A Connecticut law prevents candidates for the state legislature from accepting donations from lobbyists. But there is no law against state lawmakers accepting such money for their campaigns for federal office, even if the donors have a stake in bills before the Connecticut General Assembly. The finance director of House Speaker Christopher Donovan's campaign for Congress was arrested for allegedly trying to conceal a $20,000 donation meant to ensure Donovan would squash an anti-tobacco bill. Donovan's campaign has also accepted perfectly legal donations from Zuffra, a mixed martial arts promoter (as the state legislator considered regulating the sport) and the Indoor Tanning Association (whose industry was also the subject of a bill). R. Bartley Halloran, an attorney for the Association of Connecticut Lobbyists, assured the Register-Citizen of Torrington that, "There's never been any evidence tying money to a specific political outcome." (The notion is only supported by a mountain of common sense.)
"I specifically asked for a little turkey, and a little ham, a lot of cheese and a lot of mayonnaise and they are giving me a hard time," said Rother McLennon. He was complaining that East Hartford's Grateful Deli did not get his order correct. "You're calling 911 because you don't like way that they're making your sandwich?" replied the person he was talking to. "Exactly," said McLennon. NBC New York reports that McLennon placed an order for 14 sandwiches but they did not meet his nuanced specifications and the deli would not take them back, so he called 911 and asked for "someone to come by" and "solve this the right way." (After a few more scoffs of disbelief, the dispatcher told him not to buy sandwiches there anymore.)
A near riot broke out at a kindergarten graduation ceremony at the Waterford Friendship School in New London — and all the participants were parents. The New London Patch website reports that Ernesto Quinones took offense when his mother tried to give a copy of his daughter's "diploma" to the mother of his daughter. Quinones, 24, allegedly grabbed his mom's purse and then slammed her into a concrete wall. Other family members joined in and during the fracas, a five-months-pregnant woman tried to grab someone by the hair and was reportedly pulled to the ground and kicked in the head.
It worked for George Zimmerman: Frank Rega was allegedly driving drunk through Bridgeport when he struck a woman who was standing beside a disabled car on the side of the road. Police told the Connecticut Post that the woman got stuck on Rega's side fender but he kept driving even though he knew she was there (or at least should have because she was reaching into the window to punch him in the face). When police caught up with Rega, 56, at his home in Monroe he claimed self defense.
A police officer went to the Newfield Rest Home in Middletown to deliver a stern warning to a schizophrenic man who made three calls to police in as many days with false accusations against staffers to try to get them fired. The officer told him that his mental illness "was not a free pass to commit crimes without any accountability," according to the Middletown Patch website, so the man tried a different tactic, telling the male officer "you are attractive... I'm just throwing that out there in case you are into guys or anything."
The Town of Derby's annual Derby Day was held on Saturday, though with half the number of vendors as last year. The town passed a law in February requiring vendors to submit to criminal background checks (to show they aren't child molesters or something), a provision many scoffed at because no other town in Connecticut requires it, reports the New Haven Register. (The Board of Alderman waived the checks this year but the Cultural Commission still asked for them, alienating many past festival participants.)
She learns it at home: After the 10-year-old daughter of Natasha N. Brathwaite was suspended from the school bus, Brathwaite showed up at Bielefield Elementary School in Middletown, barged into her daughter's fifth-grade classroom and launched a profanity-laced tirade against the school, police told the Middletown Patch site. Brathwaite, 34, also allegedly stormed into the principal's office and banged on his desk during a confrontation.
Forty-one-year-old Carlos Arroyo quit his job as a delivery driver for the Mulkern Milk Co. in Stratford and then stole one of the company's trucks and continued delivering its milk and juice to the stops on his old route, keeping the money for himself, police told the Connecticut Post. Given that this scheme netted him only $1,500, we have to wonder, even without the arrest, wouldn't it have been easier to just keep his job for another few weeks?
The Victoria's Secretin downtown Fairfield is becoming a site of high-stakes panty raids. Last month, someone stealthily cleared a display table of $600 in lace undies. More recently, an accomplice allegedly distracted a manager while a thief made off with 65 pairs of panties, worth $650, according to the Fairfield Citizen.
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