FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Fairfield officials say a second woman has died in an early morning house fire.
Firefighters say they responded to the blaze on Crane Street at about 1 a.m. Monday and pulled a woman and her adult daughter from a second-floor bedroom. Both victims were taken to Bridgeport Hospital.
Authorities say one of the women died before arriving at the hospital, and the other died later in the morning. The women's names are being withheld until officials notify relatives. Officials say the mother appeared to be in her 50s and the daughter in her 20s.
Fire marshals are on the scene trying to determine what caused the fire and whether the home had smoke detectors. Officials believe the blaze started on the first floor.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) The family of a man who died after apparently falling into a trash compactor at New London's transfer station has notified the city that it intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The notice filed with the city clerk's office this week lists as possible defendants the city, the Public Works Department, its director and manager of solid waste and recycling.
The Day reports that the notice says the city's negligence or recklessness includes a failure to properly monitor the dumping area, failure to provide proper barricading of the area, failure to follow safety protocols and failure to provide an emergency shut-off.
PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) Police in Plymouth are investigating the death of a pony after its dismembered remains were found in trash bags on the side of a road.
Authorities say the remains were discovered Wednesday by prison inmates who were cleaning up the area along Route 262 as part of a work release program.
Police say they do not know how the animal died and have asked for the public's help in identifying the animal.
Assistant Police Chief Robert Wright told the Republican-American that it appears the bags with the animal's remains were thrown from a vehicle because no footprints were found.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) A survey to be issued soon to female sailors across the Navy is designed to measure the level of interest in serving aboard submarines.
The responses will help guide the work of a panel led by Groton, Conn.-based admiral charged with developing options for integrating the undersea force.
The Navy reversed a ban on women in submarines in April 2010, and female officers are already serving on some submarines.
The panel led by Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Perry is developing options for the integration of enlisted ranks as early as 2016.
A Navy spokesman, Lt. Timothy Hawkins, said the propensity for women to serve is one issue the panel is exploring along with others including modifications that might be required to the submarines and possible changes in recruiting.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A former Fermi High School junior varsity boys' basketball coach who resigned following his arrest in Windsor Locks in a prostitution sting has been granted accelerated rehabilitation for first offenders that could erase the charge against him.
The Journal Inquirer reports that a Springfield, Mass., detective charged in the same sting also applied for the program.
John F. Norris was granted accelerated rehabilitation in Enfield Superior Court. He must perform 50 hours of community service.
Norris' lawyer called it a ``dark moment in his life.''
The Valentine's Day sting led to the arrest of 11, including Norris and Springfield police detective John Wadlegger of Agawam, Mass. All were charged with patronizing a prostitute.
Wadlegger filed an application for the accelerated rehabilitation program on Monday. A hearing is scheduled March 31.
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) A 17-year-old father has charged with manslaughter in the death last year of his infant daughter in Connecticut.
The teenager was returned to Connecticut on Wednesday following his arrest in Columbia, S.C., where he had moved with family members after his daughter's death in Clinton. His name was not released because of his age.
The 8-week-old girl died last March after police responded to a report that she was not breathing. She died a few days later at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Medical staff told police that the infant had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
The teen waived extradition proceedings in South Carolina and is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond at a juvenile detention center in Hartford.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former Waterbury police detective has been sentenced to five months in prison for obstructing a tax investigation.
Forty-two-year-old Robert Liquindoli pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in New Haven.
Federal prosecutors say Liquindoli obtained fake documents to support deductions he claimed on his tax returns after he learned in 2011 that the Internal Revenue Service was investigating his accountant. They say he lied about having documents to back the claims.
Liquindoli was ordered to pay $4,490 in restitution. In addition to the prison time he faces five months of home confinement after his release, followed by seven months of supervised release.
The tax preparer, Thomas Thorndike, pleaded guilty to tax offenses in 2012 and was sentenced to six years in prison.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man who invited strippers to his home while his wife was at work has been arrested after police said he assaulted one of the women.
