HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say they arrested 15 people and seized more than 500 bags of heroin during a drug bust in Hartford.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley says the operation was conducted Wednesday in response to recent shootings and complaints of open-air drug sales.
Police seized 15 bags of crack cocaine and more than $700. Police say one juvenile was arrested and a vehicle stolen during a robbery was recovered.
Nine people were charged with possession of narcotics. Others face charges of third-degree criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut man kidnapped a woman at a chapel and forced her to ride with him while he robbed a bank.
A Bristol judge ordered 52-year-old Robert Du Perry held on $1.3 million bail on Thursday. Perry is facing a dozen charges including robbery and kidnapping in Wednesday's incident.
Police say Du Perry blindfolded and tied the woman's hands and stole her cellphone and keys.
A police report says Du Perry told detectives he was driving by the bank when he remembered it had charged him fees, so he decided to rob it at gunpoint. Police say he later ordered the woman out of the car before fleeing. She wasn't seriously hurt.
Du Perry's attorney says she believes her client suffered from a "severe mental health situation."
GROTON, Conn. (AP) - A Groton man has been charged with stealing more than $1.2 million from the estate of his deceased in-laws.
The Day reports that 68-year-old David Burrell is charged with first-degree larceny. He is free on a $50,000 bond pending a scheduled appearance Monday in New London Superior Court.
Police began investigating in December at the request of a probate judge who reported suspicious activity associated with the estate of Darrell and Dorothy Haynes.
Darrell Haynes died in 2012. Dorothy Haynes died in 2014.
An attorney managing the estate reported that Dorothy Haynes' accounts should have totaled $1.3 million but only had about $20,000 left.
Burrell told police he was fulfilling Dorothy Haynes' wish of purchasing properties and gifting the remainder to himself and an unnamed individual.
SHELTON, Conn. (AP) - Police say a New York man accused of sexually assaulting two women while massaging them at a Connecticut spa is facing new charges.
Fifty-three-year-old Kim Hyung was charged Tuesday with four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and practicing massage therapy without a license.
Hyung was arrested July 5. Police say a 38-year-old woman reported in May that Hyung had assaulted her during a massage at Coco Spa in Shelton. A 36-year-old woman later reported to police that Hyung allegedly assaulted her during a massage at the spa.
Police say four more women have come forward alleging they'd been inappropriately touched by Hyung.
Investigators say Hyung does not have a license to practice massage therapy.
Hyung's lawyer has said it's important that people understand there's a presumption of innocence.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A 50-year-old Connecticut man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he made threats against Jews and synagogues on an internet forum for heavy metal music fans.
Prosecutors say Kendall Sullivan posted messages on Metalthrone.net in May, June and this month threatening to "slaughter" Jews and "burn their Synagogue to the ground."
Investigators say they got a search warrant for Sullivan's Stamford home and found more than two dozen firearms, gun parts, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Patricia Ferrick, the agent in charge of the FBI's New Haven division, says she believes authorities may have thwarted "a horrific hate crime."
Sullivan is in custody. A message seeking comment was left Thursday with a woman who answered the phone at his home.
This story has been corrected to show the name of the internet forum is Metalthrone.net, not Metalthrone.com.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State officials plan to remove tens of millions of dollars' worth of art work from Connecticut's Old State House, which has been closed to the public amid the state's budget problems.
Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says the agency does not have the financial resources to make sure the art can remain safe and in the proper climate-controlled environment.
The department is taking over care of the building from the Office of Legislative Management, which closed the tourist attraction to the public late last month.
Schain says the art work is currently on loan to the Old State House and will be returned to its owners, while the state comes up with a plan for the future of the building.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two Massachusetts men who police say were shot by a Connecticut grocer during an armed home invasion have pleaded guilty.
The Hartford Courant reports that 23-year-old Joel Matias entered the plea Tuesday in Hartford to conspiracy to commit home invasion. Twenty-year-old Derick Sarra pleaded guilty to the same charge last week.
The Lawrence, Massachusetts, men face at least 10 years in prison when they're sentenced in October.
Police say Matias and Sarra threatened 46-year-old Juan Martinez with a gun at his Hartford home last September. His family was home at the time.
Police say Martinez pulled a licensed handgun from his pocket and shot Sarra. A violent struggle ensued and Martinez shot Matias. Matias and Sarra were hospitalized.
Martinez was found to have acted in self-defense and wasn't charged.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Stamford woman has dropped a legal fight to keep her home day care license amid a police investigation into the death of a baby in her care.
State officials suspended Nydia Carrillo's license a few days after 2-month-old Bella Redondo of New Canaan developed trouble breathing and died hours later at Stamford Hospital on July 12. A medical examiner ruled Bella's death a homicide by blunt force trauma to her head.
The Advocate of Stamford reports that Carrillo voluntarily surrendered her license to run Little Bears Beginnings Daycare.
Carrillo and her lawyer have canceled a plan to fight her license suspension at a hearing Thursday in Hartford because they want to focus on the police investigation.
No charges have been filed in Bella's death.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A soil-testing device containing radioactive material has been located in a Connecticut pawn shop, hours after it was stolen from the trunk of a car.
Authorities say the moisture-density gauge was stolen Tuesday morning in Bridgeport from the car of a technician who works for HAKS, a New York-based consulting firm offering material testing services.
The device is used to test moisture density in soil. It contains enough cesium-137 and americium-241 to make a person ill, but not a lethal dose.
Police say the device was recovered Tuesday afternoon from a local pawn shop.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was notified of the theft and had planned to send an inspector to the city on Thursday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 78-year-old Connecticut man serving prison time for molesting two children has had more than a year added to his sentence.
The Hartford Courant reports that Kenneth Baker of Granby received 15 months on Monday in Hartford after pleading guilty to charges he molested a third child. He is currently serving a five-year sentence.
