STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) An 82-year-old Stamford woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $80,000 from a friend with medical and physical disabilities.
The Stamford Advocate reports that Dorothy Mead entered her plea to first-degree larceny and faces up to two years in prison when sentenced.
Citing Mead's age, Stamford Superior Court Judge Gary White said he may give her a suspended sentence depending on the pre-sentence report.
White says an order of restitution was granted, giving the victim or her heirs a way to retrieve the money.
Authorities say Mead used the unidentified victim's bank accounts to deposit money made from the sale of the victim's condominium, withdrew the money in cash and checks to pay credit card bills.
The thefts were not suspected until May 2008 and Mead was arrested in December 2010.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) The lawyer for an Orange man accused of fatally beating his mother last year has indicated he intends to pursue an insanity defense.
The New Haven Register reports that 23-year-old Timothy Granata's lawyer has filed a notice that his defense will argue he has a ``mental disease or defect.''
Granata made a brief court appearance Thursday.
He pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the July death of 58-year-old Dr. Claudia Granata in the family home.
The prosecution has received two defense reports on Granata's mental health. The state must decide whether to agree with defense experts' conclusions or get its own team.
Granata was arrested the day of the slaying. He was found competent to face legal proceedings Dec. 29 after a competency evaluation.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A former state correctional officer whom authorities suspected of raping several women in Hartford and New Britain has pleaded guilty to four sexual assault charges and faces 15 to 40 years in prison.
Thirty-one-year-old Kelvin Grisales agreed to a plea bargain Thursday in New Britain Superior Court. He is set to be sentenced Aug. 13.
Grisales was charged last year with sexually assaulting a woman in Hartford. Authorities say he was linked to another assault in Hartford and two more in New Britain through DNA testing. Police would eventually charge Grisales with more than 20 crimes including sexual assault and kidnapping.
Grisales was a guard at the Hartford Correctional Center. He was placed on administrative leave after he was first arrested and was later fired.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Officials are praising the actions of a New Haven mother who reported her teenage son and a friend for having a sawed-off shotgun.
Police say the mother became concerned Monday evening when she overheard part of a ``disturbing'' phone conversation her 17-year-old son was having. The mother told police her son left the house carrying a duffel bag.
The boy said clothes were in the bag. But police say his mother felt something firm about a foot and a half in length.
The mother then alerted police to her son's whereabouts.
After finding the weapon, officers took the 16-year-old friend into custody. He was charged with possession of a shotgun and second-degree larceny.
The 17-year-old son was charged with possession of a shotgun, interfering with police and third-degree trespassing.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) Former motocross champion Doug Henry has been charged with public indecency in Connecticut, where police say he exposed himself to two female construction workers.
The 45-year-old Henry was pulled over Tuesday afternoon in the western Connecticut town of Harwinton, several minutes after he passed the construction site in Farmington.
Police say he acknowledge exposing himself to the workers.
A phone call to his home in Torrington seeking comment Thursday morning went unanswered.
Henry is a member of the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame and a three-time AMA Pro Motocross champion. He became paralyzed from the waist down in a March 2007 crash and began racing adaptive snowmobiles in 2010.
Henry was released after posting a $2,500 bond is due in court on May 26.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut lawmakers are attempting to update the state's anti-voyeurism law to include other practices, including so-called revenge porn.
Rep. William Tong said ``technology has enhanced and enabled new forms of crime and criminality.''
Voyeurism is currently a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Under a bill that cleared the House of Representatives unanimously early Wednesday, voyeurism would become a Class C felony when the victim is under age 16 or the offender has various prior convictions.
A Class C felony is punishable up to 10 years in prison.
The bill, defines revenge porn and upskirting as voyeurism offenses. Revenge porn involves disseminating intimate pictures without the other person's permission. Upskirting refers to photographing the view up a woman's skirt.
The bill awaits Senate action.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut state trooper was sentenced to 12 .5 years in prison in the October 2014 arson of his brother's Haddam home.
Judge David Gold also handed Ronald Carlson two five-year sentences for burglary and criminal mischief, which will run concurrently with the arson sentence.
Police say Carlson was upset over a disputed $2.3 million family inheritance and had been planning the arson for seven years.
Tom Carlson said in court Tuesday he will never forget the face of the ``man I shared a childhood bedroom with'' charging up his driveway as flames ripped through his Candlewood Hill Road home.
Carlson, who defended himself, said his actions were not logical, but acts of vengeance.
Judge Gold told Carlson his life had been a ``miserable failure'' before sentencing.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they recorded 17 shots fired in attack that took the life of a 17-year-old.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley says officers responded to Irving Street in the city's North End at about 9 p.m. Tuesday after the Shot-Spotter system alerted them to the gunfire.
Police say they found the 17-year-old in a white sedan with a gunshot wound to the head.
He died Wednesday morning at Saint Francis Hospital.
His name was not released.
Police say they don't know what led to the shooting and had made no arrests Wednesday morning.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A state prosecutor says four Bridgeport police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man who authorities say pointed a gun at police during an undercover operation.
Litchfield State's Attorney David Shepack's report on the use of deadly force against Carnell Williams was released Wednesday.
Shepack said Williams pointed a loaded revolver at police as officers went to arrest him and other occupants of a car during an undercover gun purchase in November 2013. Williams was shot five times and died from one of the wounds, and a woman driving the car was shot in the face but survived.
Shepack said Officer Everton Walker and Detectives Christopher Borona, Sean Ronan and James Borrico were justified in shooting at Williams because he threatened the officers' safety.
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) Southington police say someone has been placing pornographic photos on lawns and in mailboxes around town.
Police say at least 20 photos, believed to be torn from magazines, were found in the last week at homes on 11 roads and one resident reported finding a pornographic DVD.
