TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) An 18-year-old who went to investigate a loud noise in his kitchen says he came face-to-face with a bear.
Carlos Novicky says he found the bear in his home in Torrington, Connecticut Tuesday after it pushed through a screen window to get a loaf of bread from the counter.
Novicky says he went back into his room and called police and animal control.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the bear was euthanized as it left the house, which the department says is standard protocol.
The female bear was about 1 year old, and the agency says it had no previous contact with the animal.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A resolution that would give undocumented immigrants in Connecticut additional protections has been approved.
The Day reports the New London City Council approved the scaled back sanctuary city resolution in a 5 to 2 vote Monday.
The resolution eliminates language around police requiring a judicial warrant prior to detaining or holding someone at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
The new version states that no city official shall question, arrest, detain an individual based only upon the individuals' perceived race, and other indicators
Councilor Don Venditto says he was uncomfortable with the original proposal because of the possibility of scrutiny of the city by the Trump administration, which has threatened to withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police say two officers have resigned over falsifying information about officer candidates.
Officer David Hartman said Tuesday New Haven officers Leah Russo and Kristian Ramirez were removed from their positions in a unit that investigates officer applicants and later resigned.
Hartman says the false information was discovered by the candidates themselves May 15 after they reviewed their background reports before they were presented to the Board of Police Commissioners.
Hartman says an internal audit later confirmed the false information. He did not detail what the reports said.
The New Haven Police Academy class that was scheduled to start June 25 has been postponed for about a month until an internal investigation is complete.
Hartman says it is unlikely that the officers influenced the candidacy of an applicant or finalist. Attorneys for both former officers could not be immediately identified.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Richard Robinson has been sworn in as Connecticut's first African-American chief justice and says he will focus on making sure everyone has equal access to the court system.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy swore in Robinson at the state Supreme Court Monday. Judges, politicians, family and friends filled the courtroom.
Malloy says Robinson will be a great leader and praised him for helping others understand the difficulties minorities face in society.
Robinson officially has been chief justice since the legislature unanimously confirmed his nomination last month. The 60-year-old Stamford native has served on the Supreme Court for more than four years. He succeeded Chase Rogers, who retired in February.
Lawmakers rejected the Democratic governor's first nominee, Justice Andrew McDonald, who would have been the nation's first openly gay state chief justice.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut casino mogul has unexpectedly died.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino representatives have announced Tuesday the death of President and CEO Felix Rappaport.
Rappaport spent over four years as the leader of Foxwoods Resort Casino one of the world's largest gaming enterprises. The organizations say a cause of death has not been determined.
MPTN Chairman, Rodney Butler says ``With his passing, we have suffered a major loss.''
Before joining Foxwoods, Rappaport worked Station Casinos, Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company, Mirage and Treasure Island.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut police have arrested a man suspected of setting around 30 fires in New Haven.
Authorities say the 72-year-old acknowledged setting several of the fires after his arrest June 7, and he has been charged with reckless burning and criminal mischief.
Officials with the New Haven Fire Investigations Unit say they had been searching for a suspect in the fires since April. They say about 30 trash can fires were set within three months.
Police say the man was finally captured on surveillance video setting a fire near the New Haven Public Library June 5.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland has landed a new job following his second stint in federal custody.
The 61-year-old Republican is raising money for Prison Fellowship, a Christian group that helps convicts return to their communities. A senior vice president of the group says Rowland began his new job earlier this month and works out of his Southbury home.
Rowland was released from federal custody on May 25, nearly a year early from his 30-month sentence for conspiring to hide his political consulting roles in two failed congressional campaigns. He previously served 10 months in prison in a corruption scandal that forced him to resign as governor in 2004.
Rowland told The Wall Street Journal that wants to become a better person and contribute to society in a different way.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Police have arrested a driver who they say swerved into oncoming traffic in Connecticut and hit a vehicle with a woman and her two children inside, seriously injuring the children.
The 32-year-old Colchester man is facing charges of assault, driving under the influence and driving without a license among other offenses.
Police say the crash happened Saturday night in Norwich. The man fled the scene on foot before he was apprehended by Connecticut State Police.
A 3-year-old and a 6-year-old who were inside the other car have been hospitalized with serious injuries. Police did not have an update with their condition as of Sunday morning.
Authorities are now searching for another car believed to have been involved in a road rage confrontation with the man before the crash.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Bristol police have discovered nearly 100 bags of heroin during an apartment raid.
The Hartford Courant reports that 77 of the single-dose bags were found during the Saturday raid on the Kelley Street apartment and another 20 were found when the apartment's occupants were arrested.
Larry and David Hughes were arrested and charged with a number of drug-related offenses. Both live at the home.
The two were charged with possessing and selling a narcotic and selling a narcotic within 1,500 feet of a school.
David Hughes was also charged with criminal possession of a firearm.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut officer was dragged for a short distance after a 14-year-old driver tried to flee a traffic stop.
The Connecticut Post reports a school resource officer pulled the teen over after seeing him driving ``recklessly and dangerously'' in Bridgeport around 2 p.m. Thursday.
