Daily Blotter – April 14

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Cromwell Man Accused of Spying on Tanning Patron

A Cromwell man is accused of spying on a woman while she was tanning. Jason Konefal, 37, was charged with voyeurism after police investigated the victim's claim.

Police reviewed surveillance video from a nearby store and identified Konefal as being at the salon, in a tanning room adjacent to the patron. Investigators said the woman also believes Konefal took a picture or video with his cell phone but no such evidence has been recovered.

Neighbors said Konefal is a volunteer fireman. He has a court date April 21.

Messy Paperwork Helps Clear Former Detective

A Connecticut jury has cleared a former New Haven detective of stealing department money used to pay confidential informants.  Clarence Willoughby was acquitted Tuesday. He had been accused of stealing $4,300 between 2004 and 2006. The veteran detective retired last year after his arrest. He had been charged with fraudulently requesting money to pay informants. The defense had subpoenaed seven years of police records, arguing that the department record-keeping was such a mess that jurors shouldn't believe the paperwork presented by prosecutors.

Triple Murder Trial Underway in Bridgeport

A Connecticut man is set to face a jury in a trial that might finally reveal why three people were gunned down on a Bridgeport street nearly three years ago. The murder trial of Richard Roszkowski, 44, starts Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court. He faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. The 12-member jury is to decide if Roszkowski killed Holly Flannery, 39, of Bridgeport, her 9-year-old daughter Kylie and Thomas Gaudet, 38, on Sept. 7, 2006.  Roszkowski's mother allegedly knew the Flannery family.  Roszkowski thought Gaudet was involved with his girlfriend and he got a ride with Flannery and her daughter that morning, allegedly on his way to shoot Gaudet, according to police.

Fire Displaces Two Families

The West Hartford Fire Department responded to a fire at a two-family house early Tuesday morning.  The fire started just after 2:30 a.m. at 84-86 Newington Ave. Several people, including children, were displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Sex Offender Sentenced

A convicted sex offender from Ansonia has been sentenced to seven years in prison for molesting an 8-year-old girl. The sentence is part of 39-year-old Larry Staton's plea bargain. The Ansonia man pleaded guilty in February to inappropriately touching the girl.

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