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Man Arrested After Pepper Spraying Driver, 2 Infants: Cops


Police have arrested the man accused of pepper spraying a driver and two infants during a road rage incident in Cromwell last week.

Christopher Dubois, 29, of Middletown, turned himself in on Tuesday. He was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Police said Dubois got out of his car in a parking lot on Route 3 near the intersection of Evergreen Road on April 22 and discharged pepper spray through the window of another driver's car.

The driver and two infants in the backseat were exposed to the pepper spray, according to police.

Dubois was released after posting $10,000 bond and is due in court May 12.

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Gyrocopter Testimony


U.S. Capitol Police failed to alert the House of Representatives about the brief lock down of the Capitol when a gyrocopter landed on the lawn April 15, alerting only the Senate, according to advanced copies of testimony posted by the U.S. House Oversight Committee.

The Capitol Police chief and the U.S. House sergeant-at-arms will provide new details about the incident in front of the Oversight Committee in testimony expected Wednesday.

The testimony also reveals Capitol Police were warned of a possible drone 24 minutes before the gyrocopter landed and officers saw it two minutes before it landed.

Florida postal carrier Doug Hughes, 61, steered his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace for 30 miles to the U.S. Capitol.

Hughes apparently wanted to draw attention to campaign finance corruption.

He was charged with two federal crimes, violating restricted airspace and operating an unregistered aircraft. The crimes carry penalties of up to four years in prison and fines.

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Derby Woman Stole Dying Fashion Exec's Identity: Cops


Police in New York are searching for a Derby woman accused of withdrawing thousands of dollars from the bank accounts of a dying fashion executive and opening credit cards in her name.

New York State Police have identified the woman as Erin O'Hanlon, 34, of Minerva Street in Derby. Police said a member of the public tipped them off after seeing surveillance footage from the bank on social media.

Those images show a woman in sunglasses taking out more than $9,000 from Kate Sullivan's bank accounts on Long Island, according to police.

After making the withdrawals, O'Hanlon allegedly went to New Haven, where police say she opened store cards in the dying woman's name and racked up bills worth nearly $4,000.

O'Hanlon is wanted by several agencies, including New York State Police, for felonies such as grand larceny and first-degree identity theft. New York State Police said O'Hanlon may be in the area of New York City.

Her fiance admitted Tuesday night that he doesn't know her whereabouts either. He declined to comment on the case except to say, "Just that I love her and I wish I knew where she was."

The chief investigator in the case told NBC New York that O'Hanlon has been linked to seven other crimes in New York and may have fraudulently withdrawn more than $40,000, then spent it using fake credit cards.

She may have a criminal record in Connecticut as well. According to online court records, a woman named Erin O'Hanlon who was born in 1981 has been convicted of several misdemeanor charges out of Trumbull and Waterbury, including sixth-degree larceny and failure to appear. She was sentenced to two years of probation on April 23.

New York State Police said they have been in touch with police departments in surrounding states, asking them to check their case logs for O'Hanlon's name.

Investigators said more than anything, they want closure for the Sullivan family.

Sullivan's sister, Sarah, said she uncovered the fraud a week before Kate Sullivan died of cancer last September. She helped spread the word online about her sister's identity thief.

"Unfortunately, I just couldn't let it go, and now I'm glad I didn't, because I'm actually really happy that all these other cases are going to be solved, that she's going to be stopped and we're going to have a little bit of closure," Sarah Sullivan said.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the New York State Police Troop L Major Case Unit at 631-756-3300.

Photo Credit: New York State Police

Thousands of Dollars of Hartford Ammo Unaccounted For


The Hartford city auditor reviewing the books on ammunition purchases for the Hartford Police Firing Range found a massive discrepancy between what was bought and what was used.

The officer in charge of the range until last year, Lewis Crabtree, has retired and is beyond the reach of departmental discipline. But the auditor told police Crabtree was buying 485,000 rounds a year, of which police were using only 180,000.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley said a separate, internal inspection is underway, partly to determine what happened to the extra ammo.

"It's something we're still working through and hopefully there'll be some more answers in the internal inspection," he said. "We've professionalized the entire operation over there; there's accountability, there's supervision, enough to correct what has happened, and also to prevent what happened from occurring again."

Hartford police had budgeted $115,000 a year for ammunition, but according to the city auditor, owed $186,000 more last October.

Since then, police have taken aim at past lack of accounting at the range, said Foley.

