By Nick Keppler
1:30 PM EDT, May 15, 2012
East Haven Democratic Town Committee Chairman Gene Ruocco is "embarrassed" by the comments he left on the East Haven Patch website but told the New Haven Register he doesn't see why they've been viewed as threatening. The posts were in response to one of many articles on the town's police racial profiling debacle. Writing as "Josy Whales" (after an outlaw played by Clint Eastwood), Ruocco declared, "There is a new gunslinger in town and you and people like you are in my sights," presumably meaning East Haven's Republican mayor and police officers he has supported. Ruocco added, "The end is near and people will be going to the gallows... I will stop these fools in their tracks. Keep your good ear to the ground, you will hear me coming. But they won't. BANG BANG!!!!!!!!!!" Police traced the comments to Ruocco but did not file charges. He is refusing to give up his chairmanship, saying he has done "nothing but good for the town."
The General Assembly has allocated $180,000 to create a website that will highlight Connecticut's portion of a historic trail that American and French forces followed from Rhode Island to Virginia during the Revolutionary War. In response, Greg Bachand, a Republican lawyer from Wallingford running in the 85th District, set up his own website for that purpose for $59.05 paid to GoDaddy.com. The site features little more than a link to the Wikipedia article on the trail. "Wikipedia already tells us all we need to know," Bachand told the Hartford Courant. Hopefully, if elected, he won't turn over any state offices to random people who have a lot of spare time and an insisted expertise on their functions. (Still, we admit it's stupid to spend $180,000 on a website no one will visit.)
Police say surveillance video shows Shaun Green, a Central Connecticut State University soccer coach, taking 150 copies of The Recorder, the student newspaper, and tossing them in the trash. Green was presumably reacting to a front-page story on the team's disqualification from postseason play because of the players' poor academic progress, but the paper's editor told the Hartford Courant, the article was not an editorial but a basic news report relaying the facts. Police did not charge Green, who has been with the school for 27 seasons. (He declined to speak with the Courant.)
Alex Wullaert of Branford apparently got upset when his dog peed on his leg and bit him — so upset he allegedly choked the pit bull/boxer mix to death, put its body in a bag and tossed it into a wooded area. At some point though, Wullaert, 22, was enough of a conscientious pet owner he had an ID microchip implanted beneath the dog's skin, meant to identify him as the owner if the dog were ever lost and then found. The New Haven Register reports that it led police back to Wullaert, who was charged with animal cruelty.
"Why can't I go to jail?" a despondent woman asked a New Haven police officer last week. The question came after a bizarre scene, recounted on the New Haven Independent news website, in which a man ran off a city bus and appeared to attack a woman. After he was rounded up and cuffed, the woman told police the man was her fiancé and was merely jumping on her because he was happy to see her. Because he's a parolee, she pleaded to be arrested in his stead. "Nope, it doesn't work that way," said an officer.
Seventy-three-year-old John H. Turner reportedly told police he set a fire in his room at the Kettle Brook Care Center in East Windsor because he hates the nursing home and fire sexually arouses him. "What are you going to do to me?" Turner mockingly asked police. "I'm an old man. I will be dead before I'm finished serving my 10-year sentence for arson." The Hartford Courant found that Turner has a past arson conviction.
Though within Stamford's Beamers Café he boasted that he was a millionaire, Eddy Morales couldn't pay the $500 he accumulated after treating men he identified as his business associates to champagne and lap dances. After he was arrested, Morales, 39, continued making strange claims, telling police he had diplomatic immunity and they would soon be hearing from the White House, according to the Stamford Advocate.
Hey, remember parkour? The mid-'00s fad in which people, um, exercised by jumping, vaulting, climbing and rolling around areas like public parks in movements resembling break dancing and/or seizures? Well, it still goes on and four teens were caught doing it on the roof of Naugatuck High School after school and were deservedly arrested, reports the Naugatuck Patch website.
The Middletown Press reports that a heat sensor in a Middletown High School locker room was triggered when a student used an "overabundance" of Axe Body Spray, the aerosol deodorant uniformly associated with bicep-flexing, hair-spiking, Jägerbomb-gulping bros. This marks the first time Axe has set off something other than a date running for the hills.
Bruce Johnson, 43, allegedly tried to walk out of a Fairfield Stop and Shop with a cart containing $246 worth of unpaid-for items, reports the Fairfield Patch website. The cart's contents consisted exclusively of beer and diapers.
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