Woman upset by wedding pleads guilty to arson
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a Stamford home that belonged to her ex-boyfriend's mother.
Authorities say 34-year-old Felicia Langley of Norwalk set the fire days after discovering that her ex-boyfriend had married her cousin.
The Advocate of Stamford reports that Langley pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree arson. She also pleaded guilty to a third-degree burglary charge for breaking into her old boyfriend's apartment and stealing the dress her cousin was married in.
The fire set in August 2012 caused more than $100,000 in damage.
Langley told detectives that she could not eat after learning of her ex-boyfriend's marriage and became even angrier when the couple would not return her calls and her cousin changed her telephone number.
She faces a year in prison.
Open houses planned on new bus line
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A series of meetings are planned to update the public about Connecticut's first bus rapid transit system scheduled to begin operations early next year.
The New Britain-Hartford Bus way includes ten stations in New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford with buses running every three to seven minutes during commuting hours and officials say it will improve travel times for bus riders in other municipalities.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation says the meetings will be held at Central Connecticut State University Institute of Technology & Business Development, 185 Main Street, New Britain, on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; at Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, on April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, on May 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Connecticut to study Rocky Hill Veterans Home
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) - A push to end homelessness among Connecticut veterans by 2015 is generating renewed interest in the state's Veterans Home at Rocky Hill.
A spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the administration is creating a working group that will determine the best way forward for the 90-acre complex that serves military veterans. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will lead the effort.
Advocates for the homeless estimate Connecticut has more than 500 homeless veterans, and Malloy said in his State of the State address in February that the number is unacceptable.
Malloy's proposed state budget includes $500,000 for a study of how state buildings can best be put to use for veterans. The Rocky Hill campus, with buildings that date to the 1940s, is expected to be one focus of the study.
Bid to save Connecticut aviator's house wins delay
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Activists hoping to save a Connecticut aviator's house from demolition have been granted at least a temporary reprieve.
The delay was prompted by new information that could prove the house of Gustave Whitehead is 100 years old and therefore subject to an ordinance requiring a 60-day stay on demolitions.
Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau tells the Connecticut Post that on Monday the tax assessor will review documents that suggest the house was built in 1918.
A demolition permit was issued last week for the empty house that activists say was foreclosed.
Whitehead was credited last year in state legislation for the first successful flight. His supporters say he flew two years before the Wright brothers lifted off from Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903.
Conn. to stock 390,000 trout before season's start
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Despite the long winter, Connecticut's environmental agency says it expects to stock nearly 390,000 trout in time for the fishing season's opening day.
Pete Aarrestad, director of the Inland Fisheries Division at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says the agency had to postpone several days of stocking due to morning temperatures in the single digits. Several other scheduled stocking runs were shifted to sites with better access.
More than 200 truckloads of trout are scheduled to be released into 100 lakes and ponds and 194 rivers and streams in time for opening day on Saturday. Fish to be released include brook trout, brown trout, tiger trout, rainbow trout and other fish.
Dennis Schain, spokesman for the environmental agency, says about 750,000 fish will be stocked during the season.
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