CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING
Newtown asks for privacy, kindness on 1-year mark
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School say they will be lighting candles in the victims' memory the night before the shooting's anniversary.
Relatives of 14 of the 26 victims appeared at a news conference Monday in Newtown. They asked people to consider marking the anniversary with "acts of kindness" and announced a new website - http://mysandyhookfamily.org - with information on how families are honoring victims.
Saturday is the anniversary of the Dec. 14 massacre. Town officials are not hosting formal events that day. Officials including First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra asked at a news conference Monday for the media to give the town privacy on that day.
Local officials and members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are also appealing for acts of service and kindness.
Officials identify victims of Conn. Shootings
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who authorities say killed three women and himself at an apartment complex was the father of one victim's toddler son and had a legal dispute with her over child support payments.
Police and relatives on Monday identified the victims of Saturday night's shootings in Manchester as 28-year-old Brittany Mills of Manchester and her cousins, 23-year-old Kamesha Mills of Manchester and 46-year-old Artara Benson of Union Township in Union County, N.J.
Police say 41-year-old John Lynn killed the three women in Brittany Mills' apartment and left the building carrying a 13-month-old child. Authorities say Lynn let the child go unharmed shortly before fatally shooting himself in front of officers.
Court records show Lynn and Brittany Mills had a child support case earlier this year involving their 13-month-old son.
Ex-colleague sets protest over Yale prof's death
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A former colleague of a Yale University professor who died in police custody is organizing a protest, calling it a "political death."
The New Haven Register reports Nathan Brown, an assistant professor of English at the University of California at Davis, questions the circumstances of the death of Samuel See, who was an assistant professor of English and American studies.
Police detained See last month on a report of a domestic dispute. Police say See's husband, Saunder Ganglani, was charged with violating a protective order.
Brown says a death in jail is political and is especially the case with a gay man. He says police and the U.S. legal system have shown "historical homophobia."
He has scheduled a march in New Haven and at the Yale campus on Tuesday.
DEATH PENALTY-POLAND PROTEST
Poland urges Conn. inmate not get death sentence
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - The president of Poland is urging Connecticut officials to not impose the death penalty on a former Trumbull man convicted of murder in the deaths of a Bridgeport woman, her 9-year-old daughter and a Milford man.
The Polish government notified Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane last week that Richard Roszkowski not be sentenced to death. His parents were Polish and Poland's government considers him a Polish national covered by that country's laws.
Roszkowski was sentenced to death in 2009 but a judge overturned it because of an error during jury instructions. A new penalty phase is set to begin Jan. 7.
Kane said he has not decided whether to meet with the consul.
Connecticut has abolished the death penalty, but it still applies to 10 men on death row.
Homeowner dies following Conn. house fire
MONROE, Conn. (AP) - A 72-year-old homeowner has died following a house fire that injured five others, including four firefighters.
The Connecticut Post reports that Frederick Rice died Sunday at Bridgeport Hospital.
Five others, a female occupant and four firefighters, were injured.
Fire Chief William Davin said the blaze began as a kitchen grease fire and spread rapidly. He said the firefighters who first entered the house retreated because of heavy smoke. A rescue also was impeded by a ceiling collapse.
Three injured firefighters had minor burns and the fourth was hurt trying to enter the house through a rear window when a deck collapsed under him.
Davin said none of the firefighters required hospitalization.
The unidentified woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Former Hartford may to get new trial
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Appellate Court has set aside the corruption convictions of Hartford's former mayor.
Eddie Perez was convicted in 2010 of receiving a bribe from a city contractor in the form of home improvements and trying to extort a $100,000 payment from a developer. He was sentenced to three years in prison but is free on an appeal bond.
The court ruled Monday a judge improperly combined the two cases against the mayor, and ordered separate trials.
His lawyers had argued that combining the cases prejudiced the jury, and holding two trials would have allowed Perez, who did not take the stand, to testify in one case and not the other.
Prosecutors have the option of dropping the cases, going forward with new trials, or appealing to the state Supreme Court.
Waterbury police: Suspect drove car at officer
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A New York man has been charged with attempted assault against two Waterbury police officers who tried to stop him after a home invasion and robbery.
Edward Blancaneaux of the Bronx was arrested Saturday night after police say he tried to strike two approaching officers with his car.
An injured officer was treated and released from a hospital.
Corbett said the second officer fired at the car, but missed the driver.
Octavious Williams of Waterbury also was arrested. Police say he was involved in the home invasion and armed robbery.
The 38-year-old Blancaneaux and Williams were each held on $750,000 bond and are to be arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday.
Both are charged with home invasion, robbery and other charges.
It was not known Monday if they are represented by lawyers.
Members of Conn. church damaged by fire find aid
POMFRET, Connn. (AP) - A school and the town of Pomfret are helping congregants of a church heavily damaged by fire.
The Bulletin reports that the Rev. Thomas Crumb of the First Congregational Church of Pomfret led Sunday services for the 75-member congregation at the Pomfret School chapel.
Pomfret First Selectman Maureen Nicholson says the town has offered a copying machine and public works vehicles to help clear away debris from the site of the church, which dated to the mid-1800s. The congregation formed in 1715.
No one was injured in the Saturday fire.
Crumb said church trustees are in the early stages of forming a building committee and officials hope to conduct business as regularly as possible.
For example, Wednesday night Bible study will still take place in the church's parsonage.
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