By Nick Keppler
11:25 AM EDT, October 9, 2012
The East Hartford strip club Kahoots found a novel way to advertise. Owner Dan Quinn apparently took a 12-foot box van, installed a pole-dance stage in the rear and replaced the sides with plexiglass. Then he sent the vehicle into Hartford during lunch hour with two dancers clad in bikinis and high-heeled boots in the back. There has been no unbiased account of the incident, as TV news networks declined to cover the stripper-mobile and the Hartford Courant gave space only to a scornful opinion piece by a representative of the Family Institute of Connecticut (who called on residents to "condemn [these] flotillas of leather and breasts"). But the Adult Video News website claims people were "hanging out the windows of their high-rise offices and condos, cheering the gals on." With no nudity shown and the driver obeying traffic laws, police did not stop the show.
Robert White, manager of a Milford office real estate company, sold Avon cosmetics on the side and was allegedly fond of exposing his pink, see-through underwear to women when they picked up their orders. White would direct them to an empty room and then unzip, according a report obtained by the New Haven Register. He is accused of four such incidents dating back to 2007. In one, an employee said she entered his office and found White in women's clothing and he exposed himself as he turned his chair around. White had once been on the Milford Board of Education, a PTA president and a board member of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
On Sept. 27, New Haven police raided Pulse Nightclub, as it had several times in the past, and reportedly found more than 100 underage drinkers. The following weekend, its clientele came out for what was widely called "Fuck the Cops Night" on the Twitter accounts of Southern Connecticut State University students. (Owner Jason Cutler claims customers, not he, deemed it that.) Unsurprisingly, police suspected there might be more underage drinking at "Fuck the Cops Night" and returned to the club, arresting a single alleged offender. A bouncer told the New Haven Independent news website, "They be on our ass [sic]. I guess they hate the owner."
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Avon Free Public Library and a Hartford women's shelter are among the nonprofits that have held events, free of charge, at the vast backyard garden of Chrissie D'Esopo (which has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens and Country Life). But she has been forced to stop hosting charity functions after a woman injured her ankle on D'Esopo's Avon property and filed suit against her and the two nonprofits that day's event benefited. Insurance covered the woman's medical bills, but she is seeking money for "pain and suffering." Following the lawsuit, D'Esopo tells the Hartford Courant she would "risk losing [her] house by having garden tours."
Bernice Mable Graham Telian wants the state to overturn the sentence of a relative she feels was wrongly convicted. The relative is Telian's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother who, in 1663, was hanged in Hartford on accusations of witchcraft. Unlike Massachusetts, Connecticut has never passed a resolution redressing its colonial-era witch hunts. The Religion News Service reports that Telian, 82, has teamed up with the Connecticut Wiccan & Pagan Network. The group has sent Gov. Dannel Malloy postcards reading, "I am a Pagan/Witch and I vote."
Edwin Valentin allegedly stole three tiny novelty motor vehicles from the Newington chapter of Shriners International to sell them at his pawn shop. Each handmade car is 30 inches long and 14 inches wide and resembles a tiny 1941 Jeep, a Shriners spokesperson told CBS Connecticut. Adorned with their trademark red fezzes, the organization's members ride atop them in parades and at charity events. Police say that Valentin, 48, took them from a trailer and put them up for sale at the Tag Store Sale, a resale market he runs in Hartford.
Gov. William O'Neill oversaw a $5.5-billion overhaul of state highways in the '80s, the Danbury News-Times pointed out, but that has not made him well remembered; the late governor's name was misspelled "O'Neil" on a new I-84 state sign.
Though he is 58 years old, Elijah White of New Haven is apparently still forbidden by his mother from having women sleep over. According to an account in the New Haven Register, his brother, Sherman, 57, told police that he told their mom that Elijah planned to bunk with a lady friend, causing his brother to strike him with a monkey wrench, knocking out his dentures.
Things are getting bad for the newspaper industry: 58-year-old Jack Kramer, who is the executive editor of the Bristol Press and New Britain Herald and who previously oversaw the newsroom of the New Haven Register for 15 years, was arrested at a New Britain Stop & Shop for allegedly walking out with two unpaid-for 12-packs of beer, according to the Hartford Courant.
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