Child advocate agency raps child welfare officials
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state Office of Child Advocate has criticized state child welfare officials for their handling of a transgender girl held at a Connecticut detention center for boys.
The child advocate's agency on Wednesday called the July 13 announcement by the Department of Children and Families of a fight the previous day involving her and four others that led to her being moved a psychiatric treatment center a "public shaming."
DCF said it was being transparent in announcing a development in a closely watched case.
The child advocate's office said DCF may have a conflict of interest as guardian for the girl identified publicly as Jane Doe and as a systems manager for juvenile services.
The 16-year-old girl, who was born a male and identifies as a female, was initially kept at an adult prison.
COLD CASE ARREST
Cops: Ohio man from NY killed wife in 1995
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say the case of two murder victims who went unidentified for 19 years has been cracked with the arrest of a 70-year-old Ohio man accused of killing his wife.
Robert Honsch of Dalton was charged with murder Tuesday night. Authorities said he shot his 53-year-old wife Marcia in the head. Her body was found by a hiker in October 1995 near an entrance to Tolland State Forest in western Massachusetts.
A week earlier, the body of a young female, also shot in the head, had been found in a parking area behind a strip mall in New Britain, Connecticut.
New Britain police said Wednesday they and Massachusetts State Police have separate arrest warrants charging Honsch with murder.
It could not immediately be determined if Honsch has a lawyer.
Former trader gets 2 years in prison for fraud
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a former Wall Street trader to two years in prison for securities fraud, saying he took advantage of a government bailout program.
Judge Janet Hall sentenced Jesse Litvak on Wednesday, imposing a fine of $1.75 million as well.
Prosecutors say Litvak defrauded private investment funds and funds established by the U.S. Treasury with government bailout money.
They say Litvak duped 35 victims into paying artificially increased prices or accepting artificially decreased prices for bonds they were buying or selling, netting $6.3 million in fraudulent profits for the company he worked for.
Prosecutors had sought a sentence of nine years. Hall said Litvak did not receive the profits himself, though she said he benefited from higher bonuses, and said she did not believe Litvak would commit another crime.
UTC disputes GOP claims of major layoffs at Otis
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - The Republican governor candidates say more than 100 jobs at a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary are leaving Connecticut for Florida, but the company reports something different.
United Technologies' building and industrial systems said Wednesday "approximately 25 to 50 North America based employees" will be relocated to Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and elsewhere. It's unclear how many, if any, are from Connecticut.
Republicans Tom Foley and John McKinney issued statements this week blaming Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for the alleged job losses.
On Tuesday, McKinney claimed "Otis Elevators is moving hundreds of jobs to Florida," blaming Malloy's "reckless approach to state government."
Then on Wednesday, Foley cited a blog that claimed more than 100 jobs at Otis and Carrier are moving to Florida. Foley blamed Malloy for not preventing it.
Connecticut parks to offer free admission
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Admission and parking fees are being waived for two days throughout Connecticut's state park system.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be no charge to visit any of the state's 107 parks. The initiative, included in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget, is part of the park system's centennial celebration.
Special programs are planned for the weekend, such as a live reptile show on Sunday at Stratton State park in Simsbury and tours of Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Fort Trumbull in New London, the Heublein Tower at Talcott Mountain State Park in Bloomfield and Simsbury, and the Harkness Memorial Mansion in Waterford.
Malloy said many of the state's parks have been at or close to capacity on weekends. He urged residents to visit a park "off the beaten path."
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