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Town Settles Islamic School Tax Case

by marcia chambers | Nov 24, 2014 12:38 pm | Comments (4)

File Photo Tariq and Kamran Farid, owners of Edible Arrangements International, have reached a settlement with the town regarding the back taxes the town says they owe on their now abandoned Islamic Academy school property.

The school, ordered closed by the town earlier this year because it was deemed structurally unsafe for human use, lies vacant. It is located at the site of the former Pine Brook/Wightwood Elementary School at 56 Stony Creek Road and is currently for sale.

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Consideration Of Proposed Cooke Settlement Delayed

by marcia chambers | Oct 8, 2014 12:22 pm | Comments (1)

Diane Stricker PhotoA proposed town settlement of two lawsuits filed by landowner Wayne Cooke (pictured) against former Branford First Selectman Unk DaRos and Assesor Barbara Neal was abruptly pulled from the Board of Finance agenda Monday evening. 

The six-member Board of Finance (BOF) expected to discuss in executive session “a proposed settlement in the Cooke v. DaRos lawsuit.” By law legal issues, such as settlements, take place in executive session. The results are announced publicly.

The item had been fast-tracked and was to be heard at a special BOF meeting. However, Joseph Mooney, the BOF chair, told the board the discussion on the settlement had been deferred at the request of William Aniskovich, the town attorney. Mooney said the postponement was necessary because the paperwork regarding the cases was not complete. 

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Farid Brothers Seek Town Taxpayer Info

by marcia chambers | Aug 14, 2014 6:29 am

File Photo A New Britain tax judge has granted the town additional time to produce and review extensive amounts of material sought by Tariq and Kamran Farid, owners of Edible Arrangements International, in connection with their Branford Islamic Academy tax case.

In seeking a 30-day delay, Carolyn W. Kone, the town attorney handling the case, cited the Farids’ request to produce information about every property in Branford that received a full or partial tax exemption over the past five years.

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Mom Who Led BHS Band Campaign Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

by marcia chambers | Aug 7, 2014 7:01 am | Comments (9)

A Branford mother, who was the driving force behind a movement to restore the Branford High School band and orchestra, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to one year and one day in prison for committing bank fraud as part of a mortgage refinancing scheme that she ran out of her home.

Jacqueline Polverari, who four years ago launched a campaign to change the high school musical program, was sentenced to prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven. The judge also sentenced Polverari to three years of supervised release for arranging a series of fraudulent mortgage loan refinancing transactions that led to $1.8 million in losses. 

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Thimble “Island Lady” Accuses Ex-Hub’s Company Of Fraud & Theft

by marcia chambers | Aug 6, 2014 2:37 pm | Comments (3)

Mary Johnson Photo An angry legal battle has erupted between Stony Creek “Island Lady” Christine Svenningsen and her ex-husband over fraud, theft, inflated landscaping bills, work not performed and even holding boats and automobiles hostage.

A litany of charges and soon-to-be counter charges between the recently divorced couple came steaming up from the pages of a 41-page complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y.

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Branford Motel 6 Robbery Suspect Arrested

by marcia chambers | Jul 28, 2014 11:00 am

Branford P.D. A 55-year-old man, convicted in the past of committing larceny in Branford, was arrested again by Branford police on Friday. He was charged in connection with a pre-dawn robbery of Motel 6 in June, Capt. Geoff Morgan reported.

The suspect, Richard Filipelli, 55, of 52 Short Beach Rd, East Haven, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in connection with the robbery, after three Branford officers viewed the video surveillance system at the motel and positively identified one of the suspects as Filipelli. Police are still searching for the second man.

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Judge Outlines Trial Process For Branford Murder Suspect

by marcia chambers | Jul 25, 2014 7:35 am

Branford P.D. Walking slowly and with a cane, Thomas C. Malinka entered the sixth-floor courtroom of Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford yesterday morning and listened intently as the judge explained how his murder case will unfold. 

This was Malinka’s second New Haven Superior Court appearance before Judge Clifford since his arrest in June for the murder of John Deveau, his Branford landlord. Malinka and Deveau lived side by side, one at 33C Crouch Rd., the other at 33D Crouch Rd. They were also friends, according to police. Then in late May 2013, after filing a theft report with police against Malinka, Deveau went missing. 

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Landmark State Education Lawsuit Postponed

by marcia chambers | Jul 24, 2014 7:19 am | Comments (1)

File Photo Back in January, a Superior Court Judge in Hartford rejected the state’s effort to delay a lawsuit that challenges the way Connecticut funds its public schools. Judge Kevin Dubay ruled the lawsuit would head to trial Sept. 9.

Now the educational coalition that initially fought the state’s delay has agreed with the state attorney general’s office to a five-month postponement. The trial is now slated to begin Jan. 6, 2015, two months after the gubernatorial and other statewide elections are held. 

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Cops: Woman Confesses To Man’s Murder At Branford Motel

by marcia chambers | Jul 7, 2014 2:54 pm | Comments (1)

Police have issued an arrest warrant for a Middletown woman and charged her with strangling a 41-year-old man in what police are investigating as a possible “rough sex” scenario.

The homicide took place at the Branford Motel last week; the victim’s body was found in his room the following afternoon, Thursday, after he failed to check out of the motel. The victim has been identified as Byron C. McDade, whose last known address was in Deep River. 

Detective Lieutenant Arthur Kohloff, who is supervising the investigation, said detectives from the state and local major state crime units found what they termed “vital evidence” in the motel room during the crime scene search which led investigators to Chucky’s Mobil restaurant where McDade and his date were captured together on video, hours before his death.

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Hobby Lobby Protest Hits East Haven Store

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 7, 2014 6:00 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week in favor of Hobby Lobby’s policy to deny certain forms of birth control to its female employees has fueled nationwide debate,

On Saturday, the controversy was felt locally when a dozen or so people gathered along Frontage Road in East Haven to protest against the company and the court’s decision.

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