HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A housekeeper and mother of four who received sanctuary in a Connecticut church has been granted an emergency stay of a deportation order that would have sent her back to her native Guatemala.
Nury Chavarria, who entered the U.S. 24 years ago, was ordered in June to leave the county by July 20.
She instead took refuge inside the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal church in New Haven.
Gov. Dannel Malloy says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agreed Wednesday to take another look at Chavarria's case, and a federal judge issued the order protecting her from deportation.
The 43-year-old has four children ranging in age from 9 to 21. Her oldest child has cerebral palsy.
Chavarria had been denied asylum, but had been granted yearly stays and work permits since 2009.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an executive directing the Connecticut National Guard not to discriminate against transgender people.
The move Wednesday comes as the Democrat condemned President Donald Trump's plan to ban transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the military.
Malloy calls Trump's plan "ignorant and profoundly troubling."
Malloy says he believes any able person who wishes to serve in the military should have that right.
His executive order directs the Connecticut National Guard, the Connecticut Air National Guard and the other armed forces of the state to take no action that discriminates against service members in enlistment, promotion or any other aspect of their service.
The order would be superseded by any federal law, regulation or formal directive from the U.S. Department of Defense
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 52-year-old Stamford man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he ran a marriage scam designed to help immigrants obtain legal status in the United States.
David Nikolashvili (Nick-oh-lahsh-VEE-lee), a citizen of the Republic of Georgia, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to making a false swearing in an immigration matter.
Prosecutors say Nikolashvili arranged marriages for about 50 to 60 citizens of European countries.
They say those people would give Nikolashvili between $12,000 and $16,000 to set up marriages with U.S. citizens, whom he would pay to enter into the sham relationships.
Nikolashvili faces up to 10 years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 27.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven police have charged a man in the shooting of a 13-year-old boy who survived a gunshot wound to his leg.
Authorities arrested 21-year-old city resident Charles Worthington at his home Tuesday morning. He is detained on $1 million bail on charges of first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit and risk of injury to a minor.
The boy was shot Saturday afternoon. Police have not released a motive, but say the boy likely was not the intended target.
City police say they do not believe the shooting was related to several others over the past two weeks that are under investigation. Two of the other shootings involved minors, one of whom died.
It wasn't clear if Worthington had retained an attorney who could respond to the allegations.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who was convicted of killing a cab driver who was stabbed 127 times has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after having testified that he acted in self-defense.
Shota Mekoshvili was sentenced to the maximum prison time on a murder conviction Tuesday in Stamford Superior Court.
Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Stamford man killed Mahomed Kamal during a botched robbery in August 2014.
Mekoshvili testified he was defending himself when the 47-year-old cab driver tried to have sex with him after driving him to a quiet neighborhood in Stamford. He said he wrestled the knife away from Kamal before stabbing him.
Judge John Blawie called the killing an act of torture.
Kamal's wife asked for the maximum sentence, but said it wouldn't erase the pain of losing her husband.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The chief executive of the company that owns the Millstone Power Station in Waterford says "the time for a study without action has passed," referring to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's executive order requiring a review of the nuclear plant's future economic viability
Paul Koonce, CEO of Dominion Energy Power Generation Group, said Tuesday that Dominion will continue its own strategic assessment of Millstone and make a decision independent of the latest study by Connecticut.
Dominion originally wanted state lawmakers to allow Millstone to sell power directly to the state to remain economically viable. That legislation, however, was changed into a study of Millstone's and other nuclear plants' financial conditions. Ultimately, lawmakers didn't vote on the issue.
Koonce says "without action this year, the prospects for continued operation of Millstone diminish."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say two men have been arrested after they tried to buy drugs from an officer at a Connecticut police station.
Hartford Police say an officer had finished his shift and was walking to his vehicle Sunday when two men approached and asked if he would sell them cocaine.
The two men said they needed to find an ATM to get cash, so the officer directed them to a machine inside the lobby of the police department.
Police said that while the men went inside to get $60 for drugs, the officer called for help and the men were arrested.
Hartford Police did not release their names. The $60 was taken as evidence.
A department spokesman posted the police report to Twitter on Monday, saying, ``and this happened.''
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say they have reports of multiple injuries in a crash involving a bus and a pickup truck in Connecticut.
A Suffield police dispatcher says emergency workers are responding to the crash that occurred about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday on Route 168 in town.
Police posted a picture of a white pickup that appears to have struck a red school bus. The bus was off the road straddling the guardrail. Police say the bus was carrying tobacco workers and multiple ambulances responded to the scene.
Dispatcher Lauren Mayhew did not have details of the extent of the injuries.
Suffield is a town of about 16,000 people, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Hartford along the border with Massachusetts.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Police are searching for information after two fires in Connecticut were deemed arsons.
The Norwich Police Department says first responders were dispatched to a fire at an apartment building Monday morning. No injuries were reported, but an eight-member family has been displaced.
Police say firefighters responded to another blaze at an apartment building in Norwich July 3. No injuries were reported, but an unspecified number of people were displaced.
The Norwich Fire Marshal's Office has determined the cause of the fire in both cases to be arson.
Firefighters say the fires are not connected.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Since federal authorities have dropped a contentious proposal for high-speed rail through shoreline Connecticut communities, state and local officials will now focus on locally acceptable ways to upgrade the line and plan for the future.
Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsynder says she's confident Connecticut's Department of Transportation will take into account concerns of the communities as new options are reviewed for improving track capacity and speed in the 100-mile stretch from New Haven to Providence, Rhode Island.
