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Hartford Connecticut Police Officer Eric Lautenbach Gets A Slap On The Wrist For Theft Of Purse At Wal-Mart
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT --A city police officer accused
of stealing money from a woman's purse at a Wal-Mart store
has been given special probation.
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - What started as a request by a police
officer that a motorist move his vehicle ended with the use of a stun
gun to subdue an angry bystander as a crowd of more than 15 people
looked on, police said.
Bridgeport Connecticut Police Officer Paul Humphrey Arrested, Charged With Choking Man At State Police Barracks
BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT A Bridgeport police detention officer
was arrested early Saturday after he reportedly choked a prisoner in the
booking area at the State Police Troop G barracks in
West Hartford Connecticut Police Attack and Assault Man Mowing Lawn, Shooting Him With Taser, Then Handcuff Him, Drag His Across Gravel Driveway, Only To Find Out They Got The Wrong Person
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT -- Chase E. Garrett was shot by a Taser-brand
stun gun behind his former apartment Monday evening when
police mistook him for his cousin, Ali Richard, a convicted
felon who once was his roommate and is wanted by police.
Sweet Deal: Veteran Danbury Connecticut Police Officer Patrick Barry Receives A Slap On The Wrist For Beating Pregnant Girlfriend, 2004 Assault Charges For Beating Motorist Disappear, And He Receives A Police Pension For Disability
DANBURY, CONNECTICUT - A former Danbury police officer
drew a six-month suspended jail term and two years on probation for an
incident in which police said he assaulted his pregnant
girlfriend earlier this year.
Veteran Enfield Connecticut Correctional Officer Kenneth Paul Turnbull Arrested, Charged After Beating Girlfriend
ENFIELD, CONNECTICUT - A
correction officer who works at the Enfield Correctional
Institution was arrested early Tuesday on assault
charges stemming from an incident at his girlfriend's home.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 25.
Bail Commissioner Paul Maselek
said Turnbull had no criminal record prior to
"His story is quite different from what is
in the police report," McMillan said.
Police said that Turnbull
and his girlfriend had been at his home at about 12:30 a.m. on
Tuesday when they had an argument.
girlfriend called the police, and he left the home, Sferrazza said.
Police found a shoe print on the door of
the home and splintered wood on the doorframe, Sferrazza
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT -- There was a heavy police presence as a
Hartford police officer made his way into court.
Hartford Connecticut Police Officer Robert Lawlor, Charged In Shooting Death Of Unarmed Teen, Returns To Court
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - A Hartford police officer
charged in the shooting death of an unarmed teen-ager went back
before a judge today. Officer Robert Lawlor claims when
he fired his weapon he thought it was in self-defense. A few weeks ago
he was confronted by the victims family outside of the courthouse.
The entrance to Hartford Superior Court
was lined with blue. State and local police in uniform were there to
guard Officer Lawlor from friends and family of
the man he's accused of killing while on duty, 18-year-old Jashon
Meriden Connecticut Police Officer Brian Lawlor Arrested, Charged With Beating And Then Tampering With Evidence While Covering His Tracks
MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT - A former Meriden police officer
has been arrested on a charge of allegedly beating up a suspect
while on duty, then tampering with evidence to cover it up.
SOUTHBURY, CONNECTICUT - Paul Galietti
describes himself as a hardworking Connecticut State Police trooper and
Desert Storm veteran who loves his two dogs, football, and riding a
Indiana Police Officer Clifton Bruce Davidson Jr., Also A Disbarred Attorney, Pleads Guilty To 24 Bank Robberies In 11 States
ISLAND, ILLINOIS -A former Indiana police officer
pleaded guilty Friday to 24 bank robberies in Connecticut and 10
other states that netted more than $167,000. Three in Illinois
were worth nearly $28,500.
Stratford Connecticut Officials Review Police Brutality Report After Using Excessive Force Against Councilman Alvin O'Neal And A Child
STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT An internal probe into complaints that
a veteran police officer used excessive force arresting Councilman Alvin
O'Neal and a 15-year-old girl is finished, but officials are reviewing
the report before making it public next week.
Milford Connecticut Police Officer Brien McMahon Accused Of Beating Arabic Man In Handcuffs While Other Officers Stood By Laughing
MILFORD, CONNECTICUT A city man of Arabic descent was
beaten by a police officer while other officers stood by and laughed as
the suspect writhed in pain on the ground from a broken knee cap,
according to a complaint filed with the Police Department this week.
Stratford Police Union Tries To Oust Councilman Alvin O'Neal - Who Attempted To Stop Police Cpl. David Gugliotti From Beating A Child
STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT - The Stratford police union
this week leveled misconduct charges against Councilman Alvin
O'Neal (D-2), who earlier this year accused a police officer of
misconduct and brutality. The union also asked the Town Council to
remove O'Neal from office.
Stratford Connecticut Councilman Alvin O'Neal In Trouble After Trying To Stop White Police Officer David Gugliotti From Beating Black Child, Police Officer Evan Sarris Removes Signs Demanding Justice
STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT - The controversy in Stratford
surrounding the incident involving Councilman Alvin O'Neal,
D-2, Police Officer David Gugliotti, a town restaurant
owner and her daughter has taken an unfortunate - and a sobering - turn
for the worse.
Connecticut State Appellate Court Rejects Evidence Police Obtained During Illegal Stop And Search, Which Resulted In Man's Unlawfull Conviction For Evidence Found
DANBURY, CONNECTICUT Edward
Dalzell's flawless driving one February day in 2004 may be his ticket to
Officials are bracing for a possible counter-demonstration by white
supremacists to Saturday's anti-racism rally in front of Town Hall after
leaflets from three hate groups showed up on residents' lawns Tuesday.
One e-mail states "Stratford should know there will be opposition to Saturday's demonstration. The NAACP is a racist organization looking out for the best interests in African-Americans only."There will be skinheads/white nationalists in attendance at this demonstration Saturday. Should a riot break out by the blacks of Stratford, it will just go to show who the real racists are. Stratford, we will see you Saturday."
Miron assured residents police will be at the event to provide security. O'Neal said he's not worried. "This rally is to unite Stratford, and it is open to everyone," O'Neal said.
