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Man pleads guilty in Connecticut campus gun scare

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to weapons charges stemming from a gun scare last year at the University of New Haven.

Authorities say William Dong, a former UNH student, pleaded guilty Friday to illegal importation of a semi-automatic Bushmaster that he had in his car and illegal possession of pistols that he brought onto campus.

State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor in Milford said the plea agreement calls for a mandatory minimum of two years in prison, followed by five years of probation. Sentencing is set for Dec. 19.

The campus was locked down for more than four hours Dec. 3, 2013, as police arrested Dong and searched the school grounds.

Police say they found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings about the Colorado theater shooting at Dong's home.

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Police ID New York man shot after bus stabbings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police have released the identity of a man who slashed two passengers during a box-cutter rampage aboard a tour bus on Interstate 95 before he was fatally shot by a trooper in Norwalk.

Police said Friday he was 32-year-old Ye Hua Jian of New York City's Chinatown neighborhood.

Police had said he wasn't carrying identification and wasn't known to the 20 other passengers. The bus was headed Tuesday night from New York City to the Mohegan Sun casino in southeastern Connecticut.

Police said he stabbed a man and a woman with a box cutter on the bus, and also cut himself. The bus pulled over in Norwalk.

Hearst Connecticut Media reported that investigators had been consulting law enforcement around the country to try to determine his identity.

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Toddler dies after Connecticut armored truck crash

GRANBY, Conn. (AP) Police say a 14-month-old Connecticut boy has died of injuries he received last week in a crash between his father's car and an armored truck.

Granby Police Capt. William Tyler said Thursday that Landon Ayers died at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He had been listed in critical condition after the Oct. 9 crash.

Tyler said the boy's father, 24-year-old Kevin Ayers of East Granby, remains in stable condition at Hartford Hospital.

Police said Ayers was driving eastbound on Route 20 in Granby when his car was in a head-on crash with a westbound armored truck. The truck driver and a passenger were not seriously injured. Some money was spilled from the truck, but police said it was all recovered.

Tyler said Thursday no charges have been filed in the crash, which is still being investigated.

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Mother charged in trash bin disposal of newborn

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An 18-year old woman has been arrested for allegedly disposing of her dead newborn boy in a trash bin in East Hartford.

Police arrested Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor and concealment of a delivery. Police say they found the body of her newborn child in the trash in August.

Police have been investigating the death and disposal of the baby since August and working with the medical examiner to determine what happened.

Police say they were tipped off by Connecticut Children's Medical Center doctors who said she showed signs of having given birth but did not have a newborn.

Bond for Sotomayor-Cruz was set at $500,000.

It was not known Friday if she has a lawyer.

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Yale student tests negative for Ebola

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday ordered all hospitals in Connecticut to test their preparedness to handle potential Ebola cases by next week, so state officials can see if their procedures are up to standard.


Malloy also established a command team to act as a central authority to deal with any Ebola cases in the state. The team is led by Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewell Mullen and includes officials from state agencies for public safety, education, prison and environmental protection.


Last week, the governor declared a public health emergency to prepare. The order gave Mullen the authority to quarantine people who officials believe have either been exposed to or infected with Ebola.


Mullen used that authority Thursday for the first time for a patient at Yale-New Haven Hospital who was isolated Wednesday night after developing a fever shortly after returning from Liberia, although hospital officials already had segregated the patient and were following protocols set by federal health officials. Tests for Ebola came back negative.


The patient was one of two doctoral students at Yale University who were in Liberia from mid-September until last week, helping government officials set up a computer system to track Ebola. Yale officials said the students didn't have any contact with Ebola patients but did have contact with a person who later contracted the disease.


One of the team's responsibilities, Malloy said, will be to make sure that first responders and hospital personnel are properly trained to deal with potential Ebola cases.


The moves come amid a continuing outbreak of Ebola in western Africa, where the death toll is nearing 4,500, and growing concerns about the disease spreading in the U.S. Three people in the U.S. have tested positive for Ebola. Two nurses in Dallas contracted the virus after caring for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease.


"I want everyone to know, from the nurses in our emergency rooms to our first responders and our law enforcement personnel, we will provide whatever resources we have at our disposal so that they can do their critical work and perform it safely," Malloy said.


Dr. Mary Cooper, quality director at the Connecticut Hospital Association, said all 28 hospitals in the state that the association represents already have completed an Ebola preparedness checklist recently issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She welcomed the governor's order for drills and said hospitals have been preparing for potential Ebola cases for weeks.

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High school coach charged over video seen by kids

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) A high school varsity girls soccer coach tells police he intended to send a video to his girlfriend, but mistakenly sent it to the players.

