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Cops: Youths Murdered Man for Spilling Coffee

Passers-by ignored Stamford murder, police say

(Newser) - A man who moved to the US from Guatemala for a better life 20 years ago was murdered in Stamford, Conn., last week in a shocking, unprovoked attack. Police say warehouse manager Antonio Muralles, 52, was killed after he walked out of a McDonald's last Wednesday evening and bumped... More »

Cops: Wesleyan Students Took Bad Batch of MDMA

2 Wesleyan students in critical condition

(Newser) - A bad batch of MDMA is believed to have caused overdoses that sent 11 students to the hospital, according to police in Middletown, Conn. Police say at least two of the Wesleyan University students are in critical condition after taking the drug—also known as Molly—on Saturday night, reports... More »

Guy Gets 2 Years for Killing Cats of Fiancee's Family

Timothy Olschafskie pleads guilty to killing 5 cats

(Newser) - A Connecticut man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing five cats belonging to his fiancee's family—a crime that animal rights advocates protested outside of court. Timothy Olschafskie (ol-SHAF'-skee) pleaded guilty Friday in Enfield Superior Court to multiple counts of maliciously killing animals. He... More »

Conn., NYC Shut Down Roads Starting Tonight

De Blasio wants all non-emergency vehicles off NYC streets by 11pm

(Newser) - The roads in Connecticut and New York City will be empty tonight: Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy instituted a travel ban for the entire state beginning at 9pm tonight at a morning news conference on the looming blizzard, saying, "It's imperative that you have a plan in place to... More »

Connecticut Jolted by 12th Earthquake in Week

Rare quake swarm may be linked to ancient fault

(Newser) - There's no fracking or tectonic plate boundaries in Connecticut, so experts haven't got a ready explanation for a swarm of earthquakes that has hit the eastern part of the state over the last week. There have been 12 quakes since last Thursday, the strongest of them a 3.... More »

Contractor Pays $5M Over Xmas Fire That Killed 5

He settles lawsuit with father of 3 girls

(Newser) - A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Connecticut home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas Day 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful-death lawsuit by paying the children's father $5 million. Court records show that contractor Michael Borcina and his... More »

3.3 Quake Reported in Connecticut, Rhode Island

Region experienced two other tiny temblors last week before today's quake

(Newser) - It's been a shaky week for some Connecticut and Rhode Island residents who've experienced a series of small earthquakes, the latest one early this morning, the AP reports. The US Geological Survey has confirmed a 3.3-magnitude temblor took place around 6:30am near the Connecticut-Rhode Island border.... More »

Court Rules Teen Must Undergo Chemo

Connecticut 17-year-old thinks it will do more harm than good

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl in Connecticut lost a court battle today to stop her chemotherapy treatments. The state Supreme Court ruled that child-welfare authorities were within their rights to take temporary custody of the teen because she and her mom think the chemo will do more harm than good, reports the... More »

Murderer Sues Connecticut Over Prison Porn Ban

Conn. man says ban being used to deny him art book

(Newser) - Dwight Pink Jr. has a few decades left to serve of his 56-year murder sentence, and he doesn't want to spend all that time without nude pictures. The Connecticut inmate is suing the state in federal court over its 2011 ban on "pictorial depictions of sexual activity or... More »

Connecticut Ghost Town Up for Auction

Start your bidding for Johnsonville, Connecticut, at $800K

(Newser) - Bidders who aren't scared off by million-dollar purchases can take possession of an American ghost town in Connecticut. Johnsonville was a robust mill community in the 19th century, but it is now abandoned and up for sale at auction.com . Bids start at $800,000, and the top one... More »

Sandy Hook Evacuated Over Bomb Threat

Threat called in this morning; kids were sent home but no danger found

(Newser) - A bomb threat has led to the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley says the threat was called in to the school at 9:30am this morning and the evacuation was ordered as a precaution. He says the school building and grounds... More »

Mystery Conn. Shipwreck Stumps Divers

So far 6 dives to an 85-foot schooner have yet to reveal the ship's identity

(Newser) - After hearing rumors that a shipwreck was just off the banks of the Connecticut River in East Hartford, police officer and scuba instructor Woodrow Tinsley had to have a look for himself. And while it didn't take him long to find the schooner he estimates to be 85 feet... More »

Feds Question Man After Alleged Obama Threat

They locate vehicle in Connecticut after alert; no charges so far

(Newser) - With President Obama visiting Rhode Island yesterday evening, the Secret Service issued alerts to police in Connecticut in New York to be on the lookout for someone headed their way in a blue Jetta who might be out to harm the president, reports NECN . State police in Connecticut located the... More »

Conn. City Lost 8K Gallons of Water Per Minute

New London could have lost 10M gallons in just one day

(Newser) - A broken water main in New London, Conn., caused the city to lose more water than it uses in a day—about 8,000 gallons a minute, at least when it first started this morning, the Hartford Courant reports. A state of emergency was declared and residents were told to... More »

Connecticut Teen Killed in Freak Boating Accident

2 girls in inner tube somehow fell, crashed into boat's propeller

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a fun summer afternoon for four teenage girls turned tragic yesterday when a freak boating accident killed one 16-year-old and seriously injured another. Two of the teens from Greenwich, Conn., were in an inner tube being pulled by the other two teens in a boat... More »

State Trooper Stole From Dying Motorist

Crooked Conn. trooper pleads guilty, faces jail time

(Newser) - A Connecticut state trooper who stole cash from the pocket of a dying motorcyclist and took a crucifix he found in a pool of the man's blood has pleaded guilty and faces more than a year in jail. Aaron Huntsman, 45, was caught by his own dashboard camera and... More »

15-Month-Old Boy Dies in Hot Car

Connecticut death is 16th this year

(Newser) - Despite all the warnings—and all the attention the Cooper Harris case in Georgia has received—yet another child has died in a hot car, at least the 16th so far this year. At a press conference yesterday, police in Ridgefield, Conn., released few details but said they were notified... More »

Hoarder Dies When First Floor Collapses

Conn. woman buried under junk she collected

(Newser) - A Connecticut woman died under the junk she had spent many years amassing when the weight of it all caused her home's first floor to collapse. Police found the body of 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell on Saturday after a letter carrier warned that mail had been piling up at her... More »

Half of Illinois Wants to Leave State

People in Montana, Hawaii, Maine want to stay put, poll finds

(Newser) - If everybody in America had the opportunity to pack up and move to the state of their choice, Illinois, Connecticut, and Maryland would empty out, according to a new Gallup poll . Around half of residents in all three states said they would relocate to another state given the chance, with... More »

Friends Vote Slain Student Prom Queen

They hold ceremony at the beach

(Newser) - Maren Sanchez was allegedly killed for refusing to go to prom with her attacker —but her friends ensured that the slain Connecticut 16-year-old was still a part of the dance. Though Friday's prom was postponed, her friends wore tuxes and dresses to the beach, where they brought Maren'... More »

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