FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Two commuter trains packed with rush-hour commuters collided in an accident that sent 60 people to Connecticut hospitals, severely damaged the tracks and threatened to snarl travel in the congested Northeast Corridor.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said five people were critically injured and one was very critically hurt in Friday evening's crash on the Metro-North Railroad.
About 700 people were on board the trains when one heading east from Grand Central Station to New Haven derailed just after 6 o'clock last night at the Fairfield-Bridgeport border. The train was hit by one heading west from New Haven on an adjacent track. Metro North spokesman Aaron Donovan says some cars on the second train also derailed as a result of the collision.
Passengers described a chaotic, terrifying scene of crunching metal and flying bodies when the two trains collided shortly after 6 p.m.
Amtrak, which uses the same rails, suspended service indefinitely between New York and Boston.
Malloy said there was no reason to believe it was anything other than an accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board was sending a team to investigate.
The area where the accident happened was already down to two tracks because of infrastructure work on the electric lines above the tracks, the power source for the trains.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) A West Haven man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for stealing more than $300,000 from the estate of his late aunt.
Fifty-four-year-old Phillip Wendland was sentenced Friday in Milford by a Superior Court judge who also ordered him to pay up to $131,000 in restitution.
Wendland had pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree larceny.
Authorities say Wendland stole the money after his aunt died in 2008 and he assumed the role of executor of her estate.
Judge Frank Iannotti sentenced Wendland to six years in prison, suspended after 15 months, and five years' probation.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A New Haven woman has been charged with making bomb threats against Connecticut courthouses.
Thirty-year-old Jennifer Chirico was arrested and appeared before a judge Friday to face a federal criminal complaint alleging that she placed seven anonymous phone calls to courthouses, law enforcement agencies and media outlets on March 8. She allegedly threatened that bombs were going to be detonated that morning at courthouses in Waterbury, Hartford and New Haven.
Chirico was released Friday on a $10,000 bond. She did not enter a plea. A public defender representing her did not respond to a call Friday from The Associated Press.
Chirico is charged with one count of telephonic bomb threats, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A British citizen living in Westport has been convicted in a fraud case that involved plans to sell dirt from the old Yankee Stadium in New York.
The Connecticut Post reports Mark Hayward was found guilty yesterday of larceny.
Prosecutors say Hayward defrauded musician and author Bob Runk, a founding member of the 1960s rock band Uranus and the Five Moons, of more than $80,000. They say he convinced Runk to invest in a plan to package soil from the stadium into key chains.
They presented evidence showing Hayward lied about having more money in a British bank to fund the project.
Hayward said he had not defrauded anybody, and made a real product.
He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 10.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A mother and daughter have been charged with setting a fire that heavily damaged the mom's home in Stratford.
Police tell the Connecticut Post they became suspicious after finding valuables and all the food from the mother's refrigerator in her daughter's car.
Sixty-year-old Luz Davila-Nieves and 41-year-old Madeline Griffin were charged yesterday with arson, conspiracy, larceny and insurance fraud. Each is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Police determined the May 2011 fire on Light Street was fueled by gasoline poured throughout the house.
The women told authorities they were at the daughter's home in Brookfield when the fire broke out.
But police say they found frozen food, two television sets, a digital camera, jewelry and four cellphones from the house inside the daughter's car.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) A three-alarm fire has heavily damaged a historic church in Willimantic not far from where people were attending a street festival.
Dozens of firefighters from more than nine departments battled four hours last night to get the fire under control at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, built in 1903.
Firefighters say the blaze began near the back of the church, which was undergoing renovations.
Police say nobody was injured and they don't believe anyone was inside when the fire started. The interior sustained heavy fire and water damage, and a section of the church's roof collapsed.
At the time of the fire, downtown Willimantic was packed with people attending its Third Thursday street festival. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a city police officer is suing the city.
The Connecticut Post reports reports that the 27-year-old woman has filed a notice of her intent to sue in Superior Court.
In her court filing, the woman asserts that Officer Domenic Tartaglia came to her home last November and found her in extreme emotional distress. She says he took her to his patrol car, eventually drove her to a secluded area and forced her to perform a sex act.
Tartaglia has been on administrative duty since the woman filed a complaint two days later. Bridgeport police say an internal affairs investigation in the hands of the Board of Police Commissioners.
Tartaglia has denied the allegations.
COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) A former chief of the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association is facing more criminal charges after the victim of an alleged sexual assault received a letter from prison.
The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports the teen's father gave the letter to police in April. In it, Joseph Carilli allegedly writes that he needs the girl to rescue him.
The 53-year-old was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor in February after police say he acknowledged having a sexual relationship with the former junior firefighter.
Carilli has said nothing happened while the girl was underage, and that he was never in a position of authority over her.
The new charges include witness tampering, violating a protective order and harassment.
Carilli is due in court June 7.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Authorities are investigating a police involved shooting that left an alleged stabbing suspect dead.
Hartford police say they responded to a report of an assault at about 10 p.m. last night.
When officers arrived they found one person stabbed.
Police say a confrontation ensued and an officer shot a person believed to be a suspect in the stabbing.
The alleged suspect was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead.
The stabbing victim and the officer were also taken to a hospital for their injuries.
The names of those involved haven't been released.
WFSB-TV reports Connecticut State Police have taken over the investigation.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A chef in Connecticut is looking forward to the upcoming cicada invasion, and the chance to try out a few recipes for the insects.
Bun Lai, the owner of Miya's Sushi in New Haven, is already known for his Mexican grasshopper dish and his fried rice with meal worms and crickets.
He tells the New Haven Register he plans to fill a big freezer full of Brood II cicadas, once the red-eyed bugs' 17-year life cycle brings them above ground for about five weeks.
He says he plans to cook them for himself and maybe do some theme dinners.
Lai says they have great nutritional value and his recipes will honor that, meaning no deep frying. He plans to steam some and boil others with the appropriate spices.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State and local officials are welcoming the Connecticut Mission of Mercy back to the state for the 6th annual free dental clinic.
Event organizers are scheduled to announce this year's event at a news conference today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Senate President Donald Williams Jr., House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and other officials are expected to attend.
Connecticut Mission of Mercy plans to provide a full range of dental services on a first-come first-served basis to more than 2,000 underserved and uninsured people at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on June 7 and 8.
