Monday, September 22, 2014

Man reaches settlement in East Haven, New Haven police brutality suit

By Evan Lips
Register Staff
EAST HAVEN >> A New Haven man, who in April 2011 sued the East Haven and New Haven Police departments alleging officers broke his collarbone during a 2009 arrest at Trolley Square Plaza, recently reached a $15,000 settlement with East Haven, although the amount of the settlement reached with New Haven is still unclear.
East Haven Town Attorney Joseph Zullo recently confirmed the $15,000 settlement.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Remains found in Vernon do not belong to missing New Haven women

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor

NEW HAVEN >> Investigators have determined the skeletal remains of a woman found in Vernon do not belong to either Evelyn Frisco or Lisa Calvo, two women who have been missing for years from New Haven.
Police recently collected DNA from family members of both Calvo and Frisco to compare to the Vernon remains.
Police spokesman Officer David Hartman announced Tuesday there was no match.

The Police Department’s investigations into the disappearances of Frisco and Calvo remain open, he said in a press release.

Read the full Sept. 30 story HERE and check out prior coverage
here and here.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Funding for Project Longevity violence reduction program to double

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
The state is doubling the money it allocates for Project Longevity, which works to curb gun violence in the state’s largest cities, in this fiscal year.
The state budgeted $475,000 for fiscal 2012-13 and $475,000 for 2013-14, but it has increased the amount to $1 million for 2014-15, according to Michael Lawlor, state undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning.
“This year, it is fully up and running in all three cities,” Lawlor said. “We expect the cost to remain at about $1 million a year with it operating in Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven.”

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Connecticut Supreme Court to hear Smolinski family’s appeal

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
HARTFORD >> The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of missing Waterbury man William “Billy” Smolinski Jr.’s family members, who hope to overturn a civil ruling that ordered them to pay a $52,666 judgment to Smolinski’s former girlfriend.
In March, the state Appellate Court upheld the ruling of Superior Court Judge Thomas Corradino, who awarded the amount to Madeleine Gleason of Woodbridge, for intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation and punitive damages.
Gleason, who dated Smolinski until they broke up just prior to his 2004 disappearance, sued his mother, Janice Smolinski of Cheshire, and his sister, Paula Bell, in 2006, claiming they harassed, defamed and falsely accused her of involvement in his disappearance.

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