Tracey Scalzi is not a registered lobbyist. Nonetheless, Scalzi, who owns tobacco shops in Norwalk and Orange, reportedly approached state legislators to discuss pending legislation, a bill to license smoke shops, and she did so in a lobby — specifically the lobby within the women's restroom of the General Assembly. "She ignored the lobbyist ropes that restrict their access and chased us down, even in the ladies room," State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) griped to the Branford Eagle news website. Reed claims that Scalzi spent hours in that restroom on the final days of the legislative session in order to "grab the unsuspecting." Reed was further irritated that Scalzi, who is reportedly in league with a Virginia law firm that often represents tobacco companies, spoke in the lingo of lobbyists and had a book of legislator photos and contact info commonly carried by them.
Coryn M. Wassik was arrested for allegedly using a rock to scrawl an image of a penis onto the window of a police car. Wassik, 19, was reportedly one of several teens to flee when officers showed up at an underage drinking party in Farmington. Instead of leaving the scene, though, Wassik apparently demonstrated the effects of alcohol on one's decision-making process by "extensively" vandalizing two cop cars with a rock. Police returned to their vehicles to find every window and door scratched, according to the arrest log posted on the town's websites, and one window bore a "phallic symbol."
A man robbed the Boston Market in Manchester but not of money (or food). An employee was attracting attention by wearing a chicken costume and waving an American flag outside the chain eatery. The restaurant's manager told the Hartford Courant that as he was "doing his little chicken dance," a car stopped at a red light and "an overweight white dude" hopped out, grabbed the flag and retreated back into the car, which then drove off. A customer called 911 but the dispatcher had trouble relaying the call without breaking into laughter at the words "chicken suit," according to the Courant.
An attorney for Winston A. Riley gave a novel explanation for why the Bridgeport man robbed an 81-year-old woman at knifepoint in the parking garage of the Mohegan Sun Casino. Nicholas D'Amato told a New London Superior Court judge that Riley, 27, was sleepwalking at the time and had no control over his actions. Though he is gathering medical records, "This is not going to be an easy defense to present," D'Amato admitted to the Norwich Bulletin. (Riley does have a previously clean record.)
A man driving a pickup truck dropped his friend off at the Fairfield County Bank branch in Wilton to use the ATM and thought it would be hilarious to then drive right up to the sliding glass doors, blocking his exit. This activated a security feature and the doors closed and locked shut, actually trapping the driver's friend inside, according to the Wilton Patch website. The driver then panicked, apparently, and slammed the truck into the front of the bank, breaking the glass doors to free the other man.
A suspected drug dealer was approached by police in Hartford, ran off and then really shot himself in the foot — and by that we mean he actually shot himself in the foot. The 24-year-old suspect, who has yet to be identified by the police, allegedly reached for his gun to fire at the cops but ended up lodging a bullet in his own foot, according to the Hartford Courant.
The Edith Wheeler Memorial Library in Monroe has been having a problem with squatters and we don't mean people illicitly living there. In March, a teenager was charged with breach of peace for allegedly defecating in the middle of the men's room floor. Recently, a copycat defecater left a dookie on the same floor, twice on the same day, reports the Monroe Courier.
Though the driver was not seen doing anything overtly sexual, the superintendent of Milford Public Schools felt a need to send parents an e-mail alerting them that a man with no pants on was spotted driving a car near Lauralton Hall High School, reports the Milford Mirror.
Firefighters were called to remove four pygmy goats from the rooftop of Simsbury High School. The animals were discovered by a custodian when he arrived to open the school last week and "apparently were put there as a senior prank," the Hartford Courant deduced.
The Joke That Writes Itself: The New Haven Register reports that a door and window were destroyed (though no one was injured, thankfully) when the driver of an SUV plowed into the front of an optometrist's office in Milford.
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