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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they arrested four people who robbed a package store and led officers on a high-speed chase into Newington and West Hartford.

Authorities say officers saw a man in a mask and another with a duffel bag leaving a South End package store Thursday night. The suspects fled in a car.

Police say officers chased the suspects through the South End and into Newington and West Hartford. Officials say the suspects' car stopped in West Hartford and they were arrested.

Police lodged robbery and weapons charges against 22-year-old Nolan Evans, 23-year-old Traistyn George, 21-year-old Jose Montanez and a 14-year-old juvenile. All are from Hartford.

Evans, George and Montanez were detained on bail. It wasn't immediately clear if they had lawyers who could comment on the allegations.

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VERNON, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut State Police say they arrested a North Carolina man and a teenage girl after discovering what appeared to be a "mobile meth lab."

 

Troopers found a van Thursday in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Vernon, about 18 miles northeast of Hartford. Police were responding to a report that a man and 17-year-old girl had not arrived at their destination.

 

Authorities say they discovered chemicals commonly used to make methamphetamine in the van. Police lodged drug charges against 24-year-old Shang Clevenger of Salisbury, North Carolina, and the girl, who wasn't identified because of her age.

 

Clevenger and the girl are detained. It's not clear if they have lawyers who could respond to the allegations.

 

The "Breaking Bad" television series featured a meth lab in a recreational vehicle.

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man initially pulled over for speaking on his cell phone while driving and failing to signal was carrying more than a pound of cocaine in his car.

Hydar Husman, of Bloomfield, was stopped Thursday in West Hartford and police say they could smell marijuana when they approached his car.

Police say a search of his vehicle found 1 pound, 2 ounces of cocaine, a quarter ounce of marijuana and more than $2,000 in cash.

The 42-year-old was charged with varying narcotics possession charges, failure to signal a lane change and driving while using a hand held phone.

It was not known if Husman is represented by a lawyer.

Federal court records show he served 12 years in prison for aiding and abetting the importation of more than 500 grams of cocaine.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut teenager has been arrested in connection to a high-speed crash involving two stolen cars that killed a 15-year-old girl and critically injured a 13-year-old boy.

Authorities say a 16-year-old Waterbury boy was driving a stolen car, lost control and crashed into a utility pole on Wednesday morning. The two passengers were ejected from the car.

The car was then hit by another vehicle police say was stolen from Plymouth, and both drivers allegedly fled the scene in a third vehicle.

Officials say 15-year-old Sajenae Winfrey was pronounced dead on arrival.

The other passenger, who remains unidentified, was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

The Waterbury driver was arrested Wednesday night and charged with manslaughter, evading responsibility and larceny.

Police are investigating and say more arrests are expected.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A New London man has been arrested in connection with an incident at a city middle school in April when a student accidentally fired a gun in a bathroom. No one was injured.

Authorities say 39-year-old Richard Velazquez turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and risk of injury to a minor.

Police say an 11-year-old boy took a gun that Velazquez illegally possessed into Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School on April 29 and it accidentally fired when he was showing it to friends. Officers arrested the boy, whose name wasn't released because of his age, and he also was suspended from school.

Velazquez is detained on $150,000 bail. His response to the allegations isn't known. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Lewis Rome, a former state Senate Republican leader and prominent GOP figure for six decades, has died. He was 81.

Rome died Wednesday evening, his Hartford law firm said. A cause of death wasn't immediately available Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised Rome for dedicating his career to public service. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said Rome's leadership in higher education leaves a legacy for students and his work in the community improved health care in the region.

Rome also served as chairman of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees and unsuccessfully challenged Democratic Gov. William O'Neill in 1982. He led state Senate Republicans in the 1970s.

Sen. Len Fasano, the current Senate Republican leader, said Rome ``exemplified all of the critical qualities of leadership: decency, patience and selflessness.''

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say Hartford man who was on probation has been arrested after being found in an ice cream truck with a 13-year-old boy.

Tylon Jarrett of Hartford allegedly told police he was someone else when they stopped him on Wednesday. But that person was wanted by police, and Jarrett was taken into custody.

