NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A 50-year-old New Haven man has been charged with murder and arson after police determined that his 56-year-old friend died before a fire that consumed his apartment in January.
Demetrius Robinson is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond. He is due back in court on May 19.
Police say they originally believed the victim, Willie Evans, died of smoke inhalation. The state medical examiner ruled the case a homicide after finding Evans was strangled.
The Jan. 23 fire was contained to Evans apartment on Warren Street.
Police say Robison served 15 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter in an unrelated homicide in New York.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A University of Bridgeport women's soccer player has been charged with assaulting a teammate over what police say was a perceived snub at an awards ceremony.
The Connecticut Post reports that Danielle Puddefoot is accused of head-butting a teammate in a dorm room on April 30 following the team's annual sports awards banquet.
Police say the 22-year-old senior from Slough, England, was upset after not receiving an award and confronted teammates at a post-banquet party.
The injured teammate was treated at a hospital for swelling on the right side of her face and two black eyes.
Messages seeking comment from Puddefoot and the soccer team were left Wednesday with the school's sports information director.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) A Manchester man faces numerous charges after police say he fired a shot that went through the wall of a neighbor's apartment.
Police say they began investigating after the neighbor found the bullet hole Tuesday in her children's bedroom, which is adjacent to the apartment rented by 36-year-old Nicholas Ibsen.
Police later stopped Ibsen as he was driving on a nearby street. Police say they found drugs in his car, and a stolen .38-caliber gun in his apartment.
Police say he admitted accidently firing the weapon on Monday. His neighbors were not home at the time.
Ibsen was being held Wednesday in lieu of $250,000 bond pending his arraignment on drug and gun charges.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Greater Waterbury Health Network has reached an agreement to sell Waterbury Hospital to a Los Angeles-based company.
Darlene Stromstad, the health network's chief executive officer, tells the Republican-American newspaper that officials signed a letter of intent on Friday to sell its assets to Prospect Medical Holding Inc.
She says Saint Mary's Hospital was not invited to join the deal.
Terms of the agreement have not been released.
It comes five months after Tenet Healthcare Corp. backed out of deal to acquire Waterbury, Saint Mary's, and three other hospitals in the state.
Prospect owns 13 hospitals and 40 clinics and outpatient centers in California, Rhode Island, and Texas.
Waterbury Hospital has 176 beds and an operating budget of $270 million.
WINDHAM, Conn. (AP) Willimantic police say they are dealing with a batch of tainted synthetic marijuana that has sent about a dozen people to the hospital since Monday.
Corporal Stanley Parizo, Jr., a police spokesman, says they began receiving calls at about 8 a.m. Monday of people exhibiting psychotic behavior after smoking the drug.
He says about a dozen had been sent to Windham Hospital as of Tuesday morning with extremely high blood pressures and temperature of up to 106 degrees.
He says police suspect the drug may have been laced with the hallucinogenic PCP and have sent samples to be tested. He says they are trying to track down the source of the pot.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) A fatal traffic accident shut down Interstate 95 northbound in Fairfield, causing lengthy delays during the morning rush hour.
State police say two cars collided just after 3 a.m. in the center lane near Exit 23, sending one of the cars into the woods.
Police say 20-year-old Anozine Demonte of Bridgeport, a front-seat passenger in that vehicle, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.
Three other people suffered minor injuries.
The highway remained closed for several hours as state police conducted an investigation and traffic was backed up for several miles.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a man is in custody after he allegedly shot two brothers in an argument, killing one of them.
Police say 39-year-old Efrain Rivera is charged with murder, criminal attempt at murder and first-degree assault. He is held on $1 million bond. It is not immediately known if he has an attorney to comment.
Police said the brothers went to Rivera's home to confront him about threats he allegedly made toward them. The shootings happened at about 1 a.m. Sunday.
Thirty-four-year-old Miguel Martinez was fatally injured and died at a hospital.
