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EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) Prosecutors say a man and woman facing charges for an armed robbery in Connecticut are father and daughter.

State police say the robbery happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at a convenience store in East Granby. The clerk told police a man came in armed with a knife and escaped in a pickup truck with a woman at the wheel.

The pair was later stopped by police in Bloomfield.

Police say the 50-year-old man is facing charges of robbery, reckless endangerment, larceny and criminal mischief. The 24-year-old woman has been charged with accessory to robbery and interfering with an officer.

The Hartford Courant reports the man has multiple convictions for armed robbery. Prosecutors say the woman has no criminal record.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A homeless man in Connecticut says he wanted to ``do the right thing'' when he found and returned a $10,000 check.

The New Haven Register reports real estate agent Roberta Hoskie lost the check sometime Wednesday morning in New Haven. She says she got a call that Elmer Alvarez found the check before she realized it was lost.

Hoskie went to meet Alvarez, and she found out during the meeting that he was homeless. She understood the situation well, as she had once been homeless herself.

Hoskie gave Alvarez another check for an undisclosed amount.

Alvarez says he's working on getting a job and putting his life back together. Hoskie says she plans to help the man by giving him free classes at her real estate school.

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DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) A Connecticut man stopped by the Highway Patrol in South Dakota with nearly 25 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle has been sentenced to 75 days in jail and five years on probation.

Thirty-eight-year-old William Bradley, of Meriden, Connecticut, was pulled over on Interstate 90 in May for following another vehicle too closely. A police dog prompted a search that turned up the drugs and more than $13,000 in cash.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports Bradley pleaded guilty in September to possessing more than 10 pounds of marijuana. During his recent sentencing he also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say a man who mixed up Tuesday with Sunday has been arrested after threatening a construction worker with a knife.

Milford Police say 48-year-old Myles Safyre came up to a construction worker on Tuesday, telling him to stop working because it was Sunday.

When the construction worker asked him to leave the work zone, police say he pulled out a knife and demanded that he stop working.

Safyre was arrested on charges of threatening and breach of peace. Court records on Thursday said he was ordered held in custody.

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PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) The site of a former dog track in Connecticut has been sold to a Massachusetts developer.

The Norwich Bulletin reports that the sale of the former Plainfield Greyhound Park was announced on Wednesday.

Town records show that Concord, Massachusetts-based Winstanley Enterprises bought the 137-acre-property for $3.3 million from BVS Plainfield Investors LLC.

The dog park was once one of the most profitable tracks in the nation, but closed in 2005. It sold the following year for $7.5 million.

Winstanley said in a news release that it plans to convert the site into a logistics park with either an 800,000-square-foot distribution facility, or with two buildings totaling over 600,000 square feet.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged in the fatal shooting of his cousin has been found not competent to stand trial and will be transferred to a state hospital for the criminally insane.

The Day reports that a Superior Court judge in New London on Wednesday ordered that 30-year-old James Armstrong be remanded to Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital for 60 days of treatment. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 8 and be re-evaluated to see if he understands the proceedings against him.

Officials say Armstrong's 31-year-old cousin, Sebastian Sidberry, was killed outside of his North Stonington home in April. Both are members of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation.

Family members told police Armstrong had been declining mentally over the past few years.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A romance novel cover model from California has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank and a convenience store in Connecticut.

The Greenwich Time reports 35-year-old David Byers, of San Diego, entered his guilty plea in Hartford Tuesday. Prosecutors say Byers robbed a Chase Bank twice and a Citgo gas station in Greenwich in April before leading police on a cross-country manhunt.

Police say he evaded officers in Pennsylvania and Arizona before his arrest in San Diego in May. Authorities believe Byers was also responsible for a series of robberies in New York.

The man is now facing up to 20 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 18.

A Los Angeles photographer previously said Byers has appeared on the covers of four romance novels.

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A judge has dismissed charges against a former Connecticut ethics commissioner who was accused of patronizing a prostitute in a mix-up with the wrong woman.

The Connecticut Post reports the judge dismissed the case against Noel Kayo Tuesday after prosecutors declined to pursue it.

Kayo was arrested in June after police say he arranged to meet a woman at a hotel in Stratford and got into the wrong car. The woman whose car he did get into happened to be waiting at the hotel at the same time for a payment for photographs she previously posed in.

