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Man convicted in 2004 killing of physicist

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A man has been found guilty of taking part in the fatal beating of a well-known physicist from New Hampshire a decade ago.

Mozzelle Brown was convicted of murder Friday by a New London Superior Court jury that deliberated for more than three days.

Prosecutors say Brown and his cousin, Chad Schaffer, attacked Eugene Mallove in the driveway of his Norwich rental home in May 2004. Mallove was cleaning out the house after evicting Schaffer's family for not paying rent.

Schaffer is serving a 16-year prison sentence. Brown was brought to trial from a federal prison, where he was serving a 15-year prison sentence as a career criminal on drug and weapons charges.

Mallove was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for a book he wrote on cold fusion theory.

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Sleepwalker files lawsuit over police stun gun use

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An Enfield man has filed a federal lawsuit alleging police shocked him 10 times with a stun gun after he entered the wrong home while sleepwalking.

Attorneys for Christopher Demski originally filed the lawsuit this week in state court, but moved it to U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

Demski says he was sleepwalking in his pajamas in October 2013 when he walked into the home of his parents' neighbor. According to the lawsuit, the neighbor called police, but later realized who it was and told officers Demski needed medical attention.

Demski says police instead shocked him with the stun gun and had a dog attack him.

Police Chief Carl Sferrazza says the department has a different version of the events.

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3 new rail stations set for Conn.-Mass. rail line

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials have announced the start of construction of train stations at Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program.

The nearly $59 million project announced Friday is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed by the launch of the service in late 2016. The stations will feature high-level platforms, an overhead pedestrian bridge, platform snow melt systems and electric vehicle charging stations.

The new line promises significant new rail service in the Connecticut River Valley.

When the service is launched, the frequency of weekday round trip trains will increase from six to 17 trains between New Haven and Hartford with up to 12 trains continuing to Springfield, Massachusetts.

The 62-mile project is promoted for its potential to spur development and economic activity.

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Milford man held on school threat

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A 48-year-old Milford man accused of threatening a high school in his neighborhood is held on $250,000 bail after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

The Connecticut Post reports James Piccirillo appeared in superior court Wednesday on charges of second-degree threatening, illegal possession of explosives and illegal possession of an assault weapon.

An arrest warrant alleged that Piccirillo said in a Bridgeport bar that he was going to take the Jonathan Law High School hostage. It says Piccirillo told an FBI agent he wasn't serious about the threat, and his mother told the FBI he was depressed after his father's recent death. Police said they found several semi-automatic weapons and low-grade commercial fireworks at his home.

He was sent last week for a mental health evaluation and later transferred to police custody. It's not immediately known who represents him.

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Bridgeport sees no repeat of 2010 voting troubles

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport elections officials say they're prepared for any potential problems on Election Day to avoid a repeat of troubles that marred vote counting in 2010.

The Republican American reports that Republican registrar Linda Grace said the city has enough ballots. The city has ordered 68,021 ballots, one for each voter registered plus 20 percent, for Election Day registration.

Four years ago, Bridgeport ordered 21,000 ballots despite the state's recommendation the city buy a ballot for every voter. The city at that time had 69,000 registered voters.

More voters than expected showed up at the polls and faced major delays at polling places. A court order kept 12 of the city's 24 precincts open two hours late.

Democrat Dannel P. Malloy narrowly edged out Republican Tom Foley in 2010 after an audit of Bridgeport ballots.

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Mother of group home resident alleges rape of son

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The mother of a teenage boy who says he was raped by a fellow resident of a South Windsor group home is suing the nonprofit that operates the facility, accusing staff of negligence.

The Journal Inquirer reports that Hartford Superior Court Judge Antonio C. Robaina is permitting the boy and his mother to not use their names in court papers.

The lawsuit says the rape occurred in October 2013 at the group home operated by Community Residences Inc.

Community Residences denies the rape occurred as alleged. Lawyer David G. Hill said the organization has an ``impeccable record'' protecting its clients.

The youngster who was 14 at the time of the alleged incident is described as having emotional and psychological difficulties and had a ``behavior support plan'' that required round-the-clock individual staffing.

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Experience an issue in Metro-North worker's death

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Documents from federal investigators show managers at Metro-North Railroad questioned the experience of a trainee who reopened a track without proper approval shortly before a track foreman was killed in Connecticut last year.

The Journal News reports Stephen Neville, deputy chief of train operations, told the National Transportation Safety Board that after three months on the job, the trainee received ``unacceptable,'' ``barely acceptable'' and ``fair'' in an evaluation. He said scored ``good'' in some categories.

He said two rail traffic controllers didn't believe the trainee would succeed and with more time might handle slower areas.

Track foreman Robert Luden was killed May 28, 2013, in West Haven. The rail traffic controller and his supervisor were suspended.

Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan said the trainee was not hired and his supervisor assigned to a desk job.

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School garden honoring stabbing victim dedicated

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Friends and school officials have dedicated a garden to the memory of a Milford high school student who was fatally stabbed.

The garden of purple flowers, wooden benches and a heart sculpture was dedicated Wednesday at Jonathan Law High School in honor of Maren Sanchez. The 16-year-old student was killed at the school in April.

Another student, 17-year-old Christopher Plaskon, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The New Haven Register reports that principal Fran Thompson told students, staff and family at the dedication that Maren remains very much a part of the daily lives of students and school staff.

The garden is at the top of a hill that overlooks the softball field. Sanchez was manager of the girls' softball and swim teams.

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Governor announces Ebola website for information

Governor Dannel Malloy has announced that the State of Connecticut has launched a website to keep residents informed regarding the Ebola virus.

The website is and there will be a link to it on all homepages of all state agencies.

The Gov. says many  residents have questions and concerns. so they felt it was important to create a localized site where information will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

9 Ct. residents are under quarantine due to the possibility they may have the ebola virus. They include the two Yale Researchers who returned from Liberia recently and SIX members of a West Haven family who returned from West Africa.

Governor Malloy convened a Unified Command Team (UCT) to ensure statewide coordination in the ongoing emergency management efforts.  That team is in the process of conducting a review of municipal and state agency inventories of Personal Protective Equipment.



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Ex-Pequot chairman appeals embezzlement conviction

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An attorney for the former Mashantucket Pequot leader convicted of embezzling from the tribe has told a U.S. appeals court that his client was blocked from preventing key evidence at trial.

Michael Thomas, a former chairman of the tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino, began serving an 18-month prison sentence in January.

The Day of New London reports that a defense attorney argued Tuesday before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Haven that Thomas was kept from putting on a proper defense by the trial judge's decision to bar certain lines of argument. For instance, Thomas could not argue he had a history of reimbursing personal expenses that he charged to a tribe-issued credit card.

Thomas was convicted last year of running up more than $100,000 in illegal charges.

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Administrators seek special probation in sex case

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Two Connecticut school administrators are seeking a special form of probation on charges they failed to report a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student.

Stamford High School principal Donna Valentine and assistant principal Roth Nordin on Tuesday asked a judge to accept them into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program for first-time offenders. Defendants who successfully complete the program have their criminal records expunged.

The two are accused of violating a law that requires school officials to report any suspected relationship between and adult and a student.

Prosecutors say they knew of the relationship between an 18-year-old and 32-year-old Danielle Watkins of Norwalk, who was charged in July with sexual assault. Police say Watkins gave the student drugs and sex and threatened to fail him if he told anyone.

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Sex offender MD denied hearing to get license back

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) The state Medical Examining Board has denied a hearing on a request by a Greenwich doctor who is a registered sex offender in Connecticut and New York to reinstate his Connecticut medical license.

The Greenwich Time and Connecticut Health I-Team report that the state Department of Public Health objected to giving a hearing to Clifford A. Berken.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Berken, a doctor of internal medicine and gastroenterology, was arrested in New York in 2008.

He pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges by the Westchester County District Attorney's office in New York that he engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old boy.

He was sentenced on a charge of attempting to disseminate indecent material to a minor.

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Latest Q Poll out on Governors Race

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's race for governor remains tight and many voters appear to dislike both major party candidates, according to a new Quinnipiac  University Poll.

The survey released Wednesday shows Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with 43 percent of the support of likely voters. Republican Tom Foley has 42 percent, while conservative petitioning candidate Joe Visconti has 9 percent.

An Oct. 8 poll showed Malloy with 43 percent, Foley with 43 percent and Visconti with 9 percent.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said Foley's favorability rating ``continues to tumble.'' For the first time, more voters have a negative view of him than a positive one. Malloy's favorability rating is slightly worse, however.

The telephone survey of 1,010 likely voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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Gun supporters blast Malloy in TV ad

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The gun industry is running TV ads attacking Gov. Dannel Malloy over Connecticut's gun-control law enacted last year.

A  one-minute commercial produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group near Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six educators were killed has debuted on cable networks.

The ad says Malloy caricatures the industry as greedy and being willing to allow mentally ill people to own guns.

Malloy stood by comments he made last year in a CNN interview in which he said the gun industry wanted QUOTE ``to sell as many guns to as many people as possible even if they're deranged.''

