HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some law enforcement agencies have ended their agreements to be on A&E Network's real-time police show "Live PD" as local government leaders concluded the program was making their communities look bad.
Those agencies include police departments in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Streetsboro, Ohio. Government leaders say the national spotlight on criminal activity overshadowed the positive things happening in their communities.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina stopped doing the show in August, saying officers needed a break from the cameras.
The show airs Friday and Saturday nights. Live camera crews follow officers in several departments around the country, but there is at least a five-minute delay on the video.
Producers say that most feedback from police departments has been good and that the show aims to increase the transparency of policing.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - An Army veteran who says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery is suing a Connecticut veterans affairs hospital.
Bridgeport resident Glenford Turner says the scalpel was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain. He sued the VA in U.S. District Court last week, seeking unspecified compensatory damages.
Court papers say Turner had surgery at the VA hospital in West Haven in 2013. Nearly four years later, he went back to the VA with dizziness and severe abdominal pain. An X-Ray showed there was a scalpel inside his body.
Turner had to undergo surgery to remove the scalpel. His lawyer says doctors confirmed it was the same one. The lawyer calls it "an incomprehensible level of incompetence."
The VA said Monday it doesn't typically comment on pending litigation.
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say two dogs mauled another dog to death in front of its home.
Wallingford Police Lt. Cheryl Bradley tells The Record-Journal that a woman was walking her Shih Tzu-poodle mix Monday morning when two dogs from down the street came running at her dog and attacked it. The owner told police that she and a neighbor jumped in to separate them, and then the owner of the attacking dogs came and took them back to his property.
The woman told police that she and her husband took their dog to a veterinarian, but it died in the car.
Bradley says the woman received minor injuries.
Police are investigating.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The University of Connecticut is reviewing plans by a Republican student group to bring in a well-known conservative speaker, two months after a speech by another right-wing pundit led to two arrests.
UConn's College Republicans are planning to bring Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of conservative news and commentary site The Daily Wire, to the school Jan. 24.
The group sponsored conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich in November for a speech titled "It's OK To Be White." It ended with a protester grabbing Wintrich's notes and Wintrich grabbing the protester.
University President Susan Herbst implemented new rules after that, requiring a review of events that could potentially pose a safety risk to campus.
A school spokeswoman says the review is designed to help facilitate the Jan. 24 speech, not to prevent it.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell says her agency was unable to follow through with a 2015 state law authorizing a new digitized form that public schools can use to outline special education services.
Democratic state Reps. Michelle Cook, of Torrington, Linda Gentile, of Ansonia, and Michael D'Agostino, of Hamden, had asked the commissioner for a progress report on the implementation of the planned digital Individualized Education Program form.
They say such a system would save money, allowing districts to share information online with state officials, negating the need for some site visits.
In a letter, Wentzell says none of the potential vendors' proposals were within the $2 million range budgeted by the General Assembly. She says those unspent funds were ultimately used to help cover the state budget deficit.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut public health officials say they have seen a steep increase in the number of people hospitalized with influenza over the past five weeks.
The Department of Public Health says this year's flu virus has been particularly severe among people 65 years old or older. They've accounted for 70 percent of patients who've been hospitalized.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging residents to still get their flu shots.
Connecticut is expected to be four-to-six weeks away from peak influenza activity, which will probably be in mid-February.
As of the week ending Jan. 6, there have been 1,015 positive cases of the flu in Connecticut, with 456 hospitalizations since late August.
There have been 15 flu-related deaths in individuals 65 years old and older so far in Connecticut.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's highest court has ruled on an issue that most people may think is already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients' medical records confidential and can be sued if they don't.
The Supreme Court's 6-0 decision Thursday overturned a lower court judge who said Connecticut had yet to recognize doctor-patient confidentiality.
The high court's ruling reinstated a lawsuit by former New Canaan resident Emily Byrne against the Avery Center for Obstetrics Gynecology in Westport.
Byrne, who now lives in Montpelier, Vermont, alleged the doctor's office sent her medical file to a court without her permission allowing the father of her child to look at it and use the information to harass her.
The Avery Center argued there is no duty for doctors to keep patients' information confidential.
This story corrects the summary to say the father of Byrne's child was able to view Byrnes' medical file, not the husband of her child.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut waste management employees called in police and the bomb squad after finding a hand grenade in the trash.
Police responded to the Stratford trash company Thursday and after finding what appeared to be a hand grenade, called the state police bomb squad to disarm the explosive. Police say the grenade appeared to be from either World War I or World War II and was thrown out alongside garbage that ended up at the waste facility.
Police say there were no injuries reported and the scene was cleared without incident.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with hacking into more than 250 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and ordinary people has agreed to plead guilty.
Federal prosecutors say the charge against 26-year-old George Garofano stems from the investigation into the 2014 ``celebgate'' scandal, where the private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and others were made public.
The North Branford man agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized access to a protected computer. He faces up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors say Garofano sent emails that appeared to be from Apple encouraging victims to reveal usernames and passwords, or to enter them on a website where he could retrieve them.
Garofano's lawyer tells the Hartford Court his client ``is a good person who was taken advantage of'' by more sophisticated hackers and is remorseful.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - The case of a former Connecticut college student accused of lying about being raped by two university football players is headed to trial.
The Connecticut Post reports 19-year-old Nikki Yovino rejected a plea deal Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. Prosecutors offered a two-year prison sentence and a judge offered one-year sentence.
The judge set a trial date of Feb. 21.
The native of South Setauket, New York, accused two Sacred Heart University football players of sexually assaulting her during an October 2016 party. The players said the sex was consensual.
