BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Bridgeport man has been acquitted in the shooting death of an aspiring musician who police say likely was mistaken for the victim's twin brother.
The Connecticut Post reports that a Superior Court jury deliberated for two days before finding 25-year-old Tavaris ``Tex'' Daniels not guilty of murder and possession of a pistol without a permit.
He was accused in the Dec. 21, 2011 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Dayquan Henry.
Henry was attending a friend's birthday party in Bridgeport when he was approached by a man in a hooded sweatshirt and shot in the abdomen.
Police say the shooter likely confused Dayquan Henry with Dayton Henry, who had a criminal record for dealing drugs.
Dayton Henry was later convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting another man in what prosecutors said was retaliation for his twin's death.
STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) An investigation into the sharing of sexually explicit images has led police to arrest five high school students in Connecticut.
Authorities say the five Stonington High School students, all boys under 18, have been charged with disseminating sexually explicit and inappropriate images.
Officials say a teacher found images of female students on a cellphone in late January. Police say they interviewed 10 students and took possession of several electronic devices.
Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson said Wednesday police have concluded their investigation, and the case has been referred to juvenile court. The identities of the students have not been released due to their age.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The court case of a former Connecticut college student accused of lying about being raped by two university football players has been moved forward another week amid pending defense motions to dismiss the case and suppress evidence.
The case of 19-year-old former Sacred Heart University student Nikki Yovino went before a Bridgeport Superior Court judge Wednesday. Her next date was set for March 2.
The South Setauket, New York, native accused two Sacred Heart football players of sexually assaulting her during an October 2016 party. The players said the sex was consensual.
Police say Yovino admitted lying because she worried another student would lose romantic interest in her when he found out about the sexual encounter.
Yovino's lawyers say there is much more to the story than police are disclosing.
ESSEX, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police are investigating after two people were found dead in a residence in Essex.
The agency said state troopers were asked Tuesday to conduct a well-being check at the home. When they entered the residence in the afternoon, they found the bodies.
Police declined to provide any other details, other than to say they believe there is no threat to the public. They're also not releasing the names of the victims until their next of kind are notified.
The state medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death, and state police detectives are investigating. Essex is a town located along the Connecticut River.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The state of Connecticut has agreed to pay $6.25 million to the estate of a couple killed more than a decade ago when a tree limb fell on their car.
The Hartford Courant reports that a settlement agreement of a pending lawsuit against the state was filed Tuesday with the General Assembly by the state attorney general.
It was signed by state lawyers and lawyers for the sons of Dr. Joseph Stavola and his wife, attorney Jeanne Serocke-Stavola, killed June 9, 2007, when a limb fell on their vehicle on the Merritt Parkway in Westport. Their sons, 9 and 7 at the time, were in the back seat.
The legislature can now endorse the settlement; reject it; or do nothing, which would result in its automatic approval after 30 days.
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) Police say a 17-year-old is facing breach of peace charges following several reports of disturbing behavior from parents and students in Connecticut.
Police Chief Michael Spera said Tuesday the teen has been remanded to state custody and barred from all Old Saybrook school campuses until a court or school officials deem it appropriate.
Spera says there was no evidence of a credible threat against an Old Saybrook school. He says there may be an additional police presence at campuses throughout the week ``for no other reason than to allow our students and staff to know we are there to keep them safe.''
Police have not released details about the charges or the student's identity due to the person's age.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A group of Connecticut lawmakers is seeking input from the black and Latino communities about issues they'd like to see the General Assembly address.
The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus has scheduled a public forum on Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The meeting is expected to run from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Reps. Christopher Rosario of Bridgeport and Brandon McGee of Hartford the chairman and vice chairman of the caucus say they the forum is a ``good opportunity for our constituents to come forward with their concerns.''
Both Democratic lawmakers say the ideas and concerns voiced at the public forum will help the caucus shape the legislative priorities they will try to push forward.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Requiring people to provide adequate shelter for dogs and changes to a special jail diversionary program for animal abusers are among the animal-related legislation a bipartisan group of Connecticut lawmakers hope to pass this session.
The legislators plan to unveil their list of animal welfare legislation on Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building.
Republican Rep. Brenda Kupchick of Fairfield says the Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus works throughout the year with various animal rights groups, such as the Connecticut Humane Society, on possible legislation that's needed to protect animals.
Kupchick says the group has ``a moral obligation to advocate for and protect those who cannot protect themselves.''
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence is hoping to work with Connecticut employers to enact workplace policies that support victims of domestic violence.
Karen Jarmoc, the group's CEO, says plans are underway to convene a meeting this spring with companies to have a conversation ``around culture and workplace policy.'' She says some employers already have model policies, which she hopes will be replicated.
She points to Bank of America, which provides employees experiencing abuse with counseling, paid sick days and an employee relief fund.
Jarmoc says work may be the only place where a domestic abuse victim feels safe and employers have the opportunity to create policies to help those workers.
Nearly 40,000 individuals seek help from one of Connecticut's 18 domestic violence organizations annually.
THOMPSON, Conn. (AP) - Investigators say there is no evidence bullying played a role in the suicide of a student at a private Connecticut school - a finding disputed by the teen's mother.
The Cooney, Scully and Dowling law firm released a report Thursday of its investigation into the Dec. 4 death of Connor Tronerud, a 15-year-old boy from Sutton, Massachusetts, who attended Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson.
The Hartford Courant reports the firm found only one reported incident of bullying in November 2016. The report said it would be "reckless" to attribute that incident as a major cause of the suicide.
Connor's mother, Teresa Tronerud, says some information in the report is inaccurate and officials refused to make corrections. She says the family is taking time to review the report before commenting further.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A car chase suspect who was shot by Connecticut police officers last week has died.
