HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The first defendant in a 2013 kidnapping and robbery of a Connecticut jewelry store is facing sentencing on Friday.
Federal prosecutors are calling for a sentence of at least 17 years in prison for 27-year-old William Davis of Allentown, Pennsylvania at the hearing in Hartford.
Authorities say armed robbers broke into a Meriden apartment in April 2013 and bound and blindfolded four people. Two of the men then drove two victims to Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, where the victims worked. Prosecutors said the robbers made away with $4 million in jewelry and watches.
Davis pleaded guilty in December. His attorney has suggested a 10-year prison sentence.
Two of the four other defendants in the case have pleaded guilty but have not been sentenced and two are still awaiting trial.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An apartment building fire in Hartford has displaced about 70 residents.
Reports of the fire came in about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The blaze quickly escalated due to stiff winds and an asphalt roof, drawin in firefighters and equipment from across the city.
City officials say all residents got out and were accounted for by 9:30 p.m. One resident and a firefighter were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
Officials estimate that 24 families, including 44 adults and 26 children, were driven out. Many are staying in hotels and churches.
Mayor Pedro Segarra and fire Chief Carlos Huertas credited fire alarms in the building for helping residents exit safely.
One of the three buildings in the complex is uninhabitable, but officials say residents may return to two nearby buildings.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The state attorney general's office says Anthem Inc. customers are increasingly reporting fraudulent tax returns being filed using their names and other personal information.
But spokesman Robert Blanchard said that because of the number and variety of recent data breaches, state officials cannot pinpoint the origin of potential identity theft.
The New Haven Register reports that Blanchard says it's easy for an overlap to occur. The state recommends Anthem consumers who believe their identity has been compromised enroll in an identity theft protection program offered by Anthem.
A Department of Revenue Services spokeswoman says the increase in fraudulent state tax returns being filed is ``quite significant.''
Anthem, which is the nation's second-largest health insurance company, said in February as many as 80 million customers had their account information stolen.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty in connection with a New York highway crash that claimed a life.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Wednesday that Jose Ramirez of Norwalk pleaded guilty this week to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.
The wreck happened around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2014. It was on Interstate-95 north at eastbound Interstate 287 in Rye.
Authorities say the defendant was driving about 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.
He struck a DOT truck with a lighted construction arrow that was parked in the median.
His front-seat passenger, Kellman Villa-Santos, was pronounced dead at the scene.
His back-seat passenger, Emmanuel Gonzalez, suffered traumatic brain injury, paralysis, loss of memory and other injuries.
The truck flipped over. Its occupant required surgery.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) A Manchester social service agency will close its 40-bed homeless shelter July 1 rather than comply with a state order to admit homeless people who abuse alcohol and drugs.
Beth Stafford, executive director of the Manchester Area Conferences of Churches, said Wednesday that funding of $174,000 from the state Department of Housing of a total $330,000 shelter budget would be tied to admitting people who are actively drinking and using drugs.
Stafford says the organization does not have the staff and money to supervise abusers of alcohol and drugs. She also says staff and officials are concerned about safety of staff members.
Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, said emergency shelters should serve people who need shelter, including those who drink and use drugs.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The lawyer for an Enfield dentist says his client will challenge criminal prosecution related to the death of a patient.
The Journal Inquirer reports that attorney Hubert Santos cited in Hartford Superior Court Tuesday ``a substantial double jeopardy'' claim because his client, Rashmi Patel, had faced proceedings before the state Dental Commission. The panel suspended his license pending a review.
Authorities say Patel's patient, 64-year-old Judith Gan, died last February after her oxygen levels dropped while under sedation when she had 20 teeth pulled and implants installed.
Patel was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminally negligent homicide and a felony count of tampering with evidence.
Santos says court decisions are split on whether a regulatory proceeding can bar criminal prosecution as a violation of protections against double jeopardy.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Sexual assault forensic examinations will be conducted at UConn's Storrs campus under a bill moving through the General Assembly.
The Senate unanimously supported the legislation on Tuesday. It now moves to the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers said the idea for the bill came from UConn students, concerned the closest location for such exams is about 25 minutes away at Windham Hospital. There are currently six acute care hospitals with people trained to use so-called rape kits.
