BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Fairfield dance instructor has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female student.
John Sadowski pleaded guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to children.
The Connecticut Post reports that the judge said he would consider a two-year prison term when the 26-year-old Sadowski is sentenced Nov. 6.
Authorities say the victim had been taking lessons from Sadowski since she was five. Recently, the girl's mother discovered a sexual text message from Sadowski on her daughter's cellphone.
Police says the defendant's cellphone had 500 texts exchanged between the two, many of them sexual in nature.
When police questioned the girl they said she acknowledged that Sadowski had inappropriately touched her twice.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut baby sitter charged in the death of a 19-month-old boy has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter.
The New Haven Register reports that 29-year-old Kinjal Patel entered a plea under the Alford Doctrine. That means she does not agree with the state's case, but concedes there is enough evidence to secure her conviction. She will serve 14 years in prison.
Police say Patel told detectives she was baby-sitting the child on Jan. 16, 2014, when she became angry with the boy and pushed him in the face, causing him to fall backward and strike his head.
The boy died days later. His death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt force.
Patel's lawyer says his client didn't intend to harm the child. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Authorities in Connecticut are searching for a man who they say took a young girl from her bedroom and sexually assaulted her earlier this month.
Police say the girl was sleeping in her bed in a New Britain home on August 16 when a man entered a bedroom she shared with two other children through an unlocked window.
Police say the man took her outside, touched her inappropriately and then brought her back home.
After an adult in the home realized what happened, police were notified. But they say the suspect is still on the loose. He is described as being between 20 and 50 years old and light-skinned with a dark beard, dark eyes, short hair and an accent.
New Britain police and the Connecticut Forensics Laboratory are investigating.
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man charged in a hit-and-run is also accused of operating a drug factory in a motel room.
Shawn Kornichuk of New Britain was arrested Monday after police say he struck a 53-year-old man in Wethersfield and fled the scene. The victim sustained serious injuries to his left arm.
Police found the 23-year-old Kornichuk at a room at the Motel Six along with a small amount of marijuana and marijuana plant material in the room.
Kornichuk was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of marijuana and other offenses. He was held on $25,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's Department of Motor Vehicles is temporarily suspending services at its four photo driver's license centers in order reassign workers to reduce wait times at larger branch offices.
The DMV has been dealing with long lines and wait times after a temporary shutdown earlier this month for a major computer upgrade.
Beginning Aug. 11, the deadline for people whose licenses, registrations or ID cards are expiring was extended to Oct. 10.
People needing to renew or get a duplicate license or ID card can also go to AAA offices, and many license and registration services are available online.
The four centers that are temporarily closing usually operate Wednesdays and Fridays in Derby and Middletown, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Milford.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 27-year-old Connecticut man will serve time in prison for a 2014 stabbing assault that the victim says left him permanently scarred.
The Hartford Courant reports 27-year-old Edward Walker pleaded guilty in June to first-degree assault for stabbing 37-year-old Nicholas Delguidice 13 times. He will serve six and a half years in prison.
Prosecutors said Walker stabbed Delguidice at a home in Manchester. Walker claims he stabbed Delguidice out of self-defense after Delguidice allegedly charged into the house and assaulted him. He says his intentions were not to harm him.
Delguidice said in court that the stab wounds caused his lungs to collapse and he hasn't been able to work since. He says the stabbing has ``ruined his life.''
Walker's lawyer says he did ``what was necessary to survive.''
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The owner of the Mystic Pizza restaurant made famous in a 1988 film has been sentenced to one year in prison for tax evasion and concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in income.
The U.S. attorney's office says 49-year-old John Zelepos of North Stonington, Connecticut, was sentenced Monday to prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in March to tax evasion and financial structuring offenses.
Prosecutors say that between 2006 and 2010, Zelepos diverted more than $330,000 from Mystic Pizza's profits into his personal bank accounts and those of family members. They say he then filed false tax returns to hide the income.
