Daily Blotter – Feb. 24

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Fundraiser Thief Handed 6 Years

The man who put the lights out at a charity display will spend the next six years in prison. David Tobey, 27, was arrested in November 2008, accused of nearly wrecking The Fantasy of Lights, an Easter Seals’ annual fundraiser in New Haven, by stealing and chopping up hundreds of feet of electrical cable.

A judge last week imposed a 10-year sentence, suspended after six years, as part of a plea deal that closed out several other criminal files. Tobey’s accomplice, Amy Folland, 30, received a suspended jail sentence last year.

Boy Shot Outside Basketball Game

A boy was shot in the leg with a small-caliber automatic weapon outside a boys' basketball game in Norwalk Monday night. The boy, whose age was not released, was shot outside Brien McMahon High School after a game against Greenwich. His injury is not life threatening. Police told Greenwich Time they do not know if the boy was there for the game or if the game and shooting were connected. 

Hospital Escapee Faces New Charges

A Massachusetts teen who was being guarded by police escaped from a room at St. Francis Hospital, where he was being treated, Sunday night, the Hartford Courant reports.

Shawn Milner, 18, of Springfield, slipped out of his handcuffs and ran but was later caught, police told the Courant. He was charged with escape from custody, interfering with police and assault on police in connection with Sunday's incident.

Arrest in Hit-and-Run Made

Meriden police have arrested a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed Mark Williams, 25, on Crown Street in September. Police said a tip led them to Flor Gonzalez, of Meriden, who was arrested and arraigned Monday on negligent homicide charges. 

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