HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man sentenced to two years in state prison last month for bringing a semiautomatic rifle and other firearms onto a college campus and causing a lockdown has received five years of probation in a related federal prosecution.
Twenty-three-year-old William Dong of Fairfield was sentenced Thursday in Hartford federal court for illegally transporting a Bushmaster XM-15 rifle from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, where that rifle is banned.
Dong was arrested at the University of New Haven in December 2013. Authorities say he brought two loaded handguns into a class, and police found the rifle in his car. Officials also found 2,700 rounds of ammunition and newspaper clippings about the Colorado theater shooting at Dong's home.
Dong's lawyer says Dong brought the guns on campus to protect himself and fellow students.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Venezuelan hedge fund manager has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for running a massive Connecticut-based investment fraud scheme that involved hundreds of millions of dollars.
Francisco Illarramendi expressed remorse during his sentencing Thursday in federal court in Bridgeport. He pleaded guilty to several fraud and conspiracy charges four years ago in what federal prosecutors have called their biggest white-collar criminal case ever in Connecticut.
Illarramendi was accused of reaping $20 million for himself in a massive Ponzi scheme that exposed mostly foreign investors to more than $200 million in losses, much of it from Venezuela's state oil company.
Authorities say much of the money has been recovered, but it's still unclear exactly how much money investors lost.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A federal lawsuit says officials at the exclusive Indian Mountain School in Salisbury did nothing as students were sexually assaulted and blackmailed into keeping silent.
A former student claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday he was sexually abused and assaulted dozens of times by three school officials from 1982 to 1984.
Mark Devey, Indian Mountain's head of school, said administrators recently notified the school community they are investigating to identify alumni who were victims while students.
He says the school is taking the allegations very seriously.
A federal lawsuit was filed in October by another former student who claims routine abuse of students at the hands of staff, including sex assaults by the now-deceased headmaster.
Indian Mountain School is a private boarding and day school for children in kindergarten through grade 9.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Two Metro-North derailments in New York have renewed concerns among federal regulators over the commuter railroad's focus on safety.
No one was injured after trains left the tracks at Grand Central Terminal and White Plains, New York, on Wednesday. The Greenwich Time reports the Federal Railroad Administration is investigating.
Mike England, a spokesman for the agency, says the derailments raise new questions about Metro-North's safety program ``in light of their recent safety record.''
Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said officials quickly developed an alternate service plan combining New Haven Line trains. She says commuters were delayed for up to 15 minutes.
The two derailments were the fourth in two years for Metro-North. A 2013 derailment in Bridgeport injured scores of passengers and four passengers died as a result of a Bronx, New York, derailment.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A group of Waterbury Muslims is asking the Board of Education to recognize two religious holidays on the school calendar.
The Republican-American reports that a petition with nearly 300 signatures is seeking recognition of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. The petition asks that the days be recognized on the school calendar and that staff avoid scheduling tests, field trips and other events.
Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and will be on July 17. Eid al-Adha, a feast of sacrifice, commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. It will be on Sept. 23.
A vacation day was added this year to mark Three Kings Day, traditionally an important day for Hispanic Christians.
The school board is set to discuss the request Thursday night.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The endorsed Democratic candidate for state Senate in Bridgeport blames a clerical error for unpaid child support.
The Connecticut Post reports City Councilman Richard DeJesus owed $35,700 in child support in 2014 and faced a court order to pay. He calls it a ``mix-up'' because he had been paying $150 a week, but was told it was supposed to be $180.
He also says city information showing he owed $139,433 in back taxes is inaccurate and he doesn't owe as much.
DeJesus has won the Democratic Party's endorsement for the Senate seat vacated by Andres Ayala, who was appointed state motor vehicles commissioner. The election is Feb. 24.
Brett Broesder, spokesman for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, said the child support issue ``doesn't look good,'' but said all the facts are not available.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) State Police say 71 motorists have been issued $92 tickets for defying the state's travel ban during the winter storm.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy imposed the ban from 9 p.m. Monday to 2 p.m. Tuesday to keep roads and highways clear for snow plows.
The New Haven Register reports that State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said there were more than 71 stops, but troopers used discretion in issuing tickets. Physicians, for example, were not ticketed.