Former Ansonia Connecticut Police Officer Thomas Swan, Who Quit Instead Of Facing Disciplinary Proceedings For Excessive Force, False Arrest, etc., Plans Federal Suit Against Police Chief2006-07-11
ANSONIA, CONNECTICUT In a
federal lawsuit planned against the city, a former police officer who
resigned just prior to a disciplinary hearing on excessive force and
other allegations is accusing Chief Kevin Hale of
Meriden Connecticut Police Officer Brian Lawlor Charged With Beating Man, And Tampering With Evidence During Cover Up2006-07-10
MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT A
former Meriden police officer has been arrested on a
charge of beating up a suspect while on duty, then
tampering with evidence to cover it up.
Former Bridgeport Connecticut Police Officer John Biehn, Who Went On Drunken Shooting Rampage In Public Housing Project, Gets A Slap On The Wrist From Bridgeport Superior Court Judge George Thim2006-07-08
BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT -A former Bridgeport police officer accused of going on a drunken shooting rampage at a public housing complex in 2004 will not serve jail time.
Witnesses and prosecutors said Biehn went to the Marina Village complex with a loaded gun on Aug. 23, 2004, and shot randomly at residents because he was angry over a dispute with his wife's ex-husband. No one was injured.A Bridgeport Superior Court jury convicted Biehn of one count of first-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor that carries up to one year in prison.
The jury acquitted him of several counts of attempted murder, attempted assault and other reckless endangerment charges.On Friday, Bridgeport Superior Court Judge George Thim cited Biehn's military service in Afghanistan and Cuba as reasons why he was not sentenced to prison time.
"This morning, you are getting credit for that service," Thim told Biehn during Friday's sentencing, which occurred in a packed courtroom and was witnessed by some of the people who testified that he shot at them.Dana Stewart, one of the housing complex residents who testified during the trial, broke into tears during the hearing as she stared at Biehn during his sentencing.
"I look at you and you look like you don't care, but I would like to think you do care," she said, wiping away tears. "Nobody really understands that you were just shooting and people were running down the street and you were just shooting after us."Although Biehn was convicted of a misdemeanor charge, Senior Assistant State's Attorney John Massameno told the judge the state considers Biehn extremely dangerous and that he deserves prison time.
"What we saw in this case was a potential for extreme violence against people in which there was no logical reason to use violence against," he said. "The danger is obvious here. But for the grace of God, we could have had a mass murder in Marina Village that night."Biehn said Friday that he hasn't had an alcoholic drink in 23 months.
"I apologize to the city of Bridgeport and all its residents who placed their trust in me as a police officer," Biehn said. "I know it was very irresponsible for me to consume alcohol and maintain possession of a firearm."He has not decided whether he will appeal the reckless endangerment conviction, his attorney told The Connecticut Post.
Family Of Victim Taunt Scumbag Veteran Hartford Connecticut Police Officer Robert Lawlor Who Murdered Unarmed Teen
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT -
A tense confrontation unfolded outside Superior Court
in Hartford Wednesday as Hartford police
Officer Robert Lawlor, facing criminal charges in the
fatal shooting of a teenager, found himself staring into the face of the
Lawlor, caught by surprise, said nothing as Thomas' voice began to rise.
"You wanna talk to me? You killed my son, what do you got to say to me?" Thomas said, lunging toward Lawlor.
Several of Thomas' family members moved in to restrain him, including a woman who was knocked to the ground. Lawlor continued walking with his lawyer toward the courthouse entrance as more than a dozen Hartford officers - some to provide security, others to show support - began pulling up in cruisers.
"I understand emotions are running high," Lawlor's attorney, Michael Georgetti, said, "but violence is not an acceptable way to express your grief."
The scene underscored the tension between the police department and some of the city's neighborhoods. Lawlor is white; 18-year-old Jashon Bryant was black. Bryant's family members have said race was a factor in the shooting - an allegation that Lawlor has denied vehemently.
Bryant was killed in a confrontation with Lawlor and another officer in a convenience store parking lot last year. Lawlor has said he saw Bryant reaching for a gun, but no gun was ever found, and last month a prosecutor determined that Lawlor should face criminal charges in the shooting.
An 18-year veteran of the force, Lawlor showed up Wednesday for his first court appearance on charges of first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault. Wearing a dark suit, he avoided eye contact and kept silent as Thomas and several other relatives of Bryant moved toward him at the courthouse entrance.
The crowd of roughly 30 family members and friends of Bryant wore T-shirts and headbands displaying Bryant's picture. Many wore a shirt that read: first-degree manslaughter plus first-degree assault equals Lawlor.
In an interview two months ago, Lawlor said he hoped he could meet with Thomas one day to tell him that he also grieves over the loss of Bryant. But on Wednesday, the officer said nothing as Thomas angrily offered him a chance to speak.
"They should have never given you a gun," Thomas yelled as Lawlor and Georgetti walked around him to get inside the courthouse.
At the same time, about a dozen Hartford officers arrived. The officers stood around Lawlor in the courthouse lobby as Bryant's family members gathered nearby.
Judge Bradford Ward presided over Lawlor's brief courtroom appearance, making no changes to Lawlor's bail and continuing the case to July 25. When the hearing ended, family members streamed outside, some expressing anger that Lawlor was allowed to go free, others calling it the first step toward justice.
"It felt really good to see him standing before a judge," said Cynthia Gordon, another of Bryant's relatives. "It'll feel better seeing him getting convicted and going to jail, which is what he deserves."
But Thomas and several other family members said they were outraged that Lawlor had been able to post a $50,000 bond after his arrest last month, an amount they said was too low for the felony charges he is facing.
"If I go out on the street today and sell some drugs, the cops will give me a bond much higher than $50,000," said David Gaines, a relative of Bryant's. "It just shows you how the system protects its own."
After the appearance, Lawlor emerged from the courthouse surrounded by a phalanx of officers who escorted him for several blocks as Bryant's family members and friends shouted at him. Many family members yelled "murderer!" as Lawlor continued to stare forward without saying anything.
Georgetti said the family members need to find a more constructive way to express their grief. "With all due respect, none of them were there that night," he said. "Bob acted in accordance with federal and state guidelines, and we intend to take this case to trial."
Lawlor declined to comment on the scene outside the courthouse, but Georgetti said he was alarmed by the hostility.
"If not for the presence of other officers outside the building, we would have been at the mercy of a crowd which, in my opinion, was fast becoming a mob," Georgetti said. "I've never seen anything like it."
Lawlor's police escort continued for two blocks until a Hartford police squad car pulled up and Lawlor entered the front passenger seat. The car left as the crowd of Bryant's family members and friends continued to shout their frustration.
