BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The father of a 15-year-old boy killed by a Connecticut officer has filed a legal notice saying he intends to sue the city of Bridgeport over his son's death.
The Connecticut Post reported Wednesday that lawyers for Juan Negron have filed the required notice with the city.
Police Chief Armando Perez has said rookie officer James Boulay opened fire May 9 when he was nearly run over by a stolen car driven by Jayson Negron. A passenger in the car, 21-year-old Julian Fyffe, also was shot, but survived and is suing the city.
Juan Negron alleges police were poorly trained, his son shouldn't have been shot and ``reasonable'' medical care wasn't provided after the shooting.
The city's attorney said the shooting was a tragedy, but the city isn't liable.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man accused of selling heroin that led to a woman's overdose death last year has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Thirty-nine-year-old Ramon Killings, of Bridgeport, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Hartford on one count of heroin distribution. After his prison term, he will be under supervised released for three years.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Killings was arrested in a sting operation last January when undercover investigators purchased heroin from him. Investigators had learned that Killings had sold heroin to the boyfriend of a woman who overdosed and died in December.
Prosecutors say the case is part of a statewide crackdown on people who sell powerful drugs that can cause serious injury or death.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man accused of fatally shooting another man after a dispute over a parking space has been arraigned on a murder charge.
The Connecticut Post reports 43-year-old Waldo Gonzalez was in court Wednesday in connection with the killing of 44-year-old Ronald Simmons in Bridgeport on July 2.
Witnesses told police that a dispute between female neighbors had been simmering for about a week when the two men intervened in a parking lot confrontation. Witnesses say Gonzalez then pulled out a handgun and shot Simmons.
Gonzalez' attorney says that a gun was found on the ground near Simmons' body.
Bond was set at $1 million.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut woman and her 12-year-old daughter were locked inside a convenience store by an employee who suspected them of stealing, and they kicked out the store's glass doors to escape.
The girl is also accused of using a stun gun on the 7-Eleven worker.
Police say 41-year-old Bridgeport resident Dorsey Saunders and her daughter were locked in the Fairfield store Sunday night by a clerk who said they stole energy drinks. The Connecticut Post reports they kicked out the glass and ran into the parking lot, where the girl used the stun gun.
Saunders and her daughter face several charges, including larceny. The mother was charged with impairing the morals of a minor.
Saunders denied stealing and told police she broke the doors because she was scared.
WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) The owner of Connecticut restaurant being investigated by alcohol regulators in connection with the car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman says the business was closed the day she died.
Carole Peck, owner of the Good News Cafe in Woodbury, tells the Hartford Courant that the restaurant is not open on Tuesdays. She says she told investigators that Katherine Berman must have been somewhere else before the crash that killed her May 9.
The state Department of Consumer Protection tells WVIT-TV they are investigating whether the 67-year-old had been at a private event. The agency's Liquor Control Division and state police are handling the investigation.
Another driver, 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, was also killed when his vehicle was rear-ended by Berman's.
NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say an attempted robbery was foiled by the victim, a 74-year-old retired police officer, who recognized that the robber's gun was a fake.
The robbery attempt was reported Tuesday at a park in Naugatuck. The former officer told police that a man grabbed him from behind, demanded money and displayed what the man believed to be a toy gun. He said he tried to knock the fake gun from the man's hand using an umbrella before the man took off.
Police say the victim provided a detailed description and a suspect was arrested later in the day. The suspect faces charges of robbery, possession of a facsimile handgun and breach of peace.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Federal authorities say a Connecticut man is headed to prison for more than 12 years for the sex trafficking of two girls.
The U.S Attorney's office says 29-year-old Jason Prawl was also sentenced Monday in Hartford federal court to five years of supervised release. The Bridgeport man pleaded guilty in May to a charge of sex trafficking of a minor.
Authorities say Prawl recruited and transported the two victims to engage in sex acts. They say he began prostituting the 17-year-old girls in 2015. An investigation revealed that he tried to recruit a third minor into prostitution.
Prawl has been ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution to the first victim and $2,500 to the second.
He has remained held since his arrest last March.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) State police say a driver who had previously been involved in a crash with an off-duty state trooper has died after crashing into the woods off a Connecticut highway.
The crash into the woods off the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Monday.
A state police spokeswoman says the vehicle was reportedly involved in a crash in Stratford earlier in night with the personal vehicle of an off-duty trooper.
There was no word on whether the trooper was injured or whether the vehicle was being pursued when it crashed.
The victim's name has not been made public.
The southbound Exit 46 exit was closed for several hours during the investigation but has since reopened.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) A bicyclist got a surprising companion while riding along a Connecticut rail trail.
A spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says a bear came out the woods in Farmington on Monday afternoon and followed the cyclist for a short distance before breaking off.
The bear did not make any physical contact with the man.
The cyclist, whose name was not made public, called police, who reported the incident to wildlife officials.
There have been no previous reports of bears in the area just west of Hartford.
The state plans to deploy a trap in the area to try and capture the bear.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man suspected of killing another man during a dispute apparently over designer eyeglasses is being held on $1.5 million bond.
Hartford police said Sunday that 26-year-old William Coleman is charged in connection with the July 4 shooting death of 25-year-old Victor Millan. Coleman was taken into custody on Friday.
Police say witness interviews and surveillance video led them to Coleman. They believe the men knew each other.
Coleman is scheduled to appear in court Monday. It is unclear if he has an attorney to comment on the charges.
