BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former Gov. Lowell Weicker has endorsed Mary-Jane Foster for Bridgeport mayor in the race against former Mayor Joe Ganim, a convicted felon.
Weicker told the Connecticut Post Friday that the ``idea of electing a real felon, that's not Bridgeport.''
A spokesman for the Ganim campaign did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Ganim defeated Foster and Mayor Bill Finch in the Sept. 16 Democratic primary.
Foster, who calls herself an independent Democrat, said she is honored to receive Weicker's backing.
Weicker was an independent as governor and a Republican representing Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. He said he cannot believe Democrats nominated Ganim despite ``so many good people'' in Connecticut's largest city.
The 55-year-old Ganim was mayor from 1991 until he resigned in 2003 after being convicted of receiving kickbacks.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has dismissed charges against a mentally disabled former dishwasher who was convicted of killing his wife's 88-year-old grandmother in 1987 and spent almost 26 years in prison.
Richard Lapointe's conviction was overturned in March, with the state Supreme Court ruling that prosecutors failed to disclose notes by a police officer that suggest the crime occurred when Lapointe had an alibi. He was released from prison in April.
On Friday, prosecutors acknowledged that new DNA testing didn't implicate Lapointe and they didn't have the evidence to go forward with a new trial.
Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander then dismissed the case and told the 69-year-old Lapointe he was free to go.
She also apologized to the family of victim Bernice Martin, saying the justice system had failed them.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut dentist has been granted a probation program and agreed to give up his license in connection with the death of a patient who became unresponsive while 20 teeth were pulled and implants installed last year.
A state judge in Hartford granted accelerated rehabilitation Friday to 46-year-old Rashmi Patel of Suffield, who has offices in Enfield and Torrington. The program allows charges to be erased after probation is completed.
Patel was charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide in the February 2014 death of 64-year-old Judith Gan of Ellington.
State regulators suspended Patel's license, saying he failed to adequately respond when Gan's oxygen levels dropped dangerously low while under conscious sedation. She died at a hospital.
Patel apologized to Gan's family Friday. Gan's daughter said she forgives him.
WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) State police say a Connecticut man survived a one-car crash, left his car and was killed after he was hit by a vehicle.
Police say 43-year-old Marc Warzocha, of Farmington, crashed his 2005 Chevrolet Equinox Wednesday night on the southbound lanes of Route 8 in Watertown.
State police say a preliminary investigation found that Warzocha left the vehicle and walked across the grass median onto the northbound lanes, when a Mercedes Benz struck him. He later died at Waterbury Hospital.
Police say the driver of the Mercedes, Shannon Mazzeo, of Wolcott, did not appear injured.
No charges have been filed.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Federal and local authorities say they've busted up a violent New Haven street gang and charged several members with murder, gun crimes, drug dealing and racketeering.
Federal prosecutors; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and New Haven police announced the charges Thursday against six members of the Red Side Guerilla Brims. Officials said a grand jury indicted the gang members on federal charges Wednesday.
Authorities say the gang is affiliated with the Bloods gang in New Haven, and that its members killed six people and wounded several others in 2011 and early 2012. Four of the six men who were indicted face the possibility of the federal death penalty.
Law enforcement officials have previously arrested several other members of the gang.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials say seven homes and seven businesses were impacted after a century-old Hartford water main broke and gushed water into the air.
Crews responded to the break Thursday afternoon. The intersection of New Britain Avenue and Newfield Avenue flooded around 5 p.m. The 12-inch water main, which was installed in 1907, shot out water for more than two hours and caused significant damage to the roadway before Metropolitan District crews shut down the main Thursday night.
MDC officials say many water lines are old and difficult to inspect because the roads have to be torn up.
The repair is expected to take at least six to eight hours.
It's unclear why the water main broke. MDC officials say they are not blaming the break on the weather.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A new report says a Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a 1-year-old girl last year flunked drug tests in violation of his probation in the months leading up to the killing.
The report by state child advocate's office and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence recommends that probation officials strengthen drug testing policies and police improve how they respond to domestic violence calls.
