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Juliette Dunn arrested for giving 4-year-old and 10-month-old beer and cocaine

Posted in Connecticut, News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad with tags , , on August 1, 2011 by punauni

 

A Connecticut mother was arrested after she forced her 4-year-old son to chug a bottle of beer – and gave her 10-month-old daughter booze and cocaine, police said.

Juliette Dunn, 29, who lives in Success Village, Conn., was sitting with a friend Lisa Jefferson on a playground when another mom flagged down officers and complained that she was feeding her child beer, the Connecticut Post reported.

When cops approached, they spotted an empty 40-ounce Steele Reserve beer on the ground next to the 4-year-old boy and a baby bottle that smelled like alcohol.

Witnesses told officers that earlier that day Jefferson had told her son to chug the beer – and then called him an alcoholic when he finished, according to the report.

The children were taken to a local hospital where they tested positive for alcohol and the 10-month-old tested positive for cocaine.

When being interviewed by a social worker, the 4-year-old mentioned that he liked “Natural Ice beer, Budweiser beer, but didn’t like the taste of Dog-Bite beer,” police told the newspaper.
Dunn and Jefferson were arrested and charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child and two counts of second-degree assault.

They are both being held on a $100,000 bond.

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Connecticut Woman Charged With Keeping Son in Dog Crate

Posted in Connecticut, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad with tags , on March 8, 2011 by punauni

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. — Police say a Connecticut woman is facing charges for making her son sleep in a locked dog crate because he was acting out and soiling his bed.

Kathlyn Anthony of Old Saybrook was released on $100,000 bond following an initial court appearance Monday on a charge of risk of injury to a minor.

The 54-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after an investigation. Police say the boy’s sister told school officials that she was tired because she kept getting up at night to let her brother out of his “sleep locker.”

Police say the crate was 36 inches by 22 inches, and 30 inches high.

Anthony told police she had been seeking outside help for the boy’s behavior. She refused to comment outside court.

Police didn’t disclose the boy’s age.


Windsor Locks Police Sgt. Arrested

Posted in Connecticut, News, Police Behaving Badly with tags , on January 10, 2011 by punauni

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Windsor Locks police Sgt. Robert Koistinen turned himself in to Connecticut State Police on Friday morning after learning a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of interfering with police.  Koistinen is the father of former Windsor Locks police Officer Michael Koistinen, who is charged with hitting and killing a teenager with his car.  Michael Koistinen was arrested by Connecticut State Police on charges of manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, misconduct with a motor vehicle, negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and attempt to commit tampering of physical evidence.  Police said Henry Dang, a sophomore at Windsor Locks High School, was riding his bicycle in October when he was struck by Koistinen’s car.Questions were raised after Dang’s family learned the Sgt. Robert Koistinen responded to the crash that state police said his son caused.“The family was highly suspicious there were things that happened in the immediate aftermath that raise suspicions,” said Dang family attorney Jim Bartolini.  According to the arrest warrant, Koistinen was never questioned about the involvement of alcohol in the crash even though a half-empty bottle of brandy was found in the car.   State police said they believe Koistinen was traveling more than twice the 35 mph speed limit at the time of the crash.According to arrest documents, Koistinen was drinking for six hours prior to the crash at a University of Connecticut tailgate party and at the Suffield Tavern.“The state police didn’t indicate where the bicycle was right before the accident, the time of impact and ultimately, whether this accident was unavoidable,” said Koistinen’s attorney, Elliot Spector.  According to arrest warrants, the Suffield officer initially assigned to the case wanted Koistinen’s car taken to his department, but the Windsor Locks chief had the car towed to a lot where it was found unsecured beneath a tarp, accessible to anyone.Bartolini said the state is investigating the case thoroughly, including why a urine sample was taken at Johnson Memorial Hospital but never admitted as evidence.Robert Koistinen was charged with hindering prosecution and interfering with a police officer.He was released on $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Jan. 11.The case remains under investigation.

