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Police say roommate with hand gun stopped attack


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Police say a resident of a New London home, armed with a handgun, stopped an early-morning attack on his roommate.

A 15-year-old, whose name has not been released, was charged with breaking into the home on Crystal Avenue just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the teen, who was armed with a knife and gun, assaulted a resident in a first-floor bedroom.

They say that attack awakened the upstairs roommate, who came downstairs armed with a handgun and confronted the teen.

Police say the attacker complied with an order to remain still until officers arrived.

He faces charges including burglary and assault.

Police say the victim of the attack declined medical treatment.

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Remains of man found in Waterbury woods


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) An autopsy is planned on the badly decomposed remains of a man found in a wooded area of Waterbury.

Police say the body was discovered Tuesday morning behind a home near the end of a dirt road off Denver place after neighbors reported a foul odor.

Police say they have no idea who the middle-aged man was, how he died or how long his body had been in the woods. They say it appears the remains have been there at least several days.

They say the area, near some scrap yards and a housing project, is frequented by transients.

The remains were sent to the Chief State Medical Examiner's Office in Farmington, where an autopsy was expected to take place Wednesday.

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Hartford firefighter charged with trespassing


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An off-duty Hartford firefighter has been charged with breach of peace and trespassing after a woman told police he walked into her apartment and refused to leave.

Police say 44-year-old Lamont Freeman did not know the woman and was apparently intoxicated when he entered her home on Barbour Street on Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m.

Freeman does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

He is due in court on Thursday.

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New London puts off vote on school superintendent


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London's Board of Education has postponed a planned vote to approve the contract for its new superintendent of schools.

The board, in a press release, says it cancelled Monday's meeting to allow members time clarify Terrence Carter's recent statements about his credentials.

Carter has been accused of referring to himself as a doctor in numerous documents and publications. He is scheduled to receive his doctorate next month from Lesley University in Massachusetts.

The Day of New London also reports that Carter filed for bankruptcy protection in two states, but reached settlements with his creditors in both cases.

The board says it will hold a private conference call with Carter Thursday evening and has rescheduled its vote for immediately after that meeting.

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Stonington state senator seriously injured in fall


STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A state senator from Stonington is in serious condition at a Rhode Island hospital after falling from an outside staircase at his home.

Stonington Police told The Day of New London newspaper that a neighbor witnessed 52-year-old Andrew Maynard fall from a ``significant height,'' landing on a sidewalk. The incident happened at about 2:39 a.m. on Monday morning.

While the fall appears to have been an accident, police said the matter remains under investigation.

Maynard, the Democratic co-chairman of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, received public, bipartisan well-wishes from Senate leaders as well as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney.

Besides Stonington, Maynard's district includes Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling and Voluntown.

 

Several sources said Maynard was in a coma Monday.

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Man helping turtle is attacked by dog


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) A Hamden man has been mauled by a dog while trying to help a turtle cross a local road.

Police say the restident, whose name has not been released, stopped his car on Evergreen Avenue last Tuesday and was trying to get a large turtle out of the road near Whitney Avenue when he was attacked by a longhaired black Labrador.

Police say the man suffered serious bite wounds to a forearm and a leg. He was taken by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Police did not release his condition.

Police are trying to identify the dog, who ran off, and its owner. They say the animal was wearing a collar.

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Conn. Woman arrested on I-684 on drug charges


BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) New York State police say a passenger in a car pulled over for speeding was found to be carrying 85 pills of the painkiller Oxycodone.

After stopping the car on Interstate 684, police say a search revealed the passenger, Johannie Cruz of Waterbury, Connecticut, had marijuana and painkillers on her.

The Journal News says the 25 year old was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

The car's driver, Mildred Betancourt, also of Waterbury, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs. She also was charged with speeding and unlicensed operation.

The arrests occurred Friday afternoon.

The women were arraigned in Bedford Town Court. Cruz was held in Westchester County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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Waterbury store clerk shot in neck


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A 19-year-old Waterbury man faces arraignment on an attempted murder charge, accused of shooting of a clerk at a city market.

