By Nick Keppler
11:55 AM EST, February 5, 2013
Donato Anthony Minicozzi, a 49-year-old flooring salesman from New Jersey, embarked on a campaign of harassment against a New Canaan woman he dated more than 20 years ago and her husband, police told the Stamford Advocate. The couple says someone made menacing calls to their home three to five times a day for six weeks. He also placed orders for 20 pizzas and a massive quantity of Chinese food which were delivered to the residence and threatened to send a parade of strippers and call girls. The man contacted the husband at the financial firm where he works to belittle him as a "crook" for having worked at Bear Stearns. The couple thought the caller wanted money but pieced together references to the wife's college years to implicate Minicozzi (though the motive was still unclear because they had only gone on a few dates). Police say Minicozzi, who recently went through a divorce, said the calls were a "prank" gone too far.
As they collectively lose their shit over increased support for common-sense firearms regulations, gun nuts in Hartford lashed out at the father of a six-year-old boy killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A visibly shaken Neil Heslin, whose son Jesse died six weeks prior, testified at a legislative hearing on gun laws and asked why anyone needed a weapon like the Bushmaster that mowed down his son and 19 of his classmates. "[A]s many as a dozen" people shouted "The Second Amendment!" at him, reports the Connecticut Post. This throng of worthless yahoos was apparently undeterred by Heslin's tears or the large photo he displayed of himself with his recently murdered son.
Married New Haven police officer Juan Monzon apparently picks up chicks at crime scenes. He reportedly met the woman who became his mistress after investigating a burglary at her home. The relationship allegedly soured when she gave birth to their daughter and began pressing him for child support and involvement in their kid's life. Monzon, a 10-year veteran of the force, became abusive and at one point told her, "There are a lot of unsolved homicides in New Haven. I would shoot you with this gun, but the [department] count[s] the bullets," according to an affidavit obtained by the New Haven Register. Monzon has been arrested and placed on administrative leave.
Sick, Sad World: Pablo Ortiz of Norwalk was allegedly keeping his bull terrier Lucy and her two puppies outside, shielded from winter weather by only a tarp and a space heater. When the space heater caused a fire, Lucy reportedly tried to block the 2-month-old puppies from the flames with her own body, but the pups did not survive and Lucy suffered burns on 90 percent of her skin. Unable or unwilling to pay the cost of her care, Ortiz opted to have Lucy euthanized, veterinarians told The Hour, but the nonprofit Outreach to Pets in Need came forward to pay for her care and search for a new home for her. Ortiz, 38, has been charged with cruelty to animals.
PCP is a Helluva Drug: A buck-naked Shon McKenzie was allegedly seen screaming and climbing onto the hood of his car in Bridgeport. When police arrived, McKenzie, 31, got in and drove until officers boxed in the car in front of a Walgreen's, police told the Connecticut Post. They pepper-sprayed and stunned McKenzie but he was still reportedly able to spit at staff at St. Vincent Medical Center, requiring police to place a nylon bag over his face, which was still the only piece of clothing he had on.
Torrington's Worst Dad: Dennis Robinson was supposed to pick up his wife from work with their 2-year-old twin daughters but didn't show. When she called him, he reportedly gave a variety of excuses. After four hours of this, she got a ride to their Torrington home from someone else and reported Robinson, 28, and the girls missing. Police told the Register Citizen they found that Robinson had driven to Waterbury to purchase $20 or so of crack cocaine and smoked it in front of his children.
A disabled Iraq War veteran says she was not allowed to enter a Hartford bar with her service dog. Jackie Milhomme told WFSB that instead of attending a party at Nate's Café, she spent the evening crying in her car after a bouncer denied her entry and brushed aside paperwork showing the dog was a service animal (which must be allowed into any public space under the Americans with Disabilities Act).
Apparently drunk and high on marijuana, 21-year-old Brittny Demanche drove through Middletown with only one front tire, police told the Middletown Press. When an officer told Demanche she was missing a tire, she reportedly stated, "That's impossible." After arguing about it for a while, Demache admitted it was a possibility because "she wasn't very smart," according to the police report.
Badass Grandpa: Police say that 72-year-old Peter Mozeleski of Bridgeport was running a marijuana grow operation in his home (complete with grow lights, potting soil and botany notes) and selling both pot and Oxycodone on the street, according to the Fairfield Citizen.
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