Enfield Man Killed When Trapped Under Golf Cart

Posted in Connecticut, News on November 28, 2010 by punauni

STAFFORD, Conn. — State police said they are trying to figure out what caused a Enfield man to get trapped under a golf cart. Police said that 53-year-old Timothy Veilleux was discovered in the middle of roadway at the Roaring Brook Campground off South Road shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday. Veilleux was trapped underneath his overturned golf cart and unresponsive. Veilleux was transported to Johnson Memorial Hospital were he died from his injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Police urged to aid abused women

Posted in Connecticut, News, Sad with tags , , , on September 29, 2010 by punauni

HARTFORD — Connecticut police could have done more to prevent the killing of a woman slain last year, allegedly by her volatile former boyfriend, the victim’s parents and a state advocate say.

Michelle Cruz, the state victim advocate, released a report yesterday with recommendations on how the state could better protect victims of domestic violence after James Carter II, 28, of Bloomfield was charged with fatally stabbing his former girlfriend, Tiana Notice, outside her Plainville home on Valentine’s Day last year.

Carter pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and awaits trial.

Notice’s parents said police missed several opportunities to intervene and ignored their daughter’s requests for protection after Carter repeatedly violated a restraining order, they say.

“She reached out for help, and the doors were closed on her multiple times,’’ said Kathy Lewis, Notice’s mother. “As a mother, I have to live with that. Knowing how close and totally different the outcome could have been if people had just done one little thing.’’

The report, which mentions Notice’s dealings with Waterbury and Plainville police, suggests new policies for swifter and stricter policies on violations of protection orders.

Among the recommendations are that all police departments in the state implement mandatory uniform policies on enforcing restraining orders and that a committee be established to evaluate these procedures.

The report also suggests more involvement of family court judges and state attorneys in domestic violence cases.

According to the report and Notice’s parents, the 25-year-old sought a restraining order on Carter soon after their relationship ended.

The report said officers in Plainville and Waterbury were dismissive and slow to react to Notice’s reports of harassment even after Carter allegedly slashed her tires and sent her threatening texts and phone calls.

Plainville police did not have an immediate comment yesterday.

A message left with a Waterbury police spokesman was not immediately returned.

Lewis said that before her daughter’s death she called police departments to follow up on their investigations.

“I was told: ‘Nothing is going to happen to your daughter over the weekend. Come back on Tuesday,’ ’’ she said.

“Well, guess what, Tuesday came, and my daughter wasn’t here.’’

Alvin Notice said he has helped begin a memorial foundation in his daughter’s name. He said the foundation has donated security cameras to victims of domestic violence so they can provide proof of abuse to law enforcement.

“If we don’t talk about domestic violence, there’s no way we’re going to stop this problem,’’ he said.

Connecticut Marshal William Nolan apologizes for receiving lap dance while serving warrant at strip club

Posted in Connecticut, News, People Behaving Badly with tags , , , on September 23, 2010 by punauni

A Connecticut state marshal has apologized for paying for a $15 lap dance while serving a New Haven strip club owner a tax warrant.

While testifying before two members of the State marshal Commission on Tuesday, Marshal William Nolan cried for the March 6, 2009 incident at Stage Door Johnny’s in New Haven.

“I think it was lack of judgment and I want to put on the record that I apologize to my wife and family and my 87-year-old mother, who almost had a breakdown herself.  Thant’s not me. I have never been in that place before in my life,” Nolan told Vincent Mauro and Joseph Quinn.

Nolan was also charged with failing to act with due diligence when he charged the owner of the club 10 percent more than he should have on his tax bill.

The error was discovered with owner Johnny Kraft went to pay his bill in person. Nolan said the incident was a complete mistake.

Mauro and Quinn will make a recommendation to the full commission at its September 29 meeting on the necessary actions to be taken against Nolan.

Abe Giles Denied Accelerated Rehabilitation

Posted in Connecticut, News, Politics with tags , on August 10, 2010 by punauni

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Hartford political power-broker who once called himself bulletproof has been denied a request for a special type of probation instead of jail time.A judge ruled Tuesday that the felony extortion charges against Abe Giles are too serious for accelerated rehabilitation.Giles was convicted of attempted to extort money from a developer in Hartford in connection with the corruption case against former Hartford mayor Eddie Perez.The 84-year-old Giles faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.