Daily Blotter – Feb. 9

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Billboard for Sherman Woman's Disappearance

New efforts are being made to solve the disappearance of a Sherman woman in 1984.  A North Carolina nonprofit group, Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons, will be posting information about the case of Mary Badaracco on a billboard in Danbury, hoping to generate tips.  Police are calling the case a homicide. Her husband told police she left with $100,000 in cash and possessions after they decided to divorce.

Shirt Taken off Coach's Back

The coach of the Seymour High School swim teams has been fired after nine members of the boys' squad were suspended from school for wearing T-shirts that criticized a former teammate.  Superintendent of Schools MaryAnne Mascolo fired coach Kevin Quill on Friday, saying his behavior was appalling and inexcusable. Mascolo says he violated the school policy on bullying and had displayed repeated acts of poor judgment.  Nine of the 11 members of the boys' swim team were suspended from school for one day for wearing T-shirts with the slogan "The Mascot is a Quitter" on the back on Jan. 30.  The saying was directed at a boy who quit the team.  School officials say Quill and team members came up with the slogan.  Quill has not returned calls seeking comment.

Teacher's Aide Faces Judge

A former teacher's aide faces a judge Monday on charges she had sex with a 16-year-old male student in Groton.  Shonna Couture, 31, is charged with second-degree sexual assault and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor.  Couture said she met the student while acting as his adviser for a Fitch High School function, police said.  Couture worked at the high school for two years until resigning last month.

State Magistrate Busted Again

State magistrate Susan Baran is facing drunken driving charges for the second time in two years.  Fairfield police found Baran slumped over the steering wheel of her Lexus, according to the Connecticut Post.  The Post also reports that witnesses saw the vehicle swerving between lanes on Black Rock Turnpike.  Baran had already been suspended for 60 days without pay for an incident in 2006. 

Hit and Run & Hit and Run

A search for a hit-and-run driver is underway in Enfield.  The driver hit a pedestrian and a pickup truck Sunday night along Route 5 near High Street, according to Enfield police.  The driver fled the scene. A few minutes later, the driver struck a pickup truck near Brainard Road, then drove off again, police said.  The driver of the pickup truck and the pedestrian suffered minor injuries.   

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