Milford Man Accused of Slashing Wife Arrested in Philadelphia


A man suspected of slashing the throat of his estranged wife, then stabbing an elderly man for whom she was caring in Milford last weekend has been arrested in Philadelphia, according to the FBI.

FBI officials said members of the Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Amado Rodriguez, 48, on the 600 block of Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia on Tuesday in connection with the April 19 stabbing.

According to Milford police, Rodriguez was sitting on a park bench at the corner of Penn Street and Delaware Avenue around 11:30 a.m. and waved a box cutter at law enforcement officers who arrived to arrest him.

Rodriguez is accused of cutting his estranged wife's throat at a home on Washington Street just after 7:30 p.m. that evening, then stabbing the elderly Milford man for whom his wife was hired to care.

Police said Rodriguez entered the house without permission, went into the woman's bedroom and cut her throad with a knife while she was sleeping. He then attacked the elderly man, who is visually impaired, and left in the man's car.

FBI officials in Philadelphia said their counterparts in Connecticut contacted them the day after the stabbing, when they developed information that Rodriguez had fled the state.

He will be charged in Connecticut with first-degree assault, first-degree assault on an elderly person, home invasion, first-degree burglary, second-degree larceny and criminal violation of a restraining order.

Milford police said Rodriguez is being held in the custody of the Philadelphia Highway Patrol and will be arraigned in Philadelphia prior to his extradition to Connecticut.

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Hamden Leaders "Disappointed" in QU President Who Attended Party


City leaders in Hamden say they're "stunned, surprised and disappointed" after the president of Quinnipiac University was caught on camera partying with students off campus over the weekend.

Video of the party has gone viral in the 24 hours since NBC Connecticut broke the story. The YouTube clip, which features Quinnipiac president John Lahey addressing hundreds of party-goers Saturday, has racked up more than 22,000 hits.

"I outlawed May Weekend 15 years ago," Lahey is seen shouting to revelers on Delsole Road. "But apparently the message hasn't gotten out."

Acting Hamden Mayor James Pascarella said he woke up Tuesday to several emails from residents wondering what Lahey was doing. He said citizens were concerned because parties such as these have strained the university's relationship with the community in the past.

"This was really out of character and completely opposite of what many of the residents were led to believe," Pascarella said, adding that the president's actions have left him "stunned, surprised and disappointed."

Pascarella and mayoral candidate Curt Leng are calling on the president to explain himself.

"Lahey showed a blatant lack of respect for Hamden's neighborhoods or concern for student safety," Leng wrote in a statement Tuesday.

After Lahey left the party, police dispersed the crowd at neighbors' requests. Quinnipiac senior Connor McNamara, who hosted the party, admitted that the gathering "got way too out of hand."

When asked about Lahey's presence at the party, a spokesperson for the university would only say, "We have a university president who likes and understands young people."

"It was clearly different than we anticipated," Pascarella said.

No arrests or injuries were reported Saturday. It's not clear if underage students attended the party, where alcohol was said to have been present.

May 1 Deadline for AT&T “Cramming” Refunds


If you are or were an AT&T wireless customer, you might have money coming back to you because of a $105 million settlement and the deadline to file a claim is May 1.

In October, the Federal Trade Commission said AT&T Mobility LLC, a subsidiary of the telecom giant, agreed to the settlement after the government accused the company of unlawfully billing customers for hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus charges - a practice known as cramming.

The settlement called for FTC to receive $80 million for consumer refunds.

So far, 4.9 million people have applied nationwide for refunds, according to a statement from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

“These unlawful charges were forced on consumers without their consent or even knowledge, and refunds must be issued. Unauthorized and unscrupulous third-charges—hidden in bills through vague and deceptive language—robbed consumers and they deserve their money back. The procedure to apply is simple and quick, and consumers should apply immediately to ensure they receive what they are rightfully owed,” Blumenthal said in a statement.

To apply for a refund, AT&T customers should go to the Federal Trade Commission Website. If you have questions or need a paper claim, call 1-877-819-9692.

AT&T will be sending notices to customers who are eligible for refunds.

In December, the FCC, FTC and all 50 states also reached a similar settlement with T-Mobile for $90 million. The deadline to claim refunds in that case is June 30. Learn more about the T-Mobile refunds on the FTC’s Web site or by calling 1 (855) 382-6403.


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6-Year-Old Falls Out 2nd Floor Window in Hartford


A 6-year-old girl has been taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center after falling out a second-floor window in Hartford this morning after jumping on a bed.

