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Woman claims mayor exposed himself to her


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An administrative assistant at East Haven Town hall has filed a complaint against the mayor, alleging he exposed himself to her as part of a pattern of sexual harassment.

The complaint against Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. was filed with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities on July 14.

Maturo issued a statement Thursday calling the complaint salacious and full of false allegations. He described the administrative assistant as a disgruntled employee who was on the verge of being terminated.

The woman says the mayor continually made comments about her breasts and exposed himself to her in October 2013.

Her attorney, John Williams of East Haven, says the mayor was warned in front of witnesses by the town's police chief that some of his actions constituted sexual harassment.

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Cheshire demolishes trash-filled house


CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) The town of Cheshire has demolished the trash-filled house where a reclusive woman died under the tons of junk she had hoarded over years.

The Republican-American newspaper reports the town has agreed to spend $22,000 on the clean-up effort, which began Thursday with the demolition of Beverly Mitchell's former home on Winslow Street.

Mitchell's body was found in home's basement after a three-day search in June, under debris that had collapsed on top of her. The medical examiner ruled she suffocated.

The town decided to demolish the home and clean the site after health officials declared it a hazard.

Keith Erickson, the owner of Cheshire-based Excavation Technologies, tells the New Haven Register the house was filled from floor to ceiling with garbage, which filled several 40-foot dumpsters.

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New London mayor suspends police chief


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London's mayor has suspended the police chief, a day after she filed an injunction seeking to block him from interfering with her job.

Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio on Thursday put Police Chief Margaret Ackley on paid leave pending the outcome of an independent investigation into her conduct.

Deputy Chief Peter Reichard was named acting chief.

Among other thing, Finizio accuses Ackley of trying to undermine contract negotiations with the police union, misrepresenting financial information about the department to the media and deliberately failing to assign officers to Ocean Beach Park on the July Fourth weekend to make a budgetary point.

Ackley asked for a preliminary injunction Wednesday that would bar the mayor from interfering with her duties, until a lawsuit she filed in 2013 over her compensation is adjudicated.

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Hartford officer fires shot at suspect


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford police say they are investigating after an officer fired two shots at a carjacking suspect.

Police say no one was hurt during the incident, which occurred Thursday morning on Campfield Avenue near the intersection with Adelaide Street.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says officers were chasing a man on foot after a shot was fired during a carjacking and crash on Broad Street, when the suspect pulled a gun. An officer fired two shots at the man. Nobody was injured.

Police used a dog to help track the man and take him into custody. Police say they also recovered a weapon.

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Conn. man gave alcohol to minors later killed in crash


BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) Police are continuing to investigate a crash in Boothbay Harbor that left two teenagers dead.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's office says the teens were in an SUV that was traveling at a high rate of speed when it went off Route 27 early Wednesday morning and struck several trees.

The driver, 19-year-old Casey Dalton of Boothbay Harbor, and a 17-year-old whose name was not released by police were pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's office later said that 21-year-old William Gerardi, of Hebron, Connecticut, had been charged with furnishing liquor to a minor in connection with the crash. Lt. Rand Maker said Gerardi allegedly provided alcohol to the teens prior to the crash.

Investigators had not yet determined whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Bail for Gerardi was set at $5,000.

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Waterbury store clerk dies days after shooting


WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A Waterbury store clerk has died, 10 days after being shot during a robbery.

Police say 61-year-old David Shand died on Wednesday as a result of his injuries, which had left him paralyzed.

He was shot in the neck during an armed robbery while working at the Bucks Hill Market on July 20.

Police arrested 19-year-old Tony Dupre a few hours later after identifying him from a store surveillance video.

They say that video showed him stepping behind the counter, shooting Shand and stepping over him to take money from the register.

Dupre was initially charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and robbery, but police say more charges are likely.

He is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond and is due back in court on Aug. 13.

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Minister loses ordination amid larceny charges


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The American Baptist Churches of Connecticut has defrocked a Stratford minister who is accused of larceny.

Rev. Dr. Judy Albeen, the executive minister of the organization, tells The Connecticut Post it has removed the ordination of Robert Genevicz and no longer recognizes him as a minister.

Genevicz has led the Stratford Baptist church for 16 years. That church said Tuesday it stands behind a previous statement that it fully supports Genevicz and desires that he remains pastor of the church.

