Tuesday, May 27, 2014

7 of 8 Connecticut police departments that withheld public info improve in 2nd check

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
and Viktoria Sundqvist

Seven out of the eight Connecticut police departments that received poor grades on a recent public information compliance test have improved their access to arrest information, a follow-up check shows. The exception was Hamden.
The New Haven Register, The Middletown Press and The Register Citizen in March tested all of the 92 municipal police departments and 11 state police troops for compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Cadaver dog search turns up possible clue in Billy Smolinski missing person case

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register) Janice Smolinski, of Cheshire searches areas of a wooded Valley area Sunday following up tips received her and his husband Bill Smolinski, Sr., about the location of their missing son Bill Smolinski, Jr.'s body. Two volunteer certified search and rescue cadaver dog teams were involved in the search. 
By Pamela McLoughlin
Register Staff
A key piece in the puzzle of finding Billy Smolinski — who disappeared nearly 10 years ago — may have fallen into place Sunday.
A cadaver dog, K-9 Murphy, and his handler, Debbie Monde, animal control officer in Newington and Wethersfield, provided the clue at a spot in the Valley that cannot be disclosed. A second, unidentified dog involved in similar work reinforced the possible find.
For Bill and Janice Smolinski, who have never given up the search for their son’s body — working on the case daily — it’s a glimmer of hope, but they’ve been disappointed many times before.

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