Crime & Punishment: Plainville man arrested for punching a dog

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-Ansonia Police Officer John Troesser responded to reports that a roaming pit bull bit a man. He says such a dog "came charging toward [him] and was barking aggressively" and, lacking any more calm or creative solutions, shot it. One problem: It was the wrong dog. The offending pit bull was back in its owners' home by the time Troesser arrived. The slain dog (which was later euthanized) was Ice, a one-year-old rescued pit bull that resident Rachel Trapp was raising to be a therapy dog, according to the Valley Independent Sentinel news website. Trapp claims that, like in many cases of police overzealousness, race was an issue. "He was killed because of his breed and we are fed up with this injustice for the whole Pit Bull Breed!" she wrote on a "Justice for Ice" Facebook page. The police chief says Troesser acted appropriately, but Trapp (in whose yard the incident took place) says she has surveillance video showing Ice "was standing still and wagging his tail the entire time."

-Staples High School educates the children of the wealthy elites of Westport and is ranked one of the best public schools in the country. Its alumni include many entrepreneurs and business leaders, including Mike Kulich (class of 2004). Kulich founded a series of interrelated pornographic video companies in Los Angeles, according to a profile in the hometown newspaper The Hour, which seemed neutral to his choice of industry. (His companies' titles include "Obscene Teens" and "Ink'd and Pink.") "I wanted to produce great stuff and¿I've been very fortunate," said the 25-year-old. "There is a lot of opportunity and a lot of money to be made in this business." Kulich, who brags that he is involved in the writing of scripts, says his career actually began back at Staples where he was caught selling his dad's old Playboys for $25 a pop from the trunk of his car.

-Driving while texting has got police and lawmakers OMG-ing these days, but Kimberly Piagentini was apparently doing something much more old school when a Fairfield police officer allegedly saw her veer off the road twice. Police say Piagentini, who also allegedly did not immediately stop when confronted by the lights and sirens, admitted to driving while reading. The 39-year-old woman was apparently engrossed by a "pamphlet" of some kind, reports the Fairfield Citizen.

-Mark Ryan, who is frequently seen around the New Haven area in a truck advertising his "Happy Scrappy" junk-removal business, allegedly punched a Milford gas station clerk who gave them the (quite predictable) news he hadn't won the lottery. In particular, Ryan, 51, reportedly took offense to the clerk calling the tickets "losers." "Losers?" Ryan allegedly shot back, before socking the clerk and walking out, according to the Milford Patch website.

-Well, apparently cattle rustling still happens. Ledyard E. Lewis allegedly used a truck trailer to steal 18 cows from a Rhode Island dairy farm and take them to his own homestead in North Stonington. Providence's NBC News 10 reports that Lewis, 41, said he did it because the other farmer owes him money for feed (and reportedly only admitted to taking 12 of the bovines, saying the victim is trying to get six freebies from the ordeal).

-Louie J. Wescott of Middletown allegedly discovered his girlfriend was cheating on him with one of his friends, but she had good reason! The girlfriend apparently told Wescott (who was later arrested on charges of trying to choke her) she had slept with several of his buddies in exchange for money so she could buy him a birthday present, reports the Middletown Patch website.

-Dubbed "The Hamburglar" by police, Alphonso Williams is accused of stealing about $900 worth of meat from the Johnny Rockets in South Windsor where he once worked. The Hartford Courant reports that Williams, 45, and another employee allegedly had to use a cart to get their massive take of beef out of the fast food joint (and apparently thought no one would notice it was gone).

-Adam Lacey was arrested for allegedly punching a dog. The New Britain Herald reports the 21-year-old Plainville man apparently got in a fight with his girlfriend and when her dog got excited over the commotion, he popped the pooch. Police say they also confiscated two swords that were, for some reason, in the trunk of Lacey's car.

-Forty-year-old Michael Wallace of New Haven allegedly battered his wife and, as if to underscore his status as a stereotypical lowlife, one object he used to strike her was a six-pack of beer, police told the New Haven Register.

-Most unfortunate butt-dialing ever: Police allegedly caught Michael Gorneau in the act of stealing scrap metal from a Southington business after Gorneau, 46, accidentally called 911 from his cellphone while committing the crime, according to the Hartford Courant.

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