By Nick Keppler
4:35 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
An NBC Connecticut-hosted primary debate of candidates running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate got ugly when a fringe candidate, Lee Whitnum of Greenwich, called U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy "a whore … who sells his soul to AIPAC" (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee). In her multiple long-shot runs for office and self-filed lawsuits, Israel has been a focus to 51-year-old Whitnum, who the Stamford Advocate describes as "not currently employed." She is suing for the return of tax money paid by Connecticut residents that went to the Jewish state and filed a (rejected) libel suit against Gov. Dannel Malloy after he called her views "anti-Semitic." Though the "whore" comment fits into her long-standing shrill campaign style (she likened U.S. Rep. Jim Himes to a "Nazi" in 2008), Whitnum released a statement blaming her "disconnect and hostility" on being "flabbergasted" at the supposed ignorance of the other candidates.
Several neighbors called police about the sound of plates being smashed in a Middletown apartment. Officers reportedly found 53-year-old Carmen M. Negron and her live-in boyfriend, 29-year-old Frederick Somma, in a room full of broken dishes and turned-over furniture. Negron told police she was angry Somma let two friends sleep over even though she told him "she didn't want any crack-head visitors," according to the Middletown Patch website, and also said he had choked her. Somma said he had to restrain Negron because she wasn't taking her antipsychotic medication.
Jamall Small, who was reportedly denied entry to a New Haven nightclub because of his attire (jeans and a red-flannel shirt), allegedly showed he was actually a classy guy by opening fire into the club, injuring one person's leg. Police, who were of course on the lookout for a man in a red-flannel shirt, concluded they had found their suspect when they found just such a shirt discarded outside a grocery store and Small, 24, standing nearby, especially when he exclaimed, unprompted, "That's not my shirt," according to the New Haven Register.
A "Hooters Coming Soon" sign, seen along Route 17 in Durham, was someone's idea of a joke, the town Planning and Zoning Commission has confirmed. Bonnie Ryder, who sits on the P&Z Commission, told the Middletown Press she received several complaints about the boob-obsessed chain infiltrating the upstanding community of Durham, though at the meeting fellow P&Z member Geoff Colegrove informed the town that Hooters' wings are "really good."
After New London police attempted to arrest 18-year-old Dean LaChappelle on an outstanding warrant, he reportedly ran away and then allegedly climbed atop a multi-family home and tried to enter through a chimney. LaChappelle apparently made his way more than 20 feet down before getting stuck and screaming for help. Firefighters freed him with a drill hammer and finally delivered him to police, reports The Day.
Brian Louis, 36, reportedly bought a toy helicopter from HobbyTown USA in Fairfield and returned the next day for a replacement blade for one that had already broke. He was told a replacement part would have to be ordered. While the clerk was distracted Louis, who had his son in tote, apparently ripped open the package of a new helicopter and took the blade, police who viewed surveillance footage told the Fairfield Citizen.
Also last week in Fairfield, a small dog slipped away from her owner (who couldn't chase her because of a bad hip) and jumped into the vehicle of a stranger. The Connecticut news website DoingItLocal.com reports that the animal allegedly tried to bite the driver, who fled from the car, meaning the woman was, in effect, car-jacked by a dog. An animal control officer removed the dog, and no charges were filed against the owner.
Police have arrested an Ansonia Public Works employee who apparently decided he needed his own snowplow and stole one from the office (because he would know how much the city's snow removal services suck). James Hooker, 49, has also been suspended from work, reports the New Haven Register.
You could probably get high from just shaking hands with Anthony Lions following his arrest in Middletown. After officers spotted Lions, 25, selling drugs from his car and moved in for the arrest, he hastily swallowed a stash of marijuana and shoved eight grams of crack cocaine up his rectum, police told the Hartford Courant.
Someone in Groton proved he was hardcore last week when he got into a fight and bit off a chunk of his opponent's ear. Police told WTNH they are still looking for the suspect. We're guessing he has at least five piercings and two prison tattoos. (The ear part, FYI, was recovered at the scene.)
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