The two-day event is organized by the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach, the Connecticut State Dental Association and the American Dentists Care Foundation, which is based in Kansas.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has been left off the guest list for Prince Harry's celebrity polo match in Greenwich.
Malloy spokesman David Bedarz tells the Greenwich Time the governor was not invited but brushed off the snub, saying Malloy is ``more of a hockey guy, anyway.''
About 400 people are expected to attend the match. All three members of the Greenwich Board of Selectmen were invited.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) A Massachusetts man has been charged with damaging a glass sculpture at the Mohegan Sun casino.
Twenty-five-year-old Dennis Griggs of Abington, Mass. is charged with first-degree criminal mischief.
Police tell The Norwich Bulletin that Griggs was hanging over a railing and trying to touch a glass sculpture on Sunday when he fell into the artwork.
Officials put the cost of the damage at about $1,500.
Griggs is scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court on May 23.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A man has been found shot to death in Hartford's north end.
Police say the 23-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was found lying near the corner of Blue Hills Avenue and Euclid Street at about 8 p.m. last night.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say they were responding to reports of multiple gunshots in the area.
No arrests have been made.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The FBI says there was apparently nothing nefarious in the flight or crash of a camera-equipped model airplane at a Bridgeport power plant.
The Connecticut Post reports the plane was being flown by a Chinese national on Sunday when it crashed on the grounds of the PSEG plant on Bridgeport harbor.
Police were called, and they in turn notified the FBI.
Special agent Dan Curtin says the incident is still being investigated but that ``it seems nothing nefarious was involved.''
City police spokesman William Kaempffer says the man is in the U.S. on a student visa and was not charged with a crime.
Curtain says video footage from the model showed aerial views of Seaside Park and about two minutes of footage from around the power plant.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut is wrapping up its commencement ceremonies this week after handing out more than 7,000 degrees.
UConn held 12 separate ceremonies over the weekend. The schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine are holding their graduation events today and the law school will hand out its diplomas next Sunday.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences had the greatest number of graduates, awarding 2,550 diplomas during two separate ceremonies yesterday.
The university gave out a number of honorary degrees, including a Doctorate of Humane Letters to Jeffrey Immelt, the chairman of General Electric Corp, who spoke to at the university's graduate school ceremony.
Others honored included and author Wally Lamb, actor and director Jerry Adler, and Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's Gold Coast is preparing for this week's royal visit.
Great Britain's Prince Harry wraps up his U.S. Tour with a celebrity polo match on Wednesday at the Greenwich Polo Club.
The Greenwich Time reports the guest list will include many of the top names in the fashion industry, many of whom are connected to Stephanie Seymour, the former model who is married to the club's billionaire founder, Peter Brant.
Brant will join the prince in playing in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, a charity event. The Sentebale charity was set up by Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers, to aid needy children in that Africa country.
There are only 400 tickets to the invitation-only event.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Investigators are trying to figure out who opened fire on a car near an intersection in Bridgeport, killing a 22-year-old man inside the vehicle.
Police responding to a report of gunfire near the intersection of Berkshire and Noble avenues found a parked sedan with several bullet holes on its left, front window and door. Officers found Robert Rivera of Bridgeport suffering from several gunshot wounds inside the vehicle.
Police spokesman William Kaempffer says emergency medical workers pronounced Rivera dead at the scene.
Kaempffer says no one has been arrested.
Investigators are trying to establish the motive together with facts and circumstances surrounding the killing.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) As the first anniversary approaches of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's signing legislation allowing Sunday liquor sales, it seems the success of that initiative depends on where you are.
``We're just doing six days' worth of business over seven days,'' says Walter Silkowski, owner of Brown's Package Store in Manchester.
``It's been a huge success,'' says Dominic Alaimo, owner of Freshwater Package Store in Enfield. ``I'm extremely busy on Sundays.''
The measure, which was signed on May 20, 2012, ended the last of the state's ``blue laws,'' giving liquor stores the option to open on Sundays and on other holidays throughout the year Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, as well as the Mondays after Sunday holidays.
The extra day of business has left some storeowners with a bad taste in their mouths, however.
``I'd like to go home and have dinner with my family,'' Silkowski says. ``Actually, I liked it better when everything was closed on Sundays.''
Mike Andreo, owner of Putnam Plaza Superior Liquors in East Hartford, says his store was closed for only three days this past year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. ``That's a long year,'' he observes.
The measure doesn't require package stores to stay open on Sundays; it just gives their owners the option. But many owners say they feel pressure to remain open, whether they're busy or not.
``You can't be the only guy who's closed,'' Andreo says.
``We have to be open,'' Silkowki says. ``People will just go somewhere else.''
Alaimo, who for years had pushed for legislation that would allow Sunday sales, says the measure simply puts liquor stores' owners on the same schedule as their counterparts in any other retail field.
``Pizza shops are open all weekend, so they pick a different day to be closed,'' he says, adding that liquor stores' owners have the same choice now. ``No one else in any other industry has the luxury to demand that everyone closes on one day. It's about the right to be open.''
Compounding a potentially slow Sunday sales day for storeowners is the overhead cost to keep their stores open an extra day.
Carroll J. Hughes, executive director and chief lobbyist for the Connecticut Package Store Association, says that package stores ``spent a total of $6.5 million in labor and utilities to keep their stores open for an additional 55 days a year.''
Hughes says he arrived at that number through a survey of the 1,100 liquor stores in the state.
``We called those who didn't respond, then averaged (their Sunday expenditures) on the low side,'' he says.
In general, Hughes echoes Silkowski, saying that liquor stores are doing the same amount of business, just stretched over more days.
``My stores are telling me that they broke even, or are a little behind what they made last year,'' Hughes says.
Including both the group's dues-paying members and those who contribute in other ways, such as to fundraisers, Hughes estimates that the Connecticut Package Store Association has between 500 and 600 members. That's about half of the 1,100 liquor stores in Connecticut.
He adds: ``We spent $6.5 million on a noble experiment. It is what it is.''
For grocery stores, however, which already were open on Sundays, the measure has been nothing but good for business.
Eric Nilsson, store manager at Geissler's Supermarket in Somers, says the extra day of selling beer has increased weekly sales significantly.
``We're up by 8 to 10 percent per week,'' Nilsson says. ``It's a convenience thing for people.''
