Man Caught in Sex Sting
A Naugatuck man faced a judge Thursday after being caught in a sex sting. Matthew Small was corresponding online with a detective, but he thought it was a 14-year-old girl. Small allegedly sent sexually explicit pictures of himself.
New Milford police are investigating a body discovered behind a town supermarket. The body was found Wednesday behind the Big Y supermarket on Route 7. The discovery of the body was reported to police Wednesday afternoon. Police aren't saying whether the body is that of a man or a woman or if there is a crime involved. Police say that no new information was available Thursday morning.
Landmark Amber Alert Conviction Upheld
The Connecticut Appellate Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Hartford man in a Meriden case that involved the state's first Amber Alert. The court upheld the conviction and 85 year prison sentence of David Bell, convicted in the strangling and stabbing death of a pregnant woman in 2004.
Bell's appeal argued that the Amber alert evidence should not have been admitted. Prosecutors say Bell and his girlfriend had fled a Meriden apartment with their 1-year-old daughter after the killing. Police issued Connecticut's first Amber alert, mistakenly believing the 1-year-old had been kidnapped. The girlfriend, Jennifer Helmedach, was sentenced to 35 years in prison last year for her role.