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  • Lawyer for Hernandez’s inmate friend Kyle Kennedy says he’s owed a note, $47k watch

    BOSTON — A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez is suggesting the former NFL star hinted at killing himself weeks before he was found hanging by a bedsheet in his prison cell last week. Lawrence Army Jr., an attorney for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said Wednesday that Hernandez told his client in early March that he was thinking he was “going to hang it up.” Army said his client didn’t take the comment seriously at the time. Hernandez apparently made the remark while on trial […]

  • JFK diary written in post-WWII Europe to go up for auction

    BOSTON — A diary kept by John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II is up for auction this week. Boston-based RR Auction said the diary is expected to fetch at least $200,000 at the auction on Wednesday. The 61-page diary was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old Kennedy was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers and traveled through a devastated Europe. It provides insights into Kennedy’s thoughts on world leaders of the era. Kennedy […]

  • Man pleads guilty in hit-and-run death of college student

    NEW LONDON — A Waterford man has pleaded guilty to charges related to the hit-and-run death of a Connecticut College student. The Day reports that 26-year-old James Sposito faces 4 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to charges including misconduct with a motor vehicle and tampering with a witness in the death of Ahmad Anique Ashraf in December 2015. Sentencing is July 20. Ashraf was struck while walking to his dormitory. Police say Sposito did not stop and […]

  • FDA: Avoid fake ‘miracle’ cancer treatments sold on internet

    WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says these products , mostly sold on websites and social media, can be harmful, waste money and result in people not getting approved, effective treatments. The pills, creams and teas are untested and not approved by the FDA. Some contain ingredients that can be risky or interact with […]

  • Jailhouse friend seeks Aaron Hernandez’s suicide note

    BRISTOL — A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says one of three notes the former NFL star left in his cell before killing himself was addressed to him. Lawrence Army, a lawyer for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said late Monday he’s requested the note be turned over to this client, who has not yet seen it. Prison officials didn’t immediately comment. Hernandez’s lawyer, Jose Baez, released a statement: “Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. […]

  • 24 Connecticut Valley Hospital workers suspended over abuse claims

    MIDDLETOWN — State health officials say more than 20 employees at a Connecticut psychiatric hospital have been suspended amid allegations of patient abuse at the maximum-security facility. The Hartford Courant reports officials said Monday that 24 employees, including 2 managers, at the Whiting Forensic Division at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown were suspended. That’s up from 11 employees when the investigation was confirmed on April 4. “I have never seen anything of this magnitude and I’ve spent most of my professional […]

  • Authorities: Veteran tied dog to tree, shot it 5 times

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A veteran in North Carolina has been charged with tying her service dog to a tree and shooting it five times while a soldier filmed it. Jail records show 23-year-old Marinna Rollins was arrested Tuesday and charged with cruelty to animals. The Fayetteville Observer reports that warrants say she and the soldier took the dog to a wooded area where Rollins shot the dog at close range. The dog was buried in a shallow grave. The newspaper […]

  • Jury being selected in deadly Christmas fire case that killed 5

    HARTFORD  — Jury selection has begun in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Stamford over a house fire that killed three children and their two grandparents on Christmas morning 2011. Lawyers started picking jurors Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. Testimony is scheduled to begin late next month. Stamford officials deny allegations they failed to properly inspect renovations at the home and possibly destroyed evidence of the fire’s origin by tearing the house down the day after the fire. […]

  • California judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city money

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit moves through court. In Connecticut, officials have said Hartford and New Haven are sanctuary cities. Gov. Malloy released the following statement Tuesday regarding the […]

  • Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction dismissed

    BOSTON — Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez are formally asking that his first-degree murder conviction be dismissed in Massachusetts now that he has died. A spokesman for the Bristol district attorney’s office says the motion was filed by defense attorneys on Tuesday in Superior Court. He says prosecutors will oppose the motion. Hernandez hanged himself at a maximum-security state prison last week, just days after he was acquitted of fatally shooting two Boston men in 2012. He was […]