"He should be sitting in the back of that car in handcuffs," said Sterling Thomas, a cousin of Bryant's. "But he's a police officer, a white police officer, and that means he gets special treatment."
A discussion of this story with Courant Staff Writer Matt Burgard is scheduled to be shown on New England Cable News each hour today between 9 a.m. and noon.
Family Of Teen Killed By Police Officer Confronts Hartford Connecticut Police Officer Robert Lawlor Charged With Manslaughter
2006-07-05 HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - A Hartford police officer facing manslaughter charges in the death of a young man made an appearance in a courtroom Wednesday.
Officer Robert Lawlor, on his way to court to answer charges he killed a teenager, didn't get very far before the victim's father tried to stop him in his tracks.
Lawlor is accused of manslaughter after shooting Jashon Bryant while on duty in may of last year.
This is the first time Bryant's family has come face to face with the officer who allegedly ended Jashon's life. Relatives tried to restrain the angry and grief stricken father.
"We have to stay strong for them," says
Yvette Thomas, Jashon's aunt, "because I don't
think any of them have really dealt with Jashon's passing. I don't think
any of us have come to terms with it."
Man Haunted by Arrest for Crime He Didn't Commit That Happened 1200 Miles Away While He Was At Work As Security Guard In Florida, Sat In Polk County Florida Jail for 4 Months For Nothing - Almost 4 Years of Suffering Because Of Connecticut's Bad Cops and Prosecutors2006-07-03 WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA - It is a December night he will never forget. Christmas was a week away, and Joseph Lehr, his wife and three stepchildren were preparing to go to bed.
A knock on the door of his home on Avenue G Southeast in Winter Haven on Dec. 18, 2002, would put him behind bars that Christmas Day on an arrest warrant for a robbery that happened about 1,200 miles away in Connecticut -- while he was at work in Winter Haven.
He would stay in the Polk County Jail for nearly 120 days fighting to prove his innocence."I opened the door and (the officers) immediately grabbed me and dragged me across the lawn," he said in a recent interview. "Guns were pointed at me and my family."
"I said, `You've got the wrong guy! You've got the wrong guy!' But they told me I was going to spend 25 years in jail," Lehr said.
And despite being cleared of a robbery that happened while he was at work in Winter Haven, Lehr, 37, is still struggling with the fallout of what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
It has taken Lehr 3 1/2 years to get his life back. He got his job as a security guard back Thursday, but still feels bitter about his experience.
Life changed for Lehr and his family shortly after 9:45 p.m. that December night when FBI agents, assisted by Winter Haven Police Department officers, served a fugitive warrant from the state of Connecticut to arrest Joseph Lehr.Lehr was charged with first degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in his native state.
He was born May 18, 1969, in New Haven, Conn., and moved to Florida in 2001. Lehr's wife, Paulette, said the family decided to stay in Florida because the children didn't want to return to Connecticut after visiting her sister that summer.
Connecticut authorities said Lehr had been identified by a Metro Transportation Authority conductor and security officer through a photo lineup as the man who robbed a 25-year-old woman at knifepoint of $30 at a Bridgeport train station 11 months earlier.
On Dec. 23, 2002, five days after his arrest, Lehr submitted time sheets to Polk County and Connecticut law enforcement officials showing that he was working at the Publix supermarket on Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven as a deli salesperson from 1:01 to 10:02 p.m. during the time of the robbery.
On Dec. 23, 2002, five days after his arrest, Lehr submitted time sheets to Polk County and Connecticut law enforcement officials showing that he was working at the Publix supermarket on Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven as a deli salesperson from 1:01 to 10:02 p.m. during the time of the robbery."He couldn't be in two places at one time," said J. David Pobjecky, a Winter Haven lawyer who did pro bono work on the case after Lehr's wife, Paulette, appealed to him for help. She knew him through their landlord, for whom Pobjecky had done some civil work.But being in Winter Haven at the time of the robbery in Connecticut wasn't enough. Lehr was detained without bail and would not leave the Polk County Jail until April 15, 2003 -- four months later.
"It was a nightmare," said Pobjecky. "I asked myself: `Is this our country where someone can go to a nondescriptive picture, ID a person, and they spend four months in jail?' "
According to the Connecticut arrest warrant, records and the sworn testimony of witnesses, here's what happened:
About 9:10 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2002, Stacey Tookey, 25, arrived at the Bridgeport station to take a train home to New York. She was recovering from a knee injury and walking with crutches.
Tookey said two men approached her. One she described as a white or Mexican man in his 20s about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, thin, clean-shaven with possibly dyed yellow or orange hair, and the other as a black man in his 20s, about 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-11.
Suddenly the white or Mexican male pulled a large knife, pointed it at her stomach and demanded her money. After she gave him the $30 in her purse, he ran off.
Tookey informed security guards close to the scene of the robbery.
That evening as a police officer and Tookey searched the surrounding area for suspects, Tookey spotted the black man involved in the robbery.
Daniel Shears was arrested, charged and convicted for the crime.
A Metro security guard and a train conductor at the scene soon identified Lehr as the robber through a photo lineup. That was the only link police ever found between Lehr and the crime.
Nathaniel White, a Polk County defense lawyer, said photo lineups, a form of eyewitness identification, are not always reliable.
"It's pretty well-concluded that eyewitness testimony is the least reliable form of identification in criminal cases," White said.
But, he said, "For two different people to pick the wrong person, it would be a heck of a coincidence."
Lehr is white, 5-foot-8-inches tall, red haired and, at the time, clean-shaven. He did not own a car at the time and he regularly bicycled or walked to Publix for work.
Co-workers and employee work records showed that Lehr was working during the time of the crime.
"Basically, by the payroll records . . . he would have had to get in a jet plane, flown to Connecticut, gone down to a train station . . . and robbed someone of $30 and jumped back in the plane to return here just to have an alibi," Pobjecky said.
"He had plenty of people around here that he could rob without going through all that trouble," Pobjecky said.
But that wasn't good enough for Connecticut officials.
"We never accept alibis immediately," said Jonathan C. Benedict, the Connecticut state attorney for the Judicial District of Fairfield."We ask a local department to check it out and this is the process we have to go through for a person to be cleared," Benedict said.
ONLY PHOTO FOR EVIDENCE
Detective Sgt. John Rizzitelli of the Metro Transportation Authority in Connecticut and New York still thinks Lehr is guilty.
