-Toxic Political Rhetoric: Wayne Cooke of Branford placed about 500 signs protesting First Selectman Anthony DaRos around town. When supporters began removing the "DaRos Dishonest" signs, Cooke adapted a strategy from a Georgia state representative, coating them with "bird gel," a foul chemical used to repel birds, "mak[ing] it disgustingly unattractive for anyone to touch that sign," according to the Georgia politician. Now police are urging residents to avoid the signs, as the gel is a chemical irritant, and Cooke may face pollution charges, reports the Branford Seven news website.
-A Stamford woman was apparently hit by a smooth criminal whose con includes pretending to be related to Michael Jackson. She says she met Andre Vann at a book signing by Jermaine Jackson and he claimed to be Jermaine's son. Vann, 27, later called her when he was in Stamford, fell asleep at her apartment, stayed for four days, pretended to be locked out his bank account and asked for a "loan," police told The Stamford Advocate. Vann had apparently done this to others who wanted a link to the Jacksons, even once hiring an entourage of rappers to complete the con.
-Linda McMahon, one-time WWE czar and once-again senatorial candidate, ventured into the Marina Village housing projects in Bridgeport. The Connecticut Post reports McMahon campaigned with Republican mayoral candidate Rick Torres and described a walk through one of the more desolate places in the state as "fun." And they say she's out of touch.
-Meriden police officer Evan Cossette, son of the police chief, hasn't worked an hour of overtime in the six months since he was moved to administrative duty as the department investigates allegations, filed by fellow officers, of police brutality covered up by nepotism. Still, Cossette has taken in $962.80 a week in overtime pay (plus $1,271.60 from his base salary) due to a union contract stipulation that officers reassigned in such circumstances be paid the same amount they had been making, even if they work fewer, more standard hours, discovered The Record-Journal of Meriden.
-"You guys are a bunch of [expletive]," shouted Louis Mojica at a bunch of kids throwing snowballs in West Haven, as recounted in The New Haven Register. "You don't know how to throw snowballs for [expletive]," Mojica, 31, allegedly added, before whipping out a BB gun and shooting a 10-year-old child in the buttocks.
-Some methods by which Vernon residents adapted to recent power outages required fire department intervention, reports the Vernon Patch website. First, firefighters responded to a scene where homeowners had used a gas grill indoors and also rushed to a fire caused by a resident who had started a fire but closed his fireplace's vent to conserve heat.
-Fairfield University freshman Webb Higinbotham allegedly peed on the leg of a fellow concertgoer, who had already endured sets by Jason Derulo and 3OH!3, The Fairfield Citizen reports.
-A 20-year-old Fairfield man was turned over to his mother after police found him standing outside a neighbor's home holding a baseball bat. The Fairfield Patch website reports the man said he was, in the spirit of Halloween, trying to be "scary" (and asked police for his bat back).
— Compiled by Nick Keppler