Sheriff seeks to charge Hernandez in jail fight
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts sheriff is seeking a criminal complaint against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez after a recent jail scuffle with another inmate.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told Boston's WHDH-TV Thursday the paperwork has been filed in district court. A clerk magistrate will review it.
Hodgson said last week neither inmate required medical attention after the Feb. 25 fight in the Bristol House of Correction. Hernandez is held there without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the 2013 death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a Boston man dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister.
Bristol County district attorney's spokesman Gregg Miliote said his office was aware a complaint was filed against the former New England Patriots tight end by the sheriff's department, but had no further comment.
Hodgson's spokesman and Hernandez's attorney didn't return messages Thursday night.
17-year-old dad charged in baby's death in Conn.
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) - A 17-year-old father has charged with manslaughter in the death last year of his infant daughter in Connecticut.
The teenager was returned to Connecticut on Wednesday following his arrest in Columbia, S.C., where he had moved with family members after his daughter's death in Clinton. His name was not released because of his age.
The 8-week-old girl died last March after police responded to a report that she was not breathing. She died a few days later at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Medical staff told police that the infant had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
The teen waived extradition proceedings in South Carolina and is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond at a juvenile detention center in Hartford.
Former detective sentenced to 5 months in tax case
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A former Waterbury police detective has been sentenced to five months in prison for obstructing a tax investigation.
Forty-two-year-old Robert Liquindoli pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in New Haven.
Federal prosecutors say Liquindoli obtained fake documents to support deductions he claimed on his tax returns after he learned in 2011 that the Internal Revenue Service was investigating his accountant. They say he lied about having documents to back the claims.
Liquindoli was ordered to pay $4,490 in restitution. In addition to the prison time he faces five months of home confinement after his release, followed by seven months of supervised release.
The tax preparer, Thomas Thorndike, pleaded guilty to tax offenses in 2012 and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Conn. agency head: decision near on marijuana firm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's consumer protection commissioner says he remains confident in how his agency has vetted the state's new medical marijuana producers, despite recently learning an employee
at one firm selected for an operating license had had lost his local license in 2012 to run a Colorado marijuana facility.
William Rubenstein (ROO'-bin-shtyn) told The Associated Press on Thursday that his agency will decide in days what action, if any, it will take regarding Advanced Grow Labs LLC.
The Boston Globe first reported that John J. Czarkowski, director of production for Advanced Grow Labs LLC., and his wife Diane, were forced to shut down their Colorado medical marijuana facility because of numerous violations.
Rubenstein said information about Czarkowski's municipal licenses was not disclosed to his office, calling it a "serious issue."
GE: Hudson River dredging to be complete in 2015
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - General Electric Co. expects dredging of the upper Hudson River to be complete in 2015.
The Fairfield, Conn.-based company says Thursday it intends to begin a fifth season of dredging for PCBs under the federal Superfund project in May, weather permitting. That would leave one more season of dredging in 2015 and an additional year of habitat planting and reconstruction.
GE agreed with the Environmental Protection Agency to remove PCBs from a 40-mile stretch of river at a cost regulators estimate will be about $2 billion. Until 1977, GE discharged into the river about 1.3 million pounds of PCBs, which were used as coolants in electrical equipment.
GE says it will have to build a shoreline support area to dredge a stretch of river that cannot be reached by boat.
Conn. coach enters rehab in prostitution arrest
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A former Fermi High School junior varsity boys' basketball coach who resigned following his arrest in Windsor Locks in a prostitution sting has been granted accelerated rehabilitation for first offenders that could erase the charge against him.
The Journal Inquirer reports that a Springfield, Mass., detective charged in the same sting also applied for the program.
John F. Norris was granted accelerated rehabilitation in Enfield Superior Court. He must perform 50 hours of community service.
Norris' lawyer called it a "dark moment in his life."
The Valentine's Day sting led to the arrest of 11, including Norris and Springfield police detective John Wadlegger of Agawam, Mass. All were charged with patronizing a prostitute.
Wadlegger filed an application for the accelerated rehabilitation program on Monday. A hearing is scheduled March 31.
Blumenthal to discuss rail safety priorities
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is planning to discuss his priorities for rail safety in an appearance Friday morning in Hartford.
The Democrat on Thursday held his first hearing as chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation in Washington.
Blumenthal has stressed the importance of renewed investment in rail infrastructure and strong federal oversight. He has said he intends to develop legislation that would force the Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board to emphasize measures to improve the safety and reliability of commuter and freight rail.
Labor and commuter rail advocates are expected to join Blumenthal at the Legislative Office Building on Friday.
Conn. restaurant owner honored by Obama visit
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut restaurateur isn't sure why his establishment was selected for a visit by President Barack Obama on a trip to the state to push for a $10.10 per hour federal minimum wage.
But he has a theory.
Rob Chiovoloni, owner of Cafe Beauregard in New Britain, tells The Record Journal he already pays his workers more than $10 an hour.
He also got clues. Chiovoloni says a new customer had been coming in over the past couple of weeks, ordering different things every time. He found out Wednesday she worked at the White House.
Another clue was a call from someone saying he was college student working on a project who wanted to know if it was true the restaurant paid workers more than $10 per hour.
Conn. governor visiting RI to discuss dyslexia
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is appearing at a Rhode Island school, where he is scheduled to talk to students about his personal experiences overcoming learning disabilities.
The governor and former mayor will be a guest on Friday at The Hamilton School at Wheeler in Providence.
The Hamilton School at Wheeler is considered "a school within a school" and serves elementary-grade children with language-based learning issues. Many students have been diagnosed with dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, executive function deficits or language impairments.
RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expected to present Malloy with the school's 20th annual Life Achievement Award, which is given to a noted dyslexic individual.
Malloy often speaks publicly about his dyslexia, a learning disability with neurological and genetic causes. People with dyslexia have difficulty decoding and recognizing words.
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