Daily Blotter – Nov. 3

Cruisers hit & a trooper and bear collide.

Niantic Fire Ruled Arson  (Updated: 2:40p)

A two-alarm fire Thursday morning on Crescent Ave. has been ruled an arson.  An hour later, fire crews in Waterford responded to another house destroyed by flames.  No ruling has been made on the cause of that blaze.  The owner of the Niantic house is also the executor of the building that burned in Waterford.  (The Day)

Hartford Suspicious Death

Hartford Police are investigating what they are calling the suspicious death of a woman whose body was discovered over the weekend. She was found dead in a home on Berkely Drive Saturday night.  Police are not releasing the woman's name or the circumstances surrounding her death.

Cruisers Hit in Shelton

Shelton police are investigating two separate cruiser crashes over the weekend. Police arrested Juan Lugo after he hit a cruiser and then fled from police during a traffic stop, police said. An officer was injured in the crash. 

Several hours later, John Merry, 27, hit another police car, according to police, sending another officer to the hospital. Lugo and Merry both face charges including driving under the influence and assault with a motor vehicle.

East Haven Cruiser Hit

A man was arrested in East Haven after hitting a police cruiser, police said. Police said they were following a red pickup driven by Michael Monaco, 27, that was involved in an accident earlier. When police attempted to stop the driver, he hit the cruiser, causing it to crash and catch on fire, police said. One officer was injured.  Monaco and a passenger in the truck are facing charges.

Man Stabbed, Killed in Hartford

A man in his 20s was found dead from stab wounds early Sunday morning on Broad Street, police said.  Police said they were called to the scene for a possible fight when they found the man. Two people have been detained for questioning, but police have not made any arrests.

Trooper, Bear Collide

A state trooper and bear were injured during a collision late Saturday in Barkhamsted. Trooper Josh Holcomb was driving on Rte. 179 when a bear collided with his car. Holcomb sustained minor injuries and was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for observation. He was released Sunday. Environmental officials said the female bear was spotted with her two cubs near the Barkhamsted Reservoir in East Hartland and was walking on all fours, appearing to be healthy.

Guilty Plea in Liquid Soap Punishment

A Bristol woman has pleaded guilty to forcing liquid soap down her son's throat. Janet Marra, 39, and her boyfriend made the 10-year-old boy eat soap during a fight about his language and attitude, officials said. Marra's boyfriend pleaded guilty to strangulation charges and is serving a prison sentence. Marra faces up to 18 months in prison when she is sentenced.

Deadly Motorcycle Crash

Two people were killed in a motorcycle crash in Thompson Sunday afternoon. George Langevin, 47, and his passenger Cheryl Marier, 52, were killed on Rte. 12 just north of Westside Drive. State police said the couple's motorcycle went off the road and down an embankment.

Westbrook Constables Suspended

Two Westbrook constables were suspended with pay as state police investigate how Rhea Milardo and Robert Powers handled the drowning death of a 68-year-old woman. The New Haven Register reports that the investigation is into whether the constables displayed a lack of urgency when they were called to check Elsie White, who was found dead on a town beach June 19, one day after the town's tax collector alerted authorities she had concerns about White.

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