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Its a miracle.. .the U.S. Coast Guard says one of two Connecticut boaters who had been missing for a week after leaving a Rhode Island marina was found alive, drifting on an inflatable life raft off the coast of Massachusetts. The Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for Linda Carman and her son, Nathan of Middletown. The Coast Guard says the son Nathan was found alive yesterday . The mother is still missing .



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John Rowland has decided against appealing his sentence for campaign-finance fraud and the former Governor reported to a federal prison on Monday to serve a 30-month sentence.  Hearst Connecticut Media says the  59 year old Rowland will be given his old identification number - 15623-014 - when he reports to the federal prison facility in Otisville, N.Y. in Orange County, about 93 miles from his home in Middlebury. The prison complex houses 670 minimum-security and 116 prison-camp inmates. United States Marshal Brian Taylor in New Haven confirmed Monday morning that Rowland has surrenderd. Rowland's bid to overturn a 30-month prison sentence for campaign fraud was a long shot for the former popular governor, who resigned in the middle of his third four-year-term in 2004 amid a pay-to-play investigation that led to massive changes in the state’s campaign-finance system and his first stint, a 10-month sentence, in a federal prison camp in Loretto, Pa.



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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former Stratford High School teacher who resigned in March after he admitted to wrestling with a student is now charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

Gregg Alan Gustafson was charged this week with fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor.

The Connecticut Post reports that the 47-year-old Stamford resident is free on $25,000 bond.

Police say Gustafson and the alleged victim had been at the same home in February and started wrestling. The boy told police that while they were wrestling Gustafson had strangled him with his coat and grabbed his genitals.

Gustafson's attorney says his client has "steadfastly denied any inappropriate contact."



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State police are receiving a $1.5 million federal grant to expand efforts to address heroin and opioid abuse in Connecticut.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that police plan to use the Department of Justice grant money to help focus on interrupting the transportation and sale of opiates in the state by dismantling drug trafficking organizations.

The funds will be spent on enhancing the current Statewide Narcotics Task Force and strengthening partnerships between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Grant money will also be used by the state's judicial branch and prosecutors to find alternatives to incarceration for those people who need substance abuse treatment interventions.

The competitive grant was awarded through the department's 2016 Community Oriented Policing Services Anti-Heroin Task Force Program.



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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two boaters missing for six days after they left a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip.

The Coast Guard said on Friday afternoon it had exhausted all efforts its search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan of Middletown, Connecticut.

The Carmans left Ram's Point Marina in Point Judith, Rhode Island, Saturday evening in a 31-foot aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox.

The Coast Guard received a report around 6:30 p.m. Sunday that the two had never returned.

The Coast Guard says it searched from around Block Island off Rhode Island's coast, to canyons off New York, an area of more than 62,000 square nautical miles, larger than the state of Georgia.



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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man was sentenced to 12 years in prison earlier this week for the 2012 shooting of his sister's boyfriend following a dispute over dirty dishes.

The Stamford Advocate reports 26-year-old Terrence Peterson also was sentenced to an additional four years behind bars for injuring a corrections officer during a jailhouse fight following his arrest in the shooting.

Howard Ehring, Peterson's attorney, says his client's assault conviction substantially increased his prison sentence for the shooting.

Police say Peterson shot his sister's boyfriend in the chest after arguing with her over dirty dishes left in the sink of a home at the Roodner Court public housing community in Norwalk.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Maureen Ornousky says Peterson has a history of substance abuse and mental health issues.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A major rating agency has downgraded the credit rating of Hartford, saying Connecticut's capital city lacks a credible plan to balance its budget and fix future projected deficits.

S Global Ratings announced Thursday it was lowering Hartford's rating on general obligation bonds by four notches, from A-plus to BBB.

S credit analyst Timothy Little says the agency also issued a "negative outlook" for Hartford, adding there's "uncertainty regarding the city's ability to enact deficit migration measures, coupled with the significant budget gaps the city projects for the next five years."

Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin, elected last year, says the agency's action reflects what he's been saying for months: Hartford can't cut or tax its way out of this fiscal crisis.

Bronin has been pushing for regional financial help for Hartford.



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AVON, Conn. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped all 14 charges against a Connecticut doctor who had been accused of sexually assaulting female patients.

The Courant reports that the state dropped the charges on Thursday following an independent review by an outside doctor who looked at the medical records of nine women who accused Dr. Khosro Pourkavoos of inappropriately touching their breasts and groin areas.

In court filings, defense attorneys wrote that police had evidence that alleged examinations did not occur as reported, witnesses were not truthful, and that the doctor's examinations were "medically justified and appropriate."

The Avon doctor was free on $195,000 bond after pleading not guilty at his initial court appearance in June 2014.

Prosecutors say many of the women were disappointed that charges were dropped.

Pourkavoos still faces several lawsuits.



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PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a 6-year-old girl has died in a house fire in Connecticut.

The fire in Plainfield in the eastern part of the state was reported at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday and crews arrived to find the home fully engulfed.

A 911 call indicated that there were people trapped inside.

An 18-month-old child and an adult woman were pulled to safety through a window and taken to the hospital. A man also escaped and was taken to the hospital. The victim was found dead inside. Their names were not made public.

Two police officers were also treated for smoke inhalation.

Plainfield fire marshal Paul Yellen tells WFSB-TV that the house was a Habitat for Humanity home built three months ago.

The cause is under investigation.



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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut authorities have identified the man who was shot by a tribal police officer and fell from the fourth floor of a parking garage at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

State police identified the man Wednesday as 23-year-old Michael Goodale, of Groton.

The shooting happened at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Fox Tower parking garage at the Mashantucket resort.