Joe Panero, the store manager at Highland Park Market in Manchester, says that Sundays are now the second busiest day for beer sales at the store. Saturdays are still the first, he says.
``We only saw a slight drop in beer sales on Saturdays,'' since the legislation went into effect, Panero says. ``But we more than make up for it on Sundays.''
Both Nilsson and Panero say they have found that people are taking advantage of the opportunity to buy everything they'll need for a party in one place.
As far as what customers are buying with their beer, Nilsson says, ``In general, it's people buying beer along with their regular groceries,'' rather than people stopping in to buy solely beer.
``It's just more convenient for the customers, Panero says. ``It didn't make sense to cover up (the beer) on Sundays; it's already there.''
The added convenience means that Geissler's at least has been able to recoup sales it had been losing to Massachusetts liquor stores, Nilsson says.
This was an issue that many storeowners in north-central Connecticut had faced: losing customers to Massachusetts liquor stores that have been open on Sundays since 2004.
``If you drove up to Massachusetts on a Sunday, you used to see lines of cars outside package stores,'' Alaimo says. ``Now, it's maybe four cars in the parking lots.''
Those customers who used to hop over the border to get their liquor seem to be staying in state now that they have the option to buy on Sundays.
Data analysis from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, which lobbied on behalf of distillers and wholesalers in favor of the Sunday sales legislation, shows that Connecticut has substantially outperformed its northern neighbor in volume growth in recent months.
The council used data provided by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for the months between May and December the seven months after the legislation passed, and the most recent for which there's available data.
In that period, spirits, wine, and beer sales in Connecticut have increased by 4.6 percent, 4.7 percent, and 2.5 percent respectively, compared with the same period in 2011.
The same comparison in Massachusetts shows that sales for spirits, wine, and beer rose by 0.1 percent, 2.9 percent, and 0 percent, respectively.
Because Connecticut taxes liquor at a higher rate, these figures indicate that it's the convenience of Sunday sales, rather than better prices that are driving the growth in this state, according to a report provided by Ben Jenkins, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council.
``For years, Connecticut residents had to go to neighboring states where merchants selling alcoholic beverages were wide open for business,'' Kevin B. Sullivan, commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Revenue Services, said in a release. ``Connecticut lost business, lost sales, and lost taxes.''
According to information reported to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services though January, the increased sales volume of alcohol resulted in an additional $1.3 million in excise taxes for the state.
However, adding liquor sales on Sundays and some holidays was supposed to bring in an additional $4.3 million yearly in excise and sale taxes, according to legislative budget analysts.
Liquor storeowners like Andreo and Silkowski who aren't so close to the state line haven't seen a jump in their own sales.
``Our ring totals are way down,'' Andreo says, meaning that people are buying less each time they come in, as compared with last year.
``If anything, people actually used to over-buy on Saturday,'' Silkowski says, ``because they knew they wouldn't be able to come on Sunday. We're just not seeing that anymore.''
Both Andreo and Silkowski say they saw diluted sales over the normally busy Memorial Day weekend last year as well.
``It took three days Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over the holiday weekend to (sell) what we did on just Saturday the year before,'' Andreo recalls.
For Alaimo in Enfield, however, that holiday weekend was significantly more fruitful.
``I doubled what I did'' before the Sunday sales legislation went into effect, he says.
For their part, neither Andreo nor Silkowski plans to cut back hours in the future.
``The toothpaste is out of the tube,'' Andreo says.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut gun maker has unveiled a new rifle it hopes will be legal in the state after a strict gun control law was enacted following the Newtown school massacre.
Mark Malkowski, president and chief executive officer of Stag Arms of New Britain, says the reworked rifle should be legal because it uses a lower caliber bullet than the traditional AR-15, but the company was consulting police before going into production.
Gun control advocates say the move violates the spirit of the new law, which expands Connecticut's assault weapons ban and bans large capacity ammunition magazines.
Malkowski says he's trying to comply with the law so he can keep doing business in the state.
STERLING, Conn. (AP) State police say one person was injured in an apparent industrial accident at the Sterling plant of a company that manufactures industrial explosives.
Police said the injured person was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of a burn injury. No other injuries were reported in the incident at the Austin Powder plant in eastern Connecticut.
State and federal emergency crews responded to a report of an explosion Friday morning along with local fire officials.
Police said a trailer adjacent to the building was badly damaged from acid, and emergency personnel were waiting for a chemical reaction to finish before completing the cleanup and investigation.
Cleveland, Ohio-based Austin Powder manufactures industrial explosives and accessories.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Top Connecticut Democrats are mourning the death of former Secretary of the State Julia Tashjian.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy credited Tashjian with making ``great strides to modernize the office.'' He said he'll remember her cheerful demeanor and pride in her Armenian American heritage. Tashjian was the daughter of Armenian refugees.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill confirmed Friday that Tashjian died suddenly on Thursday from a heart attack. She was 74 years old.
A resident of Windsor, Tashjian served two terms as Secretary of the State, from 1983 to 1991.
Merrill called Tashjian ``a self-made woman of the modern political era,'' in the mold of former Gov. Ella Grasso and ``a fierce defender of democracy.''
Tashjian had previously served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) A strange rock found in the front yard of a Waterbury home appears to be a meteorite.
It's the second time in a month that a meteorite has been found in Connecticut, and there may be a connection.
The mineralogy collections manager at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Stefan Nicolescu, says it's ``highly likely'' the meteorite found in Waterbury yesterday is connected to the meteorite that landed on a house in Wolcott less than a mile away last month.
The Waterbury meteorite is about 4 inches long and weighs 1.6 pounds. It has the same type of dark crust, magnetism, and interior color as the Wolcott meteorite.
Nicolescu says the museum hopes to confirm whether or not the meteorites are related with further testing.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Hartford man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for the 2006 shooting death of a teenager who was gunned down while standing with a friend in Hartford.
Prosecutors say Paul Davis was sentenced yesterday in Hartford Superior Court. Authorities say he was arrested in 2009 as a result of an investigation into the slaying of 15-year-old Kerry Foster and the wounding of a 14-year-old teenager in the drive-by shooting on May 28, 2006.
Davis was convicted in March by a jury of accessory to murder, conspiracy to commit murder and criminal attempt to commit murder.
Charges against a second defendant, Ackeem Riley, are pending. He has pleaded not guilty.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport police sergeant has pleaded not guilty to charges that he interfered with the custody of his grandson.
