by marcia chambers | Dec 4, 2013 8:59 am
Shortly before Ryan St. Pierre’s ninth birthday, he and his mom discussed toys he might want to receive as gifts. Then Ryan told his mom that he wanted to do something different.
Ryan, whose dream is to someday become a police officer, specifically a canine police officer, thought that instead of getting more toys, maybe he could take his toy money and give it to a canine unit—if Branford police had a canine unit.
by marcia chambers | Nov 28, 2013 8:47 am | Comments (3)
A local Sunoco station in town offered customers fuel, coffee, soda, and, it turned out, pot according to police.
The station, located on Branford Hill near Beaver Road, also employed a clerk, who,is now charged with selling marijuana to a Branford customer on the eve of Thanksgiving.
Police arrested two men last night, the clerk, a customer and a third Branford man who received an infraction for possessing what is believed to be his own marijuana. The store clerk and the customer were released on bond.
by marcia chambers | Nov 4, 2013 3:29 pm
UPDATE—An election campaign violation complaint was filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) this morning against the Cosgrove for Branford campaign.
On the eve of the election, the Branford Democratic Town Committee (DTC) charged that the Jamie Cosgrove for First Selectman campaign failed to follow the law in soliciting online campaign contributions.
by marcia chambers | Nov 1, 2013 7:15 am
If Connecticut opens the gate to provide paid experts for pro se indigent defendants, who will serve as gate-keeper to set limits?
This question and others unfolded Thursday during an unusual hour-long hearing before six of the seven justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
At issue is the course the state courts will take for indigent defendants who reject the legal services of the state public defender’s office. Who will pay their costs, and which branch of the state court system will oversee the process?
by marcia chambers | Oct 7, 2013 9:27 pm
A Branford man was arraigned in New Haven Superior Court yesterday on charges of manslaughter and drunk and reckless driving in connection with the death of his young wife who was killed after he lost control of his car on a curve on Brushy Plains Road. The car went airborne and plowed into a large tree in the early morning hours of August 18.
Vincent Mauro, 31, and his wife Megan Lee McAuliffe, 28, were in their four-door Mercedes Benz, heading toward the couple’s home at 168 Laurel Hill Road in Branford when Mauro’s car left the road. Police believe they may have attended a party that Saturday night in North Branford.
McAuliffe died of her injuries at Yale-New Haven Hospital after police managed to extricate her from the car as it began to erupt in flames and was about to explode. The massive damage to the car occurred on the passenger side where the force was great enough to push the front tire up to the passenger seat. (See top photograph above)
Mauro was arraigned yesterday morning after his attorney, Tara Knight, made arrangements for him to turn himself into police custody that morning. The arraignment followed.
by Paul Bass | Oct 7, 2013 9:27 am
Juan Jose Alvarez de Lugo convinced people he knew back in Venezuela to pour millions of dollars into his investments schemes here in Connecticut. Now he faces a jail sentence.
by marcia chambers | Oct 2, 2013 2:00 pm
The Town of Branford received a $1 million check yesterday, one authorized by the Marcus Law Firm, to settle a malpractice case that grew out of the firm’s representation of the town in the Tabor eminent domain case.
The overall case has spanned a decade of litigation. The malpractice case stems from the Marcus Law Firm’s role as town counsel from 2005 to 2007 and its preparation of the Tabor case that in 2007 went to trial in Superior Court in Waterbury with a different set of attorneys.
by Grace Merritt/ CT Mirror | Sep 26, 2013 7:56 am
A new legislative task force on puppy mills decided Wednesday it will research and hold public hearings around the state on whether to ban the sale of commercially bred puppies in Connecticut pet shops.
During an organizational hearing at the state Capitol, the task force announced it would send a report by January in time for a legislative hearing on a bill in the coming session.
If the bill passes, Connecticut would be the first state to ban the sale of these dogs and cats in pet stores, though some cities, including Los Angeles, have passed similar bans.
Click here to continue reading Grace Merritt’s report at the CT Mirror.
by marcia chambers | Sep 16, 2013 7:15 am | Comments (1)
Branford First Selectman Anthony “Unk” DaRos has moved to stop an organization formed by the Dan Cosgrove Animal Commission from airing a 30-minute video about puppy mills on the town’s BCTV public-access channel under the auspices of a town commission.
The video is scheduled to start airing on Wednesday, Sept 18, at 8:30 p.m. and again on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. in conjunction with National Puppy Mill Awareness Day on Sept. 22.
On Friday, DaRos asked the town attorney to send a cease and desist letter to Lori Nicholson, the animal commission’s chair, and six commission members telling them to remove the animal commission’s name “from all material associated in any way with this Branford Says No organization,” a website that contains a short video on puppy mills and gives the commission’s position and purpose. Click here to see the website. It advocates against puppies bred in factory-style “mills” being sold in retail pet stores.
by marcia chambers | Sep 3, 2013 11:52 am | Comments (1)
Two trailer park neighbors, one with a recent criminal record, were arrested over the Labor Day weekend after a fight erupted over a cell phone.
The fight between the two men, Edward Crum, 42, and Thomas E. Schmidt, 29, who live at the Shoreline Trailer Mobile Park, began after Schmidt forced his way into Crum’s trailer in search of his cell phone at about 10 a.m. Sunday, police said.
Crum lives in Trailer #4 and Schmidt lives in Trailer #43 at 525 East Main St, police said. Police did not say why Schmidt thought Crum had his cell phone or describe how they knew one another.