The federal government's proposed plan for rebuilding the congested Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. was released Wednesday but dropped its suggestions for high-speed tracks through Old Lyme's historic district and other communities.
Reemsynder says residents couldn't sell their homes in the village because of the rail project.
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) Officials say a man was likely struck by lightning on what was supposed to be opening day for a Connecticut town's fair.
Stonington Fire Marshal George Brennan says the 30-year-old man was working at North Stonington Fairgrounds during a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon.
Brennan says the man was leaning against a metal panel when there was a crack of thunder, and he fell to the ground unconscious.
The man regained consciousness while an ambulance transported him to the hospital. His injuries have not been reported.
The town's agricultural fair was canceled Thursday night due to weather conditions. Fair officials say they have inspected the area, and the grounds and equipment have been deemed safe.
The fair will host its opening day schedule Friday.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Officials have filed for an emergency demolition after a fire engulfed the site of a former rubber factory in Connecticut.
Bridgeport firefighters responded to the blaze at the former AGI Rubber Company Wednesday afternoon. The fire was under control by 5 p.m.
The emergency order was issued less than 24 hours later, with city spokeswoman Rowena White citing fire and safety hazards as the cause.
White says the city had been planning to demolish the building before the emergency order. At least five fires have been reported at the site between 2012 and 2015.
Fire officials say police are interviewing people of interest in connection with Wednesday's fire.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Officials say no injuries have been reported after massive a blaze broke out at a former rubber factory in Connecticut.
Bridgeport firefighters responded to the fire at the former AGI Rubber Company around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The flames were visible from Interstate 95, and Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez tells NEWS-TV heavy smoke obscured nearby traffic.
Bridgeport Fire Chief Richard Thode says the fire was under control around 4:45 p.m. He says crews are continuing to put out hot spots.
Thode says there have been numerous fires at the site in the past.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - The largest internet job site in the world says it plans to spend $26.5 million to expand its offices in Stamford, growing the workforce from about 700 employees to more than 1,200 in the coming years.
Dave O'Neill, the chief financial officer of Indeed, is crediting Connecticut's "great talent pool" with helping the internet grow into a global presence, with more than 200 million users a month.
The company's expansion was announced Wednesday. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development will provide a 15-year, $7 million low-interest loan to support the expansion, which includes more leased space.
State funds may also be used for new equipment and improvements. Indeed is also eligible for up to $15 million in tax credits and loan forgiveness if it meets certain employment obligations.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A 26-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to three bank robberies in Connecticut.
The U.S. attorney's office says Courtney Worthington, of West Haven, pleaded guilty in federal court to the charges Wednesday.
Worthington was charged with robberies between December 2016 and January 2017 during which officials say she handed a teller a threatening note demanding money.
She was arrested at an East Haven hotel Jan. 5.
Worthington faces a maximum of 20 years in prison during sentencing.
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say a detective posed as a record producer to arrest a local rapper suspected of stealing credit cards from cars.
Glastonbury police say Zoe ``Gangstalicious'' Dowdell was arrested Friday on theft charges. It couldn't be determined Tuesday if he has an attorney.
Police began investigating in April. Police say surveillance video captured two men using a card that had been taken from an unlocked car. They say one of the men was arrested but officers had trouble finding the other man, identified as Dowdell.
Police say they found Dowdell's rap videos online and a detective contacted him, posing as a record producer interested in his music.
Police say Dowdell agreed to meet with him Friday at his ``office,'' which was a local shopping center. Dowdell was arrested.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 19-year-old man faces 10 years behind bars and will likely be deported to his native Guatemala after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl he was baby-sitting.
The Stamford Advocate reports that Douglas Hus-Flores pleaded guilty Monday to sexual assault. He will be formally sentenced next March.
Prosecutor Maureen Ornousky says the evidence against Hus-Flores was overwhelming, and pressed for the 10-year mandatory minimum sentence on the charge to avoid calling the victim as a witness at trial.
Hus-Flores' attorney, Howard Ehring says "there is no question he will be deported."
According to a police report, Hus-Flores told police that he sexually assaulted the child last March in Stamford.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) New Haven officials say City Hall had to be evacuated after a phoned in bomb threat.
City spokesman Laurence Grotheer says police and fire responded to investigate the threat around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Grotheer says a fire alarm was sounded so personnel would leave the building, and nearby streets were closed to traffic.
The bomb squad did a sweep and gave an all-clear after 6 p.m.
Grotheer says there is no evidence the call was a credible threat. An investigation is ongoing.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say a man has been charged with assaulting an 11-year-old girl.
The Hartford Courant reports that 24-year-old Amilcar Lopez was arrested over the weekend on charges of third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Police say officers were called to a Middletown home on Saturday for a report of an emotionally disturbed person threatening family members. They say officers determined Lopez had punched the girl in the stomach.
Police say Lopez denied any wrongdoing.
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Fire officials in a Connecticut town say their only ladder tower truck is out of commission after a firefighter backed into the fire department building.
Cohanzie Fire Chief Todd Branche tells The Day the firefighter took the truck out Sunday to refill its fuel tank.
Branche says the firefighter was pulling the truck back into one of the building's bays when he hit a brick column, damaging the bucket on the back.
A police report identifies 39-year-old Mark Parker as the driver. The report states Parker was not injured.
Branche says the truck has been sent to a center for repairs. Town building officials have ordered the department's vehicles to be moved outside until repairs can be made to the building.
Branche says the town's insurance will cover costs.