NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard Academy says an investigator has recommended discipline against two white cadets for harassing a black classmate.
The investigation was prompted by an October incident in which a cadet played a racially offensive song in the black cadet's room. After leaving to tell a peer counselor, the black cadet returned to find the background screen on his computer had been changed to show the Mississippi state flag, which includes the Confederate battle flag.
The Connecticut-based academy said Wednesday two investigations by the Coast Guard found the white cadets harassed their classmate. An investigator recommended the students be charged with violations of the Regulations of the Corps of Cadets, but it's unclear what discipline that would entail.
Superintendent Rear Adm. James Rendon has said he was angered by the episode.
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A UPS employee in Connecticut has been charged with committing two thefts while making his deliveries.
North Haven police say 26-year-old Quintell Suggs was arrested earlier this week, just days after he was hired as a temporary employee for the holiday season.
A woman told police she saw Suggs remove a package from her mailbox and open it while he was making another delivery. She says she confronted him after seeing him slip a video game under his shirt. Police recovered the game and returned it to the woman. Officers also found a speaker in Suggs' truck that was reportedly stolen earlier in the day.
Suggs was charged with two counts of larceny. It's unclear if he has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut police officer who was demoted after an investigation into a phony racist letter is suing the city of Bridgeport again.
The Connecticut Post reports that Sgt. Lonnie Blackwell has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. In May, the city agreed to pay him $65,000 to settle a federal discrimination suit.
The former lieutenant was demoted in 2016 after an officer claimed Blackwell ordered him to distribute a fake racist letter within the department. The chief found no credible evidence to support that claim, but demoted Blackwell for the way the letter was reported to authorities.
Blackwell's lawyer says the suit aims to reverse the demotion and recover unspecified monetary damages for "excessive discipline."
Blackwell was president of a minority police organization known as The Guardians.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) An investigation has found that the death of an autistic Connecticut teenager from malnutrition was preventable and there were problems with the state child welfare agency.
The state Child Advocate's Office released a report Tuesday on the February death of 17-year-old Matthew Tirado, of Hartford. When he died, the 5-foot-9-inch-tall (1.75 meters) Matthew weighed less than 90 pounds (41 kilograms).
Police charged Matthew's mother with manslaughter and cruelty to persons.
The child advocate's report says the state Department of Children and Families closed a neglect case involving Matthew Tirado a month before his death, after his mother refused for months to let a DCF worker see him.
DCF Commissioner Joette Katz says her agency lacked authority to force his mother to allow access to the boy.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man convicted of killing and dismembering his girlfriend has asked for a new trial, citing possible juror misconduct.
A lawyer for Jermaine Richards made the request Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19.
A jury convicted Richards of murder in September in the killing of 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, a student at Eastern Connecticut State University. Two previous trials ended with deadlocked juries.
Wiley's remains were found in Trumbull in 2013 about a month after she was last seen with Richards outside her Willimantic dorm room. Richards lived in Bridgeport just over a mile from where the body was found.
The juror misconduct claims allege a juror posted about the case on social media and the same juror knows people who know Richards.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Police have identified a Florida man who was found shot to death last weekend in a Connecticut apartment.
New London police responded to a report of a shooting at the basement apartment Saturday afternoon. Twenty-one-year-old Quvonte Gray was found with a gunshot wound to the head.
Gray was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Gray was a Florida resident who frequently visited New London.
Police said this week they're trying to track down an 18-year-old to ask him about the shooting. No suspects have been named.
The investigation is ongoing.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut zoo is welcoming the addition of two tiger cubs.
Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport said Monday that its 10-year-old Amur tiger, Changbai, gave birth Nov. 25 to four tiger cubs but only two survived. The surviving female cubs were removed from Changbai when she showed no interest in taking care of them.
The 2-week-old cubs are in seclusion in the zoo hospital. Staff is hand feeding the cubs five times a day.
