Daily Blotter- Dec. 24

Special Delivery to Prison Inmate

A Bristol woman is accused of sending her brother a special, yet illegal, delivery in prison. According to court records, Brenda Pinette, 31, sent powdered cocaine wrapped in Mother's Day cards, but Pinette told investigators the powder came from two crushed-up pain pills. She is due in court after the new year.

O' Flaming Christmas Tree

A Wallingford woman charged with arson and accused of setting fire to a Christmas tree could face a judge, ironically on Christmas Eve. Diana Duarte used an aerosol can and a cigarette lighter to light an artificial tree on fire inside her home, police said. Fire officials said she and four other people were home when the fire started. One of them grabbed the tree and threw it onto the front lawn, where the fire was extinguished.

 Teacher in Trouble Heads To Court

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

Suspected Serial Bank Robber Arrested

A man suspected in four bank robberies appeared in court on bank robbery charges Wednesday. Jeffrey DeAngelis is being held on a $250,000 bond. Investigators arrested the 28-year-old after a search of his Shelton home Tuesday evening. DeAngelis is accused of robbing the Bank of America in Old Saybrook on December 8.  Authorities say he's expected to face charges in three other bank robberies in Hamden, Madison and Seymour.

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