Daily Blotter – April 23

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Police Chief Showdown In Madison

The lawyer for a Madison police chief says a state investigation has found that he didn't commit any crimes, and he's calling on Madison officials to end what he calls a "witch hunt."  Attorney John Kelly said Wednesday that state police sustained only six of the 25 allegations against Madison Chief Paul Jakubson, who was placed on leave a year ago by town officials. Kelly said the sustained allegations include that Jakubson co-mingled funds and failed to test firearms. Town officials have questioned Jakubson's oversight of the department.  Within the past three years, five officers have been fired for wrongdoing, including consorting with prostitutes. The town's top police commissioner said he expects that Jakubson will face administrative charges.

Tragic Fall Kills Firefighter

A city firefighter died of a brain injury 10 days after falling at a fire station. Patrick Reardon, a 14-year department veteran, died Tuesday afternoon, according to city officials.  He had been in critical condition at the Hospital of St. Raphael since April 11, when he fell and struck his head at the Dixwell fire station.  Reardon was on duty when he fell, but was not on an emergency call.  Department officials have not disclosed specifics of the incident, but say the city will treat Reardon's death as a casualty in the line of duty.

Alleged Mansion Beating Could Cost 50 Cent

A Naugatuck woman has sued a member of rapper 50 Cent's entourage, alleging she was beaten inside the star's Farmington mansion.  Shana Chin alleges she was hit with a belt and choked by Dwayne McKenzie, a 27-year-old employee of 50 Cent, last May after a party.  She says the encounter left her face, thigh and back bruised.  McKenzie was arrested shortly after the incident.  Chin's lawyer says McKenzie was allowed into a violence education program that could result in the criminal charges being dropped.  The civil lawsuit, filed in Waterbury Superior Court this month, seeks unspecified damages.  Messages seeking comment were left with attorneys for 50 Cent and McKenzie.  A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for May.

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