Officials in Bristol are asking the Bristol Press to stop allowing visitors to its website to leave comments anonymously. Local politics have been contentious recently over everything from city worker contracts to fines for the landlords of properties that rack up emergency calls, causing some to air their frustration in the newspaper's online forums. Mayor Art Ward went so far as to say the paper is "not doing anything positive for the community." (Ward, a beacon of positivity, once told a city councilman to "shut the fuck up" at a public meeting and then claimed he hadn't until the Bristol Press produced a video of the comment.) So what kind of vitriol did the trolls and haters on bristolpress.com spew in response to this? "The government should never tell the press what to do. That's what this country was founded on." "Politicians crying is not going to make Bristol better." "If the city's leaders are worried about negative comments then, it is up to THEM to fix the problem which led to the negative comments."
The state Medical Examining Board has fined a Milford psychiatrist $15,000 for "inappropriate" behavior toward a patient, reports the Connecticut Post. Dr. Ljudmil Kljusev allegedly sent the woman a text message in which he called her "sweety" and once met her at a restaurant. Another patient said in a complaint (which the board dismissed) that she arrived for an appointment to find lit candles throughout Kljusev's office and the psychiatrist holding a beer in one hand and a cigar in the other. (Kljusev claimed a friend had just brought him beer and cigars and he lit the candles to chase away the smell of the latter.) Side note: Smooth jazz plays when you visit Kljusev's professional website.
State officials are wondering how Suki L. Handly — who had past convictions for prostitution, drug possession and larceny — was hired in 2008 to distribute welfare benefits in the Manchester office of the Department of Social Services. Handly became a model on why not to hire such a person for such a job after she was arrested on charges of skimming $44,000 from welfare recipients, apparently to feed her Oxycotin addiction. The Hartford Courant reports Handly, 38, might not have been caught had she not accidentally left paperwork in an office copy machine that showed a payment she was processing was smaller than it should have been.
John Teso went to the Waltersville School in Bridgeport to pick up a family member and, for some reason, did so while wearing army fatigues and carrying a BB gun. A security guard for the elementary school questioned Teso, 63, who claimed to be a police officer and allegedly showed a piece of paper to back that claim. God knows what that was because Teso is not a police officer and was hauled away by the real police on a host of charges, reports WTNH.
While at the TD Bank in Glastonbury, Robert Gursky spotted a man entering with a gun on his belt. Though the man wasn't making any threatening gestures, Gursky tried to notify staff. He walked up to a teller and whispered "gun" and then started writing a note, police told the Hartford Courant. This made it seem to the teller that Gursky was the one trying to rob the place, and the bank launched its emergency protocols. After sorting out the situation, police charged Gursky, 50, with breach of peace.
Hamden's Worst Friend: Noel Garcia swerved off a road in Hamden and his car skidded down an embankment, seriously injuring his passenger, police told WTNH. Instead of seeking help, Garcia, 22, apparently came to police with an elaborate story about getting carjacked by three black men while his passenger slept through the heist. Police did not buy this story and accused Garcia of leaving his injured companion for more than four hours.
Odd thefts: There is a shoplifter on the loose in Fairfield and he wants to be ready for nippy fall mornings. The Fairfield Citizen reports 34 cardigan sweaters went missing from The Loft. Police think the same thief took 28 cardigans from the Banana Republic. Meanwhile, a woman parked her car at the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford and rolled down a window for the sake of her miniature poodle, only to have someone use that opening to snatch the dog, reports News 12.
A pair of 17-year-old girls apparently thought it would be LOL-worthy to hand-deliver envelopes containing threatening notes and a white powder to two homes in Darien. Though the substance was later found to be a "nontoxic food product," agencies ranging from the DEP to the FBI to the Stamford Police's Bomb Squad responded, reports the Stamford Advocate. The two apparently had no beef with the homeowners and picked them at random.
Lezaum Bell allegedly spotted a pickup truck idling outside a bodega in Norwalk and stole it for a joy ride, reports The Hour. The truck was later found abandoned in Hartford. Bell, 43, was accused of the crime because he apparently left his wallet in the truck before he ditched it. — Nick Keppler