Both the woman and her boyfriend used pepper spray on Kayo. He later resigned from the Bridgeport Ethics Commission after his arrest.

Kayo declined comment on his case's dismissal.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut city is suing the company that manufactures OxyContin for ``deceptive marketing'' that is blamed for the city's opioid crisis.

New Haven filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma Tuesday seeking compensation for costs faced by police, social services and first responders combating the crisis.

Several states have sued the company, including New Jersey, Ohio and New Hampshire.

Democratic Mayor Toni Harp tells the New Haven Register the city has joined in on the lawsuit because it believes the epidemic has to do with how people are accessing opioids that were ``legally dispensed and probably over-prescribed.''

The company has denied the allegations. In a statement to the newspaper, Purdue says they are troubled by the opioid crisis and dedicated to being part of the solution.

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A 27-year-old guidance counselor has died following a two-vehicle crash in Connecticut.

Police say Jordan Soares was riding as a front-seat passenger in his own car early Sunday morning when the car collided with another vehicle on Route 15 in Stratford. The other vehicle struck the center median, while Soares' car rolled down the right embankment.

Police say Soares' car flipped and ejected all three occupants. Soares was pronounced dead at the hospital while the other two were hospitalized with serious injuries.

The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.

Soares, of Bridgeport, worked as a guidance counselor at Columbus Elementary School and the Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy. The Bridgeport Public Schools superintendent calls his death ``unbelievably tragic.''

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A woman who operated an unlicensed daycare out of her Fairfield home has pleaded no contest to killing a 4-month-old boy by giving him an overdose of Benadryl.

The Connecticut Post reports that Carol Cardillo entered the no-contest plea to second-degree manslaughter Monday in superior court in Bridgeport, as jury selection getting underway. She faces up to five years in prison under a plea deal when she is sentenced Jan. 25.

Adam Seagull had been in Cardillo's care for 11 days when he died in March 2016.

An autopsy found Seagull had 41,000 nanograms per milliliter of Benadryl in his system, many times the reportable limit of 5,000 nanograms per milliliter. Police found Cardillo had purchased 90 bottles of Benadryl between 2013 and 2016.

Seagull's parents declined to comment.

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who claims to have tipped off the FBI about extortion from a zoning official has now filed a federal lawsuit against the town.

WTNH-TV recently acquired a copy of the lawsuit filed by Sajjad Chaudhary against East Haven Aug. 23. In the lawsuit, Chaudhary alleges theft, negligence, negligent supervision and emotional distress caused by former zoning administrator Frank Biancur Jr.

Biancur was convicted in 2015 after he pleaded guilty to one count of theft of honest services mail fraud.

Prosecutors say an investigation into Biancur began in 2015 when a resident told authorities they had been extorted by the man since 2012. Now, Chaudhary's attorney says there needs to be accountability.

The town's attorney says he will fight the lawsuit.

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Governor Malloy has ordered that flags be lowered to honor the victims of the shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday in accordance with a proclamation from President Trump.

 

Malloy says this madness of mass shootings needs to end once and for all.  He called on Congress to take up and pass common sense gun control measures.  Malloy says Connecticut will make any resources and expertise that can be provide available to those affected by this latest act of mass violence.

 

4th District Congressman Jim Himes said that a place of peace and community turned into a nightmare as young and old were indiscriminately gunned down.  He thanked first responders and offered victims and their families compassion and mourning.  He introduced a bill last week that would make it harder for individuals subject to temporary protection orders because of domestic violence to buy or possess firearms. Himes noted that smart, incremental change can’t prevent every death, but that doesn’t mean Congress shouldn't work to prevent the dangers that can be anticipated.

 

Senator Richard Blumenthal issued a statement saying that he shares the horror, heartbreak and shame felt as the nation endures yet another massacre of innocent lives.  He continued by saying that prayers are important, but insufficient.  Blumenthal called for common sense gun violence prevention measures.

 

Senator Chris Murphy says the gun lobby methodically cultivated the feeling of helplessness after mass shootings, designed to assure that no laws are passed to make America safer, because those laws would cut into their profits.  Murphy says his heart sunk to the pit of my stomach, once again, especially when he thinks about Newtown families who have to relive their own day of horror every time another mass killing occurs.  He added, just like it does "every night for Chicago. And New Orleans. And Baltimore. And Bridgeport."  Murphy called it mass carnage uniquely and tragically American. 

