A state police trooper who was suspended indefinitely last month after his cruiser allegedly crashed into another vehicle turned himself in on March 9, according to a March 11 article in the Hartford Courant. He was released on $2,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on March 28.
The suspect was on duty on Feb. 2 when his police cruiser hit a truck on I-84. He was seriously injured and received surgery at a hospital. Police later found empty beer cans and a mixed drink in the cruiser.
The suspect was charged with drinking while under the influence, following too close, failure to wear a seatbelt and littering.
A 20-year-old Norwalk woman who stole pocketbooks from the Hilton Hotel in Stamford was identified as a suspect after she allegedly asked that surveillance photos of her be removed from Facebook, according to a March 10 article in the Hartford Courant.
Police alleged that she and another woman stole an estimated six pocket books from at the hotel in October while the victims attended religious services. The suspects allegedly used the victims' credit cards in Norwalk.
After someone posted surveillance photos of the thieves on Facebook, which garnered tips that identified one of the thieves, the suspect asked the person posting the pictures to remove them.
Police charged the suspect with two counts each of illegal use of a credit card and sixth-degree larceny. She posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 23.
Teacher of the Year
A former special education teacher accused of abusing autistic students in 2008 pleaded no contest to three counts of risk of injury to a minor, according to a March 9 article in the Hartford Courant.
The suspect, a woman who taught a class of 10 autistic children at Chamberlain School in New Britain, was sentenced to three years, suspended. She allegedly held a student over a sink and threw water into his face for spitting, threw one to the ground, slapping one on the back and crossed one's arms over his throat until he gasped.
The Department of Children and Families investigated the allegations. Parents later called the New Britain Police.
Coming Out of the Closet
Police officers arrested a Hartford man for selling drugs after finding him hiding in the closet of a home he had invaded, according to a March 8 article in the Hartford Courant. The article states that the suspect, a 34-year-old Bloomfield resident, allegedly attacked the officers as they tried to extract him from the closet. They later seized heroin, marijuana and money from the suspect.
Police went to Hungerford Street at 10:34 a.m. after receiving an anonymous call regarding drug activity in the area. The suspect threw a bag of heroin on the ground and fled into a building when police arrived, forcing his way into the apartment of an elderly woman whom he knocked to the ground and forced to stay there while he hid. No one was hurt.
Charges against the suspect include home invasion, sale of narcotics, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, interfering with police and assault on police officers.
A Little Off the Top?
A 20-year-old New Haven man who allegedly cut another man across the back with a pair of scissors during an incident in Stamford claimed he was defending himself, according to a March 9 article in the Hartford Courant.