ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) Police say three Connecticut magnet school students who attacked a junior varsity football coach are facing assault charges.
Enfield police Chief Carl Sferrazza said Tuesday the coach reported he'd been assaulted Nov. 16 following an Enfield potluck dinner for the Capitol Region Education Council's football team.
Sferrazza says video shows the coach being punched from behind in a parking lot and falling to the ground. Two other students then kicked and punched him in the back of the head.
The coach was hospitalized for treatment.
Sferrazza says police were able to identify the three juveniles who were involved. The teens are students at Capitol Region Education Council schools. Two of the youths are 15, the other is 14.
CREC Superintendent Timothy Sullivan tells WSFB-TV the magnet school operator is cooperating with law enforcement officials.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Officials at a Connecticut school say a group of students directed racial taunts toward the opposing team at a girls soccer playoff game.
The Hartford Courant reports officials at Windsor High School launched an investigation after a parent complained of St. Joseph High School fans singing the Toto song ``Africa'' at their players Nov. 7. Half of the Windsor players are students of color.
Windsor Superintendent Craig Cooke says he confirmed the taunts after a series of interviews with students. He says he issued a complaint to officials with the state Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
Conference director Karissa Niehoff says she has not seen the complaint yet. But she says the school could be fined or prohibited from competing if found in violation.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say three college students were carjacked and robbed at knifepoint and three suspects have been taken into custody.
New Haven police say a 21-year-old woman who attends Southern Connecticut State University was behind the wheel of her father's vehicle in October and drove to a parking lot to talk to two other students who were inside the car.
The students reported that three young men approached the car, reached through an open window and held a knife to the driver's throat.
Authorities say the suspects demanded other valuables, took the vehicle and fled the scene.
SCSU later located the vehicle in an off-campus parking lot.
Police say the suspects include a 16-year-old juvenile. They were arrested this month on charges of larceny, robbery and other related offenses.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A mother of two living in Connecticut has been ordered to return to her native Guatemala, but her attorney says she won't go.
The Hartford Courant reports Miriam Martinez-Lemus' attorney says a stay of deportation was denied, but Martinez-Lemus didn't plan on flying to Guatemala Monday.
Attorney Glenn Formica says Martinez-Lemus is staying in Stamford, Connecticut, abiding by the nation's laws and conditions placed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Formica says if ICE wants to take her from her family, they know where she is.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he's working to stop the deportation. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged ICE to reconsider.
Martinez-Lemus left Guatemala 25 years ago during violent political unrest.
Her daughters are U.S. citizens. The family says one daughter requires constant care for Type 1 diabetes.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Six students and a school bus driver have been hospitalized after the bus collided with a vehicle in Connecticut.
Police say the crash happened around 8 a.m. in Bristol when the driver of an SUV went through a stop sign. Police Lt. Richard Guerrera tells The Bristol Press the crash was at low speeds, and there was minor damage to the school bus.
Those hospitalized reported minor injuries. Police say a total of 64 students were on board.
Authorities say the driver of the SUV has been charged with failure to obey a stop sign and driving too fast for conditions.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man accused of nearly severing the hand of his ex-girlfriend's lover with a handsaw has been found guilty.
The Advocate reports a jury found Cesar Olivero guilty of first-degree assault Monday, but they were unable to reach a verdict on the man's burglary and home invasion charges.
Police say Olivero attacked the New York City businessman at his ex-girlfriend's Stamford apartment in June 2015. Doctors say the man's left hand was close to being severed after it was hacked about 15 times with the saw.
Olivero's attorney says his client is disappointed with the verdict, but they are pleased there was no decision on the burglary and home invasion charges.
ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) A 22-year-old Connecticut man is facing multiple charges after police say he drunkenly fired more than 30 rounds at a speed limit sign.
Police were called to the scene in Ellington around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after several residents called 911 to report hearing gunfire.
Police say the man was walking home after a night of drinking at a friend's house when he decided to shoot at the sign. Authorities say the man fired 11 rounds from a shotgun, 17 rounds from a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson and 6 rounds from a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver.
The man has been charged with unlawful discharge of firearms, illegal carrying of a firearm under the influence, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 27.
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) Police say a man tried to steal $3,200 worth of Apple Watches from a Connecticut Walmart.
Authorities say the 51-year-old suspect broke into a storage cabinet at an East Windsor Walmart Saturday morning and put the watches into a shopping cart. The man then covered the watches with clothes.
Police say the man abandoned the cart and ran away after he realized he had been noticed by an employee. The man was stopped by police at the entrance of the store.
The man has been charged with criminal attempt to commit larceny. Police say he has more than 40 prior arrests in the state.
He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 28.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A former Connecticut college student is facing arraignment on allegations she smeared body fluids on her roommate's belongings.
Brianna Brochu is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. She's charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace. Prosecutors say they're determining whether to add a hate crime charge.
The 18-year-old Harwinton resident, who is white, is accused of contaminating her black roommate's belongings at the University of Hartford.
Officials say Brochu no longer attends the university, but won't elaborate.
Brochu told the Republican-American newspaper that she acted foolishly, but she is not a bigot.
EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) Prosecutors say a man and woman facing charges for an armed robbery in Connecticut are father and daughter.
State police say the robbery happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at a convenience store in East Granby. The clerk told police a man came in armed with a knife and escaped in a pickup truck with a woman at the wheel.
The pair was later stopped by police in Bloomfield.
Police say the 50-year-old man is facing charges of robbery, reckless endangerment, larceny and criminal mischief. The 24-year-old woman has been charged with accessory to robbery and interfering with an officer.
The Hartford Courant reports the man has multiple convictions for armed robbery. Prosecutors say the woman has no criminal record.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A homeless man in Connecticut says he wanted to ``do the right thing'' when he found and returned a $10,000 check.