State police say Goodale was wanted by police for violating his probation. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal police attempted to arrest Goodale in the parking garage, where police say Goodale pointed a firearm at officers.

State police say at least one officer discharged at least one round. Goodale then fell to the pavement below. It wasn't clear whether he died from the shooting or the fall. No other injuries were reported.

The officers haven't been identified.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police say a pizza deliveryman took away a would-be robber's gun and shot him during an attempted holdup in New Haven.

Officer David Hartman says 23-year-old Shawn Pauls was arrested Wednesday morning at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he's currently in recovery for what's been described as a minor injury.

The 43-year-old deliveryman, who wasn't identified, told police that Pauls tried to rob him while he was making a delivery at a home on Colony Road.

Hartman says the deliveryman was able to wrest the gun away from Pauls and fired several shots in his direction at about 2:50 a.m.

Pauls was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and first-degree threatening. The deliveryman won't be charged.



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TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) - The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, says the world's oldest Roman Catholic bishop has died. The Rev. Peter Gerety was 104.

Gerety died Tuesday night at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Totowa.

Gerety served as the archbishop of Newark from 1974 until he retired as archbishop emeritus in 1986. He is credited with restoring the diocese's finances.

Gerety was born in Shelton, Connecticut, and was ordained for service in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1939. Gerety focused his energy on the city's black Catholic community, founding an interracial social and religious center and the New Haven chapter of the Urban League.

He became the bishop of Portland, Maine, in 1969.



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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been charged in a shooting that injured four people outside of a Hamden bar.

Police say 44-year-old Heshimu Barker was arrested Tuesday at his girlfriend's home in Northford. The New Haven resident is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and other crimes stemming from the Aug. 20 shooting outside the Highwood Bar and Grill.

It's unclear whether Barker has a lawyer who could comment while he is detained.

Police say the victims were treated at the scene by Hamden first responders. Three of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Barker is being held on a $500,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in court Oct. 4.



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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Quinnipiac University officials say they have disciplined an unidentified student after a Snapchat photograph of a woman with brown mask-like material on her face went viral on social media.

The woman in the image appeared to be white, and an accompanying caption said, "Black Lives Matter."

Connecticut NAACP President Scott Esdaile called the photo "just disgusting" and said the university should have zero tolerance for such behavior.

A statement released by Quinnipiac on Tuesday said the university took action against a student, but it did not specify what the action was or if the student was expelled.

Executive Vice President Mark Thompson said Quinnipiac is committed to providing students with an atmosphere of tolerance.

NAACP officials hope to meet with university administrators to discuss the incident on Wednesday.



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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Connecticut authorities say an armed casino patron was shot by a tribal police officer and fell from the fourth floor of a parking garage at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The shooting happened at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Fox Tower parking garage at the Mashantucket resort.

State police say there was an outstanding arrest warrant for the patron, whom authorities haven't named. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal police confronted the patron in the parking garage, where police say the patron produced a weapon, and shots were fired. The patron fell to the pavement below. It was not clear whether he died as the result of the shooting or the fall. No other injuries were reported.

The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns and operates the casino.



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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Connecticut authorities say an armed casino patron was shot and killed by a tribal police officer during a confrontation in a parking garage of Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Fox Tower parking garage at the Mashantucket resort.

State police say there was an outstanding arrest warrant for the patron, whom authorities haven't named. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police confronted the patron in the parking garage, where police say the patron produced a weapon, and shots were fired. The patron was killed. No other injuries were reported.

The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating the shooting.

No other details were immediately released.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns and operates the casino.



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STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- Police in Connecticut are trying to identify a man they say stole a collection box from a Catholic retreat center on Enders Island.

 

The island, located in Stonington, is owned by the Society of Saint Edmund, a religious congregation of the Catholic church.

 

Police say the money was taken last week from the St. Edmund's Retreat Center. Church officials discovered the theft the next morning. It's unknown how much money was in the collection box.

 

Police released photos of the suspect Monday on the department's Facebook page. They are asking the public to help identify him.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man convicted in the killings of two women in Hartford has been charged in the deaths of two more women in the capital city.

The Office of the Chief State's Attorney says 56-year-old Robert White, formerly of Hartford, was arraigned Monday in Hartford Superior Court. White is charged with murder in the 1997 slaying of Shiraleen Crawford and in the 2012 slaying of Sonia Rivera. Bond was set at $1 million in each case. It's unclear if White has a lawyer.

White is serving a 50-year prison sentence for murder in the 2013 death of Sawarie Krichindath. He was convicted in 1980 of manslaughter in the beating death of Betty Robertson.

Authorities say White is a registered sex offender with a ``pattern of violence against women.''



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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man who gave his 13-year-old daughter bruises and rug burns when he dragged her through school has been convicted of risk of injury to a minor and faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Day of New London reports that a six-member jury deliberated for about four hours before convicting 35-year-old Mark Thornton on Monday. He was acquitted of second-degree breach of peace.

Prosecutors say the Mashuntucket man dragged the eighth-grader by the wrists and ankles from outside a classroom to the main office in September 2015 after she refused to leave with him for a counseling appointment.

Thornton testified in his own defense that he was in ``desperate straits'' because the girl kept running away.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 14.



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NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - State police say a volunteer firefighter from South Windsor was in the right place at the right time when he was able to rescue a man trapped inside a burning vehicle in North Haven.

The volunteer was driving along state Route 15 around 6:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw the flaming car on the shoulder near Exit 63.

State police say Sandeep Ahuja struck a wire guard rail along the highway and crashed into a tree, which ignited his vehicle. Ahuja was freed before the car became fully engulfed.

With Ahuja's passenger still trapped inside, the volunteer firefighter used a tire jack to break the window and pulled the man to safety.

Ahuja and his passenger were treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.