Marlon Powell was charged Tuesday with assault, threatening, risk of injury to a minor and impairing the morals of a minor. He was held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
The Connecticut Post reports that police say they responded to a call of a disturbance and found a woman bleeding from a large cut on her right arm. She told officers she refused sex with a man who lived in the house.
Police say the 35-year-old Powell explained he was babysitting his 7-year-old son while his wife was at work and visited a strip club.
It was not known Thursday if Powell is represented by a lawyer.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A spokesman for Connecticut Light Power has downplayed a utility executive's comment that it's considering charging property owners who refuse tree trimming if an outage is found to have been caused by falling limbs.
The New Haven Register reports that Kenneth Bowes, vice president for energy delivery service, told the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority on Tuesday that the utility plans to hold customers responsible for what he called ``tree-trimming refusals.''
Spokesman Mitch Gross said later that the Northeast Utilities subsidiary discussed the issue internally and is ``nothing more.''
At a public hearing later, Shirley McCarthy, chairwoman of Branford's Tree Commission, called CL&P tree-trimming practices barbaric.
Susan Bradford, a Bethany resident, said the utility's trimming crews were overzealous and mutilated 13 spruce trees on her property last June.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Some of the officers who command major cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard are meeting this week at the Coast Guard Academy in New London
About 50 commanders and officers who will take command of some of the cutters this summer met Wednesday in groups to discuss sexual assault prevention, readiness issues and development of junior officers.
The Day of New London reports it's the first meeting of its kind at the academy. The cutter commanders more typically gather in Washington or headquarters for the Atlantic and Pacific areas.
The academy's superintendent, Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz, urged officers to spend time with the cadets who work on their ships in the summer to help encourage them to pursue careers on cutters.
The conference ends on Friday.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London has raised the minimum wage for municipal employees and contractors.
The Day of New London reports that in a 6-1 vote on Monday, the City Council raised the wage to $10.10 an hour for about 40 seasonal workers at recreation department programs. Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio says it will cost about $13,250 a year.
He says it's a nominal impact to do the right thing.
Councilor Martin Olsen cast the sole vote against raising the minimum wage, which he called ``fluff.'' He says it will require an increase in New London's budget.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and President Barack Obama are pushing for an increase to $10.10 an hour. Obama is scheduled to visit New Britain on Wednesday to highlight the issue.
The minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.70.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) The author of an award-winning book about death called ``How We Die'' has died in Connecticut. Dr. Sherwin Nuland was 83.
His daughter Amelia Nuland says he died of prostate cancer Monday in Hamden. She says he told her he'd built such a ``beautiful life'' and wasn't ready to leave it but wasn't scared.
Sherwin Nuland was born in New York and taught medical ethics at Yale University. He was critical of the medical profession's obsession with prolonging life when common sense would dictate further treatment is futile. He wrote nature ``will always win in the end.''
``How We Die'' was published in 1994 and won a National Book Award. In it Nuland describes how life is lost to diseases and old age. It helped foster national debate over doctor-assisted suicide and end-of-life decisions.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Bridgeport has been captured in New York City.
U.S. marshals arrested Jose Miguel Torres on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Torres is expected to be returned to Connecticut and charged in the killing of 27-year-old Pablo Aquino last July 24.
Torres was identified as a suspect immediately after the homicide and was considered armed and dangerous.
No details were available Wednesday morning.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A West Haven woman has sued the nightclub where her daughter was fatally shot last year, claiming its negligence was at least partly to blame.
The New Haven Register reports Celeste Robins Fulcher accuses Funn House Productions, owner of Key Club Cabaret in New Haven, of allowing the suspected shooter to remain in the club after he was disorderly and disruptive. She's seeking monetary damages of more than $15,000.
Fulcher's daughter, 26-year-old Erika Robinson of West Haven, was shot and killed Oct. 26 inside the club.
Adrian Bennett is charged with one count of murder and other charges.
