Daily Blotter – Mar. 12

A Roundup of all Things Criminal in CT

Landlord Accused of Leaving Tenants Cold

His residents have been left in the cold this winter and now a Waterbury landlord is accused of being responsible.

Solomon Bochner, 31, the president of the company that owns the St. Regis Apartments on East Main Street, was arrested on Wednesday, accused of repeatedly failing to provide heat to tenants of the building. This isn't the first time there have been complaints. In 2007 and 2008, tenants in the 47-unit building complained to the city Health Department about the lack of heat.

Antiques Dealer Busted for Child Porn

A Waterbury antiques dealer has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for his role in an international child pornography ring.  John Mosman, 47, is among 22 people arrested in a global operation that began in Australia before expanding to the United States, England, Canada and Germany.  Authorities said the ring traded more than 400,000 pictures and 1,000 video files.  The items show children, some as young as 5, forced into participating in sexual activity. Mosman was sentenced earlier this week in a Florida federal court.  He had faced up to life in prison, but got a reduced sentence by testifying against three other men involved in the ring.

Joy Ride Ends in Jail

A former Jewett City fire cadet will spend the next nine months behind bars.  Matthew Stevens, 18, was sentenced Wednesday for taking a $700,000 fire engine for a spin last August.  Police said Stevens admitted to taking the truck during questioning.

Alleged Carousel Criminals Head to Court

Several former baggage handlers were in court Wednesday, accused of stealing from people's luggage at Bradley Airport.  The handlers are accused of taking laptops, jewelry and iPods before the luggage made it onto the carousel.  A family member of one of the handlers was also arrested, accused of tampering with evidence.  Delta fired all the handlers involved in the alleged scheme.

Man Charged With Rape and Standoff

A Hartford man has been charged with biting and choking a woman before raping her, then barricading himself in her apartment in a standoff with police.  Police said Kendall Montford attacked the woman Wednesday and people in the apartment building heard screams and called 911. 

Police arrived at the woman's apartment, broke down the door and arrested Montford after a struggle.  A prosecutor said Wednesday's incident is not the first time Montford has attacked the victim.  He was arrested in October on charges of stabbing the same woman.  The prosecutor said the victim was unwilling to go to trial at that time and Montford pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.  He was sentenced to three years' probation.  Montford is being held on $900,000 bond.

One Man, 2 Police Run-Ins

A New Britain man had two run-ins with two different police departments on the same day.

On Sunday, John Odell, 41m was arrested by Farmington police after he got upset about being refused a drink at a bar in the Westfarms Mall, police said. Odell was handcuffed then intentionally banged his head against the Plexiglas divider in the Farmington police car and tried to kick out the rear window, police said. 

After being charged, Odell was released to go to the hospital to be treated for cuts and scrapes.

Later that night, Odell was on his way to the pharmacy to get a prescription filled in New Britain when he began punching his girlfriend in the head as she drove, police said.

New Britain police stunned Odell as they tried to take him into custody for the violent attack.

Hit and Run Suspect Nabbed at JFK

Connecticut state police said they have found a suspect and the car used in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Trumbull.

State police said the suspected driver was located at New York's Kennedy Airport just as he was about to board a plane for El Salvador Thursday morning. The name of the suspect has not been released by state police. Troopers were led to the suspect and the car, found in Bridgeport, after getting a tip.

John Burr, 50, of East Norwalk, was killed Tuesday night when he was struck on Route 8 near exit 7. State police said Burr was driving south when he lost items from the back of his pickup truck. He got out and was walking back along the highway to get the items when he was hit.


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