Mystic Pizza has become a tourist attraction since Julia Roberts starred in the movie about the lives of three waitresses working at the small-town pizza parlor.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A former teacher at a Connecticut high school is facing charges for allegedly taking ``upskirt'' photos and videos of female students.
Former Brien McMahon High School languages teacher David Marchetti was charged last week with voyeurism and risk of injury to a minor.
The Hour reports that according to court records, school administrators and police received complaints from students at the Norwalk school in May that the 30-year-old Marchetti had been seen taking cellphone photos and videos from an ``upward angle from the bottom of shorts and skirts.''
Marchetti was placed on administrative leave May 5. He resigned June 30.
Marchetti's lawyer says it would be premature to jump to any conclusions and voyeurism cases are challenging.
Marchetti is free on $25,000 bond and is due in court Friday.
MIAMI (AP) Police say a tattoo of a musical clef symbol and the name ``Danei'' led to the arrest of a 21-year-old North Miami man accused of killing a 73-year-old housemate by cracking a hot metal frying pan over his head.
The Miami Herald reports a U.S. deputy marshal spotted the tattoo when he pulled alongside Danei Washington Gordon as he rode a bicycle in Hartford, Connecticut, on Aug. 19. Federal agents had been searching for Gordon in Hartford.
Marshal's service inspector Barry Golden says Gordon gave agents a fake name, but the tattoo gave him away.
Miami-Dade detectives flew to Hartford to question Gordon, who's awaiting extradition to Florida. It's not known whether he has an attorney.
He faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Neville Smith.
DERBY, Conn. (AP) Fire officials say a woman has died in a fire at a multi-family home in Derby.
The fire started at around 7 a.m. Sunday. WTIC-TV reports firefighters discovered the flames when they came to the location on Derby street for a car accident.
The three-story building was evacuated and the fire was put out by 9 a.m.
State police identified the woman as 48-year-old Nilda Ruiz.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport's latest gun buyback has taken 127 weapons off city streets.
The no-questions-asked program was held in the Police Department's Community Services Division, with the city paying $200 for a working handgun, $100 for rifles and up to $400 for an assault-style rifle.
Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. tells The Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/1PuqTUD) that every gun turned in is a gun that won't be used in a crime and won't fall into the hands of a child.
Mayor Bill Finch says more than 1,000 guns have been turned in since the occasional program started in 2012.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An attorney for a man charged with killing a 23-year-old Hartford woman says the two had a sexual relationship.
Bloomfield and Hartford police say 59-year-old Robert Graham, also of Hartford, was arrested Friday night in connection with the death of Tashauna Jackson. Graham was found hiding in his attic.
Graham's lawyer said police found him hiding because Jackson's family had threatened him.
Family and friends found Jackson's body behind a butcher shop on Aug. 18. Police said it appeared someone had tried to conceal her body.
He was ordered held on $2 million bond Monday morning and is due back in court on Sept. 14.
The Hartford Courant reports he was previously imprisoned in connection with the stabbing death of a teenager in 1983.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a former software company payroll manager has pleaded guilty to fraud charges related to her theft of nearly $1.7 million from a software firm.
Authorities say Penny Roy pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in New Haven to tax and wire fraud charges. Court documents and testimony say the 44-year-old Wethersfield resident used her job as payroll manager to insert her own bank account information into the profiles of other employees.
The U.S. attorney's office says Roy processed fraudulent expense reimbursements and payroll payments in the other employees' names, with the payments made to her bank account. She was fired after the company discovered fake expense reimbursements she processed in her name.
She's faces up to 23 years in prison at sentencing Nov. 17.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut-based firearms maker Colt Holding Co. is asking a bankruptcy judge to approve payments totaling $2.5 million for nine top executives.
The Hartford Courant reports the bonuses would be paid if an executive is fired, resigns because of reduced pay under future owners or moves. The bonuses would be paid if the company reaches a certain profit before January.