Police Chief Armando Perez says the officer recognized the teen, and knew he was not old enough to drive. The officer tried to turn off the car's ignition, but the teen drove away and dragged the officer.
The teen lost control of the car and crashed into a pole. He fled on foot, but Perez says police know who he is and plan to ``pay his parents a visit.''
The officer has been hospitalized, but Perez says he did not suffer serious injuries.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A new report shows that Connecticut has gained more than 4,000 jobs while its unemployment rate remained the same.
Thursday's monthly Department of Labor employment report indicates Connecticut gained 4,100 net jobs in May.
The state's unemployment rate for that month remained at 4.5 percent. The national unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in May.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state's efforts to retain and grow private sector jobs, while shrinking the size of government, are paying off.
Private sector employment accounted for all of the job growth in May. The government sector lost positions.
The labor department says May's increase in jobs overcame most of the job losses in March and April.
It says there was surprising strength in retail trades and a good showing in financial activities.
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) An emergency slide was accidentally deployed from a plane at a Connecticut airport, causing the flight to be delayed for several hours.
Delta officials at Bradley International Airport tell WVIT-TV the chute was deployed before passengers boarded a flight to Detroit Thursday afternoon.
No one was hurt, and no damage has been reported.
Delta says the flight had 158 passengers, and about two dozen went on the later flight while the rest were accommodated on other flights.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials say a squirrel is to blame for the power outage that affected more than 1,000 people this week.
The Connecticut Post reports about 1,300 people lost power in Fairfield Wednesday morning.
United Illuminating was able to quickly restore electricity, and fire officials say they traced the issue to a squirrel that shorted the circuit.
The condition of the squirrel not been released.
Wednesday marks the second time in less than two months that squirrels have caused power outages in the town.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A man has been arrested for attacking his rooming house neighbor with a hammer.
The Stamford Advocate reports 36-year-old Rocael Perez-Godoy allegedly attacked a 47-year-old man in the house's common kitchen.
Police arrived Tuesday night to find a man washing blood off his face. The man said Perez-Godoy randomly walked into the kitchen and began hitting him with the hammer, striking him in the face and head.
Perez-Godoy says he was upset because the man was talking about him to his friends. The victim was treated for facial fractures.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A pedestrian has been rushed to the hospital with head injuries sustained in a Hartford car crash.
Police say the unidentified pedestrian was crossing Columbus Boulevard and was hit by an SUV.
The pedestrian tried to cross in front of a line of stopped traffic. Police say the SUV had a green light.
A portion of Columbus Boulevard between State Street and Prospect Street will be closed for the next few hours for an investigation.
The pedestrian was taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut university professor who was suspended pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct had been the subject of complaints from women for more than a decade, according to newly released documents.
The employment records of Central Connecticut State University theater professor Joshua Perlstein were released Tuesday after the New Britain Herald filed a Freedom of Information request.
The allegations include unwanted touching and inappropriate comments involving students, staff and another professor dating to 2004. One woman told the Hartford Courant that Perlstein tried to kiss her when she was a student in 1998.
Perlstein was placed on paid leave in April and the university hired an independent investigator.
Perlstein said then the allegations are ``long in the past and have been investigated.''
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The former president of a Connecticut nonprofit that provides housing to people with HIV and AIDS has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in federal funds and spending the money on himself.
Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Steven Harvin, of New Haven, was released on $50,000 bond after he was charged Tuesday with wire fraud and theft.
Authorities say while president of Zezzo House in Hartford from about January 2016 to September 2016, Harvin took the money from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program called Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.
Zezzo House received more than $70,000, some of which Harvin spent on personal expenditures. He also allegedly diverted rent checks from Section 8 tenants for personal use.
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a man riding a dirt bike has died after being involved in a collision with a dump truck in Connecticut.
The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. Tuesday in Milford.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim's name has not been released pending notification of family.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation and there was no word on any possible charges.
No other details were released.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with killing his mother has told police horrific details about her death.
Police records released Monday during the Meriden Superior Court arraignment of 34-year-old Kyle Tucker say he told police he bashed his mother's head with a baseball bat and then burned her body in a fire pit for eight hours.
He is being held on $5 million bail until a June 19 court appearance.
Police say 60-year-old Donna Tucker, of Hamden, was reported missing Friday by her sister.
Kyle Tucker was charged with murder Saturday.
Police say they found what they believe to be the remains of Donna Tucker in a fire pit. They say Tucker thought his mother was trying to poison him.
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Police say a mother and a 2-year-old child have been seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver who was later tracked down and charged with driving drunk.
Waterford police say the woman and the child in a stroller were struck just after 4 p.m. Monday. They were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police say the driver stopped, said he was sorry, and then drove off.
But based on eyewitness descriptions, police found the vehicle less than a half hour later.
The driver, 27-year-old Shane Bidwell, of Waterford, was arrested on several charges including driving while under the influence and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle.
He was held on $250,000 bond pending a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday.