A man patrolling West Haven in a T-shirt reading "Police Narcotics" was not a cop but some weirdo who likes to handcuff people, the actual police told the Connecticut Post. In addition to having the shirt and a few pairs of cuffs, 22-year-old Tuy Chhinnarith had also picked up some police lingo; as he approached a bunch of women standing outside a business, he allegedly spoke into his cellphone, asking for "blacks and whites to respond to this location." (West Haven police cars are colored black and white.) Yet he was not convincing enough for any of them to comply when he reportedly pulled a pair of cuffs out of his backpack. They called the real police and Chhinnarith was charged with impersonating an officer. But he wasn't done: Two days later, he allegedly returned to that business to explain his prior "arrest" was part of an elaborate undercover rouse, leading Chhinnarith to be charged again with the same offense.
Under Connecticut state law, the party whose candidate gets the greatest number of votes in the last gubernatorial election is listed at the top of the next election's ballot, and Republicans say that means they should be on top of the 2012 ballot. How do they figure that, you might ask, considering that Democrat Dannel Malloy won the governor's office in 2010? Well, Malloy was nominated by both the Democrats and the Working Families Party, and 26,308 voters checked the WFP line, with 540,970 checking the Democrats' line. Losing Republican candidate Tom Foley got 560,874 votes on a single line. So, figuring that the order of the parties matters, Republicans have filed suit against Secretary of State Denise Merrill, claiming that more people voted on the Republican line than any other in the last election for governor. Merrill told the Associated Press the lawsuit will create a "waste of valuable resources and taxpayer money."
Brent Q. Hansen allegedly left 270 harassing voicemails for various employees of Travelers Insurance from March 2011 to June 2012. In the calls, Hansen, a 49-year-old Canadian national residing in Florida, reportedly says that employees of the Hartford-based company are cursed and God will damn their souls (which is probably true; they do work in finance). In addition to calling the employees murderers, rapists and terrorists, Hansen can be heard laughing and screaming "for long stretches of time," according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Bridgeport federal court that found him guilty did not determine the initial cause of Hansen's hatred of Travelers.
The Simsbury Police Department accidentally posted the social security numbers of recent arrestees on its website, which — combined with the usual names, addresses and dates of birth — provide all an identity thief would need to royally screw them over. The error was discovered by George Gombossy, editor of the consumer advocacy website CT Watch Dog. "I can't imagine we are doing that," a dispatcher told Gombossy after he called. He also claims police officials were unaware that disclosing an individual's social security number to the public is illegal. The numbers were taken down within an hour of Gombossy's call.
Someone smashed the head of a Virgin Mary statue standing in the yard of Darlene Fraga, a Windsor Locks homeowner. Fraga believes the same vandal(s) came back a week later and placed a whole garden gnome where the head once was. Strangely, more than a month later, the desecrated statue remains in Fraga's yard, still gnome-headed. "I think after I get over the initial shock, I'm going to take the whole thing down," she told NBC Connecticut. She added that she feels the perps should be charged with a hate crime.
As New Haven police approached a couple who "were intimately engaged in the back of [a] car," in the artful words of the New Haven Register, the man allegedly hopped into the driver's seat and sped off. He later hit a curb and, despite the woman's pleas for him to surrender, reportedly kept a hold of the steering wheel until police pepper-sprayed him. The man, 26-year-old Adam Singletary, later allegedly told police he "reverted back to the days when [he] was in trouble."
The Rev. Eleftherios Stavrakis, a 73-year-old Greek Orthodox priest, was arrested for allegedly striking his wife's live-in aide because "she was cooking, and he didn't care for the odor of the cooking," a New Milford police spokesperson told the Danbury News-Times. (In 1988, Stavrakis was convicted of trying to bribe an IRS agent to avoid paying taxes while he was head of Manhattan's St. Gerasimos Church.)
Things did not go as planned for a 17-year-old male who allegedly attempted to hold up a Hartford grocery store with a baseball bat. The Hartford Courant reports that employees of the Carmen Supermarket on Albany Avenue were able to subdue the would-be robber and used duct tape to hold him until police arrived.
Police were called to a Fairfield intersection over reports of a man "challenging passersby to sword fights," according to the Fairfield Patch website. The man explained that he is a member of a fencing club and was practicing his "air fencing." (He was not charged with anything.)