Police say Tony Dupre walked into the Bucks Hill Market just before 11 a.m. Sunday, shot the 61-year-old clerk in the neck and stole money from the cash register.

The shooting was captured by the store's surveillance camera and police say Dupre made no attempt to hide his identity.

He was arrested after being spotted walking on a nearby street shortly after 1 p.m. Police say they subdued him with an electronic stun gun.

Police say the clerk, whose name has not been released, is in serious condition with a bullet lodged in his spine.

Dupre was scheduled to appear in Superior Court Monday morning.

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Malloy seeks $3 million for century-old rail span


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Governor Dannel P. Malloy is seeking to borrow $3 million in state bonds to fix a railroad bridge in Connecticut that blocked commuter rail traffic in May and June.

The governor said Sunday the money for the Walk Bridge used by Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak will be for maintenance projects while the state works to replace the span.

The 118-year-old rotating bridge was stuck in the open position twice recently, disrupting the busy commuter rail system between Connecticut and Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Sen. Bob Duff and Reps. Chris Perone and Bruce Morris say that when the bridge fails, it affects more than 141 Metro North and Amtrak trains, inconveniencing 125,000 commuters. The three lawmakers represent Norwalk.

The governor is chairman of the Bond Commission, which is set to meet Friday.

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UConn settles sex assault lawsuit


STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut has settled a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.

The school has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million, including $900,000 to a former UConn hockey player who said she was kicked off the team after reporting she had been raped by a male hockey player.

The Associated Press obtained settlement documents in advance of a planned Friday announcement by the university and plaintiffs.

The school did not admit any wrongdoing, saying in the court papers that it entered the settlement ``solely for the purpose of avoiding the expense and inconvenience of litigating disputed claims.''

The U.S. Department of Education continues to investigate Title IX complaints filed by the plaintiffs and other women.

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Ex-major leaguer Offerman denies assault claims


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former major leaguer Jose Offerman says he didn't swing his bat at two other players or cause their injuries in scuffle during a 2007 minor league baseball game in Connecticut.

Offerman testified Friday at a civil trial in federal court in Bridgeport. He's being sued for allegedly attacking two Bridgeport Bluefish players after being hit by a pitch during a comeback bid with the Long Island Ducks.

The lawsuit says catcher Johnathan Nathans suffered a head injury when Offerman charged the mound and swung his bat. He's suing Offerman and the Ducks for $4.5 million.

Offerman was charged with felony assault after the incident but was granted a probation program that resulted in the charges being dismissed.

Offerman played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and other teams during a 15-year career.

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Director charged in theft from Hartford nonprofit


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A woman who ran a now-defunct community nonprofit in Hartford has been charged with stealing $205,000 from the agency.

The Chief State's Attorney's office announced Friday that Karen Lewis of Windsor has been charged with larceny. She was released after posting a $150,000 bond and is due in court on July 28.

Prosecutors say the 57-year-old stole the money using a debit card from the South Arsenal Neighborhood Development Corporation, then tried to disguise the thefts as loans.

SAND operated economic and community development programs in Hartford's North End before being dissolved at the end of 2010. Lewis had resigned a year earlier.

She did not immediately respond Friday to a telephone message seeking comment.

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Teacher accused of using grade threat for sex


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Stamford High School English teacher is accused of threatening to fail a student if he broke off their sexual relationship.

Danielle Watkins of Norwalk turned herself in to police Thursday. She is charged with sexual assault, sale of marijuana and risk of injury to a minor.

Police say the 18-year-old student came to them in June and described how the 32-year-old teacher had provided him with drugs and sex since last September. Police say she also gave marijuana to a 15-year-old.

Police say they recovered 2,000 text messages, including nude photos sent to the teen's phone. .

Watkins posted $100,000 bond and is due in state Superior Court in Stamford on July 31. She has an unlisted phone number and attempts to reach her Friday morning were not successful.

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Norwich man pleads guilty in baby's death


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A 23-year-old Norwich has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shaken-baby death of a 13-month old toddler he had been babysitting.

