WASHINGTON (AP) Court documents show a man accused of jumping the White House fence had left a suicide note with friends and told his mother that she may never see him again.
22-year-old Joseph Caputo of Stamford has been charged with scaling the fence while President Barack Obama was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, prompting a lockdown. Caputo was charged with unlawful entry.
Authorities say Caputo draped himself in an American flag when he went over the fence on Thursday afternoon. Court documents show he had been staying with friends in Virginia and left them a note that stated his intention to die on Nov. 26. The documents show he also left an audio message for his mother and prepared a will.
Caputo made a brief court appearance on Friday and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Victoria Pena of Houston, a witness, says the man was standing with other people visiting the White House compound when he rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder. She says he then lay on the grass awaiting security personnel and guard dogs.
COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) State environmental police say a 14-year-old boy riding an all-terrain vehicle in a state forest has been shot in the leg, apparently by a hunter.
A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the boy was struck in the leg by a pellet while riding the ATV in the Salmon River State Forest on Wednesday.
The boy was taken to the hospital.
Investigators talked to several hunters who were in the area at the time but could not determine who actually shot the boy.
The 6,000-acre forest is in Hebron, Marlborough, Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is preparing to return to his old job.
The Democrat, who served seven years in prison for public corruption, is scheduled to be sworn into office on Dec. 1. An inauguration ceremony is planned at the city's McLevy Green.
Ganim surprised many across Connecticut when he was overwhelmingly elected this month, fueled by a wave of good will among many who fondly remembered his time in office.
He had served from 1991 until 2003, when he was convicted of 16 corruption-related charges.
Since Election Day, the 56-year-old has already created a 75-member transition task force with seven committees.
They've been focusing on economic development, community neighborhood services, education and youth, government operations and financial policies, government accountability and transparency, and public safety and emergency services.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police in Willimantic say they are investigating the stabbing of a man at his home early on Thanksgiving morning.
Police say the 51-year-old victim was taken to the emergency room of Windham Hospital, and then airlifted to Hartford Hospital. The victim's name was not released.
He underwent surgery and was expected to recover.
Investigators offered no information about a possible motive for the attack.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he's thankful Connecticut is creating a ``second chance society,'' where nonviolent criminals are given more opportunities to get drug treatment and successfully reintegrate into society.
The Democrat credited the state with implementing ``sweeping reforms'' and enacting ``smart criminal justice policies'' in the annual Thanksgiving message, released Wednesday. The legislation has been a key focus of his administration.
Malloy acknowledged there are challenges at home, without elaborating, but said those ``should not prevent us from being thankful of the progress we have made together.''
Malloy cited efforts to tackle chronic homelessness among veterans, reduce the number of uninsured and improve graduation rates as some other points of pride.
Malloy also said he's thankful for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage a right.
COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Police say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the foot while riding a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle in Colchester.
Wednesday afternoon's incident was described as a ``hunting-related shooting'' in a wooded area off Middletown Road, the Bulletin of Norwich reported.
The newspaper said the unnamed teen's injury was minor. He was taken to an emergency clinic in Marlborough for treatment.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was investigating the incident. No further details were provided, such as whether the shooting was accidental.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is adding his name to the push to change the racially offensive names that have been attached for more than a century to an underwater rock formation and navigational buoy in Long Island Sound.
State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. reached out earlier this month to request state and federal help to change the name of the features off Branford known as ``Negro Heads Rocks'' and ``Negro's Head Buoy.''
Blumenthal, a fellow Democrat, asked in a letter Wednesday for the U.S. Geological Survey to change the names. He said the names could encourage prejudice especially because their official designation implies government endorsement.
A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has said the state will do what it can to help change the name.
KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman found inside a home in Killingworth.
Spokeswoman Kelly Grant says troopers were called to the scene at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a disturbance.
Police say 57-year old Billy Newman and 48-year-old Lauren Beebe were found unresponsive when officers arrived and they were pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel.
The office of the chief state's medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.
Police said it appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Legislative leaders say they're considering a possible special legislative session during the second week of December to address Connecticut's budget shortfall.
Both Democrats and Republicans emerged from Tuesday's closed-door, budget-cutting meeting with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy optimistic they are moving closer to an agreement on how to fix an estimated $350 million to $370 million deficit in the current $20 billion state budget.
Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said the group had ``hopeful and productive discussions'' and ``narrowed a lot of the differences between us.'' Talks are expected to resume early next week.
It's questionable whether a final deal will include a retirement incentive for state employees. While House Democrats and Malloy already opposed the idea, new estimates show the plan won't save as much money as first projected.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Police have charged a Connecticut with torturing and waterboarding his girlfriend in the basement of his home.
Richard Stevenson, of Meriden, is charged with unlawful restraint, assault and related offenses.
Police say Stevenson tied his girlfriend's hands, put a sock in her mouth and poured water over the sock into her mouth after an argument in May. Police say it's a form of torture known as waterboarding.
He let her go but was police say he was captured on surveillance video days later trying to rob a gas station with a 9-month-old baby. He allegedly pointed a knife at the child when the employee refused to give him money. The child wasn't harmed.
Stevenson is being held on $245,000 bond. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who sued a hospital after losing a testicle following vasectomy surgery has been awarded $386,000 by a judge.
According to court records reported by the Hartford Courant, the 42-year-old man underwent the procedure at the UConn Health Center in 2013.
