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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says President Donald Trump's inaugural speech was designed for his supporters, not the entire country.

In attendance at Friday's ceremonies, the Democrat said the address was "a speech that was designed for, at best, 48 percent of the folks who voted" in the November election.

Malloy, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, tells The Associated Press he wants to work with the administration. He's urging the new Republican president to "stop being a candidate and become our president," which he says "means a heartfelt attempt to be the president for all."

An active supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton, Malloy was critical of Trump during the campaign. In turn, Trump called Malloy "a bad governor."

Malloy is participating in the Women's March in Hartford on Saturday.



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WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) - Police have charged the mother of a 3-year-old girl who was found wandering alone in the middle of a street in Wolcott.

WFSB-TV reports that cars stopped on the road Thursday afternoon to help the toddler, who was wearing only a diaper and a shirt.

The child's mother, 24-year-old Kaila Lanfair, told police her daughter had been asleep when she went into a bathroom. When she heard cars screeching to a halt outside the home she looked outside and saw the girl in the road.

Lanfair said her front door has childproof knobs and she doesn't know how her daughter got out.

Police say Lanfair is charged with risk of injury to a minor.

The investigation is continuing.



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WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a 61-year-old man whose dead body was found near a Connecticut mall this week is the apparent victim of a hit-and-run.

Police say Kim Weeks, of New London, was found Thursday morning neat the Crystal Mall in Waterford.

It is believed that he was struck by a vehicle either Wednesday night of early Thursday.

Lt. Dave Burton says police have identified and seized a blue Toyota Sienna minivan that may have been involved.

No names have been released.

The death remains under investigation.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director is estimating Connecticut will now end this fiscal year with a surplus.

In a letter released Friday to the State Comptroller, Ben Barnes credited "strong collections over the past few months" from the corporation tax for the projected $23.3 million surplus in the general fund, the state's main spending account.

The budget is also benefiting from the state's recent $31.5 million share from a nationwide settlement with Moody's credit rating agency.

However, Barnes says revenues from the state sales tax "continue to underperform our monthly targets" and projected income tax revenues have been revised downward.

For much of the year, deficits have been projected for this fiscal year. The new fiscal year, which begins July 1, is estimated to be $1.5 billion in deficit.



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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - Town leaders in Greenwich are calling for the resignation of a local official charged with groping a woman.

The Board of Selectmen issued a statement Friday saying Christopher von Keyserling should resign from the Representative Town Meeting. The three board members said the 71-year-old von Keyserling has damaged Greenwich's reputation.

Von Keyserling did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday.

The Greenwich Time reported Friday that von Keyserling has temporarily stepped aside from the post in the aftermath of his arrest.

He was charged with misdemeanor sexual assault Jan. 11, accused of pinching a 57-year-old woman in the groin area at a town-owned medical care center.

He told police the incident was meant as a joke and he apologized. His lawyer says it wasn't sexual in nature.



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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty for his role in a kidnapping and the theft of about $3 million worth of merchandise from a Connecticut jewelry store.

Timothy Forbes, of Allentown, entered his plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

Federal prosecutors say the 35-year-old Forbes was one of five men involved in the April 2013 heist.

Four of the men broke into a Meriden apartment, bound the four occupants, and forcefully brought two of them to the Fairfield jewelry store where they worked. There they met Forbes. After they stole about $3 million worth of watches, jewelry and loose diamonds, Forbes served as the getaway driver.

Forbes faces life in prison at sentencing, scheduled for April.

The other four defendants have already pleaded guilty.



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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Police say a speeding SUV that went airborne and crashed into a tree in Massachusetts, leaving three people dead, was reported stolen in Connecticut days earlier.

A fire department spokesman says one person died at the scene in Springfield on Tuesday night. Police say a second person died at a hospital Tuesday night and another died Wednesday morning.

Names are being withheld until their families can be notified. The victims were described as two females and a male between 17 and 20 years old.

Two others who were in the vehicle remain hospitalized in critical condition.

Police say the SUV had been reported stolen in Milford, Connecticut on Saturday.

Authorities say the vehicle was traveling more than 60 mph when it crashed. The street's speed limit is 30 mph.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - An East Lyme man is facing up to two decades in prison after admitting he provided heroin to another man who fatally overdosed in a running vehicle last summer with a young child in the back seat.

The Hartford Courant reports 25-year-old Christopher Stevens pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin in New Haven federal court on Wednesday. His sentencing is scheduled for mid-April.

Federal prosecutors say authorities identified Stevens after investigating a June overdose death in East Lyme.

Authorities say Stevens met the man at his home. The man received heroin shortly before his fatal overdose.

The medical examiner's office determined the man died from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. It's 50 times more powerful than heroin.



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DOVER, N.Y. (AP) The first piece of a new National Wildlife Refuge spanning six states has been established on 144 acres donated by The Nature Conservancy in New York's Hudson Valley, 70 miles north of New York City.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge will be located on non-contiguous land in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. The first section, in the Dutchess County town of Dover, was announced Wednesday.

The federal agency plans to work with willing landowners to acquire up to 23.4 square miles of shrubland and young forest that provide habitat for New England cottontails, monarch butterflies, American woodcock and other species of concern.

The Nellie Hill Preserve in Dover has been managed by The Nature Conservancy for 25 years.



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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to drunken driving and other charges in connection with a car crash last year that severed a man's leg.

The Record-Journal reports that 32-year-old Danny Perez was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison.

The New Britain man pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine, which means while he disagrees with some evidence he acknowledges there is enough for a conviction.

Police say the victim, 35-year-old Benjamin Ariza, of Meriden, was standing between two vehicles on the night of Feb. 16 when Perez crashed into the rear of one of them, pinning Ariza. His left leg was severed in the crash while his right leg was severely injured.