The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports that Jeffrey M. Sirois at E.O. Smith High School was arrested earlier this month on charges of risk of injury to a child, breach of peace and obscenity.

The arrest warrant says the 57-year-old Sirois of Lebanon intended to send the video to his girlfriend, but accidentally sent it to a Snapchat group of his soccer players who are juveniles.

Five players attending the high school in Storrs said they viewed the video.

Sirois is free on a $100,000 bond and is due back in Vernon Superior Court Oct. 28.

It was not known Thursday morning if he's represented by a lawyer.

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Task force to review cases of 3 missing girls

VERNON, Conn. (AP) -- Prosecutors have established a task force to take a new look at what happened to three girls who disappeared decades ago from the same area of eastern Connecticut.


Prosecutors and police on Thursday announced a Tolland County Cold Case Task Force.


The state is offering $150,000 in rewards for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the disappearance of Lisa White, Debra Spickler and Janice Pockett, who vanished between 1968 and 1974. White and Spickler were 13 when they were last seen, and Pockett was 7.


Authorities also will take up the case of skeletal remains of a woman in her 40s or 50s found last year, but police say they have no reason to believe they are linked to the other three cases.

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Yale New Haven Hospital treating possible Ebola patient

Yale-New Haven Hospital officials say they admitted a patient late last night  for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms. 

The statement from the hospital says they have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point.

Yale health officials say they are working in cooperation with City, State and Federal health officials.

There are reports its one of the two Yale Researchers who just returned from West Africa .  . 

This is one of the same researchers who officials decided not to have quarantined when they returned from Africa on Monday.

The researchers had gone to study the ebola virus in Africa.

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New Haven man sues over mistaken police raid claim

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man is suing the city and police over claims officers mistakenly raided his home and tied him up for two hours last year when they were instead looking for a neighbor.

The New Haven Register reports Joseph Adams also accuses city police officers of mocking him for being gay, injuring him and damaging his apartment. He filed suit in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit names the city of New Haven, the Police Department, Chief Dean Esserman and unidentified police officers.

City spokesman Laurence Grotheer said New Haven officials will respond ``at the appropriate time.''

Attorney Max Rosenberg of Stratford, who represents Adams, said police offered to fix the damage to his client's apartment the next day, but failed to follow through.

He says Adams was never charged or incarcerated.

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Groups object to Democrats' election law inquiry

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The State Elections Enforcement Commission and an election reform group are objecting to the Connecticut Democratic Party using money raised for federal races to pay for a mailer benefiting Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's re-election.

Both the SEEC and Common Cause of Connecticut said Tuesday they've submitted formal comment to the Federal Election Commission, which has been asked by the state Democrats to issue an advisory opinion on whether the mailer can be considered ``federal election activity'' because it is part of a get-out-the-vote effort.

The party has separate state and federal campaign accounts. Connecticut law imposes restrictions on the state account, including a ban on state contractor contributions.

SEEC officials accused the Democrats of trying to circumvent the state's campaign financing law, passed in the wake of a corruption scandal.

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Police: Man stabbing people on bus fatally shot

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a man who was stabbing passengers on a casino-bound tour bus on Interstate 95 in Connecticut has been fatally shot by state police.

State Police Lt. Paul Vance says the unidentified man began attacking passengers late last night. The bus driver flagged down a trooper at a construction site.

Vance says the suspect was acting aggressively toward the trooper and was shot when he refused to drop his weapon, a ``cutting instrument.''

He died at a hospital. Two people were stabbed and another person suffered non-life threatening injuries after being accidentally shot by the trooper. The trooper wasn't injured.

The bus, carrying about 24 passengers, was headed from Chinatown in New York City to a Connecticut casino.

The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed late Tuesday night, and were reopened early this morning.

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Toddler killed in crashes in SE Connecticut

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a 2-year-old boy was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Waterford.

The car in which Dacari Robinson was riding Sunday slowed with traffic that backed up due to previous accidents. Witnesses report that a truck driven by Gerard Dube of Swansea, Massachusetts, struck the car and two other vehicles. The 58-year-old Dube was not injured.

Robinson, of Meriden, was in a child safety seat. Police said Monday he was declared dead at the scene.

Two adults and a 9-year-old child in the car were injured and taken to a hospital.

About a half-hour later, six cars and a tractor-trailer were involved in an accident nearby on I-95. Police say seven people were taken to area hospitals.

Police said one passenger was unresponsive.

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Police seek to tie Bristol man to 11 burglaries

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Police hope to charge a Bristol man accused of two residential burglaries with another 11 earlier this year.

