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Inmate at Connecticut women's prison dies

EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials say the death of an inmate at the state women's prison appears to have been a suicide.

Authorities say a guard found 40-year-old Sherri Clarke of New Britain in her cell with something tied around her neck Thursday morning at York Correctional Institution in East Lyme. Guards tried to revive her, but she was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Officials say she was the only inmate in the cell at the time.

Correction Department and state police officials are investigating. An autopsy is planned.

Clarke was serving 25 years for felony murder. She and her boyfriend, Michael Labarge, were convicted of killing a man to steal his drugs in 2009 in New Britain and cutting his body into 15 pieces. Labarge is serving life in prison.

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Sacred Heart student struck by car, injured

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating an accident in which a university student was struck by a car and seriously injured while crossing a street in Bridgeport.

The female student from Sacred Heart University was struck around 1 p.m. on Friday across from a sorority house where she lives.

The university said the student, a junior, was being treated at St. Vincent's Hospital.

Bridgeport police spokesman William Kaempffer told the Connecticut Post the woman was in critical condition. The driver involved in the accident was cooperating with police.

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Navy submarine group disbands in Groton ceremony

GROTON, Conn. (AP) A Navy submarine group based in Groton has been formally disbanded after 49 years.

A ceremony Friday aboard the attack submarine USS Missouri marked the end of Submarine Group 2. The submarines in Virginia and Connecticut that had been under its command will now report to the commander of the Navy's Atlantic submarine force, based in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Navy says the change will streamline the command-and-control structure and bring East Coast attack submarines in line with the way command is structured on the West Coast.

The people who staffed 45 military and civilian positions for the group have been reassigned.

The group's top officer, Rear Adm. Kenneth Perry, is retiring after 32 years of active-duty service.

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Former Connecticut Lt. Gov. Fauliso dies at 98

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Former Connecticut Lt. Gov. Joseph Fauliso has died. He was 98.

Current and former state officials on Thursday mourned the passing of Fauliso, who also served as a Hartford alderman, municipal court judge and state senator. He died on Wednesday.

Fauliso was president of the state Senate when his friend, then-Gov. Ella Grasso, resigned on Dec. 31, 1980 due to illness. After then-Lt. Gov. William A. O'Neill became governor, Fauliso was automatically elevated to lieutenant governor, a job he held until 1991.

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman served as Senate majority leader with Fauliso. He recalled his ``inspiring oratory,'' adding how it was ``exceeded only by his deep and abiding commitment'' to Connecticut.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Fauliso ``a mentor, a model and a mensch,'' the latter a Yiddish term for someone with integrity.

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Prosecutor: No criminal charges in Irene aid fraud

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) Connecticut prosecutors say they won't pursue criminal charges against state employees and others who fraudulently obtained emergency food stamp benefits designated for people affected by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Deputy Chief State's Attorney Leonard Boyle told the New Haven Register that prosecutors' offices don't have enough resources to handle dozens of criminal cases involving the fraud, all of which involved less than $1,000 of aid.

More than 1,000 state employees and thousands of other citizens applied for benefits from the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after Irene.

State officials say 170 state employees were disciplined for receiving benefits to which they were not entitled, including 97 workers who were fired. All but four of the firings, however, were later overturned in arbitration.

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Mother of slain child looking for answers

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut mother whose 1-year-old daughter was stabbed to death this week says she's devastated and searching for answers.

Shakyia Clay says she's frustrated that police haven't told her the details of how her daughter, Zaniyah Calloway, was killed Monday at a relative's home in Bristol.

Clay says she also doesn't understand why someone would stab a child in the stomach. Clay says a female relative at the home was babysitting Zaniyah and her 3-year-old son.

Police charged 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood of Waterbury with murder in the killing. Authorities say Hapgood was Zaniyah's uncle and the stabbing occurred inside Hapgood's mother's home during an argument, while Hapgood apparently was high on drugs.

Hapgood is detained on $2.5 million bail. His public defender declined to comment on the allegations.

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Visconti qualifies to appear on Connecticut ballot

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gun rights advocate Joseph Visconti has qualified to appear as a candidate for Connecticut governor on the November ballot.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday that Visconti and his running mate, Chester Harris, reached the threshold of 7,500 signatures of registered voters needed to appear as petitioning candidates. Visconti had originally sought the Republican Party's nomination but did not receive enough delegate support at the May convention to qualify for the primary.

