HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has suspended a Hartford attorney for impersonating a fellow lawyer 11 years ago.
The Hartford Courant reports the judge said Joseph Elder violated the rules of professional conduct by misrepresenting himself and not correcting that misrepresentation.
In 2004, police prevented a man from entering his home while they awaited a search warrant. After talking with Elder over the phone, the man went into his house anyway, following a fracas with police. When police called the number, they said Elder identified himself as Wes Spears, another Hartford lawyer.
Police unsuccessfully sought an arrest warrant for Spears and sought disciplinary action against him until they discovered it was Elder, not Spears, on the call.
Elder said Friday he plans to appeal his yearlong suspension and may also file a complaint against the courts.
GOSHEN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a Torrington man.
Detectives arrested the teen on Sunday after an investigation into the shooting of 27-year-old Alfredo Castillo in Goshen around 2:30 a.m. Castillo's injuries are non-life threatening.
The youth is charged with assault, possession of a firearm and other offenses. He's being held at the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center until a court appearance on Monday. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man who apparently drowned in a creek after getting into a fight outside a restaurant early Saturday morning.
Bridgeport city spokesman Brett Broesder said the body of 42-year-old Wayne Bentley, of West Haven, was recovered from Ash Creek behind Chubby's Bar & Grill, which is located on the Bridgeport-Fairfield City line.
He said on Sunday the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Bridgeport Police received a call around 1:15 a.m. Saturday regarding a fight between two people. Both apparently fell into the creek.
Authorities said the other person involved in the fight fled the scene. Broesder confirmed police are still looking for that individual.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bridgeport police at 203-576-1311.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A teenage girl who operated a boat involved in a fatal accident on Long Island Sound last year has been cited for infractions and fined $150.
Greenwich police announced Friday that they completed an investigation into the death of 16-year-old Greenwich High School student Emily Fedorko, who died after being struck by a boat propeller while tubing on Aug. 6, 2014.
A state prosecutor determined the boat operator, 17-year-old Elizabeth Lewis of Greenwich, would be the only person prosecuted. Police said Lewis was charged with violating boating regulations, having insufficient personal floatation devices while waterskiing and not adhering to rules preventing collisions.
She was issued an infraction complaint ticket with fines totaling $150.
The accident also injured a 15-year-old girl who was tubing with Fedorko.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut officials say a data breach discovered in March at the School of Engineering was criminal in nature.
UConn officials said Friday there's no evidence that data were removed from servers. UConn spokesman Tom Breen says it appears the attack originated in China, based on the malicious software used and type of attack.
UConn is notifying about 200 research sponsors in government and the private sector and is determining how many others need to be notified about a potential compromise of personal information.
The School of Engineering has notified faculty, staff, students, visitors and about 1,800 users of an instant communications tool used at the time. They've been asked to change their passwords because log-in credentials may have been compromised.
UConn says it has implemented further anti-cyberattack measures.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut health officials say mosquitoes trapped in Waterford are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile virus this year.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced on Friday that mosquitoes caught in Waterford on July 20 tested positive for the virus.
Officials are urging people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including minimizing time outdoors between dusk and dawn, wearing long sleeves and long pants while outside and using mosquito repellant.
Six Connecticut residents in Fairfield and New Haven counties were infected with West Nile virus last year. There have been no human cases this year.
West Nile is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Flu-like symptoms can occur. Less than 1 percent of people infected can develop serious neurological illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.
Twenty-four-year-old Carlton ``C.J.'' Bryan was sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court, where a jury convicted him in May of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory to murder. He had pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say Bryan hired his friend Matthew Allen Hall-Davis to kill 21-year-old Shamari Jenkins, who was fatally shot in 2013. The fetus didn't survive.
Prosecutors say Bryan became angry and orchestrated a plan to have Jenkins killed after his efforts to get her to have an abortion failed.
Hall-Davis was convicted of murder and weapons charges and apologized. He was sentenced in May to 70 years in prison.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for two killings in 2006 and 2009 that had been featured on ``cold case playing cards'' that authorities hand out in an effort to get tips on unsolved cases.
Twenty-eight-year-old Hector Torres was sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court.
He pleaded guilty to fatally shooting 20-year-old Derrick Comrie outside of Bulkeley High School in Hartford on Jan. 10, 2006, and killing 28-year-old Luis ``Berto'' Benitez, who was found wounded outside a convenience store in Hartford on Dec. 7, 2009, and died three months later.
Torres was arrested in Comrie's death after authorities got a tip through the cold case playing cards. He was charged in Benitez's killing during a grand jury investigation into organized crime activities.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say they've found a human torso in an abandoned building two weeks after discovering a pair of severed arms and legs elsewhere in New Haven.
State and local police, using cadaver dogs, began searching two buildings that share a parking lot after receiving a tip Wednesday.
Officer David Hartman says the torso was found Thursday hidden inside one of the buildings, which is known as a place the homeless use for shelter. The remains have not been identified.
Police discovered legs and arms at separate locations July 15.
The legs were matched by DNA testing to 54-year-old Ray Roberson, a homeless man who had last been seen in May.
Hartman says police have been told the two arms also likely were Roberson's.
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) State police have identified two teenagers who were killed when their car went off Interstate 84 in Southington, rolled over and hit a tree.