SALISBURY, Conn. (AP) Two people suffered minor injuries when a vintage aircraft crashed in northwestern Connecticut.
Connecticut State Police say the single-engine plane crashed into a tree in Salisbury at about 5 p.m. Sunday.
The plane's two occupants were out of the aircraft and on the ground when rescue personnel arrived. They were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Federal aviation authorities say the 1946 Piper J-3 Cub had taken off from the airport in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, about 15 miles away.
State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene to contain a fuel leak.
No names were released and the cause remains under investigation.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state trooper is expected to survive after crashing his motorcycle while on-duty.
State police say the trooper collided with a car that pulled out of a driveway in front of him in New Britain on Sunday. The 33-year-old trooper was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered injuries considered not to be life-threatening.
The 88-year-old driver of the car suffered minor injuries. Both men were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police have not released the name of either man involved in the crash.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say they have arrested a driver who sped off during a traffic stop and slammed into a car, killing another motorist.
State and local police say the driver was not being pursued Thursday when he crashed in Bridgeport. Police say his car first hit another vehicle, killing the female driver, then careened into a pedestrian and another person who might have been on a bicycle, injuring both of them.
Police say the driver ran off and was later tracked to the basement of a nearby home, where he was arrested.
Police have not identified the woman who was killed.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A second person has been sentenced for his role in the fatal stabbing of a man outside a Connecticut fast-food restaurant sparked by a spilled cup of coffee.
The Stamford Advocate reports that 24-year-old James McLamb was sentenced Wednesday to five years behind bars in the March 2015 killing of 52-year-old Antonio Muralles outside a Stamford McDonald's.
Prosecutors say Muralles had just left the restaurant with his coffee when he bumped into McLamb and Marquest Hall and accidentally spilled some on Hall.
Prosecutors say McLamb, of New Haven, punched Muralles, before Hall stabbed him twice.
McLamb pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and apologized to Muralles' family in court.
Hall, who was 15 at the time, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
VERNON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man suspected of killing his millionaire grandfather and whose mother disappeared when they were on a fishing trip has been involved in a minor highway crash.
Police say Nathan Carman was driving a pickup truck on Interstate 91 in Vernon on Monday when he was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
Carman's truck received minor damage. The larger truck had substantial damage. There were no injuries.
Last year, Carman's boat sank during a fishing trip near Rhode Island with his mother. She was never found and is presumed dead. The insurance company is refusing to pay the claim for the boat.
Carman has denied any involvement in his mother's presumed death and his grandfather's 2013 shooting death in Connecticut. His aunts have sued in New Hampshire to try to block him from collecting an inheritance.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say a former therapist has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman who was his patient.
Daniel Affrunti, of Farmington, turned himself in Wednesday on a warrant charging him with 12 counts of second-degree sex assault.
Police say the victim was 19 when she told detectives in 2015 that she had been sexually assaulted in Affrunti's office. They say Affrunti's license lapsed during the investigation and the victim declined to press charges.
Police say the victim told officers in June that she had been involved in a sexual relationship with the 67-year-old man last year, after the original investigation was closed.
It couldn't be determined Wednesday if Affrunti has an attorney who can comment on the allegations.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say a man was critically injured when he was pinned between a car and a tree as he was giving his 11-year-old daughter a driving lesson.
New Haven police say the 25-year-old man jumped out of the car and tried to stop it as it reversed toward a house on Wednesday. The car crashed through a fence and struck a gas line before pinning him.
The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The girl was not injured.
Several nearby homes were evacuated as crews tried to stop the gas leak.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A New York stock broker has admitted to his role in a $20 million stock fraud scheme based in Connecticut that swindled thousands of victims across the country.
The Hartford Courant reports that Brian Ferraioli, of Sayville, New York, pleaded guilty Wednesday to fraud and tax charges. He's the sixth person to plead guilty in the case.
Federal prosecutors say conspirators acquired blocks of stock in worthless shell companies and then pitched the companies as potentially successful to investors. Prosecutors say they used rigged stock trades and other tricks to inflate share prices of the stock.
Prosecutors say the scheme affected more than 12,000 victims, many of whom lost life savings.
Former Hartford city councilor Corey Brinson was sentenced to three years in prison in April after pleading guilty in the case.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut teenager police say was driving a stolen SUV that struck a woman who later died has been held on $2.5 million bond.
Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that 18-year-old Deykevious Russaw was behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle that struck 56-year-old Rosella Shuler on July 18 as she waited at a Hartford bus stop. She lost both legs and died about a week later.
Authorities say Russaw was speeding down a street trying to leave the scene of a minor motor vehicle accident when he struck Shuler.
Russaw is also a suspect in the fatal shooting July 16 of 63-year-old Jeff Worrell, a maintenance man shot as he sat in a Hartford park. Police say he was an innocent bystander.
Russaw's family and attorney had no comment.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A native of Ecuador living in Connecticut has become the second person this summer to take sanctuary inside a New Haven church to avoid deportation.
Marco Reyes Alverez entered the U.S. illegally in 1997 and has been living in Meriden. The father of three was supposed to board a plane to Ecuador on Tuesday but instead took refuge inside the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church.
His supporters say a family member was recently murdered in Ecuador and he fears for his life if he returns.
Last month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials agreed to reconsider the case of a woman who's been living in Norwalk after she took sanctuary inside New Haven's Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal church rather than board a plane for Guatemala.