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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence is hoping to work with Connecticut employers to enact workplace policies that support victims of domestic violence.

Karen Jarmoc, the group's CEO, says plans are underway to convene a meeting this spring with companies to have a conversation ``around culture and workplace policy.'' She says some employers already have model policies, which she hopes will be replicated.

She points to Bank of America, which provides employees experiencing abuse with counseling, paid sick days and an employee relief fund.

Jarmoc says work may be the only place where a domestic abuse victim feels safe and employers have the opportunity to create policies to help those workers.

Nearly 40,000 individuals seek help from one of Connecticut's 18 domestic violence organizations annually.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Requiring people to provide adequate shelter for dogs and changes to a special jail diversionary program for animal abusers are among the animal-related legislation a bipartisan group of Connecticut lawmakers hope to pass this session.

The legislators plan to unveil their list of animal welfare legislation on Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building.

Republican Rep. Brenda Kupchick of Fairfield says the Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus works throughout the year with various animal rights groups, such as the Connecticut Humane Society, on possible legislation that's needed to protect animals.

Kupchick says the group has ``a moral obligation to advocate for and protect those who cannot protect themselves.''

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A group of Connecticut lawmakers is seeking input from the black and Latino communities about issues they'd like to see the General Assembly address.

The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus has scheduled a public forum on Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The meeting is expected to run from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Reps. Christopher Rosario of Bridgeport and Brandon McGee of Hartford the chairman and vice chairman of the caucus say they the forum is a ``good opportunity for our constituents to come forward with their concerns.''

Both Democratic lawmakers say the ideas and concerns voiced at the public forum will help the caucus shape the legislative priorities they will try to push forward.

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THOMPSON, Conn. (AP) - Investigators say there is no evidence bullying played a role in the suicide of a student at a private Connecticut school - a finding disputed by the teen's mother.

The Cooney, Scully and Dowling law firm released a report Thursday of its investigation into the Dec. 4 death of Connor Tronerud, a 15-year-old boy from Sutton, Massachusetts, who attended Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson.

The Hartford Courant reports the firm found only one reported incident of bullying in November 2016. The report said it would be "reckless" to attribute that incident as a major cause of the suicide.

Connor's mother, Teresa Tronerud, says some information in the report is inaccurate and officials refused to make corrections. She says the family is taking time to review the report before commenting further.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A car chase suspect who was shot by Connecticut police officers last week has died.

A lawyer for the family of 31-year-old Juan McCray confirmed Friday that McCray died at a hospital Thursday after being taken off life support.

East Hartford officers shot McCray after a chase into Glastonbury on Feb. 4.

Authorities say police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle and confronted McCray in a parking lot in East Hartford. Police say several officers were injured, and McCray sped off as officers opened fire.

Officials say McCray crashed into several vehicles during the chase, which ended when officers again opened fire and wounded McCray in Glastonbury.

David Jaffe, the lawyer for McCray's family, says relatives question whether deadly force was necessary.

State police and prosecutors are investigating.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been cleared of charges stemming from a shooting outside a courthouse.

The Republican-American reports Judge Jon Alander dismissed charges Thursday against 19-year-old Zaekwon McDaniel. McDaniel had been charged with multiple offenses including attempted first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the attempted shooting of 20-year-old Bryan Cruz.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Serafini McDaniel entered a nolle on the charges after receiving information from police that McDaniel wasn't involved in the shooting. Police had previously said McDaniel and other targeted Cruz because of a gang-related dispute.

McDaniel was served with an arrest warrant Thursday for violating probation. He still faces charges in separate shooting and an assault. McDaniel is expected to appear in court again next Month.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a student and a teacher's aide were caught selling brownies laced with marijuana at a Connecticut school.

WFSB-TV reports that police and medics were called to Global Communications Academy after 17 students were believed to have eaten the brownies Wednesday.

A teacher called police after seeing the brownies being sold and noticing the scent of marijuana.

The 17 students believed to have eaten the brownies were evaluated by medics but none were taken to the hospital. All were high-school age.

Police say the student and teacher's aide have been suspended and could face charges. None have been filed.

The Hartford Courant says a school spokesman referred all questions to police.

The school teaches students from kindergarten through high school and is part of the Hartford Public Schools district.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Arrest records show a Bridgeport police lieutenant charged with stealing money from the department had a pattern of working minutes of the time he was being paid for before returning home.

The Connecticut Post reports investigators found at least 11 instances last year where 64-year-old Lt. Stephen Shuck was at home when he was supposed to be at work. An arrest affidavit states Shuck's actions equated to more than a $2,000 loss to the city.

Shuck was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree larceny charge. He has been suspended from the department without pay.

If convicted, Shuck could face up to 20 years in prison and a loss of his pension.

It's unclear if Shuck has a lawyer.

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NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) Fire officials say the Connecticut motel blaze that resulted in six people being hospitalized was intentionally set.

Newington Fire Marshal Chris Schroeder said Wednesday the fire at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge is a case of arson, and police have identified a person of interest. Schroeder did not say how the fire was started.

Fire officials were alerted to the blaze around 4 a.m. Wednesday by a police officer on a routine patrol.

Four police officers and two guests, including a child, were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. All of those hospitalized have since been released.

The fire started in a first-floor room, destroying the room and all its contents.

An investigation into the fire has revealed unrelated existing structural problems. The building has since been condemned.

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GRISWOLD, Conn. (AP) State and local authorities in Connecticut have found a body in a pond where a snowmobiler went missing in December after falling through the ice.

The body was found at Pachaug Pond in Griswold on Tuesday. Local firefighters and officers with state police and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were on the scene.

