A St. Louis-based Lutheran group has criticized Rev. Rob Morris, of Newtown's Christ the King Lutheran Church for participating in a vigil two days after the Sandy Hook massacre because other religions were represented. By joining Jewish, Muslim and Baha'i clergy, as well as those from other Christian sects, Morris gave "the impression that our differences with respect to who God is, who Jesus is, how he deals with us and how we get to heaven, really don't matter," according to a blog post by Rev. Matthew Harrison, who is both president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the world's biggest asshole. To avoid seeming like they endorse other religious views, many Lutheran pastors decline to participate in interfaith events, a dumb rule that Morris once thought worth bending in light of a soul-shattering school shooting. The Associated Press reports that, disappointingly, he issued an apology for "sharing the stage with false teachers."
The co-leader of a Hartford-based parent advocacy group allegedly took out a pistol to frighten another mom at the Chuck E. Cheese in Newington. Tawana Bourne is co-chair of CT Parent Power Early Education and is involved in several other nonprofits. Shkurte Berisha told the Hartford Courant she confronted Bourne's 5-year-old son after he pushed Berisha's 2-year-old daughter off a ride. This reportedly led to a confrontation between Bourne and Berisha that escalated until Bourne, 30, took out a semi-automatic handgun and chambered a round. Berisha, who is apparently a bit of badass having grown up in Kosovo, retorted, "Do you really think I'm scared of that thing?" Chuck E. Cheese staff called the police on Bourne, who once called her life a "testimony of God's grace" in a profile on the Urban Alliance's website.
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, a 58-year-old New Haven woman fended off a would-be mugger and then helped police nab him. Police told the New Haven Register that the perp walked up to the woman, grabbed the handles of her wheelchair and threatening to knock her down if she didn't hand over her cash. This handicapped hellcat whacked him with her umbrella until the commotion attracted onlookers and scared him off. Later, a cop called her while she was riding a city bus to confirm some details in the report. He asked her why she sounded nervous and she said she had just spotted the man on the bus. Police arrested Jose Angel Rivera near his bus stop.
And They Say It Impairs Your Judgment: Stamford police say alleged marijuana dealer Colhose Lucien called in an order of Chinese food and robbed the delivery man with a partner who held him at gunpoint. Lucien, 30, apparently used his own cell phone to place the order. A month prior, that number had been used to report an emergency at the caller's home, hence police already had his address. And at said address, they allegedly found marijuana packaged to sell. A police spokesperson told the Stamford Advocate that Lucien "wasn't the brightest candle on the cake."
Paul V. Guaschino of Manchester has an "Impeach Obama" bumper sticker on his vehicle and apparently has trouble absorbing the anger it evokes. When another driver passed him and gave him the finger, Guaschino, 61, tailed the car to a red light, exited his vehicle with a baseball bat and bashed a dent into the bird-flipper's trunk, police told the Hartford Courant. The other driver sped off and a bystander called police who hauled in Guaschino, finally giving him the governmental manhandling of his delusions.
Just after Bridgeport police fell under scrutiny due to a video showing three of them beating an already-subdued suspect, two city cops opened fire on a man armed with a knife in a condo complex, sending eight shots into the neighboring unit. A mother and a young daughter fled into a closet as the bullets destroyed their TV. Lt. Brian Fitzgerald and Sgt. Mark Belinkie have been put on leave as the incident is investigated, reports the Connecticut Post.
Another Bridgeport police officer has been accused of messing up, but this incident less evokes the Rodney King-era LAPD than it does Barney Fife. The Connecticut Post reports that officer John Gallant was directing traffic as United Illuminating employees worked beneath an open manhole. While warding off a pedestrian walking near the hole, Gallant reportedly fell in, landing on an UI employee who is suing for pain and suffering.
Connecticut's Grumpiest Grandma: Barbara Aiello of Middletown says the two boys her grandson had invited over for a sleepover were making too much noise and, at 4 a.m., she kicked them out. The two kids, ages 10 and 11, walked home in 23-degree temperatures, police told WFSB. Aiello, 71, has been charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
Three men arrested by Norwalk police had a revenge of sorts when they spread the bedbugs they were carrying to a few patrol cars and holding cells. The department hired an exterminator to decontaminate the cars areas and sent away five officers' uniforms to be sanitized. Police did not tell The Hour which prisoners brought in the bugs.