The Bristol Press reports that police believe Luis Cantre broke into as many as 13 homes late at night or during the early morning hours. Detectives say all the break-ins were within a few miles of his home and marked by a similar way of entering.

Cantre was charged with burglary and larceny in connection with one break-in. Police said they found his fingerprints on several windows, including the one that was used to get inside.

The 28-year-old Cantre was found in a stolen car and charged with larceny and interfering with an officer.

A phone listing could not be found for Cantre and it was not known Tuesday if he's represented by a lawyer.

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Police: Thief posed as Connecticut wedding guest

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are looking for a man they say posed as a guest at a Connecticut wedding reception and stole gifts from the bride and groom.

They say the man fled the Longshore Inn in Westport on Saturday night with a birdcage filled with wedding cards, many apparently containing cash for the couple.

Police used dogs to try to track the man. They recovered the empty birdcage.

The wedding crasher was seen on video surveillance cameras. Police have released screen grabs in the hope somebody might recognize him.

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2 killed in crashes in southeast Connecticut

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Three multi-vehicle crashes on Interstate 95 in southeast Connecticut have left two people dead and several injured.

State Police tell The Day of New London one crash involved a tractor-trailer truck and three cars at 7:05 p.m. Sunday near in Waterford. A passenger died and others were seriously injured.

At 9:35 p.m. another crash involving seven vehicles, including a tractor trailer, left one person dead and others seriously injured. State Police said they had not determined whether the person who died was a passenger or driver.

A crash at 4:30 p.m. in Old Lyme involved a tour bus and four passenger vehicles. State police said 15 people were transported to the Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook for minor injuries.

A portion of the southbound highway remained closed early Monday morning.

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Greenwich Democrat quits race for state House seat

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Democratic candidate fending off sexual harassment allegations has abandoned his campaign for a seat in the General Assembly.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that Marc Abrams said Friday he quit for the good of his family. He insisted the allegations he harassed and discriminated against two female employees while a partner at a New York hedge fund are false.

Abrams was challenging seven-term Republican incumbent Livvy Floren.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey urged Abrams to step aside and said he did the right thing.

The 44-year-old Abrams is a defendant in a 2010 lawsuit filed in New York by two women alleging that he and his brother, Russell, had a history of sexual advances and abusive and threatening behavior.

Democrats have not won a state House seat in Greenwich since 1912.

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Experts say chemically-laced drugs rising in Conn.

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Health care and social workers say hospitalizations are on the rise for people smoking a chemically laced potpourri, sometimes sold as ``Spice,'' or ``Scooby Snax.''

The Day of New London reports local emergency medical service providers who have known about the range of effects from synthetic marijuana, sometimes marketed as K2, report a similar increase.

Dr. Oliver Mayorga, chairman of emergency medicine at Lawrence Memorial Hospital says effects of the drug are unpredictable based on who's using it and the difference in the drug's chemical makeup.

He says what could act a sedative for one person can have the opposite effect on others, leaving them ``extremely agitated, violent and confused.''

He compared the effect on some users to someone using PCP, also known as angel dust.

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Conn. oil dealers to sue over gas expansion plan

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut oil dealers are suing the state over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews.

The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which represents about 600 oil companies, filed the lawsuit Friday in Hartford Superior Court. It accuses the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of violating state environmental laws to push through Malloy's massive energy plan.

The oil dealers are demanding that officials conduct an environmental impact study or determine that a study is necessary under state law.

Oil dealers have bitterly complained about Malloy's plan to connect about 280,000 customers over 10 years, saying the state is favoring utilities over family-owned firms.

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Decomposed body found in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A state worker cutting grass near an Interstate 95 on-ramp in New London has discovered a body.

State police say the decomposed body was found Friday in a wooded area on Huntington Street near the ramp.

An employee of the state Department of Transportation who was doing some mowing near the highway found it.

Police did not say whether the remains were of a male or female. The body was expected to be removed to the medical examiner's office in Farmington for an autopsy.

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Trooper gets prison in theft from dying motorist

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut state trooper has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for stealing cash and a gold crucifix from a dying accident victim.

The Connecticut Post reports that 45-year-old Aaron Huntsman apologized at his sentencing Friday and said he isn't the same man he was at the time of the 2012 accident. His attorney said alcoholism was to blame for the 18-year police veteran's lapse in judgment.

Huntsman pleaded guilty in July to larceny and evidence tampering under the Alford Doctrine. That means he doesn't agree with the state's case but concedes there is enough evidence to convict him.

Prosecutors said Huntsman was caught on his cruiser's video camera stealing the crucifix and $3,700 from 49-year-old John Scalesse, who lay dying after his motorcycle crashed in Fairfield.



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