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Former Correction Officer Files Discrimination Lawsuit

A former correction officer is suing the state Department of Correction, the agency’s commissioner, and several Muslim employees claiming he was wrongfully terminated after a civil rights group expressed their concerns about his behavior toward Muslims online, court documents said. Anthony David Marlak, of Terryville, an Air Force veteran who served as a state correction…

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Rep. DiMassa Resigns Following Federal Wire Fraud Charges

Rep. Michael DiMassa, the West Haven Democrat accused last week of defrauding the city’s COVID relief funds, resigned his position in the state legislature Monday, forcing a special election for the seat in the coming weeks.  In a six-page affidavit, federal authorities accused DiMassa of billing the city of West Haven, where he works as…

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Chief Public Defender To Seek Access To Domestic Violence Reports

The state Office of the Chief Public Defender plans to again seek legislation next year that would require defense attorneys to have access to reports on defendants charged in domestic violence cases. Right now, only prosecutors and judges have access to those reports, even if a domestic violence call resulted in a so-called dual arrest…

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Number of DOC Employees Out of Compliance Jumps Back Up

As of Friday, 483 employees of the Department of Correction were out of compliance with Gov. Ned Lamont’s mandate they be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or submit weekly testing results.  The number amounts to around 9% of the DOC, which has more employees than any other single state agency. According to a Friday afternoon…

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Connecticut Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Mask Lawsuit

The Connecticut Supreme Court will consider a lawsuit challenging Gov. Ned Lamont’s order that students and staff in Connecticut schools wear masks to reduce spread of the COVID-19 virus. The case dates back over a year when lawyers, representing a group of parents opposed to masking requirements, sued Lamont and the Education Department. They initially…

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Municipal Group: DiMassa Exception, Most COVID Expenditures Legit

The arrest of a West Haven legislator this week on charges he embezzled COVID relief funding was evidence that oversight of the federal dollars were working to curb corruption, the director of a municipal lobby group said Thursday.  FBI agents arrested Democratic state Rep. Michael DiMassa on charges that he billed the city of West…

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Volunteer For Senator Bradley’s Campaign Pleads Guilty

A former campaign volunteer of state Sen. Dennis Bradley pleaded guilty this week in federal court to charges related to an alleged campaign fraud conspiracy in which prosecutors say Bradley played a role.  Tina Manus, a 42-year-old Stratford resident, admitted to a wire fraud charge Tuesday before Judge Victor Bolden at a federal courthouse in…

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Feds: State Rep. Misdirected $600K, Spent Thousands at Casino

Federal authorities arrested state Rep. Michael DiMassa Wednesday morning on wire fraud charges, alleging the West Haven Democrat had misdirected more than $630,000 of the town’s COVID relief funding and apparently gambled some of the cash on casino games.  DiMassa, 30, appeared Wednesday before Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam at the U.S. District Court in…

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The Redrawing of Political Lines Continues

The bipartisan panel of state lawmakers charged with redrafting Connecticut’s voting district lines reconstituted itself Tuesday as a nine-member commission when it added to its ranks Kevin Johnston, a former Democratic lawmaker and state auditor.

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COVID-19 Is Still An Excuse For Absentee Ballots

Connecticut voters are eligible to cast absentee ballots during the coming Nov. 2 municipal elections as a result of legislative action which once again expanded voting options due to the pandemic, state and local officials advised Tuesday. Although the state constitution contains specific language outlining what circumstances may be used as an excuse to access…

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Lamont Calls Biden Protesters An Embarrassment

Gov. Ned Lamont told reporters Tuesday he was embarrassed by the behavior of demonstrators who last week shouted curses at President Joe Biden during a Friday visit to a Hartford day care center. During an afternoon trip through Connecticut, Biden used Hartford’s Capitol Child Development Center as a backdrop to pitch his $3.5 trillion Build…

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Edible Confusion Causes Spike In Calls To Poison Control

Parents and consumers should be on the lookout for cannabis edibles wrapped in packaging similar to well-known, name brand snack food and candy, Attorney General William Tong said Tuesday.  Tong and Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull issued a warning on the dangers of illegal “look-alike” products containing high levels of…

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