Connecticut's Most Awful Landlord: Three residents of Sunwood Condominiums in Shelton were concerned about potential liability after a roofer fell to his death from the top of their building last February. Officials had twice halted the renovation because of alleged violations of safety and permit laws, reports the website CT Condo News. The three went to the offices of the company that oversees their condo complex, County Management, to get copies of some documents. They had apparently agreed to pay a hefty fee for the files ($60 per hour spent gathering the documents, which apparently took three hours, in addition to 5 cents per each Xeroxed piece of paper handed over, for a total of $195). When they finished their research, there was apparently no employee around to pay, so the residents left, assuming they'd be billed. But County Management owner Gary Knauf called police and found officers willing to charge the residents with sixth-degree larceny. ("That is what we believe," Knauf insisted, "they intended to steal from me.")
Upon learning his mistress was pregnant, Commander Michael P. Ward II, who was until recently commanding officer of a Groton-based submarine, allegedly tried to fake his own death. While stationed in Virginia, Ward, 43, met a woman 20 years his junior on a dating website, never telling her he was married with children, the woman told The Day. Shortly after she announced she was with child, she received an e-mail supposedly from one of Ward's colleagues. "He asked me to contact you if this ever happened," it read. "I am extremely sorry to tell you that he is gone. We tried everything we could to save him. I cannot say more." She drove to his home to pay her respects but the new owner revealed Ward was alive and had moved to Connecticut to take command of a sub. (The Navy moved him to desk duty, citing a "lack of confidence in Ward's ability to command.")
Sung-Ho Hwang, a New Haven attorney, went to see The Dark Knight Rises with a loaded gun visibly protruding from his waistband. Other patrons were alarmed because there was that whole thing where a gunman opened fire at a screening of the film in Colorado, but Hwang sat calmly talking on his cellphone as a squad of police officers, with their weapons drawn, entered the screening room (until fellow moviegoers yelled at him to hang the fuck up). The Hartford Courant reports that Hwang, 46, was cuffed and charged with breach of peace and interfering with police. Hwang emphasized that he has a valid permit and carrying a gun into a movie theater, even a screening of that particular movie, is perfectly legal (though no he made no argument that it was not stupid).
This column frequently features suspected dealers who attempt to receive packages of drugs through the mail. The latest is not some brash young thug — it's a 63-year-old accountant. The Fairfield Citizen reports that a pound of marijuana arrived via FedEx at Stuart Rosenberg's Fairfield office while he was away. Rosenberg had instructed his staff to open his mail and one total narc of an employee alerted police to the package's contents. Facing charges of possession with intent to sell, Rosenberg arrived at police headquarters, flanked by a lawyer, and claimed the package was supposed to contain only paperwork.
It's not just employees who have been displaying meat at the deli counter of the Stop and Shop in Cromwell. A man who was once a regular at the supermarket allegedly twice walked up to the counter to dangle his salami in front of employees and then run off, according to the Middletown Press. The flasher stopped showing up at the Cromwell store, but later gave in to the urge to saunter his sausage at the deli counter of the Stop and Shop in Berlin, leading police to tag 47-year-old Henry Myslak as their suspect.
William Jones of Mississippi came to Fairfield County to sell magazines door to door until Darien police revoked his solicitor permit because another person was working with him and they only had that one permit. The Darien News reports that a day later Jones, 39, allegedly entered the lobby of the town police station and urinated in a trash can (presumably in retaliation). The act was of course caught on surveillance camera.
A driver was sitting in his car outside a Stratford 7-Eleven when 48-year-old William Spear allegedly pulled up next to him, sprayed him with a water gun through his open window and then drove off, according to the Stratford Patch website. An onlooker took down the drive-by squirter's license plate number, leading police to confront a reportedly "extremely intoxicated" Spear at his home.
Golf got hardcore in Waterbury when Rudolph Hermstadt allegedly went gangster on his caddie at the East Mountain Golf Course. Hermstadt, a seven-time winner of the local Mayor's Cup tournament, was apparently miffed over caddie Jeremy Eterginio's relationship with his fiancé, leading 37-year-old Hermstadt to choke and punch Eterginio, police told the Waterbury Republican-American.