By Nick Keppler
10:40 AM EDT, April 23, 2013
Last year, Operation Bloodline, a joint effort between local cops and federal agents, led to the arrests of 105 people allegedly involved in the crack-selling operation of New Haven street gangs. The sting has been credited with reducing the area's murder rate. However, state's attorneys have hit a snag in their prosecution of two suspects because Hamden Police Officer Dedric Jones did not disclose, when he applied for a warrant to wiretap their phones, that they had both, at some point, dated his sister. Suspected gang member Zarkee Sanders is pressing for evidence from the wiretaps to be dismissed because Jones "was not impartial" in his investigation and was searching for ways to "discourage" Sanders' relationship with the woman. The voice of the sister appears in some of the recordings and she allegedly rented cars that were used for gang business. Officer Jones is claiming her involvement was a surprise to him, reports the New Haven Independent news website.
In 2011, the Bridgeport Board of Education mandated all high school students wear uniforms but enforcement of the policy has been lax at Central High School where Principal Stephen Anderson opposes it, and only about half the kids wear the prescribed khakis and polo shirts. Recently, Anderson's tone has changed, and he reiterated the policy during morning announcements and in a letter to parents. The principal was pressured by Hernan Illingworth, a Board of Ed member who pushed for the policy two years ago. "It is a district policy," an incensed Illingsworth told the Connecticut Post. "He can't decide he is not going to do it." Why is he so passionate about the issue? Well, on his blog, Wait, What?, former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto noted that Illingworth is employed as a salesman at Uniforz, a Main Street work clothing and uniform store that happens to sell outfits adhering to the district's dress code.
The Budget and Appropriations Committee of the Bridgeport City Council is trying to find a way to avoid a proposed tax hike, which would increase the average resident's burden by $400, and recently interviewed Chief Joseph Gaudett about ways to cut costs at the Police Department, reports the Connecticut Post. Gaudett was expectedly hesitant to reduce staffing, overtime and sick leave costs but also bristled at a city councilman's suggestion the department did not need its seven horses. Gaudett shot back that the animals were helpful in crowd management ("nobody talks back to a horse," he stated) and that officers on horseback have issued speeding tickets.
A drunk woman discharged an entire can of bear repellant in the hallway of a Howard Johnson in Milford, reports the Connecticut Post. Though no one was seriously hurt, two guests were taken to a hospital, over a dozen reported feeling sick and the fire department fumigated the second floor. (A police spokesman said the can was unusually large, bigger than the mace canisters officers carry on their belts.) Police took the woman to a hospital to treat her intoxication and plan on making an arrest.
State police paid a visit to John Montysko of Barkhamsted after he allegedly made a threatening comment about Gov. Dannel Malloy on the website of Hartford TV station WFSB. The alleged threat, as well as a series of pictures of his guns on his Facebook account, conveniently let police know that Montysko, 59, had a stash of illegally possessed weapons in his home, including an AK47, according to the Waterbury Republican-American.
Melissa Pinto allegedly drove her daughter to daycare while high on oxycodone. After swerving through a neighbor's front yard, Pinto, 32, arrived safely at Honey Tree Center Daycare in Monroe where she volunteered to read the children a storybook but kept falling asleep, police told the Connecticut Post. Officers interrupted adult nap time and Pinto claimed she had narcolepsy but the narcotics showed up in a subsequent urine test, according to police.
David Vecchiarino of Fairfield allegedly smacked his girlfriend hard enough to draw blood from her face and then restrained her in a car to prevent her from fleeing. An onlooker called 911, prompting Vecchiarino, 47, to squirt her with a garden hose to disable her cell phone, police told the Fairfield Citizen. Still, officers arrived at the scene and arrested the apparent class-A douchebag.
Did Not Think It Through: After learning there was a warrant for her arrest for first-degree larceny charges, Wanda Nunez drove to the Newtown Police Station to turn herself in, reports the Danbury News-Times. Police knew that Nunez, 27, did not have an active driver's license, so at the station, an additional charge on driving with a suspected license was added to her tab.
Alcohol was unsurprisingly a factor in the case of a Wallingford man who was reported standing on his back porch firing his gun at nothing in particular but in the general direction of Interstate 91 at rush hour. Police say they found a drunk Robert Kimler, 71, holding a .357 magnum handgun, according to the Meriden Record-Journal.
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