The zoo says one of the four kittens had been found unresponsive after birth and a second kitten died later that night.
Director Gregg Dancho says every possible effort was being made to help the kittens survive.
The zoo says Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are very rare.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut police sergeant has been arrested on charges that he illegally used a police vehicle while on leave.
Hartford police say Sgt. Justin Torniero was arrested Monday. Investigators say he repeatedly took a police car, filled it with gas and drove it without permission. They also say he tampered with devices in the car, including an automatic vehicle locator.
Torniero was released after his arrest and is due back in court Dec. 21.
Officials say he has been suspended without pay. He is a 10-year veteran of the force assigned to the patrol division.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford's city council has approved a proposal to apply for state oversight in exchange for tens of millions of dollars needed to help the city balance its budget.
The Hartford Courant reports the move was requested by Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin. The council approved it Monday.
Some council members had resisted the plan, saying it would undermine the power of local government. But they said it became unavoidable as the potential for bankruptcy loomed.
Hartford's $611 million budget currently has a $45 million deficit.
The new Municipal Accountability Review Board was created to help cities like Hartford avoid insolvency. It provides various levels of monitoring and assistance depending on the severity of the city's financial problems. Hartford plans to apply for Tier III oversight, the second highest level.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A man has been fatally stabbed in New London.
Police say officers responding to a 911 call Sunday night found a man with a stab wound to his chest.
The unidentified man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police later arrested 44-year-old Patrick McInerney. He's charged with murder and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.
Police have not revealed a motive for the stabbing.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - A former Connecticut firefighter has pleaded guilty to selling cocaine at the firehouse while on duty.
The Norwalk Hour reports that Mark Monroe was sentenced to three years in prison after entering the plea Friday.
Monroe was arrested in February after selling cocaine to an undercover police officer on four separate occasions, including twice at a Norwalk fire station.
Investigators say they found more cocaine at his home, along with numerous prescription drugs.
Monroe's attorney says his client is very remorseful. He says the case shows that even public servants can have issues with drug abuse.
ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) - A conservative commentator who grabbed a woman after she took a copy of his University of Connecticut speech titled "It's OK To Be White" is set to make his first court appearance.
Lucian Wintrich was arrested after grabbing the woman and is scheduled to be arraigned on a misdemeanor breach of peace charge Monday at Rockville Superior Court. He denies criminal wrongdoing and says he had every right to retrieve his property.
Wintrich is the White House correspondent for the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit. He was at UConn on Nov. 28 to give the speech, which drew protesters.
Cellphone videos show the woman taking paperwork off the lectern Wintrich was using and walking away. Wintrich then goes after her and grabs her before being led away by police. He was released on $1,000 bail.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is sounding the alarm about the projected solvency of Connecticut's transportation account, warning the state may not have the money to pay for many road and bridge improvement projects.
He says lawmakers must take steps to replenish the Special Transportation Fund, impacted by a loss in gas tax revenue, a shift to more fuel-efficient vehicles, increased debt payments and other factors.
The Democrat's administration released a 10-page report on Thursday that highlights how the Special Transportation Fund is projected be in deficit for a number of years beginning in 2019. The report includes a long list of projects potentially at risk throughout Connecticut.
Malloy says higher bus and rail fares, staff reductions and cutbacks in highway maintenance, including snow-plowing, could be imposed if nothing is done.
This summary of this story has been corrected to show that a deficit in the Special Transportation Fund is projected to begin in 2019, not 2010.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Firefighters in a Connecticut town say they've put out a potentially hazardous trash fire on a garbage truck.
The Fairfield Fire Department said the truck fire happened at about 6 a.m. on Thursday.
Emergency responders instructed the garbage truck driver to dump the flaming refuse into the road to prevent it from extending to the vehicle.
The department says it required a number of firefighters with heavy equipment to bring the blaze under control.
The driver wasn't injured, but the department says firefighters also found the remains of propane cylinders in the debris, which could have potentially exploded and seriously injured the driver or firefighters.
Fire officials say propane tanks and other pressurized cylinders must be disposed at designated collection points and never in residential waste.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - An iconic Connecticut pizza restaurant has been sold.
An attorney representing the Consiglio family says Sally's Apizza in New Haven sold Wednesday afternoon. The Connecticut Post reports the real estate transaction listed the price for $667,500 to a Pennsylvania company. The price of the business itself has not been disclosed.
Robert, Richard and Ruth Consiglio are celebrating the sale. The siblings have been running the restaurant since their mother Florence died in 2012.
Robert "Bobby" Consiglio says he and his fellow siblings will now become managers at the restaurant. Consiglio says all of the restaurant staff will stay.
The restaurant known for its thin-crust pizzas was founded by his father Salvatore Consiglio in 1938. Salvatore "Sally" Consiglio died in 1989.
The new owners will be announced in January.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) A Vermont man denies in court papers allegations that he killed his millionaire grandfather in 2013.
Nathan Carman has been called a suspect in the shooting death of 87-year-old real estate developer John Chakalos in Connecticut. No one's been arrested.
He has also been questioned about the day his boat sank with his mother on it near Rhode Island. She's presumed dead.
He says he doesn't know if anyone has seen his mother since their fishing trip in 2016.
Her sisters sued in New Hampshire in July, accusing Carman of killing Chakalos and possibly his mother. They've asked a judge to block Carman from collecting an inheritance.
Carman on Wednesday moved to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Chakalos wasn't a resident of New Hampshire at the time of his death.
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut town's feathered celebrity has been taken back to his natural habitat.
Kevin the Turkey wandered freely in Wethersfield for years. Residents say they've enjoyed seeing the bird, which has several thousand members on a Facebook fan page and Kevin-themed merchandise at a local store.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says police contacted them about moving the bird, citing safety concerns.
DEEP spokesman Christ Collibee says they picked Kevin up Wednesday and released him to a safe location.
Collibee says Kevin has given a ``written promise'' to continue eating roots, bulbs and leaves.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut developer has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for defrauding taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a failed effort to build a professional soccer stadium in Hartford.
James Duckett Jr. was sentenced Wednesday on 12 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He was found guilty in July.
Duckett and another developer had been hired by Hartford to oversee development of a $12 million, 9,000-seat stadium.
But prosecutors allege Duckett and his partner never paid subcontractors and directed more than $1 million from the city to support a lavish lifestyle for Duckett and expenses unrelated to the stadium project.
The Major Arena Soccer League dropped the team before a game was ever played.
Duckett's lawyer has said the payments to his client were compensation for work.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Police say a man has been charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl found shot in a vehicle that had crashed in Connecticut.
Waterbury officers responded to the crash into a utility pole around 10 p.m. Monday. The girl, identified as Evelyse Santiago, was declared dead at the scene.
Police say 27-year-old Dominique Pittman had been in the car when it crashed. They allege Pittman fatally shot Santiago before it happened.
Police say Pittman and Santiago had been in a relationship.
School officials say Santiago had recently transferred from Crosby High School to Wilby High School. Grief counselors are available for students at both schools.
Pittman is being held on $1 million bond. It wasn't immediately clear Tuesday if he has an attorney.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has filed a lawsuit against the city of New Haven claiming he was sexually harassed by his female supervisor.
WTNH-TV reports Department of Public Works employee Edward Cloud claims he was falsely accused by Honda Smith of sending her a picture of his genitalia. Cloud claims the accusations resulted in ``severe embarrassment and humiliation'' and he was also taunted by his co-workers.
Cloud's attorney says the department demoted him after the accusations and increased Smith's status. The attorney says further investigation by the department found evidence that supported Cloud's claim, but no action was taken against Smith.
Cloud says he has regained his job.
Smith denies the accusations. A city spokesman declined to comment citing pending litigation.
It is unclear what damages Cloud is seeking.