Daily Blotter – Feb. 26

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

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.

Body Found

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.

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