Thirty-seven-year-old Arthur Hapgood Sr. of Waterbury pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in the killing of 14-month-old Zaniyah Calloway in Bristol in August 2014. He is to be sentenced in January.
The report says Hapgood tested positive for marijuana and PCP while on probation for selling drugs, and police responded to a domestic violence call at his home the day before the killing.
STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut high school is cracking down on dirty dancing.
The Day reports that Stonington High School has instituted a new policy beginning with Saturday's homecoming dance that prohibits ``grinding and other forms of inappropriate dancing and touching.''
Students will be given a warning the first time they violate the policy.
A second offense will result in ejection from the dance.
Students must also dress ``tastefully'' for all dances and if any attire is found to be inappropriate, they will be asked to leave.
All students and their parents must sign the policy in order to buy dance tickets.
Principal Mark Friese says inappropriate dancing discourages some students from attending school events, or leads to parents barring their children from dances.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Court documents show that the mother of a 4-year-old girl found wandering alone in Hartford told police she left her child so she could be paid for sex.
Twenty-two-year-old Shi'day Nicks appeared in court Wednesday on charges of risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and leaving a child under 12 unsupervised.
Officers brought the girl home after receiving a report that she was walking by herself Tuesday morning.
Court documents show Nicks told police that evening she left her daughter alone for hours while she met a man who promised to pay her $230 for sexual favors. She said she is facing eviction.
Nicks is being held on $50,000 bail and is due back in court on Oct. 21. It's unclear if she has a lawyer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is withdrawing from the city's mayoral race and throwing his support to one-time opponent Mary Jane Foster in an effort to ultimately defeat former Mayor Joe Ganim, who served seven years in prison for corruption.
Finch, a two-term incumbent, lost the three-way Democratic primary to Gamin and has faced obstacles in securing a place on the November ballot.
While Foster also lost the primary, she previously submitted enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate.
Finch said he and his supporters will work to help Foster get elected, saying Bridgeport has ``too much at stake to look backward.''
Foster, the co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish, said she's been encouraged by people across Connecticut to remain in the race and challenge Ganim.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with fatally stabbing a family friend's 1-year-old daughter while under the influence of drugs has pleaded guilty.
The Hartford Courant reports that 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood Sr., of Waterbury, was originally charged with murder, risk of injury to a minor and first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with the death of 14-month-old Zaniyah Calloway in August 2014.
But under terms of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to the murder charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
Prosecutors say Hapgood was at the Bristol home of his mother, who was taking care of Zaniyah, when he became violent and stabbed the baby in the abdomen. He told police he had taken illegal drugs, which police said was marijuana that may have been laced with PCP.
DERBY, Conn. (AP) A judge has set a man's bail at $1.5 million after prosecutors say he admitted to ``callously'' shooting his wife to death during an argument.
Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Infante, of Shelton, is a flight risk, noting that he drove to the Ohio border before turning around and turning himself in to police.
Prosecutors say Infante admitted to police on Monday that he shot his wife of 27 years, 52-year-old Lisa Infante, Sunday night. Police say the two had been going through a divorce.
Infante appeared in Superior Court in Derby Tuesday afternoon. His next court date is slated for Oct. 8.
Infante's attorney asked that his bail be set at $500,000, noting he did not have a violent history, owned a home in town and had family nearby.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The annual cost to operate Connecticut's bus-only system is rising as transit planners build out the route beyond its Hartford-to-New Britain corridor.
The $567 million CTfastrak operates with a $17.5 million state subsidy for the first year. That's up from $10 million the state Department of Transportation initially projected.
The Hartford Courant reports that the increase is due to added express and feeder services, circulator routes and updated labor costs, all intended to draw more riders.
Transportation Commissioner James Redeker says the initial subsidy projection was an estimate set eight years ago and based on a plan that has since changed.
Critics say the half-billion dollar cost is excessive and could have financed other transportation projects. Construction and other startup costs were financed mostly by the federal government.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman who says she choked her boyfriend to death with a 25-foot extension cord to protect herself has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter.