The West Hartford-based company is trying to eliminate $350 million in debt to creditors.
The company also is seeking to drop a provision in a union contract for production workers to keep current compensation through the contract's end in March 2019.
The restructuring officer says the promised payments would be an incentive for key employees to do bankruptcy-related work and not quit before the company emerges from bankruptcy.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The State Elections Enforcement Commission will investigate former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim's campaign for his old job after a city resident complained he did not sign a petition for Ganim's candidacy.
The Connecticut Post reports the panel unanimously approved Friday an investigative subpoena to the Ganim campaign.
Ganim's team says the campaign worker who collected the signature and other pages was fired July 28. R. Chris Meyer, a lawyer for Ganim's campaign, said ``a possible bad apple'' may have signed the voter's name.
Ganim is seeking a comeback after serving seven years in prison for corruption. He's challenging Mayor Bill Finch, who narrowly won the endorsement of local Democrats July 21 in his bid for a third term.
The Ganim campaign said it's checking to determine if other names were fabricated.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 64-year-old man was arrested after police say he threatened to send a bomb to a business in downtown Hartford.
Police say they received a report around 4:50 p.m. Thursday that a caller repeatedly asked an insurance specialist at Access Health Care for the address of the Prudential Financial building.
Police say when the specialist asked what the Hamden man wanted to send, he said "a bomb" and then hung up.
Investigators responded to the scene and used the specialist's account records to identify the man as Gary Leiderman.
Police have charged Leiderman with first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He is being held on a $75,000 bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Police say they are investigating seven drug overdoses within a 24-hour period in Willimantic.
Four overdoses happened Thursday and three took place on Wednesday. Police say one victim remains in the hospital and the other six have been treated and released.
Authorities say six of the overdoses were from synthetic marijuana. The cause of the seventh overdose wasn't given.
Police Cpl. Stan Parizo, Jr. warns that there are "acute medical complications" associated with the use of synthetic marijuana, an illegal, street-level drug.
Police are urging anyone with information about the use, sale or source of the drug to contact them.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man authorities say stabbed his mother with a fireplace poker and mutilated her body with a hunting knife has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for up to 60 years.
A three-judge panel on Thursday committed Robert Rankin, of Deep River, to the maximum-security Whiting Forensic Institute where he will receive treatment, saying he was a danger to himself and others.
The panel in June found Rankin not guilty by reason of insanity in the December 2013 slaying of his mother, 45-year-old Margaret Rohner.
Doctors testified that Rankin is schizophrenic and has experienced severe psychosis.
The Hartford Courant reports that Rankin said Thursday that he misses his mother and thinks about her all the time.
Rankin's attorney said he supports the judges' recommendation "100 percent."
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Officials say the body of a 24-year-old man was recovered from a pond in Connecticut.
Authorities responded to a 911 call just after 3 p.m. Wednesday saying that a man had jumped into an illegal swimming hole in Middletown and didn't resurface.
Middletown South Fire District Chief Robert Ross says the man was in about 30 feet of water for little over an hour before rescuers pulled him out.
Ross says the man was unconscious and taken to Middlesex Hospital. His condition is not known.
Ross says the area ``is not a safe place'' and it was extremely challenging to recover the swimmer.
The victim's identity has not been released. Middletown police are investigating the incident.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Two high-level heroin dealers from Bridgeport have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.
The Connecticut Post reports that 24-year-old Ivan ``Remo'' Diaz, and 38-year-old Jose ``Domi'' Mercano, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to multiple counts of sale and conspiracy to sell narcotics. Both men are from the Dominican Republic.
Police say when they raided an apartment on Central Avenue they seized more than eight pounds of heroin ready for sale and more than a pound of cocaine. Police say the men were responsible for much of the heroin being sold on Bridgeport streets.
Prosecutors say they will recommend Mercano serve eight years and Diaz 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14.