By Nick Keppler
3:00 PM EDT, September 25, 2012
Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon has assailed her opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, about his failure to pay rent and mortgage a few years ago, even challenging the Democrat to release documents about his foreclosure scare. Reporters then asked McMahon if she'd release papers pertaining to her 1976 bankruptcy. She said they "were just not available," adding she tried and failed to find them before her 2010 campaign. Funnily, J.C. Reindl, a reporter for New London's The Day, came up with the documents two weeks later, having found them in a National Archive office. McMahon quickly announced she would be repaying the creditors listed on them, even though the debts were discharged in 1982. Entities ranging from the IRS to Sears to a defunct Waterbury bank were owed nearly $1 million ($4 million in today's dollars) from the McMahons, who are now worth roughly $232 million.
Michael J. Germain allegedly berated and threatened a Muslim woman while standing in line at a Walgreens in West Hartford. Angry that "Americans got killed in the embassy," Germain, 68, admitted to police he called the woman a "camel jockey" and "rag head," though he denied her claim he threatened to punch her in the face, according to a police report. He was charged with hate crimes and second-degree breach of peace. The alleged victim, a Somali-born nurse, told the Hartford Courant, "I forgive him. I hope he gets help."
A watch repairman working in a Victorinox/Swiss Army warehouse located in Monroe (who knew?) was apparently part of a ring that smuggled the watches onto a black market that exists for such items. (Again, who knew?) Police told the Connecticut Post that Gilberto Nieves managed to steal more than $1 million worth of watches, throughout his 14 years there, and send them to a source in Texas. Warehouse supervisors finally noticed discrepancies in its inventory in January of 2011 and again in September 2011. Time was finally up for 38-year-old Nieves when Monroe police and the FBI eventually gathered enough information last month to make an arrest.
Colin Britt and Arianne Abela, two recent graduates of Yale's music department, assembled 60 or so area musicians to record an orchestral version of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," with a choir bellowing out every inane word. The two put out a call to Yalies to record a song but didn't tell them what song until they all arrived, reports the New Haven Register. Still, they complied. We had hoped they would change the lyrics to "Dad put a few grand into violin lessons / So this is crazy / But we're Yalies / Covering 'Call Me Maybe,'" but no such luck.
Mohammed N. Islam reportedly explained to the Middletown couple who were shocked to find him, a total stranger, standing at their bedside at 4 a.m. that he was "part of a democratic group that ensured people were safe." Islam, 26, then made the rounds of the house, checking on the "safety" of their two sleeping children (and also putting on a sweatshirt belonging to the couple's 14-year-old son), police told the Middletown Patch website. Officers say Islam smelled of alcohol and told them he had "one to four" drinks that night.
In New Haven, Scott Marsh rear-ended a vehicle (which happened to be driven by an off-duty city police lieutenant), police told WTNH. When responding officers asked Marsh, 42, to submit to a field sobriety, he allegedly replied, "Why bother? I'm intoxicated." Later, he asked if the people in the other cars involved in the accident were alright and a sergeant told him they were. Apparently not hearing him, Marsh reportedly retorted, "Just answer my [expletive] questions like a white boy!"
Forty-seven-year-old Angelo Younger, who in June was charged with trying to pocket about $450 from a collection plate at a Catholic church in Greenwich, was allegedly sticking it to organized religion once again by attempting to steal a nun's car, which was parked outside the School Sisters of Notre Dame covenant in Wilton, according to The Hour.
A Hamden police officer says he saw a vehicle fail to brake at a stop sign and activated his lights and sirens but the driver refused to pull over. Police told the New Haven Register that eventually 30-year-old Anthony Herring stopped the car and took off on foot, leaving behind 94 grams of marijuana, a single gram of cocaine and his 7-year-old son.
Luz Ramirez had an usually articulate reason for allegedly punching her boyfriend in the head at a Norwalk nightclub. Police say that 22-year-old Ramirez (who looks like a fashion model in her mug shot) explained that he "spoiled her honor" by dancing with other women at Club 77, reports The Hour.
An unidentified man called the Monroe Library and inquire about 50 Shades of Grey. As the librarian answered his questions about the wildly trendy erotica novel, she "noticed his breathing became heavier and erratic, so she assumed he was masturbating and hung up," reports the Monroe Patch website.
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