Officials say the identity of the person needs to be confirmed by the medical examiner's office.

Authorities previously said 56-year-old John Dubois, of Griswold, went missing Dec. 16 while snowmobiling on the 840-acre (340-hectare) pond, which was covered with ice. First responders found the snowmobile at the time, but not the rider.

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NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) Fire officials in Connecticut say they were not able to determine the exact cause of a mobile home fire that killed a man last month.

Naugatuck Fire Marshal Robert Weaver told the Republican-American on Monday that investigators weren't able to single out an ignition source because of the heavy damage caused by the Jan. 26 blaze.

Authorities say 58-year-old Paul Kingman Jr. died of smoke inhalation, while two other people living in the mobile home were able to escape.

Weaver says the fire started in Kingman's bedroom, where there was a space heater and electrical cords. Weaver says Kingman smoked, which could have been another possible cause.

Weaver says there's no evidence of arson.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Former Vice President Joe Biden will stop by Connecticut next month to speak at Southern Connecticut State University.

The university announced Tuesday Biden will speak at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts on its New Haven campus March 23.

The event, called ``A Conversation With Vice President Joe Biden,'' is part of the 20th Annual Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture Series.

Tickets are available for $65. The university is also selling VIP tickets that include a photo with Biden and an autographed copy of his book, ``Promise Me Dad'' for $175.

The lecture is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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GRANBY, Conn. (AP) - A 40-year-old Connecticut man has been arrested on attempted murder and assault charges in connection with the stabbings of his parents.

Police in Granby say they responded to a domestic assault shortly after 3 a.m. Monday and arrested Christopher Rich outside his parents' home.

Police Capt. William Tyler says Rich's parents were conscious when officers arrived and are in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Their names have not been released.

Tyler says no other suspects are being sought. The motive for the stabbings has not been disclosed.

Rich is detained on $500,000 bail pending a court arraignment Tuesday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

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FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been charged in connection with a head-on crash last year that left two people from Canada dead.

Farmington police on Monday announced that 54-year-old Edward Brozynski, of Newington, faces two counts of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and other charges in connection with the crash Sept. 14 on Route 6 in Farmington.

Benoit Boislard and Rejean St. Pierre, both 66 from Quebec, Canada, rear seat passengers in the other vehicle, died. A front seat passenger was seriously injured while Brozysnki and the other driver were injured.

Police say Brozynski was headed west when his car crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the other car.

Brozynski was held pending a court appearance Tuesday. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Interior is not commenting on a request by Connecticut officials for an investigation of the agency's failure to act on agreements between the state and two Native American tribes that are needed for the tribes to build a new casino.

An Interior Department official on Monday referred questions about the request to the Department of Justice, which did not return a message.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney, asked the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General to investigate Monday.

The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes operate casinos in Connecticut and are planning a joint casino in northern Connecticut to compete with an MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, that's expected to open in September.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford's minor league baseball team is using monkeys, a human cannonball and cheeseburger uniforms in an effort to entice fans to ballgames this season.

The Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, plan numerous promotions during their second season at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

Some of the more unusual include an appearance by the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on June 14, in which monkeys, wearing cowboy outfits will ride around the field on dogs.

Dave ``The Bullet'' Smith will be shot from a cannon after the July 26 game.

The team also plans to play on August 12 as the Steamed Cheeseburgers.

Officials say that promotion, which will include specially designed uniforms, will pay homage to Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, which is credited with inventing that delicacy in 1959.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 41-year-old Norwalk man faces sentencing for failing to pay income tax on more than $1 million he received by running off-shore sports gambling websites.

Ryan Rozycki pleaded guilty in September to tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say Rozycki hid money he received from the sale of sports betting packages and from advertisers on his website bangthebook.com and others.

Prosecutors say Rozycki also failed to pay $371,161 in taxes for the 2009 though 2014 tax years, using the money to help finance things such as season tickets to New York Giants football games and private school tuition for his two children.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors are recommending restitution and probation.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling for a review of how voting by mail might be implemented in Connecticut.

The Democrat has signed an executive order requiring the Office of Policy and Management to review potential methods and requirements to allow voting by mail for all local, state and federal elections in Connecticut.

OPM will work with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office on the review.

OPM is charged with exploring the administrative, technological, legal, security and fiscal requirements associated with voting by mail.

Malloy says at least 22 states have provisions to conduct some elections entirely by mail. Colorado, Oregon and Washington only vote by mail.

OPM's analysis and a framework for legislation, administrative changes and other recommendations are due to Malloy and Merrill by September 30.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials are being asked to consider removing a military mentality from police training in the state, a learning model aimed at improving public trust in law enforcement.

The recommendation is one of many in a new report to state lawmakers by a task force comprised of police officials, local politicians and academics. The panel says officials should consider training officers to be guardians rather than warriors.

Washington state trains officers with the ``guardian'' approach and says recruits can focus better on learning.

Some Connecticut police officials worry the method would ``soften'' police officers and put their lives at greater risk.

The legislature's public safety committee intends to hold a public hearing on the report. No date has been set.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials say three people were quarantined when a suspicious white substance was found in an envelope inside a federal office building.

The Hartford Police Department says they first got a call about the substance around 1 p.m. Thursday from the William Cotter Federal Office Building in Hartford. Officials say the substance was found inside an envelope in the building's mail room on the first floor.

Those inside the mailroom at the time have been quarantined, although no injuries have been reported.

Samples of the substance are currently being evaluated.

The FBI, state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and state bomb squad all responded to the scene.

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