His lawyer says after three days of intense pain, the man went to another hospital where it was determined the testicle had not been getting enough blood and was necrotic. Doctors surgically removed it.
The judge determined that the original doctor had injured the testicular artery during surgery.
The judgment says that the man still suffers from psychological trauma and has required ``extensive therapy.''
UConn Health Center said in a statement that while it feels sympathy for the patient, it denies responsibility and is considering an appeal.
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) Police say one of three people hospitalized after a three-way head-on collision in Connecticut has died.
Police say 35-year-old Jennifer Dunne, of Wolcott, was driving a car that hit another vehicle head-on around 9:40 a.m. Sunday in Cheshire.
Police say Dunne succumbed to injuries she sustained after the incident. Two others were injured in the collision and taken to a local hospital. Their condition wasn't immediately known.
The crash remains under investigation.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut foster mother with the state Department of Children and Families has been arraigned on charges she assaulted an infant placed in her care.
Twenty-three-year-old Danielle Clark of East Windsor was charged Sunday with second-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.
Police say Clark cared for the child from March until the boy was taken to the hospital in August.
Authorities say the child had a swollen and blackening right eye, bruises on his right arm and other injuries. X-rays revealed he had two fractured femurs.
Public defender Sandra Davis says her client maintains her innocence and noted that the 6-month-old child had visited his birth mother and grandmother before the injuries were discovered.
DCF declined to comment on the allegations against Clark.
ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) A former University of Connecticut student who went on a drunken, obscenity-laced tirade about jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese last month has applied for probation.
The Hartford Courant reports Luke Gatti applied for accelerated rehabilitation on Monday at Rockville Superior Court.
The 19-year-old former freshman from Bayville, New York, faces misdemeanor breach of peace and trespassing charges following his arrest Oct. 4. He ranted at and shoved a university food service supervisor in the Student Union for refusing to sell him the macaroni and cheese.
The altercation was caught on a video and has been widely viewed online.
Gatti later apologized.
He's no longer enrolled at UConn. School officials won't say if he left on his own or was expelled.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling on top congressional leaders to pass legislation that would prohibit the sale of firearms and explosives to anyone suspected by the federal government of being a terrorist.
The Democrat released a letter Sunday to the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader, urging the lawmakers to immediately consider the bill.
Citing statistics from the General Accountability Office, Malloy said people on the terrorism watch list tried to buy guns and explosives 1,228 times between 2004 and 2010. He says they succeeded 1,119 times.
Malloy says closing what he called a ``loophole'' in federal law is ``common sense.''
Malloy criticized elected officials of instead ``closing our borders to those suffering,'' a reference to Syrian refugees.
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating the death of a man over the weekend in Glastonbury as suspicious.
Police received a call from a relative requesting a well-being check on Saturday morning. Authorities arrived at the Oak Street home and found a man dead inside the residence.
State police were at the scene to assist with the investigation.
Glastonbury Police Captain Dennis Woessner says the man's death is an ``isolated incident'' and there's no danger to the public.
Woessner says the chief medical examiner will determine the man's identity.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives say they oppose an idea floated by Republicans and Senate Democrats to offer state employees a retirement incentive program.
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Friday House Democrats agree that the idea ``is not on the table and should not be on the table.''
He says an incentive may save money short-term, but called it a ``disaster'' for long-term pension obligations.
Senate Democrats this week offered alternatives for closing an estimated $350 million to $370 million shortfall in the $20 billion budget. One proposal is a retirement incentive that would save $163 million over two years. Republicans favor a similar incentive to retirement-eligible state employees.
Legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plan to resume budget negotiations Monday.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) An FBI spokeswoman says the agency believes a shooting that left bullet holes in a Meriden mosque was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.
FBI spokeswoman Marybeth Miklos in New Haven said in a written statement Friday that the investigation is continuing.
Several bullet holes were found Sunday inside the Baitul Aman mosque in Meriden.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy attended an event at the mosque Friday in a show of support.
Muslim advocacy leaders say they have seen a spike in threats and vandalism of mosques scattered around the U.S. and Canada following the deadly terrorist attacks last Friday in Paris.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state Department of Correction says four staff members at Cheshire Correctional Institution have been injured in an assault by an inmate.
Agency spokeswoman Karen Martucci said Friday the incident Thursday began when an inmate covered a cell window and refused to remove the obstruction.
He was transferred to the Northern Correctional Institution where he was placed under the highest level of supervision. Criminal charges are expected.
Rudy Demiraj, president of AFSCME Local 387, which represents prison employees, said the Department of Correction eased solitary confinement in 2011 to appease prisoner advocacy groups. He says the result is that dangerous inmates are often not sufficiently disciplined and don't see solitary confinement as a deterrent.
The agency says fewer inmate assaults occurred
Gov. Dannel Malloy says the state of Connecticut will continue to accept more than 1,600 refugees from Syria. This comes as governors in several other states announced they would stop accepting them. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, criticism from American politicians has mounted to end the flow of refugees coming from war-torn Syria. Malloy downplayed any security threat from incoming refugees, describing them as "a small number" and added they were, "a number over which you could do a lot of security background checks and that sort of thing.” Malloy said he is monitoring the state's transit hubs, like train stations and Bradley Airport, and said travelers could expect to see heightened presences in some places. Malloy said we should be safe. The Governor says on the other hand, America has always had a big heart.