HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Waterbury man facing federal child pornography charges is asking a judge to dismiss the case based on what he says was an illegal search.
John Eastman is charged with coercion and enticement of minors and possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say he pretended to be a member of a famous musical group and used Skype to communicate with teenage girls, in one case persuading a girl between 13 and 16 to pose in sexually explicit ways.
The New Haven Register reports that Eastman in his motion to dismiss says police entered his home without permission and seized his computer without a warrant.
Authorities say the 48-year-old Eastman consented to the search and voluntarily surrendered the computer.
The parties are scheduled to meet Tuesday in court to discuss the case.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Neighbors and pet lovers are up in arms after a dead dog was found in a crate put out for trash collection in New Haven on Memorial Day.
Police were called to a residence on Blake Street after the dog was found Monday among bagged leaves and other trash left for pickup.
District patrol Sgt. Steven Teague says the canine is a small white ``lap dog'' with no noticeable signs of trauma.
Police are investigating, although Teague says it's likely the incident is a case of someone whose pet died and they didn't know how to properly deal with its disposal.
It's unclear who the dog belonged to or how it died. Police are attempting to locate the owners of the home where the dog was found in front of.
SOMERS, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut home that is a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is about to go on the auction block.
The sale of the 10,000-square-foot home in Somers is set for Tuesday.
The co-founder of the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Friendly's restaurant chain had the house built for $7.7 million in 2014 ahead of his 100th birthday. No one has ever lived in the home, and it failed to sell for a reduced listing price of $4.9 million.
S. Prestley Blake had the home built because he's a fan of Jefferson. Jefferson's Monticello was built over 28 years in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The copycat home mimics the original from the outside but has an updated interior that includes an elevator, gourmet kitchen and lights and heating that can be controlled from a phone app.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders' request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party's summer convention.
Sanders' presidential campaign said in a letter Friday to the Democratic National Committee that Dannel Malloy, Connecticut's governor, and Barney Frank, a former Massachusetts congressman, couldn't be relied upon to perform their roles "fairly and capably while laboring under such deeply held bias."
Malloy is Platform Committee co-chairman. Frank is co-chairman of the Rules Committee.
Democratic officials responded to Sanders' request on Saturday, saying in a letter that Malloy and Frank were elected under party rules and that Sanders wasn't alleging any violations of that process.
The DNC says it reviewed the challenge, found it failed to meet the criteria and "we are compelled to dismiss it."
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A former Connecticut state employee and professional tax preparer has been sentenced to prison for tax evasion.
Authorities say East Hartford resident Shaukat Dalal was sentenced Friday to four months behind bars, followed by six months of home confinement and three years' probation.
Dalal pleaded guilty to tax evasion on Dec. 2.
Dalal was a fiscal administration assistant for the state of Connecticut and the owner of a tax preparation business, Tax Preparation SVS, Inc. He and his wife also owned a holding company, Ameen LLC.
Prosecutors say the 55-year-old Dalal failed to report nearly $400,000 in income from his businesses between 2009 and 2011. They say he didn't deposit many of the receipts from both businesses into business bank accounts.
He was ordered to report to prison July 20.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's health insurance marketplace is helping up to 18,000 people who no longer qualify for Medicaid health coverage to enroll in private insurance plans.
Access Health CT says it will begin reaching out on June 2 to help enrollees find and enroll in new plans before the July 31 deadline.
Legislation passed last year reduced the income limits for parents and caretaker relatives of children enrolled in the state's HUSKY health insurance program. Eligibility for the HUSKY A program dropped from 201 percent of the federal poverty level to 155 percent. The change is expected to save the state $87 million.
The 18,000 affected enrollees must move to a plan offered through Access Health CT or apply for coverage through a different Medicaid plan.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law the latest legislative effort to combat opioid abuse in Connecticut.
This year's bill, which he signed during a ceremony Friday at the Legislative Office Building, limits first-time prescriptions for adults to seven days. That change will take effect starting July 1.
