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10-Year-Old's Idea of 'Fun' Gets Mom Arrested: Cops

Police say Connecticut mother live-streamed son cruising around neighborhood

(Newser) - Not surprising: a 10-year-old boy proclaiming, "This is fun!" as he zips around town behind the wheel of his mom's Jeep Grand Cherokee. Even less surprising: the mom getting arrested for allegedly letting him do so. Per the Connecticut Post and Hartford Courant , that's what police... More »

Man Who Threw Baby Son to His Death Found Guilty

Tony Moreno insisted the infant slipped from his grasp

(Newser) - A Connecticut man was convicted of murder Wednesday for throwing his baby son off a 90-foot-high bridge to his death, the AP reports. Tony Moreno, 23, of Middletown, was convicted by a jury that deliberated for a short time Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. He faces up to 70 years... More »

Targets of Racist Graffiti Now Getting Fined for It

Connecticut couple demands police act before they remove slur

(Newser) - When Heather Lindsay and Lexene Charles discovered the n-word painted across their garage door on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they decided to leave it up in plain view. The interracial couple says their home in Stamford, Conn., has been vandalized several times and at least three... More »

Russian Spy Ship 'Loitering' Near Conn. Navy Base

Rep. Joe Courtney says it shows 'aggressive intent'

(Newser) - A Russian spy ship first spotted in international waters off the coast of Delaware has moved further up the eastern coast of the US and was just 30 miles south of a Navy submarine base in Connecticut on Wednesday, reports Fox News . An official says SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, which can... More »

Conn. Pastor Accused of Not-So-Holy Crime

William Marshall allegedly stole electricity

(Newser) - The man upstairs was apparently unwilling to send down a lightning bolt to help a pastor in Connecticut, who's accused of stealing more than $8,000 in electricity. William Marshall of Life Worship and Deliverance Center in Bridgeport also runs a tattoo parlor/barbershop that had its power cut in... More »

Sad Ending to Story of Viral Deer Rescue

Animal ended up being euthanized

(Newser) - Television channels live-streamed footage of a deer stuck on the ice of a frozen river Monday, some of them airing it for up to three hours—and hundreds of thousands of people watched, NPR reports. Finally, two-and-a-half hours into the footage, rescuers were able to slide the deer over and... More »

2 Dead, 2 Injured in Connecticut Concert Shooting

Shots were fired after Meek Mill performed

(Newser) - Police say two people are dead and two injured after a shooting outside a Connecticut theater following a concert late Friday night. A Wallingford police spokeswoman tells the Record Journal that officers responded to reports of shots fired outside the Oakdale Theatre after rapper Meek Mill performed. Officers found two... More »

Kennedy Cousin's Murder Conviction Reinstated

Michael Skakel expected to go back to prison

(Newser) - Connecticut's highest court has reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, the AP reports. Skakel, who was convicted in 2002 of bludgeoning his neighbor Martha Moxley to death when both were 15 years old in 1975, had his conviction overturned in 2013 when a Superior Court judge... More »

Cop Arrested Hours After Starring in TV Show About Cops

Was featured working a domestic violence case in the show Live PD

(Newser) - A police sergeant in Connecticut arrested a man on domestic violence charges in the first episode of a new TV series called Live PD. That same night, she found herself back in a police car—but this time she was the one arrested under the state's domestic violence law,... More »

UConn Student Killed in Freak Fire Truck Accident

Jeffny Pally, 19, was run over early Sunday

(Newser) - The University of Connecticut community is reeling after a 19-year-old sophomore was struck and killed by a campus fire truck early Sunday, reports the Hartford Courant . Jeffny Pally was sitting up against a garage bay door at a fire station on the Storrs campus around 1:15am when the door... More »

High School Apologizes for 'Hitler' Football Play

Conn. team ran onto field yelling 'Hitler' with their fingers over their top lips

(Newser) - The headmaster of a Connecticut high school has apologized after its football team named one of its plays "Hitler." The AP reports Chris Winters, of Greenwich High School, issued the apology Friday. He called the designation offensive and said the practice has been stopped. A Trumbull mother tells... More »

FBI Probing Conn. Plane Crash to See If It Was Intentional

Student pilot believed to be Jordanian national

(Newser) - The feds are now on the case of a plane that crashed in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon, killing its student pilot, NBC News reports. The only other passenger aboard was the instructor, IDed by a local hospital as Arian Prevalla, who survived, per an anonymous law enforcement official. The FBI is... More »

Mom Killed in Hit-and-Run Pushed Daughter to Safety

Daughter, 7, only sustained minor injuries

(Newser) - Authorities say a Connecticut woman saved her 7-year-old daughter's life by pushing her out of the way moments before she was struck and killed in a hit-and-run, the AP reports. Police say 40-year-old Dania Cegeno-Delrosario and her 7-year-old daughter, Denisse, were crossing a street in Meriden on Friday night... More »

A Wheelchair, a $37K Rolex, and Now a Plea Deal

That's just how Larry Johnson rolls; too bad the jewelry theft didn't pan out

(Newser) - It's not clear whether a watch thief was inspired by the word "roll" in "Rolex," but he didn't get away with his wheelchair scheme either way, pleading guilty Wednesday to charges of robbery, larceny, and assault, the AP reports. Per the Connecticut Post , Larry Johnson... More »

Mia Farrow's Son Killed Himself: Officials

Thaddeus was adopted from India in 1994

(Newser) - Mia Farrow's 27-year-old son, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner tells People . Police earlier said Thaddeus was found in his car suffering a life-threatening injury on Route 67 around 12:45pm Wednesday; the cause of death was previously... More »

Suit: Video Catches Cops Making Up Charges

ACLU rep calls interaction 'unbelievable'

(Newser) - Michael Picard has made a hobby of driving through police DUI checkpoints and uploading dashcam footage to YouTube as a way to protest the set-ups and educate people about their rights. He just never imagined he'd catch officers fabricating charges against him, per a civil suit. Picard, 27, of... More »

Authorities Can Force Drugs on Doc Charged With Murder

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday

(Newser) - Lishan Wang, a Chinese doctor charged with murder in Connecticut, can be forced to take anti-psychotic medication in order to be competent enough to stand trial, the AP reports. The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday it wouldn't be a violation of the mentally ill Wang's rights to forcibly... More »

10 Best States to Have a Baby

Vermont, Maine top the list

(Newser) - Pregnant? Consider giving birth in Vermont. The state is the best in the country to have a baby, based on birthing costs and other baby-related expenses, the infant-mortality rate, and the number of pediatricians, mom groups, and child care centers per capita, reports WalletHub . Mississippi was named worst in the... More »

New Sandy Hook School Is Ready for Students

Place of 'laughter, love, and learning' born from tragedy

(Newser) - The name Sandy Hook Elementary School is one that will conjure up images of horror for most Americans—but officials want it to be a place of hope and happiness. The new school in Newtown, Connecticut, is ready for students, almost four years after 20 students and six educators were... More »

Environmentalists Dead in Apparent Double-Suicide

Louis and Judith Friedman were ahead of their time

(Newser) - Long before Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, Louis and Judith Friedman were traveling the world, discussing environmental issues. Their advocacy came to an end Tuesday when the couple—who once gave Mikhail Gorbachev a solar-powered watch—were found dead in their Connecticut home by an attorney who dropped by... More »

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