New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has been trying — over the police union's objections — to shut down the police department's K-9 unit after discovering the dogs are totally racist. Through only 50 percent of city arrestees are non-white, 90 percent of those bitten by a police dog are minorities. The issue has been locked up in contract negotiations — probably because the the union's president, Officer Todd Lynch, is a dog handler. So Finizio has tried to effectively defund the program, refusing to pay $60 a month for arthritic medication for its last remaining police dog Buck. (Take that, you bigoted toilet drinker!) The union made an appeal on its Facebook page, which led to the mayor's office getting an onslaught of calls about Buck's wellbeing. Finally, Finizio agreed to retire the dog, which entitles him to full veterinary care, telling the Hartford Courant the decision is "a proper way to ensure the dog gets the rest, care, and lifestyle it has earned," though he added the dog would not receive a pension.
Last month, Milford police arrested 33-year-old Dominic Armour for allegedly failing to respond to a traffic ticket. As is customary before booking, they temporarily confiscated all belongings on him, including a cell phone, a keychain and a wallet holding a few credit cards and $300 in cash. Before he was released, police accidentally gave Armour's stuff to another arrestee on his way out, Joseph Vazquez (brought in on failure to appear charges). When an officer called Armour's cell phone, Vazquez, 23, allegedly picked up and said he didn't know anything about Armour's possessions (even though he was talking on the man's phone). Police got a warrant to search Vazquez's property for the belongings and allegedly stumbled upon an assault rifle that had been reported stolen. Vazquez was arrested once again. As for Armour's stuff, he told the Connecticut Post he still has not gotten it back.
The most dreadful part of a breakup is that dour afternoon when you go back to a shared place and pack your things — boxing them away with your sense of love and trust — before heading out on the long road of heartache and isolation. Devin Robinson did not handle it well. As he was moving out of the Bridgeport apartment he, until recently, shared with his girlfriend, Robinson, 40, suddenly locked her out, according to police. Then, in a process lasting hours, he allegedly hurled their belongings three stories to the street below. Down came an air conditioner, gaming console, plates, canned food, pots and pans, police told the Connecticut Post. Officers eventually made their way in and wrangled the heartbroken man into a squad car.
A Greenwich teacher has been put on leave and ordered to stay 300 yards from her school after she left a message on another teacher's voicemail saying, "I am ready to, dare I say, shoot up that school." Stacy Goodnow, who teaches sixth-grade social studies at Western Middle School, told The Hour she was upset a colleague had been denied tenure. "I was joking," she said. "I was frustrated." Goodnow, 46, left her last teaching job after police say they found her drunkenly banging on her boyfriend's door and then getting belligerent with the officers who responded.
Jacqueline Carrasquillo of New Haven apparently had a vendetta to collect, against a dog. The pitbull belonging to her downstairs neighbor apparently once jumped on Carrasquillo, 29, and he says she swore she was going to kill the animal. Soon after, Carrasquillo and her 17-year-old brother allegedly jumped the man and his girlfriend as they walked the dog, according to WTNH. Carrasquillo reportedly struck the dog with a baseball bat and thumped the dog's owner when he tried to intervene. Police arrived before the dog was seriously injured.
Alleged crackhead Edwin Diaz reportedly wheeled a stranger's moped from its parking place at the Fairfield Train Station. Diaz, 40, then knocked on a door and told the homeowner he had lost his keys and needed a screwdriver to start the vehicle, police told the Fairfield Citizen. The resident called police, who reportedly found the inevitable crack pipe in Diaz's back pocket.
Police are looking for a 20-something man who shoplifted $300 worth of Breathe Right strips from a Rite Aid in Watertown, reports NBC Connecticut. He reportedly left in a tan 1995 Acura Legend with a cracked windshield and "writing on the driver's window." So, if you know someone with awful breath to match his awful car, give the 5-0 a holler.
And They Say It Impairs Your Judgement: Joel Polanco allegedly rigged his electric meter and stole $900,000 worth of electricity from United Illuminating — which ended up alerting officials to the massive marijuana growing operation in his West Haven home. Police told WTNH that Polanco, 33, had more than 360 plants.