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Man killed crossing highway after basketball game


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Authorities say a 20-year-old Connecticut man was killed while crossing a highway in New Jersey after Thursday night's UConn men's basketball game against Duke in East Rutherford.

East Rutherford police Chief Larry Minda said that the unidentified man was struck and killed on Route 3 around 10:35 p.m. They were coming from a game between the teams at the IZOD Center.

Minda says another 19-year-old Connecticut man was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Two other pedestrians crossing with them were not injured.

No charges were filed against the 35-year-old driver and police were still investigating.

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Staff recommend major changes for Connecticut vets


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Nonpartisan legislative staff members are recommending major changes to the aging Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill, saying there are needs for more intensive counseling and separate programs for long- and short-term residents.

The legislature's Program Review and Investigations Committee staff said in a report released Friday that current living arrangements in the main residential facility, where about 188 veterans now live, are unacceptable. Residents have no privacy in the dormitory setting. The report recommends giving each resident a semi-private or private room.

Staff investigators say the state should consider how much additional staff and programming it might need to accommodate more veterans with mental health issues, including those who've had suicidal tendencies.

The panel is expected to vote next year to forward the recommendations to other committees for consideration.

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Man killed in highway ramp fight in Connecticut


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a 26-year-old man has died after being stabbed during a fight with another driver on a highway ramp in Bridgeport.

Troopers on Friday identified the victim as Bryant Kelly of Bridgeport.

Authorities say state police were called to a confrontation between two people late Thursday night on the Exit 5 off-ramp from Route 8 southbound. Troopers found the victim severely injured on the off-ramp and provided medical care, but he died a short time later at a hospital.

State police Lt. J. Paul Vance says troopers questioned the other driver involved in the dispute, but no charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation. The other driver's name hasn't been released.

Any witnesses to the dispute are urged to call state police.

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2-year sentence for man in Connecticut gun scare


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and other guns to campus has been sentenced to two years in prison.

William Dong, a former student at the school, was arrested Dec. 3, 2013, after a bystander alerted police. Authorities later found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings about the Colorado theater shooting at Dong's Fairfield home.

The New Haven Register reports that Dong received an eight-year sentence, which will be suspended after he serves two years. He pleaded guilty in October to weapons charges.

Dong also has pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge. He faces sentencing in January in federal court.

Dong's attorney has said he had no intention of hurting anyone.

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Groton schools loosen student cellphone rules


GROTON, Conn. (AP) The Groton school system has approved changes to the rules that required students to keep their cellphones turned off and out of sight.

Under the new policy students can use devices including cellphones and iPads during the school day if the teacher gives permission.

The Day of New London reports the rule change was approved unanimously this week by the Board of Education.

West Side Middle School principal John Jones says students will have to keep their phones switched off and in their lockers unless directed by a teacher. He says teachers could have students get their phones for use during a lesson and then return them to their lockers afterward.

Jones said at least two-thirds of the nearly 500 students at his middle school have cellphones.

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Police chief reprimanded for behavior at Yale game


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven's mayor has reprimanded the police chief over his confrontation with an usher at a Yale-Army football game.

A Yale University professor complained that Police Chief Dean Esserman chastised the usher at the Sept. 27 game when he asked to see the chief's ticket. The complaint said Esserman threatened to ``shut the whole game down'' if the employee was not removed from the Yale Bowl.

The New Haven Register (http://bit.ly/1w5z1zo) reports that the written reprimand from Mayor Toni Harp warns the chief of more severe consequences if his behavior is repeated. She said his actions resulted in the New Haven community ``feeling disrespected rather than respected.''

Esserman apologized after the incident. He told the newspaper Thursday that he accepts the mayor's letter ``without reservation.''

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State board suspends dentist after patient death


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials suspended the license of a dentist pending a comprehensive review of his practice after finding he didn't properly care for two patients, including a woman who died in February.

 

The State Dental Commission also voted Wednesday to permanently ban Dr. Rashmi Patel from performing conscious sedation and to place him on five years of probation if his license is restored.

