STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Stamford woman found dead after a fire in her home apparently set the blaze.
Authorities were called to the North Stamford home at around 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn says the woman's brother who lived nearby found smoke in the home and found the woman in a second-floor room.
Hohn tells the Stamford Advocate that evidence shows the woman set the fire before succumbing to smoke inhalation.
He says investigators searched the residence and removed several items indicate she meant to take her own life.
Her name has not been released.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been arrested after allegedly using counterfeit money at food shops in West Hartford.
Sgt. Samuel Ferrucci says police received reports at around 2 p.m. Sunday that a fake $100 bill had been used at a bakery.
Police then received similar reports from two other shops.
Investigators determined the money had been used at six businesses. They believe the goal was to buy low-cost items and receive real money as change.
Police say they found and confiscated the suspected counterfeit bills.
Police arrested 20-year-old Jason Hayle and 21-year-old Shawn Hayle, of Hartford. They also arrested 20-year-old Andrew McLeod, of Brooklyn, New York, and an unnamed juvenile.
The three adults are facing charges including conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny. It's not immediately known if they have lawyers to comment.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — In the competition for the biggest spenders, casinos are known to pull out the stops with comped hotel rooms, meals and rebates for a percentage of their losses.
But some dealers say efforts to satisfy and retain the players go much further, with casinos tolerating abuse and extending courtesies that test the integrity of the games.
Glen Costales is a pit manager at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino. He says in recent testimony that premium players get away with more than average players including late bets at table games.
Mohegan Sun's president says the casino provides incentives to its most valuable guests but it does not tolerate anything that compromises the integrity of the games.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) A Willimantic man is accused of fleeing the scene of a car crash and leaving his injured girlfriend behind.
The two-car crash happened at around 2:45 p.m. Sunday in Willimantic. Police say 53-year-old Albert Hawley fled the car on foot and left his injured girlfriend in the passenger seat.
Police say they found Hawley was hiding in a nearby apartment complex.
His girlfriend was taken to Windham Hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Her identity has not been released.
Two female occupants in the other car were uninjured.
Hawley was charged with failure to drive right, operating without a license and evading responsibility.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Thirty-two people have been displaced by a fire that ripped through an apartment building in Hartford.
Fire officials say firefighters rescued numerous people from the 3-story, 18-unit building after the fire broke out around 1:20 p.m. Sunday. Two residents were taken to the hospital for evaluations. No firefighters were reported injured.
Officials from the fire department, city health and human services department and Red Cross relocated 25 adults and seven children.
The fire marshal's office says the fire was accidentally caused by an unattended candle.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Two men were killed in separate weekend shootings in Bridgeport.
Police say 39-year-old Kendall Willis was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car on Staples Street Sunday afternoon after being shot in the head.
The Connecticut Post reports Willis had a criminal history of dealing drugs in the Trumbull Gardens housing project.
That shooting came less than 24 hours after a 33-year-old man was shot to death outside the restaurant where he worked. Police say Derrick Hill died at the scene Saturday night outside the Rootsman Kitchen on Park Avenue.
The restaurant's owner, 50-year-old Dennis Hines, was struck in the buttocks by a stray bullet. Police say he was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
No arrests have been made in either shooting.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford authorities say a suspect in a stolen minivan rammed into police cruisers and damaged at least six other vehicles during a chase that ended in a crash and the suspect in custody. Two officers and two citizens were brought to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says the suspect stole the minivan in the North End on Friday afternoon after the driver got out to talk to someone. Officers spotted the stolen vehicle and chased the suspect, who rammed cruisers and other vehicles before crashing at Main Street and Mahl Avenue.
Foley says a third officer may have suffered a minor injury.
The suspect's name hasn't been released. Foley says the man wasn't hurt, and he will be facing numerous charges.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Navy sailor has been indicted on allegations he illegally retained photos he took with his cell phone of classified areas and equipment inside a nuclear attack submarine based in Connecticut.
Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said Friday that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport indicted 28-year-old Kristian Saucier of Arlington, Vermont, on charges including unauthorized retention of defense information and obstruction of justice. The two charges combined carry up to 30 years in prison.
Authorities say Saucier was a machinist's mate from 2007 to 2012 aboard the USS Alexandria based at the Navy submarine base in Groton.
Saucier was arrested May 28 and posted $100,000 bail.
His lawyer, Derrick Hogan, said Saucier denies all the allegations and will plead not guilty Monday. Hogan accused prosecutors of distorting the facts.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Lawmakers and activists supportive of a $15-an-hour minimum wage see momentum building in Connecticut, especially for certain lower-wage workers.
The two chairmen of the General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee this week cheered a recommendation from a wage board in neighboring New York to phase in a $15 minimum wage for workers in larger fast food chains. Rep. Peter Tercyak (Ter-see-AHKH') said it's something that can and should be done in Connecticut.
State lawmakers recently included language in a budget-related bill that created a new low-wage worker advisory board that will advise the Department of Labor on issues facing employees, including wage rates needed for an economically stable living standard.
Connecticut's minimum wage is currently $9.15 an hour. It's scheduled to climb to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former fire chief in Connecticut has been found guilty of using town money to pay for his private electrical business and personal expenses.
A federal jury in New Haven Thursday convicted 47-year-old Paul Perrotti, of Middlebury, of two of three counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.
Perrotti was arrested last year on charges that he embezzled more than $70,000 from Middlebury while serving as the fire chief to operate his business from 2011 to 2013. He pleaded not guilty.