Police some of the images had expletives or racial slurs written on them. At least one was found near an elementary school and another near a school bus stop.
Police have made no arrests and say at this point they have no suspects.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A 22-year-old father has been charged with manslaughter in Connecticut after an autopsy showed there was a high level of alcohol in the system of his 5-month-old son.
Jorge Chiclana of Bridgeport was arrested Monday after a yearlong investigation into the death of the boy, who was not breathing when emergency workers responded to a 911 call from his Norwalk home on May 16, 2014.
Police say post-mortem toxicology tests eventually revealed the high blood-alcohol level.
Authorities tracked down Chiclana at a motel in Stratford, where he was arrested on Monday.
He was unable to post a $75,000 bond, and it's not clear if he has hired a lawyer. He was due in Superior Court on Tuesday to face charges of second-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The ex-wife of Harlem Globetrotters legend Meadowlark Lemon is suing the basketball star for allegedly skimping on child support payments.
The Connecticut Post reports Willie Lemon Campbell and her son, Jonathan, have filed suit in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They're seeking $250,000 they say Lemon never paid them in child support.
Campbell says Lemon was ordered to give up their family house and pay $2,500 a month in child support in their 1977 divorce settlement. The suit says the house was remortgaged by Lemon and he stopped child support payments after one year.
Lemon says he's confused by the lawsuit and will contest the matter in court. He played forward for the Globetrotters for 23 years,
The case was originally scheduled to be heard Thursday, but has been pushed back to August.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A lawyer for Stamford High School principal Donna Valentine says she will fight a recommendation that she be fired.
Valentine served as principal when police say English teacher Danielle Watkins had sex with one of her students and provided him and another boy with marijuana.
Superintendent Winifred Hamilton recommended Valentine's dismissal, accusing her of failing to report suspicions about Watkins to state officials and police.
Attorney Mark Sherman tells The Advocate newspaper that Valentine will request a hearing by an impartial arbitrator, who would make a recommendation on her employment to the Board of Education. If the board votes to fire Valentine, she can appeal the decision in state Superior Court.
Valentine pleaded not guilty Oct. 2 to criminal charges of failing to alert authorities.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Authorities are investigating after a body was pulled from the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport in front of dozens of people enjoying the weekend weather, including families with children.
The Connecticut Post reports that police were alerted to the body at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a waterfront park along Knowlton Street.
The male was wearing an orange shirt, blue jeans, boxers, tan belt and a baseball cap.
Police say there was no sign of trauma on the body and a cause of death has not yet been determined.
The man's name has not been made public.
MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) A 16-year-old Norwich boy died after his homemade go-cart flipped during a crash in Montville.
State police say Christopher Smith was riding near Caroline Drive Sunday afternoon when to go-cart rolled over several times.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for funeral expenses, and had received almost $900 in donations by Monday morning.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A third Connecticut school administrator is facing the possibility of being fired in connection with a teacher-student sex scandal.
The Advocate newspaper reports that Stamford officials announced Friday that Stamford High School Assistant Principal Angela Thomas-Graves was placed on administrative leave, a first step in termination proceedings.
Authorities accused the administrators of failing to report and mishandling the case of teacher Danielle Watkins, who is serving five years in prison for sexually assaulting the student.
School Superintendent Winifred Hamilton announced earlier this week that former Stamford High School Principal Donna Valentine and another assistant principal would be fired. Both were arrested and sentenced to a probation program. Another school official was allowed to resign and a fifth official was suspended.
Thomas-Graves didn't immediately return a phone message Friday night.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials at a Connecticut high school who reviewed 150 dresses in a crackdown on racy prom attire say just six show too much skin for Saturday's dance.
Shelton High School outside New Haven made national headlines when an official announced over the intercom last Friday that dresses that were backless, showed midriff or had cutouts on the side would be considered inappropriate and not be allowed at prom.
After an outcry from students and parents, students were invited to submit photos of their dresses to a committee of seven female staff members for a thumbs up or thumbs down decision.
School district spokeswoman Ann Baldwin says some students whose dresses were rejected are getting material added to them, while others have indicated they will wear other dresses.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A police detective has testified that authorities found no evidence in the home or car of a man charged in the bludgeoning deaths of three people in East Hartford in 2010.
East Hartford Detective Christina Johnson was the final defense witness to testify in the trial of 50-year-old Brett Bednarz, who's charged with murder in the deaths of his mother, 74-year-old Beverly Therrien, and two house guests.
Closing arguments and deliberations are scheduled for Monday in Hartford Superior Court.
The Hartford Courant reports Johnson testified Friday that no evidence linking Bednarz to the killings was found in his Manchester apartment or his car. But a state DNA expert testified Thursday that DNA found on crumpled bathroom tissue at the crime scene most likely came from Bednarz, the Journal Inquirer reported.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford firefighter who said he feared a man he shot while off-duty last month has been charged with felony first-degree assault in connection with the incident.
City police arrested 54-year-old Donald Brown of Hartford on Thursday. He was charged in the April 24 shooting of 31-year-old Lascelles Reid of Simsbury outside a Hartford home. Police say Reid, who is married to Brown's cousin, has not fully recovered from the torso wound.
Brown retired May 1 after 25 years with the fire department. He told police he shot Reid because Reid charged at him. Police say Brown legally owned the handgun.
A judge set bail at $150,000.
Brown's response to the allegations isn't known. No one answered phone listings for him Thursday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Police in Stratford say they are looking for a serial flasher.
Police say a man has approached at least three women in and around the Stratford Center historical district in the last week and exposed himself to them.
Police say on at least one occasion, the man followed his victim.
All of the incidents have occurred at night. Police have not released a description of the man, but say it appears they are looking for just one person.