Brian Woodman and Brianna Snyder
11:16 AM EST, March 8, 2011
From the Mouths of Babes
A 47-year-old Cheshire man has been arrested after allegedly embezzling more than $19,000 from Evergreen Nursery, according to a March 3 article in the New Britain Herald.
The suspect has been charged with first-degree larceny and 61 counts of forgery after writing that number of checks to himself from the nursery, where he worked as an office manager. He allegedly needed the money to maintain his addiction to painkillers but stopped attempting to conceal the embezzlements in order to get caught and to receive counseling. He was convicted of three counts of fourth-degree larceny in 2006 after allegedly stealing money from an employer in North Haven.
A previous office manager at the same nursery was arrested in February and charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery after allegedly embezzling $34,021.
Can I Bum a Smoke?
A March 2 article in the Hartford Courant reports that a 30-year-old man was arrested earlier that week after stabbing another man in a fight around 11 p.m. as police arrived.
The suspect allegedly asked another man for a cigarette numerous times. A fight eventually broke out between the two, during which the other man punched him in the face. He then allegedly stabbed the other man in the chest. He was charged with second-degree assault. The other man, who required surgery, may also face charges.
A softball coach at Somers High School was arrested and charged first-degree larceny through extortion, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct after she allegedly tried to get her domestic partner to pay her more than $20,000, according to a March 3 article in the Hartford Courant. The 30-year-old woman, who also teaches math, has been placed on paid suspension, according to spokespersons for the school district. Her partner allegedly wrote her a check for $20,000 in an attempt to get her to leave following a physical altercation. The suspect allegedly asked her for money with which to move out of their house during previous arguments, which reportedly sometimes became physically confrontational.
Senior of the Year
An 82-year-old man was arrested after slamming a car door on a police officer's finger and punching him in the face during a March 2 incident in Bethel, according to an article in the Hartford Courant.
The Newtown resident was found by police asleep in his car and was sent to Danbury Hospital. He went back to the parking lot that afternoon after being discharged and then picked up his personal items at the police station. He allegedly got into his car and drove away despite warnings from police, who determined that his license was suspended. After a brief chase, the man was stopped and allegedly slammed a door on a police officer's finger during the ensuing scuffle. He later punched the same officer in the face, causing minor injuries.
Creating Your Own Opportunities
A March 4 article in the New Britain Herald reported that a former treasurer for State Sen. John Fonfara's 2006 election campaign has been arrested for stealing more than $23,000 following an investigation by the Office of the Chief State's Attorney. Fonfara's district, which is the 1st Senate District, includes Hartford and Wethersfield.
The suspect, a 43-year-old Rocky Hill man, allegedly wrote four campaign checks to himself in 2006 and 2007. Although he was not paid to work on the campaign, he put “salary” in the memo portion of the checks.
He was charged with third-degree larceny and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 16.
One Lump or Two?
A 27-year-old man was arrested for throwing a pot of hot coffee in his girlfriend's face during a March 5 incident in West Hartford, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. The man was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. The man and his 42-year-old girlfriend allegedly became involved in a physical altercation, during which she threw a phone book at him. She also attempted to grab the back of his neck, scratched him and threw a cool coffee at him. The woman has been charged with third-degree assault.
In the Middle of the Night
If you were parked on Roosevelt Street in Bristol early this past Sunday morning, you might want to make sure all your stuff's still in your car. The Bristol Press reports that two men, ages 18 and 21, were busted breaking into cars when a resident who witnessed them called the police. Both men denied the accusation, but had $70 and a set of headphones on them, which were reported to have been missing from the broken-into cars. The men were charged with three counts of third-degree burglary and are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
Teenagers are a Headache
A Plymouth police officer received a head injury while arresting a teenager during a March 4 incident that occurred at 10:18 p.m., according to an article in the Hartford Courant. The suspect, who is 16, was charged with interfering with police, possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and possession with intent to sell.
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