"We think he's our guy. No other suspects were ever pursued for the crime," Rizzitelli said. "The evidence wasn't strong enough to have him extradited."
But, the detective said, "If he came up here, we would pursue it."
Rizzitelli said the victim, Stacey Tookey, never identified Lehr from a photo lineup and was unable to be reached for further questioning during the course of investigation.
No other evidence besides the two photo identifications linking Lehr to the robbery was ever found.
"They never did a proper investigation. I was ID'd and they just stuck with that," Lehr said. "They didn't do their job respectfully."
When Lehr was initially jailed, he signed a waiver of extradition, which allowed Connecticut officials to take him back to await trial.
Lehr said the only reason he signed the waiver was because he thought it would allow him to return home to his family.
Pobjecky had the extradition orders withdrawn because Lehr did not have a lawyer before he signed it.
This would only give them limited time, however.
According to audio recordings, on Jan. 7, 2003, Judge Mark Carpanini ruled the state of Connecticut would be allowed 90 days to secure a Florida governor's warrant for Lehr.
The judge said Lehr would have to remain in jail without bail until the warrant was secured or the charges dropped by Connecticut.
Lehr had already spent 30 days in jail before the judge's decision.
During the following 90 days, Lehr said, he sank into depression.
"Many times I felt like I wanted to commit suicide and get it over with," he said. "I didn't eat for about 21/2 months."
A Florida governor's warrant was issued in March 2003, but a month later the felony charges were dropped by Connecticut because of lack of evidence.
Lehr thought his release from the Polk County Jail was the end to his horrific ordeal.
FREEDOM DIDN'T END ORDEAL
Now, three years later, Lehr's proof of innocence still doesn't seem to be enough.
After leaving his Publix position and then working several different jobs, Lehr said he still couldn't seem to shake his past.
Two weeks ago, Lehr lost his job because of the incident.
"I was laid off my job because my record is not clear," Lehr said.
For the past three months, Lehr had been working as a security guard for Valor Security in Lake Wales.
But the Florida Division of Licensing denied him a security guard license because of the felony charge from Connecticut and requested additional information about his criminal history.
This resulted in Lehr losing his job until the matter was settled.
Susan Harrell, the bureau chief of License Issuance within the Florida Division of Licensing, said she could not comment on Lehr's case directly. But she said that when her office conducts background checks for security guard license applicants, it sometimes gets limited information.
"Sometimes we get complete information, sometimes we don't. Sometimes we ask for additional information," Harrell said.
The Ledger used the Polk County Sheriff's Web site and searched Lehr's criminal record. It showed that Lehr was arrested and charged for the robbery but did not show that Lehr had been cleared of all charges. It is his only arrest in Polk County.
For people taken into custody in Polk County, the Sheriff's Office site only shows the arrest charges and whether they have been released from jail. It does not show any action taken by a court. Information about court action is available through the Clerk of the Courts Office for the 10th Judicial Circuit.
"My name and face is out there as a guilty person -- but I'm not," Lehr said. "This impacts my life a lot. When I go apply for a job, I'll always have to explain and go through the details of my personal life."
When he went to work for Valor Security, Lehr said, he gave the company a letter from the state attorney of Connecticut explaining that Lehr was in Florida at the time of the crime and the charges were dropped. He thinks the company passed it on to the state agency.
The company spokesman wouldn't discuss the incident because of its policy against commenting on employees.
Despite his layoff, Lehr defended the company.
"Valor Security was supportive and they knew the situation from the beginning and my boss was supportive of the situation by contacting the state board in Tallahassee," he said.
Lehr returned to Valor Security as a security guard, but the battle is not over yet.
He said he plans to sue the state of Connecticut for civil rights violations and wrongful imprisonment."I will always be fearful. My freedom just got taken away at the drop of a dime," Lehr said. "I think I deserve some answers."
"This can happen to anybody," his lawyer, Pobjecky, said.
Former Connecticut State Trooper Dennis Henderson Arrested, Charged With Threatening State Marshal Serving Legal Documents2006-07-02 Southbury, Connecticut - A former state trooper finds himself on the other side of the law accused of threatening a state marshal. Tonight that ex-trooper is talking. Dennis Henderson says he did nothing wrong and that someone has a personal vendetta against him.
Former State Trooper Dennis Henderson was on the other side of the law today after he had to turn himself in because a warrant was out for his arrest on charges both he and his attorney call bogus.
Henderson says the reason he no longer has his job is because co-workers had a personal vendetta against him due to a bitter custody battle.
This all came to a head in February when a state marshal showed up at his Norfolk home to serve him papers. Henderson, with his four-year-old daughter, says he thought the man was an intruder and admits he made a verbal threat.
"I didn't know it was a marshal," says Henderson. "He continued to try to break in. I told him I would shoot, I would shoot."
The state marshal, Edmund Rice, later told police Henderson threatened him and pulled out his weapon.
"There was no firearm. I only had a cell phone in my hand," says Henderson.
Henderson was later suspended and then later resigned after an investigation.
"We're going to fight these charges," says Henderson. "The only way we can explain them is ridiculous."
Even now Henderson says he acted appropriately as a father and a state trooper.
"Everyone who knows me knows I will do anything to protect my daughter like any parent," says Henderson.
The hearing seemed very much like a trial. There were witnesses, testimony and todaythey heard from police officers and even the former mayor.
If the chief gets fired now according to the city he would be terminated with nothing more than a week's pay. Former Middletown Major Domenique Thornton testified today supporting embattled Chief Ed Brymer, the man she hired.
"He was very humanistic," said Thorton. "He was good with people."
Thornton was questioned today about a scathing letter which the city believes was written by the police chief. The letter attacks Officer Glen Morron and Morron is now suing the city and the police chief.
"It's very disturbing that he would do something like that someone in him position," said Morron.
Officer Morron believes the chief wrote this letter in retaliation because Morron arrestedthe mayor for DUI.
As for the DUI charges they were dropped because tests came back negative.
The ultimate decision on the chief's fate comes from the current mayor Sebastian Guiliano.
"I am his boss andI am the one who decides whether he steps down or not," said Guiliano.
The chief is expected to take the stand first thing tomorrow morning to defend himself.