The Connecticut Post reports 63-year-old Johnny Devone was arraigned yesterday in Bridgeport Superior Court -- minutes after his son pleaded not guilty to similar charges.
Devone is charged with interfering with an officer and custodial interference.
He was placed on paid leave March 21, a day after he publicly charged state police ``kidnapped'' his 3-year-old grandson. Devone is accused of blocking state police efforts to return his grandson to the boy's mother, who had court orders to return the boy to Georgia.
Josephine Miller, the younger Devone's lawyer, says her client should not have been charged.
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) A woman has died in a house fire in Suffield.
Fire officials say the blaze broke out at about 7 p.m. last night at a home on Mapletown Avenue.
Two people were able to escape the house. They were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of smoke inhalation.
It took firefighters more than three hours to bring the fire under control.
The body of the woman was found on the home's second floor.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 39-year-old Cromwell man has been shot to death in Hartford.
Police say they found Felix DeJesus in his car on Allendale Road at about 8 p.m. last night, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
DeJesus was pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital early this morning.
No arrests have been made.
Police say there is no indication that DeJesus was involved in any criminal activity when he was shot.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Senate has passed legislation that will allow local and regional school boards to award honorary high school diplomas to certain Vietnam War veterans.
Current law already allows school boards to award such diplomas to certain World War II and Korean War veterans.
The latest legislation would apply to Vietnam-era veterans who left high school before graduating in order to serve in the military. Honorably or generally discharged veterans who served actively from Feb. 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975 in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force or any of their reserve components, including the Connecticut National Guard, would be covered by the bill.
The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, now awaits action in the House of Representatives.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A lawyer for Phillip Giordano has asked a federal judge for another chance to overturn the former Waterbury mayor's federal conviction on child sex charges.
The Connecticut Post reports legal papers were filed Friday arguing that Giordano received ineffective assistance during his 2003 trial.
Giordano, a Republican who lost the 2000 election for U.S. Senate to Sen. Joe Lieberman, is serving a 37 years sentence on federal charges including violating the civil rights of two girls ages 8 and 10 by sexually abusing them while he was mayor.
A hearing on legal arguments, including one that Giordano should have challenged the federal wiretaps that uncovered the abuse, is scheduled in U.S. District Court Monday.
U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill must then decide whether to order an evidentiary hearing.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy says he's not convinced the U.S. military should get involved in the Syrian conflict, after returning from a trip to the Syrian border where he and other members of Congress met with opposition leaders.
Murphy also visited a Turkish refugee camp on the border and supports the U.S. providing humanitarian relief. But he told reporters on Monday that he does ``not think it's clear that we have a national security imperative'' in Syria.
Murphy said the opposition groups battling President Bashar Assad's forces in the 2-year-old civil war are ``badly fractured'' and include some ``bad elements.''
The freshman Democratic senator also visited Afghanistan, Pakistan and a U.S. military hospital in Germany where he visited wound soldiers. Murphy sits on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say two Connecticut residents stopped by police on a major New York thoroughfare are accused of possessing 500 bags of heroin.
Eric ONeil and Sicora Johnson, both of Waterbury, Conn., are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were arrested Sunday night on the Cross County Parkway in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Police tell The Journal News that they stopped the vehicle because its license plate was partially obstructed and its windows were excessively tinted. Police say they then searched the car and found the heroin.
The defendants were awaiting court appearances on Monday in Mount Vernon.
Information on their attorneys was not immediately available.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven police say a 21-year-old man is in critical condition after being thrown from the hood of a car as part of a game.
Michael Carey was conscious and speaking with investigators on Saturday night despite his injuries. Police say he was thrown after the driver applied the brakes.
Police say Carey willingly rode on the hood as part of what they called a dangerous game.
Two passengers were in the car at the time of the incident. Police are continuing to investigate.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 76-year-old reputed mobster faces sentencing in a weapons and prescription drugs case that revealed the FBI's belief he has information about the largest art heist in history.
Robert Gentile of Manchester is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in November to illegally possessing and selling prescription drugs and illegally possessing guns, silencers and ammunition as a convicted felon.
A prosecutor said last year the FBI believed Gentile had some involvement with stolen property related to the 1990 theft of a half-billion dollars' worth of art from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Gentile's lawyer, A. Ryan McGuigan, has said Gentile cooperated with authorities but knows nothing about the theft and denies the mob allegation.
No one has been charged in the heist.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Local civic, nonprofit, faith-based, municipal organizations are being asked to help enroll Connecticut residents in health insurance plans as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.
The state's health care exchange, known as Access Health CT, and the Office of the Healthcare Advocate announced that such groups can receive grants up to $6,000 to help with the outreach to the uninsured. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 24.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded Access Health CT a $2.1 million grant to support Connecticut's so-called Assister Program, a key part of Access Health CT's outreach efforts.
Assisters must be impartial. They cannot include health insurers, subsidiaries of health insurance companies or associations that include members of or lobby on behalf of the insurance industry.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Governor Dannel P. Malloy says more than $367 million in federal assistance has been approved to help Connecticut with disaster expenses related to Superstorm Sandy.
Malloy's announcement Friday came as other officials toured the shoreline to view storm damage and highlight ongoing recovery needs for homeowners, businesses and municipalities.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he wants to make sure the costs of the storm are not forgotten and that the state is prepared for catastrophic storms.
Laurel Blatchford, executive director of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Task Force, assured officials the state has not been forgotten and the federal government will continue to provide support.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro cited numerous needs, including repairing sea walls, addressing beach erosion and dredging harbors. Officials also noted some residents are still displaced from their homes.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) The town of Hamden has settled a Freedom of Information case by revealing it paid $55,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed against its police department.
The New Haven Register brought the complaint against the town after it refused to detail the town's settlement with Stephen and Nicholas Alberino.
The lawsuit claimed police assaulted the Alberinos in their home in Hamden Oct. 16, 2007, while serving a misdemeanor warrant for Stephen Alberino, and then destroyed a cell phone that recorded the incident.
Mayor Scott Jackson called the decision to settle the case a ``business decision.'' Attorney Hugh Keefe of New Haven, who represented the Alberino family, declined to comment, citing a confidentiality agreement.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A father of an 8-year-old boy who fell six stories to his death from a window at a Stamford housing complex has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city's housing authority.
