An internal investigation found that former New Britain Police Capt. Anthony Paventi often had sex while on duty — so often it's hard to imagine when he had time to do anything else. The 75-page report claims Paventi, 42, checked into a Days Inn 15 times for trysts during the course of the investigation. (He was apparently there so frequently a clerk could recognize his unmarked police car.) During all instances he was on duty, and was being paid overtime in two cases. Paventi also allegedly did the nasty in the back of his cruiser and, in one incident, on the hood of it. (The captain was ironically in charge of the NBPD's "professional standards" department.) The investigation sprang from a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by female officers that put the city of New Britain in what the Hartford Courant called a "difficult situation." As the city negotiated for Paventi's early retirement, it had to ensure he would cooperate in the defense (he and other high-ranking officers are defendants, as is the city). Ultimately, he made out with a $51,000-a-year pension and a $105,000 payout for accumulated vacation and sick time.
Bristol Mayor Art Ward pressed the organizers of the Pop Up Piazza Festival to cut rapper Jason "Fury" Flores from the Aug. 4 event's lineup, saying Flores wasn't suitable for "a citywide, family atmosphere." But Flores says he agreed to clean up his lyrics for the gig and pledge, in writing, not to "do anything raunchy or controversial." It's easy to suspect the snub was partially due to the history between Ward and Flores. In last year's mayoral election, the 27-year-old rapper ran as an independent, a decision spurred by the city's refusal to cut down a hazelnut tree on city land that dropped nuts into his mother's yard. In his song "Bristol State of Mind," Flores called Ward a "ho" and declared, "I'm comin' for your job, homey." (He eventually dropped out and endorsed Republican Mary Alford.) Flores told the Bristol Press he's "insulted" anyone would "think I'm a loose cannon instead of an intelligent and caring person."
The animosity between former Derby Mayor Marc Garofalo and the man who took his job in 2005, current Mayor Anthony Staffieri, flared up at a meeting of the Board of Aldermen. After rattling off a list of grievances with city government, Garofalo said Staffieri's absence from the meeting was an "act of cowardice." Later, the mayor entered the room and declared "I hear someone thinks that I'm a coward." As he took his seat, a reporter for the Valley Independent Sentinel news website overhead Staffieri softly add, "piece of crap that he is," before the meeting returned to the matter of tonnage limits at the Derby Transfer Station.
While not wearing a stitch of clothing, Benjamin Prue allegedly broke into the Milford home of 67-year-old Gerald Mirto and suffered a gunshot wound because of it. Mitro says he walked in to find Prue, 25, in his living room and, during a brief struggle, the naked man bit him. Mirto retrieved a gun (and then a second gun when the first one didn't fire). Prue reportedly did not run off after a warning, so Mitro put a bullet in his chest. Mirto has not been charged and Prue is in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, reports the Connecticut Post. Still no word on why he was naked.
Shoplifters are usually quick to get in and out of stores. But in two cases in Norwalk, both reported on the Norwalk Patch website, thieves took their sweet time while pilfering from retailers. Nona Gagnidze and Gogashuili Tamaz allegedly walked around T.J. Maxx for two hours, stashing men's shirts, women's underwear and other items in an oversized purse, apparently never noticing the security guard trolling for them. And a man wandered around Wal-Mart for four hours, during which he pocketed 15 iPods. (The man was allowed to leave and footage of the incident was turned over to police.)
Stratford police cited Deshawn Fields for allegedly "screaming wooooo at the top of his lungs" as he traveled as a passenger in car cruising through town. Police told the Stratford Patch website that Fields, 18, screamed "wooooo" at some restaurant patrons and then a bicyclist, startling him enough to nearly make him fall off his bike. The police report states that Fields admitted he "was just being stupid for no reason."
Tim Keothammachak of Fairfield allegedly stole a purse and used the credit card within to order Chinese delivery — which of course led to police obtaining his name and address after the card was reported stolen. Keothammachak, 39, allegedly offered to return the purse and share the Chinese food with the alleged victim if she did not file charges, reports the Fairfield Citizen.
John Dugdale, a security guard assigned to collect the $40 entrance fee for nonresidents at Darien's Weed Beach, had the ingenious idea to pocket the money and hand beachgoers self-made slips that looked like official receipts, reports the Darien Patch website. Dugdale, 54, only netted $320 before a fellow employee of his private security firm turned him in.