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Patrick Tallarita—the Enfield mayor and state Labor Department official who is among the subjects of a political corruption investigation by the Chief State’s Attorney—went on a checkout-line rampage at Shaw’s Supermarket Memorial Day, threatening a witness and scaring young children as he screamed and made an obscene gesture.

The manager on duty at the Hazard Avenue store, Rick Lombardi, said he would preserve surveillance tapes and inform the store director of the incident.

“Why did you have to call in the FBI – why did you have to do that?” a store clerk quoted Tallarita as shouting to Jack Mancuso, a former Democratic Town Committee chairman who has filed criminal complaints against Tallarita with state and federal law enforcement authorities.

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