Daily Blotter – May 6

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Racially Charged Shooting?

State police have charged a Bridgeport man with a bias crime after he allegedly fired a gun at a group of black men.  Lawrence Mammone Jr., 64, is charged with firing a gun at a neighbor who was talking to friends Monday night.  The neighbor was outside his house with friends, all of whom are black, when Mammone, who is white, began shouting racial slurs at them, according to police.  Mammone then allegedly pointed a handgun at them and fired a shot.  No one was injured.  Mammone's home was searched and police say they found a gun inside.

Fire Leaves One Homeless

Fire investigators in West Hartford are searching for the cause of an apartment fire, early Thursday.  The fire broke out at 1:15am at the Westwood Apartments on Kane Street.  The fire was under control in about 30 minutes.  There were no injuries sustained in the fire. 

Diaper Trouble

A Connecticut school aide has been placed on leave as officials investigate a complaint involving a diaper incident at Bucks Hill elementary school in Waterbury.  A school incident report says the aide failed to follow procedure when changing diapers on a physically disabled boy who is a kindergarten student.  The report doesn't provide details, but does say the boy's parents insisted police be involved.

Sex Crime Sentence

A Norwich man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a sexual attack on a woman.  Rodney Lunsford,44, had been convicted in a similar incident in 2004 in East Lyme, according to prosecutors.  He was sentenced Tuesday in New London Superior Court.  Lunsford is accused of picking up a recovering addict and offering her drugs with the intention of having sex with her, according to prosecutors.  Lunsford is accused of forcing himself on her, but the woman managed to escape the minivan in Mohegan Park and call 911.  Under a plea deal, Lunsford pleaded guilty to reduced charges.  He initially had been charged with kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault.

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