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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut state police are trying to identify a pedestrian who was killed on a highway and find the vehicle that struck him.

Investigators say the man was struck sometime in the early morning hours of Tuesday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Greenwich.

Police say the man, who was carrying no identification, may have been hit by a large truck but so far no witnesses have come forward.

They are asking for the public's help in identifying the man and locating the unknown vehicle.



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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Waterford man has pleaded guilty to charges related to the hit-and-run death of a Connecticut College student.

The Day reports that 26-year-old James Sposito faces 4 .5 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to charges including misconduct with a motor vehicle and tampering with a witness in the death of Ahmad Anique Ashraf in December 2015. Sentencing is July 20.

Ashraf was struck while walking to his dormitory. Police say Sposito did not stop and later told investigators he thought he struck a deer.

Sposito was originally charged with second-degree manslaughter but reached a deal to plead guilty to the lesser offenses.

Police say Sposito had been drinking at several bars that night, but they were not able to determine his blood-alcohol content when he struck Ashraf.



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MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Some residents of a Connecticut neighborhood aren't receiving their mail at home anymore because a local dog is reportedly biting the mailmen.

A notice obtained by WVIT-TV from a local post office says that, due to repeated attacks on letter carriers by a local dog, the postal service will now only deliver mail in a Manchester neighborhood curbside or to the post office.

The letter explains that this is so mailmen won't have to get out of their vehicles and risk a possible dog attack.

Manchester resident Michael Varni says he'll have to go to the post office to get his mail until he installs a mailbox on the side of the road.

Police say they have no knowledge of any incidents involving dog attacks in the neighborhood.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Technical High School system's superintendent is resigning, more than a month after she was placed on paid leave while state officials investigated agency spending practices.

State Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and State Board of Education Chairman Robert Trefry announced Monday they had accepted the resignation of Nivea Torres, effective May 1.

Both credited Torres with being an effective advocate for the system, noting how programs were expanded and graduation rates improved.

The Hartford Courant obtained documents indicating Torres used taxpayer funds to pay for a never-used advertising campaign and a photo shoot, among other things. State officials are investigating more than $4.5 million in payments the system has made since 2014 to The Pita Group marketing firm.

Her attorney Gregg Adler has said Torres did nothing wrong.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A state toolkit for Connecticut families concerned about how federal immigration enforcement efforts might affect custody of their children is now available in nine languages.

The Family Preparedness Plan, first released last month, includes step-by-step resources and forms for parents and guardians who want to name a ``standby guardian'' and avoid having their children placed in state care.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday the plan is now available in Arabic, English, French, Haitian, Creole, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese. The United Way of Connecticut helped with translating the documents.

Malloy's office says there are an estimated 22,000 children living in Connecticut who are U.S. citizens and have parents without legal status in the U.S.

The guardianship documents can be downloaded through the governor's website at http://portal.ct.gov/FamilyPreparedness.



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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say the crash of a small plane in Connecticut has killed a man and injured his son.

The crash happened Monday evening on a road next to Meriden-Markham Airport, in Wallingford near the Meriden border.

Police say 56-year-old Cheshire resident Joseph Tomanelli was killed and 21-year-old David Tomanelli has been hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The son was found conscious and alert near the plane's wreckage.

Meriden's Record-Journal newspaper says emergency dispatchers received several reports of thick black smoke spewing from where the plane crashed.

Area resident Joy Heavens says she was surprised by a loud noise. She says she heard something that ``sounded like a big boom.''

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - March for Science rallies in Hartford and New Haven have drawn hundreds of people with colorful signs with colorful sayings promoting the importance of research and bashing the dangers of political interference.

The two marches were among events in more than 500 cities around the world that coincided with Earth Day on Saturday. Scientists, research advocates and students were among the crowds.

Some signs at the Hartford rally included "Science Makes America Think Again" and "Let's All Pause for a Moment of Science." Banners in New Haven included "Researchers Just Want to Have Funds" and "No Science No Beer."

Organizers said the events were designed as nonpartisan celebrations of science. But many marchers were critical of the Trump administration for climate change skepticism and proposed budget cuts to scientific causes.



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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Starbucks' new ``Unicorn Frappuccino'' has made waves on the internet for its colorful presentation, but a Connecticut health department is trying to draw attention to the large amount of sugar found in the purple-pink drink.

On Friday, the Stratford Health Department called out the newest Starbucks treat on Facebook. The post read, ``While the Unicorn Frappuccino may be pretty to look at, it's loaded with 59 grams of sugar! That is over two times the amount of sugar recommended by the American Heart Association!''

The Connecticut Post reports that this is partially true: women are recommended to consume only 25 grams of sugar per day. Men are recommended to consume no more than 36 grams per day, still far less than the drink's total.



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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown is preparing to say farewell to him.

A private funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the former New England Patriots tight end, who was found hanged in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last week. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and had just been acquitted of a 2012 double murder. His death has been ruled a suicide.

Services will be at a funeral home in Bristol. The burial will be private at an undisclosed location.

Hernandez's family in a statement Saturday asked for privacy as they mourn.

Scientists at Boston University are studying Hernandez's brain for any signs of repeated trauma suffered during his years of playing football.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says his budget office has developed a "statewide workforce reduction contingency plan" in case the administration can't reach a labor savings deal with state employees.

The Democrat said collective bargaining units were formally notified Thursday about the plan. That step allows the state to begin issuing layoff notices to more than 1,000 individuals in May, if necessary. Malloy says those 1,000 reductions would be "a first step toward resolving" the state's estimated $1.7 billion deficit.

Malloy says informal talks with union officials are "ongoing and constructive" and hopes layoffs ultimately won't be necessary. The two-year budget he unveiled in February relied on $700 million in state employee savings in the first year.

