Over the last five years, the Town of Woodbridge has paid Fire Marshal Michael Cavanagh for about 2,000 hours he did not work because Cavanagh was unaware that his hours had been increased. Cavanagh moved into the part-time, $37,984-a-year position in 2001. According to the minutes, he was at the 2007 Fire Commission meeting at which his hours were increased from 20 to 28 a week (as he had been requesting). "I guess I was there because the minutes say I was. I have no explanation. It was not intentional," Cavanagh, in echoes of Alberto Gonzales, told the New Haven Register. He also apparently did not think to ask why his pay had been increased by nearly $2,000 a year. It was not discovered Cavanagh was still working 20 hours a week until town officials noticed certain inspections were not being made on schedule. The town also says it can't force him to give back the nearly $10,000 for which he has been overpaid.
Decked out in a bulletproof vest and helmet, Shunyu Li, a 43-year-old acupuncturist, was spotted wandering around New Haven, where he frightened a group of children by reaching for his waistband (as if he had a gun) and later drove up to a woman and ran his pointer finger along his neck, police told the Register. Li was also allegedly heard proclaiming "You point a gun at me; I shoot you" at no one in particular. Police later confiscated two loaded handguns, a rifle and more than thousand rounds of ammunition from his office and Prius. (At least he was no threat to the environment.)
Christopher Masi of Danbury allegedly shot his neighbor's dog after he caught it having sex with his own pooch. The horny chow mix reportedly scaled a 6-foot fence and crawled through a doggy door to get into Masi's home. Walking in on the canine tryst, Masi, 43, initially shot the canine intruder dog with BB gun, but when the mutt came back for more forbidden love four hours later, he reached for his hunting rifle, police told the Danbury News-Times. After allegedly putting a bullet in the dog, which had to be euthanized, Masi was charged with animal cruelty.
That bites: Apparently not satiated by the food, 23-year-old Jake Sabas attempted to bite an employee of the Stonebridge Restaurant as he was being escorted out of the Milford eatery, police told the Connecticut Post. The same newspaper reports that Brian Keil of West Haven was babysitting his girlfriend's two children when her 5-year-old bit her 8-year-old. Keil, 25, then allegedly bit the younger boy to show him how it felt.
The ex-girlfriend of Elexander Meade was "tagged" in photos of the two of them having sex that he allegedly posted on Facebook. Waterbury police told the Hartford Courant that Meade was bitter over the breakup with the woman (who is the mother of his child) and logged in using her account and posted them, changing her password so she couldn't immediately delete them. Meade, 30, was charged with a fifth-degree computer crime.
Parts of Eastern and Western Boulevards in Glastonbury were closed off due to a motorcycle crash but, hey, Mark Duell had important things to do that day. Duell, 27, reportedly ignored emergency workers and attempted to drive through the area. When a deputy fire chief approached his car, Duell allegedly threw a cup of iced coffee at him, reports the Glastonbury Patch website.
Hell Hath No Fury Like...: After learning that her ex-boyfriend had gotten married, Felicia Langley of Norwalk allegedly barraged his new bride with threatening voicemails and Facebook messages. Langley, 32, eventually broke into their home and made off with $2,000 in jewelry and her $1,200 wedding dress, police told The Hour.
Darien police are on the lookout for a teenage flasher whose MO is to casually skateboard by his victims with his penis hanging out of his shorts. The teen, described as about six feet tall with ear-length brown hair, has twice done the dong-on-wheels routine in the presence of a female walkers in a residential neighborhood, reports the Darien News.
Speaking of penises, "a purple substance was used to draw male genitalia" on the side of a Monroe resident's Nissan Sentra, reports the Monroe Patch website. The substance was not identified but did not wash away with water.
During the course of a domestic dispute, 56-year-old Andrew Casella of Glastonbury allegedly drove his own car into his own house to frighten a woman, police told the Hartford Courant. (Police also say that he had been drinking.)