Daily Blotter – Dec. 2

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

The Grinch comes to Bristol
A fundraiser of the Bristol Historical Society has been hit by vandals. The Historical Society bought 100 balsam fir trees from Maine to sell to raise money for the organization but on Thanksgiving night or early the next morning, someone cut the tops off many of the trees, the Bristol Press reports. Many residents have come forward to make donations and buy the damaged trees.

N.J. Murder Suspect Nabbed in Newington


Newington police arrested for murder suspect. Kemal Albut Jr., 27, was taken into custody Monday in the parking lot of the Carrier Motor Lodge on the Berlin Turnpike. He is a suspect in the shooting deaths of two men in Patterson, N.J. Friday night. He is being held on $3 million bond and waived extradition to New Jersey.

 Man Killed When Van Hits Pole
 Police have identified the 43-year-old Shelton man who died after his van struck a utility pole on Huntington Street around 1:30 a.m. Monday. James Miller died from smoke inhalation after he lost control of the van. Why he lost control of the car is not known.

Lots of Caps But No Cash, Police Say Lots of Caps But No Cash, Police Say

Baseball hats sales might have been pretty good at Westfarms over the last few weeks but the cash wasn’t making it into the register, police said. Police said. Paige Wheatland didn't ring up baseball cap purchases, Farmington police said, but pocketed the $4,000 instead, according to the New Britain Herald. He turned himself in after store officials noticed their inventory was 100 caps short.

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An Ansonia man has been sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison for shooting another man in the stomach during an argument over $5. Eric Lawrence, 26, pleaded guilty to shooting and wounding Gerald Russell, 19, outside his apartment last year. The argument between Lawrence and Russell escalated until Lawrence eventually took a pistol out of his car and shot Russell in the stomach, prosecutors said. Russell had emergency surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital and has recovered.

Gun Pulled on Repo Man

A Milford man is out on bail, charged with pointing a gun at the tow truck driver who was trying to repossess his car. Herbert Young of Milford said he ordered the man who was about to tow his 2007 Infiniti G35 on Sunday to leave his property, the New Haven Register reports. When the tow truck driver didn't listen, he used his pistol to enforce the order, according to the paper. Chery Young said she and her husband had worked out a deal with their bank to postpone repossession of the car until he had finished pending projects and they could pay their debt.

Man Burned over Indoor Grilling

Who doesn’t love barbecues? Ledyard police don’t like them much if they think you are grilling some grub inside your apartment and make people sick in the process. Abebe Jano, 40, was charged Monday after two people in his apartment building became ill, police said. Whatever Jano could have been cooking did not seem to be the problem. The grill created dangerous carbon monoxide levels in the apartment building, police said. Abebe has been released on a $500 bond.

Bullets Fly at Wing Madness

Several people were arrested after an attempted armed robbery in New Haven, police said. Shots were fired at Wing Madness on Dixwell Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Monday, police said.  The suspects tried to get away, but crashed their car a short distance away and were taken into custody, police said.  Nobody was injured in the robbery.

Man Goes for Psych HelpAfter Animal Cruelty Charges

 A 57-year-old Ansonia man who was charged with animal cruelty has been released from jail to get psychiatric help. Jay Baldwin, 57, was released Monday after 4 months so he could enter a supervised program for people with psychiatric disabilities. Baldwin has also agreed to follow a program of treatment and medication designed for him. Supervised housing and vocational training will also be arranged for Baldwin. He is charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty.

Sidewalk Shooting

 A Hartford woman is in the hospital in critical condition after she was shot on a city sidewalk. The woman got into an argument with two men Monday outside an apartment building on Whitmore Street, police said.  One of the men pulled out a gun and shot her. Police are not releasing the victim's name but said she is 26 years old.

$2M Awarded to Estate of Teen Killed By Drunken Driver

The estate of a Greenwich teenager killed in a drunken driving accident in 2005 has been awarded $2.3 million in a settlement reached in Superior Court in Bridgeport. Justin Brown's parents sued Evan Kimia of Greenwich, who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and is serving a four-year prison sentence, court records show. Brown was a passenger in Kimia's car when it struck a tree and stonewall. Authorities say he died of head injuries, and Kimia's blood-alcohol content at the time of the accident exceeded the legal limit of .08.

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Six workers in Derby might soon be in the dumps. They could also be out of a job after being accused of violations at the city dump. The New Haven Register reports that while the employees were completely trained in the Transfer Station's procedures, they committed several violations, including hiding cash from customers.  The employees could either face fines, suspension or termination.

Police Warning: Don’t Hit the Same Cop Twice

A New Britain teen was arrested over the weekend, accused of attacking a police officer twice, police said. According to the Bristol Press, Jonathan Rodriguez, 19, got into an altercation with the cop during a traffic stop in September, police said. The officer was left with an elbow injury in the exchange.  Rodriguez was left behind bars, facing assault and drug charges.

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