The bill also requires cities and towns to amend their emergency service plans by Oct. 1 to ensure first responders are trained and equipped with drugs to help reverse opioid overdoses.
Malloy was surrounded by lawmakers, advocates and families who've lost loved ones to drug abuse. They included Sue Kruczek, whose 20-year-old son Nick died in 2013 from a heroin overdose. He previously took pills.
Holding up a picture of her family, Kruczek said the seven-day prescription limit will help save lives.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man charged with robbing several teenagers waiting in line to buy Air Jordans has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison.
The Republican-American reports that under a plea deal, 24-year-old Angel Cintron pleaded to first-degree robbery under the Alford Doctrine in connection with the theft at about 1:30 a.m. last July while the victims waited outside a Waterbury sporting goods store to buy Air Jordan Bourdeaux sneakers.
The deal means he doesn't agree with all the evidence but acknowledges there's enough to convict.
Authorities say Cintron was one of three people who stole cash, phones and a laptop from at least six teens. Two of the robbers had guns.
The same trio was suspected of two other robberies.
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the theft of a $25,000 oil painting from a Connecticut home.
Police say the burglary is believed to have happened sometime last weekend at the Suffield home.
The owner was in the process of moving, so the home was apparently unlocked when the artwork was taken.
Lt. Ryan Burrell says the unidentified owner told police he has no interest in pressing charges. He just wants it back and is offering a reward for its return.
Burrell says police have contacted local art dealers and auctions to report the theft and ensure the painting won't be sold.
Detective Justin Fuller says the signed oil painting was an original work of Henry Farny, a renowned artist of the late 19th and early 20th century.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Connecticut man who was caught with more than 100 pounds of marijuana and $1 million cash in a storage locker he rented in Massachusetts has been sent to prison for a year.
A federal judge on Thursday also sentenced 31-year-old Connor Cipolla, of Granby, Connecticut, to three years of probation and fined him $15,000.
Cipolla pleaded guilty in February to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Prosecutors say when Cipolla went to his storage locker in Agawam in October 2014, he saw federal agents conducting a search of another locker. Mistakenly believing agents were searching his locker, Cipolla fled, eventually abandoning his car in an effort to evade police.
Agents later obtained a search warrant for Cipolla's locker and discovered the pot and cash.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - A Hartford man is facing manslaughter and other charges after the 5-month-old child he was baby-sitting died.
Police say 23-year-old Joshua Maldonado is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to face charges of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.
Police responded to reports of a choking infant at a Manchester apartment complex at about 9 p.m. Sunday. First responders administered CPR, but the baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.
An autopsy determined that the infant died of blunt head trauma and the death was ruled a homicide.
Maldonado turned himself in on Wednesday and is being held on $350,000 bond. Police say he is not related to the baby.
It could not immediately be determined if Maldonado has a lawyer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld its landmark ruling declaring the state's death penalty unconstitutional and abolishing capital punishment.
The court released its 5-2 decision Thursday in the appeal of Russell Peeler Jr., who had been on death row for ordering the 1999 killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son in Bridgeport. The boy, B.J. Brown, was to testify against Peeler in another murder case.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and lawmakers in 2012 abolished the death penalty but only for future murders. That left 11 men, including Peeler, still facing execution.
In another death row inmate's appeal last year, justices ruled 4-3 that the 2012 abolishment must apply to those who remained on death row because the death penalty was unconstitutional. Justices reconsidered that decision in Peeler's appeal.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers are being urged to impose tougher restrictions on electronic cigarettes and vapor products following a recent decision by federal authorities to subject them to the same federal restrictions as cigarettes.
Jennifer DeWitt, executive director of the Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Action Council, suggested Wednesday that the General Assembly next year prohibit the use and sale of e-cigarettes to people under 21 years old.
She's also suggesting the legislature tax e-cigarettes and vapor products the same as tobacco products and restrict efforts to market the products to minors, such as banning flavors.
A state law passed last year restricts where these products can be used. It also required the Public Health Committee to meet within 30 days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's determination on May 5.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - University of Connecticut officials have put off plans to grow enrollment at the state's flagship university as they prepare a budget for the next fiscal year.
