Incoming state Rep. Christina Ayala says she won't buckle under pressure to resign following her arrest in a domestic dispute (which follows charges in an August hit-and-run) but the incident is nonetheless jeopardizing her seat. Ayala, 29, requested a protective order against her boyfriend. In the filing, she listed her address as 49 Hillside Ave. in Bridgeport, which is just outside the 128th House District — the one she was elected to represent. Under statelaw, House members must reside in the district they serve. On candidate paperwork, Ayala claimed she lived at 604 Noble Ave., but neighbors told a Connecticut Post reporter they had not seen her recently. The State House leader has told her she must move by Jan. 9, the start of the new session.
To repel the homeless people that congregate outside the city library, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is suggesting flooding the area with classical music. "We want to set a peaceful tone that encourages people to sit down and read a book but discourages people from spreading out and sleeping," Boughton told the Danbury News-Times. Though a library director in Norwich says he's had success vanquishing vagrants with concertos, homeless advocates called the idea "illogical." Lisa Sementilli, deputy director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, said she has "never seen any literature that indicates classical music can end or prevent homelessness," adding, "We obviously support a housing-based approach."
Connecticut College in New London has long held a spring "Fishbowl Party," at which seniors drink copious amounts of alcohol, paid for and served to them by the school, and run across campus naked. Seeing the potential liability in the case of injuries or sexual assaults, the school canceled the event, leading students and alumni to wail on the College Voice, the campus news website. One poster accused the current dean of "dishonor[ing] the community." Another asked for his $60,000 in tuition back. A third claimed, "Nothing quells the stress of finals... like tearing all your clothing off, running across campus screaming and not remembering the shame of doing so the next day."
Epic White Trash Saga: Danny Perry's wife allegedly got angry with him, assaulted him with a pillow and grabbed his crotch in their Vernon apartment. When she was arrested, her young daughter was left in Perry's care. Perry, 31, allegedly made returning the girl contingent on certain demands. He was arrested on kidnapping charges at the diner where he works, as the girl slept in the back of his car. The wife has apparently stifled her anger at Perry and pleaded on a WTNH newscast for the charges to be dropped.
A quest for pants led to reckless endangerment charges and more after Todd Gregorio accidentally left a loaded handgun in the dressing room of Eastern Mountain Sports in Fairfield, police told the Fairfield Citizen. Gregorio, 48, had apparently returned to the sales floor for another pair of pants when an employee found the weapon and called 911. In the resultant investigation, police also reportedly found that Gregorio's companion, 39-year-old Robert Testa, was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
Robert Griffin and Matthew Miramant allegedly slipped notes offering "party supplies" beneath doors at the Wesleyan Inn Suites in Middletown. One note was passed to police, and an undercover officer texted the number listed, asking for crack cocaine. Griffin and Miramant were arrested, even though the substance they were passing off as crack turned out to be deodorant, police told the Hartford Courant.
Two dumb kids attempted to poison their teacher at Weaver High School in Hartford. The boys first tried to scatter crushed-up nonprescription pills in her tea (which could have besieged her with temporary drowsiness) but that plan failed for a reason unspecified by the Courant. They then mixed the tea with a substance used to clean blackboards, but they did it in front of other students, who warned their teacher.
A woman walking her dog came across the odd sight of a hospital bed, equipped with saline bags and an IV, sitting in a wooded patch of Fairfield. Police questioned neighbors and called nursing homes to ask about missing beds. Finally, an officer recalled a complaint regarding a group of rowdy teenagers shooting a film with a bed as a prop. So far, no one has claimed the object, reports the Fairfield Citizen.
Carletha Bynes, a repeat larceny offender, was at Norwalk Superior Court to answer to charges of car theft when she allegedly tried to steal from another woman's purse, reports The Hour. While the woman stood before a judge, Bynes, 55, allegedly walked up to a stroller she had left in the back of the courtroom and rifled through her purse. She was reportedly spotted by a court marshal.
Because she was having difficulty driving through the nor'easter of Nov. 7, school bus driver Keyla Rivera allegedly booted a 14-year-old boy from her bus and left him at a McDonald's in Naugatuck, reports NBC Connecticut. The boy had to walk a mile and half home as the snow was accumulating.
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