Two men, reportedly police officers, have been arrested by State Police as part of an investigation about gunshots in Darien. An unoccupied vehicle owned by James Martin, parked in his driveway, sustained a number of gun shots on August 1st. A two-month investigation led to warrants being issued for the 41-year old Darien resident and 38-year old Daniel Ehret of Darien.
They've each been charged with reckless endangerment, breach of peace and unlawful discharge of a firearm. Both men were ordered to appear in court on the 19th.
The Darien Daily Voice says the pair are Darien Police Officers.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) A UConn student faces criminal charges after a confrontation over macaroni and cheese that was captured on what has become a viral video.
The 9-minute, obscenity-laced clip shows 19-year-old Luke Gatti, of Bayville, N.Y., arguing with and eventually shoving a manager at a food court inside the school's student union on Sunday night.
He had been attempting to purchase some mac and cheese with bacon and jalapeno peppers, but was refused service for carrying an open alcohol container.
Gatti is tackled by another employee, arrested by a police officer and is shown spitting at the manager before being led out of the building.
Gatti's charged with breach of peace and criminal trespass and is due in court on Oct. 13.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) -- New Britain officials say an 11-year-old boy has died and 11 other people have been left homeless by an early morning fire that swept through a multifamily home.
Authorities say Cade Townsend Jr. died in the blaze reported at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
He lived on the third floor of the three-family East Street home.
A fire lieutenant was treated and released from the hospital for a minor injury. No other injuries were reported.
Authorities say firefighters arrived on the scene to find the home fully engulfed. They tried to find the child reported trapped on the third floor but had to withdraw from the building due to dangerous conditions.
Resident Kenneth Anderson says the fire forced him to jump from a second-story window.
The cause is under investigation.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama is visiting Connecticut this weekend to christen a submarine named after her home state.
Obama is the sponsor of the attack submarine that will become the USS Illinois.
At the ceremony Saturday morning at the Groton shipyard of Navy contractor Electric Boat, Obama is expected to deliver remarks and christen the submarine by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine against its hull. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is also expected to speak at the ceremony.
The first lady previously participated in the keel laying of the submarine in May 2014.
The Illinois is the 13th in the Virginia class of submarines, designed to carry out a range of missions including launching missiles, conducting surveillance and delivering special forces.
EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police say a comment made during school was misinterpreted as a bomb threat and circulated through a Connecticut high school through text messages and social media.
Principal Vincent DeNuzzo says students and faculty at East Haven High School were evacuated Monday afternoon after the school received word of ``an alleged bomb threat.'' He says a third party called Monday morning saying a student was making threatening comments. Authorities deemed there was no threat around 11 a.m.
The school then received a second call from another ``third party individual'' saying there was an alleged bomb threat.
Police say the threat originated as a comment made during school and spread through the school. The building was cleared around 2 p.m.
Police say the incident appears to be a misinterpretation of that comment.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut firefighters who died in the line of duty have been honored by President Barack Obama and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
WFSB-TV reports that Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell and New Britain Deputy Chief David Fiori were among those honored at the foundation's annual national memorial service in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday.
The group recognized 84 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014 and three others who died in previous years.
Obama spoke before a crowd of thousands and offered condolences to each of the firefighters' families.
Obama says those being remembered were heroes.
Last year, Bell was killed in a house blaze and Fiori suffered a heart attack while on duty.
The firefighters' names will be etched into the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) A food truck at the University of Connecticut is now serving up roasted crickets.
The Daily Campus reports that the school's dining services are advertising the insects as organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly.
They also are high in protein, low in fat and a source of B vitamins, iron and zinc.
The school says the farm that supplies the crickets uses carbon dioxide to kill them and then roasts them.
The crickets are sold for 99 cents and come whole in a small plastic container. They are sold as a snack or as a taco topping.
Dining services area assistant manager John Smith says they sell two or three containers of crickets per day at the truck.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been found guilty of threatening to shoot a family court judge who had been overseeing his divorce case.
The Harford Courant reports Superior Court Judge David Gold on Friday convicted 50-year-old Edward ``Ted'' Taupier, of Cromwell, on charges of threatening, disorderly conduct and breach of peace.
Taupier went to trial last spring on charges that he threated to shoot Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto in emails sent to several other people.
Testimony shows the email included information about Bozzuto's home, the distance to her master bedroom from a nearby cemetery and ammunition that could be used to shoot her.
Taupier faces up to six years in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 9.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former Gov. Lowell Weicker has endorsed Mary-Jane Foster for Bridgeport mayor in the race against former Mayor Joe Ganim, a convicted felon.
Weicker told the Connecticut Post Friday that the ``idea of electing a real felon, that's not Bridgeport.''
A spokesman for the Ganim campaign did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Ganim defeated Foster and Mayor Bill Finch in the Sept. 16 Democratic primary.
Foster, who calls herself an independent Democrat, said she is honored to receive Weicker's backing.
Weicker was an independent as governor and a Republican representing Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. He said he cannot believe Democrats nominated Ganim despite ``so many good people'' in Connecticut's largest city.
The 55-year-old Ganim was mayor from 1991 until he resigned in 2003 after being convicted of receiving kickbacks.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has dismissed charges against a mentally disabled former dishwasher who was convicted of killing his wife's 88-year-old grandmother in 1987 and spent almost 26 years in prison.
Richard Lapointe's conviction was overturned in March, with the state Supreme Court ruling that prosecutors failed to disclose notes by a police officer that suggest the crime occurred when Lapointe had an alibi. He was released from prison in April.
On Friday, prosecutors acknowledged that new DNA testing didn't implicate Lapointe and they didn't have the evidence to go forward with a new trial.
Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander then dismissed the case and told the 69-year-old Lapointe he was free to go.
She also apologized to the family of victim Bernice Martin, saying the justice system had failed them.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut dentist has been granted a probation program and agreed to give up his license in connection with the death of a patient who became unresponsive while 20 teeth were pulled and implants installed last year.
A state judge in Hartford granted accelerated rehabilitation Friday to 46-year-old Rashmi Patel of Suffield, who has offices in Enfield and Torrington. The program allows charges to be erased after probation is completed.
Patel was charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide in the February 2014 death of 64-year-old Judith Gan of Ellington.
State regulators suspended Patel's license, saying he failed to adequately respond when Gan's oxygen levels dropped dangerously low while under conscious sedation. She died at a hospital.
Patel apologized to Gan's family Friday. Gan's daughter said she forgives him.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Federal and local authorities say they've busted up a violent New Haven street gang and charged several members with murder, gun crimes, drug dealing and racketeering.
Federal prosecutors; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and New Haven police announced the charges Thursday against six members of the Red Side Guerilla Brims. Officials said a grand jury indicted the gang members on federal charges Wednesday.
Authorities say the gang is affiliated with the Bloods gang in New Haven, and that its members killed six people and wounded several others in 2011 and early 2012. Four of the six men who were indicted face the possibility of the federal death penalty.
Law enforcement officials have previously arrested several other members of the gang.
WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) State police say a Connecticut man survived a one-car crash, left his car and was killed after he was hit by a vehicle.
Police say 43-year-old Marc Warzocha, of Farmington, crashed his 2005 Chevrolet Equinox Wednesday night on the southbound lanes of Route 8 in Watertown.
State police say a preliminary investigation found that Warzocha left the vehicle and walked across the grass median onto the northbound lanes, when a Mercedes Benz struck him. He later died at Waterbury Hospital.
Police say the driver of the Mercedes, Shannon Mazzeo, of Wolcott, did not appear injured.
No charges have been filed.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials say seven homes and seven businesses were impacted after a century-old Hartford water main broke and gushed water into the air.
