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Principal: Players were subjected to racist slurs

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A school principal says members of his high school's football team were subjected to racist taunts from among a group of adults in an eastern Connecticut town where his team had just played an away game and lost.

New London High School principal Tommy Thompson says a fight broke out after fans in Plainfield used the N-word in taunts against the players, called them ``monkeys'' and told them to ``get back in their cages'' when the players were heading to their buses Friday.

Two former Plainfield high school students were charged with breach of peace in connection with the fight.

Plainfield Police Chief Michael Surprenant says no one interviewed by police Friday mentioned the slurs, but he says the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

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Family plans 1-year memorial in DC shooting death

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The family of a Stamford woman who was fatally shot in her car in Washington, D.C., will protest on the one-year anniversary at the site where she was killed.

The Advocate of Stamford reports Valarie Carey said her family is seeking a ``fair and unbiased'' federal investigation into the Oct. 3, 2013, shooting death of her sister, Miriam Carey.

Prosecutors who investigated the incident that put the Capitol on lockdown concluded that officers from the Secret Service and the Capitol Police did not use excessive force and did not have the criminal intent required for a prosecution.

Valarie Carey said her family will head to Washington on Friday with supporters and friends. The gathering is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Garfield Memorial Circle on 1st Street in Washington.

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Police: Copper theft leads to man's electrocution

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Police say a Waterbury man has been electrocuted while trying to steal copper from a closed public housing complex.

The Republican-American reports authorities found bolt cutters that Jose Ortiz was using to strip wiring from a transformer box. The bolt cutters were soldered to the box.

Police say a hat, socks and shoe were nearby. The 48-year-old Ortiz was taken to Waterbury Hospital at 10 p.m. Sunday, wearing a shoe that matched the other found at the housing site. Authorities don't know who took him to the hospital, where he was declared dead.

Police don't believe Ortiz stole anything before he cut into the wrong wire. Housing officials say the empty building has been robbed repeatedly in recent months.

Housing authority Chairman James Lawlor says the building has been stripped.

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Norwich man draws 14 years in toddler's death

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Norwich man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shaken-baby death of a toddler has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Michael Rios was sentenced in New London Superior Court Monday to the maximum term he agreed to in a plea deal. He was babysitting his girlfriend's daughter in May 2013.

Rios' sister and father asked the judge to reduce his sentence.

The child's mother, grandmother and step-grandfather asked that he draw the full 14 years, which they said is insufficient.

The 23-year-old Rios was sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspended after 14 years, followed by five years' probation. Conditions of his probation forbid Rios from having contact with minors or dating anyone who has minor children without receiving permission from probation officers.

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Man acquitted of alleged abuse of adopted boy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has acquitted a former Glastonbury man of sexually abusing one of nine children he and his former husband adopted through the state Department of Children and Families.

Superior Court Judge Julia Dewey in Hartford found 46-year-old Douglas Wirth not guilty of several sexual assault charges Monday. Wirth's former husband, George Harasz, is expected to go on trial next month on similar charges involving two adopted boys.

Wirth chose a trial before a judge instead of a jury. The Hartford Courant reported that a therapist testified that Wirth's accuser is a pathological liar.

Authorities said in 2011 arrest warrants that two boys, then ages 5 and 15, accused Harasz of sexually assaulting them and Wirth of a lesser sexual assault of the 15-year-old.

Harasz denies the allegations.

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Transit report: Crime up in 2014 on Metro-North

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A transit report says crime has risen since last year on Metro North Railroad, but officials of the commuter line and an advocate say riders are safe.

A report released Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says 107 felonies were reported through August compared with 91 for the first eight months of 2013.

The Connecticut Post reports that 29 of the 72 grand larcenies were aboard trains. Five involved shoplifting at stores in Grand Central Terminal and 17 involved the theft of railroad property, including tools and copper.

Spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says most are crimes involving property, not individuals. She says the trains, stations and Grand Central are safe.

James Cameron, head of the Commuter Action Group, says much of the crime is theft of personal belongings, particularly when commuters fall asleep.

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Motorist accused of hit-and-run at Durham Fair

DURHAM, Conn. (AP) A motorist accused of drunken driving and striking a pedestrian near the Durham Fair is headed to court.

Police say Deborah Conradi of West Haven struck Julia Rorke of Guilford as she was walking south on Route 17 Saturday night in Durham.

The 53-year-old Conradi is accused of leaving the scene. Other motorists forced her to stop.

Rorke is being treated for injuries at Hartford Hospital.