Merrill's office has not yet announced whether former Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Pelto of Mansfield submitted enough qualified signatures to also appear on the ballot.

Visconti, a West Hartford contractor, originally announced his candidacy about 16 months ago, the same day Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a wide-ranging gun control measure into law.

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Rocks Cats pay taxes, avoid stadium eviction

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The New Britain Rock Cats have avoided potential eviction from their baseball stadium by paying more than $164,500 in property taxes.

Team owner Josh Solomon gave a check for the taxes to New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart yesterday. The stadium straddles the New Britain-Berlin line, and Solomon's check reimbursed New Britain for taxes it paid to Berlin on the Rock Cats' behalf.

New Britain was paying $30,000 a year in lieu of taxes for the Rock Cats' stadium to Berlin. But after the team announced in June that it will move to Hartford for the 2016 season, Stewart said the city would no longer help the team with taxes owed to Berlin.

The team had been given until September first to pay the taxes or face the possibility of eviction.

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Hartford police probing officer's use of stun gun

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is pledging a thorough investigation of a police officer's use of a stun gun on a city teenager, whose family calls the use of force unnecessary.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says the officer shot 18-year-old Luis Anglero with a stun gun Tuesday afternoon as police were breaking up an unruly crowd. Foley says Anglero was a ``clear aggressor and agitator.''

Surveillance video shows the officer shooting Anglero after the teen stopped advancing toward the officer and put his hands down. Relatives say the teen fell, hit his head and appeared to have a seizure.

Anglero is being treated at Hartford Hospital. Police charged him with interfering with police and breach of peace.

A police report identified the officer as Detective Shawn Ware, who didn't immediately return messages Thursday.

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Charges dropped against man in police assault case

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A state judge has dismissed assault charges against a man who is accusing Enfield police of beating him up with excessive force and arresting him for no reason.

Enfield Superior Court Judge Howard Scheinblum dropped charges against 25-year-old Mark Maher of Windsor on Tuesday. He was charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest April 1 at the Enfield boat launch, where he said he was hanging out with friends and not doing anything wrong.

Police said they were investigating possible drug use. Police cruiser video shows officers forcing Maher to the ground and Officer Matthew Worden punching Maher.

Worden is on paid leave pending an internal affairs investigation. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against him.

Maher has filed a brutality complaint and plans to sue Enfield police.

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Cops: New York man kidnaps, rapes Connecticut teen

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A 26-year-old New York man has been charged with kidnapping, raping and trying to strangle a Connecticut teenager he had been dating, after they argued in text messages and phone calls.

Police in Port Chester, New York, say they arrested Johanny Chavez on Monday, after his 19-year-old girlfriend went to Greenwich, Connecticut, police with the allegations.

The teen told police Chavez abducted her from her home in the Riverside section of Greenwich on Friday and took her to his home in nearby Port Chester, where she alleges he raped and tried to strangle her. She said she escaped Saturday.

Chavez was arraigned in court Tuesday and remains detained in New York. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Greenwich police say they also are investigating and may file charges.

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Officials believe Bridgeport fire was arson

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport officials say they believe a large fire at the vacant former Remington Arms gun factory was the work of an arsonist.

The blaze burned through the top two floors of the five-story brick building on Tuesday. No injuries were reported. Firefighters spent the night at the factory making sure no hot spots flared up.

Fire officials say they suspect arson because two fires broke out at the complex at about the same time, including the one in the five-story building and another smaller fire down the street.

The factory complex that shut down in the 1980s has been the scene of many fires over the years.

Officials are trying to determine if embers from Tuesday's fire started a blaze at a nearby home. Ten people were displaced.

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Man charged in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old niece

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his 1-year-old niece while babysitting.

Authorities responded to a home in Bristol shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday and encountered a resident running toward them carrying a child with a severe laceration to her stomach. Officers performed CPR on the girl, who later died at a hospital.

Police say the girl was Zaniyah Calloway. An 11-year-old child also was in the home but wasn't injured.

The girl's uncle, 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood, of Waterbury, is being held on $1.5 million bail on charges including murder, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. He's expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

The motive for the slashing isn't clear.