Police said 32-year-old Jose Martinez is expected to survive a wound to the shoulder.
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) The MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institute in Suffield was in lockdown after what prison officials describe as an assault on a correction officer.
Department of Correction spokeswoman Karen Martucci says 23-year-old Terril Edge, who was serving a three-year sentence for violating a protective order, assaulted the guard at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The guard was treated for non-life threatening injuries and release from a local hospital.
Edge was transferred to the high-security Northern Correctional Institution.
Martucci did not release any details of the incident, which is being investigated by state police.
Martucci says the lockdown will be lifted at the discretion of the warden.
OVENTRY, Conn. (AP) Four female members of a northeastern Connecticut high school crew team were hospitalized after their boat got into an accident on Coventry Lake.
Authorities say a Sea-Doo watercraft crashed into the 56-foot rowing shell belonging to Storrs' Edwin O. Smith High School crew team on Sunday.
Environmental conservation police were called at about 3:15 p.m. The girls were taken by ambulance to Windham Hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The crash is under investigation by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which has jurisdiction on the lakes. The owner and operator of the 14-foot watercraft was unharmed in the accident and is cooperating with police.
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it has identified three apparent violations from 2011 at the Millstone nuclear power complex in Waterford.
Two of the violations are being considered for escalated enforcement.
An agency spokesman told The Day of New London on Friday that one finding involved a ``willful violation'' regarding changes made to a safety report that left out information, making it ``not complete and accurate.''
Spokesman Neil Sheehan said NRC staff found the violations at Unit 2 during a review of a license amendment request, made by Millstone owner Dominion.
Millstone spokesman Ken Holt called the apparent violations ``historical in nature'' and said they ``do not reflect our current performance.''
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a statement calling the apparent violations ``simply unacceptable'' and urged Dominion to fully cooperate.
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) A woman has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old Torrington woman.
Heather Birden is accused of stabbing Holly Aeschlimann multiple times during a fight in Torrington on April 17.
The 20-year-old Birden was charged Friday and appeared in Litchfield Superior Court, where was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bond.
Birden has been detained since the day of the stabbing on an assault charge in an unrelated case. The Republican-American reports that she is charged with stabbing another teen in the face on Aug. 7 in Winsted.
The Associated Press was unable to reach a lawyer or family representative of Birden for comment.
A vigil for Aeschlimann drew a large number of people to a Torrington park a few days after she was killed.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) Auditors say the National Science Foundation has frozen more than $2 million in grant money to the University of Connecticut after a foundation investigation found two UConn professors used grant money to buy products from their own company.
State auditors John Geragosian and Robert Ward notified Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday about the frozen grants. They also say UConn officials failed to inform auditors about the suspended grants as required by law.
The auditors say the two unnamed professors initiated $250,000 in purchases using foundation grant money to buy 15 acoustic modems from their company, Aquatic Sensor Network Technology.
UConn officials say they would have blocked the purchases if the professors had disclosed the conflict of interest involving their company. UConn denies violating reporting requirements.
The Mansfield-based company hasn't returned a message seeking comment.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A six-person jury needed only a day of deliberations to find a Stamford landscaper guilty of conspiring to hire someone to kill his wife's Greenwich lover nearly five years ago.
The Stamford Advocate reports that Miguel Juarez was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. He now faces up to 40 years in prison when he returns to state Superior Court for sentencing June 30.
Authorities say Juarez put into motion a plan with a former employee, German Zecena, to kill Greenwich resident William Forte, who authorities say was having an affair with Juarez's wife.
A police informant put Zecena in touch with an undercover officer posing as a hit man.
Zecena remains in custody on an attempted murder charge.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 25-year-old Hartford man who recently had a 100-year sentence set aside by the state Supreme Court has been convicted in another murder case.
The Hartford Courant reports that Ackeem Riley pleaded no contest Thursday to being an accessory to murder and guilty to being an accessory to first-degree assault in a 2006 shooting that left one teen dead and another paralyzed from the neck down.