Benjamin Proto, the club's lawyer, told The Associated Press on Tuesday the club had more than adequate security with eight guards, surveillance cameras and a police officer outside. He questioned why Bennett isn't being sued.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A 17-year-old Waterbury boy has been charged with killing his mother after an argument over the use of her car.
Police say Elijah Johnson was arrested on a murder charge Sunday after DNA evidence matched him to evidence taken from the fingernails of 44-year-old Kacy Austin on Jan. 21.
The Republican-American reports that a psychiatrist who had spoken with boy's father told police the teen had confessed. The psychiatrist said the boy told his father the death was accidental and occurred while the two were fighting after she denied him use of the car.
Johnson had reported finding his mother dead after arriving home from a weather-related dismissal at Sacred Heart High School.
Defense attorney Mark Lee declined to comment on Tuesday. His client is being held on $1 million bond.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Movie cinema executives are urging lawmakers to oppose a bill that would establish a maximum decibel level inside Connecticut theaters.
Joseph Masher, the chief operating officer for Bow Tie Cinemas, said Tuesday his company has not heard complaints about loud films or movie trailers since it installed digital equipment. Rather, he said they received complaints about two films not being loud enough for customers.
The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering a bill that would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. A decibel is a unit used to explain the intensity of a sound wave.
Masher said Bow Tie sets the sound slightly under the industry standard of 85 decibels. He also said managers check each movie and preview before they're shown.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man is in custody after police say he left his 2-year-old daughter alone in his idling car and she put the vehicle into drive, smashing it into parked cars.
West Hartford Police arrested 33-year-old Oscar Chicas on Saturday and charged him with risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on $15,000 bond.
It was not known Monday if Chicas is represented by a lawyer.
Authorities say Chicas' daughter was left in a running car and managed to put the car into drive. The car struck two other vehicles, causing minor damage.
The girl was not injured. Police say the state Department of Children and Families was notified and the girl was left with her uncle.
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) Litchfield schools are surveying students in an effort to better understand youngsters.
The Republican American reports the anonymous ``Profiles of Student Life'' survey is set for March 13. Litchfield is the latest area school district to survey students.
Torrington has issued one on bullying and Waterbury has twice issued the same survey about to be given in Litchfield.
In Litchfield, a sample survey includes questions about gender identity, drugs called by their street names, sexual activity and whether a student has ever carried a knife or gun.
Justin Roskopf, a senior survey specialist, said the intent is to determine the development of young people and if they are engaging in risky behavior.
Litchfield Schools Superintendent Deborah S. Wheeler said the Board of Education is trying to understand the extent of drug and alcohol use.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Nearly one year after a consent decree over gender equity in women's sports was approved, Quinnipiac University is finding it will cost more than $5 million reached in settlement.
The New Haven Register reports that new teams, such as women's rugby and golf and maintaining an indoor and outdoor track and field team, are costly. Lawyers' fees, paying members of the volleyball team and paying ``referee'' wages also are running the university's spending into the millions.
Quinnipiac would not comment.
The consent decree is in force until June 30, 2016.
It says the cost to the university will be $625,000 to upgrade women's team coaches' salaries and ensure the school provides athletic needs such as equipment, transportation and medical services, among other necessities.
Other costs include $1.9 million in plaintiff attorney fees.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A man has been sentenced to 53 years in prison for shooting a Meriden convenience store owner to death in a case that sparked debate about the state prison system's early release programs.
Frankie Resto was sentenced Friday in New Haven Superior Court for the June 2012 killing of 70-year-old Ibrahim Ghazal. The 38-year-old Resto pleaded guilty to murder and robbery charges in November.
The case spurred a debate about a prison program that allows inmates to earn credits toward early release with good behavior. Resto was released from prison two months before the killings after finishing a six-year sentence for another robbery. He had earned 199 early release days.
Critics of the ``risk-reduction'' credit program have been calling for its repeal.