The Stamford Advocate reports Zhongxin Jason of New Providence, N.J. is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit, which was filed in Superior Court in February.
The lawsuit argues safety measures should have been installed on the windows in the hallway outside the Rippowam Manor apartment where the boy's mother lived.
The 8-year-old, Alexander Wu, died after pushing through a screen on an open window in June 2012 and falling to a patio six stories below.
City attorneys did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Siting Council has approved a request by Millstone nuclear plant to significantly expand nuclear waste storage capacity.
The council voted unanimously without discussion Thursday to allow Millstone to build concrete pads necessary for an expansion of its waste storage at the Waterford site.
As many as 135 dry casks storage units could be installed by 2045. There are 19 now.
Millstone Power Station's owner Dominion Resources Inc. asked for permission to expand storage because federal officials have not found a central site for nuclear waste. Spokesman Ken Holt said increasing storage at the local site is not Dominion's first choice.
In dry cask storage, spent fuel cooled for at least a year is surrounded by inert gas in casks, which are typically steel cylinders welded or bolted closed.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut state board is deciding whether to release a man found not guilty by reason of insanity of beating his pregnant wife to death in front of their 5-year-old son in 1998.
Psychiatrists say David Messenger is ready to move from a maximum-security mental hospital into a community treatment program, but the victim's family disputes that assessment and says Messenger is still a danger.
The meeting before the Psychiatric Security Review Board is set for Friday in Middletown.
The Chaplin man's killing of his 42-year-old wife, Heather Messenger, was caught on audio tape during her 911 call.
He was acquitted of manslaughter by reason of insanity in 2001 and ordered confined for 20 years to a state psychiatric hospital.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Franciscan friar who served in Berlin has pleaded guilty to several charges including possession of child pornography.
The Rev. Michael Miller, who was suspended from St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church after his arrest in 2011, faces five years in prison after agreeing to the plea deal on Thursday.
Miller was arrested after police linked him to repeated conversations about sex acts with a 13-year-old boy on Facebook and in text messages.
Authorities say they found the child porn on computers seized from the priest.
The Hartford archdiocese issued a statement saying that Miller will never again function as a priest.
Sentencing on the charges, which also include risk of injury to a child and obscenity, is scheduled for July 9.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A 2-year-old child has been critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in Bridgeport.
Police say the child's mother had just taken the 2-year-old from a car on Capitol Avenue and was standing next to the child when the toddler was struck by a passing car at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Police spokesman William Kaempffer says the mother was helping another child from the car at the time. Police say the 2-year-old suffered serious head trauma. Neither the mother nor the second child was injured.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office says it will seek an advisory opinion from a state ethics panel on whether it was OK for People magazine to pay for the governor's trip to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
But Luke Bronin, Malloy's legal counsel, said Wednesday the governor's office has been told in the past that a non-restricted donor may pay for a public official's travel expenses to events that ``facilitate state action or functions.''
Bronin said Malloy's attendance at Saturday's gathering of administration officials, politicians and media ``provided an invaluable opportunity to advance Connecticut's interests.''
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said Malloy's trip was a ``clear violation'' of state rules that prohibit any public official from accepting gifts in excess of $100 a year from a non-restricted donor.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A fire inside a Bridgeport home has turned into a homicide investigation.
Police say they found a body inside the home on the corner of Park Avenue and Worth Street early Thursday morning.
Police Capt. James Viadero tells the Connecticut Post they don't know the cause of death, but have not ruled out foul play.
The fire, which broke out late Wednesday night, heavily damaged the third floor of the house.
The state police major crime squad was assisting in the investigation.
The body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Farmington for an autopsy.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) New England's grid operator and attorneys general, regulators and consumer advocates in four states have settled a dispute over the regional agency's proposed budget.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that ISO-New England, based in Holyoke, Mass., and state officials in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island agreed to a settlement in principle. Details are not available as a formal settlement is being worked out.
Officials last November criticized ISO's $165 million budget request for 2013. They said spending grew too much in the weak economy.
ISO said its operating budget minus depreciation and other expenses is about $136 million. It said it added positions related to gas as a growing energy source and cited higher interest expense for debt. And it allocated $1 million for in transmission planning and other areas.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A new report shows projected revenues for the state of Connecticut will be higher than expected for the current fiscal year. But they're expected to drop by more than $488 million over the next two years.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director, Ben Barnes, said the projected decline presents ``some real challenges in finalizing a budget.''
The consensus revenue forecast, released Tuesday, was reached by Barnes' Office of Policy and Management and the General Assembly's nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.
OPM now projects the current fiscal year will end June 30 with a $150.1 million surplus, after applying accounting standards.
Barnes said the additional personal income tax revenue is one-time in nature and won't recur. It's mostly from individuals taking capital gains or transferring assets before federal tax laws change.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) U.S. Attorney David Fein announced Tuesday he will resign after three years as Connecticut's top federal prosecutor, touting a wide range of cases including child sexual abuse, financial fraud and civil rights.
The 52-year-old Fein, whose resignation is effective May 13, said he intends to return to the private sector.
Fein cited more than 60 child exploitation matters, including cases involving a former Peace Corps volunteer convicted of sexually abusing young girls and a former Fairfield man convicted of sexually abusing children at a school he founded in Haiti.
Fein created a task force to crack down on Ponzi schemes, insider trading and other financial crimes and a statewide initiative aimed at reducing gun and gang violence. The office also has prosecuted dozens of individuals who participated in mortgage fraud schemes that preceded the real estate market crisis.
Four East Haven police officers were arrested on civil rights charges and the town reached a settlement mandating wide-ranging reforms of the police department.
Before serving as U-S Attorney, Fein was a former federal prosecutor and a White House lawyer.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Fairfield man has been charged with threatening a group of neighborhood teens and destroying some mailboxes and a car mirror with a machete.
The Connecticut Post reports that 45-year-old Richard Morawski is scheduled to appear in court May 8 on charges of risk of injury to a minor, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening.
Morawski told police he was upset at the teens Friday night, because they were making noise outside his home as he was trying to sleep.
Court records show Morawski was convicted of similar charges in 2010 after police say he fired a rifle at two young men. Police say he had complained the men were disturbing the neighborhood in their cars with loud mufflers and blaring rap music.
WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) Watertown Police Sergeant Steve Skowronski is getting to be an old hand at delivering babies.
The Waterbury Republican-American reports Skowronski assisted for the fifth time in a birth on Thursday. The baby girl, Aloise Roberti, was born in her grandmother's kitchen.
Bronwyn Hamill says she went to her mother's home when she began feeling contractions. She says she called 9-1-1 when she realized they wouldn't make to Saint Mary's Hospital in time.
Skowronski responded. He is a former supervisor for American Medical Response and also serves as a first aid instructor for the police department.
He says he had delivered four babies in his work as a paramedic, and it was nice to do it again.
Hamill says she is fine and the baby is perfect.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man has died, hours after a shooting outside a New Haven market.
Police say 31-year-old Qusaan McKoy was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds outside the Haven Market on Chapel Street at about 9 p.m. Monday.
McKoy was sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital where police say he died just before 4 a.m. on Tuesday.
No arrests have been made.
EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) A Niantic man who had been missing since last Thursday has been found dead underneath a raised beach house in East Lyme.
Police tell the Norwich Bulletin the body of 39-year-old Timothy Sullivan was found by the owner of the Atlantic Street home on Sunday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police had issued a Silver Alert for Sullivan on Thursday, after he was reported missing by his parents. Police said he had a history of alcoholism, depression and suicide attempts.
Police say they don't believe Sullivan was the victim of any crime. The body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Farmington for an autopsy.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An East Hartford woman has been shot to death inside a car in Hartford.
Police say the 21-year-old was shot at the corner of Mather and Magnolia streets at about 1 a.m. on Monday.
She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police have not released the victim's name, but say they have been told she was four-months pregnant.
No arrests had been made. Police say there was a man in the car at the time of the shooting, who was not injured.
They say the incident may have been drug related.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Meriden police officer charged with brutality says a video of the incident was altered to leave out key moments and shouldn't be shown to a jury.
Officer Evan Cossette's lawyer asked a judge to bar the video from being used as evidence. A hearing on the issue is planned Monday in federal court in New Haven.
The video shows Cossette pushing a handcuffed man in the police department lockup in 2010. The man, Pedro Temich of Meriden, fell and fractured his skull.
Cossette's lawyer says the video doesn't show the entire incident and another officer believes it was ``doctored.''
Prosecutors denied Cossette's claims.
Jury selection is set to begin May 7. Cossette, who remains on administrative leave, pleaded not guilty to using unreasonable force and lying in a report.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy says it is unlikely the General Assembly will take up his proposal to slash local taxes on vehicles during this year's legislative session.
The Democrat told reporters on Friday that he's ``accepted the reality that it's probably not going to be addressed this year.''
Malloy had called for exempting the first $20,000 of a vehicle's assessed value from the local property tax. That would mean someone who owns a car with a market value of under $28,571 would pay no property tax.
But many municipal leaders opposed the idea, predicting it would lead to higher taxes on homeowners and businesses because cities and towns would have to make up the lost revenue.
A legislative commission is currently reviewing car taxes and other municipal fiscal issues.
TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) State officials who investigated alleged hazing by Torrington High School football players have cleared the school district of any wrongdoing.
The investigation by the Department of Children and Families was in response to reports that four football team members were involved in hazing last September. School officials have refused to release details of the alleged incidents, but say four varsity team members were suspended for five days and missed two games after a review by Principal Joanne Creedon.
The Republican-American reports that Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Kloczko announced the results of the DCF investigation Wednesday.
It's not clear whether any of the football players involved in the hazing are among the four football team members arrested this year on sexual assault charges involving two 13-year-old girls.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Superior Court jury has awarded $15.7 million to survivors and family members of three people killed in a 2007 crash on Interstate 95 in East Lyme.
The Day of New London reports the jury found that Northeast Carriers, the owner of a tanker truck that jumped the median near the I-395 interchange, were negligent and reckless.
The tanker, which was carrying nearly 7,000 gallons of heating fuel, went out of control and crashed head-on into southbound traffic on Nov. 2, 2007. Witnesses said the driver, who was killed in the accident, appeared to be racing with another truck driver.
Attorneys for Northeast Carriers argued the second driver deserved some blame for the crash.
The jury deliberated just a few hours before reaching a decision on Friday afternoon.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Manchester police say they arrested a man who allegedly struck two teenagers with his vehicle and taunted them as they lay wounded in the street.
Fifty-five-year-old Robert Tupper of Vernon was charged last night with reckless endangerment, evading responsibility and breach of peace.
Police say two boys ages 15 and 16 were struck while crossing the intersection of Cooper Hill Road and Fairfield Street shortly before 7 p.m. Police say Tupper drove off, came back to taunt them and sped away again.
Both teens were treated at Hartford Hospital. Authorities say one has a head injury and broken bones and the other has minor bruising.
Tupper is detained on $100,000 bail and is to be arraigned today in Manchester Superior Court. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Two employees at the University of Connecticut's West Hartford campus have been charged with using school contractors to renovate their homes. A contractor also was arrested.
UConn police arrested 56-year-old Mark O'Neill of Suffield and 58-year-old Jose Cruz of Manchester last week on larceny charges. O'Neill is the facilities manager at the West Hartford campus and Cruz is the campus' building superintendent. Both were placed on leave.
Authorities say O'Neill and Cruz conspired to authorize nearly $5,700 in payments from school accounts to contractors who were working on campus to perform renovations at their homes. A contractor, 26-year-old Lukasz Sudyka of Newington, was charged with larceny.
The three defendants couldn't be reached toay. It's not clear if O'Neill and Cruz have lawyers. Sudyka's lawyer hasn't returned a message.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) State and local police are still searching for an Eastern Connecticut State University student who has been missing since last weekend.
Police have been searching the campus area in Willimantic with dogs and interviewing people who know 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley.
Police say the West Haven native was last seen on campus last Saturday morning by her dorm roommate. Wiley is a sophomore psychology major.
Wiley is described as a black woman who is 5-feet-6-inches tall and about 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call campus police.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) A former state police dispatcher who killed a motorcycle rider while driving and texting on Interstate 291 has been sentenced to six months in jail.
WFSB-TV reports that 35-year-old Angel Rodriguez of Manchester was sentenced yesterday in Enfield Superior Court for the accident that killed Tanya Cheverier of Windsor. He pleaded guilty to felony misconduct with a motor vehicle in February.