Police said the child was jumping on a bed near an open window on Maple Avenue, fell out of it and landed 20 feet below.

After falling, she got up, went to the door and rang the doorbell, police said.

The Hartford Police Department is investigating.

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New Haven Celebrates Small Businesses With Food Trucks


As the food truck fad continues in Connecticut, New Haven plans to launch its first food truck festival.

And you can get a preview taste Wednesday at noon. Several Elm City food trucks will be in front of City Hall at 165 Church Street to celebrate small businesses and job growth.

The event comes in advance of the upcoming two-day New Haven Food Truck Festival on the Long Wharf waterfront.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Small Business Service Center Director Jackie James will be at Wednesday's food truck event.

The food truck festival itself, featuring more than 30 vendors, is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

State Police Retrieve Dog Loose on Highway Ramp


State police had a short but unusual chase on a highway ramp in Hartford Wednesday morning -- the subject of the pursuit was a dog.

A woman was pulled over on the exit 48B ramp to Capitol Avenue when her pet got loose. State police received numerous calls reporting a dog was on the highway. Troopers responded, partially shutting down the ramp for a brief period of time while they chased after the woman's pet.

It wasn't long before they "corralled" the canine, state police said. They returned the woman's pet to her and then she went on her way.

One viewer, @CoryManento tweeted to NBC Connecticut traffic reporter Heidi Voight about driving by the dog.

"Saw it on my way to work. That dog is fast!" @CoryManento tweeted.

There is no word on what type of dog it was or how the pet got out.

The ramp has since reopened.

Photo Credit: DOT

UConn Has $115 Million Plan for Hartford Campus Move


UConn's Board of Trustees is being asked to approve a $115 million development plan to relocate its satellite campus in West Hartford to downtown Hartford.

The plan before the board on Wednesday calls for renovating and building onto the old Hartford Times building on Prospect Street and restoring the historic front of the building. The board also will discuss purchasing a nearby piece of property.

About 2,300 students and 250 faculty members will work in Hartford.

The school has a deal with nearby parking garages, and is in talks with Connecticut Transit about establishing a pass that would allow students to ride the bus for free during the school year.

Developers are to begin bidding on the project this summer. Construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2017.

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Police Investigating Late-Night Shooting in Hartford


Police are investigating after a man was shot in the knee in Hartford last night and provided different accounts of what happened.

When police met with the victim at Saint Francis Hospital, he said he was standing at the intersection of Mather and Bedford streets just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday when someone pulled up in a car and a person in the back seat shot him.

He said he did not know the shooter, who was wearing a dark glove, and walked to the hospital.

As police asked more questions, he gave officers more than one shooting location and provided different accounts for how he got to the hospital.

Police said they did not find shell casings, property damage or witnesses.

The car involved was described as an older dark four-door Acura with heavy tinting.

Minor Injuries Reported in Greenwich Crash


Minor injuries are reported in a crash on Interstate 95 South in Greenwich and traffic is backed up in the area.

The crash happened in the area of exit 3 and traffic is backed up to exit 6.

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WATCH: House Hearing on D.C. Airspace


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing on securing Washington, D.C. airspace after a small gyrocopter piloted by a Florida postal carrier landed on the lawn of the Capitol.

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Bud Light Ditches Slogan Critics Say Promoted Rape


Bud Light is ditching and apologizing for bottle labels that read "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night," after a social media firestorm from critics who said the slogan condoned rape.

Critics, including New York congresswoman Nita Lowey, had blasted the brewer on social media, arguing that the message perpetuates rape culture and implicitly condones sexual assault and irresponsible drinking.

"It’s clear that this particular message missed the mark, and we regret it,” Bud Light's vice president Alexander Lambrecht said in a statement. “We would never condone disrespectful or irresponsible behavior. As a result, we have immediately ceased production of this message on all bottles."

Lambrecht said the labels, part of the company's "Up for Whatever" campaign, had been intended to be fun and positive and to "encourage brand engagement."

This isn't the second time the brewer has been accused of promoting sexual harassment.

On St. Patrick's Day this year, the company tweeted, "You can pinch people who don’t wear green. You can also pinch people who aren’t #UpForWhatever." The company later apologized.

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Police Probe Death of Infant in Rocky Hill


Police are investigating the untimely death of an infant in Rocky Hill and the medical examiner will conduct an autopsy on Wednesday.

According to police, the baby's parents brought the infant from a home in the town's west end to Velocity Urgent Care at 396 Cromwell Avenue around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The infant was unresponsive and the circumstances that led to the child being brought to the urgent care facility are unknown.

