Daily Blotter – Dec. 1

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Man Missing, Car Found

Police have found the car a 73-year-old West Hartford man was driving when he went missing Saturday, but he has still not been found.  

Inolfo Lopes’ family said he was last seen driving his car near Westfarms mall on Saturday around noon. Police found it Monday at the Charter Oak Landing in Hartford.

Lopes is a diabetic and now been without insulin for at least 48 hours.

 Man Killed When Van Hits Pole

 A 43-year-old Shelton man died after his van struck a utility pole on Huntington Street around 1:30 a.m. Monday. He lost control of the van, the pole cracked in half and the man’s van caught fire, police said. The man’s name was not released Monday morning. An accident reconstruction team is investigating.

New Haven Tries to Keep Tape Under Wraps

A dispute over the public release of a videotape of the shootings that killed a New Haven girl is before a Superior Court judge. New Haven officials are appealing the state Freedom of Information Commission decision directing city police to give the New Haven Register a videotape of the events surrounding the shooting death of Jajuana Cole, 13. The appeal is scheduled for Monday in New Britain Superior Court. City officials maintain the prosecutor in the case, not the police department, has the tape. The girl was killed as she stood with friends outside her home on June 17, 2006. The five convicted suspects, all serving prison terms, said the plan was to shoot a rival gang member, not the girl.

Robbery Costs Dollar Store More Than a Buck

Vernon police are looking for a man who robbed a Family Dollar store on Windsor Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday. A man with a gun walked into the store, ordered one of the employees to the floor and told another to empty the safe, police said. The robber is described as a 30- to 40-year-old man with a salt and pepper mustache wearing a black cap, black hooded sweatshirt and dark sunglasses.

State Police C.A.R.E.

State police have wrapped up operation C.A.R.E., making dozens of arrests and writing hundreds of tickets over the holiday weekend. From Wednesday through Sunday, troopers wrote more than 1,300 speeding tickets and 700 seat belt violations. They also made 71 DUI arrests and responded to 421 crashes. Two of the crashes were fatal.

Woman Doesn't Get Much From Super Moon Mart

 A Portland woman was arrested, accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint. Jean Graham, 36, held up the Super Moon Mart on Main Street around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. She was carrying a gun and wearing a ski mask when she demanded all the cash in the register, about $150, police said. Police arrested Graham a few hours later at her home , which is less than a mile away from the store.

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