The 67-year-old is charged with first-degree larceny in the theft of more than $173,000 from a 71-year old member of the church.

He also is being sued by a Trumbull woman who claims he defrauded her 88-year-old mother out of about $200,000.

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Police: Greenwich woman threatened housekeeper


GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) A Greenwich woman faces larceny and disorderly conduct charges after police say she threatened her housekeeper with a golf club and stole from the woman during a dispute over perceived property damage.

Fifty-six-year-old Shari Lampart is free after posting $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Aug. 1.

Police tell the Greenwich Time Lampart confronted the housekeeper on June 29 over the woman's job performance and accused her of causing damage to the house in the tony New York suburb.

Police say that as the argument escalated, Lampart grabbed the golf club. They say she later broke into the woman's car and took money from her purse.

Lampart does not have a listed phone number and attempts to reach her Wednesday were unsuccessful.

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Hebron woman faces felony charge in fatal crash


HEBRON, Conn. (AP) A 50-year-old Hebron woman has been charged with a felony in a fatal accident that took the life of a RHAM Middle School teacher.

Police say Elizabeth Everett turned herself in Tuesday to face a felony charge of misconduct with a motor vehicle. She also was cited for unsafe backing.

Dawn Mallory died two weeks after being struck by Everett's car in the parking lot of the school in Hebron in March. Police say the 65-year-old teacher fell backward after being struck and hit her head on the pavement.

Police say Everett pulled into a school bus loading zone and was trying to back out when the accident occurred.

A phone message was left Wednesday morning seeking comment from Everett, who is due in Rockville Superior Court on Aug. 12.

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Former swim coach pleads guilty to sex assault


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A former swim coach and math teacher at Staples High School in Westport has pleaded guilty to raping two pre-teen girls.

The Connecticut Post reports that 44-year-old Jeffrey Schare pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and other charges. He faces eight years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3.

Police say the assaults took place over a three-year period.

Schare was arrested after admitting his actions to the girls' mother and a friend, who went to police.

Police say the older girl also confided to a counselor at her school, who was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to report the abuse.

Schare coached the boy's swimming and dive team at Staples High School for seven years.

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East Granby man arrested in car with 15-year-old


WINSTED, Conn. (AP) A 25-year-old East Granby man has been arrested after police say they caught him having sex in a car with a 15-year-old.

James Tardiff was charged Sunday with second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and furnishing liquor to a minor.

Police tell the Republican American a patrol officer spotted Tardif and the teenager in a car parked parked at Ledgebrook Plaza at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

He is due in Superior Court on Aug. 4.

Tardiff could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He does not have a listed phone number calls to a number listed for his family were not connected.

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Mayor calls police after alderman's drunken outburst


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The head of New Britain's Common Council has stepped down after what police say was a drunken confrontation with the mayor in her office.

Michael Trueworthy, the mayor pro tem, says he will remain a city alderman, but will resign his leadership position to deal with an alcohol problem.

Police say they were called to Mayor Erin Stewart's office last Tuesday after after a drunken Truworthy showed up, called her vulgar names and demanded her resignation.

Stewart told police that the 36-year-old Trueworthy also demanded she get him a drink.

Friends were called to bring Trueworthy home.

Trueworthy, who is serving his sixth term as a Democratic alderman, confirmed the accuracy of the police report Monday and asked for forgiveness. The mayor says she does not plan to press charges.

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Metro-North train evacuated because of smoke


FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Metro-North commuter train has been evacuated after a small fire was reported in the mechanism that connects the train to overhead electrical wires.

Railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena says smoke was spotted above the train at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Metro Station.

The train, full of rush-hour commuters, was evacuated and fire officials responded. Arena says no injuries were reported.

He says the problem was isolated to the train's pantograph, which connects it to the overhead catenary lines.

Passengers were put on another train to New York. Arena says other trains are able to bypass that track, and delays have been minimal.

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Branford dispensary to begin selling pot in Sept.


BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) A Branford marijuana dispensary plans to begin selling pot in September.

Manager, Nick Tamborrino says Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut, one of six state-approved dispensaries of medical marijuana, will open probably around the last week in August for counseling.

