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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are asking for help finding a 64-year-old man accused of trying to sexually assault a child.

Police say Jose Santos Pedraza lured the preteen boy into his apartment. They say the child escaped after Pedraza attempted to sexually assault him.

Police say Pedraza, who is already in the state's sex offender registry after being convicted of similar offenses in the past, fled after the incident.

He is facing charges of attempted sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. A judge has set a bond of $250,000 should he be taken into custody.

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ORANGE, Conn. (AP) State police have arrested the drivers involved in a road rage incident that ended last week with a shooting and a slashing on Interstate 95 in Orange.

Police say 39-year-old truck driver Jesus Izaguirra of Hidalgo, Texas is being held on $500,000 bond after being charged with assault, attempted assault and reckless endangerment. They say 33-year-old Juan Calderon of Orange, who was driving a passenger vehicle , is being held on $250,000 bond, facing charges including attempted murder.

Police say Izaguirra slashed Calderon in the face after their vehicles pulled off the highway Thursday night. They say Calderon then got out of his car and shot Izaguirra.

Both were taken into custody after being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital and are due in court today.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State lawmakers will consider rolling back some tax increases they approved earlier this month as they return to the Capitol for a special session.

The session is scheduled for Monday .

Lawmakers are returning after weeks of vocal criticism from businesses about the approximate $1.5 billion in tax increases included in the two-year, $40.3 billion budget that narrowly passed with only Democratic votes.

Votes are expected Monday on two budget-related bills that roll back some of the taxes, including a tax on computer and data processing. The revisions also include an additional $15 million in each year for hospitals. Some facilities have threatened to close clinics and lay off staff because of cuts in state funding to hospitals.

Other bills will be also considered.

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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Criss Angel's rescue of an escape artist trapped in a glass cage filled with water was no illusion.

Angel and Spencer Horsman were rehearsing for opening night of ``The Supernaturalists'' at an eastern Connecticut casino when Horsman became trapped in the cage dangling above the stage and Angel went to his aid.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that Horsman is recovering from the Wednesday accident.

And President and CEO Felix Rappaport of Foxwoods Resort Casino says in a statement that the show will go on.

Rappaport says the opening night show was rescheduled from Thursday to Friday because the safety of the cast and crew is the priority.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut jury has found two Bridgeport cardiologists liable for a Shelton man's death and ordered them to pay his widow more than $2.4 million.

The Connecticut Post reports the Bridgeport Superior Court jury determined Friday that doctors Kevin Lenhart and Charles Landau were negligently responsible for 61-year-old Wesley Wirth's death.

Witnesses testified Wirth was brought to St. Vincent's Medical Center complaining of chest pain and dizziness in May 2009. Doctors determined Wirth's EKG was normal and discharged him. Wirth returned to the hospital with chest pains a few hours later, but again was discharged.

Wirth died of a heart attack later the same month.

The lawsuit claimed Lenhart and Landau incorrectly interpreted Wirth's EKG and stress test reports. The doctors' lawyers didn't immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.

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ORANGE, Conn. (AP) Police say a road rage incident that involved a shooting and a slashing on Interstate 95 has sent two people to the hospital.

A passenger vehicle and tractor trailer were on I-95 northbound near exit 40 in Milford Thursday night when the incident began.

The passenger vehicle exited at exit 41, while the tractor-trailer pulled over. Police say the unidentified tractor-trailer operator left the truck and ran up to the driver's side of the passenger vehicle.

The tractor-trailer operator struck the unidentified passenger vehicle operator with an unknown object, causing a laceration to his face.

The passenger vehicle operator got out of his vehicle and shot the truck driver while chasing him.

Both were treated at Yale-New Haven hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say charges will be determined as detectives investigate.

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SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say an anonymous donor has put up $40,000 for a reward in the unsolved killing of an insurance executive who was stabbed to death while jogging.

Simsbury police announced the reward Thursday for information leading to the conviction of the killer of 54-year-old Melissa Millan, who was found dead along a road in November. The medical examiner determined she died from a stab wound to the chest.