State police say the father of three was driving on the Interstate 291 bridge over the Connecticut River near the Windsor-South Windsor line when he struck Cheverier's motorycle. Troopers say Rodriguez was reading a text message at the time.
The single mother of an 11-year-old boy died at the scene.
Cheverier's relatives say they hope the case sends a serious message about the dangers of driving and texting.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Waterbury police say they arrested a 7-year-old boy who brought a pellet gun onto his school bus.
Police say the first-grader showed the gun to other children on the bus ride to Hopeville Elementary School on April 11. They say the bus driver noticed a commotion and confiscated the gun, which resembled a real gun. No one was hurt.
Officers say the boy found the gun in his uncle's drawer. He was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and released to his parents. School officials also suspended him for seven days.
The boy's name wasn't released because of his age.
Police say the Newtown school shootings played a role in an officer's decision to arrest the boy, whose case will be handled by a Juvenile Court judge.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police say they arrested a 14-year-old boy who allegedly pulled out a fake shotgun from his gym bag at a crowded restaurant and scared the patrons.
Police told The Advocate of Stamford that the teen brandished a plastic replica of a sawed-off shotgun outside Remo's Brick Oven Pizza Co. on Bedford Street Wednesday afternoon as customers were eating at outdoor tables and a number of other people were on the sidewalk.
Authorities say the incident caused a panic but the restaurant owner was able to take a picture of the teen holding the gun.
The teen was charged with breach of peace and released to his parents. His name wasn't released because of his age.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A New Haven man is charged with stabbing one of his twin adult sons after they asked him to turn down the volume on a television.
Sixty-six-year-old Alfonse Colombo was charged Monday with first-degree assault, threatening and breach of peace. He's detained on $75,000 bail.
Police say Colombo became angry when his sons asked him to turn down the TV at his home and grabbed a knife. Authorities say he slashed his 27-year-old son, Dominic, across the fingers and stabbed him through the hand.
Police say Colombo told officers he warned his son he would ``cut'' him if he touched the volume and his son ``got what he wanted.'' Dominic Colombo and his brother, Vincenzo, told police their father was drunk.
It's not clear if Alfonse Colombo has a lawyer.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) Longtime Eastern Connecticut State University baseball coach Bill Holowaty has been suspended with pay for the rest of the season on complaints that he cursed, threw a helmet into the bleachers during a game and failed to follow university officials' directives.
Holowaty has been Eastern's coach for the past 45 years and has logged more than 1,400 victories. He's led the Warriors to four Division III national titles and was named national Coach of the Year four times.
School officials suspended Holowaty until May 13 pending an investigation. Assistant coach Michael Grant will lead the team as acting head coach the rest of the season.
Holowaty has declined to comment on the suspension.
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) A Bloomfield man has been charged with stealing about $10,000 worth of chicken wings and other meat from a South Windsor company where he worked.
Forty-three-year-old Boris Delisser was charged Tuesday with first-degree larceny in connection with the reported thefts last year at County Distributors, a wholesale meat company off Route 5.
Police say the company's owner reviewed surveillance video and saw Delisser taking products from the warehouse and loading them into a vehicle. Authorities say they investigated the owner's complaint and found that Delisser had stolen meat on several other occasions.
Delisser posted $10,000 bail and is due in Manchester Superior Court on May 2.
A phone listing for Delisser couldn't be found Wednesday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The state NAACP has taken over the Bridgeport chapter of the civil rights organization to try to restore order to the sharply divided local group.
The Connecticut Post reports the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People took control of the Bridgeport branch yesterday.
The move comes amid a dispute among local branch members over control of financial and membership information. Some members say Bridgeport NAACP President Carolyn Vermont has failed to provide information on the group's fundraising, but Vermont denies the allegations.
The national NAACP suspended four Bridgeport chapter members in February for sending a letter to a bank telling bank officials to remove Vermont and the chapter's treasurer from an account.
State and national NAACP officials declined to comment on the takeover.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police are searching for two suspects accused of kidnapping a man at gunpoint in Bridgeport and forcing him to empty his safe deposit box at a Fairfield bank. Officers captured a third suspect outside the bank.
Authorities say the robbers abducted the man on East Main Street in Bridgeport yesterday and took him to a TD Bank branch in Fairfield on Black Rock Turnpike. Police responded to the bank at about 2 p.m. when someone reported there was a man with a gun in the safe deposit box area.
Two suspects got away in a light blue or teal Mercedes Benz CLS500.
No one was injured.
Police believe the suspects knew the victim and knew he had a safe deposit box.
GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) A Guilford High School student says he disagrees with school officials who made him change out of a shirt that has a picture of a gun on it.
Eighteen-year-old Matt Zingarella tells WTNH-TV that he was exercising his free speech rights by wearing the shirt to school yesterday, but he was immediately asked to change it.
The shirt has a picture of a gun that's banned in Connecticut and a statement that says, ``I plead the second,'' referring to Second Amendment gun rights. Zingarella says he was expressing his frustration with new state gun laws.
Zingarella says it doesn't appear the shirt is banned by the school dress code.
School officials say the dress code does ban such shirts because they can disrupt the educational process.
TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) A dog named Little Bandit has received an artificial foot to replace one that was bitten off by a coyote.
The Connecticut Post reports that Jeff Rubelmann, a technician at BioMetrics, a Trumbull company that makes artificial limbs and braces, adopted Little Bandit from Sweet Adoptables, a Westport pet adoption agency.
Rubelmann made a prosthesis for the dog, a year-old mutt who is missing about two inches from his foot.
He says Bandit's new foot is similar to a leg suitable for a small child. He says Bandit chews on the straps when he's relaxing on his pillow and has nothing better to do.
But he says when the dog runs around outdoors the prosthesis is like a part of him.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Bridgeport police say a man and woman suffered gunshot wounds when someone opened fire on their vehicle.
Police told the Connecticut Post that the two victims were shot at about 8 p.m. Sunday as they were driving along Hurd Avenue. They're reported in stable but serious condition at St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Authorities say the victims are two 22-year-old Bridgeport residents Kenneth Ebanks and Ashley Lyons. Police say Ebanks was shot multiple times in his abdomen and arm and Lyons suffered a gunshot wound to her hip.
Investigators haven't announced a motive for the shooting.
