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Cops Arrest Man for 'Vicious Murder' of Conn. Teen

Her body was found in a burning vehicle—and she'd been shot 3 times

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with what authorities say was the "vicious murder" of Evalyce Santiago. The 16-year-old was found dead inside a vehicle after a crash in Waterbury Monday night, People reports. Dominique Pittman was arrested after police discovered that the teen had been shot twice... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

Resolution Possible in Brutal 1998 Slaying of Yale Student

Charges could come in future, says FOI officer

(Newser) - Suzanne Jovin was found near the Yale campus in New Haven, Conn., with 17 stab wounds to her neck and head and the tip of a knife lodged in her skull. Nineteen years later, investigators and an assistant state's attorney are still devoting eight hours each week to the... More »

Parents of Newtown Victims Want to See Teachers' Keys

Lawsuit alleges school didn't provide them

(Newser) - Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in the Newtown school shooting are demanding to see evidence that two slain teachers had access to keys that could have been used to lock the doors of their classrooms. The attorneys asked a judge this week to allow them to examine... More »

Family Finds Itself Improbably Dangling From Power Line

Lisa Beaulieu and her children were trapped in suspended car for 45 minutes

(Newser) - A Connecticut woman driving home with her children Wednesday found herself in quite the predicament: improbably dangling in the air, suspended from an electrical wire. Lisa Beaulieu tells Fox 61 a storm hit as she was heading home with her kids, but she didn't think "it would get... More »

6 Cars Left Unlocked, Keys Inside, Stolen in One Night

'People need to be responsible'

(Newser) - Police say six cars were stolen from people's driveways on the same night in the Connecticut town of Greenwich, the AP reports. Police tell the Greenwich Time all six cars were unlocked with the keys inside when they were taken from homes Saturday night. Lt. Louis Pannone says "... More »

Boy, 10, Drowns After Being Sucked Into Drainpipe

Ben Callahan was playing with his brothers

(Newser) - Thousands of people in Connecticut packed an emotional ceremony to mourn a 10-year-old boy who drowned after getting sucked into a drainpipe, the New Haven Register reports. Ben Callahan was playing with his two brothers Friday when he slipped down an embankment, into a culvert, and was sucked into the... More »

Mother Strangles Daughter. Then the Girl Wakes Up

Police say the girl found her mom dead in a suicide

(Newser) - Ivanna Krekhtyak apparently grabbed her 8-year-old daughter's neck and squeezed until she saw no signs of life. Then the 36-year-old woman hanged herself in the basement of her home in Fairfield, Conn., police say. Sometime later, however, Krekhtyak's daughter, Anna—who had only lost consciousness—woke up. After... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

He Said a Fat Intruder Killed His Wife. Her Fitbit Said Otherwise

Richard Dabate now charged in wife's 2015 murder

(Newser) - When Richard Dabate called 911 to report that his wife had been fatally shot inside the couple's home in Ellington, Conn., he claimed the masked killer was a "tall, obese man" with a voice like Vin Diesel, who'd also tied up Dabate, according to police. Thanks in... More »

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 »

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