Officials say Perrotti wrote checks to employees, to his company's vendors for supplies and to third parties that would give money to him.
Perrotti's attorney says they will appeal the verdict.
He's facing up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced on Oct. 29.
NEW YORK (AP) Anthem is buying rival Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion that will create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million patients in the U.S.
The deal comes just three weeks after the insurer Aetna bid $35 billion for Humana in a buyout frenzy that will transform five massive U.S. health companies into three even larger ones.
Shareholders of Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Connecticut, will receive $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 shares of Anthem stock for each of their shares. The companies put the total value at $188 per share. The deal is targeted to close in the second half of 2016.
Anthem, based in Indianapolis, has pursued Cigna aggressively for months.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut prison inmates have been charged with murder in connection with a 2010 shooting that took the life of a 30-year-old New Haven man.
Kenneth Homas was found shot twice in the neck near the intersection of Orchard and Charles Streets on April 10, 2010.
Police say a lengthy investigation led to felony murder charges Thursday against 34-year-old Nathan ``Lizard'' Johnson and 24-year-old Errie ``Buck'' McClendon.
Johnson, who previously lived on Orchard Place, is currently serving a 70-year sentence after being convicted in a 2011 robbery and shooting that left a man paralyzed.
McClendon is serving an 8-month sentence for selling drugs and was due to be released next month.
Bond for both men was set at $750,000.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Authorities say they have found the body of a Connecticut man in the Farmington River.
Fire officials began searching the river near Tunxis Mead Park at around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Police say they received reports that a man in his early 20s was swimming with his friends and went underwater.
Rescuers recovered the body at about 8:30 p.m.
A medical examiner was on scene to conduct an investigation. Officials say the victim was not wearing a life jacket.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man was arrested after his 4-year-old son was found wandering along the side of a road.
Police say the boy walked nearly three quarters of a mile from his house in Waterford to a road in New London where he was found around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The boy told police he could not wake his father, 28-year-old Phillip Rahilly, who was allegedly asleep at the house.
Police say Rahilly arrived at the scene after they contacted the boy's mother.
Police say Rahilly told them he had been looking for the boy for 20 minutes, but had not contacted police.
He was charged with risk of injury to a minor and is being held on $75,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say it should take about a week to receive the results of DNA tests on severed limbs and arms found last week near a city train station.
The New Haven Register reports samples from the legs and arms have been sent to the state forensic lab in Meriden, which is conducting mitochondrial DNA testing.
Those tests can link the DNA to any maternal relative.
Police say they don't know if the limbs are all from the same body or if they are dealing with multiple victims.
Two legs were located near the State Street train station on the morning of July 15. The arms, which did not have hands attached, were located in a plastic bag later that day.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A university in Connecticut says one of its professors told a teenager it was a terrible idea when the student described rigging a drone with a handgun.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether 18-year-old Austin Haughwout of Clinton violated its regulations after he posted online a video that shows shots being fired from a drone in a wooded area.
Central Connecticut State University spokesman Mark McLaughlin said Wednesday the student mentioned to an engineering professor this summer that he was planning to put a weapon on a remote-controlled aircraft.
McLaughlin says the professor, Edward Moore, strongly discouraged the student, and that the drone wasn't related to a class project.
Haughwout's father told WFSB-TV last week that his son created the drone with a CCSU professor.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 36-year-old Hartford man has been charged with attempted robbery and assault after being shot outside a city bakery.
Police say Marcus Torres attempted to snatch the tip jar from Barranquitas Mini Bakery on Tuesday morning, but could not because the jar had been bolted to the counter.
Police say Torres got into a physical altercation with bakery employees and was shot in the leg by one of them. That man, who has not been charged with a crime, told police he thought Torres was reaching for a weapon.
Torres was taken to Hartford Hospital where he was treated and released into police custody.
He was held overnight on a $100,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of attempted robbery and assault.
TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) Fire officials say a Connecticut man was rescued after he became impaled on a ladder more than 10 feet in the air while cutting a tree.
Long Hill Fire Department officials say the Trumbull man was trimming a tree Tuesday night when he became trapped between two large limbs and impaled his leg on a ladder. He was suspended about 13 to 15 feet in the air.
It took rescuers nearly two hours to free the man, who officials say was conscious during the ordeal. Trauma doctors were also called in to help.
He was taken to a hospital for further treatment
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Quinnipiac University has filed a lawsuit against the town of Hamden after the zoning board denied its appeal of a finding that the school has violated a zoning deal for its York Hill dormitory project.
The New Haven Register reports when Quinnipiac was given zoning approval in 2007, one stipulation was that the school provide one bed for every undergraduate student. The university has not done so, but argues it has followed the spirit of the rule by providing a bed for every student who wants one.
The school says many students prefer to live off campus. Town officials counter that one bed for every student means one bed for every student.
The lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court asks to reverse the ZBA's decision and waive all fines relating to the violation.
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) An 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been jury-rigged with a handgun.
The FAA says it is investigating whether Austin Haghwout of Clinton violated its regulations, which prohibit the careless or reckless operation of a model aircraft.
Haughwout's father told WFSB-TV last week that his son created the drone with the help of a Central Connecticut State University professor.
The FAA says it is working with Clinton police, who are also investigating. Haughwout has not returned telephone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Haghwout made news last year when police charged a woman with assault after she confronted him about flying a drone at a state beach.