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Judge in Sandy Hook conspiracy lawsuits reports threats

Jun. 21, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge overseeing lawsuits by families of Sandy Hook shooting victims against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says she has been threatened by people posting on Jones' Infowars website. Judge Barbara Bellis wrote in a court filing Friday that the FBI contacted Connecticut...

81-year-old man charged with murder ruled incompetent

Jun. 21, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — An 81-year-old Connecticut man charged with using a scarf to strangle a 76-year-old woman in a nursing home has been ruled incompetent to stand trial on a murder charge. The Republican American reports that a clinical social worker at a state psychiatric hospital told a judge...

Connecticut man pleads guilty in fatal drug overdose

Jun. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to one charge of selling heroin to a woman who later died from an overdose. Waterbury resident Rashad Johnson could face up to the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison after he sold heroin to the 45-year-old woman who overdosed in 2016. The...

New Jersey man pleads guilty for food stamp fraud

Jun. 17, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges for letting customers on food stamps sell their benefits for cash and buy restricted items at a Connecticut store. Federal authorities say at the WB Trade Fair Grocery in Waterbury, 50-year-old Muhammad Shahbaz and other...

Financial adviser convicted in $1.5M fraud scheme

May. 29, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut financial adviser authorities say stole about $1.5 million from his clients and used some of it to pay his mortgage, tuition and other personal expenses has been found guilty. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Leon Vaccarelli, of Waterbury, was convicted by a jury...

50 arrested, guns and drugs seized in Waterbury bust

May. 18, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say they have arrested 50 people and seized drugs and guns during an investigation that was spurred by heroin-related deaths. Authorities in Waterbury began the raids at 5 a.m. Friday after having obtained 92 arrest warrants for 52 people. Officials say 135 law...

Foxy Lady dancer found not guilty of prostitution charge

May. 15, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The third of three dancers from a famous Rhode Island strip club who had been charged with prostitution has been cleared. The Providence Journal reports that 30-year-old Lindsay Hoffmann was found not guilty by a judge Wednesday of offering sex for money. The Waterbury, Connecticut...

Police release name of Waterbury SUV crash victim

May. 10, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — An 18-year-old woman who died when the SUV she was driving rolled over is being remembered by her family as "sweet and kind." Police on Thursday publicly identified the driver of the vehicle that struck a parked car and rolled in Waterbury on Wednesday night as Coreyann Spruill....

Teacher charged with touching, kissing 16-year-old student

May. 9, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut high school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a student touched the 16-year-old girl's buttocks and kissed her on the mouth, according to the student's account. The Republican American reports that details of a city police investigation of 49-year-old Jeffrey...

Teen killed, 2 others hurt in SUV rollover in Waterbury

May. 9, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Waterbury say an 18-year-old woman died and two other people were hurt when their SUV hit a parked car and rolled over. Police say the SUV was headed south at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when it struck the unoccupied parked car and rolled, coming to rest on its side....