Twenty-six-year-old Katherine Santiago, of Hartford, claimed self-defense in the December 2013 killing of 27-year-old Marcos DeJesus, her boyfriend of six months. Santiago said she wrapped an electrical cord around his neck after he hit her and pressed a pillow over her face during an argument.
Prosecutors persuaded the Hartford Superior Court jury that she did not justifiably kill DeJesus.
A police warrant shows Santiago and DeJesus were breaking up and that she blamed another woman, who had two children with DeJesus and was pregnant with another child.
The Hartford Courant reports the jury reached a verdict Friday. Her sentencing is set for Nov. 20.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former doctor charged with killing a Yale University physician says he disagrees with a judge's ruling that he's mentally incompetent to stand trial and objects to the possibility that he may be forced to take anti-psychotic medication to make him competent.
Lishan Wang is charged with murder in the shooting death of Dr. Vajinder Toor in 2010 outside Toor's Branford home.
Authorities say the shooting appeared to stem from a dispute Wang had with Toor and other doctors while they worked together at a New York City hospital that led to Wang's dismissal.
Wang was found incompetent to stand trial earlier this month.
Wang in a letter to The New Haven Register says he believes he is competent, and being forced to medicate ``will compromise my mental status'' at trial.
SHELTON, Conn. (AP) A Shelton woman has been found killed in her home and police are looking for her husband.
Officers responded to a Hickory Lane home at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday for a report of a sudden death.
Upon arrival, police found the body of 52-year-old Lisa Infante. Investigators said they discovered the death was a homicide.
Police say Lisa Infante was in the process of divorcing 53-year-old Thomas Infante, and he reportedly shot her during an argument at her home last night.
He initially fled the scene, but turned himself in today. Infante was charged with murder and ordered held on $500,000 bond for a court appearance tomorrow.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Police say a family of 11 people is safe after their boat began taking on water in the Long Island Sound.
Rescue crews from the Norwalk Police and Fire Department helped rescue the family from the sinking boat Saturday night.
The boat began taking on water near Shea Island, located about a mile from the shoreline.
The entire family evacuated the boat safely and was taken to Shea Island.
No one was injured, though two children were evaluated for exposure.
Officials say the group was camping and had returned to their boat to head back to shore when it sustained a mechanical issue.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A man has been found guilty of murder in the 2012 death of a 28-year old man who was shot in the head on a sports field in western Connecticut.
A jury found 37-year-old Dequan McKethan guilty of murder Friday afternoon in New London Superior Court stemming from the killing of 28-year-old Darius Bishop. McKethan was also convicted of carrying a pistol without a permit and possession of narcotics.
Prosecutors said Bishop was taken to the Charles Long Sports Complex in Bozrah to be executed on Sept. 25, 2012. The motive for the murder was unclear.
McKethan rejected a plea agreement of 40 years in prison and now faces more than 60 years. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 20.
McKethan told state police he had bought marijuana from Bishop.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a mentally ill woman stabbed a victim multiple times in the head in what appeared to be a random attack outside a Connecticut drug store. The victim survived.
Authorities say a 27-year-old woman left a CVS in West Hartford at about 1 a.m. Friday when the other woman stabbed her in the head several times with a 8- to 10-inch knife. The victim was treated at a hospital and discharged.
Fifty-eight-year-old Gloria Drummer of West Hartford was charged with first-degree assault and breach of peace. She was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and was later arraigned in Superior Court. A judge set bail at $100,000.
It wasn't immediately clear if Drummer is represented by a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police say a baby was among several people who were injured in a four-vehicle wreck on Route 15 in Meriden.
The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. Friday on Route 15 north near the merge with Interstate 91. Details on exactly how many people were hurt and how serious their injuries are haven't been released. Several were hospitalized.
The northbound lanes of both Route 15 and Interstate 91 were closed during the response and cleanup. Only the right lane of Route 15 northbound remained closed late Friday afternoon.
It's not clear what caused the accident. State police are investigating.