The bill also requires sexual assault forensic examiners receive 40 hours of classroom training and have knowledge of legal issues, such as chain of custody.
Last summer, UConn agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged UConn did not take their claims of campus sexual assaults seriously.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled that Hartford may not remove three registrars of voters at the center of Election Day polling place delays last November.
Judge Constance Epstein said Tuesday the City Council does not have the authority to remove Democrat Olga Vazquez and Republican Sheila Hall.
The third registrar, Working Families Party member Urania Petit, also asked the court to halt removal hearings but withdrew her case before the decision. She submitted her resignation Tuesday.
Epstein said Hartford's charter doesn't give city officials authority to remove the registrars, who are elected. The registrars are each paid about $80,000 annually.
Ross Garber, a lawyer for the City Council, said officials are evaluating the ruling and haven't decided whether to appeal.
Voter registration lists that weren't ready delayed voting at some Hartford polling places.
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) A Fairfield man has been found dead in mud flats near Long Island Sound.
Westport police say they also found the rowing boat of William Supone beached on an Island in Long Island Sound Tuesday.
Westport police say they were called Tuesday night by Fairfield police about a missing person investigation.
Fairfield and Norwalk police and the Coast Guard searched the Long Island Sound area off Westport.
The chief medical examiner's office has scheduled an autopsy for the 61-year-old Supone.
No other details were immediately available Wednesday morning.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Police say an infant in a baby stroller was an unwitting accomplice in an attempted robbery of a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Greenwich.
The Greenwich Time reports that police say a shoplifting suspect tried to leave the store Sunday without paying for a pair of jeans. Mary Meerbergen is accused of hiding clothing in the lower compartment of a baby stroller, with the infant inside.
Police Lt. Kraig Gray said ``people will do anything,'' with thefts ``quite meticulously put together sometimes.''
The 31-year-old Meerbergen of Greenwich was charged with sixth-degree larceny and risk of injury to a minor.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Preliminary numbers for the first week of central Connecticut's bus-only corridor show an average of 10,344 daily riders.
The Hartford Courant reports that Transportation Commissioner James Redeker says reliable numbers probably won't be available for a month or two. CTfastrak began service March 28.
Backers of the $567 million Hartford-to-New Britain route and its critics are looking for ridership numbers to prove their point that the bus rapid-transit system is a success or a costly failure.
Redeker says the numbers so far are impressive and maybe beyond expectations.
Some buses were packed to their full 112-passenger capacity, while others carried just two or three passengers.
The state says it's looking to average 11,000 daily riders on the busway's routes in the first year and 16,000 by 2030.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) A Lebanon man accused of murder says he fatally stabbed a friend of his father following years of abuse.
Police say Alan Nadeau said he was seated on a couch in the living room of his home Sunday when he had ``flashbacks'' of abuse by his father and the victim, identified by police as Christian E. Beloin. He said he retrieved a ``bayonet'' knife from his basement and stabbed the 38-year-old Beloin in the neck.
State police say Beloin of Coventry was asleep on the couch at the time of the attack.
The 31-year-old Nadeau told police he then turned himself into state police in Colchester.
Police say Beloin's death has been ruled a homicide.
Nadeau was arraigned Monday in Norwich Superior Court and held on $1 million bond.
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut father is accusing the Little League in one of the country's wealthiest towns of demoting his 9-year-old son after the father proposed an affordable housing complex near a former league official's home.
Christopher Stefanoni says in a federal lawsuit that Darien residents are so worried that affordable housing will draw black people to town that they'll do just about anything to stop it. Lawyers for the Darien Little League deny the allegations.
A federal judge in Bridgeport is now mulling whether to approve the league's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in 2013.
The lawsuit has reopened old wounds in Darien, the New York City suburb depicted in the 1947 Oscar-winning movie ``Gentleman's Agreement'' where residents conspired not to sell their homes to Jews.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport store owner has been shot and killed in a robbery at his business and police are looking for two suspects.
Police said 57-year-old Jose Salgado and his wife were working in their store, Sapiao's Grocery, when two armed men came in at about 3 p.m. Saturday and demanded money. Police said Salgado gave them money, but one of the suspects shot him.
