FLYING BOMB PLOT
Prosecutor: Man wanted to bomb Harvard University
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A prosecutor says a Moroccan man made repeated statements about wanting to bomb Harvard University and Homeland Security offices in Hartford, Connecticut.
Prosecutor Krishna Patel says El Mehdi Semlali Fathi made the statements, calling them "aspirational" bomb attacks. Authorities have previously said Fathi expressed interest in using remote-controlled toy airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building, but named his alleged targets for the first time Thursday.
The U.S. Attorney's office also said Thursday that Fathi is not expected to be charged with any terrorism offenses based on the investigation.
His attorney, public defender Paul Thomas, declined to comment on the alleged statements.
Fathi plead guilty Thursday to perjury in connection with his refugee application, admitting he falsely claimed he was arrested and beaten by Moroccan authorities.
TicketNetwork, Connecticut reach legal settlement
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials say online ticket exchange TicketNetwork Inc. and three other companies have settled a legal dispute that should make it easier for consumers to know they are buying tickets on the secondary market, not directly from events.
Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein said Thursday that Connecticut-based TicketNetwork, a subsidiary and two affiliated companies agreed to not use the names of theaters, stadiums or other entertainment venues.
The companies also agreed to not deceptively use pictures, logos or descriptions of venues.
A TicketNetwork spokesman says settling was the most appropriate action and avoids costly litigation.
The state accused TicketNetwork of falsely creating the impression that their online ticket sites were official websites for the venues or other entities authorized to sell tickets.
Mother says voyeurism at state park not isolated
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An East Hartford mother says the recent discovery of a small camera hidden inside a bathhouse at Hammonasset State Beach in Madison is not an isolated incident of voyeurism, as originally described by the Department Energy and Environmental Protection.
Kim Smith held an emotional news conference with her lawyers on Thursday to describe how two park employees watched her shower with her two daughters at Hammonasset in 2011. Both men were arrested and charged with breach of peace.
Smith, who is currently seeking permission to sue the state, said her lawyers recently deposed park managers who said there are no policies to address privacy issues.
The state agency said Thursday it took steps after 2011 to inspect bathhouses and make repairs to prevent future incidents. Also, staffers regularly inspect facilities.
NEWINGTON OFFICIAL ARRESTED
Former Newington facilities manager arrested
NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Newington's former facilities manager has been charged with stealing from the town.
Police say they arrested 60-year-old Robert Korpak on Wednesday. He is accused of stealing town materials during his time on the job and soliciting a kickback from a town contractor.
Korpak resigned from his job maintaining town-owned buildings after being placed on administrative leave in May.
He is charged with second-degree larceny, attempted larceny and receiving kickbacks.
He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and is due in court on Aug. 6.
He did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday seeking comment.
Man injured in Columbia home invasion
COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Columbia man is recovering from injuries suffered in an overnight home invasion.
Police say they were called to a home on Oakwood Lane shortly after 2 a.m. by a man who told them two masked intruders had attacked him.
Police say the man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a head injury. It was not immediately clear if anything was taken from the home.
No arrests have been made.
Prosecutor won't charge officer in beating
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Hartford prosecutor has rejected a request from Enfield's police chief for an arrest warrant that would have charged one of his officers with assaulting a suspect.
Hartford State's Attorney Gail Hardy, in a letter to Chief Carl Sferrazza, says she did not find that the force used by Officer Matthew Worden during the April 1 arrest rose to the level of criminal conduct.
Worden was accused of striking 24-year-old Mark Maher of Windsor while taking him into custody during an April 1 disturbance at a local boat launch.
Maher is charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
Hardy noted that Officer Worden stopped using force after Maher had been handcuffed.
Wordon remains on paid administrative leave while the department completes an internal affairs investigation.
New Haven man's murder conviction overturned
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 33-year-old New Haven man who served 15-years in prison for murder has been freed while awaiting a new trial.
The New Haven Register reports Vernon Horn was released Wednesday after his family posted a $400,000 bond.
Judge Robert Young overturned Horn's murder conviction last month after finding the public defender's office did not adequately represent him. Prosecutors have appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Horn was one of two men found guilty of felony murder in the January 1999 killing of a customer during the robbery of the Dixwell Deli in New Haven. Prosecutors say the men fatally shot 22-year-old Carprice Hardy and injured the store's cashier, Abby Yousif.
Horn's conviction and 70-year prison sentence came after a third suspect reached a deal and testified against him.
CHILD IN CAR
Grandmother charged with leaving child in car
A 59-year-old grandmother has been charged with leaving a 3-year-old unattended in a car in Stratford.
Police say they found the child asleep in a car seat outside a pool supply store at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a complaint.
Police say the child was not injured. They say air was blowing in the car, but the windows were up and the engine was turned off.
Rosanna Sinatra of Stratford told officers she had run into the store for about 5 minutes and did not want to disturb the sleeping child.
She was issued a summons for leaving a child under 12-years-old unsupervised in a motor vehicle. She is due in court July 29.
Sinatra's phone number is not listed and attempts to reach her Thursday were not successful.
METRO-NORTH WATERBURY LINE
Metro-North taps advocate for Waterbury line
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Metro-North Railroad has appointed an advocate charged with improving service on Connecticut's Waterbury line that commuters have criticized as substandard.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised Metro North on Thursday for its appointment of Mike Donnarumma as district superintendent on the New Haven Line. Officials say he'll be responsible for paying particular attention to the Waterbury branch line.
Malloy said commuter complaints are justified. Many riders are angry at the frequency of buses used to replace out-of-service trains, poor weekend scheduling and cleanliness of rail cars. The governor says the state of the rail line is unacceptable.
Major improvements to the line, including a new signal system, have begun.
Commuter trips on the Waterbury line have more than doubled, from 190,000 a year 10 years ago to about 400,000 now.
JOSEPH LIEBERMAN-YESHIVA UNIVERSITY
Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University
NEW YORK (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year.
The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service.
He'll teach an undergraduate course and give three public lectures on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East.
Lieberman represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2013.
He was Democrat Al Gore's running mate during the 2000 presidential campaign but was re-elected to the Senate as an independent in 2006.
Lieberman received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva in 1989 for his leadership in Jewish and civic affairs.
The position was established through a gift from Ira and Ingeborg Rennert. Ira Rennert is a billionaire junk bond investor.
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