By Nick Keppler
3:55 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
Bryan Brouillard, whose wealthy parents' lawyers got him off on an attempted murder charge with an insanity defense in 2001, has now hired some more lawyers to sue the state over his six-year confinement, reports the Hartford Courant. Before he was 20, Brouillard, son of an upper-class Killington family, got into two armed standoffs with state troopers (the second while he was on probation for the first). After his trial, he was committed to Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown. In 2007, doctors made a startling turnaround and declared Brouillard (who had made two escape attempts) to be not insane or a danger to others. His lawyer, James Sullivan of Hartford, claims psychiatrists had previously been afraid to counter the court. Brouillard, who would have faced 20 years in prison if convicted and now lives freely in New London, thinks he deserves $5 million from the state.
Greenwich, a town known for its pig-headed snootiness, has shown its displeasure with Gov. Dannel Malloy's choice for town harbor master by denying him business cards, a cell phone and, initially, the keys to the 22-foot Boston Whaler that comes with the position. Unless a town has a harbor management commission — which Greenwich doesn't — the governor appoints its harbor master. Town officials recommended another candidate but Malloy tasked Ian MacMillan with implementing environmental and safety regulations across Greenwich's 23-miles shoreline. MacMillan says he's been performing the job using his own aging laptop, which "would make a fine anchor," he told Greenwich Time.
Three extreme overreactions: Thirty-four-year Juan Cruz of East Haven allegedly stabbed a man who asked him to move his vehicle, reports the East Haven Patch website. Also, last week in New Haven, Eric Herrera was shot in the groin by someone who was reportedly angry one of Herrera's friends had been "mimicking" his own buddy's dance moves at a party, police told WTNH. Lastly, Frank Gasparini apparently found himself at a stop light on Route 7 in Wilton in back of a driver who had cut him off. Gasparini, 51, exited his car, broke the other driver's windshield with his bare hands and still had the energy to punch him in the chest a few times, police told the Wilton Patch website.
Officials in Fairfield say they have received more than 70 complaints about one resident insistently firing guns on his property. Shots have been heard as early as 6:50 p.m. and as late as 10 p.m. Neighbors say they do not allow their children to play near the home and others do not let theirs stay at friends' houses on the street. The homeowner's Yosemite Sam routine is not exactly illegal, reports the Connecticut Post, so the town is considering an ordinance that would ban ordinary citizens from firing guns except for in cases of self-defense or with written permission from the police chief.
A Fairfield woman claims she found a razor blade in a package of McBites, McDonalds' latest novel reconfiguration of chicken meat. She says she purchased the order at the Mickie D's on Post Road and after she emptied the McBites from the package, she noticed the razor (which arguably would have been more harmful to swallow than the food). The Fairfield Citizen reports that several of its calls to the fast-food joint "were hung up on."
And they say it impairs your judgment: A Trumbull woman came home to find her babysitter, 23-year-old Christine Dorchinsky, had lit a candle in her kitchen, which she considered odd, but she didn't think anything more of it until she noticed a box left on top of her refrigerator, which allegedly contained marijuana, a grinder and some hashish, police told the Connecticut Post. Dorchinsky, who had been entrusted with a 4-year-old boy, faces a few drug charges and one of risk of injury to a minor.
Dr. Eugene Fantl, who practices at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, apparently liked the painting hanging in the center's lobby, so one day in February he allegedly decided to just take it. Police say a surveillance camera caught the 65-year-old pediatrician taking down the 20-by-20-inch oil painting (worth about $1,000), walking into a bathroom and emerging with a coat "covering a rectangular object," reports the Hartford Courant.
Sick, Sad World: Catalina Reyes apparently did not want a health inspector to know the daycare business she ran out of her Waterbury home was over capacity, so she allegedly tried to hide a 6-month-old girl in a crawlspace for the duration of the health inspector's four-hour visit, reports WTNH. The jig was up when, as he was in his car getting ready to leave, the inspector heard the girl crying.
Forty-year-old Augusto Ordonez was arrested after he allegedly frightened several drivers by walking around the I-95 exit ramp in Norwalk while brandishing a sword, reports The Hour. Police say alcohol was involved.
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