A buck slain by David Cari earned him entry into the "Buck of the Month Club" of a national magazine, but the recognition is causing much hardship for him. Cari is one of four former East Haven police officers awaiting trial for an alleged campaign of harassment against Latinos, and upon his arrest, he had to surrender all the weapons he owned. He gave up 15 guns, but failed to mention his bows and arrows, which prosecutors are deeming weapons. Also, Cari applied for disability retirement because of two work-related injuries (not because of his probable firing or anything like that, of course), though he is apparently in good enough shape to hunt. Lastly, Cari was allegedly hunting on property owned by the Regional Water Authority, and once the agency learned of his activities, it charged him with trespassing. Because of all this, a judge has placed Cari under house arrest until his trial, reports the New Haven Register.
An intense custody battle is brewing in Woodbridge over a pot-bellied pig. Two people stepped forward to adopt Parker A. Porker, who wound up in the care of Animal Control: Elizabeth Wikfors, owner of Walking Wood Farm, and Kathleen Schurman, of Locket's Meadow Farm. The town chose Wikfors, but Schurman continues to insist she can better care for the pig. "Why search out someone with no experience when there is someone in their district with an animal sanctuary known for its work with horses and pigs?" she told the Register. Schurman gathered about 20 people for a public protest. They held up piggy banks and one brought a sign asking "Parker A. Porker Political Prisoner?" (Wikfors says she plans on keeping the pig.)
Know When to Quit: The Fairfield Citizen reports that Dena Bonaventura was arrested on charges of stealing items from unlocked cars in a parking lot in Fairfield (making off with a GPS, a scarf, two jewelry boxes and seven CDs). Police say that six hours after she was released on bond, Bonaventura, 32, was caught pilfering from cars near a pizzeria (scoring sunglasses, a cell phone charger and part of a car stereo). And in Southbury, drunk driver Raisa Chasse mowed down some mailboxes, veered through a yard and slammed into a fallen tree trunk, police told the Republican-American of Waterbury. Eight hours after police released her, Chasse (apparently still drunk) allegedly crashed her truck again at a state park.
Lisa Ottoshavett adopted a kitten from Lisa Richards of Trumbull on the agreement that Richards would have the cat neutered beforehand. After Ottoshavett took the kitten home, she says he didn't look well and had a mysterious gash in his abdomen. A veterinarian suspects Richards neutered the kitten herself (and badly; she apparently didn't shave the skin before cutting into it). Richards denied the claim, but the veterinarian she said did neuter the kitten knew nothing about the whole incident, police told the Connecticut Post. Richards, 48, was charged with cruelty to animals. Ottoshavett says the cat is recovering.
David Christensen, who has been living on disability since a venomous spider bit him in 1999, was arrested on charges of downloading hundreds of images of child porn, police told the Connecticut Post, but the 57-year-old Bridgeport man explained that the images themselves didn't interest him. "I have a lot of free time on my hands," he allegedly told police. "I find it's a challenge to find the child pornography, and I enjoy the challenge."
Pulled over in Middletown, Ryan J. Clynes admitted he had been drinking vodka while driving, police told the Middletown Patch website, but Clynes, 28, had a good reason. Police say he explained that he was heading to Connecticut Valley Hospital to seek substance abuse treatment but the program would only take him if he had an intoxicant in his system so he was loading up on the way.
Samya Quinones of Bridgeport was babysitting a 2-year-old girl but she didn't see that as a reason to miss a friend's late-night pool party at a hotel, police told WFSB. The mother apparently left the child at Quinones' home but neither Quinones nor the girl was there when she returned hours later, leading to a statewide alert. Quinones, 20, had allegedly taken the child to the party.
At the ripe old age of 71, Sygun Liebhart of Westport was arrested on charges of prostitution, reports to the Hartford Courant. Using the name "Lola," Liebhart reportedly advertised as an "escort" on Backpage.com and arranged to meet a man who was actually an undercover police officer at the Homewood Suites in Glastonbury.
A driver in Monroe hit a deer. She didn't kill the animal but injured it so much that Animal Control officers had to euthanize it. The woman's father called and requested that she bring home the carcass for venison meat, reports the Monroe Patch website. Animal Control had no objection.
Jessica Diaz, who was described in a WFSB newscast as "a drunk woman," was involved in an altercation with another woman in Vernon but instead of striking her, Diaz, 31, accidentally hit the baby her adversary was holding, according to police.