The 36-year-old was eventually identified and charged with criminal impersonation and interfering with an officer.

Jarrett is serving 16 years of probation for sexual assault. Police say he not allowed contact with anyone under 16.

The boy told investigators that he was training Jarrett to work as an ice cream truck driver.

Jarrett is being held on $10,000 bond and is due in court next Wednesday . It is not clear if he has an attorney.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A 33-year-old man who admitted he drove the gunman away from a fatal shooting at a Norwich bar in 2012 has been sentenced to the two years he already has served in prison.

Steven Velez was sentenced Wednesday in New London Superior Court to time served on a charge of hindering prosecution.

Velez's sentence was handed down a week after David Grant was sentenced to 47 years in prison for manslaughter after firing into a crowd at the now-closed Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar on June 24, 2012.

Velez testified in March that that Grant told him he fired at a rival drug dealer who was standing on the back deck of the bar.

Grant killed a bystander, 45-year-old Donna Richardson of New London and injured another woman.

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NEW YORK (AP) The U.S. government is suing to stop Electrolux from buying General Electric's appliance division, saying the combined company would dominate sales of kitchen appliances to customers like home builders, property managers, hotels, and governments.

General Electric Co. says it will defend the sale in court and aims to complete the $3.3 billion deal this year.

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a District Court in Washington, D.C., to block the sale. It says GE and Electrolux, the owner of the Frigidaire brand, have been competing for decades to sell appliances like ranges, cooktops, and wall ovens.

The agency says Electrolux would eliminate a major competitor if it buys the GE division, and Electrolux and Whirlpool would be the only major companies selling appliances to many customers.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut prosecutors say they won't appeal a Hartford judge's ruling that ended the prosecution of a man accused of hosting a teenage drinking party that led to the death of a high school student.

The Hartford Courant reports a Superior Court judge in May dismissed most of the charges against 51-year-old Paul Sibiga, of Marlborough, that included reckless endangerment and permitting minors to possess liquor.

Police had said a teenager left a party in woods Sibiga owns in Marlborough. He lost control of his car and went off the road near Hebron, killing Paige Houston, a passenger.

Tolland State's Attorney Matthew Gedansky says that after prosecutors researched the issue, they concluded that it was unlikely they'd succeed with an appeal.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are defending two officers shown on a cell video striking a suspect repeatedly with a baton.

Police say the video of Detective Brian Salkeld and Officer Robert Fogg shows only a small part of their confrontation Sunday with 34-year-old Samuel Bryant.

Police say Bryant fought with police who stopped him after witnessing him drink from an open container. They say Bryant broke Salkeld's nose, and did not respond to being shocked with a stun gun.

Police say he was carrying a knife and cocaine.

The video shows one officer holding Bryant in a bear hug while the other strikes him in the legs and tells him to get on the ground.

Bryant, who faces charges including assaulting an officer, is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

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NIANTIC, Conn. (AP) A third correction officer has been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate inside Connecticut's prison for women.

Police say 34-year-old Kareem Dawson turned himself in Tuesday to face one count of second-degree sexual assault.

Forty-seven-year-old Jeffery Bromely, of Niantic, and 44-year-old Matthew Gillette, of Groton, were charged earlier this year and have since been fired.

All three worked in the same unit at the York Correctional Institution.

Police began investigating after a 28-year-old former inmate told them she had sex with several guards while being housed in a unit for participants in a drug program.

The Correction Department says Dawson is being placed on administrative leave. A phone call to a number listed for Dawson seeking comment Wednesday went unanswered.

He is due in Superior Court on July 16.

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police say more than 20 people have been arrested in eastern Connecticut in connection with a three-month narcotics investigation.

Willimantic Police Corporal Stanley F. Parizo Jr. said Monday that 23 people have been arrested in the last two weeks. He says police seized more than $5,000 in cash and varying amounts of cocaine, heroin and K2, a synthetic marijuana substance.

Police say they staggered the arrests to avoid drawing attention to the investigation, which they dubbed ``Operation Thread City Round Up.''