Millan was a mother of two and a senior vice president at Mass Mutual.

Police said Thursday that there are no suspects, but investigators are continuing to follow leads.

No new information about Millan's death was released.

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Workplace safety officials are investigating an accident involving a saw that killed a construction worker at a southwestern Connecticut airport.

The Connecticut Post reports that the worker was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford after a gasoline-powered saw he was using kicked back and caused a fatal injury to his neck.

The worker has been identified as 57-year old Antonio Simoes of Naugatuck. A spokesman for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch says the man was an employee of Manafort Brothers Construction in Plainville.

The accident happened during a $17 million construction project at the airport that includes runway improvements. The airport was closed after the accident, but resumed operations about two hours later.

Bridgeport and Stratford police and inspectors from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

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AVON, Conn. (AP) Police are looking for clues after a woman told them she was sexually assaulted while running on a popular trail near Hartford.

Police say the victim was running on the Rails to Trails path in Avon around noon Thursday when a man grabbed her from behind. She says he dragged her off the path and sexually assaulted her.

Investigators say the man has a goatee and stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall. Police say he was wearing sunglasses, a black shirt, a reflective vest and a baseball cap.

Authorities have not identified a suspect.

Avon police are increasing patrol officers along the trail and the surrounding area to protect residents.

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COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) Two teens have been charged with breaking into a Connecticut convenience store after police found them in a dumpster behind a Dunkin' Donuts.

An 18-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy were charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary and criminal mischief Wednesday morning.

Police responded to a burglary alarm at On The Go in Coventry on Wednesday and found a shattered plate glass window.

Police say they knew what the burglars looked like after watching surveillance footage. Police then saw two suspicious people matching descriptions of the burglars at a Dunkin' Donuts. Police say they fled, but were found in a dumpster behind the building.

They have been released and are due back in court.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A 37-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after nearly killing another person with a baseball bat.

The Stamford Advocate reports Judge Richard Comerford said during sentencing ``this is not the Wild West'' and instructed Guatemalan immigrant Rodolfo Calete-Morente to follow the country's laws.

Police say the victim was harassing Calete-Morente and his wife nearly two years ago. She owed the victim about $150.

Prosecutors say Calete-Morente hit the victim in the back of head with a baseball bat or something similar as the victim rode away on a bicycle.

The victim survived his serious injuries but spent about two weeks in a coma.

Calete-Morente's lawyer says they were afraid to call police since they had lived in the country illegally for about 13 years.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A former state deputy motor vehicles commissioner has pleaded guilty to child endangerment in exchange for an eight-year prison term.

The Republican-American reports Victor Diaz was accused of repeatedly molesting a girl beginning when she was 11.

The 36-year-old Diaz faced 13 charges, including several sexual assault counts. They were reduced to one count of risk of injury to a minor as part of a plea deal that spares the girl from testifying.

Diaz must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

He resigned his Department of Motor Vehicles post Sept. 9, hours after the girl was visited by detectives following up on the complaint.

Diaz pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which means he doesn't agree with all facts presented, but agreed he'd be found guilty at trial.

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TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) Police chased a stolen vehicle through several Connecticut towns at reported speeds of 100 mph until it ended with a crash on the Merritt Parkway and the suspect in custody.

State police say the chase ended Tuesday morning after the car and a Trumbull police cruiser crashed on the parkway in Trumbull. No one was injured. The stolen car also collided with another vehicle on the parkway before the final accident.

The car was reported stolen in Westchester County, New York.

 

25-year old Rafael Vasquez of Bridgeport has been charged with reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, evading responsibility, driving without a license, larceny, criminal damage to a motor vehicle, interfering with an officer, and assaulting an officer.

The chase went through local streets and state highways in Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford and Trumbull. State police say they initially tried to stop the car in Norwalk.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a drug-related robbery of another man who was fatally shot despite offering no resistance.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shea in Hartford imposed the sentence Tuesday on 24-year-old Johnnie ``Jeezy'' Jefferson, who pleaded guilty in November to causing the death of Dawayne Cobb through the use of a firearm.