Police say Perez's blood-alcohol content was well above the legal limit to drive.



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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - The owner of Connecticut day spa located across the street from town hall and close to a police station is facing prostitution charges.

Hamden police said Monday that 55-year-old Jianwei Zhang, owner of the Kismet Day Spa, was arrested last week and charged with engaging in and permitting prostitution on the premises.

The Randolph, Massachusetts woman was detained on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Jan. 27.

Capt. Ronald Smith said in a release that police started investigating after they received information that prostitution had been occurring at the site.

No one answered the phone at the spa.



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EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a bobcat that jumped on a woman and scratched two other women trying to help her in Connecticut has been shot and killed.

The attack happened Tuesday in a greenhouse in Colchester.

The three women were treated at a medical center.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it's rare for bobcats to attack people, but when they do, rabies is often the cause.

The bobcat was taken to the state health lab for a rabies test.

The greenhouse is on the property of The Caring Community, a social service provider for residential and day programs.



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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Officials say they've finished the environmental cleanup of a former industrial site in Waterbury.

The Republican-American reports construction on a new home for the city's Department of Public Works is expected to begin in the spring at the former MacDermid industrial complex.

Director of Purchasing Rocco Orso says they've received bids for the last construction trades needed for construction. He expects a cost projection in about two weeks and estimates construction will take about a year and a half.

The city referred questions about the cost and success of the cleanup to the Waterbury Development Corp. Attempts to reach the city's semipublic development arm weren't immediately successful.

WDC previously projected it would cost $20 million to raze part of the structure, renovate it and add new space.



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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2015 death of a man originally shot outside a barbershop in 2009.

The Connecticut Post reports that 28-year-old Eric Brown pleaded guilty last week in the shooting and death of Dan Rauso.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Shelton man walked outside after getting a haircut at a Bridgeport barbershop in December 2009 and was shot by two men during a robbery.

Rauso survived the shooting but was left a quadriplegic. He died in December 2015.

Prosecutors say an autopsy showed he died as a result of complications from the shooting.

Police think Brown was the shooter. He pleaded guilty just before his trial was scheduled to start.

Brown faces a 10-year prison term when he is sentenced March 31.



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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) -- The lawyer for a Greenwich official says his client will plead not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman last month following a disagreement at a town-owned senior facility.

 

The Greenwich Time reports 71-year-old Chris von Keyserling, a member of the Representative Town Meeting of Greenwich, was arrested last week in connection with the Dec. 9 incident.

 

Court documents say a worker at the Nathaniel Witherell Home went to her office when a brief political discussion with von Keyserling became acrimonious.

 

Police say von Keyserling, of Cos Cob, inappropriately touched her when she tried to leave.

 

Von Keyserling faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge. He's expected in court next week.

 

His attorney, Phil Russell, says the incident wasn't sexual in nature and says the charge stems from a "jocular" moment.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The case of a man convicted of killing his wife of just three weeks in 2009 is heading to the state Supreme Court.

Justices are scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether Chihan Eric Chyung should get a new trial.

The 53-year-old Chyung was convicted of murder and manslaughter in 2014 in the fatal shooting of 46-year-old Paige Anne Bennett in their Norwich home. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. A judge dismissed the manslaughter conviction, saying Chyung couldn't be convicted of two homicide charges for one act.

Chyung testified his 9 mm pistol fired accidentally while he argued with Bennett.

His appeal says the jury verdicts convicting him of murder and manslaughter were conflicting. He says murder is an intentional act and manslaughter is a reckless act.



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SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) Several dogs are dead after a house burst into flames in South Windsor.

Firefighters arrived at a single family home on Sunday night and found the roof engulfed in flames.

WTNH-TV reports the resident wasn't home when the blaze broke out but later arrived and told emergency workers her 10 dogs were trapped inside.

South Windsor firefighters and an engine company from Manchester took a half-hour to get the fire under control and several hours to completely extinguish it.

WTNH-TV says the dogs couldn't be saved.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. There were no other injuries.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death with scissors is facing a court arraignment.

Samantha Wheeler is set to be arraigned Tuesday in the section of Hartford Superior Court that handles the most serious cases. She's charged with murder in the killing of 43-year-old Myron Sanborn in East Hartford last February.

An arrest warrant affidavit says Wheeler told police that Sanborn stabbed himself. She said they were arguing at the Madison Inn motel and she was going to leave, but Sanborn told her he would harm himself if she left.

The affidavit says Wheeler told police Sanborn then went into the bathroom, came out with an injury a short time later and asked her to call 911.

Police say the evidence shows Sanborn's injuries were not self-inflicted.



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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An animal cruelty prevention group is offering a $5,000 reward for anybody who comes forward with information that leads to a criminal conviction in the case of a pit bull found abandoned inside a wire crate in East Haven.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the dog is now recovering at a shelter but authorities have not determined who left the animal inside the crate.

Animal control officers on Tuesday found the dog in the crate beside trash cans in freezing temperatures. PETA says the dog did not have food or water and was left to starve or freeze to death. The organization is urging anyone with information about the dog to call the East Haven Animal Shelter.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Lawyers for Yale University are providing more details of the alleged sexual misconduct that led to the expulsion last year of basketball captain Jack Montague.

Montague has asked for an injunction that would allow him to return to school.

His lawsuit alleges a Title IX officer brought a complaint despite being told the woman did not believe Montague heard her when she tried to end their sexual encounter.

Yale, in a filing opposing Montague's request, says the woman made it clear she did not want to have intercourse, and that when finished, Montague apologized.

The school says the panel adjudicating the case did not believe Montague's version because of his "selective memory and his shifting recollection with respect to how he obtained consent."

Montague does not face criminal charges.