Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner allegedly made comments about the way Assistant Chief George Gomola smells and also slapped him. An investigation report, viewed by the Fairfield Citizen, states that during a staff meeting, Felner brought up a “locker room” smell coming from Gomola's office and, when Gomola asked for specifics, said, “It's you, George.” A witness said the chief later called Gomola to apologize and was nearly crying with remorse. Things got heated again when Gomola completed an off-duty assignment at a basketball game a day before he called in sick. Though Gomola reportedly assured him he came down with a headache and diarrhea during the game, Felner apparently slapped him thrice (an act Felner later defended as “a gesture of camaraderie toward a member of my team”).
Once a Scumbag…: District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton denied former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim's request for an early end to his probation, an appeal apparently meant to facilitate his reentry into politics. Arterton noted that Ganim, who spent seven years in prison for selling city contracts to bribers, was let out early due to his participation in drug counseling, which “remains a puzzle since he made no [prior] claim of a substance abuse problem.” The Associated Press inferred that Gamin not only seems to have misused the program but, through his business as a consultant for the recently convicted, appears to be advising others on how to do the same. “Let us determine if you qualify for a program that could help get you a REDUCTION IN YOUR SENTENCE,” his website reads (capitals in original).
Seymour Superintendent of Schools MaryAnne Mascolo lashed out at the Board of Education, which had pressured her to hire more town residents, telling them the local applicants she's reviewed were “aggressive,” “liars” and “lazy,” reports the Register. “For clarification, I did not intend my comments to encompass all Seymour residents,” Mascolo later wrote in a statement apologizing. She said she was only referring to certain candidates Board members had recommended.
Middletown police say that Luis Roman admitted he rear-ended another driver and then fled the scene, but he had two good reasons. Neither of which prevented his arrest but both probably entertained them down at the precinct. Roman, 53, said he had been fishing, fell into the water and, though he'd changed into “long underwear” at the scene, was anxious to get home and dry off. Second, his daughter had just gotten an ultrasound and he was apparently loopy to immediately see the image of his grandchild.
Keon Beatty, the naked man Norwalk police found sitting in the back of another person's car, said he didn't know how he got there or whose vehicle it was, according to an account police relayed to The Hour. An officer, who responded to reports of nude man wandering around the area, claims Beatty quickly reached for an object (which turned out to be a cellphone), causing him to Taser the confused 24-year-old nudie.
Two people were injured at the New Haven Police Academy when a firearms instructor (who was perhaps ill-assigned) accidentally discharged a live round in a classroom. Particles from the bullet hit two officers but the injuries were very minor, reports WTNH.
Twenty-two-year-old Brendan Spada of Middletown turned himself into police on an outstanding warrant and, while being booked, mentioned his heroin addiction and asked if there had been any UFO reports because he had seen one recently, police told the Middletown Patch website.
In what the Danbury News-Times called an “unscheduled performance,” homeless couple Jonathan Price and Shannon McClung were allegedly spotted having sex on the outdoor stage on the Danbury Green during the middle of the day. (We're guessing the library bathroom or space behind theDunkin' Donuts dumpster didn't create the right mood.)
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