Hartford Police Officer Robert Lawlor Arrested, Charged With First-Degree Manslaughter And Assault For Shooting and Killing 18 Year Old Boy2006-06-22 Hartford, Connecticut In a case that has sparked intense controversy and strong emotions, Hartford police Officer Robert Lawlor was arrested this afternoon, charged with shooting and killing an 18-year-old in a tense confrontation in a dark parking lot in the city's North End a year ago, his lawyer said.
Lawlor, 42, was arrested on a warrant charging him with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault in the May 7, 2005 shooting death of Jashon Bryant. After being notified of the warrant by his attorney, Lawlor turned himself in at the state police barracks in Bethany -- a neutral site that was selected by the prosecutor in the case, New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington.
After being booked on the charges, Lawlor posted a $50,000 bond and was released. He is to appear in Superior Court in Hartford July 5 to be arraigned.
"My client maintains he is innocent of these charges, and has every intention of taking this case to trial," Lawlor's attorney, Michael Georgetti, said.
Lawlor's arrest came a little more than a month after Waterbury State's Attorney John Connelly issued a report concluding that Lawlor was not justified in firing at Bryant during a confrontation in a convenience store parking lot in Hartford's North End. Connelly based his findings on a six-month grand jury probe in which 48 witnesses were questioned and over 200 exhibits reviewed.
But while Connelly recommended that Lawlor should be charged in the shooting, he stopped short of applying for an arrest warrant and passed the report onto Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano last month. Morano had asked Connelly to conduct the investigation to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest on the part of Hartford State's Attorney James Thomas, who regularly works closely with Hartford police officers, including Lawlor.
But because Morano has also worked closely with Lawlor in the past, he turned Connelly's findings over to New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington, who spent the last five weeks reviewing the testimony and exhibits in Connelly's investigation before deciding to apply for an arrest warrant.
Dearington, who is expected to prosecute Lawlor's arrest as the case proceeds toward trial, declined to comment on his decision to press charges.
The fluffy feline's crime was attacking neighbors on nearby Sunset Circle in December and February.
"You wouldn't believe what this cat can do," victim Janet Kettman said Monday. "It's not just a scratching. It's a mauling."
Since February Lewis has been under a lifetime restraining order. If owner Ruth Cisero moves, she must register him with the local animal control officer and keep him indoors. If she gives him away, the restraining order stays in effect and she remains responsible for him.
"Lewie," as Cisero calls him, has become an international cause celebre.
He has a MySpace Web page created for him by Fairfield University graduate student Erin Reeves. By popular demand, Reeves now sells "Free Lewis" shirts, mugs and, yes, mousepads. (Reeves gives $3 per shirt to Cisero for her defense fund.) Lewis has an entry on Wikipedia and has made the international media. A large photograph of the long-haired Lewis ran in People magazine last week with the headline "Dead Cat Walking."
But there is more to this story than a tabloid tabby.
Cisero has been charged with a misdemeanor and faces the loss of her property insurance after her carrier settled a claim involving Lewis brought by an Avon lady he scratched in 2004. Cisero said her fledgling career as a real estate agent is not being helped by her newfound celebrity. New contacts squint at her and say, "Are you that lady?" she says. The threat of a criminal record doesn't help.
Today marks Cisero's fifth court appearance and the legal fees are mounting. So is her cat's weight. Six-year-old Lewis has packed on an additional pound-plus, bringing him to 10 pounds, due to his more sedentary lifestyle
"I didn't do this for publicity," Cisero said. "All I've acquired is the feeling of living in a fishbowl. My whole life has been turned upside down."
She said she now lies sometimes when people approach her in the store and ask if she's the woman who owns Lewis. Otherwise, she said, "Grocery shopping can last five hours."
The spacious townhouse condominium she bought 16 years ago, in part because the neighborhood seemed like a safe haven for her cats, no longer feels like home. An equity loan and her extended family, including both parents and a grandmother, who live within a 2-mile radius, keep her rooted here.
Monday Lewis gazed wistfully through Cisero's sliding glass doors onto her wooded backyard, then sidled up to a visitor, giving no hint of a penchant for strafing or stealth attacks. The cat who wandered into Cisero's life as a stray more than five years ago played briefly with his housemate cats, 20-year-old Maggie and 12-year-old Thomas, then returned to the glass panel.
"How do you tell a poor animal why you're depriving him of the thing he loves most?" Cisero said of Lewis's love of the outdoors. "I miss having a happy cat."
Cisero was arrested and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment after Lewis slipped out the door on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday, and, minutes later, scratched Maureen Bachtig, Kettman's neighbor on Sunset Circle. It is Bachtig who has asked the court to order that Lewis be euthanized. Bachtig could not be reached for comment.
Lewis at that time had been the subject of a restraining order stemming from the incident in December involving Kettman. That restraining order limited the hours he could be out, and Lewis fled the house that Sunday just before he would have been allowed to leave for a 90-minute block of freedom. Now he's on total lockdown.
Cisero said she had previously fielded complaints from neighbors on Sunset Circle because Lewis is an intrepid hunter and would often traipse through their yards with critters dangling from his mouth or would stalk birds in their yards. Cisero said Lewis managed to slip every belled collar she put on him.
Lewis has also returned home with his fur matted with broken eggs and shells, and on another occasion with glue saturating his long coat, Cisero said. "Most people don't understand what's been done to this animal," she said.
Cisero was told she could avoid arrest if she euthanized Lewis. She declined. When Cisero applied for a special form of probation, which would end in erasure of the criminal charge after a probation period, Bachtig said she would agree only if Lewis were put to death as part of the deal. Cisero withdrew her application for probation and pleaded not guilty. She is due back in Superior Court in Bridgeport today.
Kettman said Monday she has no wish to see Lewis die, but that it's essential he remain restrained. "When he gets on this street, he hurts people," Kettman said.
Attorney Eugene Riccio, who represents Cisero and, by extension, Lewis, said the case emphasizes the importance of pets to their owners. "I think Ruth's been an example of the care and concern people have toward their pets," he said.
"I don't think the sanction here has to be so extreme as to cost Lewis his life," Riccio said. "If we judged people as harshly as some want to judge Lewis, we'd need about six electric chairs in Connecticut."
The cat, who has been dubbed the "Terror of Sunset Circle," will sit where he always sits these days, at home, as the judicial system determines his fate along with Cisero's.
Vernon Connecticut Police Officer John A. Troland Facing Prison After Admitting He Shared Information About Drug Investigation - Which Lead To Assault On Informant2006-06-14 VERNON, CONNECTICUT A former town police officer faces two years in prison after admitting in Superior Court Friday that he shared information about drug investigations with his then-girlfriend and her family and misused law enforcement databases.
