"I want to say I'm truly sorry for the mistakes I've made in my life," said former state Sen. Ernie Newton as he campaigned to regain his old seat last May. Those mistakes were spelled out in the corruption charges that landed Newton in prison in 2005. The 17-year legislator from Bridgeport was convicted of tax evasion, accepting a bribe and funneling campaign money to his personal account. After his four-year sentence, Newton surprisingly ran to regain his old seat with a message "about forgiveness, redemption and opportunity." In fact, Redemption and Opportunity was the name of an hourlong film a campaign staffer made about him. Newton went on to lose to State Rep. Andres Ayala, Jr., in a Democratic primary. Last week, he was arrested on charges of campaign finance fraud, reports the Connecticut Post. Elections officials say that Newton failed to raise the $15,000 a candidate needs to be eligible for public financing by $500, so — as he was spouting off about "redemption" — he falsified campaign finance records.
An administrative worker at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner allegedly took her husband into a storage area to show him Adam Lanza's body. Sources told the Hartford Courant that Jean Henry is on leave as the office investigates accusations that she and her hubbie entered a restricted area of the Farmington facility and she unzipped the body bag containing the corpse of the Newtown shooter, out of nothing more than morbid interest. Incidentally, Henry has a lawsuit on the docket alleging she was moved from her job in the state Office of Policy and Management to a lower-paying one at the medical examiner's office out of political retaliation. Henry, a Republican hired by Gov. John G. Rowland, was swept up in a reorganization under Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Bridgeport police responding to a report of a robbery in progress say that when they searched the targeted house they found Samuel Sanders on the toilet. Sanders, 34, reportedly claimed he was a houseguest and was hiding from the burglars (on the commode) but, when reached by phone, the homeowner said no one else was staying there, reports the Connecticut Post. Police arrested Sanders and Johnnie Newkirk, who was spotted a few blocks away and who a witness reportedly identified as one of the robbers. (Previously that week, Newkirk, 38, was also arrested after choosing a poor time to relieve himself. The Fairfield Citizen reports that a police officer allegedly spotted him urinating in the yard of a Fairfield home, while carrying marijuana and cocaine.)
Twin brothers Aric and Sean Hale, both 28, were arrested on New Year's Eve after they allegedly fought over whose turn it was to have sex with their shared lady friend at a Manchester hotel. Police say the woman is apparently sleeping with both brothers, and Aric refused to leave the room so Sean could get it on with her, leading to a fistfight. The battle royal (presumably accelerated by the cries of "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!" the two were hearing in their heads) was enough to trash their room, police told the Hartford Courant.
In its Jan. 3 edition, the Stamford Advocate ran an ad for a gun show next to a story about Sandy Hook children resuming classes at a school in Monroe. On the paper's blog, publisher Paul Farrell said the ad placement was "insensitive, and it shouldn't have happened." (South Carolina's Rock Hill Herald ran an ad for a gun store next to a Sandy Hook article just three days after the shooting, but the unsettling juxtaposition was perhaps more unsettling in a paper whose distribution area is miles from the school.)
A man walked into the Citibank in Westport, passed a note demanding "everything you have" and flashed a knife at the teller. The robber was eventually caught, and identified as James L. Watson, because earlier that day he had visited the Hudson Valley Bank a block away and inquired about opening an account there, giving them his real name, address and employer, police told The Hour. Hudson Valley employees matched Watson, 44, with the description of the Citibank robber.
Cheri Zekiri allegedly called her boyfriend and said she had been carjacked at gunpoint and was being held for ransom in Waterbury for $500. Police say they found Zekiri car-less and she gave a convoluted story about how she had escaped, reports WTNH. Soon Zekiri, 35, apparently admitted she had sold the 2001 Ford Focus for drug money.
Crotchetiness everywhere was justified last week when 19-year-old Antonio Lucky volunteered to shovel the driveway of a 77-year-old Hamden woman and allegedly used the opportunity to enter her kitchen and steal her pocketbook, reports the New Haven Register.
No one knows why Gary Pohronezny got naked before entering St. James Catholic Church in Killingly, police told the Hartford Courant, but by doing so he put his junk in view of students at St. James School, the kindergarten-through-eighth grade academy next door.