Before the ban more than 100 accidents were reported on state highways. It dropped to 17 after the ban.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Eastern Connecticut received the most snowfall in the state from the blizzard, and some towns asked the state for help in clearing snow.
The National Weather Service said there were reports of more than 2 feet in Thompson, Putnam and Lisbon.
New London Mayor Daryl Finizio said members of the Connecticut National Guard and four Bridgeport truck crews were going to help clear snow in the coastal city.
Pomfret First Selectwoman Maureen Nicholson asked the state for a payloader to help with the cleanup.
Nineteen staff members at Mystic Aquarium spent the night to take care of the animals. Officials said many species are from cold-weather habitats and appeared to have fun during the storm.
Sarah and Andrew Browning were not expecting to have their baby until Valentine's Day, so when the Farmington woman began having contractions Monday she assumed it was false labor. As the Northeast blizzard grew worse, so did her contractions. Andrew, a pastor at the New Hope Baptist Church in Torrington, says he and his wife began praying for guidance.
He says about 10 minutes later Sarah's water broke.
They called 911 and were told it would be OK to drive to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in nearby New Britain. Andrew says it took them about 40 minutes to make what normally is a 15-minute trip. The Brownings arrived at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Graham Michael Browning was born healthy at 8:50 a.m, weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport's former mayor has given up in his battle with the current mayor over his property revaluation.
The Connecticut Post reports that former Mayor John Fabrizi has withdrawn a Freedom of Information complaint with state officials against the city's tax assessor.
Fabrizi had tried using state Freedom of Information laws to try to receive information from a taxpayer-funded revaluation from Mayor Bill Finch's administration.
He said if had prevailed, the city would have appealed until another revaluation is done with publicly available data.
At issue is whether the public has a right to look at a revaluation paid for by city taxpayers but was not put in place.
City Attorney Mark Anastasi said selective release of preliminary information would cause confusion, unfairness and inequity in the real estate market.
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) An Ellington woman imprisoned for about 40 months for stealing $1.7 million from a law firm where she worked as a paralegal has been arrested on a charge of stealing from a Glastonbury hair salon where she was a receptionist.
The Hartford Courant reports that Glastonbury police charged Patricia Baddeley Meehan with third-degree larceny earlier this month. She was released on $75,000 bail.
The arrest warrant says the 49-year-old Meehan stole as much as $40,000 in cash from September 2013 until she was fired a year later. She's also accused of stealing tips.
Meehan doesn't have a listed phone number and it wasn't known if she's represented by a lawyer.
Prosecutors have asked a judge to revoke her supervised release and put her back in jail due to the new arrest.
PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Plainfield man has been arrested after police say he was pulling kids on a sled behind his speeding pickup truck.
Michael W. Chauvin faces charges of risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. He was charged Monday night.
Police say the 40-year-old Chauvin drove his Dodge Ram truck at ``unreasonable speeds'' on snow-covered roads, towing the children in the sled.
Police say other people, including children, were in the bed of the truck. One of the children was 9 years old.
Police did not say if Chauvin was related to any of the children.
Chauvin did not immediately return a message seeking comment and it wasn't known Tuesday if he's represented by a lawyer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Metro-North Railroad says it's resuming limited service as winter storm conditions ease.
The Connecticut and suburban New York commuter line said Tuesday morning it's operating on a Sunday schedule.
Trains are set to start running at about 11 a.m. on the Harlem and Hudson lines and at 1 p.m. on the New Haven line.
Customers who use the Port Jervis line or Pascack Valley line should listen to announcements from NJ Transit about resumption of service.
The rail service advises riders to listen for station announcements, check the MTA website at www.mta.info or Metro-North Train Time app for service updates.
Customers also are advised to anticipate some delays, crowded conditions and to allow for extra time.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has lifted the travel ban for Connecticut roads as conditions return to normal after a widespread storm pounded southern New England.
The ban was imposed at 9 p.m. Monday.
The governor said Connecticut is ``through the worst of the storm.'' However, he said the highways are passable, but perhaps not at typical highway speeds.
State bus service is set to resume Wednesday morning.
Malloy said 15 accidents were reported since Monday, demonstrating that motorists heeded warnings and avoided the roads.
He also ordered state employees back to work Wednesday, though nonessential third-shift workers should not report to work Tuesday.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Hamden authorities say three workers who were injured after falling off an aerial lift at a construction site are expected to be OK.
