BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) A Branford marijuana dispensary plans to begin selling pot in September.
Manager, Nick Tamborrino says Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut, one of six state-approved dispensaries of medical marijuana, will open probably around the last week in August for counseling.
The New Haven Register reports that Bluepoint Wellness and the other dispensaries will serve 2,000 patients who registered with the state Department of Consumer Protection.
Registered patients may legally consume products, including brownies, cookies, e-cigarette liquid and pills, made at the state's four wholesale growing facilities.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A Norwalk man faces charges after his 12-year-old son allegedly crashed the family car into a neighbor's house.
Police say 45-year-old Giuseppe Manugus allowed the boy to get behind the wheel Saturday.
He told authorities he was teaching his son to drive and instructed him to back down the driveway and then pull the car forward. They say the 12-year-old instead lost control of the vehicle, backed across the street and crashed into the home.
Police say the house suffered only minor damage and nobody was injured.
Manugus was charged with risk of injury to a minor. He is due in Norwalk Superior Court on Aug. 1.
An attempt to reach Manugus for comment Monday was unsuccessful. No listed phone number for him could be found.
STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A 31-year-old Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot and killed his girlfriend's pet turtle.
Sgt. Louis Diamanti, the town's animal control officer, says Steven Richard used a BB gun rifle to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue.
Police responded just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives in the house. They discovered the dead turtle in the yard.
Diamanti says he does not know what type of turtle it was.
Police say Richard did not explain why he shot the pet. A phone listed for Richard had been disconnected Monday.
Richard was released on a promise to appear Aug. 4 in New London Superior Court.
ORANGE, Conn. (AP) A 22-year-old man has been arraigned on a murder charge in the killing of his mother in Orange.
Timothy Granata appeared Friday in Derby Superior Court. Bail was kept at $2 million.
Police Chief Robert Gagne said Timothy Granata was arrested Thursday afternoon after the body of 58-year-old Claudia Granata was found at her home. The chief said police were called to the home on Wild Rose Drive at around 2:15 p.m. and found the young man nearby.
The New Haven Register reports his attorney, Charles Tiernan III, told the judge Granata has a psychiatric history and asked that Granata be transferred to a psychiatric facility. The newspaper says Granata, a junior at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, wept and appeared near collapse a few times as he was arraigned.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A judge has rejected a motion by lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to dismiss charges stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near the former New England Patriot player's home.
Hernandez's lawyers argued that prosecutors hadn't shown probable cause to sustain the murder charge against Hernandez in the death of Odin Lloyd and hadn't presented any evidence or motive for the slaying.
The Bristol Superior Court judge said in her ruling Thursday that probable cause, and a defendant's guilt, can be established by circumstantial evidence, and prosecutors don't need to prove a motive to secure a murder conviction.
Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing Lloyd, who was dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister. His trial is scheduled to start Jan. 9.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's race for lieutenant governor is heating up, stoked by claims of racism and personal attacks in the three-way Republican primary.
Typically in statewide elections, the races for governor and U.S. Senate are where the most political punches are thrown. But with the availability of public campaign financing, more candidates are choosing to run for lieutenant governor, raising the stakes for the state's No. 2 job.
The candidates in this year's GOP primary include the party-endorsed candidate, Penny Bacchiochi (BAH'-kee-ah-kee), former Groton Town Mayor Heather Somers and former U.S. Comptroller David Walker.
Somers has been running radio ads targeting Bacchiochi, criticizing her support of medical marijuana and Bacchiochi's earlier accusations of a whisper campaign about her being married to a black man. Somers says it's part of vetting a candidate.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London's Board of Education has halted the hiring process for its incoming school superintendent and voted to investigate his resume.
Thursday night's votes came amid allegations that 49-year-old Terrence Carter falsely represented himself in numerous documents as having a Ph.D. when he does not have an accredited degree. He is scheduled to receive his doctorate next month from Lesley University in Massachusetts.
Carter, who met with board members privately before Thursday's meeting, says he is not withdrawing from the job and has done nothing wrong.
Board President Margaret Mary Curtin says the investigation should take about a month to complete.
An interim superintendent is expected to be appointed until the investigation is completed.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A music teacher who worked at two private schools in Greenwich has been charged with risk of injury to a minor.
Police tell the Greenwich Time that 41-year-old Sean Jackson of Stamford made an ``unsuitable request'' of a 10-year-old student. They would not provide other details.
Jackson does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Friday.
He is free after posting a $500 bond and is due in Superior Court on July 30.
Jackson was employed as a music teacher at the Stanwich School and the Convent of the Sacred Heart.
A school spokeswoman says the allegations did not involve a CSH student.
Senior Pastor Chuck Davis says Jackson was fired as music director at the Stanwich Congregational Church following his arrest.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say they are searching for three suspects after an early morning home invasion.
Assistant Police Chief Archie Generoso says the men were armed when they broke into a home on Whittlesey Avenue at about 3 a.m.
One of two people living in the home was struck by the intruders and was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Generoso says shots were fired outside the home, but no one was hit by the gunfire.
Police say the intruders stole a number of items from the home, but dropped some of them on the lawn while fleeing.
Generoso says police have strong leads in the case and do not believe the incident was random.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A 59-year-old grandmother has been charged with leaving a 3-year-old unattended in a car in Stratford.
Police say they found the child asleep in a car seat outside a pool supply store at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a complaint.
Police say the child was not injured. They say air was blowing in the car, but the windows were up and the engine was turned off.
Rosanna Sinatra of Stratford told officers she had run into the store for about 5 minutes and did not want to disturb the sleeping child.
She was issued a summons for leaving a child under 12-years-old unsupervised in a motor vehicle. She is due in court July 29.
Sinatra's phone number is not listed and attempts to reach her Thursday were not successful.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford prosecutor has rejected a request from Enfield's police chief for an arrest warrant that would have charged one of his officers with assaulting a suspect.
Hartford State's Attorney Gail Hardy, in a letter to Chief Carl Sferrazza, says she did not find that the force used by Officer Matthew Worden during the April 1 arrest rose to the level of criminal conduct.
Worden was accused of striking 24-year-old Mark Maher of Windsor while taking him into custody during an April 1 disturbance at a local boat launch.
Maher is charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
Hardy noted that Officer Worden stopped using force after Maher had been handcuffed.
Wordon remains on paid administrative leave while the department completes an internal affairs investigation.
COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) Police say a Columbia man is recovering from injuries suffered in an overnight home invasion.
Police say they were called to a home on Oakwood Lane shortly after 2 a.m. by a man who told them two masked intruders had attacked him.
Police say the man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a head injury. It was not immediately clear if anything was taken from the home.
No arrests have been made.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.