Conradi is charged with driving under the influence, assault, evading responsibility, and failure to maintain a lane. She's due in court Monday.

She was held in custody on $25,000 bond.

It was not known Monday morning if she's represented by a lawyer.

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Milford mulls smoking ban at Little League fields

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Milford's Recreation Department is considering a smoking ban at Little League fields and possibly parks, beaches and other recreation areas.

The New Haven Register reports Director of Recreation Paul Piscitelli says it's an idea, not yet a formal proposal to be brought to the Parks, Beach and Recreation Commission. He says the department has received complaints over the last few years about smoking at ball fields.

Municipal health and recreation officials say it's not just about second-hand smoke, but also about setting an example for youth and reducing litter.

Chris Stan, spokesman for the state's Department of Health, said of the state's 169 municipalities, 12 have smoke-free parks and beaches.

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Engineer sues Metro-North over 2013 derailment

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An engineer who was injured in the May 2013 derailment of a commuter train in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has sued Metro-North Railroad. It's the latest of more than 25 lawsuits filed in the derailment.

Steven Bauer of Orange says in his lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court that he suffered serious and permanent injuries. The lawsuit claims Metro-North failed to provide a safe work environment and operated the railroad recklessly. It seeks more than $75,000 in damages.

Spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says Metro-North doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Four of the 28 people who sued Metro-North for injuries have accepted settlements. Terms of the deals weren't disclosed.

An eastbound train derailed May 17, 2013, in Bridgeport and was struck about 20 seconds later by a westbound train. More than 70 people were injured.

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Probe of deaths of 3 women prod large reward offer

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Officials are offering a $150,000 reward, the largest ever in Connecticut, for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed three women who disappeared more than a decade ago.

The New Britain Herald reports that a task force of state and local law enforcement officials said Friday that a lone killer was responsible. The women were last seen in 2003 and their remains were found behind a shopping center in 2007.

The task force is leading the investigation into the deaths of 53-year-old Diane Cusack, 24-year-old Joyvaline Martinez and 40-year-old -Mary Jane Menard.

Police on Friday identified Menard as one of the victims.

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Bridgeport lawmaker charged with election fraud

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport state Rep. Christina Ayala is facing state election fraud charges, accused of voting in the wrong district.

The 31-year-old Democrat was arrested by inspectors from the Chief State's Attorney's Office on Friday. She was charged with eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations, and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

The arrest warrant alleges Ayla voted between 2009 and 2012 in various Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee elections, a municipal primary election and a state primary election in districts where she didn't reside. The warrant also claims Ayala fabricated evidence about her address.

A message was left seeking comment with Ayala's attorney.

Ayala lost the Democratic primary for the 128th House District in August. Her term ends at the end of 2014.

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Navy seeks to adapt training for millennials

GROTON, Conn. (AP) The commanding officer of Groton's submarine school says the Navy is looking for ways to adapt its training for millennials.

Navy Capt. Andrew Jarrett says young people raised in a child-centric culture want and expect relationships with their bosses. He said some junior officers have struggled with Navy ways and he has made mentoring a priority.

Jarrett oversees the training of enlisted sailors and officers as commander of the school at Naval Submarine Base New London.

A 1989 graduate of the Naval Academy who describes himself as a member of Generation X, Jarrett said that while some see millennials' desire for feedback as a weakness it could be a benefit if the Navy embraces it.

He said Friday in a talk with a veterans' group the broader Navy is exploring changes to tailor training for the next generation.

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Lawyer convicted of laundering drug dealers' money

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Seymour lawyer has been convicted of money laundering charges and faces up to 40 years in prison.

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier says he will appeal. The 62-year-old lawyer denies knowing Yazdik's money was from drug deals.

His former client, Bruce Yazdzik, testified he made thousands of dollars selling pain pills and needed to launder his cash. The 31-year-old admitted Oxycontin dealer said Crozier helped him legally establish two businesses.

Yazdik, of Waterbury, has been convicted of participating in a drug-trafficking ring.

A prosecutor described Crozier as Yazdzik's ``do everything'' lawyer who went too far.

Federal authorities charged Crozier with conspiracy to commit money laundering after they say he helped Yazdzik invest $30,000 in a failed solar energy company, despite knowing the money had come from drug dealing.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

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Cops: Student shared pot-laced lollipops with pals

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A police chief in Connecticut says a girl handed out marijuana-laced lollipops to classmates at her high school, and one student was hospitalized.

Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza tells the Journal Inquirer that the Enfield High student acknowledged sharing the tainted lollipops, which were laced with THC, an active ingredient in marijuana. She said she received the candy in the mail from California.

The police chief says a 16-year-old girl was hospitalized overnight Monday after consuming one of the lollipops. But he says the student who brought the tainted lollipops to school denied giving any to her.

Because the student is being charged is a juvenile, she will not be arrested. Sferrazza says she'll instead be referred to juvenile court.

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Harford officer cleared in use of stun gun on teen

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the use of a stun gun against a city teenager that prompted demonstrations of protests in which the police chief participated and drew criticism by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

A ruling released by the Hartford Police Department's internal affairs division on Thursday found Detective Shawn Ware was within Hartford police conduct and policies when he used a stun gun on 18-year-old Luis Anglero Aug. 19. Authorities say the officer was responding to an unruly crowd.

Anglero was hospitalized and charged with breach of peace and interfering.

His family said he was obeying Ware's orders when the detective stunned him.

Malloy said the videotaped incident left him ``momentarily sickened,'' which drew a rebuke by the president of the Hartford police union.

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Security stepped up along Connecticut rail lines

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's governor has ordered state police to increase their presence along rail lines and at Bradley International Airport.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy said he issued the order Thursday in light of events overseas and out of abundance of caution. He said there is no credible threat against Connecticut and the measures are precautionary.

Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that captive Islamic State militants told his intelligence agents of an alleged plot to attack subways in the United States and Paris.

Malloy's order affects security along Metro-North and Amtrak train lines.

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Greenwich man accused of racial slurs over ticket

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) Police say a Greenwich man who was issued a ticket over a parking spot used racial slurs against an officer and said he was singled out because he's white.

The Advocate of Stamford reports David G. Liebenguth was arrested Sept. 17 on a charge of second-degree breach of peace.

The arrest warrant released Wednesday says the New Canaan parking enforcement officer issued a ticket to Liebenguth after finding his car parked in an unpaid spot.

Police say Liebenguth started an argument became verbally abusive. In a letter to New Canaan officials, Liebenguth accused the officer of harassment.

A call to a phone number listed in Liebenguth's name was not immediately returned Thursday morning.

Liebenguth turned himself in Sept. 17 and was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29.

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Lawyer sues New Haven over gun arrest at theater

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A lawyer has sued New Haven and Police Chief Dean Esserman over his arrest two years ago for bringing a gun to a movie theater.

Immigration attorney Sung-Ho Hwang claims that the city, Esserman and four officers violated his state constitutional rights when they arrested him on Aug. 7, 2012. His lawyer says police at the scene knew Hwang was licensed to carry a gun.

He was charged with breach of peace and interfering with officers. The charges were dismissed.

The lawsuit seeks more than $15,000 in damages.

The New Haven Register reports the city attorney's office and Esserman were not reached for comment.

Hwang was waiting for the start of ``Dark Knight Rises'' a few weeks after 12 people were fatally shot at an Aurora, Colorado, theater showing the film.

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Foley defends urban plan amid claims it was lifted

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A spokesman for Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley says most of the ideas included in his urban plan came from a public policy think tank he founded.

Democrats are accusing Foley of lifting ideas for his plan, unveiled Wednesday, from Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other sources.

Chris Cooper, Foley's spokesman, said ``borrowing policy ideas from states that have successfully road-tested new policy initiatives is not plagiarism, it's smart.''

Democrats sent an email highlighting passages from Foley's plan that are the same or similar to those in an article about urban crime in Louisiana. Mark Bergman, a spokesman for Malloy's campaign, accused Foley of being ``devoid of a specific thought or idea for urban communities.''

A cap on local car taxes is among Foley's proposals.

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Norwalk, Islamic center resolve mosque lawsuit

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Norwalk and an Islamic center have resolved a two-year-old lawsuit over construction of a mosque, with the city paying $2 million and promising to help find an alternate location for the mosque and meeting hall.

The Hour of Norwalk reports that the Common Council unanimously approved the plan Tuesday evening.

Norwalk will pay litigation damages to Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk, buy Al Madany's site and help it find an alternative site.

Al Madany spokesman Farhan Memon called it a good outcome.

Council President Douglas E. Hempstead said council members balanced their fiduciary responsibilities to taxpayers and guarantees of freedom of religion.

Al Madany sued after the Zoning Commission rejected plans for a 27,000-square-foot building. Neighbors said it was too large for the site in a residential neighborhood.


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