Police Blotter – Oct. 30

Body Found in Naugatuck

Police in Naugatuck are investigating a suspicious death in Naugatuck The victim was found Thursday in a red minivan behind the Cross Point Plaza, police said.  Click for more.

Officer Shot at in New Haven

A man accused of firing a gun at New Haven police is in custody.  Police arrested the man early Thursday morning after they arrived at the scene of a domestic disturbance call at a home on Quinnipiac Avenue. When police arrived, the man they were
looking for fled out the back door, police said. Police have not released the man's name.  

Derby Animal Cruelty

An Ansonia man charged with animal cruelty will try to resolve his case under a newly created program for mentally ill offenders.
Jay Baldwin, 57, is charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after he killed a kitten he had in his possession, police said.  Police said he had several cats and some had to be euthanized. The program is similar to accelerated rehabilitation.  The request could be ruled on in Derby Superior Court on Nov. 25.

Attempted Abduction

Stonington police are looking for two men in connection with an attempted kidnapping. A 12-year-old boy told his mother the men tried to kidnap him Wednesday night while he was skateboarding near Mystic Seaport, police said.  The men are believed to be driving a black Nissan van with tinted windows and South Carolina plates starting with 711. One of them wore a mask, police said.  Police said they have developed "significant" leads.  

New Haven Officer Disciplined

A New Haven police officer will get $1.5 million in a lawsuit against the city.  Officer Arpad Tolnay had arrested two ministers in July 2002 after a complaint of a loud revival service at a local church.  Tolnay was suspended for the handling of the incident and ordered to undergo sensitivity training.  The charges against the ministers were dismissed before they ever appeared in court.

East Hartford Student Sentenced in School Gun Plot

A former student at an East Hartford alternative school has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in a school gun plot.  In September 2006, Christopher Dancy, 19, of Bloomfield took a gun to school, where it was to be used to shoot three students.  Dancy was arrested at Woodland School after staff caught fellow student, Marquelle Johnson, carrying a loaded .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol, police said.  Dancy's lawyer said his client only handled the weapon on the school bus. Johnson, who took the gun into school, is serving four years in prison.

New Charges for East Windsor Sex Offender

An East Windsor man who is a registered sex offender has been arrested on new sexual assault charges involving a child, police said. John Degray Jr., 56, was charged Wednesday with several counts of sexual assault involving a victim under the age of 14. Police said the girl was sexually abused for four years. Degray is on the state's sex registry list for a 1992 conviction.  He is being held on $200,000 for a court appearance in Enfield Superior Court

Hartford Head-On Crash Injures Several 

Hartford police are investigating a head-on crash on a city street that injured about a dozen people. At least six ambulances were called to the scene of the Wednesday night accident between a van and a car on Cogswell Street, police said. At least two people have been injured seriously.

Hartford Carjacking Suspects at Large

Hartford police are searching for four men in connection with an overnight carjacking that ended in a shooting. Four men approached the victim around 11 p.m. Wednesday at Evergreen and Sisson avenues  and tried to steal his car, police said. When the man refused to turn over his keys, the men shot him. The victim is in stable condition at a local hospital.  The men were last seen in a Nissan pickup with the license plate 75CY47, police said.

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