The New Haven Register reports real estate agent Roberta Hoskie lost the check sometime Wednesday morning in New Haven. She says she got a call that Elmer Alvarez found the check before she realized it was lost.
Hoskie went to meet Alvarez, and she found out during the meeting that he was homeless. She understood the situation well, as she had once been homeless herself.
Hoskie gave Alvarez another check for an undisclosed amount.
Alvarez says he's working on getting a job and putting his life back together. Hoskie says she plans to help the man by giving him free classes at her real estate school.
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) A Connecticut man stopped by the Highway Patrol in South Dakota with nearly 25 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle has been sentenced to 75 days in jail and five years on probation.
Thirty-eight-year-old William Bradley, of Meriden, Connecticut, was pulled over on Interstate 90 in May for following another vehicle too closely. A police dog prompted a search that turned up the drugs and more than $13,000 in cash.
The Black Hills Pioneer reports Bradley pleaded guilty in September to possessing more than 10 pounds of marijuana. During his recent sentencing he also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say a man who mixed up Tuesday with Sunday has been arrested after threatening a construction worker with a knife.
Milford Police say 48-year-old Myles Safyre came up to a construction worker on Tuesday, telling him to stop working because it was Sunday.
When the construction worker asked him to leave the work zone, police say he pulled out a knife and demanded that he stop working.
Safyre was arrested on charges of threatening and breach of peace. Court records on Thursday said he was ordered held in custody.
PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) The site of a former dog track in Connecticut has been sold to a Massachusetts developer.
The Norwich Bulletin reports that the sale of the former Plainfield Greyhound Park was announced on Wednesday.
Town records show that Concord, Massachusetts-based Winstanley Enterprises bought the 137-acre-property for $3.3 million from BVS Plainfield Investors LLC.
The dog park was once one of the most profitable tracks in the nation, but closed in 2005. It sold the following year for $7.5 million.
Winstanley said in a news release that it plans to convert the site into a logistics park with either an 800,000-square-foot distribution facility, or with two buildings totaling over 600,000 square feet.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged in the fatal shooting of his cousin has been found not competent to stand trial and will be transferred to a state hospital for the criminally insane.
The Day reports that a Superior Court judge in New London on Wednesday ordered that 30-year-old James Armstrong be remanded to Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital for 60 days of treatment. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 8 and be re-evaluated to see if he understands the proceedings against him.
Officials say Armstrong's 31-year-old cousin, Sebastian Sidberry, was killed outside of his North Stonington home in April. Both are members of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation.
Family members told police Armstrong had been declining mentally over the past few years.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A romance novel cover model from California has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank and a convenience store in Connecticut.
The Greenwich Time reports 35-year-old David Byers, of San Diego, entered his guilty plea in Hartford Tuesday. Prosecutors say Byers robbed a Chase Bank twice and a Citgo gas station in Greenwich in April before leading police on a cross-country manhunt.
Police say he evaded officers in Pennsylvania and Arizona before his arrest in San Diego in May. Authorities believe Byers was also responsible for a series of robberies in New York.
The man is now facing up to 20 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 18.
A Los Angeles photographer previously said Byers has appeared on the covers of four romance novels.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A judge has dismissed charges against a former Connecticut ethics commissioner who was accused of patronizing a prostitute in a mix-up with the wrong woman.
The Connecticut Post reports the judge dismissed the case against Noel Kayo Tuesday after prosecutors declined to pursue it.
Kayo was arrested in June after police say he arranged to meet a woman at a hotel in Stratford and got into the wrong car. The woman whose car he did get into happened to be waiting at the hotel at the same time for a payment for photographs she previously posed in.
Both the woman and her boyfriend used pepper spray on Kayo. He later resigned from the Bridgeport Ethics Commission after his arrest.
Kayo declined comment on his case's dismissal.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut city is suing the company that manufactures OxyContin for ``deceptive marketing'' that is blamed for the city's opioid crisis.
New Haven filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma Tuesday seeking compensation for costs faced by police, social services and first responders combating the crisis.
Several states have sued the company, including New Jersey, Ohio and New Hampshire.
Democratic Mayor Toni Harp tells the New Haven Register the city has joined in on the lawsuit because it believes the epidemic has to do with how people are accessing opioids that were ``legally dispensed and probably over-prescribed.''
The company has denied the allegations. In a statement to the newspaper, Purdue says they are troubled by the opioid crisis and dedicated to being part of the solution.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A woman who operated an unlicensed daycare out of her Fairfield home has pleaded no contest to killing a 4-month-old boy by giving him an overdose of Benadryl.
The Connecticut Post reports that Carol Cardillo entered the no-contest plea to second-degree manslaughter Monday in superior court in Bridgeport, as jury selection getting underway. She faces up to five years in prison under a plea deal when she is sentenced Jan. 25.
Adam Seagull had been in Cardillo's care for 11 days when he died in March 2016.
An autopsy found Seagull had 41,000 nanograms per milliliter of Benadryl in his system, many times the reportable limit of 5,000 nanograms per milliliter. Police found Cardillo had purchased 90 bottles of Benadryl between 2013 and 2016.
Seagull's parents declined to comment.
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) A 27-year-old guidance counselor has died following a two-vehicle crash in Connecticut.
Police say Jordan Soares was riding as a front-seat passenger in his own car early Sunday morning when the car collided with another vehicle on Route 15 in Stratford. The other vehicle struck the center median, while Soares' car rolled down the right embankment.
Police say Soares' car flipped and ejected all three occupants. Soares was pronounced dead at the hospital while the other two were hospitalized with serious injuries.
The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.
Soares, of Bridgeport, worked as a guidance counselor at Columbus Elementary School and the Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy. The Bridgeport Public Schools superintendent calls his death ``unbelievably tragic.''