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CHILD KILLED

Man charged in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old niece

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man accused of killing his 1-year-old niece by slashing her abdomen has been ordered held in $2.5 million bail.

Thirty-six-year-old Arthur Hapgood of Waterbury was arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court on murder and other charges.

Police say Hapgood stabbed Zaniyah Calloway to death while babysitting her and an 11-year-old child at a home in Bristol on Monday evening. Officers responded to the scene after a 911 call and encountered a person running toward them carrying the wounded girl. The other child wasn't hurt.

Police officers gave medical attention to the girl, but she later died at a hospital.

Hapgood was charged after he was treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Hapgood was represented by the state public defender's office, which declined to comment Tuesday.

JANITOR-SEX ASSAULTS

Cops: janitor sexually assaulted women at rehab

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Bridgeport police say a man charged with sexually assaulting three women at a drug rehabilitation center where he worked as a janitor told investigators he had a "lust problem" and succumbed to "temptation."

Forty-year-old Rafael Cartagena of Bridgeport was charged Saturday with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Police say the assaults were reported in June by workers at the New Prospects Program center run by the nonprofit Recovery Network of Programs. The center treats people with drug addiction and psychiatric disorders. A judge later signed a warrant accusing Cartagena of sexually assaulting three clients at the facility.

Cartagena is detained on $450,000 bail and is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Sept. 9.

His lawyer didn't return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

TEEN SHOT

Teen shot to death in New Britain

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - New Britain police are looking for suspects in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man found lying on a street.

Officers responded to reports of gunfire on Roberts Street shortly before 11 p.m. Monday and found the victim in the street. Police say the man later died at a hospital.

People in the neighborhood said the shooting appeared to have happened in an abandoned house.

Police are withholding the victim's name until after notifying his family.

No arrests have been announced.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call New Britain police.

WATERBURY KILLING

49-year-old man shot to death in Waterbury

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Waterbury police are investigating the shooting death of a 49-year-old city man.

Authorities say the man was shot once in the head at about 10 p.m. Monday at the corner of Wood and Walnut streets. He was later pronounced dead at Saint Mary's Hospital.

The victim's name hasn't been released.

Police haven't announced any arrests and it's not clear if any suspects have been identified. Officers interviewed people in the neighborhood late Monday and early Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Waterbury police.

HIKER DEATH

Autopsy planned on hiker killed in cliff fall

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - The medical examiner's office is set to perform an autopsy on a 20-year-old man who died after apparently falling from a cliff while hiking in Woodbridge.

The autopsy on Sam Shekman of Woodbury is scheduled for Tuesday at the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Farmington.

Authorities say Shekman was reported missing Sunday after he didn't return from a hike in the West Rock woods. Woodbridge police and firefighters searched the woods with the help of Seymour, Hamden and state police and found Shekman's body on some rocks below a cliff.

Police say Shekman's death appears to have been an accident. Authorities continue to investigate.

GOVERNOR-CONNECTICUT-INDEPENDENT PARTY

Foley seeks Connecticut Independent Party backing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley is trying to get cross-endorsed by the Independent Party of Connecticut, a week after receiving the GOP nomination.

Should Foley win the third party's backing, his name will appear twice on the November ballot. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has already received the cross-endorsement of the Working Families Party and his name will appear twice.

But Foley is facing competition from at least one other person for the Independent Party's endorsement. Trinity College Professor John Mertens also wants to run as the party's gubernatorial candidate.

The party is in a state of flux. There has been a multi-year legal battle over who controls the organization, as well as a disagreement over whether to cross-endorse other candidates. Members are expected to endorse a candidate Tuesday night.

GIRLS ASSAULTED

Ledyard man sentenced for assaulting girls

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A 29-year-old Ledyard man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting three girls.

Judge Hillary Strackbein sentenced James Matthewson on Monday in New London Superior Court and called his behavior "unspeakable." Matthewson pleaded guilty in June to three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of risk of injury to a child.

Prosecutors say Matthewson had extensive sexual contact with the girls last year and part of this year, when they were between 6 and 9 years old. Authorities say the girls first raised the allegations several years ago but recanted, so authorities couldn't pursue charges.

Matthewson will have to serve 10 years of parole and 35 years of probation after prison. He also must register as a sex offender the rest of his life.

LIQUID NICOTINE

Senate Democrats demand liquid nicotine rules

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A dozen Senate Democrats are pushing federal legislation to require child-proof bottles for liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, both Connecticut Democrats, said Tuesday that safety rules are needed in response to a rise in poisonings.

Blumenthal said the absence of rules has led to a "wild, wild west of unregulated e-nicotine."

The American Association of Poison Control Centers cites a nearly eight-fold increase in exposures to poison from e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine, from 271 in 2011 to 2,313 so far this year.

A representative of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Other state officials have demanded regulations including a ban on selling flavored products.

The battery-powered devices allow users to inhale vapor from a heated liquid nicotine solution.

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