Crime & Punishment: Plow-on-Plow Violence

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Five civilian employees of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London and a service member were apparently turning the academy into their own swingers club. A Coast Guard investigation found that the six were engaging in sexual activity on the job and using government computers to send each other explicit photographs. The agency denied a Freedom of Information Act request, filed by The Day newspaper, to see the full report, citing the FOI Act's privacy exemption, so we're not sure if members of the ring were having sex in groups of more than two at a time. (We'll just assume they were). Two of the civilians resigned amid the investigation and the service member was discharged.

As last week's blizzard closed roads, Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson Jr. decided to shut down Town Hall for a day. Dickinson later told municipal employees they had to submit a vacation or personal day request to make up for their absence that day, explaining in a memo, "Our position is that if you aren't working, we can't pay you unless you submit to take the time off." Employees were of course upset they had to use time they were supposed to enjoy sitting at home snowed in, but Dickinson told the New Haven Register, "What difference does it make?"

The wife of a man who had been arrested on DUI charges apparently drove to the Hamden Police Station to pay his bail while she was drunk herself. With his 5-year-old daughter as a passenger and his blood-alcohol content at three times the legal limit, Edwin Velez III crashed his truck into a snowbank, police told the Register. When April Cassidy Velez arrived at the police station, officers reportedly noted that she seemed drunk and parked in an area marked for cop cars with beer cans strewn about her vehicle.

New Haven's Worst Husband: Think your Valentine's Day spent alone was bad? Julian Derbocher of New Haven reportedly returned home drunk after buying his wife a present. He then allegedly demanded money from her (we guess to repay him for the gift), pushed her down on the coach, choked her and then ransacked her purse. Derbocher reportedly got away with her license, bank card, food stamp card and Oxycontin pills, as (sadly) her 8-year-old son called 911. Police told WTNH they found Derbocher, 48, hiding in a snow bank.

New Canaan's Worst Boyfriend: A Jeep registered to Jayson Nelson of New Canaan was allegedly involved in a collision from which its driver fled, reports the New Canaan News. Nelson, 34, allegedly explained to an officer that his girlfriend had been driving but when contacted, she didn't know anything about the incident, and a witness said a man was behind the wheel. A count of interfering with an officer was added to Nelson's tab.

Emilio Mendoza shares a Stamford apartment with his cousin and began playing loud music there at around midnight one night last week. When the cousin complained, it led to a vicious fistfight that left their residence trashed and ended when Mendoza, who drunk at the time, bit off his cousin's earlobe, police told the Stamford Advocate. Mendoza, 27, later told officers he had swallowed the lobe.

James S. Bankowski of Middletown threatened a snow plow driver with a loaded shotgun after he deposited snow on his property, police told the Hartford Courant. The driver was clearing out the parking lot of a condo complex when Bankowski, 56, reportedly told him he would "blow him up." He later clarified to police, "I never intended to shoot anyone, [I] just wanted to scare them enough to get my point across."

Juan Hernandez apparently thought the stripper he encountered at Harry O's in Stamford wasn't just trolling for ones but really wanted to go home with him. When she was driving home, Hernandez, a 36-year-old married bodega owner, allegedly followed her in his own car and even began swerving into the wrong lane to catch up with her and tap on her car window, reports the Stamford Advocate.

And they say it impairs your judgment: Mark Trotta used his snow plow to push a car through Brookfield, police told the Brookfield Patch website. Trotta, 51, reportedly said it had become inoperable by the side of the road and he was trying to assist storm relief. Police say Trotta had less than half ounce of marijuana and was high at the time.

Two snow plow drivers clearing out the parking lot of a Vernon shopping center got in a dispute over rights to use a can of gasoline, reports the Vernon Patch website. The driver of the larger truck used it to push a mountain of snow onto the smaller truck, whose operator then attacked the other plow driver with a can of de-icer.

 

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