Cathy Malloy, wife of Gov. Dannel Malloy, "uncorked" at a forum on how to encourage women to run for public office held in conjecture with the Democratic National Convention, according to the Los Angeles Times. Connecticut's first lady went on a rant about media scrutiny of politicians and their families and, as an example from her own life, recounted getting pulled over in Hartford for not wearing her seatbelt just a day after she won an award for her work at a rape crisis center. "Of course, [the officer] had no idea who I was because I drive this really shitty car, and they didn't believe that I was the governor's wife in this shitty car," explained Malloy (who reportedly overcame several attempts by other speakers to interrupt her). So apparently, people who do good deeds and/or are recognized as political wives are exempt from traffic laws. Malloy later apologized, saying, "I didn't do a good job of expressing what I really feel."
It was a long, boring summer: Biding their time until a firefighter-sponsored carnival distracted its staff, three teenagers stole two large, wooden Smokey the Bear cutouts from the Woodbury Fire Department, reports the Woodbury-Middlebury Patch website. They later told police stealing the bears was on their "bucket list" of things to do this summer. Meanwhile, Seymour's police chief told the Valley Independent Sentinel news website that "malicious boredom" was to blame for a string of local thefts and vandalism, and Redding police say a juvenile stole a device that monitors and displays the speed of passing cars. Police were able to find it thanks to an internal GPS, reports the Redding Pilot, but the parents of the perpetrator paid, through their attorney, $4,700 to replace the device (which the thief had rendered unusable), so police declined to make an arrest.
George J. Smith & Son Realtors has put up a billboard in Milford reading, "Obama = The Entry Drug to Socialism." DeForest Smith, president of the 126-year-old local brokerage firm, explained to the Milford Patch website that the billboard reflects the company's "belief," adding, "Take a look at France or Italy, they're all going bankrupt. Debt is out of control" and Obama "borrowed 5 or 6 billion dollars," which apparently has something to do with socialism, the economic system of government ownership of key industries. Presumably, Smith thinks that, instead of asking for a handout, you should pull yourself up by your bootstraps — or just become president of a company founded by your grandfather, which is what DeForest Smith did.
Connecticut's Most Bad-Ass Mom: Ramon Rivera allegedly broke into a Willimantic home and was startled to find its owner, Pauline Bragg, inside, and was probably even more started when she chased him as he fled the residence. Police told NBC Connecticut that Bragg, a 52-year-old mother, pursued Rivera across three backyards and continued to tussle with him after he picked up a two-by-four and whacked her in the arm (causing a slight bruise). When no neighbors responded to her cries for help (except by calling 911), Bragg reportedly pinned down the would-be burglar herself until officers arrived.
An internal investigation found that New Britain public works employees slacked off with unauthorized coffee breaks at convenience stores and periods of up to an hour in which they simply sat in their city dump trunks, the engines idling to keep the heat on, reports the Hartford Courant. "Much of it happens right at the city yard, right in supervisors' view," said Public Works Director Mark Moriarty. Because of the report, two workers were fired and a supervisor demoted, though Eric Ramm, the demoted former supervisor, shot back that the incidents occurred during "a very slow time of year."
Terry Peterson of Norwalk allegedly shot his sister's boyfriend in the stomach because the sister told him to clean a dirty dish. Peterson, 22, was staying with the sister at the Roodner Court public housing complex when the argument over dishes broke out. Shortly after, Peterson ran into the boyfriend in the hallway and opened fire, police told the Stamford Advocate. The alleged victim survived. (Peterson had reportedly expressed frustration in the past that the boyfriend would not fight him when challenged.)
Tolland Middle School phys-ed teacher Steven Tozier allegedly grabbed the shirt of a 13-year-old student, put him in a headlock and spun him around for a few seconds in front of 30 or so other students, reports the Hartford Courant. "[W]e were fooling around and the kids were goosing me," Tozier explained in a statement recorded by the principal. Tozier, 38, has been charged with breach of peace and second-degree reckless endangerment and is now on paid leave.
And they say it impairs your judgment: Norwalk police were drawn to a 1994 Volvo because its owner had left it parked with both front doors open. Officers found "bits of marijuana leaves scattered across the floor" and rolling papers in the glove compartment, as well as a gun in the car, reports the Norwalk Patch website. Police are still looking for the owner of the vehicle.