Daily Blotter – Dec. 23

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Girls Charged over Lost Eye

Several teenage girls are facing charges in Milford.  They're accused of lying to police about a June fight at a local beach that ended with a boy losing an eye.  Read more here.    

New Charges for Elementary School Teacher

A former elementary school teacher is facing new charges connected to a child pornography investigation.  Thomas Bavedas, 39, was arraigned Monday on voyeurism and risk of injury charges. He has been free on bail since May when Milford police arrested him on sexual assault and child pornography charges. Officers said he made and stored more than 60,000 images of child pornography on his home computer.  Read more here.  

Magnet School Teacher Arrested

A former Willimantic school employee has been arrested, accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Police said Adam Friedman, 44, met the 15-year old girl while running an after-school program at the ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School. According to court documents, the relationship began in June when the victim took private singing lessons from Friedman. The relationship allegedly continued until one of his co-workers turned him in last month.

Teacher Accused of Touching

A former Montville teacher accused of inappropriately touching female students is under investigation. Police and the Department of Children and Families are looking into the allegations. David Erwin, superintendent of Montville Schools, sent a letter home to parents Friday saying, "Students had reported the inappropriate conduct to guidance counselors in recent weeks and the teacher resigned last Monday." Erwin has recommended the State Board of Education revoke the teacher's certification.

Former Sailor Looks for New Trial

Federal prosecutors have filed new documents in New Haven federal court opposing a former Navy sailor's request for a new trial.  Hassan Abu-Jihaad of Arizona was convicted in March of leaking details about ship movements to suspected terrorist supporters.  He appealed for a new trial in October, but prosecutors said he was properly convicted. The case is in New Haven, because the investigation first focused on a Connecticut-based Internet service provider. Read background here.

Uzi Death Update

A Pelham, Mass. police chief has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the accidental shooting death of an 8-year-old Connecticut boy at a gun fair. Prosecutors said Edward Fleury's company helped promote the event in western Massachusetts, where Christopher Bizilj of Ashford accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi. Read more here.

Attempted Murder Suspect Due In Court

A West Hartford man charged with attempted murder for an attack on a homeless man is due in court Tuesday. Raymond Kraemer, 49, is accused of beating Cory Wright inside his Burnham Drive apartment after Wright made unwanted sexual advances towards him. Kraemer told police he became so angry that he beat Wright with a baseball bat and a hatchet, police said.

Man Charged With Grandmother's Murder

A man accused of killing his grandmother will face a judge Tuesday. Kevin McGuire, 33, is charged in the death of 85-year-old Lillian McGuire, who was found in her Enfield home in June. Police found her body tucked in her bed, according to the arrest warrant. She appeared to have a broken jaw.

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