Connecticut News

Thousands Without Power a Day After Strong Storms and Wind

HARTFORD, Conn. — Thousands of Connecticut residents remained without power Monday, a day after strong storms moved through the state. Eversource, the state’s largest electric utility, reported that more than 10,000 customers remained offline at 2 p.m. and 5,700 were …

Manager for Insulation Contractor Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging Scheme

A branch manager for an insulation contractor pleaded guilty Monday for his role in schemes to rig bids and engage in fraud on insulation installation contracts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Connecticut announced. Gary DeVoe of Bethlehem, Connecticut entered a …

Senate Denies Connecticut Chimp Attack Victim’s Right to Sue State

A third legislative body has denied a Connecticut woman blinded and disfigured in 2009 by a chimpanzee the ability to sue the state for damages. Without any comment, the Senate on Wednesday night passed a resolution that upheld the recommendation …

Connecticut Residents Worry About Health After Tire Warehouse Fire

A tire fire in Torrington, Conn., that stopped burning more than a week ago has led to health concerns among local residents. The Toce Brothers Co. warehouse fire began April 3 and was extinguished the next day. Water from fire …

Connecticut City Settles Officer Assault Lawsuit for $230K

A Stamford, Conn., police officer denies any wrongdoing in an incident that led the city to agree to pay $230,000 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who accused him of punching her. Greg Zach said Wednesday he believes he …

Connecticut Workers’ Comp Coverage Expansion Proposed

Some Connecticut lawmakers have resurrected a proposal from last year to expand the state’s workers’ compensation law to cover employees who’ve suffered an emotional or mental impairment after witnessing a traumatic death or maiming while on the job. Similar legislation …

Connecticut Man Sentenced in Hole-in-One Prize Scams

A Connecticut businessman who pleaded guilty to defrauding golf tournaments by failing to pay golfers hole-in-one prizes insured by his company has been sentenced to three months in jail plus $15,000 in restitution. The Seattle Times reports Kevin Kolenda was …

Private Flood Insurer Offers Connecticut Residents Another Option

A private flood insurer has stepped into Connecticut’s market, the first time homeowners along the shoreline battered by Superstorm Sandy have an alternative to increasingly costly federal insurance. The Flood Insurance Agency of Gainesville, Fla., is writing flood insurance policies …

Connecticut Denies Sandy Aid for Elevating Coastal Homes

Connecticut officials have rejected $18 million in requests for the latest round of Superstorm Sandy aid from shoreline homeowners who want to use the emergency funding to elevate their homes to avoid future storm damage. The state sent rejection letters …

Connecticut’s Ice Missile Law About to Go Into Effect

A state law is about to take effect imposing fines on truckers who fail to clear their commercial vehicles of snow. Three years after the General Assembly and then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell enacted the so-called “ice-missile” legislation, the measure makes …