Daily Blotter – April 16

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Teacher's Porn Charges Cleared

A Connecticut music teacher accused of having pornography on a classroom computer has settled his lawsuit against the school board and his former principal, according to lawyers.  Torrington Middle School teacher Matthew Valenti filed the lawsuit in 2007 after the allegations proved to be false. Attorneys for the school board and Valenti met Tuesday with a federal magistrate and came out with an agreement that remains under wraps and is subject to school board approval. Attorneys are declining to comment on the specifics of the settlement. Valenti's lawyer said that the settlement involves money for his client.  Administrators seized Valenti's two school computers in 2004 following allegations from parents.

Stolen Diesel

Ricky Houghton and Justin Walas were offering quite a sale on diesel fuel, $2 a gallon while everyone else was paying $4, police said. That’s because they stole it from a home heating fuel from a company in Thompson, according to police.

Officer Recovering After Crash

A New Haven police officer is recovering from minor injuries after a chase ended in a crash. The chase started in New Haven Wednesday night.  New Haven police tried to stop a car but the driver sped off.  Police followed into East Haven, where the car hit a cruiser, another car and then a utility pole at the intersection of Hemingway and Main streets.  The suspect is in custody.

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