Michael Rios faces 14 years in prison under his plea bargain when he is sentenced on Sept. 29.

Prosecutors say Rios fatally injured Madison Reid on May 2, 2013 while watching the baby for her mother, who had gone to work.

Rios took the girl to Backus Hospital in Norwich and she was flown from there to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. She died the next day after undergoing emergency brain surgery.

Members of the child's family appeared in New London Superior Court Thursday wearing pink T-Shirts that read ``Madison Matters.''

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Connecticut man missing 6 years found on LI


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) A Connecticut man reported missing six years ago has been reunited with his family after a police officer found him wandering on Long Island's East End.

Police said Thursday that the officer bought Euripides Cruz lunch after finding him in Southampton on July 10.

They say then, acting ``on a hunch,'' the officer searched his name on the Internet.

He found Cruz was reported missing from Waterbury, Connecticut, July 8, 2008.

Veronica Cruz told Newsday her uncle is schizophrenic and a former heroin user. The family believes he traveled to New York in part because of voices he heard in his head.

Police believe the 60-year-old Cruz had been going from town to town on Long Island for much of the time he was missing.

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Milford man accused of sexually assaulting teens


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A 64-year-old Milford man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

Police say Jamie Vega has been charged with first-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Police say he was arrested after an investigation into an April complaint from the family of the children.

Vega is being held in lieu of $90,000 bond and is due in court on Aug. 12. It was not clear Thursday if he has hired an attorney.

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Trooper pleads guilty in theft from dying motorist


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state trooper has pleaded guilty to charges he stole cash and jewelry from a dying accident victim.

The Connecticut Post reports 45-year-old Aaron Huntsman entered a guilty plea Wednesday to charges of larceny and tampering with evidence under the Alford Doctrine. That means he does not agree with the state's case, but concedes there is enough evidence to secure his conviction.

Prosecutors say Huntsman, a 19-year veteran of the state police, was caught on video from his cruiser's dashboard camera stealing a gold chain and $3,700 from 49-year-old John Scalesse as the motorcyclist lay dying on Sept. 22, 2012.

Scalesse was fatally injured when his motorcycle crashed on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield.

Huntsman faces 18 months in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3.

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McDonald's workers report mother DUI at drive-thru


CLINTON, Conn. (AP) A 28-year-old Massachusetts woman has been charged with drunken driving after workers at a McDonald's told police she came to the drive-thru window intoxicated with a toddler in her car.

Police say Michelle Dion of Springfield was arrested at the restaurant Wednesday night. She was held overnight in lieu of a $1,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges of driving under the influence and risk of injury to a minor.

The 2-year-old child was released into the custody of relatives.

The state Department of Children and Families is investigating.

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Police: Caregiver stole from Stonington couple


STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A caregiver at a Stonington retirement community faces charges she stole from an elderly couple, and used their credit card to pay for phone calls from her imprisoned boyfriend.

The Day of New London reports 32-year-old Yadira Farias was arraigned Monday on larceny and credit card theft charges.

She is being held in lieu of $49,000 bond and has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Police say Farias stole up to $100,000 in silver, jewelry and other items from the couple at the Stone Ridge retirement community. Police say she also racked up more than $3,100 in credit-card charges, including $600 to pay for her boyfriend's prison phone calls.

The couple told police they began noticing missing items shortly after Farias began working for them in December.

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Suspect in police shooting pleads no contest


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A Deep River man has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a shootout that left an alleged accomplice dead and a state trooper wounded.

The Middletown Press reports that 26-year-old Sebastian Award faces up to 13 years in prison after entering a plea deal on Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court.

Award, who had been charged with 13 felonies, pleaded no contest to assault, conspiracy to commit robbery and engaging police in pursuit.

State police say Award and 24-year-old Jonathan Alvarado of Deep River robbed a motel in Old Saybrook on April 8, 2013 and led police on a chase into Westbrook that ended with a crash and shootout.

Award and State police Detective Scott Wisner were wounded. Alvarado, who fired the shots at police, was killed.

 

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