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Cops: janitor sexually assaulted women at rehab

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a man charged with sexually assaulting three women at a drug rehabilitation center told investigators he had a ``lust problem'' and succumbed to ``temptation.''

Forty-year-old Rafael Cartagena of Bridgeport was charged Saturday with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Police say the assaults were reported in June by staff members at the New Prospects Program center run by the nonprofit Recovery Network of Programs. The center treats men and women with drug addiction and psychiatric disorders. A judge later signed an arrest warrant for Cartagena, alleging he sexually assaulted three clients at the facility.

Cartagena is detained on $450,000 bail and is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Sept. 9.

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Judge OKs light sentence over campus lockdown

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has approved accelerated rehabilitation for a former Central Connecticut State University student who triggered a campus lockdown and massive police response.

The rehabilitation program approved in New Britain Superior Court on Monday for David Kyem is for first-time offenders and can result in charges being dismissed after a probation period.

Kyem pleaded not guilty in February to misdemeanor charges, including breach of peace. He caused a furor by wearing a Halloween costume with a sword and BB gun last Nov. 4.

Officials locked down the school for three hours and police SWAT teams responded.

Police said Kyem told them he went to Halloween parties and wore the costume while returning to the campus because he didn't want to carry it and all its accessories.

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Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington.

Police say Christopher Powers was off-duty at the time of the accident Friday night. Police say Powers failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to drive right.

He and a passenger in the car he's accused of hitting after failing to negotiate a turn were treated and released from hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

Powers was released on a $500 bond and his police authority has been suspended.

He's due in court on Aug. 25.

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Bridgeport mother charged with stabbing man

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a city woman intervened in a fight involving her son and stabbed a man several times.

Officers responded to a fight off Madison Avenue on Sunday afternoon and arrested three people.

Thirty-six-year-old Janel Moore was arrested on assault charges after police say she got involved in the fight and stabbed a man, who is expected to survive. Her son was charged as a juvenile offender.

Police say another person was arrested for damaging a vehicle during the fight.

A phone listing for Moore couldn't be found Monday. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

Police didn't say what sparked the fight.

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Flag near Mystic drawbridge stolen, again

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) A group in Mystic is trying to prevent thieves from stealing a large American flag that flies near the drawbridge in the center of town, after it was stolen again over the weekend.

John Kennedy, president of the Mystic Flag Committee, told The (New London) Day the flag was stolen Saturday night. It's the second theft of the flag in three months and the fifth larceny overall.

Kennedy says the latest theft was ``more egregious'' because the flag was at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Ronald Patterson Jr. of Bridgeport, a Connecticut National Guard member killed in a highway crash Aug. 7 in Rye, New York.

Kennedy says a new flag will go up in a few days and the Flag Committee will meet this week to discuss anti-theft measures.

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Connecticut launches tax help video in Spanish

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut has launched a video to help Spanish-speaking residents navigate state tax forms.

Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan makes the introduction to the nearly 13-minute video in Spanish. A Spanish-speaking woman takes over to walk taxpayers through state tax forms. The video demonstrates how to electronically file a state sales and use tax return.

He says business owners ``cannot comply with state tax laws if they don't understand what is expected of them.''

Spanish-speaking residents represent about 15 percent of Connecticut's population, and nearly 14,000 Hispanic-owned businesses are in the state.

The idea for the video emerged from a task force established to evaluate the state's communications policies. It's the first of what Sullivan says he hopes will become numerous Spanish-language video tutorials.

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Charity barred from Massachusetts fundraising

BOSTON (AP) A judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring a Connecticut-based veterans' charity from collecting donations in Massachusetts after the state attorney general's office filed a lawsuit alleging it used deceptive fundraising practices.

The attorney general says Plainfield, Connecticut-based Focus On Veterans Inc. solicited donations in Massachusetts without the proper permits and falsely stated that the money raised would help Bay State veterans.

The complaint filed last week alleges that Focus On Veterans failed to register and submit annual financial filings as required by Massachusetts law.

Authorities say the charity raised funds outside businesses in Boston, Plainville, Shrewsbury and Uxbridge.

A message left for the director of the charity Friday was not immediately returned. Focus On Veterans says it provides housing, transportation to medical appointments, and scholarships to veterans.


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