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BERLIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman has had her car towed twice due to a glitch in the Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Peggy Levesque tells WFSB-TV her registration, taxes and car payments are all up to date. Still, she has woken up to her car being towed from her Bristol apartment complex twice.

Her apartment complex has a partnership with a local auto body shop which may use information from the DMV website to tow cars.

The first time her car was towed, Levesque says the website showed her registration as ``canceled or void.'' Six months later, her car was towed again after the website showed her car as unregistered.

The DMV says the error should not happen again.

Levesque has been reimbursed by the state for her towing fees.



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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut ethics commissioner has been charged with patronizing a prostitute after he was pepper-sprayed during which police say was a mix-up with the wrong woman.

Police tell the Connecticut Post Noel Kayo, an ethics commissioner in Bridgeport, had arranged to meet a woman at a hotel in Stratford. Police say another woman was waiting at the hotel at the same time for payment for photographs for which she previously posed.

Police say the woman got into Kayo's car, demanding her money while he argued for his services. The woman and her boyfriend both used pepper spray on Kayo.

The woman and her boyfriend have been charged with third-degree assault.

Kayo denies his prostitution charge, saying he was a victim of attempted robbery. He says he will not resign.



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OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) The owner of a Connecticut fish market says she is ``personally offended'' after a photo of a 20-pound lobster being handled by a Transportation Security Administration screener circulated through social media.

Lisa Feinman, owner of Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook, packed the lobster in a cooler with other lobsters for a customer from Georgia.

TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy later shared a photo of a screener holding the lobster, getting thousands of likes on Instagram.

In a Facebook post, Feinman says the TSA should ``leave our personal property alone.'' She also criticized the way the agent held the lobster, saying he could have snapped off a claw by putting all of its weight on its joints.

The agency has not responded to requests for comment.



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TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut State Board of Education member has been sentenced to 120 days in prison following four arrests for drunken driving in a 12 week period.

The Connecticut Post reports 62-year-old Stephen Wright pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license for the first of his arrests.

Wright is facing trials for additional arrests in Norwalk, Derby and Shelton.

Wright was appointed to his position by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy. Malloy's spokesperson says the governor's office has not spoken with Wright over his future role on the board, but they expect to as his ``pressing matter begin to be resolved.''

Court records show Wright was first arrested by Norwalk police Feb. 22 and last arrested by Stratford police April 10.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A professor at a private college in Connecticut has been placed on leave after he says his social media posts were twisted to sound as though they referred to the congressional shooting in Virginia.

In an email sent Monday, Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeny says Professor Johnny Williams has been placed on leave effective immediately.

Berger-Sweeny says Williams posted a piece on his personal Facebook and Twitter pages that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. Williams says his words were twisted to sound as if the victims of the shooting should've been left to die.

Williams tells the Hartford Courant he is on a paid leave that will extend through the fall semester, however college officials could not confirm the arrangement.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Yale University is suing Connecticut over its plan to turn single-user restrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms at its law school.

The New Haven Register reports the state building inspector's office previously denied the school's request for an exemption from the state building code requiring that a certain number of bathrooms in every building be assigned by gender.

Yale argues that removing gender-specific signs would increase the number of bathrooms open to either gender. Many students at the law school agree with the university, with some complaining that many of the existing gender-neutral restrooms are inconveniently located.

The school says amending state law would ``prevent discrimination on the basis of gender identity.''



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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former Sacred Heart University student accused of lying about being raped by two school football players in Connecticut is set to decide on a plea deal offer that calls for a two-year prison sentence.

Nikki Yovino, of South Setauket (she-TAW'-kiht), New York, is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Monday to tell a judge her decision on prosecutors' plea offer.

Yovino's lawyer has said she stands by her account that the two football players at the Fairfield school sexually assaulted her in a bathroom during an off-campus party in October. The players told police they had consensual sex with her.

Police allege Yovino lied because she worried a third student would lose romantic interest in her if he found out she had sex with the football players.



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EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) A wedding reception has been unexpectedly cut short after a fire broke out at a Connecticut banquet hall.

WFSB-TV reports the couple was in the middle of cutting the cake Sunday afternoon when the staff at St. Clements Castle alerted guests to the fire.

East Hampton fire officials say the flames were shooting from the roof at a smaller building on the property. It took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control.

Firefighters say none of the nearly 50 guests were injured. The kitchen, roof and banquet hall suffered damage.

The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation.



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SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say a milk tanker truck drove off the road and struck a Connecticut home Sunday morning.

The driver has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, but none of the occupants inside the Suffield home were injured.

Police say there is no structural damage to the home, as the truck just struck the outside.

The crash is still under investigation.



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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) An internal affairs investigation has accused a Connecticut police captain of committing 63 department policy violations.

The Record-Journal reports Meriden Police Capt. Patrick Gaynor is being accused of violations that include falsifying records, being untruthful and retaliatory conduct.

Gaynor has been on paid administrative leave since December.

City Manager Guy Scaife previously said a disciplinary decision will be made by the end of the week. On Thursday, Scaife said he is still waiting on a report from the hearing officer.

The investigation against Gaynor was launched in December after a law firm failed to substantiate his claims that the police chief had engaged in retaliatory behavior against him.

Gaynor has declined to comment, on the advice of his attorney.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A scientist who pleaded guilty to taking sensitive documents from a Connecticut military contractor to his native China has been sentenced to the 2 .5 years in prison he has already served.

