Daily Blotter – Dec. 4

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Car Hits Gas Main

A car hit gas main, prompting the evacuation of a West Haven neighborhood. Police were send to David Street just before 4 p.m. The gas main break was minor and the fire department stabilized the main.

David Street, between Ownly Avenue and Chris Jon Circle was temporarily evacuated because of the gas situation. The driver, a 21-year-old Ansonia man, somehow lost control and hit the main. No one was home at the time and the driver was not injured.

Inmate in Hot Water after Flood
An inmate in Montville is in hot water after filling his cell with water Tuesday. Police said Kevin Engram, 21, damaged the sprinkler in his cell, the Norwich Bulletin reported. The damage sent water cascading from the ceiling, flooding his cell.

Man Accused in Roofing ‘Scam’

Police arrested James Delmaro, 37, in what they call a roofing scam that cost many businesses big bucks. State police said he misrepresented himself as a licensed roofer to businesses in Barkhamsted and new Hartford, would start the work, collect most or all of the money for the job and never return to complete the project. He is charged with larceny.  Delarmo may have done this in several other towns, investigators said.

Cop Accused of Patronizing a Prostitute Cop Accused of Patronizing a Prostitute Cop Accused of Patronizing a Prostitute

A 17-year veteran of the New Haven police department has been arrested after being found in a car with a prostitute, officials said Fellow officers said they found Sam Streater in a car with a known prostitute on a Fair Haven street last month. A spokesperson said the department suspended Streater, but took no further action. The state's attorney's office pursued charges and has charged Streater with patronizing a prostitute.

Apartment Employee Accused of Stealing Rent Apartment Employee Accused of Stealing Rent Apartment Employee Accused of Stealing Rent

The employee of an apartment complex has been charged with embezzling from his employer. 

On Sept. 8, Norwich police received a complaint from C& L Properties that an employee embezzled more than $44,000 in rental payments between August 2007 and August 2008. Massachusetts State Police arrested Renny Mathew, 45, of West Springfield, Mass., as a fugitive from justice on Monday. Norwich police arrested him Thursday. He is charged with first-degree larceny.

Trial Begins for Suspected Mastermind of Murder

Opening arguments are scheduled in the trial of a man accused of masterminding the fatal shootings of three people in a Windsor Locks auto repair shop in 2003.  Benedetto Cipriani has pleaded not guilty to three counts of accessory to murder.  Prosecutors allege that Cipriani paid three men to kill auto shop owner Robert Stears, whose wife had an affair with Cipriani. Stears' business partner, Barry Rossi, and mechanic Lorne Stevens were also killed. Cipriani fled to Italy days after the killings but was extradited to Connecticut in July 2007. The three other men in the case have been convicted.

Police: Child Learns About Drugs Early in Life

A Hartford woman is facing drug after a drug bust in West Hartford. It went down in the parking lot of a Shell Station on Prospect Avenue. Maribel Marrero and Noemi Castro are accused of attempting to sell heroin while Marrero's 7-year-old daughter in the front seat, police said. The 7-year-old was found sitting next to 97 bags of heroin, worth nearly $7,000. Marrero and Castro both face drug possession and weapons possession charges. The suspects have long criminal histories, according to police.  The 7-year-old has been placed in D.C.F. custody.

Did a Bank Robbery Lead to Shopping Spree?

Two men are under arrest in Enfield after robbing the Enfield Community Credit Union Wednesday, according to police. The men allegedly went to a nearby mall afterward to have lunch and buy a music CD. Nelson Colon, 26, and Eric Wawrzenski are charged with third-degree robbery and first-degree larceny.  Police said they found the note used in the robbery in the pocket of one of the suspects.  The two men are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond for a court appearance Thursday.

Drunk on the Job?

 A New Haven city investigation has cleared the fire chief of an allegation that he was drunk when he showed up at a fire scene over the summer. The Rev. Boise Kimber, a fire commissioner, claimed that Fire Chief Michael Grant was impaired at an Aug. 25 fire scene.  Chief Administrative Officer Rob Smuts, who oversees the fire department, said the investigation he ordered has "conclusively cleared the chief of any wrongdoing and any improper behavior."  The findings of the investigation were released to the New Haven Register this week under a Freedom of Information Act request. Kimber said he stands by what he said and what he saw.

Man With No Sex Drive Goes To Prison

A Preston man who claims that a medical condition has left him with no sex drive has been sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting four children. Timothy Touchette, 51, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison and 10 years of probation. Prosecutors said the victims include one girl and three boys in their early teens who knew Touchette through his landscaping business. The victims told police that Touchette bought them liquor and took advantage of them while they were drunk. Touchette said he has an extra female chromosome and that he is sterile and has a no sex drive. He will be required to register as a sex offender while on probation.

Police Officer Sues City

A Waterbury police officer is suing the city and a suspect who struck her with his car as he fled a traffic stop. Officer Tiffany Bosco, 26, said she was injured in November 2007 when the suspect put his car into reverse while his car door was open during a traffic stop and knocked her to the ground. Bosco had pulled over Tracey Nealey, 44. She was investigating possible motor vehicle violations and asked Nealey to step out of the car. The lawsuit claims Nealey stayed inside the car, put it in reverse with the door open and knocked Bosco to the ground.   

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