By Nick Keppler
2:35 PM EDT, April 24, 2012
Damage to Fairfield University dorms for which no student has been caught or fessed up has totaled $51,000 this academic year, reports the student newspaper The Mirror. The university splits the cost of repairing such "unattributed damage" between every student living on the floor on which it happens and adds it to their bills. "The single most common charge is vomit cleanup," said an associate director of residence life. One particular floor, the third in all-male Jogues Hall, has caused 20 percent of the total cost, due to smashed mirrors, broken exit signs and, of course, puke. The Mirror's intrepid reporter visited the floor on a Wednesday morning and found a few overturned garbage cans and vomit-stained toilets. Sophomore Kevin Slattery explained the cycle of frustration and destruction thusly: "When life gives you lemons, as in Jogues, you make lemonade, as in breaking stuff."
When running for mayor of Waterbury last fall, Republican Neil M. O'Leary said he would not take the pension he built up during his 30 years on the city's police force in addition to the mayor's salary. He also assailed then-Mayor Michael Jarjura for breaking a campaign promise. (When running for reelection in 2009, Jarjura said he would not run again in 2011.) Just five months after his election, O'Leary reneged and told the Republican-American newspaper he will also take the $91,000-a-year pension because family expenses have apparently exceeded what the mayor's $119,000 annual salary can cover. Median income for a household in Waterbury: $34,285. (After some outcry, O'Leary backpedaled again and said he would not be taking the pension after all.)
When stereotypes attack: On one of the final days of Occupy New Haven, three drunk Yale football players, fresh from getting tattoos, marched through the encampment and allegedly assaulted a 60-year-old occupier. "We're the 1 percent. Fuck Occupy!" one of them reportedly yelled. According to the New Haven Independent, the three ran off, trailed by a few ONH protesters, who report that they then took a trophy cup being carried around for some reason by a Yale freshman. ("Can I please have my cup back?" he asked. "You ain't getting nothing back," a football player retorted.) With the de-cupped freshman joining the pursuit, the occupiers followed the football players to their frat house (of course). Police charged one with sixth-degree larceny for theft of the cup.
Police pulled up to a tobacco shop in Vernon where a large fight had broken out and found 20-year-old Robert Haskell on the ground with a life-threatening stab wound. Rockwell General Hospital was only 300 yards down the road but the nearest ambulance had just delivered a patient somewhere else 10 miles away. Officers could not put Haskell in a cruiser while keeping him flat and stable. So they made the highly unusual decision of placing him on the hood of a cruiser and driving him down to the hospital, slowly enough that two officers walked beside the car, holding him steady. Haskell is now in stable condition, reports the Hartford Courant.
With the exception of a 2-year-old child, every member of a Bronx family that entered the Buffalo Wild Wings in Stamford left in handcuffs. The Stamford Patch website reports a manager asked Kenyetta Powell and Eric Damion Brand to control their infant, who was roaming beneath their table, causing Powell's 17-year-old daughter to allegedly throw a drink at his head. Powell and Brand reportedly joined in the beating. (The officers who arrested them also placed the child in the care of an uncle.)
Five carnival workers in Cheshire were drinking late into the night when one brought out his gun collection. Shockingly, this led to one of them being shot. Police say the carnies, who work for and live on the premises of Tufano Amusements, drove one of their compatriots to Midstate Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest, according to NBC Connecticut.
Police are declining to arrest Carolyn Lippolis, the Branford High School teacher who allegedly pulled a knife on her social studies class and made a comment about the low percentage of homework being turned in. The Branford Seven news website reports that Lippolis has remained on leave since the incident, which she apparently said was a joke.
A Shelton police officer allegedly found Michael Chupick sitting calmly in his vehicle in Riverview Park with his pants down. Lacking any explanation for what he was doing, Chupick, 63, was arrested on charges of public indecency, reports the Connecticut Post.
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