Police say Yovino admitted making up the allegations because she worried another student would lose romantic interest in her when he found out about the sexual encounter.
Yovino's lawyer says they're eager to present the whole story to a jury.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state of Connecticut is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in a 2015 homicide.
Police are looking for leads in their investigation of the Oct. 21, 2015, death of Ricardo Rivera in Hartford. The 19-year-old was shot in the head. Investigators found limited evidence at the crime scene and no witnesses have come forward.
Rivera's mother pleaded for tips as investigators announced the award Wednesday. She says she has not lost hope that the case will be solved.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford police.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is halting a $9.6 million incentive package offered to Aetna to move its headquarters to the city.
The insurance giant announced in June that it would move its headquarters beginning in late 2018 after nearly two centuries in Hartford, Connecticut. But those plans were put on hold after CVS Health Corp. said in December that it was buying Aetna for $69 billion.
At that time, Aetna said all of its locations would be evaluated as part of its integration with CVS.
A spokeswoman for the New York City Economic Development Corp. says the city had a preliminary agreement with Aetna that still needed formal approval. She says the city can't get that approval if they "can't positively affirm to us that the relocation is happening."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed a statewide ban on bump stocks, the devices designed to make semi-automatic rifles mimic the firing action of fully automatic weapons.
The Democratic governor announced the legislation Tuesday, citing the October mass shooting in Las Vegas in which the shooter used a bump stock to kill 58 people and injure hundreds more.
Possession and sale of bump stocks and other rate-of-fire enchancers would be felonies carrying up to five years in prison.
Gun rights supporters say it's not clear whether Malloy's proposal would be effective, because there are many ways to make guns fire faster.
Connecticut would join Massachusetts, California and the city of Columbia, South Carolina, in banning bump stocks. Federal officials also are considering regulating or banning the devices.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals service is now offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the capture of an inmate who escaped from a Connecticut state prison.
Jerry Mercado escaped from the Carl Robinson Correctional Facility in Enfield on Sunday.
The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force announced the reward on Tuesday. It says people should not try to arrest Mercado themselves, but should instead call authorities.
Authorities believe the 25-year-old may have stowed away in the undercarriage of a garbage truck or state vehicle to escape.
Mercado was sentenced in August 2016 to three years for burglary.
The marshals are working with Connecticut State Police, Hartford Police, Connecticut Parole and the Connecticut Department of Correction to find him.
ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) - The court case of a Connecticut woman charged with trying to steal the notes of a right-wing commentator giving a speech titled "It's OK To Be White" has been continued.
Catherine Gregory's lawyer says there was no movement in the case Tuesday in Rockville Superior Court, and Gregory did not attend. The case was rescheduled to Jan. 31.
The 33-year-old Willimantic resident took papers from a lectern as Gateway Pundit writer Lucian Wintrich prepared to speak last month at the University of Connecticut. Wintrich grabbed her to try to retrieve his notes and was arrested, but a misdemeanor charge against him was later dropped.
Gregory says she has received support from people worldwide in "the struggle against racism and fascism."
Wintrich denies his speech was racist.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's nominee to be Connecticut's next chief justice would be the first openly gay leader of a state Supreme Court.
The Democratic governor announced Monday that longtime friend and current Associate Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald was his nominee for the court's highest post. Chief Justice Chase Rogers is retiring next month.
Puerto Rico Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez became the first openly gay chief justice in U.S. history in February 2016.
The 51-year-old McDonald has served on the Supreme Court for five years and was nominated by Malloy. Before that, he was general counsel for the governor's office under Malloy, a state senator from Stamford and corporation counsel for the city of Stamford when Malloy was mayor.
McDonald must be confirmed by the legislature.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The office of Connecticut's governor says the state's projected revenue from personal income tax collections has risen by more than $900 million.
The estimates include accelerated payments that were made ahead of changes in the federal tax law as well as one-time payments that hedge fund managers had to pay to bring overseas profits back into the United States.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said it's promising news for the state.
Also Monday, the General Assembly passed a measure to restore full Medicare benefits for over 90,000 people who rely on the program for office visits and other procedures. The Medicare Savings Program had been cut by lawmakers late last year to close a deficit.
The legislation passed by the House and Senate is a temporary fix to restore those benefits.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a correctional facility in Enfield.
Carl Robinson Correctional Institution officials say Jerry Mercado was unaccounted for around 3:15 p.m. Sunday during a routine facility count.
The building was placed in lockdown. Enfield is about 21 miles north of Hartford.
Mercado is classified as a low-risk offender. The 25-year-old was sentenced in August 2016 to three years for burglary.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police say a woman was severely injured when she was run over by a car and pinned underneath.
Norwalk fire officials say the woman was run over Sunday afternoon and first responders found her trapped underneath the car. The Norwalk Fire Department says firefighters used tools and cribbing to raise the car and release the woman.
The woman, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to an area hospital with severe, but not life-threatening, injuries.
The collision is still under investigation.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A state senator says Connecticut should help the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton meet the expected demand for more submarines.
Democratic Sen. Cathy Osten of Sprague has filed proposed legislation that calls for dedicating $100 million over five years to help pay for some of the new infrastructure General Dynamics Electric Boat needs to accommodate its $5.1 billion contract with the U.S. Navy to design the new Columbia-class submarine.
Her bill also proposing spending $50 million over 10 years on workforce development programs.
Osten says it's important the U.S. Navy knows the state has a well-trained workforce and considers Electric Boat an important part of the state's economy. She says similar investments have been made in Newport News, Virginia, where submarines are also built.
The General Assembly opens Feb. 7.