Daily Blotter – Dec. 16

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Man Charged in 2007 Murder

Stamford police arrested a suspect in the death of a 22-year-old man found in his car.

Police arrested Hyshon Smith, 18, of Stamford, Wednesday morning at police headquarters. He was charged with murder in the death of Gregory Rowell, 22, who was found in his car early on the morning of Dec. 5, 2007. He had been shot to death, police said.

Trooper Charged With Sex Assault

A state trooper was arrested on sexual assault charges. Jose Perez, 46, of East Hartford, was arrested on a warrant Monday night charging him with four counts each of fourth-degree sexual assault and impairing the morals of a minor, police said, according to the Hartford Courant. The warrant, which was sealed by the court, alleges that he sexually assaulted two minors for about a year, local police said.

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A Central Connecticut State University graduate student who lost a court fight over a plagiarized term paper has asked the state Appellate Court to overturn the ruling.  A Waterbury Superior Court judge ruled earlier this month that Christina Duquette of Watertown must pay former student Matthew Coster $100 for the use of his term paper and nearly $26,000 in punitive damages. Coster was expelled in 2006 after being accused of plagiarizing Duquette's paper. He sued Duquette to clear his name, and Judge Janet School ruled that Duquette had copied Coster's report. Duquette, an honors graduate, is now a substitute teacher. Her lawyers said the university cleared her name a few years ago. 

Sex Party Suspect in Court

One of three men accused of running "swingers parties" in a Windsor Locks hotel was in court Tuesday. Nicholas Maulucci, of Simsbury, faces obscenity and public indecency charges. He was arrested last month after police set up a sting operation at the Beverly Hills Suites. Investigators said X-rated photos were taken inside the hotel bar "Club 91."  As many as 70 people allegedly paid the club $40 each to engage in or watch group sex acts, according to police.  Malucci is out of jail on a $25,000 bond.

Man Accused of Sex Assault -- Again

A New Hartford man was arrested for the third time on sex assault allegations involving children.  A teen has come forward, alleging Christopher Darazs, 29, sexually abused him repeatedly last April. Darazs was arraigned Monday in Bantam Superior Court on charges of first-degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint, five counts of risk of injury to a minor and four counts of second-degree sexual assault. Darazs pleaded not guilty in the two previous cases. He's accused of trying to put his hands under the bathing suit of an 11-year-old girl while swimming at Holland Public Beach in May 2007. Darazs is also accused of inappropriately touching a 7-year-old child at the community library in New Hartford in August.

More Charges in Uzi Death

Two Connecticut men have pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 8-year old boy at a Massachusetts gun show. Carl Giuffre and Domenico Spano are accused of bringing an Uzi to the October gun show. Christopher Bizilj of Ashford accidentally shot himself in the head while firing the machine gun.

Explosive Investigation

State Police are investigating an explosion on Route 25 in Trumbull. A witness reported a small explosion near the Exit 9 ramp Monday afternoon. Authorities shut down the area while they searched and later found evidence of a blast, police said. The ramp re-opened several hours later.

Financial Adviser Accused of Theft

A former financial adviser from Farmington is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors. Anthony Tsikitas, 29, might have stolen more than $800,000, prosecutors said. Tsikitas faces charges of racketeering, first-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and two counts of prohibited activities regarding the offer, sale and purchase of securities. Bond for Tsikitas was set at $200,000. He's due back in court Jan. 2.

Man Convicted in Teen's Death

A Waterbury man has been convicted of second-degree manslaughter for killing a boy who was riding a bicycle. David Weaving, 45, was driving at more than 80 mph when he hit Matthew Kenney, 14, and killed him on Route 69 in Prospect last year. Weaving told police he only saw the boy as he tried to pass another car. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

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