Daily Blotter – Mar. 6

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Toddler Found Outside in Diaper

Plainfield police have arrested the parents of a 2-year-old boy found roaming outside his home early in 30-degree weather Friday, wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper. He was crying for his parents and screaming to be let inside the home, police said.

Police arrested the mother, Tina Bingham, 22, and the boy's stepfather, Anthony Bingham, 23. Both were charged with risk of injury to a minor. Police said the boy wandered outside through an unlocked rear door.

Yale Cop Sues Student for Spring Fling Actions

A Yale University police officer has filed a lawsuit accusing a student of assaulting her during a Spring Fling concert on campus nearly two years ago, and leaving her with injuries that will likely prevent her from ever returning to work.

Officer Susan Dercole said Yale senior Kyli Hanson "willfully and maliciously assaulted" and she has had two surgeries and hasn't been able to return to work since the incident in May 2007.  Hanson, who declined to comment on the lawsuit, was charged with assaulting a police officer, but the case was dismissed when she completed 10 hours of community service and wrote an apology letter.

Teachers Say They Were Doing Nothing Wrong During Strip Searches

Two Ansonia teachers said they didn't think they were doing anything wrong when they strip-searched four male teenagers while looking for missing money in December.

John Pollins and Edward Hoffstatter said they were ordered to search the students by Pine Academy Principal Patricia Nicolari, and they believed they were following school district policy. They never found another teacher's missing $70. The two teachers and the principal are trying to clear their names. 

Man Accused of Destroying His Own Home

A West Hartford man has been charged with setting fire to his home last month. Police charged William Beckerman, 77, with arson, Thursday for the fire that destroyed his 3,200-square-foot home Feb. 11. Last month's fire was the second time a home owned by Beckerman was destroyed by fire, police said.  Another home he owned in West Hartford was destroyed by fire in March 1973.  Investigators never found the cause of the 1973 blaze.  Investigators said the fire in the house last month was set in three locations in the basement and Beckerman was in the house just minutes before the first 911 call was made. Beckerman posted $500,000 bail and is due in court March 19.

Teen Killed in a Hit & Run

A 14-year-old Bristol boy has died after being hit by a pickup truck while he and a friend were walking their bicycles.  The two boys were on George Street walking near the curb Thursday night when the truck hit one of them from behind, according to police.  The truck fled the scene, but the boy who was uninjured was able to give a detailed description of the truck. Police found it a short time later parked in a nearby driveway.  The boy was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford.  A spokesman said the boy, whose name has not been released, died just before 11 p.m. Thursday.  Police have seized the truck. No charges have been filed as the investigation continues.

Unconscious Cat Rescued From Burning House

A cat was rescued when a home on Strawberry Lane in Manchester caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. The owners were not home when firefighters arrived and they rescued an unconscious cat. Fire officials told the Hartford Courant that the animal was treated at the scene with oxygen and taken to a veterinary hospital.

Hamden Manhunt

 A 35-year-old man was arrested in Hamden after a manhunt late Thursday night. Police responded to a call of a suspicious person on Cherry Ann Street around 11 p.m., but when officers arrived, the man drew his gun and then ran off towards Easton Street, police said. He was caught about an hour later, hiding in the bushes. No one was hurt.

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