Daily Blotter

A round-up of all things criminal in CT

Motel Discovery

Old Saybrook police are investigating the death of a man found in a motel parking lot.  They are describing the death as untimely. Felix Diaz, 57, of Middletown, was found unconscious at the Comfort Inn on Essex Road on Sunday night, suffering from severe injuries, according to police. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Babysitter Accused of Stealing

 A Newington babysitter made an appearance in court Monday after taking a big screen television from a condominium on Moylan Court, police said.  Amanda Homar, 18, of Newington, was babysitting three children under the age of 4 and brought them along during the burglary, police said.  An alert neighbor helped police track Homar down a short time later. 

Homar faces multiple charges, including risk of injury to children. Tyrell Johnson, 18, is also charged in the case.

Juries Clear Police of Wrongdoing

 Two Waterbury police officers have been cleared of misconduct charges in two separate jury trials. In one of the cases, a jury cleared police officers who raided a home in 2004.  The homeowner had claimed police didn't have a warrant when they busted down his door.  William Kaytis, 60, had threatened to kill his neighbors, police said. After obtaining a search warrant, police seized more than 100 firearms from the home.

Another jury has cleared 11-year veteran officer Steven Saucier of claims he used excessive force during an arrest of a pregnant woman in 2004. Nicole Sarandrea claimed Saucier ripped her cell phone out of her hand then forced her to the ground.

Hunting for Drive-By Shooting Suspects

Waterbury police are searching for suspects in a drive-by shooting Sunday that killed a man, the Waterbury Republican reports. Tremaine Williams was driving on Wolcott Street early Sunday morning when a car drove up from behind and someone started shooting, according to police.  Williams was hit, but able to switch seats with a passenger who drove him to St. Mary's Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

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