By Nick Keppler
12:35 PM EST, February 26, 2013
Cecelia Lebby is constantly at the New Britain Superior Court, filing paperwork and attending hearings, but she isn't a court clerk or lawyer. Lebby is just a citizen who has filed more than 70 lawsuits and 40 appeals pro se since 2005, reports WFSB. Among those she has attempted to sue are the New Britain Police Department, Connecticut Light and Power, Wal-Mart, Target and the fan club of Poison singer Bret Michaels. Most of her reasons are odd. For example, she plans on suing Ted Nugent because she says a concert she attended ended too soon. (Side note: There is no such thing as a Ted Nugent concert that ends too soon.) Lebby meets low-income eligibility, so the fee to file each suit is waived. Though most of her cases are quickly dismissed, she did get $8,000 from WWE in an out-of-court settlement that forbade her from suing the company again. When asked to respond to those who would say she is abusing the system, Lebby said she doesn't "listen to those people; I listen to God, because I know in my heart that I'm doing this for the right cause."
Rob Morrison resigned from his position as a news anchor at NYC station CBS 2 after he was arrested on charges of trying to strangle his wife Ashley, also a CBS newscaster, in their Darien home. Police say they observed red marks around Ashley's neck and that at the police station, Morrison, 44, said he "would kill" her. When the couple resided in the city, the NYPD seven times responded to disputes that broke out over Morrison's alleged womanizing, drinking and love of Internet porn, a police source told the New York Daily News. Morrison says last week he and Ashley got into an argument but denied it got physical. He says he called her mother to calm her down and the mother-in-law fabricated the story, which doesn't explain the bruised nose and lip that accompany the familiar blow-dried hair and shit-eating grin in his mug shot.
Wesleyan University holds a series of alcohol-permitting, age-restricted events called "senior cocktails." For a recent installment, the school bused 500 students to the Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford. After two hours the center shut down the event. Collecting information from social media, the student-run blog Wesleying reports that students were "doing drugs and having sex in the bathrooms" and "somebody projectile-vomited down an entire flight of stairs." A student also apparently tried to climb a dinosaur skeleton and a group damaged a DJ's equipment by splashing it with alcohol as they attempted to do the Harlem Shake.
Did Not Think It Through: When David Johnson ran into car trouble in Thomaston, he made the odd choice of pulling his vehicle, with its engine smoking, into the parking lot of the police station, even though the car was uninsured, unregistered and had a fake license plate on it, police told the Register Citizen. And Dominique Dailey made the odd decision to pick him up, even though he was also driving an uninsured, unregistered car with a fake license plate on it (a copy of the illegal plate on Johnson's) and was wanted on an outstanding warrant and had marijuana on him, according to police.
Hardcore Resisting Arrest: After crashing his car in Hamden, 38-year-old Joseph Sirois (who was later found to be carrying PCP) tried to run from a responding officer and when the cop caught up with him, Sirois bit him on the arm, police told the New Haven Register. That same week, employees of Citrus Restaurant in Milford called police after brothers Vincent and Daniel Sprague allegedly caused a disturbance. The two allegedly tussled the officers and Vincent reportedly tried to subdue a police dog by grabbing its neck (adding cruelty to an animal to the list of charges he faces), reports the Register.
Stephen Palmieri of Middletown spammed Topix, the website usually used to post vitriolic, barely literate comments in response to local news stories, with offers of painkillers for sale but swindled customers by delivering only Altoid breath mints, police told the Middletown Press. In an undercover operation, Palmieri, 22, agreed to sell 40 Oxycotin pills for $300 but arrived with only mints, according to police.
Shamont Wright was at New Haven Superior Court to lend support to a friend on trial for murder when he happened to run into a man he recently shot and attempted to rob, police told the New Haven Register. Six weeks prior, Wright, 21, allegedly rang the man's doorbell, blasted him in the calf and demanded money. The man pointed out Wright and city police arrested him.
After experimenting with pills, 20-year-old Tudormatei Boran felt a need to stop the his car and find a place to sleep, police told the Fairfield Patch website. It seems he settled on a Fairchild golf course where a golfer found him face down eight hours later, 50 yards from his vehicle.
With a baseball bat in hand, Larry Thomas allegedly visited the New Britain apartment his daughter shares with her boyfriend "to express his displeasure with the tenor of their relationship," in the words of the New Britain Herald. Police say Thomas, 39, surprised the man while he was in bed and never struck him with the bat but did get a few punches in.
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