By Nick Keppler
5:35 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
John Rowland is not a physical therapist. Yet the disgraced former governor is paid as a "consultant" by Apple Rehab, a physical rehabilitation company that happens to be owned by the husband of Lisa Wilson-Foley, the businesswoman who happens to be running for Congress in Connecticut's Fifth District. The Register-Citizen of Litchfield County also reports that Rowland approached another candidate in the GOP primary, real estate developer Mark Greenberg, and suggested he be paid to "consult" him through an animal shelter he oversees with his wife. (Greenberg declined the offer.) "Consultant" is a term often used for former office holders who peddle their influence among party officials and financiers (and it is perfectly legal). The three other, less wealthy Republicans in the primary say Rowland did not approach them. One of them, former FBI agent Mike Clark, was probably avoided because he, incidentally, led the taskforce that uncovered the corruption scandal that ousted Rowland from office and sent him to prison for 10 months.
Last year, more than 100 incidents of inmates masturbating in front of guards and other prison workers were written up at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers alone. A spokesperson for the union representing Connecticut prison workers told the Hartford Courant these displays are less about sex than they are "about power," and while they can be fought with internal punishments, such as losing commissary privileges, such confrontational chicken-choking is technically as legal as rubbing one out in one's own home. The union is pressing state lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it a felony for inmates to knowingly masturbate in front of prison workers and put those convicted into the sex-offender registry. (The Department of Corrections specified that the bill should not penalize the masturbating inmates that guards inadvertently walk in on.)
A couple of eighth-graders at Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford were caught with alcohol in a bathroom and, in an incredible overreaction, the school banned all kids in that grade from the regular bathrooms, except from 11:06 to 11:08 a.m. and 1:23 to 1:26 p.m. At all other times, they must use a single-stall restroom on the third floor, reports the Courant. (The across-the-board penalty stems from the fact that many kids knew about the drinking but didn't snitch because they found it "cool" or "funny," wrote the principal in a letter to a parent.) This leaves, for all but six minutes per day, one toilet for 200 kids, putting the school in apparent violation of East Hartford building codes which require one for every 50 people in an educational facility.
Salman J. Sumra of Fairfield allegedly teamed up with his friend Raheem Salaam Jefferson to jump Sumra's 12-year-old nephew as retaliation for an argument the kid had with his grandmother, according to the Connecticut Post. Despite being 28, Sumra apparently needed backup to trip the kid, beat him and then run off. After police interviewed the nephew, Sumra allegedly told him he would buy him an X-box if he went back and recanted his story, telling officers he was attacked by other kids, which the boy tried to do — but apparently to no avail, landing Sumra an additional charge of tampering with a witness.
Kinsella Magnet School in Hartford has revoked the purchasing card of principal Pamela Totten-Alvarado after discovering a few suspect charges and unlikely explanations on her expense account. Records obtained by the Hartford Courant show that Totten-Alvarado claimed a $2,059 bill at Best Buy went to supplies for a middle-school dance. She bought a $150 "reward for a student" at Coach, an upscale seller of handbags. A $131 tab at the First & Last Tavern apparently went to something to encourage students.
Though he says he was just "trying to have fun with the girls," people in West Haven were for some reason alarmed at 55-year-old Reinaldo Ortiz's alleged habit of hiding behind a Dumpster near his apartment building, waiting for pre-teen girls to walk by and then jumping out to chase them. Police told the Courant they found Ortiz in his usual hiding place and arrested him on charges of breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.
Alicea Zavala was reportedly walking out of a Bridgeport home, having stolen power tools, when the homeowner tackled him from behind, sending him sailing into a chain-link fence, reports the Connecticut Post. The homeowner and a friend restrained Zavala, 27, with duct tape until police arrived.
A 17-year-old Milford boy was arrested on child pornography charges, reports the New Haven Register, after he allegedly stored more than 200 illicit images in the least private and confidential space to ever exist: Facebook.
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