By Nick Keppler
4:10 PM EST, December 6, 2011
-Sick, Sad World: David Messenger bludgeoned his pregnant wife to death in front of their 5-year-old son in 1998, but because he was found not guilty (by reason of insanity), Messenger may get control of their $2 million in assets, including $424,627 paid out on his wife's life insurance policy, if he is released from a Middletown psychiatric hospital. The Hartford Courant also found that the son is not the beneficiary of his mother's estate due to legalities stemming from his adoption by another family.
-A court-appointed arbitrator has decided the city of Hartford must pay $70,947 to its imprisoned ex-mayor, Eddie Perez, for vacation and sick time he supposedly left unused before convictions on corruption charges drove him from office. The Courant reports the arbitrator, Joseph A. O'Brien, did reject Perez's claims he was working his mayoral job on days he spent in criminal court, shaving $15,000 off the bill.
-Below several certificates and awards for dog handling displayed in the Stamford home of Dawn Marie Pieger, a breeder of German shepherds, police say they found 12 badly malnourished dogs locked in crates (some stacked on top of one another). In 2008, Pieger was charged with stealing back a dog she had sold to a couple, outraged they were going to have him neutered, according to the Stamford Advocate.
-Garfield Burns retired from the Bridgeport Police Department in 2005. He's apparently kept busy by stalking a female employee of the WalMart in Stratford. Police who secretly observed Burns, 56, on one of his frequent store visits say they caught him grabbing her buttocks, reports the Connecticut Post. One of her coworkers claims Burns once stated a desire to drink the woman's bathwater.
-Two Seymour High School science teachers were heating their classrooms with Bunsen burners, the fumes of which made six students sick enough to be taken to Griffin Hospital. Because they did not initially admit to keeping on the burners, the entire school was evacuated for fear of a propane leak. The Valley Independent Sentinel news reports the teachers, Kurt Zeppetello and Anthony Ciccone, were suspended for three and four days, respectively.
-Stanislaw Ternacki allegedly threw seven cats off an outdoor staircase in New Britain. Ternacki, 63, might have trouble defending himself from animal-cruelty charges given that when officers arrived they found him beating the four cats that survived, police told WTNH. (He was reportedly trying to dispose of them on behalf of the landlord.)
-Ruth Wagner has probably made it onto Santa's naughty list. Police told the Hartford Courant that Wagner, 55, attempted to shoplift several trinkets at the Christmas Craft Fair in Southington. When a vendor reportedly caught her, witnesses say Wagner ran toward an exit and used a seashell ornament to stab a woman who tried to block her way.
-John Traonetta, 35, allegedly called Monroe's Zoar Drive-In and, in addition to an order of food, requested the teen girl answering the phone "perform a sex act," in the words of the Connecticut Post. Traonetta was charged with second-degree harassment and agreed to write an incredibly awkward apology letter.
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