Former United Technologies Corp. engineer Yu Long was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Hartford. He had faced four to five years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Federal prosecutors say that Long's work at United Technologies involved F119 jet engines used in Air Force F-22 Raptors and F135 engines used in Air Force F-35 Lightning II aircraft. After he left the company in 2014, prosecutors say Long brought sensitive information he stole from United Technologies to China, where he worked for a state-run university.

Long's lawyers say he did not give the documents to anyone in China.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A recently obtained state toxicology report shows the Connecticut firefighter who died while battling a house fire in 2014 had alcohol and marijuana in his system.

The medical examiner's office had determined 48-year-old Kevin Bell died of asphyxia in October 2014 because his tank ran out of air. State safety investigators found the city had failed to properly maintain and test the air tanks Bell used.

None of the investigations launched after Bell's death mentioned whether the toxicology results had an effect on what happened during the fire.

Hartford Fire Marshal Roger Martin tells the Hartford Courant a seven-member panel that investigated Bell's death and other problems within the fire department never received the toxicology results.

Bell's family settled a lawsuit against the city for $350,000 in December.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A private college in Connecticut has closed its campus due to threats made against it after a professor's social media posts that he says were twisted to sound as though they referred to last week's congressional shooting in Virginia.

Trinity College says it received threats related to social media posts by Johnny Eric Williams. The campus of the liberal arts school in Hartford closed Wednesday until further notice.

Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney says the professor posted a piece that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. She says his post was reprehensible and a dean is looking into whether college policies were broken.

Williams tells the Hartford Courant his words were twisted by some people to sound as though he was saying the victims of the Alexandria, Virginia, shooting should've been left to die.



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SHELTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man is facing charges after police say he pinned a 5-year-old boy to the ground during a Father's Day party.

Police say the 33-year-old Derby man was attending a party at a Shelton day care June 16 when the child playfully took a card the man received from his son. Police say Lance Churchill chased the child, picked him up and pinned him to the ground, screaming at him in front of the other children.

Police say the 6-foot-4, 270 pound man asked responding officers to have the 5-year-old arrested.

The man has been charged with risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct.



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Governor Dannel Malloy has informed members of the General Assembly that his administration is developing a plan for managing state government if they fail to adopt a new two year budget prior to the start of the fiscal year that begins next week.  Malloy says his plan will maintain essential services and satisfy obligations that are critical to the functioning of the state. 

 

Malloy met with legislative leaders yesterday and stressed that while this is not his preferred method for operating, the action is necessary.  He also released five principles on how he would move forward, absent a legislative-approved plan. 

 

A detailed plan based on the principles will be finalized and released publicly before June 30th.

 

-We should not increase our projected deficit – rather, we should apportion funds according to a plan that is in balance for the entire fiscal year.

 

-We should allocate funding to first support the most essential health, safety, and human services for our most vulnerable residents.

 

-We should consider the fiscal capacity of outside organizations – including cities and towns – when apportioning reductions.

 

-We should comply with various court orders, stipulations, and mandates, including but not limited to the Municipal Revenue Sharing Account (MRSA), the Juan F. case, CCJEF, and the SNAP and Medicaid programs.

 

-We should honor our tentative collective bargaining agreements while such agreements are under consideration by state employees and by the Connecticut General Assembly.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut legislators have finally received some good state budget news.

Malloy's budget director, Ben Barnes, says the current fiscal year deficit has shrunk by $215.5 million, to a projected $107.2 million shortfall, since May.

In a letter sent Tuesday to State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Barnes says the change is due to transferring revenue from various funds to cover the red ink, as well as improvements in state tax collections. The largest increase occurred in the corporation tax.

The $107.2 million shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30 will be covered by the state's budget reserve account, leaving a balance of $128.4 million.

The Democratic governor and state lawmakers are meeting Wednesday to discuss how to fix a projected $5 billion deficit in the new two-year budget.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A fired police officer is suing the Connecticut city he once worked for, claiming his rights were violated when he was dismissed.

Curtis Ray was fired by the New Haven Police Department in October 2014 after a recording surfaced of a phone call he had with a convicted drug dealer. The New Haven Register reports Ray told the drug dealer he would have informed him about a police raid had he known about it.

Ray's lawyer says the firing violates his due process rights. Ray says the city made public the investigation into his alleged rule violations before the investigation was concluded.

Ray is seeking more than $15,000 in damages and his job back.

A city spokesperson says officials are aware of the lawsuit but have no comment.



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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut special education teacher has been charged with second-degree sexual assault after police say she engaged in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.

The Connecticut Post reports 31-year-old Laura Ramos has been placed on administrative leave from her position at Central High School in Bridgeport following her arrest Tuesday.

Ramos' lawyer says his client is ``cloaked in the presumption of innocence.''

Officers were called to the high school June 9 following a complaint of a sexual assault. Officers say a student at the school told a teacher Ramos had been having sexual intercourse with one of her students in the special education program.

Police say Ramos told them she had a relationship with the victim from Dec. 23, 2016 until April 2017.



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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut teen is facing animal cruelty charges after police traced a social media post showing someone killing and mutilating a rabbit.

Police say they were able to identify the 13-year-old and locate him in Bristol after the video surfaced Sunday.

The teen, whose identity is being withheld due to his age, has been issued a juvenile court summons and charged with cruelty to animals.

Police say they are continuing to investigate.



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NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut Department of Transportation employee found a large package of cocaine while picking up trash.

Police say the employee was cleaning between a Dicks Sporting Goods store and a DOT property in a Newington shopping plaza when he found the package Thursday afternoon.

Responding officers say the package contained more than 1 kilogram (2.20 pounds) of cocaine.

Police seized the cocaine, and a K-9 unit checked to make sure there were no other drugs in the area.

Police are continuing to investigate.