WINDSOR LOCKS, CONN. (AP) — A MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AT A CONNECTICUT AIRPORT FOR TRYING TO BOARD A FLIGHT WITH A LOADED GUN.  STATE POLICE SAY 39-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW ENGLISH OF TORRINGTON WAS DETAINED MONDAY WHEN TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICERS AT BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DISCOVERED A LOADED HANDGUN IN HIS CARRY-ON LUGGAGE.  LOCAL AND STATE POLICE QUESTIONED AND ARRESTED ENGLISH, WHO WAS SET TO BOARD A FLIGHT TO ATLANTA. THIS IS THE FIRST FIREARM DETECTED IN CARRY-ON LUGGAGE AT THE WINDSOR LOCKS AIRPORT THIS YEAR.  ENGLISH IS CHARGED WITH A WEAPONS VIOLATION AND CIRCUMVENTING AIRPORT SECURITY, AND WAS RELEASED ON A $5,000 BOND. HE IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT IN MAY. ENGLISH DID NOT RETURN A CALL FOR COMMENT.

 

WATERTOWN POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING TWO SEPARATE BURGLARIES AT AN OAKVILLE PACKAGE STORE AND A WATERTOWN BAKERY.  POLICE ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY A MAN INVOLVED IN THE BURGLARY AT THE LIQUOR SUPERSTORE, 1432 MAIN STREET OAKVILLE BACK ON APRIL 19TH AROUND 4IN THE MORNING AND LA PALETTE BAKERY ON DEFOREST STREET WATERTOWN ON APRIL 21ST AT 12:15AM.  POLICE SAY THE LIQUOR STORE BURGLAR SUSPECT APPEARS TO BE A WHITE OR HISPANIC MALE, WEARING A DARK COLORED JACKET, BLUE JEANS, BLACK SLIPPERS, WHITE SOCKS, AND A BASEBALL HAT – POSSIBLY A CHICAGO BULLS HAT, AS IT APPEARED TO HAVE A ‘B’ ON IT.  POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT BROKE THE FRONT GLASS DOOR OF THE STORE WITH A LARGE ROCK, THEN STOLE MONEY FROM THE REGISTER AND FLED.  SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS WAS TAKEN.  SIMILAR EVENTS HAPPENED AT LA PALETTE BAKERY ON APRIL 21ST.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE IDENTITY OF THE MALE IS ASKED TO CALL THE WATERTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 860-945-5200 OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 860-945-9940 FOR AN ANONYMOUS CASH REWARD.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — INSPECTOR GENERAL IS REVIEWING THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR’S INACTION ON A PROPOSED TRIBAL CASINO IN CONNECTICUT. A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE CONFIRMED MONDAY THE PROBE BEGAN IN MID-FEBRUARY, AT THE REQUEST OF THE STATE’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION. THE INACTION HAS STALLED THE PLANNED CASINO, WHICH THE TRIBES HOPE WILL COMPETE WITH THE MGM RESORTS CASINO IN SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS.

 

NEW HAVEN, CONN. (AP) — YALE UNIVERSITY POLICE SAY TWO UNDERGRADUATES WERE ALLEGEDLY ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN THEIR NEW HAVEN DORM ROOM. THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER REPORTS STUDENTS WERE ROBBED OF A COMPUTER BY A GUN-WIELDING MAN IN A DORM ROOM AFTER MIDNIGHT MONDAY. THIS IS ACCORDING TO A MESSAGE ABOUT THE ALLEGED ROBBERY SENT TO FACULTY AND STUDENTS BY YALE POLICE. THERE WERE NO INJURIES, AND THE MAN FLED THE SCENE. HIGGINS SAYS UNIVERSITY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE ROBBERY AND HAVE INCREASED PATROLS IN THE AREA.

 

STAMFORD, CONN. (AP) — TV TALK SHOW HOST AND JERRY SPRINGER PROTEGE STEVE WILKOS WILL HAVE A DRUNKEN-DRIVING CHARGE ERASED FROM HIS RECORD IF HE COMPLETES CONNECTICUT’S ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM. THE ADVOCATE REPORTS WILKOS WAS GRANTED ADMISSION INTO THE DIVERSIONARY PROGRAM ON MONDAY DURING A COURT HEARING AND WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE A 15-WEEK EDUCATIONAL OR TREATMENT PROGRAM AND TAKE PART IN A PANEL WITH VICTIMS OF DRUNKEN DRIVING. WILKOS SAYS HE HAD A “COMPLETE LAPSE IN JUDGMENT” WHEN HE DROVE DRUNK IN JANUARY.

 

THE CITY OF TORRINGTON MADE THE LIST OF GOVERNOR DANNEL MALLOYS’ NOMINATIONS AS FEDERAL OPPORTUNITY ZONES. THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED OPPORTUNITY ZONE PROGRAM AIMS TO INDUCE LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES. GOVERNOR MALLOY NAMED 72 SUCH ZONES ACROSS THE STATE, SOME COMMUNITIES GOT SEVERAL NOMINATIONS, INCLUDING 10 ZONES IN HARTFORD ALONE, AND 4 MORE IN WATERBURY. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES A FEDERAL TAX INCENTIVE FOR INVESTORS TO RE-INVEST UNREALIZED CAPITAL GAINS BACK INTO OPPORTUNITY ZONES. THE HOPE IS, THE ZONES WILL SEED NEW BUSINESSES, EXPANDING EXISTING FIRMS AND UNDERTAKE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT.