Pissing Off the Cops
An 18-year-old Avon youth was arrested on March 26 after allegedly urinating on a speed trailer belonging to the Farmington Police Department, according to local police.
A police officer from the Metropolitan District (MDC) stopped by the trailer that evening after seeing a suspicious vehicle parked near it and spotted the suspect walking away. Farmington officers also responded and discovered the urine on their trailer. The suspect was charged with criminal mischief while he and two others were issued code violations for underage drinking.
It's a Gas!
Police and firefighters in South Windsor had to contend with a gas spill after a rented Ryder truck hit a gas pump at a local filling station, according to a March 23 statement from local police.
Public safety personnel responded to the March 22 incident at Tony's Mobil on John Fitch Boulevard at 8 p.m.
Firefighters used foam to curtail the spill from the pump, which released between 35 and 100 gallons of gas. Authorities closed the roadway, which was reopened at 1 a.m.
Representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection and Environmental Services Inc., a private contractor, cleaned up the fuel.
Police are seeking a group of puppets that were stolen from a local entertainer's garage and are asking for help from the public, according to a March 23 article in the New Britain Herald.
Daniel and Dawn Thomacos, along with their partner Robert Laughlin, used the puppets on television and in charity shows. The four puppets primarily used by the couple, along with about a dozen other puppets and $6,000 worth of equipment, were stolen from their shed on the morning of Sunday, March 20. Neighbors saw four men in a gray car pull up and break into the shed.
The puppeteers perform on cable television, in schools and at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, according to the article. The puppets were stored in a box given to the couple by Blue Man Group.
Showing the Kids Who's Boss
Hartford Police recently arrested a 29-year-old suspect on a warrant stemming from an Oct. 16 incident in which he threatened a group of children who he claims threw a rock at him while he was driving his SUV, according to a March 23 article in the Hartford Courant. The suspect, who was arrested on March 21, also fired a shot at a uniformed police officer who warned him to stop during the incident.
When the children threw the rock, he got out of his vehicle and pedaled after them on a bicycle, according to the article.
The suspect, who is being held on $500,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court on April 13. He has been charged with attempt to commit first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon on school grounds, illegal discharge of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.
A 28-year-old stripper at the Sweethearts Gentleman's Café was arrested by Vernon police after she allegedly smashed a beer mug on a patron's head, according to a March 28 article in the Hartford Courant. The stripper, who is a Hartford resident, was arrested that morning and charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace.
She became upset and began yelling at a patron who was taking her picture onstage prior to the incident, according to police. She allegedly grabbed a beer mug and smashed a different patron's head.
The patron, who had a bleeding head wound, declined to go to the hospital.
Cheech and Chong School of Renovation
Police report that a Shelton man arrested on March 24 for cultivating marijuana in his house apparently built an additional room and installed an “elaborate hydroponic marijuana grow” for this purpose, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. Police allegedly found 84 plants in the suspect's house along with a watering and lighting system for growing them, the article stated.
Police made the arrest following a tip. When the suspect arrived at his house to find the police searching it, he allegedly led police on a short vehicle chase. Charges include possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and operating a drug factory. He was also charged with risk of injury to a minor because children lived there.