A lawyer for the family of 31-year-old Juan McCray confirmed Friday that McCray died at a hospital Thursday after being taken off life support.
East Hartford officers shot McCray after a chase into Glastonbury on Feb. 4.
Authorities say police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle and confronted McCray in a parking lot in East Hartford. Police say several officers were injured, and McCray sped off as officers opened fire.
Officials say McCray crashed into several vehicles during the chase, which ended when officers again opened fire and wounded McCray in Glastonbury.
David Jaffe, the lawyer for McCray's family, says relatives question whether deadly force was necessary.
State police and prosecutors are investigating.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been cleared of charges stemming from a shooting outside a courthouse.
The Republican-American reports Judge Jon Alander dismissed charges Thursday against 19-year-old Zaekwon McDaniel. McDaniel had been charged with multiple offenses including attempted first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the attempted shooting of 20-year-old Bryan Cruz.
Senior Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Serafini McDaniel entered a nolle on the charges after receiving information from police that McDaniel wasn't involved in the shooting. Police had previously said McDaniel and other targeted Cruz because of a gang-related dispute.
McDaniel was served with an arrest warrant Thursday for violating probation. He still faces charges in separate shooting and an assault. McDaniel is expected to appear in court again next Month.
NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) Fire officials say the Connecticut motel blaze that resulted in six people being hospitalized was intentionally set.
Newington Fire Marshal Chris Schroeder said Wednesday the fire at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge is a case of arson, and police have identified a person of interest. Schroeder did not say how the fire was started.
Fire officials were alerted to the blaze around 4 a.m. Wednesday by a police officer on a routine patrol.
Four police officers and two guests, including a child, were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. All of those hospitalized have since been released.
The fire started in a first-floor room, destroying the room and all its contents.
An investigation into the fire has revealed unrelated existing structural problems. The building has since been condemned.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Arrest records show a Bridgeport police lieutenant charged with stealing money from the department had a pattern of working minutes of the time he was being paid for before returning home.
The Connecticut Post reports investigators found at least 11 instances last year where 64-year-old Lt. Stephen Shuck was at home when he was supposed to be at work. An arrest affidavit states Shuck's actions equated to more than a $2,000 loss to the city.
Shuck was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree larceny charge. He has been suspended from the department without pay.
If convicted, Shuck could face up to 20 years in prison and a loss of his pension.
It's unclear if Shuck has a lawyer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a student and a teacher's aide were caught selling brownies laced with marijuana at a Connecticut school.
WFSB-TV reports that police and medics were called to Global Communications Academy after 17 students were believed to have eaten the brownies Wednesday.
A teacher called police after seeing the brownies being sold and noticing the scent of marijuana.
The 17 students believed to have eaten the brownies were evaluated by medics but none were taken to the hospital. All were high-school age.
Police say the student and teacher's aide have been suspended and could face charges. None have been filed.
The Hartford Courant says a school spokesman referred all questions to police.
The school teaches students from kindergarten through high school and is part of the Hartford Public Schools district.
GRISWOLD, Conn. (AP) State and local authorities in Connecticut have found a body in a pond where a snowmobiler went missing in December after falling through the ice.
The body was found at Pachaug Pond in Griswold on Tuesday. Local firefighters and officers with state police and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were on the scene.
Officials say the identity of the person needs to be confirmed by the medical examiner's office.
Authorities previously said 56-year-old John Dubois, of Griswold, went missing Dec. 16 while snowmobiling on the 840-acre (340-hectare) pond, which was covered with ice. First responders found the snowmobile at the time, but not the rider.
NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) Fire officials in Connecticut say they were not able to determine the exact cause of a mobile home fire that killed a man last month.
Naugatuck Fire Marshal Robert Weaver told the Republican-American on Monday that investigators weren't able to single out an ignition source because of the heavy damage caused by the Jan. 26 blaze.
Authorities say 58-year-old Paul Kingman Jr. died of smoke inhalation, while two other people living in the mobile home were able to escape.
Weaver says the fire started in Kingman's bedroom, where there was a space heater and electrical cords. Weaver says Kingman smoked, which could have been another possible cause.
Weaver says there's no evidence of arson.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Former Vice President Joe Biden will stop by Connecticut next month to speak at Southern Connecticut State University.
The university announced Tuesday Biden will speak at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts on its New Haven campus March 23.
The event, called ``A Conversation With Vice President Joe Biden,'' is part of the 20th Annual Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture Series.
Tickets are available for $65. The university is also selling VIP tickets that include a photo with Biden and an autographed copy of his book, ``Promise Me Dad'' for $175.
The lecture is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
GRANBY, Conn. (AP) - A 40-year-old Connecticut man has been arrested on attempted murder and assault charges in connection with the stabbings of his parents.
Police in Granby say they responded to a domestic assault shortly after 3 a.m. Monday and arrested Christopher Rich outside his parents' home.
Police Capt. William Tyler says Rich's parents were conscious when officers arrived and are in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Their names have not been released.
Tyler says no other suspects are being sought. The motive for the stabbings has not been disclosed.
Rich is detained on $500,000 bail pending a court arraignment Tuesday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been charged in connection with a head-on crash last year that left two people from Canada dead.
Farmington police on Monday announced that 54-year-old Edward Brozynski, of Newington, faces two counts of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and other charges in connection with the crash Sept. 14 on Route 6 in Farmington.
Benoit Boislard and Rejean St. Pierre, both 66 from Quebec, Canada, rear seat passengers in the other vehicle, died. A front seat passenger was seriously injured while Brozysnki and the other driver were injured.
Police say Brozynski was headed west when his car crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the other car.
Brozynski was held pending a court appearance Tuesday. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.