The information that John A. Troland passed on to his former girlfriend and others led to an assault on a confidential informant and caused the targets of police investigations to get rid of cocaine and other drugs they were holding or planned to deliver, Tolland State's Attorney Matthew C. Gedansky told Rockville Superior Court Judge Terence Sullivan.
Troland, 30, resigned from the police department shortly after his arrest in July 2005. He had been on administrative leave since April 2005.
The investigation into Troland's conduct began after his former girlfriend, Sherri Lane-Cheema, told Vernon police that Troland had threatened to kill her on three occasions. She later recanted, but then went back to police and withdrew her recantation and affirmed her original complaint, then told police more.
During Friday's hearing, Troland pleaded guilty to a single count of computer crime. Prosecutors say he misused law enforcement databases to check on Lane-Cheema, her boyfriends, her child's father, Troland's girlfriends, women he was thinking about dating and others. Investigators were able to determine that on 108 occasions Troland misused the system, which is only to be used for legitimate law enforcement purposes.
He also pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to a single count of interfering with a police officer. With an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes the state has enough evidence to win a conviction. The interfering charge was for giving confidential information about ongoing investigations to Lane-Cheema and her relatives, who then shared it with the targets of investigations.
He will be sentenced Sept. 6.
Because of the information he shared, people involved in the drug trade knew the identities of undercover officers and confidential informants, the location of the office narcotics police used and the kinds of cars they drove.
Troland was originally charged with 108 counts of third-degree computer crime, eight counts of interfering with the duties of a police officer, eight counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of false entry by an officer or agent of a public community. He had been a Vernon police officer for about seven years at the time of his arrest and had been a community police officer in the Rockville section of Vernon for about 2 1/2 years.
Vernon Police Chief Rudolf Rossmy said he wanted to wait until Troland's sentencing before commenting.
Trooper Patrick Mulcahy was driving north on Cider Mill Road at 12:45 a.m. Sunday when he and his car were pelted with doughnuts. Mulcahy and Trooper James O'Donnell, who was in a second car with a police canine, stopped and chased the five teens through the woods to their Jeep, which was parked in the lot behind town hall, said Lt. Alaric Fox, commander of Troop C in Tolland.
The driver backed the Jeep out and hit both troopers, police said. The four teens in the Jeep were arrested. The fifth was found later that morning, police said. All were released to their parents that morning.
Jeffrey Hoffelder, 18, of Tolland, a passenger in the Jeep, was charged with criminal trespass, criminal mischief, interfering with police and throwing objects at a moving vehicle. His bail was set at $1,500. The other four are juveniles.
O'Donnell sustained a sprained knee and was treated at Rockville General Hospital and released, Fox said. Mulcahy had minor injuries.
City Of Greenwich Connecticut To Pay May $910,000 After Police Officer Andrew Kelly's Reckless Driving In Patrol Car Caused Accident2006-06-12 GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT A jury yesterday concluded that a Greenwich police officer's reckless driving caused a collision on Lake Avenue four years ago and awarded a town man $910,000 in damages for injuries he sustained in the crash, attorneys said.
After a four-day trial in state Superior Court in Stamford concluded, a six-person jury returned a verdict at about 4 p.m. in favor of James Peterson, 21, finding that the town and Officer Andrew Kelly were liable for a 2002 crash at the intersection of Lake and North Maple avenues, said Peterson's attorney Michael Stratton. The jury said that Kelly had broken the state's emergency response statute while responding to the accident by failing to show due regard for the safety of other motorists, according to Stratton.
"I think the primary reason was you had an overly aggressive police officer responding to an accident who lost sight of his legal requirement to use caution in the roadway," said Stratton, of the New Haven-based Stratton Faxon law firm.
Scott Harrington, of Stamford-based Diserio, Martin, O'Connor & Castiglioni, who represented the town in the suit, declined comment. He said he did not know whether the town would appeal.
On May 3, 2002, at 5:30 p.m., Peterson was turning left onto Lake Avenue from North Maple Avenue in his family's BMW 330i when Kelly's police car, with lights and sirens activated was heading up Lake Avenue. The police car hit the driver's side door area of Peterson's car.
Peterson suffered numerous pelvic fractures, a ruptured bladder and lacerated urethra, permanently impairing the function of those parts, Stratton said.
The town contended that Kelly's response to the accident fell within the reasonable standards of concern for the safety of the public.
Peterson's suit also contended that police conducted a sham investigation of the accident finding Peterson at fault in an effort to protect Kelly, a charge Harrington denied. Stratton said he was contacting the Chief State's Attorney's Office in Rocky Hill to request it review the Greenwich Police Department's policies for investigating on-duty accidents involving members of the force.
Stratton said at trial he questioned police testimony that under department policy, officers do not give statements immediately following crashes, which puts any future litigant against the officer at a disadvantage.
"They didn't even take a statement from Officer Kelly, who was involved in the crash," Stratton said. "Thankfully, the jury spoke clearly and is shining a bright light on the practices of the Greenwich Police Department."
After the accident, police cited Peterson for failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle and failure to grant the right of way at a stop sign.
Peterson's suit contended that Kelly's speed was so excessive that there was no reasonable expectation that the police car's approach could have been seen.
Greenwich Connecticut Ordered To Pay $910,000 After Police Officer Andrew Kelly Crashes Into Man's Car With Police Car2006-06-12 GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT -- The town of Greenwich has been ordered to pay $910,000 to a Greenwich man for injuries he suffered when a police cruiser struck his vehicle.
A jury in Stamford Superior Court said Friday that the town and Officer Andrew Kelly were liable for a 2002 crash in which James Peterson, 21, suffered pelvic fractures and other injuries.
The jury ruled that Kelly failed to show due regard for other drivers while responding to a report of a traffic accident. An attorney representing the town said he did not yet know whether an appeal would be filed.
Kelly's police cruiser, with lights and sirens activated, struck the driver's side door of Peterson's car as Peterson attempted to make a left turn at an intersection.
After the accident, police cited Peterson for failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle and failure to grant the right of way at a stop sign.
Peterson's suit contended that Kelly's speed was so excessive that there was no reasonable expectation that the police car's approach could have been seen.
