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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven officials are declaring a public health emergency after nearly 20 people overdosed on tainted heroin or cocaine and at least three died in the city and surrounding towns.

Officials issued the warning Friday. They said there have been up to 16 heroin or cocaine overdoses in New Haven since Thursday and several more in surrounding communities.

Two people died in New Haven and at least another died in another town. Officials said the numbers will likely rise.

Police are trying to determine if the powerful painkiller fentanyl or another substance is responsible.

State health officials said they're sending 700 doses of the overdose reversing drug Narcan to New Haven.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the situation is dangerous and the state is working to address the overdose problem.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police have killed a gray fox after they say it attacked a Stamford woman and chased a family.

The Stamford Advocate reports the woman was walking with her toddler Thursday when she saw what looked like a small dog. When she realized the animal was a fox and was following her, police say she grabbed her son and began walking away.

But authorities say the fox kept chasing her until she kicked it in the head and hid from it in a FedEx truck. Capt. Richard Conklin says the woman had a scratch or bite on her ankle and eventually went to a hospital.

Police say a family in the same neighborhood also reported an aggressive fox. Police found the animal and shot it.

It's being tested for rabies.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State officials say they've found a way to ensure thousands of needy Connecticut families will still receive a child care subsidy.

The Office of Early Childhood announced Friday that instead of cutting off coverage to existing families who didn't meet new eligibility rules, the program will be closed to new applications for low-income working parents as of Aug. 1.

New applicants who qualify as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients, former TANF recipients from the last five years and certain 18- and 19-year-old parents will remain eligible for the child care subsidy.

The office originally planned to toughen eligibility for the state's Care4Kids program due to changes in federal block grant funding rules. The office estimated 4,500 families representing about 6,100 children would no longer be eligible on July 1.

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut have arrested a woman they say held up a doughnut shop at gunpoint and a man who allegedly pedaled her away from the scene on a bicycle.

A worker at a Willimantic Dunkin' Donuts called 911 at 3 a.m. Thursday to report that he had been robbed by an armed woman who was whisked away on a bike.

Officers with a police dog searched the area and found a fake gun and a man with a bicycle in an alley. The woman was found in a trash can.

Kiara Wilson is being held on $150,000 bail on charges including robbery. Daniel Henderson is being held on $100,000 bail on charges including conspiracy to commit robbery.

Both face arraignment Friday. It could not be determined if they have lawyers who could comment on the accusations.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Legislative leaders are blasting the University of Connecticut for moving forward with raises for its senior staff despite the state's budget problems.

The school says the raises, approved in 2013 and 2014, are meant to bring the salaries of top staff in line with those at peer institutions.

But House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden), House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Seymour) and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) say going forward with the pay increases is tone deaf given large-scale state layoffs and budget cuts that have led to tuition hikes at UConn.

UConn President Susan Herbst is on track to receive $194,500 in raises and bonuses this year under her contract.

The university's general counsel, chief architect and Herbst's deputy chief of staff all are receiving raises this year.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two developers have been charged with allegedly pocketing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars meant to redevelop Hartford's Dillon Stadium and lure a new professional soccer franchise to the Connecticut city.

James Duckett and Mitchell Anderson face 26 federal counts, including conspiracy and fraud.

Prosecutors allege the Connecticut residents had been contracted by the city but never paid subcontractors and used city money for personal and other purposes.

Hartford ultimately cancelled their contract and filed civil suit. The Major Arena Soccer League dropped the proposed team -- Hartford City FC -- before a game was played.

Anderson was released on a $100,000 bond after appearing in New Haven federal court Thursday. His lawyer didn't immediately comment. Duckett is expected to appear in Las Vegas federal court Friday.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Officials in New Haven have declared a public health emergency following a string of overdoses linked to a batch of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

Officials say more than a dozen overdoses were reported on Thursday. City spokesman Laurence Grotheer says that at least one overdose was fatal.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.

Deputy Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana tells the New Haven Register the city has a "critical" shortage of the overdose reversal medication naloxone - also known by the brand name Narcan.

Fontana says Mayor Toni Harp's office is working with police, fire and health officials to address the emergency.

He says officials will meet on Friday to discuss how to combat the emergency.

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PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Plainfield police say a 7-year-old girl found in her family's swimming pool has died.

Isabella Costanzo was found submerged in the above ground pool by her mother around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. She was taken to an emergency medical center where she was pronounced dead.

Police say Isabella had been playing in her room when she apparently wandered outside.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Plainfield police remind residents that town regulations require installed pools to have an audible alarm system and a self-latching, self-closing gate system.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget office says 724 positions have been eliminated so far from Connecticut's executive branch of government and more layoffs are expected.

The figure announced Wednesday by the Office of Policy and Management does not include cuts in higher education positions. It does include the jobs eliminated at many other state agencies, from 139 at the Department of Children and Families to one at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Meanwhile, the state's judicial branch said last week it had eliminated 239 permanent full-time employees so far and released 61 temporary employees.

The policy management office says there will be more job cuts to help balance the state budget.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police have identified a construction worker who was killed after being struck by a backhoe at a construction site in New Haven.

