Daily Blotter – Jan. 14

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

The CIA Made Me Do It

An Enfield man who said the CIA ordered him to kill his 85-year-old father will spend the next 50 years in the state's maximum-security psychiatric hospital.  A three judge panel ruled Monday that Brain Pagnam, 41, will be sent to the Whiting Forensic division of Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown.  It's the state's only hospital for the criminally insane. Pagnam was found not guilty of murder by reason of mental disease or defect in October in the beating death of his father, Robert Pagnam, in 2006.  Enfield police said Brian Pagnam put a bag on his father's head and stomped on his neck.  Authorities said Pagnam told them his father was one of the Sept. 11th terrorists and the CIA ordered him to "neutralize" his father.

Cop Accused of Stealing Garden Hose

An Ansonia police officer accused of stealing a garden hose from the police department faced a judge Wednesday on larceny charges.  He denies the incident and believes the arrest stems from differences with the department's leadership. Salahuddin remains on paid leave. 

Teacher Accused of Student Abuse

A New Britain teacher charged with abusing three autistic boys is expected to face a judge Wednesday. Michele Campbell, a special education teacher at the Chamberlain School, locked the children in a dark closet and poured water in their faces, police said. Parents said the district never notified them of any problems and it was a concerned staffer who tipped them off. Campbell is on paid administrative leave and out of jail on bond.

Former Teacher Pleads Guilty

A former Bridgeport elementary school teacher will spend at least 10 years in prison for possessing child porn. Thomas Bavedas reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Tuesday. Milford Police said he took obscene pictures of a young girl. Bavedas also faces separate charges in Bridgeport for allegedly filming students as they changed clothes.

Hit & Run Suspect Arrested Again

A suspect in a fatal hit-and-run outside the Mohegan Sun is in trouble with police once again. Jeffrey Socha was arrested Tuesday morning on DUI and drug charges after a car crash in Montville. He was out on bond, charged with evading responsibility in the death of Fu Quan Li, 59. The casino worker was hit and killed in April while crossing Route 32 in Uncasville. Socha was arrested six months later.

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