Police say the three men were working at a site off State Street on Thursday afternoon when they fell off the lift. Officials say the workers were brought to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The lift appeared to be about 20 feet off the ground.
Amtrak officials shut down a nearby track because of the accident, but said train service wasn't affected.
Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the accident.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The former manager of a firearms manufacturer has pleaded guilty to falsifying records indicating that missing firearms had been scrapped.
Richard Cummings, former manager of Tri-Town Plastics in Deep River, entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.
The 43-year-old Cummings of East Haddam pleaded guilty to making a false entry in a firearms manufacturer's acquisition and disposition records, failing to file a theft-loss report and failing to maintain a firearms manufacturer's acquisition and disposition records.
Plainfield police seized a handgun from a convicted felon in February 2012. It had no record of being manufactured, and according to Tri-Town's records, the gun's frame was scrapped in March 2011.
Cummings is scheduled to be sentenced April 15. The maximum penalty on each misdemeanor charge is one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A spokesman says Governor Dannel Malloy is rejecting a recommendation to raise the governor's pay by 10 percent, to $165,000 a year.
The Republican-American reports that an independent group, the Commission on the Compensation for Elected State Officers and General Assembly Members, is proposing raises of 10 percent.
The state Constitution prohibits increasing salaries of elected officials during their terms, which for Malloy ends in January 2019 and for legislators in 2017.
Devon Puglia, a spokesman for Malloy, said the governor's office will not propose legislation for a raise.
For legislators, the proposed 10 percent increase would raise their base salary from $28,000 to $30,800.
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey ruled out pay raises and a spokesman says Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney does not anticipate plans to increase pay.
WARREN, Maine (AP) -- Police say seven people are facing charges for allegedly smuggling drugs into the Maine State Prison inside greetings cards.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday the suboxone strips originated in Connecticut and were sent to various Maine addresses.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the strips were then smuggled into the Warren prison inside cards during prisoner visits.
An inmate sold them to other inmates. Police say customers paid by having outside people transfer money orders to personal accounts or prisoner accounts.
The alleged ringleader was 71-year-old Douglas Mazzotta of Middletown, Connecticut. He awaits extradition to Maine. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
Two inmates and four other Maine residents also face charges.
Suboxone is prescription medication used to treat opiate addiction and is often abused.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) New England's electricity grid operator says natural gas pipeline bottlenecks and retirement of aging power plants could put pressure on the price of energy.
But Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO-New England, said Wednesday that the region has benefited from transmission system upgrades since 2002.
He said at the grid operator's annual briefing to the media that a mild winter and falling oil prices have so far helped push down energy prices. But winter has eight weeks to go and energy use and prices could spike.
Power plants are increasingly relying on natural gas, boosting demand that has led to pipeline bottlenecks, which have led to price increases.
BOSTON (AP) Mohegan Sun is suing Massachusetts gambling regulators over their decision to award the Boston-area casino license to a rival.
The Connecticut-based casino company is joining a Superior Court lawsuit filed late last year by the city of Revere and a labor union representing workers at the Suffolk Downs horse racing track.
Mitchell Etess, CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, said Wednesday the company has never filed suit to challenge a casino license decision, but felt compelled to in this case because of the many issues around what he called a ``gravely flawed'' decision.
The lawsuit seeks to vacate the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision to award the license to Wynn Resorts, which plans a casino in Everett.
Mohegan Sun had proposed a resort at Suffolk Downs in Revere.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two former professional wrestlers accuse the WWE of ignoring concussions they say left them with serious brain injuries.
The men have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia, where a judge is weighing a similar NFL case that could yield a $1 billion settlement.
The WWE plaintiffs are Evan Singleton, of Lancaster, and Vito LoGrasso, of Coatesville.
Singleton performed as Adam Mercer from 2012 to 2013. The suit says he is now disabled because of brain trauma.
LoGrasso wrestled under various stage names, including Skull Von Krush. The lawsuit says he suffers from migraines, memory loss and depression.
Lawyer Jerry McDevitt says the Stamford, Connecticut-based WWE never concealed medical information about concussions and was ahead of other sports in treating them.
The WWE is led by Chairman Vince McMahon.