Authorities say crews from West Haven-based Pereira Sons Construction were working on a sewer line on Boston Post Road along the West Haven border Tuesday afternoon when 56-year-old Donald "Cary" Smith was hit by the equipment.

The Bethany man was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says the cause of death was blunt trauma of the head, torso and lower left extremity.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A former Connecticut state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a mortgage application.

Victor Cuevas, of Waterbury, who served in the state House of Representatives until his resignation in March, acknowledged in federal court Monday that he conspired to put down false information on a mortgage document for a home in Bristol.

The Republican-American reports that the false information included describing $7,000 used for the transaction as a gift, when in fact it was a loan, and falsely describing his relationship with the people who had offered the funds.

Cuevas apologized in court but said no one was hurt.

Cuevas is a longtime city employee and youth sports coach.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two Massachusetts men who pleaded guilty in a Connecticut home invasion during which two children hid and called their mother are headed to prison.

The Hartford Courant reports that 29-year-old Clinton Mitchell and 27-year-old Michael Walters were each sentenced this week to seven years in prison.

Mitchell previously pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary. Walters pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and risk of injury to a minor.

Prosecutors say the Springfield, Massachusetts men broke into the Manchester home on Dec. 22, 2015, and thought the house was not occupied. They say an 11-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy were home.

Police said the children hid when they heard the men breaking through a door. They remained on the second floor and called their mother while the men searched the house.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Officials say a woman was seriously injured after being attacked by two pit bulls outside a New Haven home.

City spokesperson Laurence Grotheer says the attack happened around 7:45 p.m. Monday.

The dogs' owner and the woman were both attacked and taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated.

Officials say the woman suffered critical injuries. WFSB-TV reports that the owner identified as Hamilton Hicks sustained injuries not considered life-threatening.

The dogs were taken to an animal shelter and placed in quarantine. The woman wasn't immediately identified.

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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) A Department of Homeland Security report says federal immigration officials could have done more to deport a Haitian national convicted of killing a Connecticut woman.

The report released Monday by the department's inspector general details the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's unsuccessful efforts to deport 41-year-old Jean Jacques.

Haitian officials wouldn't take Jacques back after he served prison time for a 1997 attempted murder conviction. The report says the country refused as recently as February 2016 because he lacked identification documents.

The report says immigration officials could have prevailed upon the U.S. State Department to pressure Haiti by suspending visas for those traveling to the U.S.

It says they didn't because they believed the department would only have acted if Jacques committed acts of terror or human rights violations.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say they expect to file charges in connection with a fatal weekend car crash in Bridgeport that tore one vehicle in half and left a 600-foot long debris field.

Police identified the victim of the crash at about 5 a.m. Saturday as 31-year-old Felipe Soto, of Stamford.

The Connecticut Post reports that Soto was on Fairview Avenue when his car was struck by another vehicle traveling south on Main Street.

Soto's car was split in two, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The other car struck a pole and rolled onto its roof.

The driver, a 62-year-old Bridgeport man, was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

The crash remains under investigation but police say speed appears to be a factor.

 

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A construction worker was killed after being struck by a backhoe at a construction site in West Haven.

Authorities say crews were working on a sewer line near Boston Post Road on Tuesday afternoon when the 55-year-old worker was hit by the equipment.

The man was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities haven't released the man's identity.

The incident remains under investigation.

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NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - The death of a woman found in her Norwalk apartment last week has been ruled a homicide.

Police found the body of 52-year-old Marian Alexander on Friday after arriving at her residence on a medical assistance call.

Her body underwent an autopsy Saturday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington.

Police say Alexander died on Friday. Authorities haven't identified her cause of death, but say she wasn't shot or stabbed.

It's not clear if police have identified a suspect.

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CHESTER, Conn. (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of a man who went missing after the canoe he was in capsized on a Connecticut lake.

State environmental conservation police said the body of 48-year-old Manchester resident Paul Haney was pulled from Cedar Lake in Chester around 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

Haney and Chester resident Carol Bremser were thrown into the water when their canoe overturned on Saturday evening. The 49-year-old Bremser was rescued by a passing boat. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Police say Haney's body was found a short distance from where the canoe turned over.

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ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) - Police say two people were killed after a driver who was pulled over for speeding tried to flee the scene.

It happened around 5:30 a.m. Sunday in Rocky Hill. Police say an officer saw the car driving at a high rate of speed. They say the driver pulled over, but fled when the officer approached the car and hit a tree.

The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver died from injuries at Hartford Hospital. No one was immediately identified.

The crash remains under investigation.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Six people have been arrested following a fight outside the Main Street courthouse in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reports the fight broke out Friday morning following the sentencing of 40-year-old Efraim Rivera of Bridgeport.

He had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault in the May 2015 fatal shooting of 34-year-old Miguel Martinez, and the wounding his younger brother, Jose.

Assistant State's Attorney Michael DeJoseph said the shooting was the result of a long-standing feud between the Riveras and the Martinez brothers.

Police say members of the Martinez family, upset with Rivera's 10-year sentence, began arguing with members of Rivera's family outside the courthouse.

Police say several people then began wielding wrenches and baseball bats.

The names of those arrested Friday and the charges they face were not immediately available.

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