Prosecutors say Riley fired a gun, but they don't know if his shots were the ones that hit 15-year-old Kerry Foster and 14-year-old Cinque Sutherland.
The Connecticut Supreme Court in February overturned Riley's 100-year sentence in a shooting that also occurred in 2006, when he was 17, ruling juveniles cannot be treated the same as adults when being sentenced for violent crimes.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a would-be robber may have shot himself.
The Connecticut Post reports that 24-year-old Alexis Vallejo showed up at the hospital early Thursday with a gunshot wound.
A short time later 45-year-old Napoleon Orellana showed up at the same hospital with a head wound.
He told police Vallejo had entered his car, attempted to rob him, and struck him with a gun. He told police the gun went off, striking Vallejo.
Police recovered a gun from Orellana's car.
Chief Joseph Guadett Jr. says police are seeking arrest warrants in the case, which remains under investigation. Vallejo could not be reached for comment Friday. A listed phone number for him could not be found.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Four men have been arrested after a shooting on a Meriden park basketball court that left a 22-year-old man wounded.
Police Sgt. Darrin McKay says Taiyron Cruz was hit in the buttocks and a calf by two shots fired at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Wallingford police Sgt. Michael Forcier says the four suspects were apprehended after a witness followed the car they were in, which later crashed.
Police say Cruz's condition was stable Thursday after being flown by helicopter to a hospital.
Twenty-three-year-old Denzel Byrd and 22-year-olds Joerael Bratten and Teharmon Techer of Meriden and 18-year-old Kyshone Jackson of Waterbury were each being held in lieu of bond Thursday and face numerous charges.
Police say they have not discovered a motive for the shooting.
BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a 69-year-old New Haven man was killed when the minivan he was driving the wrong direction on Interstate 95 crashed head-on into pickup truck in Branford.
Police say Peter Hall was pronounced dead at the scene of the Thursday morning accident, which left a passenger in the pickup seriously injured.
The crash, which tied up traffic on the Interstate for hours, occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes.
Police say 45-year-old Frank Poppa of Casa Grande, Arizona was hospitalized with a serious injury and the pickup's driver, 43-year-old Hopeton Kerr of Bridgeport, had minor injuries.
Police were investigating how Hall came to be driving south in the northbound lanes of the highway.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London police are investigating after someone fired a handgun inside a middle school and left it in a bathroom.
Police say they received a report Wednesday afternoon of a weapon found in a bathroom at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School.
Police were able to determine that the handgun had discharged a shot inside the school.
All of the students were moved to a secure location as officers searched the building.
No other weapons were found. There were no reports of any injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A man has pleaded guilty to charges he held his sister captive in filthy conditions inside their Connecticut home for years.
Fifty-nine-year-old Arthur Gauvin pleaded guilty Tuesday in Milford Superior Court to abuse and cruelty charges. The plea deal calls for him to serve five to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is set for July 9.
Police say they found Gauvin's sister covered in human waste inside her and her brother's home in Seymour last year. Authorities said there was a lock on the outside of her bedroom door, and the room's windows were blacked out with paint. Police say the sister was suffering from diabetes and dementia.
Prosecutors say the woman is doing well now.
Gauvin remains free on bail but is wearing an ankle bracelet for monitoring.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) A former Quinnipiac University student has been sentenced to three years of probation for a making a false bomb threat last year on graduation day.
Police say Danielle Shea of Quincy, Massachusetts, made two threats immediately before the ceremony because she was embarrassed about not graduating.
The Record-Journal of Meriden reports that Shea pleaded guilty to second-degree reporting a false incident and two counts of second-degree threatening last week in Meriden Superior Court. Shea also has been ordered to pay $22,100 in restitution to the university.
Police say Shea was not enrolled at the Hamden university despite receiving checks from her family for tuition and called in the threats after her mother learned she was not among the list of graduates.