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AVON, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut have arrested a former employee at a firm that helps manage finances for elderly people and charged her with taking $850,000 from clients.

Avon Police say they have arrested 70-year-old Sheila Grochowski, of Winstead. She is charged with larceny and forgery. The clerk's office at Superior Court in Hartford says she was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Police say that Grochowski illegally accessed bank accounts for 25 people who were clients at Barbara H. Hance Associates, Inc., when she worked there between 2010 and 2016. They say several of the victims are under protection in probate court because they cannot care for themselves.

The clerk's office said it was not immediately clear whether Grochowski was being represented by an attorney.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Applications are now being accepted for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, which helps vulnerable residents who struggle to pay their winter heating bills.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released more than $67 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance to the state, which represents 90 percent of the funds allocated for Connecticut.

Residents can apply for assistance through Community Action Agencies. CAAs have application intake sites across the state, such as in local town halls. Links to those sites can be found at www.cafca.org .

The CAAs will certify deliveries of oil, propane and other deliverable fuels beginning Nov. 15. Homeowners and renters may apply.

Limited funds are also available through CAAs for necessary heating system repairs and replacements. Weatherization service referrals are also available.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The chief justice of Connecticut's Supreme Court has announced her retirement.

Chase Rogers says she will step down from the bench in February.

The 60-year-old Rogers became a Superior Court judge in January 1998, an Appellate Court judge in March 2006 and began her term as chief justice in April 2007.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Rogers will be remembered for expanding transparency in the judicial branch, fostering a culture of inclusion and streamlining court processes.

She also started a mentoring program for new judges and began a committee on judicial ethics.

Rogers, in a letter to judicial employees, says she feels a decade in the leadership position is just about right, and she does not want to overstay her welcome.

Malloy did not immediately announce a successor.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A newly released Connecticut State Police report says there is no evidence that three troopers retaliated against a protester at a sobriety checkpoint by filing bogus charges against him.

State police released the report Wednesday evening in response to public records laws complaints filed by The Associated Press and the Journal Inquirer newspaper.

The investigation centered on the 2015 encounter in West Hartford between protester Michael Picard and the officers. The officers wrote Picard infraction tickets, but the state later dismissed the charges.

Picard says the troopers made up bogus charges. He alleges in a lawsuit that they illegally seized his camera and legally carried handgun.

The investigation report says the infractions were warranted, because there were reports Picard was waving his handgun and was illegally standing on a highway ramp.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been sentenced to prison for his role in an IRS impersonation scam that defrauded about 550 people in the United States and Canada.

The U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut says 53-year-old Douglas Martin, of Bristol, was sentenced Thursday in Hartford to three years and five months in prison.

In an IRS impersonation scam, individuals falsely represent themselves as Internal Revenue Service employees to obtain money from people.

Prosecutors say Nancy Frye, of Bristol, recruited Martin and others to assist her in picking up wired funds from locations in central Connecticut.

They say Frye and others received about $588,000 in wired funds from 547 people between October 2015 and May 2016.

Martin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Frye awaits sentencing on the same charge.

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A white Connecticut college student has been charged with smearing body fluids on her black roommate's belongings - and police are saying it was a bias crime.

West Hartford police said Wednesday that 18-year-old University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace. Police also are asking a judge to add a felony bigotry charge.

University President Greg Woodward says Brochu is no longer a student at the school.

The Hartford Courant reports Brochu told police she put her body fluids on her roommate's backpack and licked her roommate's plate, fork and spoon because she was frustrated with her roommate's rude behavior. Brochu denied other actions she wrote about on Instagram, including that she put her roommate's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine."

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GROTON, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut are investigating after a 1-year-old child suffered a minor injury from a piece of metal hidden inside the wrapper of a candy bar gathered while trick-or-treating.

Groton police say they received a call from the child's mother at about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The "small, thin piece of metal" was found inside the wrapper of a Snickers Fun Size candy bar.

Police are trying to figure out the source of the candy.

Police have received only one complaint but urged all parents to check their children's Halloween candy carefully and call police if they find anything suspicious, or discard candy from unknown and untrusted sources.

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