Prosecutors say Baker molested the girl in his home. Her dad had placed her and his other daughter in the care of Baker and his wife as baby sitters.
Prosecutors say the child told a school official about the abuse and the official contacted authorities. They say the case came to light after Baker was sentenced in April 2015 for abusing two other girls.
Baker's lawyer says her client is sorry for what he's done.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven's police chief has agreed to take a three-week leave of absence following an investigation into reports that he berated a waitress at local restaurant.
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said in a statement Monday that she found Chief Dean Esserman's conduct ``unbecoming a public official.'' Harp says Esserman will be paid during the leave.
This is the second time the mayor has reprimanded Esserman for his behavior with New Haven residents.
In 2014, Harp warned Esserman of severe consequences in a written rebuke following a confrontation with an usher at a Yale-Army football game who asked to see his ticket.
Earlier this month, the police union voted 170-42 that it had ``no confidence'' in Esserman.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is touting the accomplishments of Democratic governors at the party's national convention in Philadelphia.
Malloy is the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, which helps elect Democratic governors.
Addressing delegates Monday evening, Malloy spoke of how he and other Democratic governors are "bringing hope to more Americans," including hope for fairer wages, better schools and "more time to spend with the families they love."
Malloy has signed legislation increasing the minimum wage and requiring certain businesses to provide paid sick leave to workers.
Malloy is an active supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
JR Romano, chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, says voters should be concerned that Clinton supports such policies, which Romano contends hurt job creation.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - A TV meteorologist in Connecticut is facing his first court appearance after being charged with possessing child pornography.
Justin Goldstein, of Hamden, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Meriden Superior Court.
Officials at WTNH-TV in New Haven say Goldstein was suspended after authorities arrested him at the station July 13. Station manager Mark Higgins said the station was deeply concerned by the allegations.
Federal, state and local authorities say their investigation began in June after video files of suspected child pornography were downloaded from Goldstein's internet account. Officials say they found files of suspected child porn on computers and related equipment seized from Goldstein's home.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The athletic director for the University of Connecticut says the school will not be adding a surcharge to tickets for the upcoming football and basketball seasons.
The school's Board of Trustees in January approved adding between $1 and $5 to tickets for football and men's and women's basketball games.
But Athletic Director David Benedict says he's opposed to springing any price increases on UConn season ticket holders. He says a surcharge is still on the table, but he wants to give people at least six months' notice before it is enacted.
The school is trying to raise an estimated $46 million to build new soccer, baseball and softball stadiums.
The school says the UConn Foundation expects it can only raise about $25 million toward that goal.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A man was found shot to death inside a parked car in a residential neighborhood in Connecticut.
Police on Sunday identified the victim as 25-year-old Waterbury resident Cameron Chapman. Police say Chapman died from a gunshot wound to the head. His death has been ruled a homicide.
Chapman's body was discovered just before 6 a.m. Saturday in a car on Dikeman Street. Police were called to the scene for a report of an unconscious man covered in blood.
Police didn't release further details.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Waterbury police.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - State police say a tractor-trailer parked at an Interstate 95 rest area in Connecticut has been struck by a bullet and troopers want to question a couple in a pickup truck seen nearby.
The bullet struck the driver's side of the tractor-trailer at about 2 a.m. Friday while it was parked at the rest area on the southbound side of the highway in Milford. The driver, a 31-year-old Philadelphia man, was not hurt.
Surveillance video from the area shows a shirtless, heavyset white male, wearing jeans and tan work boots, in the area of the truck at the time of the shooting. He had a white female passenger wearing dark clothing.
The tan Ford Super Duty pickup truck they were in left the area at a high rate of speed.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford's new minor league baseball team won't play a single game in the city this season.
The Eastern League on Friday changed its schedule to move the Hartford Yard Goats' remaining home games to the road.
The Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies moved from nearby New Britain in the offseason and was supposed to open play in a new $60 million stadium in April.
Construction delays pushed back the opening date and led the city in June to fire the developer.
Work on the project was suspended amid an insurance investigation and a lawsuit filed by that developer.
The Yard Goats say season-ticket holders who make trips to Manchester, New Hampshire; Binghamton, New York; Bowie, Maryland; and Trenton, New Jersey, can attend the games for free.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A spokesman for the Connecticut Democratic Party says party officials are cooperating with a federal criminal investigation into whether the party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's 2014 re-election campaign.
Leigh Appleby's comments Friday were in response to a report by The Hartford Courant that Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly's office is convening a grand jury to review the campaign spending.
A spokesman for Daly declined to comment.
At issue is a complaint filed by state Republicans alleging Democrats illegally used contributions from contractors that were earmarked for federal government elections to pay for a mailing benefiting Malloy's campaign.
Democrats last month agreed to make a $325,000 payment to the state to settle the complaint to the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Appleby says Democrats complied with all laws.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a man was critically injured when he was shot three times in Hartford.
Officers arrived at the scene around 12:30 a.m. Thursday and found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds.
He was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.
Sgt. John Miller tells The Hartford Courant there were no suspects as of Thursday. Authorities are investigating.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has ruled that housing officials improperly removed a man from Connecticut's rental assistance program because his name was on the state's sex offender registry.
The state Housing Department issued a regulation in 2012 that made those on the registry ineligible for housing assistance.
But the court ruled Thursday that the regulation cannot be applied retroactively to those who were already in the program.
The ruling, which overturns a lower court decision, comes in the case of Francis Shannon, a legally blind Hartford man who lost his rental assistance in 2013. He had been convicted in 1997 of endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey.
The state argued unsuccessfully that it was not acting retroactively, but was instead denying Shannon future benefits he might receive.