency services.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he's thankful Connecticut is creating a ``second chance society,'' where nonviolent criminals are given more opportunities to get drug treatment and successfully reintegrate into society.
The Democrat credited the state with implementing ``sweeping reforms'' and enacting ``smart criminal justice policies'' in the annual Thanksgiving message, released Wednesday. The legislation has been a key focus of his administration.
Malloy acknowledged there are challenges at home, without elaborating, but said those ``should not prevent us from being thankful of the progress we have made together.''
Malloy cited efforts to tackle chronic homelessness among veterans, reduce the number of uninsured and improve graduation rates as some other points of pride.
Malloy also said he's thankful for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage a right.
COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Police say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the foot while riding a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle in Colchester.
Wednesday afternoon's incident was described as a ``hunting-related shooting'' in a wooded area off Middletown Road, the Bulletin of Norwich reported.
The newspaper said the unnamed teen's injury was minor. He was taken to an emergency clinic in Marlborough for treatment.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was investigating the incident. No further details were provided, such as whether the shooting was accidental.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is adding his name to the push to change the racially offensive names that have been attached for more than a century to an underwater rock formation and navigational buoy in Long Island Sound.
State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. reached out earlier this month to request state and federal help to change the name of the features off Branford known as ``Negro Heads Rocks'' and ``Negro's Head Buoy.''
Blumenthal, a fellow Democrat, asked in a letter Wednesday for the U.S. Geological Survey to change the names. He said the names could encourage prejudice especially because their official designation implies government endorsement.
A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has said the state will do what it can to help change the name.
KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman found inside a home in Killingworth.
Spokeswoman Kelly Grant says troopers were called to the scene at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a disturbance.
Police say 57-year old Billy Newman and 48-year-old Lauren Beebe were found unresponsive when officers arrived and they were pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel.
The office of the chief state's medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.
Police said it appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Legislative leaders say they're considering a possible special legislative session during the second week of December to address Connecticut's budget shortfall.
Both Democrats and Republicans emerged from Tuesday's closed-door, budget-cutting meeting with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy optimistic they are moving closer to an agreement on how to fix an estimated $350 million to $370 million deficit in the current $20 billion state budget.
Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said the group had ``hopeful and productive discussions'' and ``narrowed a lot of the differences between us.'' Talks are expected to resume early next week.
It's questionable whether a final deal will include a retirement incentive for state employees. While House Democrats and Malloy already opposed the idea, new estimates show the plan won't save as much money as first projected.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Police have charged a Connecticut with torturing and waterboarding his girlfriend in the basement of his home.
Richard Stevenson, of Meriden, is charged with unlawful restraint, assault and related offenses.
Police say Stevenson tied his girlfriend's hands, put a sock in her mouth and poured water over the sock into her mouth after an argument in May. Police say it's a form of torture known as waterboarding.
He let her go but was police say he was captured on surveillance video days later trying to rob a gas station with a 9-month-old baby. He allegedly pointed a knife at the child when the employee refused to give him money. The child wasn't harmed.
Stevenson is being held on $245,000 bond. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who sued a hospital after losing a testicle following vasectomy surgery has been awarded $386,000 by a judge.
According to court records reported by the Hartford Courant, the 42-year-old man underwent the procedure at the UConn Health Center in 2013.
His lawyer says after three days of intense pain, the man went to another hospital where it was determined the testicle had not been getting enough blood and was necrotic. Doctors surgically removed it.
The judge determined that the original doctor had injured the testicular artery during surgery.
The judgment says that the man still suffers from psychological trauma and has required ``extensive therapy.''
UConn Health Center said in a statement that while it feels sympathy for the patient, it denies responsibility and is considering an appeal.
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) Police say one of three people hospitalized after a three-way head-on collision in Connecticut has died.
Police say 35-year-old Jennifer Dunne, of Wolcott, was driving a car that hit another vehicle head-on around 9:40 a.m. Sunday in Cheshire.
Police say Dunne succumbed to injuries she sustained after the incident. Two others were injured in the collision and taken to a local hospital. Their condition wasn't immediately known.
The crash remains under investigation.