By Nick Keppler
3:30 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
Chris Powell, the political columnist/managing editor of Manchester's Journal-Inquirer, has called New Haven's policies toward undocumented immigrants "treason" and blamed issues in inner-city schools on the low "caliber of the students themselves," as the urban poor are "unproductive and troublesome and drag down everything around them." Yet Powell is in trouble for the one semi-intelligent point he's ever made. He wrote that once-again Senate candidate Linda McMahon made her fortune on "the business of violence, pornography, and general raunch," which caused said business, the WWE, to threaten the Journal-Inquirer with a libel suit. The Hartford Courant's Colin McEnroe did the pro-wrestling empire the favor of listing possible co-defendants who have also likened the WWE to porn, including McMahon's primary opponent Chris Shays, The New York Times' Gail Collins, McEnroe himself, The Daily Kos and Politico (which noted the WWE once partnered with Girls Gone Wild). Powell is finally in distinguished company.
In 2005, then-state Sen. Ernie Newton of Bridgeport was convicted of accepting $3,000 in bribes, but he never felt it should hamper his political career. In what the Courant recalls as "a long, rambling speech" before his sentencing, Newton deemed himself "the Moses of [his] people" and said he'd be elected again in a landslide if he didn't have to resign his seat. Newton's time in prison didn't dampen his ambitions; he announced plans to seek his old Senate seat as soon as he was released in January. Last week, he won the endorsement of the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee. Party officials chose Newton over the Democratic incumbent and a long-standing state representative and apparently did not see his past willingness to accept bribes as a hindrance. (Cynical Bridgeport political observers might speculate they considered it a benefit.)
Kent Selectman Tod Jones abruptly left town last week, sending the two other elected officials on Kent's governing board an eight-word e-mail reading, "I'm leaving Connecticut. I will not be back." First Selectman Bruce Adams told the Danbury News-Times that after receiving the e-mail he visited Jones' house and found that his wife "didn't seem to be concerned." She said the selectman "took the car, some belongings and the dog and left." (Jones apparently lost his job at Valley Marble and Slate in New Milford two years ago and had been operating a housecleaning business with his spouse.) Still, Adams says the e-mail does not count as an official resignation, so the town cannot now refill the position.
The town of Ansonia might get sued, all because it failed to update the paper copies of its zoning regulations kept in Town Hall. The Valley Independent Sentinel news website reports that Castle Lane Developers, which wants to build a 23-home subdivision in town, created their proposal using a binder full of regulations Xeroxed from Town Hall's copies. However, no one adjusted the records to reflect changes made to regulations since 2003, including a new technicality about slope sizes, which the developers' plan apparently didn't comply with. (The Ansonia Planning and Zoning Commission says this was only one reason the proposal was rejected.)
Earlier in May, 32-year-old Richard Pinney of Hamden responded to two kids, 12 and 15, wandering onto his property by firing shots into the air (leading police to arrest him and remove 12 guns from his house). Now we've discovered there is a good explanation: They were scary minorities and apparently didn't flee in the face of racial insults. The Hamden Patch website reports that police have charged Pinney's wife, Cindy, 42, with breach of peace and threatening and intimidation based on bigotry/bias for something said during the course of the incident.
Middletown police were searching a neighborhood for the persons who threw rocks at Eli Cannon's Tap Room, shattering a window and frightening patrons inside, when they apparently overheard Timothy C. Hayes and Joseph C. Mullaley sitting on a porch and singing a song they had made up about breaking the window, while a third man accompanied them on guitar. When approached by police the two, both 21, apparently had little choice but to confess, reports the Middletown Patch website.
Jacob Santana of Hartford should have kept his appointment with his parole officer. Because Santana, 32, did not show, the officer went to visit his home, where he found 1,348 bags of heroin, police told the Hartford Courant.
Though he never displayed a gun, a "tall man" managed to rob a Subway shop in Bridgeport, getting away with $300 and, while he was at it, taking "several cookies" from the sandwich shop, according to the Connecticut Post.
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