The former U.S. Air Force captain sent so many postcards to Connecticut's top judges that he was finally arrested in 2004 on eight misdemeanor charges of harassment and breach of peace. A prosecutor agreed to drop the charges last month as long as Roesch would leave the judges alone, said Philip Russell, Roesch's attorney.
Roesch, a 69-year-old Ridgefield resident who has never been convicted of a crime, argued that the postcards were harmless and that he was exercising his free-speech rights.
"He was disappointed the case did not go to trial," Russell said. "He wanted to exercise his constitutional right to subject the chief justice to cross examination on whether he felt threatened or harassed by the content of the postcards."
Roesch sent the postcards to four judges, including recently retired Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice William J. Sullivan. Roesch was upset with how he was treated by the judges during his divorce and domestic-disturbance cases dating back to the 1980s.
Sullivan and the other judges declined to comment. Telephone messages were left for prosecutor Michael Weber for this article.
Roesch sent about 200 postcards to the judges at their offices, according to his arrest affidavit. The cards contained vulgar language, ethnic and racial slurs and even insults to the wife of one judge.
The postcards were signed "SS Harry," "Harry Fourth Reich" and other names.
"These postcards are coming with increased frequency and appear to be more threatening," one judge wrote. Another judge asked police to arrest Roesch "and perhaps stop this annoyance."
Russell sought to have the charges dismissed, saying naming the judges in the arrest affidavit put "undue pressure" to prosecute Roesch.
Asked about the racial slurs, Russell said, "This is America and speech is free."
Roesch has not sent any postcards for about two years, his attorney said.
"He's chilled out now, and we hope he stays chilled out," Russell said.
That won't be easy.
Roesch, a large man with a long white beard, once wore a Santa Claus outfit to court. Another time he paraded around the Ridgefield Police Department on a horse with a "Don't Tread on Me" flag, Russell said.
"He's a patriot, and he feels very strongly about his right to petition his government and his right to express himself to government officials," Russell said.
Russell estimates he has received 500 postcards himself from Roesch over the years. Most are amusing, he said.
"I'm afraid if I don't get Harry convicted of something soon, he will lose confidence in my abilities," Russell said.
Crespo, 30, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree assault by a New Haven jury Monday and placed on unpaid leave. He had been on paid leave since his arrest in February 2005.
After the commission met behind closed doors for 20 minutes, Commissioner Linda C. Sinsigallo announced Crespo would be fired based on his felony conviction and the revocation of his state certification.
This decision is effective immediately, Police Chief Edward J. DeMarco said Wednesday.
Anyone convicted of a class A or class B felony - like first-degree sexual assault, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison - is not eligible to work as a police officer, according to the state's Department of Public Safety.
Under the town charter, the Police Commission has the authority to hire and fire members of the Police Department, DeMarco said.
With Crespo now dismissed, the department is reduced to 25 officers, including the chief and captain. But another officer is set to leave East Windsor next week.
The department kicked off a recruitment drive Wednesday, DeMarco said, and hopes to find two officers, at either the entry-level or lateral-level, to replace Crespo.
Yale University police arrested Crespo, an East Hartford resident, at the town's Police Department in February 2005 after a female student alleged he sexually and physically assaulted her during their three-year relationship.
Following his arrest, Crespo was placed on paid administrative leave.
The two met at a New Haven nightclub when Crespo gave her one of his business cards from the Police Department.
Seymour Connecticut Police Officer John Harkins Faces Disciplinary Hearing For Shoplifting While In Uniform2006-05-24 SEYMOUR, CONNECTICUT -- A veteran Seymour police officer, accused of shoplifting, could learn his fate at a disciplinary hearing today.
Officer John Harkins is accused of walking into a computer store in April of 2005 and stealing a computer monitor.
Police say Harkins was off duty at the time, but was wearing his uniform.
The police commission will decide tonight if it will discipline Harkins.
New Haven Connecticut Mayor John DeStefano Jr. Testifies In Hearing On $5.1 Million Civil Rights Verdict Against Former New Haven Police Chief Melvin Wearing2006-05-24 NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. spent an hour on the witness stand in federal court Tuesday, despite strenuous objections from his lawyer, testifying about the city's stance on a $5.1 million jury verdict against former Police Chief Melvin Wearing.
The case is politically charged, not only because DeStefano, a Democrat, is running for governor, but also because Wearing in 2002 scuttled criminal charges brought against two Hispanic ministers who are supporters of the mayor. Wearing also suspended the arresting officer, Arpad Tolnay, who was awarded the $5.1 million in a civil rights lawsuit last December.
Tuesday's hearing was the result of an attempt by Wearing's lawyers to get the award reduced or set aside altogether in favor of a new trial, largely because of its excess.
Before DeStefano took the stand, his lawyer, Hugh Keefe, renewed his request that Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen B. Burns quash the subpoena for DeStefano's testimony, calling it "pure harassment" by Tolnay's attorney, Karen Lee Torre. Burns denied Keefe's motion and directed DeStefano to testify Tuesday.
Exchanges between Torre and Keefe were heated, with Keefe labeling her a "subpoena factory" and Torre saying Keefe's "empty rhetoric and street-tough talk gets us nowhere."
DeStefano's testimony touched on a range of issues, from whether it is city policy to pay damages awards against high-ranking city officials - it isn't, DeStefano said - to a $1,000 contribution Wearing, now retired, made to DeStefano's gubernatorial campaign the day after DeStefano testified in the case in December.
In questioning DeStefano, Torre attempted to portray Wearing as "one of your greatest contributors to your gubernatorial campaign." DeStefano testified that he doesn't know what the average contribution to his campaign is and "generally" does not read the campaign contribution lists compiled by his campaign treasurer.
Torre argued that Wearing thought the city was going to pay any damage award, or he wouldn't have made a sizable contribution to DeStefano during the trial. The jury returned its verdict and award Dec. 12 - four days after Wearing made the contribution to DeStefano.
Post-trial hearings in this case, such as Tuesday's, have been prompted by the legal quagmire the jury's award presents. The bulk of the award - $5 million - is in punitive damages, which are not covered by the city's insurance policies. The balance of the award was $903 in economic damages, equaling the pay Tolnay lost during his suspension, and $150,000 in non-economic damages for embarrassment and humiliation.
Torre said it remains unclear whether the city will pay all or a portion of the award, although Keefe stated in court Tuesday that "the city will not pay punitive awards; it would be illegal to do so."
