Since March of 2011, a handful of University of Connecticut students have published The UConn Free Press, an "underground" publication full of anti-authority rants and displays of amateur graphic design. The monthly rag is not only unafraid to put an f-bomb and drug reference into every paragraph but is seemingly self-obligated to do so. Ian Schofield, a senator on the student government board, says it went too far in an issue that gave tips on handling a bad acid trip, advocated a needle exchange program and included an article titled, "What the fuck is hemp and why is it illegal?" Schofield attempted to pull the Free Press' student activity fee funding, telling the traditional student newspaper The Daily Campus, "I think it is our job to think about what they're saying and if it's benefiting the student body." Citing free speech, the board voted to resume funding, leaving the Free Press free to respond to Schofield in a manner we're sure will be a calm and mature and will not employ a nearly obscene Photoshopped image of him.
When Life Imitates the Prelude to a Low-budget Horror Movie: The day before Halloween, Superstorm Sandy toppled an oak tree on the New Haven Green. In the up-rooted soil were human skeletal remains: a spine, rib cage and lower part of a skull open in a scream motion. The New Haven Independent news website reports that the discovery was first made by artist Silas Finch, who was at the scene for "hours" looking for old coins and assumed the skeleton belonged to an animal. A homeless woman later saw it and alerted police. A "death investigator" from the state medical examiner's office says the remains are from two human bodies leftover from the years (1638 to 1821) during which a burial ground was located on the Green.
The trial of comic book artist Josue Rivera brought out several disturbing details about his alleged child porn collection. Among the 100-plus images on the Bridgeport-based illustrator's computer was one that Rivera altered to transpose the head of a 10-year-old female relative onto the body of a young girl performing oral sex, say prosecutors. Rivera, who has drawn Superman, The Incredible Hulk and (appropriately) a character called The Creeper, accidentally gave a flash drive containing several such disturbing images to the director of his father's funeral, thinking it contained photos of his dad. (Funeral goers were of course shocked.) The Connecticut Post reports Rivera, 38, was sentenced to three years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.
Malik Soloman called Middletown police when a man he thought was a drug dealer took his money and did not give him marijuana. Soloman, 24, initially reported a mere "robbery," but when officers interviewed the man he accused, they concluded Soloman was trying to score weed, reports Middletown Patch. He was arrested on charges of false reporting. The other man was not arrested; not selling weed is of course not a crime. (He told police he had "no intention" of selling marijuana and took Soloman's money because "he was dumb enough to give it to me.")
Carl McLevy of Fairfield allegedly approached AT&T workers while carrying a shotgun and demanded to know who they were, apparently unable to conclude on his own that the road crew on his street after a storm took out power were employees of a utility company. Officers say they found McLevy, 62, sitting on a street corner, clutching his gun and preparing "for the invasion." They also say he appeared intoxicated, reports the Fairfield Citizen.
Answering the doorbell of her family's Fairfield home, a six-year-old girl was met by a teenage boy with spiked hair wearing pink lipstick, a red bandanna, a black T-shirt and no pants or underwear, police told the Fairfield Citizen. He rushed into a car that sped away. The girl's father followed the car to a parking lot and watched a group of teens scurry out. Police are investigating.
As was the case in many coastal towns, Sandy wrecked several shoreline homes in Branford. A condominium complex was not directly damaged in the storm but was hit badly by the return to normalcy. The Branford Seven news website reports that a resident was cooking when the power went out. When it was restored, his electric burners turned back on and started a fire. (Firefighters responded promptly.)
At the height of Sandy's presence in Connecticut, an already busy Westport Police Department had to respond to some asshole who got his BMW 5-Series stuck in the water as he tried to drive it down Harbor Road (named so because it borders a harbor), according to the Westport Patch website. He apparently thought that when you live in Westport and drive a BMW, the seas actually do part for you.
Another smooth reaction to Sandy: As a sailboat broke loose from its mooring in New London and scurried along the risen waters into an occupied house, a man who lived there — 31-year-old Shane Carrier — responded by taking out a gun and shooting at the sailboat, police told WTNH. (It did not stop the boat from colliding with his home.)