Police Blotter – Oct. 31

Mother, Son Sentenced for Robberies

A Bridgeport woman and her son have been sentenced to prison terms for robbing an East Norwalk Bank of America branch last year.  Marque Taylor, 20, was sentenced to eight years in prison for the holdup in 2007.  Taylor's mother, LaKeisha, was sentenced to three years in prison for casing the bank. Police said Taylor and Carl Harris-Jones made off with more than $17,000. Harris-Jones' case is still pending.

Officer Accused of Theft from PD

A Manchester police sergeant is accused of stealing police department money and facing larceny charges.  Sgt. Michelle Wagner, 33, turned herself in Thursday, according to police.  Wagner remains on administrative leave with pay.

Shooting Arrests

Waterbury police have charged two Bridgeport men in the death of a man earlier this week. Police said Tamarus Maner, 28, and Calvin Bennett, 27, went to James Caffrey's Hill Street apartment on Monday to rob him drugs and money but shot him in the face as he opened his front door.  Maner is being held on a $2 million bond while Bennett is being held on 1.5 million bond.

Man Charged with Killing Roommate

A 21-year-old Hartford man will be tried for the death of his roommate.  A Hartford police detective testified in Superior Court Thursday that Tivon Reid told officers he stabbed Joseph Gilles, 51, at their apartment during an argument on July 20.  The detective told the judge the men fought because Gilles had been locked out and the fight escalated into the stabbing when Reid overheard Gilles talking on the phone about the incident.  Reid was being held Thursday on $1 million bond and is expected back in court in December.

Pizza Shop Owner Threatened

A Bristol pizza store owner fought back when a teen tried to rob the store Wednesday night, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. The owner helped police find the teenage suspect but police told the Courant they they don't recommend confronting armed people. 

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