DeStefano said Tuesday night that he believes the subpoena for his testimony was "a tactical choice to have me in there to try to put pressure on me to make this case go away by having the city accept liability. Do I know that? No. But that's what it feels like to me."
The saga began about 9:30 p.m. on July 26, 2002, when Tolnay and another officer, Jaime Abate, were dispatched to the Fair Haven Second Star of David Church on noise complaints. Rev. Armando Hernandez was presiding over an outdoor evangelical service that included large speakers playing music loudly.
Hernandez became agitated at requests to turn down the music, refused and began yelling at the officers, who were soon surrounded by about 60 taunting congregants. Another minister, Daniel Rodriguez, drove up and joined the melee.
Hernandez was charged with breach of peace and Rodriguez with interfering with an officer and breach of peace.
Six days later, Wearing went to New Haven prosecutor David Newman and told him he wanted the charges dropped; Newman complied. Three days after that, DeStefano went to the Second Star church where, according to the New Haven Register, he apologized for the incident and announced that all charges had been dropped. The newspaper said the mayor received a standing ovation.
Soon after the church arrests, Tolnay stopped a Jeep because children were standing on the side-step bumpers, holding onto the roll bar of the vehicle. Only when he approached the Jeep did he realize the driver was Rodriguez. Tolnay issued no citations, but wrote a report stating that he felt his police powers were compromised by "the identity and political involvement of Rodriguez" and orders from supervisors to have no contact with Rodriguez or Hernandez.
Wearing testified that Tolnay was suspended for insubordination after walking out of a meeting at which the chief challenged his actions.
Regarding the events surrounding the minister's arrests, Torre asked DeStefano, "Is it true you were aware Melvin Wearing ... furthered your political interests?"
"I'm sure at some point in time," DeStefano replied. The mayor said he doesn't recall having any discussions with Wearing after the verdict was announced.
Asked Tuesday night if there was any correlation between his testimony in the Wearing case and Wearing's subsequent $1,000 contribution, DeStefano said: "The only reason I testified is because I was subpoenaed by Karen Lee Torre. I wasn't there at the request of the defense. She stretched so hard to suggest a correlation. It's offensive and suggestive of motives that are outrageous."
Torre said after court that the case "was all about Mayor DeStefano and the allegation his police chief went after an officer who lawfully arrested his political supporters."
She also said DeStefano, who has several civil rights cases pending against him, "shot himself in the foot" by failing to indemnify Wearing.
Bishop William Lori said he agreed to the request Tuesday by the Rev. Michael Madden to resign as acting administrator of St. John Church in Darien. Madden was appointed last week to replace the Rev. Michael Jude Fay in response to suspicions of financial wrongdoing. Fay resigned last week.
Vito Colucci Jr., an investigator based in Stamford, said he documented at least $200,000 in church money Fay spent on limousine rides, dinners at famous restaurants, cruises and gifts. Local and federal authorities are investigating Fay, who has not been charged.
Madden admitted Tuesday that he and the parish bookkeeper hired the private investigator with their own money even while working with the diocese in connection with its own probe of Fay.
"I'm sorry Father Jude did what he did," Madden told parishioners Tuesday, according to a copy of his remarks obtained by The Associated Press. "I'm sorry that the accountant and the finance board were asleep at the switch. And I am sorry and angry that the diocese failed to come to my rescue when there were red flags waving everywhere."
Madden called the past four years "a living hell" for him. He said the diocese is "ripping mad" at him and the bookkeeper "for what we saw as a prudent effort to protect ourselves."
"I don't know what is going to happen to me now, but whatever it is, it will be a welcome relief from the extreme physical and emotional strain I have been suffering," Madden said. "I simply could not stand behind that altar and look out at you good people, knowing what was being done to you."
But Madden backed off the comments in a letter to parishioners released later in the day by the diocese.
"The Diocese had no knowledge that I hired an investigator," Madden wrote in the letter. "In hindsight, I realize I made a huge mistake which has further complicated matters.
"In my actions and words, I betrayed your trust and the trust of my Bishop, who has been working diligently to deal with the situation at hand and to arrive at the truth of these matters," he wrote. "I also misled you into doubting that the Diocese is fully engaged in vigorously working for a just and prudent resolution of this matter."
Madden also apologized.
"At Mass this morning, and in conversations with many of you, I spoke way out of turn and suggested things regarding Bishop William Lori and the Diocese of Bridgeport which were not true or factual, in reference to the investigation of Father Fay's financial stewardship of our parish," Madden wrote.
Telephone messages were left for Madden Tuesday.
"The courage he had to do this is incredible," said Wendy Kleinknecht, a private investor who worked with Colucci on the probe.
Michael Sherman, attorney for the bookkeeper, identified his client as Bethany Derario.
"Nothing was being done about it," Sherman said. "It didn't look like anything was going to be done about it, so they kind of went outside the chain of command, hired a private investigator and told him to look into this and deliver his findings to the appropriate law enforcement authorities."
Lori said he was "deeply saddened" by the latest development.
"They have cast a shadow on all the hard work the diocese has done to be open and honest with the parish family of St. John's about this extremely difficult situation," Lori said.
Lori appointed the Rev. William J. Scheyd, pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, to oversee St. John Parish. Madden will remain as a parochial vicar at St. John.
Veronica Sedita, an 81-year-old parishioner at St. John, was stunned by the latest developments.
"Oh my God," she said. "I don't know what to think of anything any more. "Everything seemed so nice and happy, well run on the surface."
East Windsor Connecticut Police officer Rafael Crespo Jr. convicted of first and third degree sexual assaults, bound over for sentencing2006-05-23 NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT - A Superior Court jury has convicted an East Windsor police officer of sexually assaulting his former fiancee.
[ Less than two weeks after one officer is arrested for tasering another, another has been convicted of sexual assault. ]
The jury Monday convicted Rafael Crespo Jr., 30, of two counts each of first-degree sexual assault and third-degree assault.
Crespo has been with the department for four years. He was arrested on Feb. 3, 2005, by Yale University police. Crespo was accused of raping and assaulting his former fiancee, a Yale student, several times while off duty.
Crespo, who is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond, is scheduled to be sentenced July 21. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending a termination hearing after his conviction Monday.
The termination hearing, run by the town police commission, could be held as early as Wednesday evening. The commission is responsible for hiring and firing officers, but in this case the hearing will be a formality.
"He's been convicted of felonies, which precludes him from working as a police officer," East Windsor Detective Matthew Carl said.
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