The New Haven Register reports that Bluepoint Wellness and the other dispensaries will serve 2,000 patients who registered with the state Department of Consumer Protection.

Registered patients may legally consume products, including brownies, cookies, e-cigarette liquid and pills, made at the state's four wholesale growing facilities.

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12-year-old crashes car into neighbor's house


NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A Norwalk man faces charges after his 12-year-old son allegedly crashed the family car into a neighbor's house.

Police say 45-year-old Giuseppe Manugus allowed the boy to get behind the wheel Saturday.

He told authorities he was teaching his son to drive and instructed him to back down the driveway and then pull the car forward. They say the 12-year-old instead lost control of the vehicle, backed across the street and crashed into the home.

Police say the house suffered only minor damage and nobody was injured.

Manugus was charged with risk of injury to a minor. He is due in Norwalk Superior Court on Aug. 1.

An attempt to reach Manugus for comment Monday was unsuccessful. No listed phone number for him could be found.

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Man charged with shooting pet turtle


STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) A 31-year-old Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot and killed his girlfriend's pet turtle.

Sgt. Louis Diamanti, the town's animal control officer, says Steven Richard used a BB gun rifle to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue.

Police responded just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives in the house. They discovered the dead turtle in the yard.

Diamanti says he does not know what type of turtle it was.

Police say Richard did not explain why he shot the pet. A phone listed for Richard had been disconnected Monday.

Richard was released on a promise to appear Aug. 4 in New London Superior Court.

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Connecticut man arraigned in slaying of mother


ORANGE, Conn. (AP) A 22-year-old man has been arraigned on a murder charge in the killing of his mother in Orange.

Timothy Granata appeared Friday in Derby Superior Court. Bail was kept at $2 million.

Police Chief Robert Gagne said Timothy Granata was arrested Thursday afternoon after the body of 58-year-old Claudia Granata was found at her home. The chief said police were called to the home on Wild Rose Drive at around 2:15 p.m. and found the young man nearby.

The New Haven Register reports his attorney, Charles Tiernan III, told the judge Granata has a psychiatric history and asked that Granata be transferred to a psychiatric facility. The newspaper says Granata, a junior at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, wept and appeared near collapse a few times as he was arraigned.

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Judge denies Hernandez's request for dismissal


FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A judge has rejected a motion by lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to dismiss charges stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near the former New England Patriot player's home.

Hernandez's lawyers argued that prosecutors hadn't shown probable cause to sustain the murder charge against Hernandez in the death of Odin Lloyd and hadn't presented any evidence or motive for the slaying.

The Bristol Superior Court judge said in her ruling Thursday that probable cause, and a defendant's guilt, can be established by circumstantial evidence, and prosecutors don't need to prove a motive to secure a murder conviction.

Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing Lloyd, who was dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister. His trial is scheduled to start Jan. 9.

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Connecticut lieutenant governor race gets testy


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's race for lieutenant governor is heating up, stoked by claims of racism and personal attacks in the three-way Republican primary.

Typically in statewide elections, the races for governor and U.S. Senate are where the most political punches are thrown. But with the availability of public campaign financing, more candidates are choosing to run for lieutenant governor, raising the stakes for the state's No. 2 job.

The candidates in this year's GOP primary include the party-endorsed candidate, Penny Bacchiochi (BAH'-kee-ah-kee), former Groton Town Mayor Heather Somers and former U.S. Comptroller David Walker.

Somers has been running radio ads targeting Bacchiochi, criticizing her support of medical marijuana and Bacchiochi's earlier accusations of a whisper campaign about her being married to a black man. Somers says it's part of vetting a candidate.

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New London to investigate incoming superintendent


NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) New London's Board of Education has halted the hiring process for its incoming school superintendent and voted to investigate his resume.

Thursday night's votes came amid allegations that 49-year-old Terrence Carter falsely represented himself in numerous documents as having a Ph.D. when he does not have an accredited degree. He is scheduled to receive his doctorate next month from Lesley University in Massachusetts.

Carter, who met with board members privately before Thursday's meeting, says he is not withdrawing from the job and has done nothing wrong.

Board President Margaret Mary Curtin says the investigation should take about a month to complete.

An interim superintendent is expected to be appointed until the investigation is completed.

 

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