Prosecutors say Jefferson and Trumaine Hearst robbed the 24-year-old Cobb of about two ounces of marijuana in October 2012. Authorities say Hearst fatally shot Cobb, who didn't resist the robbery.

Hearst pleaded guilty to the same firearm charge and is serving a 28-year prison sentence.

Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. says the case sends a clear message that gun violence won't be tolerated in Bridgeport.

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Republicans have picked a 36-year-old political consultant to head the party.

J.R. Romano, a Trinity College graduate from Derby, was elected to the two-year post, edging out state Sen. Joe Markley of Southington and John Pavia of Easton, a business executive and former fundraising chairman for the state GOP.

Supporters say Romano will bring new energy to the party. Cromwell Mayor Enzo Faienza says Romano will kick-start the Republican Party.

Republicans hold no statewide offices in Connecticut and the state's congressional delegation also is all-Democratic.

Romano has been state coordinator for Americans for Prosperity, a group that promotes lower taxes and smaller government. He also was a licensed financial adviser.

The party's most recent chairman, Jerry Labriola Jr., has held the post since 2011. He ruled out another term.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill into law that creates a multi-step process for possibly opening a new tribal casino along the Connecticut border.

Malloy's office announced Monday he signed a bill allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to issue a request for proposals, or RFP, from municipalities interested in hosting one satellite casino to compete with the planned MGM Resorts casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Tribal officials have said they would like to locate the facility along the Interstate 91 corridor in north central Connecticut.

The tribes' RFP will be posted on the Department of Consumer of Protection's website for interested communities to review. The tribes own and operate Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resorts Casino and say a jointly run facility will help protect those jobs.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Firefighters in New London saved two lives over the weekend by administering the opioid reversal drug Narcan to suspected heroin overdose victims.

Fire Chief Henry Kydd says the department's ambulances responded to two separate calls Saturday regarding one semi-conscious victim and another unconscious victim.

The Day reports firefighters completed training on how to administer Narcan at the end of February.

Firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians have been training with Narcan since a state law was passed to diminish the civil or criminal liability of its administration.

Kydd says every ambulance and fire engine carries the medicine and crews have used it more than a half-dozen times.

The number of heroin-related overdose deaths in Connecticut increased by more than 86 percent between 2012 and 2014.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say they declined to charge a father who brought a gun to his child's elementary school graduation because he made an honest mistake and had no criminal intentions.

Another parent alerted police when she saw the man had a gun holstered on his waist Monday morning at the graduation ceremony at the Lincoln Bassett School. Authorities say the man was cooperative and had a valid pistol permit.

The man told police he didn't want to leave the gun in his vehicle, so he kept it on him.

New Haven police say it's a crime to both bring a gun onto school grounds and to leave a weapon unattended in a vehicle. They say the man should have secured the weapon at home before going to the school.

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police are seeking the public's help in solving a series of burglaries at churches in Willimantic.

Police said Sunday there have been five church burglaries in the city since June 5.

The burglaries have all taken place overnight, and different means of getting inside have been used. No suspects have yet been identified.

The police department is increasing patrols in and around the city's 23 churches.

Police said anyone with information may contact them confidentially.

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a 12-year-old boy and two others have been injured this weekend in Connecticut after two separate motorcycle crashes.

The Hartford Courant reports both accidents occurred in West Hartford. Police say 17-year-old David Robles was driving Friday night with 12-year-old passenger Miguel Knight, both of West Hartford, when the motorcycle collided with a car. Robles and Knight were thrown off the bike onto the pavement.

The driver of the car was not injured and police described Robles and Knight's injuries as significant and non-life-threatening.

Police say on Saturday night, they responded to another motorcycle crash in which 33-year-old Thomas Hinman, of Burlington, collided with the car driven by 23-year-old Richard Casiello, of North Reading, Massachusetts.

Hinman sustained injuries to his left leg.

Investigations for both incidents are ongoing.

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