This contingency plan would result in more than $80 million in savings.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman who has spent nearly five years behind bars awaiting trial in the shooting death of her boyfriend has been released after prosecutors dismissed a murder charge.

The charge against 46-year-old Melissa Ziemba, of Meriden, was dismissed after the state medical examiner changed the manner of Richard West's death in February 2012 from homicide to "undetermined."

Ziemba pleaded guilty to intentional cruelty to persons this week and was sentenced to three years in prison, which she had already served while awaiting trial on the murder count. State prisons officials confirm she has been released.

Ziemba said the 49-year-old West shot himself after a drunken argument between the pair. The cruelty charge was because she did not immediately call 911.

Her lawyer said Ziemba was "thrilled" with the outcome.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State elections staff members have until June 21 to determine whether Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim can participate in Connecticut's public financing program for statewide campaigns, given his past felony convictions for corruption.

Earlier this month, Ganim asked the state's Elections Enforcement Commission for a ruling on whether he's eligible to receive grants under the Citizens Election Program should he decide to run. The commission set a June 21 deadline for its staff Wednesday.

Ganim surprised many when he won back his old job as mayor in 2015. His victory came five years after he was released from prison for steering city contracts in exchange for expensive wine, custom clothes, cash and home improvements.

Ganim says he has not decided to seek statewide office, but acknowledges "it's something I am considering."



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Bills legalizing recreational use of marijuana didn't clear any legislative committees this session, but that doesn't mean the issue is entirely dead.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said Wednesday he's "sure we'll caucus it many times within the budget process."

After the General Assembly's two budget-writing committees vote out tax and spending proposals next week, lawmakers will have to negotiate a final budget agreement with the governor that addresses a projected $1.7 billion deficit in the new fiscal year.

There are estimates that legalized recreational marijuana could generate $243 million in annual revenue by the third year in operation.

However, Aresimowicz says lawmakers have been reticent to make large policy changes for only fiscal reasons, acknowledging he's not sure if there's enough support among House Democrats to pass the concept.



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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy next month.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced Trump's participation in the May 17 ceremony in New London, Connecticut, on Wednesday.

Each year, the president delivers the commencement address at one of the U.S. military service academies.

It will be Trump's second time addressing graduates during commencement season this year.

He's scheduled to deliver the keynote address at graduation exercises at Virginia's Liberty University on May 13.



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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - A man whose mother is presumed dead after their boat sank in the Atlantic Ocean is asking a Connecticut judge to seal from public view a search warrant that disclosed that he was a suspect in the 2013 slaying of his millionaire grandfather.

A hearing on Nathan Carman's request is set for Thursday in Middletown.

The Vernon, Vermont, resident left a Rhode Island marina with Linda Carman on Sept. 17. He was found in a life raft eight days later south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, but his mother was missing.

He wants a search warrant for his former Middletown home sealed. His lawyer says it contains damaging, unproven allegations.

The warrant says Carman was a suspect in the still-unsolved killing of his grandfather, John Chakalos, in Windsor, Connecticut.

Carman denies any wrongdoing.



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MILFORD, Mass. (AP) Former NFL star and Connecticut native Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell Massachusetts early this morning, and transported to the Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

Department of Correction officers said that Hernandez hanged himself using a bed sheet he attached to his cell window. 

 

The former New England Patriots tight end was acquitted Friday of murder in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub.

 

But he was convicted of a gun possession charge.  A judge sentenced him to four to five more years in prison.  He already was serving life in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating his fiancee's sister.



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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Coast Guard academy in Connecticut has accidentally leaked thousands of gallons of polluted wastewater into a nearby river for the past 20 years. The academy, which trains cadets in enforcing environmental laws on the nation's waterways alongside other missions, has pledged to fix the problem as soon as possible.

The Day reports that a defective utility line at the academy in New London had been dumping waste into the river at an estimated rate of 100 to 130 gallons per day. The problem was believed to have been caused a contractor mistakenly connecting a wastewater discharge line to a storm drain, which empties water directly into the nearby river.

David Santos, a spokesman for the academy, says they have begun designing a repair plan. The work will cost an estimated $80,000 to $100,000.



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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled.

That's going to change.

With women now serving aboard submarines, defense contractor Electric Boat is designing what will be the first Navy subs built specifically to accommodate female crew members.

The designers are doing the obvious things, such as adding more doors and washrooms to create separate sleeping and bathing areas for men and women. But they're also making more subtle modifications.

For example, they're lowering overhead valves and making them easier to turn.

The Navy lifted its ban on women on submarines in 2010. The first vessel built with modifications is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2021.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jonathan Harris, considered a possible 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is stepping down from his job as Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection commissioner.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that Harris will depart ``to pursue other professional opportunities.''

Harris, a former mayor of West Hartford and a state senator, was appointed to Malloy to oversee the agency in December 2014. The agency's deputy commissioner, Michelle H. Seagull, will serve as the acting commissioner until a permanent replacement is announced.

Harris' departure comes days after Malloy said he will not seek a third term.

He told reporters after Malloy's announcement last Thursday that he was ``not declaring anything'' and he had ``not made any final decisions at this point'' about running for governor.



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ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A 40-year-old Connecticut man has been arraigned on charges he killed his wife in 2015.

Richard Dabate faces murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement charges in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Connie Dabate on Dec. 23, 2015.

Authorities say Dabate told them a masked man had entered their home, shot his wife and tied him up before he burned the intruder with a torch.

Prosecutors requested Dabate's bail be set at $5 million during the Monday's arraignment, but the judge set it at $1 million. He also ordered Dabate to turn in his passport.

Dabate is due in court April 28. His lawyer told the Hartford Courant that his client maintains his innocence and had offered to turn himself in after an arrest warrant was issued.



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