-The Norwalk PD arrested William Cyrta for allegedly calling its detective bureau more than 70 times in five days "to complain about issues that did not involve the police department," reports The Hour. Cyrta, 52, supposedly first called to say he was "having a tough time after being laid off at his job" and "wanted to get some things off his chest." Police say he agreed to stop calling, but then went on a dialing marathon, on one day calling 37 times. (In 2004, Cyrta was arrested for allegedly accosting state troopers eating lunch at a deli to vent anger at losing his job and illegal immigration.)
-Two weeks ago, we reported on a Fairfield woman who called police after her son sent her a text indicating "thousands" of doughnuts had been dumped on their front porch. Officers didn't find the pastries, but last week Fairfield police did confirm a family's claim that more than 80 pumpkins were placed in their backyard overnight. They told the Fairfield Citizen the pranksters must have worked around a six-foot deer fence and a night of pouring rain.
-The Ganim Law Firm agreed to take down a billboard in Bridgeport that read "Got Drunk?" in the style of the "Got Milk?" campaign due to complaints that it trivialized drunk driving. Joe Gamin, Bridgeport's criminally convicted ex-mayor, defended his family's firm, telling the Connecticut Post, "Now, no one should be driving drunk under any circumstances — no ifs, ands or buts about it. But if someone gets arrested for drunk driving … they're entitled to a skilled defense, and they should hire the best law firm that they can. That's the message that we're trying to get out."
-Administrators decided it was good judgment to allow police to sweep Wolcott High School with drug-sniffing dogs by telling students there might be an armed intruder in the building, keeping them locked in classrooms for 10 minutes. The chairwoman of the school board, who also said the school wanted to run a drill for such a crisis, told the Hartford Courant she was surprised at the "overreaction" to the procedure (which did not uncover any drugs).
-A Fairfield man called police to report that lights looming over his home "may be aliens or something," reports the Fairfield Citizen. An officer traced the "UFO" to a spotlight used as a promotional device by a nearby auto dealership, but the man insisted it could be a spaceship — and felt the need to tell the dispatcher he was not drunk or crazy.
-Arrested on an outstanding warrant in Middletown, Rachel Larkin hid illicit prescription pills in her underwear, causing a rattling sound to come from her "pants area" while she was in custody, police told the Middletown Press. Larkin, 29, allegedly tried to swallow all the pills in one gulp to destroy the evidence.
-Two witnesses claim to have seen Edna Stelmach toss two kittens from her car onto a Stratford roadway. Both were found in the street, one dead, reports the Connecticut Post. Stelmach, 73, denied the accounts, though police say they found a cat carrier containing four other kittens in her front seat (which Stelmach said she was taking to the Westport Humane Society).
-A 20-year-old Oxford man, who was cited for driving off Route 67 and into a traffic sign, told police that he was distracted trying to catch the mouse he was bringing home to feed his pet snake, which had gotten loose in his car, reports the Oxford Patch website.
— Compiled by Nick Keppler