 

Patel, who has offices in Enfield and Torrington, denied wrongdoing. His lawyer said the charges should have been dropped.

 

State officials say Patel violated care standards when treating 64-year-old Judith Gan of Ellington, who died after being placed under conscious sedation to have 20 teeth extracted at his Enfield office.

 

Officials said Patel failed to respond appropriately when Gan's oxygen levels dropped and should not have planned so many procedures on her in one office visit.

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Police label Cheshire shooting as murder-suicide


CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Police have identified the two men killed inside a Cheshire home as a father and son and have labeled the case a murder-suicide.

 

Police say they believe 48-year-old Christopher P. Settembri shot 19-year-old Christopher A. Settembri inside the home on Cornwall Avenue Tuesday before taking his own life.

 

Police say the elder Setterbri's body was found in an upstairs bedroom near the shotgun used in both shootings. The son was found in a downstairs bedroom.

 

Police say there was no note, and they are still investigating to try and determine a motive for the shootings.

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Engineer files lawsuit over train derailment


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A second Metro-North engineer has filed a federal negligence lawsuit against the railroad as a result of the May 2013 derailment in Bridgeport that injured dozens of people.

 

Erik Ljunggren is seeking unspecified damages.

 

According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Ljunggren hit the brakes on his westbound train when he saw overhead lines coming down as the result of the derailment of an eastbound train. The two collided, injuring more than 70 people.

 

Steven Bauer, the engineer on the eastbound train, filed a similar lawsuit in September.

 

Among other things, Ljunggren's alleges the railroad failed to adequately inspect and maintain the tracks, and emphasized on-time performance over safety.

 

Aaron Donovan, a Metro-North spokesman, says the railroad does not comment on pending litigation.

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3 men plead guilty in 2013 jewelry store robbery


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Federal prosecutors say three men who stole at least $4 million in jewelry and watches after kidnapping two jewelry store employees have pleaded guilty to robbery and firearms charges.

Prosecutors said at least four men, two who were armed, broke into a Meriden apartment in April 2013, and bound and blindfolded four people. Two of the men then drove two victims to Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, where the victims worked. Prosecutors said the robbers looted the store and left the two kidnap victims bound inside.

Twenty-seven-year-old William Davis of Allentown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Monday. Twenty-eight-year-old Jeffrey Houston, also of Allentown, and 29-year-old Christopher Gay of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty last week. They were arrested in May 2013. The men face up to 20 years in prison and millions in restitution.

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Teen charged with faking home invasion


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Greenwich teen has been charged with staging a home invasion at his own house.

The 17-year-old, whose name has not been released, faces charges including burglary, larceny and filing a false police report.

The Greenwich Time reports the teen called police on Nov. 17 and said two masked men had broken into his house, assaulted him and taken $11,500 in jewelry.

Police say their investigation found the teen conspired with a friend to steal the jewelry and make it look like a home invasion. They say another arrest is expected.

The 17-year-old is due in Juvenile Court on Dec. 16.

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New Britain woman charged in death of infant


NEW BRITAN, Conn. (AP) A 22-year-old New Britain woman has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a three-week-old baby girl.

Police say Janell Campbell was taken into custody at her home on Monday.

Authorities say the infant was brought to a hospital emergency room on Dec. 5 with suspicious injuries, and died later that day.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Police have not said how Campbell is connected to the child. The warrant in the case has been sealed.

She is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond and is due in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday morning.

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Highway closed for hours after Enfield accident


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A fatal accident in Enfield closed the southbound side of Interstate 91 for several hours.

State police say a car with Massachusetts plates struck a guardrail and flipped just before 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Three people were thrown from the vehicle. One of them was killed, the two others were seriously injured.

State police shut down the highway while trying to determine what led to the accident. They are asking anyone with information to call them.

The names of the victims and the conditions of the survivors have not been released.

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Man fatally shot; 2nd weekend killing in Hartford


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police are investigating a shooting that is the city's second homicide this weekend.

Police said a man between 18 and 30 years old was found shot in the head early Sunday in a driveway on Bond Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday morning, police found 34-year-old Jonathan Cox of Hartford stabbed on Benton Street. He was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The deaths bring the number of killings in Hartford this year to 17.

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Meeting planned for proposed state park in Waterford


WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Three state agencies plan to publicly introduce the team that will be working with the community on developing a new state park at the former Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford.

A public meeting is scheduled Monday night at the Waterford Town Hall auditorium.

Representatives from the state Office of Policy and Management, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Administrative Services are scheduled to attend the meeting. Representatives from Oak Park Architects LL., the Connecticut firm chosen to help with the master planning, will also be on hand.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state wants to hear ideas and suggestions from the public about the future park, which sits along the shore of Long Island Sound. Additional local meetings are planned for early 2015.

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Congress approves Coltsville Park in Hartford


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials are celebrating congressional approval of a new national park in Hartford centering on the historic Colt Fire Arms factory building with the blue, onion-shape dome.

The U.S. Senate on Friday approved plans for the Coltsville National Historical Park as part of a massive defense policy bill that was sent to President Barack Obama.

Congressman John Larson says the approval was the culmination of more than a decade of work to preserve the factory and surrounding area as well as make it a destination and history hub. The Connecticut Democrat says the park designation will drive economic growth and help create jobs.

Plans call for a visitors' center at the former factory building built in 1855, a multimedia tour experience and an observation area overlooking the park.

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Mistrial is declared in child custody-hit man case


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A judge has declared a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury in the case of a Connecticut woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband during a child custody case.

A judge declared the mistrial Friday in the case of former Bloomfield resident Tiffany Stevens, who remains free on $1 million bail. The case is expected to be retried before another jury.

Stevens pleaded not guilty to attempted murder on allegations she paid $5,000 to a maintenance man in Simsbury to kill Eric Stevens in 2012.

Prosecutors say Tiffany Stevens was secretly recorded on audio talking about the alleged plot, but her lawyer said the recording was inconclusive and accused Eric Stevens of making up the story.

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Mayflower replica leaves Plymouth for repairs


PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) The replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America has set sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to another historic port in Connecticut where it will undergo a restoration.

The Mayflower II departed Plymouth harbor Friday for Mystic Seaport for the six-month project. The 57-year-old ship, owned by the Plimoth Plantation living museum, is being pulled by a tugboat.

Plans call for the 106-foot-long ship to arrive in Mystic on Sunday, after stops in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and New London, Connecticut.

If the repairs go on schedule, the Mayflower II will be back in Plymouth in May for the summer tourist season. But seaport officials have said it could return to Mystic for additional work over the next two winters to get it in shape to sail in 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival.

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New Haven chief's actions at Yale game questioned


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven officials are raising questions about Police Chief Dean Esserman's behavior during a confrontation with an usher at the Yale-Army football game in September.

The New Haven Register reports that city aldermen have forwarded a letter by a Yale professor describing Esserman's actions to city police commissioners for an investigation.

Yale epidemiology professor Dan Weinberger says the dispute happened at the Sept. 27 game at the Yale Bowl. He says Esserman threatened to ``shut the whole game down'' after an usher asked to see his tickets.

Weinberger says Esserman replied that he didn't need tickets because he was the police chief, verbally abused the usher and demanded the usher's supervisor remove the worker.

Esserman acknowledges that he acted inappropriately and says he apologized soon after the incident.

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Enfield sweep nets 18 drug dealer suspects


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) Enfield police have arrested 18 people suspected of drug-dealing and are seeking the arrests of nine others following a lengthy investigation into heroin and crack cocaine sales.

The Journal Inquirer reports that police Chief Carl Sferrazza said the investigation began last February with police infiltration of a bar frequented by a biker gang. He would not identify the bar or gang.

Sferrazza said police launched the lengthy investigation as officers gathered information about drug activities. Local police were helped by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Police have secured 54 arrest warrants for 27 mid- to high-level drug dealers who face 64 charges. Most charges are related to the sale of drugs, though others include assault and burglary.

 

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