Most of the people arrested are facing heroin or cocaine possession and sales charges.

Police say they are still working to secure arrest warrants.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Both the House and Senate have approved a measure on excessive use of force by police. Lawmakers also approved a bill that includes provisions of Governor Dannel Malloy's so-called Second Chance Society -- reclassifying drug possession as a misdemeanor instead of a felony and providing offenders the opportunity to be evaluated for drug dependency.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut House of Representatives passed some late changes to the new Democratic state budget that had drawn criticism from major corporations because of tax increases on businesses and others.

The Hartford Courant reports the House approved the measure by 78 to 65, with 8 members absent early this morning. Two House Democrats, David Alexander of Enfield and John Hampton of Simsbury, joined with Republicans in voting against the measure.

The approval comes after the state Senate passed the budget-related bill on a narrow 19-17 vote Monday night.

Both General Electric and Aetna threatened to leave after the budget bill narrowly passed on June 3.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are asking for help finding a 64-year-old man accused of trying to sexually assault a child.

Police say Jose Santos Pedraza lured the preteen boy into his apartment. They say the child escaped after Pedraza attempted to sexually assault him.

Police say Pedraza, who is already in the state's sex offender registry after being convicted of similar offenses in the past, fled after the incident.

He is facing charges of attempted sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. A judge has set a bond of $250,000 should he be taken into custody.

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ORANGE, Conn. (AP) State police have arrested the drivers involved in a road rage incident that ended last week with a shooting and a slashing on Interstate 95 in Orange.

Police say 39-year-old truck driver Jesus Izaguirra of Hidalgo, Texas is being held on $500,000 bond after being charged with assault, attempted assault and reckless endangerment. They say 33-year-old Juan Calderon of Orange, who was driving a passenger vehicle , is being held on $250,000 bond, facing charges including attempted murder.

Police say Izaguirra slashed Calderon in the face after their vehicles pulled off the highway Thursday night. They say Calderon then got out of his car and shot Izaguirra.

Both were taken into custody after being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital and are due in court today.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State lawmakers will consider rolling back some tax increases they approved earlier this month as they return to the Capitol for a special session.

The session is scheduled for Monday .

Lawmakers are returning after weeks of vocal criticism from businesses about the approximate $1.5 billion in tax increases included in the two-year, $40.3 billion budget that narrowly passed with only Democratic votes.

Votes are expected Monday on two budget-related bills that roll back some of the taxes, including a tax on computer and data processing. The revisions also include an additional $15 million in each year for hospitals. Some facilities have threatened to close clinics and lay off staff because of cuts in state funding to hospitals.

Other bills will be also considered.

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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Criss Angel's rescue of an escape artist trapped in a glass cage filled with water was no illusion.

Angel and Spencer Horsman were rehearsing for opening night of ``The Supernaturalists'' at an eastern Connecticut casino when Horsman became trapped in the cage dangling above the stage and Angel went to his aid.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that Horsman is recovering from the Wednesday accident.

And President and CEO Felix Rappaport of Foxwoods Resort Casino says in a statement that the show will go on.

Rappaport says the opening night show was rescheduled from Thursday to Friday because the safety of the cast and crew is the priority.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut jury has found two Bridgeport cardiologists liable for a Shelton man's death and ordered them to pay his widow more than $2.4 million.

The Connecticut Post reports the Bridgeport Superior Court jury determined Friday that doctors Kevin Lenhart and Charles Landau were negligently responsible for 61-year-old Wesley Wirth's death.

Witnesses testified Wirth was brought to St. Vincent's Medical Center complaining of chest pain and dizziness in May 2009. Doctors determined Wirth's EKG was normal and discharged him. Wirth returned to the hospital with chest pains a few hours later, but again was discharged.

Wirth died of a heart attack later the same month.

The lawsuit claimed Lenhart and Landau incorrectly interpreted Wirth's EKG and stress test reports. The doctors' lawyers didn't immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.

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Trailer for "Boulevard"...Robin Williams' final on-screen performance.

 

 

Prince George kisses sister Princess Charlotte at her christening.

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