YALE HOAX ARREST
Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police say they have charged a Connecticut man with making a call in November in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on his way to shoot up Yale University.
New Haven police said Wednesday that 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones, of Westbrook, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace.
A message left with a public defender wasn't immediately returned. A home phone listing for Jones could not be found.
A 911 call was received Nov. 25 from a man at a pay phone about a mile from campus who said his roommate was on the way to the university to shoot people.
The call prompted a six-hour campus lockdown and search. No one was injured.
Fate of proposed Conn. FOI changes uncertain
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - It's unclear whether Connecticut lawmakers will approve any legislation this session that would place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides as part of an effort to protect victim privacy following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
The Judiciary Committee failed to act Wednesday on one of two competing bills that created a procedure for allowing the public to view and seek copies of images of homicide victims.
Rep. Gerald Fox, the panel's co-chairman, said there weren't enough votes to support the bill.
A similar bill is sitting on the Senate calendar awaiting action. But that bill would restrict the release of certain 911 calls, something Senate President Donald Williams opposes.
Fox said he'd like to see a compromise reached before the legislature's May 7 adjournment.
Mom: doctor changed formula before baby's death
NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman whose infant daughter died this week says the baby became ill after a doctor recently changed her formula.
Heather Brown says she found her 1-month-old daughter unresponsive in her crib Tuesday morning at their home in Naugatuck. She says her baby was sick and had thrown up after the doctor changed the formula.
Brown called 911 and emergency responders performed CPR on the girl, but she died at Waterbury Hospital.
Naugatuck police are investigating the baby's death and have called in state police for help. The medical examiner's office will be performing an autopsy to try to determine how the infant died.
Fire at The Day newspaper under investigation
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - New London authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at the offices of The Day newspaper that forced an evacuation of the building. No one was injured.
Firefighters responded to The Day just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The newspaper reports a small fire was burning near the production area and a hallway was filled with smoke when firefighters arrived.
Fire officials say sprinklers put out much of the fire, which damaged parts of a wall and ceiling. Authorities say it appears to have started above a metal cabinet in a hallway.
Mike Gentry, a maintenance supervisor at The Day, says firefighters prevented substantial water damage by putting tarps over inserts for Sunday's newspapers that had been printed.
Police say they're treating the fire as a crime until proven otherwise.
GUITAR FACTORY CLOSURE
Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that has produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell is closing after 47 years.
The New Hartford factory's owner, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. of Scottsdale, Ariz., is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation guitars and notified employees Tuesday that production at the factory will end by June. That's according to a report by the Republican-American of Waterbury.
The company is citing "current market conditions and insufficient volume levels." Factory workers are calling it the end of an iconic American brand.
Ovation guitars were created by the late Charles Kaman, a helicopter engineer and founder of Bloomfield, Conn.-based aerospace company Kaman Corp. Fender bought Bloomfield-based Kaman Music Corp. in 2007.
BUS ONLY CORRIDOR
Open house planned for Conn. bus-only corridor
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - The first in a series of open houses is being held to update the public about the planned New Britain-to-Hartford bus-only corridor.
A new "flyover" animation video will be shown on Wednesday at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, the site of the first open house events. The public can also learn more about the project. The event is scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The $567 million bus-only corridor, known as CTfasttrack, includes 10 stations in New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford with buses running ever three-to-seven minutes during commuting hours. Operations are expected to begin in early 2015.
Similar open houses are planned for April 30 at the Old State House in Hartford and May 6 at the Hartford Public Library.
Hamden imposes student housing moratorium
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Hamden officials say they've imposed a one-year moratorium on new permits for off-campus college student housing because of loud partying, parking problems and other issues bothering local residents.
The town's Planning and Zoning Commission approved the moratorium Tuesday night and it will go into effect May 15.
Hamden is home to Quinnipiac University and the Paier College of Art, and Southern Connecticut State University is in nearby New Haven. Off-campus property owners in Hamden who want to rent to students must obtain student housing permits from the town.
Assistant Town Planner Dan Kops says the moratorium won't affect the existing 223 permits, most of which involve Quinnipiac students. He says town officials will be reviewing local housing regulations during the moratorium to see if improvements can be made.
Hillary Clinton headlining forums in Mass., Conn.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton will be headlining forums in Boston and at the University of Connecticut as she considers another run for president in 2016.
The Democratic former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady is set to give a keynote address Wednesday afternoon at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, then travel to UConn in Storrs, Conn., to speak at a contemporary issues forum in the early evening.
The Boston event has been hosted by Simmons College for 35 years and bills itself as the longest-running women's leadership forum in the country. It's sold out.
The Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at UConn is closed to the public.
Clinton has traveled widely after leaving the State Department to give speeches to industry groups, college students and others.
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