HOCKEY REFEREE ARREST
Referee arrested at Conn. youth hockey game
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - A referee at a youth hockey game in Cromwell was arrested after police say he physically escorted a teenage boy player off the ice after kicking him out of the game, which angered some parents so much they went after the referee.
Police were called to the Champions Skating Center late Saturday afternoon and arrested 55-year-old Stephen Levins of Rocky Hill, who was charged with breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.
Police say Levins ejected a player from the game by calling a "match penalty" and physically escorted him off the ice.
Authorities say Levins' actions upset many parents who tried to get onto the ice, while others called 911.
Levins didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment Sunday.
MOTHER SLAIN-MENTAL ILLNESS
Conn. chief defends mental patient release process
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's mental health commissioner says she's satisfied with her agency's process for determining whether mentally ill young adults are healthy enough to leave state respite programs for home visits or other outings
Pat Rehmer's (REE'-mehrz) comments to The Associated Press come in the wake of the Dec. 26 death of Margaret Rohner (ROH'-nehr), of Deep River. She was killed by her 23-year-old son Robert Rankin, who was picked up from a voluntary Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services respite program by Rohner's former husband.
Rehmer couldn't confirm Rankin was a client but said clinicians have no problem telling a young person he or she should stay at the facility if there are serious concerns.
Rankin told police he killed his mother. He's been diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia.
McKinney renews call for Conn. inspector general
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The minority leader of the Connecticut Senate is renewing his call for a state inspector general.
Fairfield Republican John McKinney, who is running for governor, has advocated an inspector general's office for a decade to fight waste and fraud in state and municipal government.
The legislature's Government Administration and Elections Committee will hold a public hearing Monday on a bill to create an Office of Inspector General.
The inspector general would have authority to conduct audits and investigations of state government, access to all records of state agencies, the power to subpoena information and documents and respond to complaints from employees, whose confidentiality would be protected.
McKinney says the proposal has been rejected every year despite numerous scandals and allegations of state government waste and abuses.
Malloy to use $11M to improve energy efficiency
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel Malloy says he has signed an executive order creating a program that will use $10.8 million federal funding to bring down energy costs for Connecticut residents living in multifamily homes.
Malloy says the Affordable Housing Energy Efficiency Program will fund energy conservation or renewable energy projects that will reduce energy use by at least 20 percent.
The program will benefit homeowners with current mortgage with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and tenants in homes owned by a public housing authority or subsidiaries.
Energy projects covered under the program range from basic energy-efficiency measures such as insulation and building enclosure improvements up to high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, energy management systems and renewable energy systems - including solar or photovoltaic panels.
Malloy says the program will bring cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy to people's homes.
CLIMATE CHANGE-SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND
Mass., Conn., RI senators highlight climate change
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are among 28 lawmakers who are preparing to hold the Senate floor all night long to urge congressional action on climate change.
The 28 lawmakers are members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, a group formed to highlight climate change.
Most members are expected to take the Senate floor beginning Monday evening until about 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the action is intended to send a message that "it's time for Congress to wake up and get serious" with addressing climate change.
Whitehouse says the cost of Congress' inaction on climate is too high for communities and the economy.
Other members of the task force include Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and Connecticut U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.
Latino Expo set for Hartford
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel Malloy was set to attend the annual Latino Expo, an event in Hartford intended to benefit Hispanic families, businesses and their owners.
Malloy was scheduled to attend the expo on Sunday afternoon. Organizers say the event provides access to information and resources in business, jobs, education and health care.
Those providing services at the expo include Access Health CT, which is Connecticut's official health insurance marketplace. The organization will distribute information on enrolling in affordable health care coverage.
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