Police say the shots were fired from unknown vehicle that pulled up next to the victims' vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bridgeport police.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Stamford police are asking for the public's help in finding a gunman who killed a man and injured another while firing at a group of people outside a city barbershop.
Police say 24-year-old Jeffrey McNeil of Stamford was shot in the torso Friday night and died early Saturday morning at a hospital. A 44-year-old man whose name hasn't been released is recovering from a gunshot wound to his left leg.
The killing was the city's first homicide of the year.
Authorities say the two men were shot in front of the Cut Master barbershop on Richmond Hill Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told police that one gunman fired shots from a dark-colored Honda that sped away from the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to call Stamford police.
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty in Vermont federal court to charges connected to a scheme to defraud hundreds of investors in a movie.
Louis Soteriou of Middlebury, Conn., pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal in Rutland yesterday to charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
The Burlington Free Press reports prosecutors agreed to drop 16 other counts.
Prosecutors said people invested $28 million in the film, called ``Birth of Innocence.'' They said Soteriou had partnered with Vermont filmmaker Malcolm ``Mac'' Parker on the deal.
Parker, of Addison, was in court yesterday. Last year, he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud and filing a false tax document. He awaits sentencing.
VERNON, Conn. (AP) A murder victim's friend says she told Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's attorney before his trial that she had heard two other men were responsible for the killing, but he told her that account didn't appear credible.
Marjorie Walker Hauer testified Friday she told Michael Sherman about Gitano ``Tony'' Bryant's claim that two other men had killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975. Skakel's current attorneys have accused Sherman of ignoring the claim as they appeal Skakel's conviction, saying he was deprived of his right to effective legal representation.
Skakel earlier sought a new trial based on Bryant's claim, but a judge also rejected it as not credible.
Skakel is serving 20 years to life in prison for Moxley's golf club bludgeoning when they were neighbors in Greenwich.
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) Prosecutors say a gunman fatally shot a Connecticut man and wounded another person after they argued on a central New Jersey street.
Thirty-year-old Jamar Walker of Freehold was charged Friday with murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses stemming from Thursday night's shootings in Asbury Park. His bail was set at $1.5 million, and it's not known if he has an attorney.
Authorities say 30-year-old Orlando Rowe of Bridgeport and 23-year-old Daquin Calhoun of Freehold were each shot ``multiple times.'' A city police officer heard the shots and responded to the scene, where the victims were found lying on the ground.
Rowe died at a hospital, while Calhoun remained hospitalized Friday in stable condition
Prosecutors didn't say what the men argued about and declined to provide further details on the shootings.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge cited Monday's Boston Marathon explosions while refusing to lower the bail of a Stamford man detained on a bomb-making charge.
A public defender for 47-year-old Donald Saturno had asked a Stamford Superior Court judge to reduce his client's bail from $400,000 to $100,000, saying Saturno never intended to hurt anyone.
The Advocate of Stamford reports that Judge Richard Comerford rejected the request Thursday. He cited the Boston bombings, Saturno's mental health and the items found in Saturno's home.
Police seized a suspected pipe bomb, suspicious powders and shotguns from Saturno's home in January. Authorities say Saturno also had photos of mass murderers and white supremacist posters.
Police say Saturno told them he planned to use the explosive to break a large rock on his property.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut couple is charged with smuggling an infant from Guatemala into the United States.
Forty-two-year-old Maria Gonzalez, of Stamford, and her husband, 36-year-old Henry Fernando Lopez, of Fairfield, are charged with bringing into the U.S. and harboring an illegal alien. Lopez is also charged with forgery of a U.S. passport.
A federal complaint released Thursday alleges the couple arranged to take the child of a pregnant 14-year-old Guatemalan girl in exchange for paying for the delivery. Gonzalez allegedly purchased a fraudulent U.S. passport to allow the child to enter the country.
Gonzalez was released Tuesday on bail, and Lopez is being sought by law enforcement. The Associated Press couldn't immediately determine who was representing them. The child is in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Milford police say they plan to arrest a woman accused of spraying an entire can of bear repellent inside a local motel and making about 28 people sick.
Authorities say the woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for intoxication after Wednesday night's incident inside the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge off Route 1. Police say she will face charges that may include reckless endangerment and breach of peace.
The woman's name hasn't been released.
Police say the woman appeared angry and intoxicated when she emptied a large can of extra-strength pepper spray that's designed to repel bears from up to 25 feet away.
More than two dozen people got sick -- including some firefighters and police officers -- but none required hospital treatment.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) Tire company heir and philanthropist Anne Firestone Ball has died from injuries she suffered during a fire in her Connecticut home. She was 79.
Ball's son, John Ball Jr., said yesterday that his mother died Friday at Bridgeport Hospital from complications after surgery for injuries she sustained in a kitchen fire in her Greenwich home April 4.
Anne Firestone Ball's grandfather was Harvey Firestone, who founded The Firestone Tire Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, in 1900.
She was born in Akron in 1933. She graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, and from Vassar College.
Relatives say she was a longtime philanthropist and community volunteer in Greenwich.
She's survived by her husband, two sons, one daughter and eight grandchildren.
Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Greenwich.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal jury in Connecticut is returning for a second day of deliberations in the case of a New Haven man accused of setting a fire that killed three people in 2011.
Twenty-six-year-old Hector Natal is charged with arson resulting in death for the apartment building fire in New Haven. He and his father are being tried together in U.S. District Court in New Haven. His father, Hector Morales, is charged with witness tampering and destroying evidence.
The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/15oA3ij ) the jury will resume deliberations Thursday morning after more than three hours of discussion Wednesday.
The fire killed 42-year-old Wanda Roberson, her 8-year-old son, Quayshawn and her 21-year-old niece, Jaqueeta Roberson.
Authorities say Natal set the fire in a drug dispute with another person in the building.
SHELTON, Conn. (AP) Animal rights groups are offering $3,000 in rewards for help in finding the person or people responsible for the death of a Shelton library's pet snake.
Peaches the corn snake died last month after someone dumped a cleaning solvent in her glass enclosure at the Huntington Branch Library. The snake suffered chemical burns and kidney damage.
The Connecticut Post reports that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. Friends of Animals is offering a $500 reward.
Shelton police say they're still investigating.
Peaches had been the library's pet snake for about eight years.
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