Sick, Sad World: Dawn Dempsey of Waterbury was arrested on animal cruelty charges after veterinarians found that her beagle, Riley, had been sodomized with a candle. The dog died from the injuries while in their care, before they could even euthanize him. Dempsey, 38, told WTNH that the act was committed by her brother, an ex-con who lived with her. "I am not guilty of even knowing about this," she said, adding, "Holy crap." Police suspect her of wrongdoing because she lied at the Mattatuck Veterinary Hospital, claiming Riley was a stray. (Dempsey said she did it because she couldn't afford veterinary care.) Though the brother has not been arrested, police say their investigation continues. An animal cruelty conviction can lead to a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.
Ridgefield has been hit by a rash of guerilla beautification. Two unknown perpetrators were seen repainting the somewhat rusted fire hydrants on West Lane, reports the Ridgefield Press. Instead of the strictly red paint that had coated the fixtures, the painters used a variety of shades and made the hydrants bi-colored (red with white valves, white with blue valves, red with black valves, ect.). They were careful to repaint the hand-written hydrant numbers and did not touch the red flags that make them visible in the snow. Though she says the perps were "very careful" and "did a nice job," the town's fire chief says the hydrants will need to be repainted again, entirely in red, as that's the color firefighters have been trained to spot in an instant.
Forty-nine-year-old Joseph Lowden allegedly left six messages on the answering machine of a Naugatuck preschool, explaining that he wears diapers, pees his bed and would like to interact with children because he shares their mindset. As police were preparing to arrest to him, Lowden allegedly came to the church next to the preschool to request a job application, reports the Naugatuck Patch website. They expedite the warrant process and police hauled him off on harassment and other charges.
A bus driver for Westport Public Schools allegedly discussed his sex life with students and encouraged them to have sex themselves, reports the news website Westport Now. He also supposedly used profanity and told the upset kids he "could wipe up the floor with them." (They were in grades six to eight). A few were so alarmed, they exited the bus on stops earlier than their own. The district's contractor, Dattco Bus Company, has removed him from the route.
To celebrate the centennial of the U.S., Newtown erected a flagpole between the two lanes of Main Street in 1876. Having a 100-foot metal pole in the middle of a busy roadway creates problems though. A truck driver recently hit the pole, flinging off a 16-inch-diameter metal ball that sits atop it, reports the Newtown Bee. No one has been able to find the ball, which witnesses say sailed towards Trinity Church.
New Haven Alderman Gabriel Santiago has apparently quit without resigning. The last full board meeting he attended was in July and the last meeting of one of his committees was in May. City Hall and Democratic Party officials told the New Haven Independent news website they've had no communication from that Santiago, who first took office last year. After a week's worth of attempts to reach him, Santiago responded to the Independent with a request they stop trying to contact him.
After he was pulled over for speeding, 27-year-old Justin Ryals of Middletown continued to munch on chicken wings and even asked the officer to stop pointing a flashlight at him as he was "trying to eat," police told the Middletown Press. If Ryals seemed blase about the whole thing, it's probably because he had been arrested 16 prior times. This time, police allegedly found marijuana on him and claim his cell phone buzzed with texts from people seeking pot.
The Weirdest Stick-Up Ever: Douglas Campbell walked into the Robeks juice bar in Fairfield with his hand covering his mouth and "demanded" $18 to fix a broken pipe at his home, police told the Fairfield Citizen. Feeling threatened, the cashier gathered the sum from her tip jar. A police officer had been called to the scene when Campbell, 52, reportedly walked back in, waving a $20 bill. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and breach of peace.
A Middletown man with the legal name Outlaw Antonio is apparently living up to it. Thirty-eight-year-old Outlaw's parole officer allegedly found him so high he couldn't keep his eyes open and discovered a warm crack pipe in his apartment, reports the Middletown Patch website. He had "smoked a lot of crack trying to score with a chick that was in the house," states the exact wording of the police report.
Skeeter A. Davis allegedly attempted to shoplift $91 in underwear from BJ's Wholesale Club in Fairfield. After employees confronted him, Davis, 46, fled to an empty theater at a nearby cineplex theater and attempted to hide, stashing the underwear beneath a seat, police told the Fairfield Citizen.