Troopers said Wednesday that the victims were 16-year-old AnnMarie ``Annie'' Olender and 14-year-old Olivia Fusco, both of Southington.
Authorities say Olender was driving eastbound near exit 32 Tuesday afternoon when the car left the left lane, hit a metal wire guardrail, overturned and struck a tree. Both girls were pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. State police are asking witnesses to call them.
A vigil for the girls is planned for Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Southington High School. Support services also are being offered at the high school and municipal center on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man lost two fingers when the barrel of his ceremonial musket exploded in his hands.
It happened Wednesday night in the driveway of the 39-year-old man's home in Willimantic.
Police say he put too much gunpowder into the weapon, causing the barrel to explode from the wooden stock when it was fired.
The explosion caused him to lose two fingers on his left hand. Family members took him to Windham Hospital.
His identity has not been released.
Police say they are investigating, but no charges have been filed. The weapon was taken to the police department headquarters.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A 16-year-old Stratford boy is accused of getting a 9-year-old girl drunk and sexually assaulting her.
The Connecticut Post reports the teen, whose name has not been released, was charged Wednesday with first-degree sexual assault.
Police say the Shelton girl reported the incident to a counselor.
Police say she was lured by the teen into the basement of his home and where he forced her to drink an alcoholic beverage and then raped her.
Police say the teen allegedly showed the girl a knife and told her he would cut off her doll's head if she told anyone.
Police say he has denied assaulting the girl. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police say two people were killed after their car rolled over on a Connecticut highway and fell down an embankment.
The crash happened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday in Southington.
Witnesses told police that a Hyundai Accent was moving eastbound on Interstate 84 and flipped down an embankment.
Crews retrieved the vehicle and temporarily blocked two eastbound lanes.
No other cars were involved.
The two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man accused of brutally assaulting a woman earlier this year has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and strangulation.
The Hartford Courant reports 43-year-old James Polk, of South Windsor, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors Tuesday.
The agreement required him to plead guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count each of kidnapping and strangulation in exchange for a 28-year prison sentence. He could have faced up to 75 years.
Police say Polk attacked and raped a woman in East Windsor in March whom he met at a club.
Police say that when they confronted Polk, who was armed with a knife, he slit his throat.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 2.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) An 81-year-old Stratford man has been charged with public indecency, accused of performing a sex act with some shrubbery.
Police tell the Connecticut Post they arrested Wallace Berg Monday after a neighbor showed them a video he took of a naked Berg in the bushes outside Berg's home.
Police say the neighbor told them he confronted Berg who then stopped the indecent behavior, covered himself with a grill cover, apologized and went into his house.
Berg was charged with public indecency and second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is due in Superior Court on Aug. 5.
He did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday from the Associated Press seeking comment.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Stamford woman found dead after a fire in her home apparently set the blaze.
Authorities were called to the North Stamford home at around 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn says the woman's brother who lived nearby found smoke in the home and found the woman in a second-floor room.
Hohn tells the Stamford Advocate that evidence shows the woman set the fire before succumbing to smoke inhalation.
He says investigators searched the residence and removed several items indicate she meant to take her own life.
Her name has not been released.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been arrested after allegedly using counterfeit money at food shops in West Hartford.
Sgt. Samuel Ferrucci says police received reports at around 2 p.m. Sunday that a fake $100 bill had been used at a bakery.
Police then received similar reports from two other shops.
Investigators determined the money had been used at six businesses. They believe the goal was to buy low-cost items and receive real money as change.
Police say they found and confiscated the suspected counterfeit bills.
Police arrested 20-year-old Jason Hayle and 21-year-old Shawn Hayle, of Hartford. They also arrested 20-year-old Andrew McLeod, of Brooklyn, New York, and an unnamed juvenile.
The three adults are facing charges including conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny. It's not immediately known if they have lawyers to comment.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — In the competition for the biggest spenders, casinos are known to pull out the stops with comped hotel rooms, meals and rebates for a percentage of their losses.
But some dealers say efforts to satisfy and retain the players go much further, with casinos tolerating abuse and extending courtesies that test the integrity of the games.
Glen Costales is a pit manager at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino. He says in recent testimony that premium players get away with more than average players including late bets at table games.
Mohegan Sun's president says the casino provides incentives to its most valuable guests but it does not tolerate anything that compromises the integrity of the games.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) A Willimantic man is accused of fleeing the scene of a car crash and leaving his injured girlfriend behind.
The two-car crash happened at around 2:45 p.m. Sunday in Willimantic. Police say 53-year-old Albert Hawley fled the car on foot and left his injured girlfriend in the passenger seat.
Police say they found Hawley was hiding in a nearby apartment complex.
His girlfriend was taken to Windham Hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Her identity has not been released.
Two female occupants in the other car were uninjured.
Hawley was charged with failure to drive right, operating without a license and evading responsibility.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Thirty-two people have been displaced by a fire that ripped through an apartment building in Hartford.
Fire officials say firefighters rescued numerous people from the 3-story, 18-unit building after the fire broke out around 1:20 p.m. Sunday. Two residents were taken to the hospital for evaluations. No firefighters were reported injured.
Officials from the fire department, city health and human services department and Red Cross relocated 25 adults and seven children.
The fire marshal's office says the fire was accidentally caused by an unattended candle.