Scott Jordan, the school's chief financial officer, presented the draft budget for the 2017 fiscal year to the Board of Trustees' Financial Affairs Committee Wednesday.
The $1.3 billion plan calls for holding enrollment for new students at 3,800.
The Next Generation UConn initiative had called for increasing enrollment by 6,500 students by 2024.
UConn president Susan Herbst says state budget cuts mean the school needs to switch its focus from growth to maintaining the current quality of education.
Jordan says the school closed a projected $40 million budget shortfall in part through tuition hikes and because the state has delayed union contract negotiations.
STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut man who uses a motorized wheelchair suffered life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a car on U.S. Route 1 in Stonington.
Capt. Todd Olson says 77-year-old Ray Lanphere was struck just after 10 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Mayflower Avenue as he was crossing the street in his motorized scooter.
Lanphere uses the wheelchair because he only has one leg. He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence via helicopter after first responders found him in the roadway.
Olson says the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
The road was closed while investigators gathered evidence but has since been reopened.
The accident remains under investigation.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police in Hartford, Connecticut, and other small cities across the country are following the lead of their big city counterparts and opening high-tech crime fighting centers.
The centers are loaded with video monitors and take in data from surveillance cameras, license plate readers and audio gunshot detectors. Staff members are able to access criminal and personal information databases, and relay information in real time to officers on the street to help them nab suspects.
Real time crime centers have opened in the past year in Indianapolis; Fresno, California; Wilmington, Delaware; and Springfield, Massachusetts. New York City opened the first one in 2005 and other big cities followed suit.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the centers raise privacy concerns, and that there is a lack of general rules to protect against civil rights violations.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A reputed mobster has been indicted on weapons charges stemming from a search of his Connecticut home by federal agents who were looking for a half billion dollars' worth of stolen artwork.
A federal grand jury indicted Robert Gentile on Tuesday.
Federal authorities say they seized several guns and a silencer during the May 2 search of Gentile's Manchester home.
The alleged New England Mafia member has been targeted by federal authorities since a gangster's widow claimed that her husband gave Gentile two of the paintings that were stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Gentile's attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. He has previously said Gentile has no information about the stolen art's whereabouts.
Gentile is currently in federal custody awaiting trial in a separate gun case.
COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) Police say a pickup truck driver was killed during a collision with a tractor-trailer.
Police were called to the scene on U.S. Route 44 in Coventry late Tuesday night for reports of a crash.
Officer found a pickup truck had driven into the back of a fuel delivery truck. Investigators determined the East Haven-based tractor-trailer had been coming to a stop and was preparing to make a turn when the vehicles collided.
Police say the pickup driver died at the scene. The driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, hasn't been identified.
A portion of U.S. Route 44 was closed for several hours as authorities investigated.
Police say an investigation is ongoing. The cause of the crash has not been determined.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 26-year-old woman has been sentenced to prison on a federal drug charge after police discovered $800,000 inside an East Hartford storage locker she was renting.
A judge on Monday sentenced Amanda Gambardella to 46 months behind bars followed by three years of probation.
Prosecutors say Gambardella operated a heroin processing mill in Hartford.
Police say they were acting on a tip in November 2015 when they found the cash inside a locker that Gambardella was renting. Authorities searched her apartment, where they found 1,700 bags of heroin packaged for sale, unpackaged heroin and packaging materials.
Gambardella pleaded guilty in February to one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Republican leaders in the Connecticut General Assembly are criticizing plans by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration to approve a $22 million loan and grant package for one of the world's largest hedge funds.
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano on Monday questioned why Bridgewater Associates will receive "tens of millions of dollars in handouts" while programs that serve vulnerable citizens are being cut.
Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith says the loan and grant package is a great investment that will create 750 new, well-paying jobs and retain 1,400 existing jobs.
She says Bridgewater is spending $527 million to upgrade its Connecticut facilities, which will benefit the construction industry.
The State Bond Commission is expected to approve the funding Friday.