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Funeral arrangements set for Connecticut gymnast

Nov. 14, 2019 5:19 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Funeral arrangements for the collegiate gymnast from Connecticut who died after suffering an injury during a training accident have been set. The service for 20-year-old Melanie Coleman will be held at St. Mary Church in Milford on Saturday. The Southern Connecticut State University...

Canadian accused in 1987 abduction gets prison time in US

Nov. 14, 2019 5:07 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Canadian man accused of abducting his toddler son in Toronto in 1987 and living on the lam for three decades was sentenced Thursday in the United States to 18 months in prison for illegally obtaining government benefits. A federal judge in New Haven, Connecticut, imposed the prison...

The Latest: Man accused in 1987 abduction gets prison time

Nov. 14, 2019 4:27 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a Canadian man facing sentencing in the U.S. for abducting his son in 1987 (all times local): 4:25 p.m. A Canadian man accused of abducting his toddler son in Toronto in 1987 and living on the lam for three decades has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegally...

Senate Republicans unveil no-tolls transportation plan

Nov. 14, 2019 4:07 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Senate Republicans in Connecticut unveiled an alternative transportation plan on Thursday that doesn’t rely on tolls or tax increases but includes many of the same projects proposed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. The 10-year, nearly $18 billion FASTR CT initiative from the...

Toxic pigweed found in Connecticut for 1st time

Nov. 14, 2019 3:28 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An invasive weed that’s toxic to livestock and resistant to herbicides has been found in Connecticut. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced Thursday that the Palmer amaranth, a type of pigweed, was found this fall in two pumpkin fields in East Windsor. The...

Police: Man had sexual relationship with underage girl

Nov. 14, 2019 3:16 PM EST

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police say a former Connecticut youth soccer coach charged with having a sexual relationship with an underage girl told investigators he was “in love” with her but knew the relationship was wrong. The Republican-American reports that 45-year-old Dennis Szantyr, of...

Connecticut reports season’s first 2 flu deaths

Nov. 14, 2019 1:28 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state health officials are reporting the first two influenza deaths of the season. The Department of Public Health said Thursday that there have been 47 confirmed cases of people hospitalized with the flu and two patients died last week. The deceased were both over the...

Woman says abuse report retaliation in suit against school

Nov. 14, 2019 11:32 AM EST

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut high school administrator says in a lawsuit she was suspended and demoted for reporting a coach’s improper relationship with a student. The Norwich Bulletin reports that Denise Grant filed suit Tuesday against Norwich Free Academy. Grant says she reported a rumor...

Man charged with neglecting 85-year-old mother avoids jail

Nov. 14, 2019 10:29 AM EST

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who allowed his sick, elderly mother to live in squalor has pleaded guilty to intentional cruelty to a person but avoided jail. The Republican American reports 64-year-old James Madsen, of Canaan, was given a suspended two-year sentence Wednesday. Authorities say...

Defendant in drug slaying gets 40 years in prison

Nov. 14, 2019 8:34 AM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who shot another man four times in the back during a drug deal has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The Connecticut Post reports that 23-year-old Jovanne Brown was sentenced Wednesday on charges of felony murder and possession of a pistol without a permit....