Daily Blotter – Jan. 5

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Waterbury Police Investigate City's First Homicide of 2009

Waterbury Police are searching for a shooter after a long-running family feud ended in gunfire, police said. Parasurama Rabindranaut, 26, shot and killed his ex-girlfriend's cousin, Michael Sembltudyal, police said. The 38-year-old was shot Saturday night inside a home on Baldwin Street and later died at St. Mary's Hospital. Investigators believe Rabindranaut might have left the country and could be traveling in a black 2000 Chevy Malibu with Ontario plates, AZA-093.

State Trooper Charged

A state trooper accused of sexually assaulting two children appeared in court Monday.  Jose Perez faces fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury charges.  According to investigators, Perez sexually assaulted the children for about a year.  Perez's law enforcement powers have been suspended and he has submitted paperwork to begin his retirement process.

In the Hole Over Hole in One Prizes

Connecticut officials have levied a $5.9 million fine against a man who runs businesses paying for hole-in-one prizes on behalf of clients. The state Insurance Department claims Kevin Kolenda's businesses equated to illegally offering insurance without a license.  State officials said he also failed to pay hole-in-one prizes for the 2007 Travelers Championship tournament and a 2008 tournament in Trumbull. Kolenda told The Hartford Courant that he is no longer affiliated with the companies and that the state's allegations against him are "insane."  He told the paper he lives part-time in Connecticut, but would not say where. Connecticut officials said the businesses have sold or negotiated at least 41 hole-in-one contracts in the state since it first ordered him to stop in September 2001.

Mysterious Death in Derby

Police in Derby are investigating the death of a man who stopped breathing while in police custody after he was arrested Friday night.  James Thieringer, 43, was arrested outside the River Restaurant after a fight.  The state police major crimes unit is investigating the officers' use of force in the arrest.  Read more here.

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