Salgado was taken to a hospital, where he died at about 3:45 p.m.
Police said surveillance video shows the suspects walking toward the store along Linen Avenue, then running away in the direction they came from. Witnesses told police the men got into a bright green car with a third person inside and drove away.
Salgado was the second Bridgeport store worker killed in the last month. No one has been arrested.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's inspector general says Metro-North maintenance crews get little or no supervision and fail to document their work.
The New York Post reports the transit agency's inspector general also says maintenance crews sometimes don't even receive assignments.
Many of the problems were brought to the railroad's attention in 2001, but were not properly addressed. That audit found a lack of record-keeping for equipment failures and repair work and reported that Metro-North was not keeping track of the work by crews during their shifts.
However, Inspector General Barry Kluger's office says Metro-North's new management ``clearly recognizes the seriousness of the issue.''
Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the agency is working to fix the problems by establishing a computer-based system of record-keeping to track work that's assigned and completed.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A mentally disabled Connecticut man serving a life sentence for a 1987 murder has been released on bail following a court order for a new trial.
Richard Lapointe wore a black shirt with the words ``I didn't do it'' as he stepped out of the Hartford courthouse Friday on a $250,000 bond. He said: ``I feel wonderful.''
The state Supreme Court ruled on March 31 that Lapointe was deprived of a fair trial because prosecutors failed to disclose material that may have supported an alibi defense. His advocates have questioned the validity of a confession he made to police in the slaying of his wife's grandmother.
Murder charges have been refiled but prosecutor Gail Hardy said the state has not decided whether it will go ahead with another trial.
PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) Police have identified a man found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Plainville as a 42-year-old West Hartford man who went missing Wednesday.
Plainville police said Friday that Robert Raymond had blunt trauma injuries that were consistent with a fall. Two hikers on Pinnacle Mountain found his body on Thursday.
Authorities say Raymond left an assisted-living home in West Hartford where he was living Wednesday morning and was reported missing later in the day. Police say they're trying to determine how Raymond made his way to the mountain.
Police say the medical examiner's office performed an autopsy, but the cause of Raymond's death remains undetermined.
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) A former Marine from Connecticut was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a truck stop in South Carolina.
The Anderson Independent-Mail reports 53-year-old Garbin Libert of New Haven, Connecticut, was walking from the Love's Travel Stop store to his truck in Fair Play when a tractor-trailer ran over him about 4 a.m. Thursday.
Anderson County Chief Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman says Libert was carrying postcards addressed to his mother and niece.
Boseman says Libert died at the scene of blunt-force injuries. Libert was pinned under the tractor-trailer.
Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller says no charges have been filed against the driver, 37-year-old Tony Oglesby of Memphis, Tennessee. Oglesby told authorities he didn't see Libert, who was wearing a black shirt and jeans.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State investigators have cited the Hartford Fire Department for serious violations found during an investigation of a blaze that killed a city firefighter in October.
City fire officials said Thursday that the department received citations from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The agency investigated the house blaze that killed 48-year-old firefighter Kevin Bell, who died after his tank ran out of air. Bell was the first city firefighter to die in the line of duty in four decades.
The violations included not ensuring firefighters wore protective equipment according to manufacturer's instructions, not issuing and requiring the use of protective hoods and not ensuring that air tanks underwent required testing every five years.
Fire officials say they dispute the findings and have requested a meeting with OSHA officials.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Residents in 10 Connecticut towns mostly in Fairfield County paid more state income taxes in 2013 than residents of the 113 towns who paid the least.
The Hartford Courant reports that according to data from the state Department of Revenue Services, the average New Canaan tax bill was $24,760, higher than the average Greenwich tax return of $24,209.
Greenwich residents paid more than $642 million in state income taxes last year.
In contrast, residents of North Canaan, Scotland and Union contributed less than $1 million from each town in personal income taxes.
The municipalities with the lowest per-person state income tax bills were Hartford, with an average of $903 per return, Bridgeport at $938 and Waterbury at $1,110.
Wednesday is the deadline to pay federal and state taxes for 2014.