Crews responded to the break Thursday afternoon. The intersection of New Britain Avenue and Newfield Avenue flooded around 5 p.m. The 12-inch water main, which was installed in 1907, shot out water for more than two hours and caused significant damage to the roadway before Metropolitan District crews shut down the main Thursday night.
MDC officials say many water lines are old and difficult to inspect because the roads have to be torn up.
The repair is expected to take at least six to eight hours.
It's unclear why the water main broke. MDC officials say they are not blaming the break on the weather.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A new report says a Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a 1-year-old girl last year flunked drug tests in violation of his probation in the months leading up to the killing.
The report by state child advocate's office and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence recommends that probation officials strengthen drug testing policies and police improve how they respond to domestic violence calls.
Thirty-seven-year-old Arthur Hapgood Sr. of Waterbury pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in the killing of 14-month-old Zaniyah Calloway in Bristol in August 2014. He is to be sentenced in January.
The report says Hapgood tested positive for marijuana and PCP while on probation for selling drugs, and police responded to a domestic violence call at his home the day before the killing.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Court documents show that the mother of a 4-year-old girl found wandering alone in Hartford told police she left her child so she could be paid for sex.
Twenty-two-year-old Shi'day Nicks appeared in court Wednesday on charges of risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and leaving a child under 12 unsupervised.
Officers brought the girl home after receiving a report that she was walking by herself Tuesday morning.
Court documents show Nicks told police that evening she left her daughter alone for hours while she met a man who promised to pay her $230 for sexual favors. She said she is facing eviction.
Nicks is being held on $50,000 bail and is due back in court on Oct. 21. It's unclear if she has a lawyer.
STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut high school is cracking down on dirty dancing.
The Day reports that Stonington High School has instituted a new policy beginning with Saturday's homecoming dance that prohibits ``grinding and other forms of inappropriate dancing and touching.''
Students will be given a warning the first time they violate the policy.
A second offense will result in ejection from the dance.
Students must also dress ``tastefully'' for all dances and if any attire is found to be inappropriate, they will be asked to leave.
All students and their parents must sign the policy in order to buy dance tickets.
Principal Mark Friese says inappropriate dancing discourages some students from attending school events, or leads to parents barring their children from dances.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is withdrawing from the city's mayoral race and throwing his support to one-time opponent Mary Jane Foster in an effort to ultimately defeat former Mayor Joe Ganim, who served seven years in prison for corruption.
Finch, a two-term incumbent, lost the three-way Democratic primary to Gamin and has faced obstacles in securing a place on the November ballot.
While Foster also lost the primary, she previously submitted enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate.
Finch said he and his supporters will work to help Foster get elected, saying Bridgeport has ``too much at stake to look backward.''
Foster, the co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish, said she's been encouraged by people across Connecticut to remain in the race and challenge Ganim.
DERBY, Conn. (AP) A judge has set a man's bail at $1.5 million after prosecutors say he admitted to ``callously'' shooting his wife to death during an argument.
Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Infante, of Shelton, is a flight risk, noting that he drove to the Ohio border before turning around and turning himself in to police.
Prosecutors say Infante admitted to police on Monday that he shot his wife of 27 years, 52-year-old Lisa Infante, Sunday night. Police say the two had been going through a divorce.
Infante appeared in Superior Court in Derby Tuesday afternoon. His next court date is slated for Oct. 8.
Infante's attorney asked that his bail be set at $500,000, noting he did not have a violent history, owned a home in town and had family nearby.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with fatally stabbing a family friend's 1-year-old daughter while under the influence of drugs has pleaded guilty.
The Hartford Courant reports that 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood Sr., of Waterbury, was originally charged with murder, risk of injury to a minor and first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with the death of 14-month-old Zaniyah Calloway in August 2014.
But under terms of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to the murder charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
Prosecutors say Hapgood was at the Bristol home of his mother, who was taking care of Zaniyah, when he became violent and stabbed the baby in the abdomen. He told police he had taken illegal drugs, which police said was marijuana that may have been laced with PCP.