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State employees travel restrictions

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State employees are being asked to avoid nonessential travel to countries experiencing outbreaks of Ebola. Employees who have visited certain countries must follow protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including monitoring their health for 21 days if they were in an area with an Ebola outbreak, and taking their temperature.

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Man pleads guilty in Connecticut campus gun scare

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to weapons charges stemming from a gun scare last year at the University of New Haven.

Authorities say William Dong, a former UNH student, pleaded guilty Friday to illegal importation of a semi-automatic Bushmaster that he had in his car and illegal possession of pistols that he brought onto campus.

State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor in Milford said the plea agreement calls for a mandatory minimum of two years in prison, followed by five years of probation. Sentencing is set for Dec. 19.

The campus was locked down for more than four hours Dec. 3, 2013, as police arrested Dong and searched the school grounds.

Police say they found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings about the Colorado theater shooting at Dong's home.

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Police ID New York man shot after bus stabbings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police have released the identity of a man who slashed two passengers during a box-cutter rampage aboard a tour bus on Interstate 95 before he was fatally shot by a trooper in Norwalk.

Police said Friday he was 32-year-old Ye Hua Jian of New York City's Chinatown neighborhood.

Police had said he wasn't carrying identification and wasn't known to the 20 other passengers. The bus was headed Tuesday night from New York City to the Mohegan Sun casino in southeastern Connecticut.

Police said he stabbed a man and a woman with a box cutter on the bus, and also cut himself. The bus pulled over in Norwalk.

Hearst Connecticut Media reported that investigators had been consulting law enforcement around the country to try to determine his identity.

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Toddler dies after Connecticut armored truck crash

GRANBY, Conn. (AP) Police say a 14-month-old Connecticut boy has died of injuries he received last week in a crash between his father's car and an armored truck.

Granby Police Capt. William Tyler said Thursday that Landon Ayers died at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He had been listed in critical condition after the Oct. 9 crash.

Tyler said the boy's father, 24-year-old Kevin Ayers of East Granby, remains in stable condition at Hartford Hospital.

Police said Ayers was driving eastbound on Route 20 in Granby when his car was in a head-on crash with a westbound armored truck. The truck driver and a passenger were not seriously injured. Some money was spilled from the truck, but police said it was all recovered.

Tyler said Thursday no charges have been filed in the crash, which is still being investigated.

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Mother charged in trash bin disposal of newborn

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An 18-year old woman has been arrested for allegedly disposing of her dead newborn boy in a trash bin in East Hartford.

Police arrested Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor and concealment of a delivery. Police say they found the body of her newborn child in the trash in August.

Police have been investigating the death and disposal of the baby since August and working with the medical examiner to determine what happened.

Police say they were tipped off by Connecticut Children's Medical Center doctors who said she showed signs of having given birth but did not have a newborn.

Bond for Sotomayor-Cruz was set at $500,000.

It was not known Friday if she has a lawyer.

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Yale student tests negative for Ebola

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday ordered all hospitals in Connecticut to test their preparedness to handle potential Ebola cases by next week, so state officials can see if their procedures are up to standard.


Malloy also established a command team to act as a central authority to deal with any Ebola cases in the state. The team is led by Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewell Mullen and includes officials from state agencies for public safety, education, prison and environmental protection.


Last week, the governor declared a public health emergency to prepare. The order gave Mullen the authority to quarantine people who officials believe have either been exposed to or infected with Ebola.


Mullen used that authority Thursday for the first time for a patient at Yale-New Haven Hospital who was isolated Wednesday night after developing a fever shortly after returning from Liberia, although hospital officials already had segregated the patient and were following protocols set by federal health officials. Tests for Ebola came back negative.


The patient was one of two doctoral students at Yale University who were in Liberia from mid-September until last week, helping government officials set up a computer system to track Ebola. Yale officials said the students didn't have any contact with Ebola patients but did have contact with a person who later contracted the disease.


One of the team's responsibilities, Malloy said, will be to make sure that first responders and hospital personnel are properly trained to deal with potential Ebola cases.


The moves come amid a continuing outbreak of Ebola in western Africa, where the death toll is nearing 4,500, and growing concerns about the disease spreading in the U.S. Three people in the U.S. have tested positive for Ebola. Two nurses in Dallas contracted the virus after caring for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease.


"I want everyone to know, from the nurses in our emergency rooms to our first responders and our law enforcement personnel, we will provide whatever resources we have at our disposal so that they can do their critical work and perform it safely," Malloy said.


Dr. Mary Cooper, quality director at the Connecticut Hospital Association, said all 28 hospitals in the state that the association represents already have completed an Ebola preparedness checklist recently issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She welcomed the governor's order for drills and said hospitals have been preparing for potential Ebola cases for weeks.



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