Paramedics arrived at the facility and, along with urgent care staff, tried to save the baby's life and revive the child, but the baby was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The Rocky Hill Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the baby's death, which has been classified as untimely.

No charges have been filed against the parents or anyone else.

Truck Crashes Into Willington House


Something that sounded like an explosion woke people up in Willington around 2 a.m. on Wednesday when a yellow pickup hit a utility pole, then crashed through the side of a house.

The crash happened on Route 74, also known as the Tolland Turnpike, and the street is closed between Route 32 and 350.

State police identified the driver as David W. Hodgdon, 24, of Lake Road in Williangton. He was not injured and no charges have been filed.

Police said he crossed the double yellow line, went off the road, hit a utility pole and crashed into the house at 137 Tolland Turnpike.

There are several unanswered questions as police investigate, including whether anyone was home at the time of the crash or what room the truck struck.

There is a stop light over the stretch of Route 74 near Kollar Road, but it’s also not clear whether the driver tried to stop before crashing through the first floor of a home.

Crews responded to repair the damage to the utility pole and Eversource has restored power in the area.

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Store Owners Stole Tens of Thousands From Dying Woman: Cops


The Vernon couple who owns Adam's Polish Foods on Talcotville Road is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly woman who lived with them before and after she died.

According to police, Adam Gryszkiewicz, 56, and Teresa Gryszkiewicz, 58, of Vernon, embezzled from the bank accounts of 87-year-old Maria Chlasta, a native of Poland who shopped at their store and often wired money from there to her sister in Poland.

Chlasta moved into the couple's apartment before she died in February 2013 and told her attorney they were helping her with her finances, since they spoke Polish and could help translate for her, according to the warrant for the couple's arrests.

She made Teresa Gryszkiewicz a joint account holder in January 2012 and made Adam Gryszkiewicz her power of attorney before her death, the warrant says. Friends and people who knew Chlasta told police they were shocked to hear she had allegedly given away so much money when she had always planned to leave it to her sister.

Chlasta's attorney told police "Maria was very conservative and frugal with her money, always looking for ways to keep expenses down."

The husband and wife are accused of cutting themselves checks in Chlasta's name, including one for $20,000 purporting to be money for their daughter's college tuition and a $50,000 "gift" signed with the memo, "Thanks for everything," the warrant alleges.

Chlasta died on Feb. 21, 2013 at Manchester Memorial Hospital. The day before her death, doctors described her as "definitely confused, really hard to evaluate" and a "really poor historian today," the warrant says.

The Gryszkiewiczs turned themselves in after learning police had obtained warrants for their arrests. Police said Adam Gryszkiewicz admitted to writing the wrong date on the $50,000 check and "continued to use [Chlasta''s] money after her death."

They were each charged with first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, six counts of second-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit six counts of second-degree forgery.

They each posted $10,000 bond and are due in court on May 12.

It's not clear if the couple have an attorney.

Photo Credit: Vernon Police Department

Hamden Man Shot in Twice Leg During Armed Robbery


Police are investigating after a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg during an armed robbery on Pine Rock Avenue in Hamden late Wednesday night.

The man told police he was walking on Pine Rock Avenue around 11 p.m. Wednesday when a man in a hooded sweatshirt pointed a gun at him and demanded his belongings.

The robber stole the victim's backback, which contained electronics. Police said the victim started to run, at which point the perpetrator shot him twice in the leg.

Hamden Fire Rescue provided medial aid at the scene and an ambulance took him to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, according to police.

The robber is described as standing 5 feet 10 inches tall. Police said he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hamden police Major Crimes Det. John Marks at 203-230-4040.

Group Assaults and Robs Man in Hamden: Police


A man was assaulted and robbed in Hamden on Monday night after giving another man $20 to buy beer, according to police.

The attack happened around 8 p.m. on Monday at Dixwell Avenue and Goodrich Street.

Police said they determined that the victim, a 56 year-old Milford man, gave Chamar Suggs, 33, $20 to buy beer.

When Suggs walked past the liquor store, the victim followed him.

Then Suggs and around seven other people attacked him, punching and kicking him over and over, police said. They also stole his wallet and cell phone, according to police.

The victim sustained serious facial injuries.

After Hamden Fire Rescue provided medical assistance, the victim was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police found Suggs at Morse and Saint Mary streets.

He was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery, assault in the third degree and larceny in the second degree.

Suggs, was detained on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on May 8.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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