By Nick Keppler
5:10 PM EST, January 3, 2012
- Occupy Darien brought fewer than 10 protesters to the Gold Coast town, despite offers by organizer Margaret Rague, a lawyer/naturopathic physician, to pay Occupy Wall Street activists up to $3,000 each to come to her hometown with their message about how the upper class has absurd sums of money to frivolously throw around. (Two weeks earlier, Rague was in the news for an alleged incident of drunken hitchhiking and resisting arrest.) Darien police still paid out more than $10,000 in overtime to secure the event, even though officers outnumbered protesters, according to the Stamford Advocate.
- Middletown police responded to a domestic violence report on Christmas Day to find a car covered with food — collard greens, pineapple, cherries and an entire ham — with juices dripping down the sides of the vehicle and a tray on the ground. Herman Cameron apparently got jealous when his girlfriend fixed a plate for her children's father (who was coming to pick them up) and threw it. Cameron, 35, also allegedly pushed her into a door, reports the Middletown Patch website.
- Joel Burdzy of Waterbury drove to Stratford Police Headquarters to pick up his sister, Janel, who had been arrested on charges of stealing baby formula from a Walmart. An officer noted Joel's license plate was hanging by a single screw and allegedly found that it didn't match the car it was attached to, reports the Connecticut Post. A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up heroine. So, both Burdzy siblings were arrested by the same police department for separate incidents on the same day.
- Jesus has returned! — to the nativity scene of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Cromwell. A Christ child figurine was stolen from the display a day after Christmas, but the perpetrator apparently reconsidered in the face of community outrage and/or the possibility of eternal damnation and police received an anonymous tip leading them to find it abandoned in a box, reports the Middletown Press.
- Darrel Johnson of New Haven allegedly told police he was shot during a Christmas Eve robbery before admitting he had forgotten that his revolver (which Johnson is barred from owning because he is a convicted felon) was in his waistband when he went to relieve himself. The gun fell to the floor, going off and shooting him in the leg, reports WTNH.
- Hopelessly drunk, 20-year-old Myllan Mosquera-Bernal tried to break into a Stamford home, police told the Stamford Advocate. Dressed in stealthy black, Mosquera-Bernal apparently fell while sneaking into the backyard, breaking his nose. He allegedly tried to continue with the break-in but struggled to open the rear sliding glass door, attracting the attention of the homeowner.
- At a North Haven bar, Brian Hacket and John Sackett got into an argument over a referee's call in the Dec. 20 Steelers/49ers game. Police told the North Haven Patch website that Hacket threw a stool, hitting a wall-mounted TV. As the bar's staff restrained Hacket, Sackett allegedly took the opportunity to punch him in the face.
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